What Does The Bible Say About Arrogance? A Christian Study

What Does The Bible Say About Arrogance? A Christian Study July 22, 2015

How does the Bible define arrogance? Why is God opposed to all who live arrogantly?

A Secular Definition of Arrogance

You could define arrogance as a person’s sense of his or her own importance that shows itself in a proud and insulting way before others. It acts condescendingly towards other people and looks down on others with a superior attitude towards self and with regards to other people considers them in just the opposite manner. This creates a personality that is overbearingly assuming and acts insolently proud. Another word for arrogance is pride.

Arrogance in the Old Testament

The Hebrew word for arrogance is “ge’ah” which means “pride.” There is no other definition given for “ge’ah.” This is what is used throughout the Old Testament anytime the word arrogance is used, for example in Proverbs 8:13 which say “The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.” Pride is more inwardly directed while arrogance is reflected outwardly toward others. That’s the main difference between pride and arrogance in this context but they both are what God opposes (James 4:6). That’s why the psalmist wrote “Let not the foot of arrogance come upon me, nor the hand of the wicked drive me away” (Psalm 36:11) because he knew that God resists the proud. The noun used for arrogance is “ga`avah” and means pride but also “majesty, rising up,” or “swelling” which might explain why people who are arrogant are sometimes called people with swelled heads. This is why the Moabites fell as Jeremiah prophesied “We have heard of the pride of Moab— he is very proud— of his loftiness, his pride, and his arrogance, and the haughtiness of his heart” (Jer 48:29). Moab, who was a descendent of Lot, refers to the Moabites and they continually had hearts of haughtiness, pride, loftiness, arrogance. That’s exactly the reason they fell.

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Arrogance in the New Testament

When James wrote about arrogance and boasting he said “As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil” (4:16). The Greek word for arrogance used here is the noun “alazoneia” and means “empty, braggart,” and “insolent” much of which you see in the world today. God doesn’t want us to boast about tomorrow because we don’t even know if we’ll live until then. This is exactly why God is opposed (literally in the Greek “at war with”) the proud (James 4:6) for we have nothing to brag about. That’s why we are saved through faith (Eph 2:8) and it is not “a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Eph 2:9). Knowing human nature…and knowing my own self, if we believed that we accomplished our salvation by works, we’d be boasting or be bragging all the time.

The Arrogance of the Last Days

Paul warned Timothy about the times that were coming and I believe they have now come when Paul wrote “For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy” (2nd Tim 3:2). The Greek word Paul uses for arrogant is “hyperēphanos” and it means “showing one’s self-importance above others” and being and acting “preeminent” so people in the last days will be arrogant and proud. I have to battle my own tendency to be full of pride and arrogance too. Which among these things listed by Paul is more prevalent today? It could well be pride or arrogance. Just look at some of the professional athletes, Hollywood actors, tycoons, or anyone else that has a powerful position or has great affluence. We are suffering today from, what I call affluenza…and it is pride induced, no doubt, and God resists such people.

Conclusion

I have to slay the dragon of pride almost every day. I need to stay humble before God because I will either humble myself or God will have to do it for me, and guess which is more painful?

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Blind Chance or Intelligent Design available on Amazon.

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  • SJ

    “Affluenza”….I already knew sin was contagious but I never heard ” keeping up with the Joneses ” more aptly named.

    I find I have to be very careful who I hang out with all the time now….not out of superiority but out of inferiority….whenever I run into somebody too insulting I have learned to just separate myself before I get caught up in an exchange with them. Sometimes the old worldly programming of competition and strife runs so deep you just have to learn to turn it off and walk away and that’s when you finally start to achieve self control.

    When you refuse to react to the people trying to push your buttons and just walk away that is the virtue of self control finally asserting itself and I do believe that is the last Fruit of the Spirit attribute that some of us receive ( or at least that I did ) but Praise the Lord for the Holy Spirit revealing it to us because without the Holy Spirit we would never be able to do it. I’ve seen people who deliberately seek out contention. They don’t even know they are seeking it but they do. That is the powerlessness displayed by people who don’t have Jesus’ spirit maturing and regulating them. Seeking out fighting, quarreling and strife while they give it the euphemistic title of debating.

