Arrogance and Self-Righteousness
An arrogant and self righteous person
believes they are always right,
better, smarter, or more important than other people.
Self -pride harms only the proud,
arrogance due to overbearing pride
brings contempt for others.
An arrogant person is often rude
and very fond of offending others.
They cannot take abuse,
but can be abusive and very condescending to others.
They have a sense of self importance
that overshadows their ability to comprehend any variation
of their own argument,
let alone any overriding counter argument of any sort.
For this reason arrogance can be described as
a form of delusion.

(also called sanctimoniousness and holier-than-thou attitudes)

is a feeling or display of (usually smug) moral superiority

derived from a sense that one's beliefs, actions, or affiliations
are of greater virtue than those of the average person.
They can have or show an exaggerated opinion
of their own importance,
merit, ability, etc.
They can be conceited and overbearingly proud. 
No one is perfect;
we are all sinners in our own ways
(Romans 3:21-24, 1 John 1:8).

If we treat people we consider to be "sinners" with scorn,
or think we are better than they are,
we are guilty of the sin of self-righteousness.

Self-righteous individuals
are piously sure of their own righteousness.

They exhibit pious self-assurance
showing an exaggerated awareness
of their own virtuousness and righteousness
and are often intolerant of the opinions and behaviors of others.
This kind of arrogance is sometimes used
as a coping mechanism for people who are secretly insecure.
Their insecurity is disguised as confidence,
self-worth, or self-importance.

Biblically speaking, self-righteousness is the idea
that we can somehow generate within ourselves a righteousness
that will be acceptable to God (Romans 3:10).

None can be righteous

on the basis of their own behavior .

Jesus told a parable about certain people who

“Trusted in themselves that they were righteous

and viewed others with contempt” (Luke 18).

Jesus referred to two men going up to the temple to pray —

the one a Pharisee, the other a tax-collector.

The Pharisee began by thanking God

that he was not like the sinners of society

and then went on to recite his own notable virtues.

The tax-collector stood at a distance with downcast eyes,

pleading for God’s mercy and identifying himself as a sinner.

The conclusion?

The admitted sinner was accepted before God

and the self-righteous Pharisee found no approval with God.


Righteousness is not from what we do,

but the result of what God has done for us.





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