"How to spot a narcissist? It’s easy to do…like fishing in a barrel." ~ Psychology Today (1)
Our modern emphasis on self-esteem might be our biggest hindrance to Christian growth.
Self-esteem teachings, with their focus on self, are popular with our fallen human nature (Ephesians 4:19-21). And despite the fact that they contradict Scripture, they've become accepted by many Christians and promoted in popular "Christian" teaching (2 Timothy 3:1-5).
This means increasing numbers of professing Christians are telling themselves lies.
Lie: God says to love others as I love myself, and I can't do that until I first love myself.
Truth: This is a ridiculous interpretation of Mark 12:31. This passage is about fair treatment of others, not "feeling good" about others or about ourselves.
God says self-denial, not self-esteem, is the key to healthy Christianity (Matthew 16:24; Philippians 2:3-4; Romans 12:3).
We should esteem God, representing Christ to a world of
self-esteemers. When we do that, we end up feeling valued by the only
One who matters.
(1) Thomas G. Plante, PhD, ABPP, Psychology Today
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