    It’s strange that people’s socializing takes on the form of quarreling but alot of the time it does. People get used to trauma through drama and it takes time to learn it isn’t good for you.

    This is a funny, childlike video but it makes the point about peace.

    The Fruit of the Spirit – Peace
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AjNLQijfcwc

    I never would have realized the debate-pride-contention connection if a really mature Christian hadn’t asked me if I felt peace in my heart after debating…That question made me stop in my tracks and think and for a long time I couldn’t understand it or answer it…why was I engaging in such an unpeaceful activity?

    I discovered that the Lord was using that unpeaceful period to teach me things and ultimately He matured me and now I can finally walk away from all that worldly programming when I want to and that is self control when you can deny the people pushing your buttons the ability to keep pushing your buttons.

    • Jack Wellman

      Great comment and the “debate-pride-contention connection” is so true. You made these connect and rightly so. You always add so much to these articles and I thank God for you SJ.

      • SJ

        Thanks, Pastor. It is nice to be appreciated.

        I’ve had a side interest in the psychology of Christianity for a while and look at these two quotes.

        The Christian with a sinner mentality thinks this I think i.e. powerless conclusion….

        “I cannot make the universe obey me. I cannot make other people conform to my own whims and fancies. I cannot make even my own body obey me.” – Thomas Merton

        The Christian with a saint mentality thinks this I think i.e. powerful conclusion…the saint has self control and is in control of himself:

        “Everybody has a hot button. Who is pushing yours? While you probably cannot control that person, you CAN control the way you react to them.” – Unknown

        Twenty Quotes on Button Pushers
        https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/here-there-and-everywhere/201108/20-quotes-dealing-button-pushers?collection=72353

        If you’re really sticking with Jesus and fixing your eyes on him he is going to make you manifest the Fruit of the Spirit.

        Now I know Merton was a priest and wrote a lot of books that spiritual people admire yet he started to drift off into eastern meditation which isn’t Christ centered.

        Christians meditate on the truth.

        Eastern religions meditate on themselves.

        You have to meditate on God and Christ and God’s Ways to produce godliness.

        When I realized that I became a bible purist. This world is always trying to feed Christians weak substitutes when we should be focusing exclusively on Christ.

        I am starting to be convinced that Hollywood and many churches have misrepresented Jesus Christ by sensationalizing Jesus’s sufferings at the Cross trying to portray Jesus Christ as weak in order to get box office sales.

        Jesus Christ I believe was the strongest person that ever lived….so I consciously remember that and make sure to hang a cross and not a crucifix in the car for protection. The cross is a symbol of victory but the crucifix is a symbol of torture and implies weakness but Jesus wasn’t weak. He was obediently submitted. He was never weak.

        I think once you acknowledge what Christ did for you on the Cross then God wants His people to focus on Christ’s transcendent victory and glory. We seem to get stuck in the justification phase but we don’t have to. We can move forward into consecration, sanctification, adoption and glorification.

  • Randal Colling

    What if the entire bible is just made up?

    • Jack Wellman

      What if it isn’t?

      • Randal Colling

        What if the Koran “isn’t”? Or the Torah? Or the dead sea scrolls? Or the book of mormon? Or Scientology? Or any of the other thousands of different and conflicting religous faiths, each beleiving themselves “right”?

        • Jefferson_Lebowski

          How arrogant of you……only the Christian Bible is real…..all the others fakes. Believe or perish.

          • SmallFries01 .

            What do you mean Perish? You mean to burn in eternal hell fire because, the father that loves me so much, can’t forgive me for a sin he allowed to happen. He created the scenario in his adam and eve would fail and yet he still allowed the apple to be eaten(fail omniscience), then is surprise when it happens and goes on to blame the rest of humanity. Then in his loving nature sees the need to send his son on a suicide mission to be torture(rather then simply forgiving). I’m therefore condemned to damnation because he also fails to present the world with any shred of evidence of his existence.

            Ya this sounds like something I want to believe in lol.

