If one didnt look at the title of Dr. Tylers book, Jesus Christ: Self-Denial or Self-Esteem, they might feel they were reading a book about the life of Christ instead of a refutation of the self-esteem movement. Dr. To research additional information, we understand people have a peep at: http://huffingtonpost.com/author/tyler-collins
. Tyler requires a different approach thats feature of several of the other books on analyzing self-esteem. He doesnt entirely argue as Paul Vitz does the self-esteem position is faulty from the humanistic psychological approach. Or does h-e make an effort to contrast each thought and compare it to a thorough look at scripture references. Instead, he examines the idea of selfism for the methods and life of Jesus Christ. By therefore doing, he demonstrates that self-esteem flies straight in the face area of what Christ was teaching others, especially His own disciples. In the introduction, Dr. Tyler makes the case that the new pop-culture words, self-image, self-esteem and self-worth have one central focus: self. This being a recent phenomena (within the past 25-years), it has had an important effect o-n the church and its teachings. This salient http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/tyler-collins/
site has some refreshing suggestions for how to study this viewpoint. H-e quotes Robert Schuller who says that a new reformation is necessary and that being one focusing o-n self-esteem. (Its interesting that Schuller uses the term reformation. The Reformation, not quite 500 years ago, confirmed the utter ruin and lack of mans situation and reinforced the complete sufficiency of scripture, acceptance, religion and Christa complete and utter opposition of what Schuller wants.) Dr. Tyler seeks to assert that the Bibles focus is on self-denial, an idea that is obviously anathema to present day experts. And where are, Dr. Tyler requires, the language of Jesus when h-e apparently tells his followers to love themselves, respect themselves, take themselves, rely on themselves, develop a healthy self-image, or nurture feelings of worth and meaning? As h-e considers the works, words, and parables of Christ dr. Tyler searches for them in the next three sections of his book. Dr. Tyler considers Christs encounter with various people. Christ was often other-oriented because He was frequently about His men business. His baptism, the cleaning of the temple and the conference with the Samaritan women are just a few examples as proof that Dr. Tyler cites. The most striking evidence seems in Christs Sermon o-n the Mount where Jesus tells the group how exactly to obtain blessedness (joy). One would be prepared to find here Christ giving exhortation on seeking self-affirmation when the self-esteem zealots were true. Nevertheless, Dr. Tyler cites five Beatitudes that Christ preached which further disappoints the selfism crowd. God proclaimed blessedness would happen to people who are weak in spirit, mourn, exercise meekness, are eager and thirsty for righteousness, and are merciful. Leaving Christs terms, Dr. Tyler explores the miracles of Jesus Christ. Christ used miracles as proof of His divine authority, to give material to His words, and also to show his other-oriented attitude by offering love and sympathy for mankind. Dr. Tyler gives a few examples, healing of the Roman centurions server and the leper, the comforting for the Sea of Galilee, the person, to name a number of. This shows Christ was dedicated to meeting the needs of others. Dr. Tyler also leaves the advocates with a question regarding where was the person who cried I loathe myself, I feel inferior and inadequate; treat me Son of David; (not in Galilee obviously). Dr. Tyler uses the parables to help prove that Christ was other-oriented. H-e provides short description on the reason for parables. He describes the problem that lots of find why Christ spoke in parables, i.e., Christ deliberately put from the disobedient and rebellious His secrets. Dr. Tylers quotation from G. Campbell Morgan seems out of step nevertheless as Campbells estimate muddies the water. It seems inconsistent with Matthew 13:15b. lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should comprehend with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. Dr. Tyler ends his book by acknowledging that undeniably self-esteemism can be found in the scriptures. Their origin is in Genesis 3:6, And when the girl saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one sensible, she took of the fresh fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her spouse with her; and h-e did eat. It was the beginning of humanity becoming self-oriented. Their obvious to the audience that support for current selfism philosophy can not be derived from the teachings or living of Christ. Jesus was truly centered on doing His Fathers business in addition to relieving the putting up with of others..