(Post Author: Bill Pratt)
The Christian view of man holds a tension.
On the one hand, we are to understand that God created man in his image, meaning he gave us rational minds, a will, moral values, and so forth. Since we are unique among his creation in possessing his image, this surely guarantees our tremendous value, both as a species and as individuals.
On the other hand, we are nothing, less than nothing, without God in our lives. Sin pervades our nature and darkens our souls. Only when we reach out to God can we cure this horrible disease. We must humble ourselves before him to escape our predicament.
How do we synthesize these two views of man? We are to always remember our value in God’s eyes, but we are also to remember what we are like without him.
It’s no use beating ourselves up all the time and putting ourselves down. That denies our value. Maybe you’ve heard the following wise saying: “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.”
It’s no use thinking we are intrinsically good on our own. That denies our need for God. Those who think they don’t need God end up with a distorted view of their own abilities.
Both traps are waiting for us, so we mustn’t fall in either one.
Which trap do you think people are more prone to fall into?