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por Jerome Princy (2019-10-22)

The skill was not developed Individualogist Review from nowhere. Existence has its principled checks and balances that makes it all real, true and honest, like for every day there is a night. Sure, I can run my keyboard a little more on this page, but your question I posed in the title is answered. (Or you are reading this because you asked the purpose of life and existence at a very deep level.) The Bible describes pride as sin. Pride goes before destruction (Prov. 16:18), puts one in an undesirable relationship with God (1 Peter 5:5; James 4:6), and will yield a regrettable end (Prov. 29:23). Nebuchadnezzar was judged for his proud spirit (Dan. 4), Haman was beset with pride (Esther 5), and Pharaoh fell because of it. God promises to humble the proud (Matt. 23:12). Christian theologians have dealt with the concept of pride mainly in the tradition of Augustine, who viewed pride as the first sin and thus spent a considerable amount of his energy on discussing it. The keystone of his argument was a text in Ecclesiasticus that reads, "pride is the beginning of sin." The verse has later been regarded as questionable in meaning. Nonetheless, on this basis Augustine proceeded to view the fall of Satan as portrayed in Ezekiel and Isaiah as principally motivated by pride. "Your heart became proud on account of your beauty" (Ezek. 28:17, NIV). What led Satan to his fall was likewise the downfall of the human race in the garden of Eden. Augustine felt that pride in its extreme is the unpardonable sin (Green, 1949). He wrote extensively about his own struggles with pride, describing it as his greatest temptation. The study of pride has also been the subject of great interest to Christians in monastic traditions and later to the Pietists. Bernard of Clairvaux in The Steps of Humility said that people can take steps upward if they pursue humility; but if they pursue pride, their steps will lead downward, following the course of Satan. Bernard suggests that there are 12 steps that could lead one from the beginnings of pride-curiosity-to its most severe expression, habitual sin. The intervening steps are frivolity, foolish mirth, boastfulness, singularity (going to all ends to prove oneself superior), conceit, audacity, excusing of sins, hypocritical confession, defiance, and freedom to sin. The first step of pride (curiosity) is the last step of humility (downcast eyes). The last step of pride (habitual sin) should be the first step toward true humility (the fear of the Lord).