Tuesday, 7 September 2010

God and the Proud Man

"In God you come up against something which is in every respect immeasurably superior to yourself. Unless you know God as that-and, therefore, know yourself as nothing in comparison- you do not know God at all. As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you."

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

...which prompts this question: Is the decline of Christianity in the West directly related to the inculcation of pride in people as a virtue (the cult of the self), or is the latter phenomenon directly related to the decline of Christianity?

2 comments:

Matthias said...

"Is the decline of Christianity in the West directly related to the inculcation of pride in people as a virtue (the cult of the self), or is the latter phenomenon directly related to the decline of Christianity? " I would say both ,as a result of the enlightenment and the so called " autonomy of man'there has occurred a reaction against Christianity. But it has gone beyond just pride to become arrogance ,as in the days of Noah

Pr Mark Henderson said...

I'm inclined to agree, Matthias. Which begs the question, 'How long, O Lord?'
Of course, pride is the original sin, and there is a truly devilish tainst to the way it is inculcated in our young people today.