The Pope says Pride and Hatred are the Most Dangerous Sins

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The Pope recently made a startling comment by declaring sins of the flesh not to be the most serious while declaring “the most serious” as pride and hatred. Why are these two so dangerous?

Pope says pride and hatred are more serious than sins of the flesh

During a press conference aboard the papal plane in early December 2021, 84-year-old Pope Francis made a startling comment: “Sins of the flesh are not the most serious,” the Daily Mail reported.

The supreme pontiff declared that pride and hatred are “the most serious.”

It’s worth noting that pride and hatred are not sins listed in God’s top ten sins, the Ten Commandments, but the two are repeatedly condemned as sin throughout the Bible.

Why is pride such a dangerous sin?

“Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.”

– Proverbs 16:18

The sin of pride is like a seed, giving birth to other sins. Another way to view it is as a “gateway” send, leading to a host of others.

What pride leads to

The Bible has numerous verses about pride in which it is linked to other sins. Arrogance, perverted speech, evil, hatred, haughtiness, conceit, fleshly desires, materialism, insolence, rivalry, superiority, lies, boastfulness, deceit and self-deceit, impatience, vanity, seeking recognition, greed, envy, adultery, wickedness, coveting, slander, loftiness, sexual obsession, and foolishness.

Satan’s sin: Pride

“How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, “I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit on the mount of assembly on the heights of Zaphon; I will ascend to the tops of the clouds, I will make myself like the Most High”

– Isaiah 14:12-14

The figure in the Bible who most exemplifies the sin of pride and its ramifications is the Devil or Satan.

Because of pride, Satan saw himself as equal to God. In fact, the Devil’s attempt to tempt Christ, Satan, has a certain authority on Earth, showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world:

“And the Devil said to Him, ‘All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.'”

–Luke 4:6-7

But Jesus did not buy Satan’s prideful lie:

“And Jesus answered him, ‘It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.””

–Luke 4:8

Humble yourself

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.”

–James 4:10

Indeed, it is pride and self-assurance that lead humankind away from God.

“In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, ‘There is no God.'”

–Psalm 10:4

The Bible tells us that the prideful, for all their scheming, will receive nothing in the end. Jesus said:

“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

– Luke 14:11

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”

–Matthew 5:5