Welcome to this exercise in which we will compare some statements or unbiblical views to what the Bible says. As we dive into these views, we will look at the wealth of knowledge and truth that the Word of God offers.
We will examine the first statement: "You have to love yourself before loving others." This view ignores the powerful words in John 15:12-13 which states, "This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends," and I John 4:7-8 that says, "Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God because God is love." The Bible does not teach us to love ourselves first before loving others but instead calls us to love others as Christ has loved us.
Secondly, the view that "you are created in God's image, making you inherently worthy of God's grace and infinite value in His sight" mistakenly ignores the Biblical truth that we are all sinners needing God's grace. Romans 5:8 states, "But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us," and in Romans 5:10, we learn, "For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life." Furthermore, I Corinthians 1:26-31 teaches that God uses the weak, humble, and lowly to shame the strong and that our worth comes not from ourselves but from our adoption into God's family through Christ.
The third statement we will examine is, "Without good self-esteem, you cannot solve problems, relate to others effectively, and grow spiritually." This view ignores the importance of relying on God's strength, not our own. II Corinthians 3:5-6 states, "Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life." Philippians 4:13 reminds us that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us, and James 4:6 teaches us that we should humble ourselves before God, not exalt ourselves.
Finally, we look at the view that "the most serious sin in the world is when a person says he is unworthy. The need for self-worth is the greatest of all human needs today." This view ignores the Biblical teachings of humility, Repentance, and obedience. Peter declares himself unworthy to be crucified like his Savior in Luke 22:33. Repentance is essential to receiving salvation, as we read in Acts 3:19: "Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out." Furthermore, faithful obedience to Jesus Christ means to deny ourselves and take up the cross as we read in Matthew 16:24-25: "Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it."
In conclusion, what the Bible teaches differs significantlymust from these unbiblical views. We should strive to love others as Christ has loved us, recognize that our worth comes from Christ alone, rely on God's strength, not our own, and practice humility, Repentance, and obedience. Let us anchor our beliefs in the eternal truths of God's Word and find our identity and worth in Him alone.