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Nov
26
The Creator's Gift of Intelligence
Psalm 111:10
"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever."
In many of our Creation Moments programs, we have shown that animal intelligence is not a result of evolution but God's gift to His creatures. While animals are limited to a much smaller area of...
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Studies Link Violence with Self-Love

2 Timothy 3:2
"For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy."

Popular psychology has for years declared that troubled young people, especially those who become violent, suffer from low self-esteem. But three studies released in the summer of 1999 conclude the opposite: young people who become violent have too much self-esteem.

One of the studies, published by the American Psychological Association, observed 540 undergraduate students. After answering standard questions designed to measure self-esteem and narcissism, the students were put into different situations. They were given the opportunity to act aggressively against someone who had praised them, insulted them or did nothing to them. Researchers found that the most narcissistic students were the most likely to react violently. They also found that narcissists were especially aggressive against anyone who had offended them. Another study found narcissism is prevalent among prisoners convicted of rape, murder, assault, armed robbery and similar crimes. When their self-esteem was measured against the general population, it was found to be above average. The researchers involved in this study pointed out that the primary focus of prison rehabilitation is on building self-esteem. This, they concluded, is definitely the wrong approach, since such people already have an inflated view of themselves.

The Bible warns against narcissism. Many of the problems in our society today are undoubtedly the result of this condition.

Prayer: 
Father, it is enough for me that You loved me enough to save me. Amen.
Notes: 
"Studies link violence and narcissism," Toronto Star, 12/99, p.J6.