          • SJ

            Why Atheism Cannot Be Logical
            Most Atheists believe that everything that exists is material, that everything that actually exists is part of the physical world. The laws of logic are not physical. The Atheistic worldview eliminates the possibility of logic being real or reliable. At the same time, Atheists try to use logic to reason. When they do so, they are demonstrating that their worldview is not internally consistent and that their worldview is not valid. The worldview of the Atheist cannot be a valid worldview because the worldview requires that the Atheist use the laws of logic, yet the Atheist’s worldview does not allow the laws of logic to exist since they are not material. Atheism is self-refuting because the Atheist must assume something (logic) that disproves Atheism in order to prove Atheism. “[A]theism presupposes theism.”~ Dr. Cornelius VanTil

            Atheists try to use the laws of logic to argue against the existence of God. As Dr. Lisle points out: “In order for his argument to make sense, it would have to be wrong.” In fact, Atheists, Materialists, and Naturalists even have a problem with math itself.

            Atheists can be logical since they were created by God, but they cannot make a logical case (that is consistent with Atheism) for trusting logic. In the same way, Atheists can be moral since they were created by God, but they cannot make a logical case or a moral case (that is consistent with Atheism) for their morality. They can be moral, but it is not logical for them to do so.

            In addition to this, the Atheist does not believe in revelation. The Christian believes in the Real, Almighty God of the Bible, who is able to reveal knowledge and understanding about Himself and His universe to any person. This means that the only means of reason that an Atheist has is logic. The Christian reasons together with God. God reveals. The Christian receives God’s revelation. If God reveals through the Bible, then the Christian receives the revelation that God gives through the Bible. It is a two step process. Atheists, believing their worldview, say that this is circular reasoning. It would be if there were not God or if God did not reveal Himself and His universe. But God does reveal, so it is perfectly rational to say, “God says…” The Atheist, however does not have a self-consistent worldview, and from the Atheistic internally inconsistent worldview, the Atheist posits that the internally consistent relationship between God and His people is not rational.

            from seekfind.net

            Eternal torment isn’t the only position on hell. There is also annihilationism and universalism.

            If you’re going to rant about the afterlife at least take the time to know all the positions before singling out one for villification.

            You’re the one that opened up the can of worms….so you better know what you are talking about before you rant.

            Some people know there are more than one theological interpretation on the after life just like on eschatology and just like in biblical exegesis.

            Stop being a literalist and learn all the positions or you’re just ranting from a position of ignorance.

            Is the devil making you act so ignorantly…why don’t you ask the devil for evidence?

            Why are you making the devil’s case on a Christian blog?

          • Randal Colling

            How do youi know we were “created by god”? People have fabricated thousands of gods. Why do you think YOURS is the RIGHT ONE? And why would you even used a fiction book like the bible to try and justify a fictional character like god?

          • SJ

            Because my God is holy so His holiness makes Him the only one to be trusted.

            I’ve known people to act evilly on and off for my whole life….so you better believe I’m not going to trust any God that isn’t holy.

            I’d never be a polytheist because those lesser spirits posing as gods could never meet the holiness standard that a God I believe in must meet.

            I know someone He cured of depression and epilepsy, too, so I know He has power.

            You have to learn to use your mind to assess testimony and the testimonies people give and I always spot Him ( God ) as being truthful.

            Not all people are good at lying and sometimes you can spot them lying but that’s not the case with God….any contradiction an atheist pointed out to me I investigated and there was an underlying reason accounting for the anomaly that unless you did some research wouldn’t reveal the truth that the contradiction was really non- existent.

            God always has access to info the average person doesn’t so sometimes we just have to trust Him and go with the flow unless He reveals more to us.

          • Randal Colling

            Seriously. Whithout all the hype. HOW DO YOU KNOW that your god is real. Or really how do you really know there is even a god at all? I only see people who have been brainwashed their entire life, or have some wierd “faith”. Kind of like a four yr old believing in Santa Clause. I find the fable a little hard to swallow.

          • SJ

            I’m a born believer….I managed to maintain my belief even though I probably only went to church 5 times between being born and getting baptized at age 30. Although I managed to learn a prayer or two in public school when my fifth grade teacher flouted the law and had the kids recite bible verses in class. God Bless her soul!

            My mother was truly a disciple….but she didn’t talk alot about God until I was nearly in college.

            But I also had God save me from a couple of dramatic car accidents, plus He actually touched me on at least two occasions. But I won’t go into the details…

            So yeah I know He’s real….no doubt about it….

