Can we be saved without humility?


#1

Q: Can we be saved without humility?
Unless we humble our selves and become like little children we will not enter the kingdom of heaven (Matt.18: 3). Furthermore, in order to accept what God has promised us we must be meek (Matt. 5: 5).

Q: How do we become humble? We must allow the Spirit of God to lead us (Galatians 5:25); look out for the interest of others over our own (Philippians 2:4); and forget ourselves and follow Jesus (Luke 9:25). To follow Jesus is to do as He did.

Q: How did Jesus show humility? He emptied himself, taking the form of a slave; and humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross (Philippians 2: 6). He did this in order to free us from our sins that we committed against Him.

Do we have faith in Jesus and can we be saved if we do not humble our selves like Jesus did and offer our lives for the service of those who hurt us?


#2

Worship of God is at the very core of humility. If you do not acknowledge Jesus as God, your pride has gotten in your way. There are various degrees of humility, but I think the essence of humility is in its root humus which mean earth. We must acknowledge that we are creatures and God is creator and all creatures are to be loved because they are created by God. I think that’s the whole point of humility. I think that is the humility that we need. It is a gift from God, and he will increase it in us if we offer ourselves to him.


#3

I’ve often thought that if we are not humble in this life we will most certainly be humbled in Purgatory.

While service to others, even those who have hurt us, is needed, I believe humility also involves a willingness to abandon our own pride. Sometimes we’re the cheerful givers of charity, but all too often we let pride get in the way of being the receivers of charity. How often have you needed help, but were too proud to ask for it? We are part of this mystical body of Christ yet sometimes we think that only the head of this body is there to help us. If we humble ourselves, we soon discover that the entire body is there to lift us up…just as we are there to lift other up.


#4

I hope this isn’t a trick question.

My answer is, no. Humility is what it’s all about.

[edit]On second thought, I’m uncomfortable with “can” we be saved. I figure with God everything is possible, so I dunno. You may disregard my knee-jerk reaction that was my answer above.

Alan


#5

[quote=StCsDavid]I’ve often thought that if we are not humble in this life we will most certainly be humbled in Purgatory.

While service to others, even those who have hurt us, is needed, I believe humility also involves a willingness to abandon our own pride. Sometimes we’re the cheerful givers of charity, but all too often we let pride get in the way of being the receivers of charity. How often have you needed help, but were too proud to ask for it? We are part of this mystical body of Christ yet sometimes we think that only the head of this body is there to help us. If we humble ourselves, we soon discover that the entire body is there to lift us up…just as we are there to lift other up.
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You are certainly right. It is often so much easier to believe that we are strong and that we have all the answers. It’s hard to admit that we are not self-sufficient. By the way, have you read The Four Loves by CS Lewis? Your answer sounds a lot like what he said in his chapter on Charity.


#6

[quote=arunangelo]Q: Can we be saved without humility?
Unless we humble our selves and become like little children we will not enter the kingdom of heaven (Matt.18: 3). Furthermore, in order to accept what God has promised us we must be meek (Matt. 5: 5).

Q: How do we become humble? We must allow the Spirit of God to lead us (Galatians 5:25); look out for the interest of others over our own (Philippians 2:4); and forget ourselves and follow Jesus (Luke 9:25). To follow Jesus is to do as He did.

Q: How did Jesus show humility? He emptied himself, taking the form of a slave; and humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross (Philippians 2: 6). He did this in order to free us from our sins that we committed against Him.

Do we have faith in Jesus and can we be saved if we do not humble our selves like Jesus did and offer our lives for the service of those who hurt us?
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Cool question!


#7

Acknowledging that we are NOTHING without GOD and GOD is our MASTER we humble ourselves before evryone else and before GOD.

The opposite of Humility is PRIDE. and PRIDE is SATAN"S


#8

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