Perhaps one of the most pernicious doctrines of the Christian faith the the belief that pride is somehow an iniquitous trait, when in fact, this is not the case at all. Christians have it all wrong.
When speaking to Christians on the subject of pride, they tell me that pride is probably the most dangerous of sins, and it is pride which keeps them from seeing their so-called "sinfulness" and their need for a Savior. And it is pride which keeps them from humbling themselves to receive the grace of their God.
Many Christians also believe it is pride which got Lucifer (?) kicked out of heaven and it his pride which instigated a rebellion that has lasted to this day. Many believe pride to be the most dangerous and deadly of sins as it caused the downfall of Lucifer, with all of its attending tragedies.ie. every tragedy on earth for them can be attributed to the "pride of Lucifer." Ridiculous....I know.
For one thing, Christians love using Humpty Dumpty semantics to make words mean whatever they want them to mean. In this case, they take the passages from Isaiah 14, which refer to the King of Babylon, who is struck with a sword, killed and thrown into a common grave, and give them an entirely different meaning. Keep in mind that the Jews who wrote the Torah/Tanakh had no concept of a devil, as Satan is merely one of the "sons of god" in Genesis 6, who also comes in the entourage of "sons of god" in Job. They do not believe in "hell and satan" in the same context that Christians do. They were writing about the King of Babylon, and the "fallen angel", namely Lucifer, is a christian construct with no foundation in the Torah/Tanakh.
That being said, pride in oneself is NOT a vice, but a virtue. To use Aristotle's definition: Pride is the mean between two vices. For example: Courage is the mean between cowardice and foolhardy.
Pride is defined as the proper amount of self respect. The christian definition has been added as a definition which makes no sense. You can never have too much pride if pride is the proper amount of self respect--the christians misuse the word. Pride is between humble and arrogant/boastful, and I consider pride to be the highest virtue because if you have pride, then you will not disrespect yourself, and you will uphold all of the virtues.
The confusion comes about because christians want to make humble a virtue instead of a vice. Humble is defined as:
1.having a feeling of insignificance, inferiority, subservience, etc.:In the presence of so many world-famous writers I felt very humble.
2. low in rank, importance, status, quality, etc.;lowly: of humble origin; a humble home.
In fact, humbleness and meekness can be considered some of the worst attributes a person can have, as it allows them to be overcome by someone else's dogma. Being "meek and humble" conditions people to believe they are not "worthy"enough to think for themselves. It is a tactic the church has used for thousands of years now, with amazing results, as it creates generations upon generations of "sheeple" who blindly follow the leader, without thinking.
But the men who use the concept of Yahweh and his vow to "destroy the wisdom of the wise" are losing ground. In today's society, where one can speak freely without threat of persecution (well, for the most part..:) more and more people are coming to realize religion, in particular the worship of deities, is nothing more than false hope. Let's hope it continues.