          • Randal Colling

            Im a born NON-believer. So if a dramatic car wreck, means there is god? What about the other person that died? And why was there a wreck at all? What if a Muslim and a Baptist crash. The arab lives the baptist dies. Does that mean his god is tougher than yours? ? Do you see how absurd that is?

          • SJ

            Nobody died and it wasn’t stupid….you weren’t there and you are already jumping to conclusions trying to dismiss my experiences.

            I have more experiences than the four I mentioned but I was a believer long before I ever had any experiences.

            If I were you I’d go to a church because faith comes from hearing. Besides you can get all the extras you need to maintain it at a church if it is a good church.

            It’s hard to observe and make connections online so you need to seek out God on your own. He approves of seekers read Proverbs 25:2.

            There is a growth process involved in being a spiritual person….We have to learn how to care for our own souls.

            I’ll give you an interesting video to watch. It might stimulate your pondering reflex plus it has some interesting tongues phenomena in it.

            Dancing Generation
            https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ED89khRmK5w

            Steve Willoughby, Down Pour Worship
            https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xjc0rae8CK4

          • SJ

            Do you want to see something interesting? Some interesting phenomena that is.

          • Jefferson_Lebowski

            LOL

          • SJ

            From seekfind.net

            Why Atheism Cannot Be Logical
            Most Atheists believe that everything that exists is material, that everything that actually exists is part of the physical world. The laws of logic are not physical. The Atheistic worldview eliminates the possibility of logic being real or reliable. At the same time, Atheists try to use logic to reason. When they do so, they are demonstrating that their worldview is not internally consistent and that their worldview is not valid. The worldview of the Atheist cannot be a valid worldview because the worldview requires that the Atheist use the laws of logic, yet the Atheist’s worldview does not allow the laws of logic to exist since they are not material. Atheism is self-refuting because the Atheist must assume something (logic) that disproves Atheism in order to prove Atheism. “[A]theism presupposes theism.”~ Dr. Cornelius VanTil

            Atheists try to use the laws of logic to argue against the existence of God. As Dr. Lisle points out: “In order for his argument to make sense, it would have to be wrong.” In fact, Atheists, Materialists, and Naturalists even have a problem with math itself.

            Atheists can be logical since they were created by God, but they cannot make a logical case (that is consistent with Atheism) for trusting logic. In the same way, Atheists can be moral since they were created by God, but they cannot make a logical case or a moral case (that is consistent with Atheism) for their morality. They can be moral, but it is not logical for them to do so.

            In addition to this, the Atheist does not believe in revelation. The Christian believes in the Real, Almighty God of the Bible, who is able to reveal knowledge and understanding about Himself and His universe to any person. This means that the only means of reason that an Atheist has is logic. The Christian reasons together with God. God reveals. The Christian receives God’s revelation. If God reveals through the Bible, then the Christian receives the revelation that God gives through the Bible. It is a two step process. Atheists, believing their worldview, say that this is circular reasoning. It would be if there were not God or if God did not reveal Himself and His universe. But God does reveal, so it is perfectly rational to say, “God says…” The Atheist, however does not have a self-consistent worldview, and from the Atheistic internally inconsistent worldview, the Atheist posits that the internally consistent relationship between God and His people is not rational.

          • Jefferson_Lebowski

            Atheism is simply a lack of belief due to a distinct lack of evidence. You are reading way too much into that my friend. Imagine not believing the supernatural claims of Islam for the same reasons…….oh wait…

          • SJ

            You are important to God didn’t you realize that?

            Imagine instead of using weak philosophical constructs that you simply acknowledge that you are made in the image of God.

            Psychology and human nature is more powerful than over analyzing everything philosophically.

            If you identify with apes then your human behavior will deteriorate.

            We were never meant to identify with apes. If we came from apes then there is no social progress.

            You start identifying with God and see if you don’t start feeling more free and successful.

            I believe you will because you are important to God and you need to start letting God take you under His wing and He will personally tutor you through the scriptures. Christians are really only a temporary guide until the Holy Spirit takes over.

          • Jefferson_Lebowski

            And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that He would have such
            an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence.

