The Deception of Self-Righteousness: Recognizing Our Fallen Nature


In the depths of human history, there exists a timeless and profound truth, encapsulated in the words of Jesus himself:

You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

(John 8:44, ESV)

This verse from the Bible serves as a stark reminder of the fallen nature of humanity and the pervasive deception that can lead us astray. The very core of our existence hinges on the recognition of our sinful tendencies and the need for divine guidance and redemption.

The Lie of Inherent Goodness:

One of the most insidious lies that has infiltrated our society is the belief in the inherent goodness of humanity. It’s a tempting notion to embrace—that we are naturally virtuous and upright, free from the need for divine intervention. This deception has far-reaching consequences, as it fosters the illusion that we can navigate life’s treacherous path without the guidance of God.

The Danger of Self-Reliance:

When we buy into the falsehood that humans are naturally good and self-sufficient, we embark on a perilous journey. It’s a path that eventually leads us to a place where we no longer feel the need for God’s presence or believe in His existence. This self-reliance blinds us to our own flaws and shortcomings, rendering us vulnerable to the temptations of pride, arrogance, and moral relativism.

The Greatest Lie:

In the grand tapestry of deception, the most significant falsehood is the one that leads us to believe that humans are naturally good and self-sufficient. This lie severs our connection with our Creator and distances us from the eternal truths that guide us towards righteousness and purpose.


In a world where self-righteousness and the belief in inherent goodness abound, we must remain vigilant against the father of lies, as described by Jesus in John 8:44.

Our fallen nature is a reality we cannot ignore. Acknowledging our need for God’s grace and guidance is not a sign of weakness but a path to true strength and salvation. Let us cast aside the treacherous lie of self-sufficiency and, instead, embrace the divine truth that leads us to a life of purpose, righteousness, and eternal love.

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