Addressing His disciples, Jesus made the pointed observation, "How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God." To be tied down by earthly things and possessed by material wealth is to deny oneself
access to the kingdom.
It's not enough to be considered equal if one has to deny oneself
and one's identity.
In the Gospel, Jesus presents the reality of the cross as part of the Father's kingdom, and He lays down two fundamental conditions for following Him: To deny oneself
and to take up one's own cross.
Anyone who attempts to deny oneself
anything in this society of abundance will encounter temptation.
For example, Miller writes, "The call to the consecrated life begins, not with a 'clenched teeth' determination to deny oneself
the happiness that life has to offer, but with being seized by a love that becomes the inner motivation for a total gift of self to the mission of Christ."
Henry Siegman, former head of the American Jewish Congress and a Middle East expert at the Council on Foreign Relations admitted that "When it comes to the Israeli-Arab conflict, the terms of debate are so influenced by organized Jewish groups, like AIPAC, that to be critical of Israel is to deny oneself
the ability to succeed in American politics." A noteworthy example of the great influence Israel wields on American foreign policy came in the summer of 2006, when Israel attacked Lebanon.
It is easy--it is even a luxury--to deny oneself
the use of a television set, and I zealously practice that form of self-denial.
Authentic self-interest, he argues, is to deny oneself
(that is one's false self), take up the cross, and follow Jesus into engagement with the powers.
As EuroCanadians we may have no choice but to write about the history of oral societies but it is hard to understand why one would deny oneself
access to the richness and vitality of the essence of Dene being.
To do anything less is to deny oneself
. For Milkman to love Hagar's hair is to love himself and his racial heritage.
Why not explicitly deny oneself
a pleasure for good of the poor?
Yes, Jesus very clearly states that to deny oneself
and love others is the starting point to eternal life.
Jesus earlier told His disciples that anyone who wishes to follow Him must deny oneself
and take up one's cross.
Likewise, to "deny oneself
" means not that disciples should allow their identity to be obliterated in subservience and submission, such as the way that many women in Chiapas relinquish their own identity, and give no attention to their own needs or wants.