God hates pride. As a Christian, I was taught this idea. To equate yourself with God was committing that worst of sins, having an overblown ego filled with the sin of pride.
This is based on the Christian doctrine of the “Seven deadly sins.” These sins are not listed as a group anywhere in the bible. That’s simply because they were never part of the original teachings of spiritual science that originated in Africa. It is documented but not well known that Christianity is based on a fringe part of African spiritual science.
These “seven deadly sins” are based on control and fear. which is a big part of maintaining control of the mind by Christianity. They help lower a persons self-esteem.
There is all kind of doctrines built up around this idea that God hates sin and being prideful is sinful. And for this reason, we have been disconnected from one of the most powerful realizations that we could ever come too. And that is the understanding of who we truly are as a spiritual being having a human experience and having most importantly having esteem of self.
In pre-colonized Africa, they were monotheistic. Below in the meme is a saying that encapsulates how Ancient Africans believed about what we call God today.
But what Africans believed was not a matter of being prideful. It was a statement arriving at a logical conclusion based on their science and philosophy about God. It is where the Christian idea of God originated but was changed over the centuries for the purpose of lower self-esteem to maintain power and control of Christain believers.
African philosophy about God
The Ancient African belief was that there was only one creator that created from itself and because it is the source of everything in the universe then nothing in the universe can be different from it. It was THE ALL.
The way ancient Africans philosophically viewed monotheism and creation was if something was different than THE ALL then something ELSE had to create it. The implication of being different would mean that something else outside of the creator had to create that different thing. Therefore it could not be THE ALL. That would then imply that God was not the source of ALL. There had to be ANOTHER creator.
Africans recognized the fallacy of two creators and built a consistent cosmology and spiritual science based on the idea of one source of all. It never changed no matter what aspect of the Universe was being expressed. It’s one of the reasons most indigenous cultures have a profound respect for all things in nature. They recognize that is it The All expressing itself.
Christian fathers tweaked that idea based on a philosophy inherited from Greek Gnostics. The Gnostics believed there was so much evil in the world that it could not be of God. So they surmised a second level of gods they called “Aeons” created the earth.
Oddly enough, Christian fathers did not agree with the Aeons idea. They professed that there is only one “True God.” But they did subscribe to the idea that creation was different from the God that created it. The reason they did not subscribe to the multiple creator’s idea was based on political reasons to develop and maintain a hierarchy in “The church” for power and control.
This is evidenced by the Christian creation myth of Adam and Eve. The framework for the myth was copied from the Ancient Egyptian myth of Atum. Except Atum was the source of all the Universe. When Atum came into being the rest of the universe emanated from it.
Another aspect different from Christianity is that Atum was masculine and feminine. Not a lone male God creating everything. Ancient Africans recognized that it took masculine and feminine to create anything Masculine and feminine is figurative language. They were not saying that God was a big human being in the sky.
The Egyptian myth is based on explaining a mathematical idea of the “monad” in story form. Once you understand the monad principle you will then see why there had to be an Eve that came from Adam. When you compare the Christian mythology to the original numerology you can see that the fathers were aware of the monad, but either didn’t quite understand it or had to do some mental gymnastics to portray God as an all-powerful male.
Adam and Eve also have a deeper symbolic level relating to consciousness that goes beyond the scope of this writing.
It is not well known yet, that the source of biblical writings are from Africa, no matter how it was inspired. philosophically the Bible kept the African way of thinking about THE ALL being the creator of and encompassing everything.
See Isaiah 45:7 “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.”
No evil or devil, only science
For the Africans, there was no such thing as evil or a devil. The All (God) is personified but is not humanized. It was scientific and mathematical principles that their philosophy was based on. Their symbolism expressed these abstract aspect of nature (NeTeR) that were void of human thought and perceptions.
The modern religious view of a male God that would punish you or dictate your life would seem childlike thinking to the ancient Africans.
What we call the devil today is based on the African principle of S.T. (Set). It is the principle of opposition.
