So I recently put “a command to love yourself” into a search engine to see what I’d get… I’m not sure why, but I was kinda surprised at the litany of stuff actually arguing for the idea.
However, I shouldn’t have been surprised, because the American Dream has always – in one way or another – encouraged the love of self. In fact, much of contemporary “Christianity” today focuses on a “you are worth so much” chant that logically leads its teachers to follow this chant with a teaching that will keep listeners satisfied and “in the club,” so to speak.I’ve primarily heard the “love yourself” teaching twisted out of the Scriptures by Joyce Meyer (I’m pretty sure it’s actually her primary “teaching” platform), however, I’ve heard plenty of similar teaching – if in more veiled language – from many other sources.
One article I found online is a good example of this: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/formerlyfundie/loving-yourself-the-biblical-command-we-tend-to-forget/
You will notice, however, that the author uses no Scripture (aside from the half quotation of “love your neighbor as yourself”) to back up their claims that to “love yourself” is even an idea in the imperative of the command. Now, there are professing Christians that will try to go to passages about “abundant life” and such and try to twist their base ideas into something that will work with their teaching on Matthew 22:39... But as I’ve tried to briefly point out in my last post, I do not believe the whole testimony of Scriture would even come close to substantiating such a claim.
Besides that, no matter how much “Christianese” you use, the logical end of such and argument is self-love and/or self-worship as a prime goal in life. It also diminishes a person’s ability to rightly judge their own sinfulness by inserting a third category of responsibility that the Bible does not teach.
I thought this article was a perfect example of the logical end to such a false message: https://bayart.org/2016/08/22/how-to-fall-in-love-with-yourself/
Anyone who can read such self absorbed advice and not cringe or have red flags go off in their brain has a lot to learn about what the Bible says about mankind, God, and the character and worth of Christ.