            “You start identifying with God and see if you don’t start feeling more free and successful.” —-that’s interesting because I find the opposite to be true.

          • SJ

            You’ll have to research that question yourself….I haven’t thought about it enough to hazard an answer.

            You feel the opposite because you still identify with your Old Carnal Man.

            Christians are born again so we have a dual nature. The spiritual nature does take time to mature though…..that’s why people study. To be ” approved ” men of God.

          • Jefferson_Lebowski

            “You feel the opposite because you still identify with your Old Carnal Man.”

            Ahh—- more assumptive arrogance. Your religion teaches this? Sad….

          • SJ

            That’s my interpretation of things. People do have motives for believing or disbelieving God….but nobody wants that to be brought up.

          • Jefferson_Lebowski

            That is most certainly NOT your interpretation of things but rather the “interpretation” your religion has provided for you. That’s why believers like yourself are referred to (and championed as) sheep. Your lord is your “Shepperd” and you are a part of his “flock”. Do not think, do not question….these are terrible ideas that must be quashed in your religion.

          • SJ

            Revelation is given by God then men fine tweak their understanding to be able to present God’s perspective or meaning as closely as possible.

            If you really think hard about this stuff you’ll notice God comparing Gentiles to dogs in the bible.

            A dog can be wild or domesticated but which one do you think God can use? A wild dog or a domesticated, housebroken one?

            God teaches us to identify with sheep for a while to tame our wilder natures…..then He trains us to be sheepdog and steer His sheep away from the wolves.

            When God wants to though He can turn us into a lion though….whatever the situation calls for He can provide.

            Don’t believe me? God can change shapes….He appeared in a cloud and in a bush so He can easily transform people….but He might prefer being mysterious and make them follow certain steps.

            Christianity is the most mystical because Christianity is the truth and everybody knows the truth is stranger than fiction still it is the truth. We get used to hanging out on the literal level because it is familiar to us but it doesn’t mean we won’t soar like eagles one day…..Jesus Christ soared when he ascended in the clouds….so someday Christians will be soaring but we have to reach spiritual maturity and leave these bodies like forgotten eggshells behind.

            Fly Like An Eagle
            https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6zT4Y-QNdto

            I’ll Fly Away
            https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1BPoMIQHwpo

        • SJ

          Why Atheism Cannot Be Logical
          Most Atheists believe that everything that exists is material, that everything that actually exists is part of the physical world. The laws of logic are not physical. The Atheistic worldview eliminates the possibility of logic being real or reliable. At the same time, Atheists try to use logic to reason. When they do so, they are demonstrating that their worldview is not internally consistent and that their worldview is not valid. The worldview of the Atheist cannot be a valid worldview because the worldview requires that the Atheist use the laws of logic, yet the Atheist’s worldview does not allow the laws of logic to exist since they are not material. Atheism is self-refuting because the Atheist must assume something (logic) that disproves Atheism in order to prove Atheism. “[A]theism presupposes theism.”~ Dr. Cornelius VanTil

          Atheists try to use the laws of logic to argue against the existence of God. As Dr. Lisle points out: “In order for his argument to make sense, it would have to be wrong.” In fact, Atheists, Materialists, and Naturalists even have a problem with math itself.

          Atheists can be logical since they were created by God, but they cannot make a logical case (that is consistent with Atheism) for trusting logic. In the same way, Atheists can be moral since they were created by God, but they cannot make a logical case or a moral case (that is consistent with Atheism) for their morality. They can be moral, but it is not logical for them to do so.

          In addition to this, the Atheist does not believe in revelation. The Christian believes in the Real, Almighty God of the Bible, who is able to reveal knowledge and understanding about Himself and His universe to any person. This means that the only means of reason that an Atheist has is logic. The Christian reasons together with God. God reveals. The Christian receives God’s revelation. If God reveals through the Bible, then the Christian receives the revelation that God gives through the Bible. It is a two step process. Atheists, believing their worldview, say that this is circular reasoning. It would be if there were not God or if God did not reveal Himself and His universe. But God does reveal, so it is perfectly rational to say, “God says…” The Atheist, however does not have a self-consistent worldview, and from the Atheistic internally inconsistent worldview, the Atheist posits that the internally consistent relationship between God and His people is not rational.

