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Is Self Improvement Sin

Is self improvement biblical or is it a sin?

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 ---mike on 11/21/07
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Mike,

There is a biblical self improvement.

2pet 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, and to virtue knowledge,
2pet 1:6 And to knowledge temperance, and to temperance patience, and to patience godliness,
2pet 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness charity.
2 pet 1:8 ....

If I strive to add these things to my faith, then I have improved myself.

May the Lord bless you,
---trey on 11/26/07


Part 1 - Ecc. 10:10 If the ax is dull & its edge is unsharpened more strength is needed, but skill will bring success.
ex. 35:34 - & he has given him the ability to teach others he has filled them w/ skills to do all kinds of work.
2 chro 2:13 I am sending harami...a man w/ great skills, he is trained TO WORK... & CAN EXECUTE ANY DESIGN GIVEN TO HIM...
---kai on 11/26/07


Pt 2 - to jack, the question is nonesense? I wonder if you deny your'self' if self is sin. You are teaching laziness & victim mentality. maybe you are a pastor, enriching yourself using god for profit.Your thinking is to give 10% & let god do all the work. God told adam to 'TEND' the garden before he sinned.
---kai on 11/26/07


Pt 3 - there is nothing wrong with financial abundance. Prov. 22:18 do you see a man skilled at his work? he will serve before kings, he will not serve before obscure men.
Prov 28:19 he who works his land will have abundant food, but the one who chases fantasy will have his fill of poverty.
Prov. 10:15 poverty is the ruin of the poor
pro 18:11 the wealth of the rich is their fortified city.
---kai on 11/26/07


Pt 4 - when a person exp. abundance, he should continue humility. EZE 28:5 by your great skill in trading you have inc. your wealth & because of your wealth you heart has grown proud!
so if wealth is wrong, & parents cannot provide for their families, will you condemn them that they are 'worst than an unbeliever, bec. they cannot provide for their families?'
---kai on 11/26/07




Rebecca_D:

Very right!
The Bible tells us that improving our bodies is of little importance in and of iself.

If it makes us more effective, and helps us live life more adbundantly, it is probably a GOOD thing.

If we do it just to be vain and for personal glory and indulgence, it is probably a BAD thing.

As with all things, look at the fruits.
---StrongAxe on 11/26/07


There isn't anything wrong if a person wants to improve or change their lifestyle. There isn't anything wrong with a person taking vitamins or using health-care products to better help their bodies. It isn't wrong if a person is overweight and has surgery done to help them take the weight off. Unless they turn themselves into looking like a Barbie doll. That is going overboard.
---Rebecca_D on 11/24/07


What sort of self-improvement do you mean?
Some will go all out for improving worldly wealth, job and status.
Not Biblical. nnor what Shawn is talking about.
But I'm not sure it is of itself a sin, unless it detracts form our Christian life (which I suppose is likely)
---alan_of_UK on 11/23/07


To the extent we overcome our sins, temptations, weaknesses, and failings, to that extent we have improved ourselves.

If self-improvement is a sin, then overcoming sin is itself a sin.

You see what nonsense the question is?
---Jack on 11/22/07


This thought has been on my mind for some time now. I would truly love to have the answer to this question. My on going thought is "is it love of the world"to want to improve ourselves physically or better ourselves with things that are not about God. Such as education in topics of personal interest, improving our home environment with material possessions. Unfortunately I do not have the answer but am very interested in knowing the answer to this question
---KAY on 11/22/07




Jude:20 tells us to build ourselves up in faith by praying in the Spirit.
We are told many times that the Word of God is to be received so we may grow. I believe this to be in the category of self improvement. Wouldn't it be a shame if someone thought they were so perfect they didn't need improving? And wasn't it Paul who said he kept under his body, bringing it under subjection? He was constantly trying to improve.
---john on 11/22/07


Self improvement can be and often is sin, unless that improvement is Spirit led, which is really God working in us to will and to do according to His good purpose (Phil)
Much of society is focused on self improvement, look at the popularity of self help books. Also note the focus is on self. There are many people that appear to be good and are lost.
---christina on 11/22/07


Blessings to you mike, I have always heard, and I totally agree with this, never trust "self." Self can be one of your worst enemies, my friend. Jeremiah 17:9, The heart is deceitful, above all things, and desperately wicked, who can know it? Put your trust in God and totally submit to Him. The improvements will come by Him working in your heart,and allowing Him to change your Heart. Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you and guide you as you submit, obey, and trust Him. God Bless!
---Cynthia on 11/21/07


Paul says to Tmothy, "Meditate on these things, give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all." (1 Timothy 4:15) So, I can see that Timothy was told to do what can make progress, improving of himself. God does have us personally involved in improving ourselves. But make sure the improvement is what God desires > "striving according to His working which works in me mightily," we have in Colossians 1:29 >
go with **His*** flow, might we say (((o:
---Bill_bila5659 on 11/21/07


I think of how ones get "healed" to themselves so they may feel better, but they are not healed in God's love. We need to become more and more "one spirit with Him" (1 Corinthians 6:17) so we are healed to God Himself..."Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." (James 5:16) This will also heal us to each other, so we are "perfect in one" (John 17:23).
---Bill_bila5659 on 11/21/07


It sure isn't a sin. We all have room for improvement. If a person is satisfied with themselves, that is fine but what about their walk with the Lord? There is always room to move up and closer to God.
---Rebecca_D on 11/21/07


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One of the objective of a Christian is to be as near Christ like and Biblically literate as possible. To serve God requires self improvement so you can do a better job of serving God. So self improvement is is absolutely Biblical if done for a God centered motive consistent with his plan for your life for it is impossible to exercise free will and serve God. Free will is being in a state of rebellion against God the Father.
---notlaw99 on 11/21/07



Mike
Biblically we are encouraged to run the go race to striving in the Spirit so we may grow in Christ. As we do we become a brighter LIGHT for God, improving ourselves and becoming a more noticeable beacon of light for the world.
---Shawn.M.T on 11/21/07


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