For example, to keep a planet from spinning off into space the force of gravity from the sun is in opposition to the planet trying to move away. The Hebrew word SaTan, which means adversary, is derived from the African word S.T. (SeT). The meaning adversary would be closer to the original meaning of opposition than what we have today as Satan being synonymous with evil as an entity. However, it is in opposition to good.
In African spiritual science, it is the principle of duality. In order to create anything, its opposite must exist. Trying to create anything without its opposition would be like trying to clap with one hand.
In other words, the creator is everything in existence. Good or Evil is a matter of perspective and definition. Not an absolute.
The best way I have found to express the pre-Christian African way of thinking is by analogy.
“God” as the ultimate creator is an ocean. You are a drop in that ocean. The only difference between you and the ocean is the magnitude. For what is an ocean but a multitude of drops?
The quote below is not an expression of pride, it’s a recognition of who you are. You are the creator expressing and enjoying itself in human form for a brief time.
The African and Christian contrast on God
Grown-up around the idea that equating ourselves to God is a sin is the opposite idea of being humble. Many Christians equate humble with being self-effacing in an effort to be the opposite of prideful. As a Christian, I made statements like I am “nothing without God.” However, the reality is that you are the same stuff as God, just not the same magnitude.
The difference in the original African philosophy of THE ALL and the Christian philosophy of God is this:
In African philosophy, your daily existence was tied to recognizing your own divinity, or the power within you, the power that is you. It was consistent with the philosophy that there is only one creator. Your evolution is finding the god within you. It goes even deeper in that Africans had no concept or word for our concept of worshiping God. How could one worship what they are?
They invoked the power of the NeTeR (NaTuRe) within themselves. They BECAME that which they desired. This philosophy raised self-esteem within the individual and everyone connected to it culturally.
The bible actually states this same Idea in the scripture Proverbs 23:7, as a man thinketh in his heart so is he… The heart is the seat of our emotions. Emotions are how we recognize our vibration in the physical body.
In contrast, the Christian philosophy became about having a relationship to this entity that was outside of who you are. You had to do certain things to gain favor from this entity. You were dependent on how this entity “felt” about you. What “his” will was for you.
The worst part of it is was there were so many contradictions you could never really be sure you were on the right path. And even if you were on the right path the smallest infraction could derail you or cause God to be angry with you.
There was very little clarity. But a person with low self-esteem does not look for clarity. They simply want to COMPLY with what they are told. Low self-esteem individuals also do not question the teachings because they don’t value their own ability to critically analyze ideas. They fear being wrong.
And worse, if you didn’t have a good relationship and gain favor you would be subject to the most horrific punishment of burning in hell for eternity.
One of the aspects you begin to recognize about this separate from God philosophy is the contradictions that it produces. You are supposed to be made in the image of God, but not God.
You live a life on earth, but anything that causes you to enjoy living here is pulling you away from God. It becomes a battle of being spiritual or carnal. You begin to be an adversary to your own self and your own mind. You will not ever gain high self-esteem living in that state of mind.
Africans had no such belief. Everything was the source in another form. Salvation was literally the chance to live ANOTHER life! Not be saved from hell. Before colonization, Africans did not live adversarial to themselves nor to each other.
God hates pride is not true
The idea the God hates pride is erroneous when you equate yourself to God on this plane of existence. You are a god/goddess, not THE God. However, you are the same stuff as the original source.
How empowering would it be to recognize who you are every day? Loving God as its human form that looks back at you in the mirror. Pride in who you are should be the foundation of your daily mantra.
That was the Ancient African way. This way you will develop high esteem for self which is a necessary component of growing a healthy mentality. God is not broken, therefore neither are you.
God did not hate pride. It was those in power that did not want empowered persons to question their authority. It is still the same today. People that have enough confidence to think for themselves are a threat to any organization that needs fear to control those within the organization. Christianity is built on fear and confusion.
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