          Above from seekfind.net

      • SmallFries01 .

        Pascal’s wager fail!

  • Jefferson_Lebowski

    Religion (and in Particular the three Abrahamic Mono-Theistic Faiths of Christianity, Islam and Judaism) are the definition of arrogance.

    • SJ

      Really ? Some people like Wahlid Shoebat make quite a case against Islam.

      Shoebat: Biblical Eschatology and Why Islam Is the Beast
      http://therightscoop.com/walid-shoebat-on-biblical-eschatology-and-why-islam-is-the-beast/

    • SJ

      You never noticed…..both Judaism and Islam are old covenant religions.

      Only Christianity has the peacemaker Jesus Christ.

      Do the Muslims and Jews ever stopping fighting in the Middle East?

      No they’re like the ancient Israelites and the Philistines battling all the time.

      And neither will ever stop as long as they continue to reject the peacemaker Jesus Christ because you have to have peace in your heart to know to stop making war all the time.

      • Jefferson_Lebowski

        Ah so Christianity (a plagiarism of Judaism) is different somehow? I think not…..

        • SJ

          Why don’t you spend some time with the Messianic Jews over on Hebrew4Christians site.

          Christianity is an extension of Judaism through Jesus Christ. The vine is Jesus Christ and we abide in him.

          I consider the Old Testament to be God displaying His motherly side while the New Testament shows God’s fatherly side.

          Look at the Old Testament…in it God is just like a preschool teacher laying down strict laws for His kids to obey. He knows the naughty nations are surrounding His kids and he firmly tells them the right way to go to avoid the world’s corrupting influences.

          We should be teaching these laws in inner cities and we might have fewer street gangs.

          • Jefferson_Lebowski

            Please Sir. Judaism is itself a plagiarism of much older religious traditions out of Bronze Age Mesopotamia (the Epic of Gilgamesh is a direct precursor to the Noah epic).

            All you have to do Sir. is connect the dots……don’t be afraid to peel back the layers of time to see why religion is one long line of mythologies.

          • SJ

            I’m a Ma’am and I consider myself a master at connecting the dots and solving spiritual questions only because I’m not afraid to become a small child and let God lead me in the right direction without a murmur or a complaint.

            God is the best tutor…..science can’t even provide a tutor on the key methods to truly knowing God and His Ways….that’s why I always tapped into the best bible scholarship and now I am commencing my studies in Hebrew. All the best scholars know Hebrew. As the Messianic Jewish leader Zola Leavitt once said in an introduction to a Hebrew learning text
            ” Hebrew is God’s first language, one could say, because He chose this language to communicate His first divine revelations to the world. From Genesis to Malachi, God spoke to His Chosen People – and ultimately to all the people of the earth – in a language both beautiful and sacred.” end quote

            Richard Dawkins in his intro to the God Delusion wrote that he hates priests’ language so how did he ever understand God without mastering God’s language?

            God is not a hater, sir as the current New Atheism movement is depicting Him.

            God is Love and His love never fails.

          • Jefferson_Lebowski

            Excuse me Ma’am. I wish you well in your spiritual journey but please understand that some of us require evidence before belief. It is my estimation that God is not a hater because the men (MEN – not Women) that dreamed him up were misogynistic, sexist, racist, tribal, illiterate, fearful, superstitious desert goatherds who decreed that WOMEN should be stoned for adultery, that the earth was the center of a 6000 year old universe……(MEN) for whom a wheelbarrow would have been the latest in emergent technology.

          • SJ

            I think God is the evidence. In the earlier ages people could have been quite a bit less civilized than we are today…..so what civilized them?

            God did.

            Look at the concept of “gentleman”…..it came from men studying the life of Jesus Christ who was a model for humility, lowliness and gentleness so gentility comes from an acquaintance with him.

            Have you ever noticed that little children can act like a pack of savages. Children have to be raised and socialized to behave obediently.

            The same thing happens with adults. A lot of adults act like spoiled children, the world spanks them and they repent and choose to follow God more closely than before.

            Some people learn there is a God the easy way, some people learn there is a God the hard way and some people remain callused with hearts of stone.

            I hope you learn the easy way, sir…..that’s the best way….it shows lots of common sense and a greater knowledge about human nature.

