Self-Esteem an Original Sin

Question: Relative to your arguments about lack of self-esteem, don't you think the Bible in its teaching on original sin says we are inferior?

Answer:  Absolutely not!  We are made in the image of God Himself.  He said each of us is worth more than the possession of the entire world, and because of that significance, Jesus was not embarrassed to refer to His followers as brothers.  We are, therefore, members of the family of God, which is exclusive company.  I believe the Bible teaches that we are to walk humbly before God, "esteeming others higher than ourselves," without groveling in self-doubt and despair.  Nowhere do I find a commandment that I am to hate myself and live in shame and personal disgust.  However, unfortunately, I know many Christians who are crushed with feelings of inferiority, and some have been taught this concept of worthlessness by their church.

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