          • Jefferson_Lebowski

            Well that was completely insulting to all the other great civilizations that arose outside the Mono-Theistic world. Care to insult other far more ancient and stable civilizations and their philosophies some more with your arrogance? Shame on you for insulting all the others…..shame.

          • SJ

            I didn’t insult any civilizations. I said nothing at all about other civilizations. I simply gave you a link that shows the Gospel message is told in the stars and the stars predate any earthly civilizations.

            So God picked the time, the place and the way in which to reveal Himself although He had already proclaimed to all mankind in the heavens. cf. Psalm 19

            He did that so the Israelites could be His training tool to the nations but they failed to obey His training so He sent Jesus Christ to model perfect obedience and give men both a forgiving and an overcoming spirit.

            I’m taking off now to study Hebrew. Have a nice day and God Bless.

          • SJ

            Here’s a gift for you to read Mr. Lebowski. God’s work in the heavens proceeded all of these older traditions you mentioned.

            God Prophetically Named The Stars
            http://www.gods-kingdom-ministries.net/daily-weblogs/2009/09-2009/god-prophetically-named-the-stars-part-1/

          • Jefferson_Lebowski

            I don’t “believe” you.

          • SJ

            That’s all right. I forgive you. Now you go approach God on your knees at bedtime tonite and ask Him to supply you with a little more of His grace that way you’ll be further ahead of your atheist peers when Jesus appears and you won’t have so much to repent of if He gives you the gift of faith and repentance early.

            And start listening to spiritual music….it drives the blues and any other ill spirits trying to linger around you away…..that’s why David soothed Saul with a harp.

            If you drive away all that moodiness and atheistic angst you may begin to see the Light. You might actually look in a mirror one day and realize that you are made in the image of God and that can only be uplifting.

          • Jefferson_Lebowski

            I don’t need you to “forgive” me. It’s insulting and degrading to the human desire to ask questions and demand evidence. It’s arrogant, belittling, smug and snarky and patronizing (and you know it).

            My “spirituality” is more than adequately fulfilled by my understanding of the nature of life itself and through the teachings of the Buddha (whom I am a great fan).

            I simply do not believe your supernatural claims on no evidence…..but I will not patronize you for it.

            Only religion endorses such bald arrogance to those who do not believe.

            Good grief….

          • SJ

            I have evidence….I just don’t deal it out any more to people I don’t know personally in real life.

            As for Buddha if he had been born after Christ he probably would have chosen to be Christ’s disciple.

            Didn’t you know….Christ had power to cast out demons but Buddha didn’t have that power.

            You can follow a fallen man if you want but I’m going to follow the everlastingly glorious God and His Son. I know several people He has changed. We all do because these people testify from time to time.

          • Jefferson_Lebowski

            You make these supernatural claims on zero evidence.

        • SJ

          Here’s Parsons a Hebrew teacher explaining how Jesus was the object of scripture.

          Jesus and the Aleph-Bet
          http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Grammar/Unit_One/Jesus_and_the_Aleph-Bet/jesus_and_the_aleph-bet.html

          Quote:

          Anokhi aleph v’tav rishon v’acharon rosh vasof

          I am the Aleph and the Tav, the beginning and the end, the first and the last (Rev. 22:13).

  • NickRepublic

    Thank you Pastor Wellman for this message. It’s an issue I struggle with as well.

    • Jack Wellman

      Sir, thank you for your kind words. I myself still battle this too…and it is the flesh vs spiritual man in me (i.e. in Romans 7) so you are not alone my friend in this struggle.

  • Thank you for righting and sharing this article with us. I, however, do have a question; while you give the secular definition of arrogance, might there be a better definition as it applies to the saved Christian? A secular, or a Christian who doesn’t want to hear about abstaining from a purposefully consistent and habitual life of sin, would be considered what is a secularists term for arrogant..

    • Jack Wellman

      Thank you sir. I tried giving the Hebrew and Greek words for arrogance and a few Bible verses. I did try to find a few scriptures with a definition of what it is by the commands to not be arrogant in James 4 and Ephesians 2. They are few verses that give a Christian definition except the commands to not be arrogant. The secular definition is relatively close to that of what a Christian should not be like.