The belief that pleasure is the only or chief goal in life. There is a legitimate place for pleasure and enjoyment however, it is to be balanced with discipline, a diligent approach to work and family responsibilities, and a care for our fellow man. For a Christian this is coupled with a proper perspective to life that results in glory to God as we do His will and live for the Kingdom’s sake (Ps 37:4; Mt 6:33).

The Bible teaches that those who have a wrong emphasis of loving pleasure will become poor (Prov 21:17).

“As it was in the day of Noah so it will be before Christ’s return”, with people not being concerned about the long-term rather only interested in the short-term and how their wants and sensual needs can be met now (Lk 17:26). Those who give themselves to this belief live according to the sinful nature, often

Self can become a god

in sexual impurity, and engaging in destructive habits, being lovers of themselves and money by “Doing whatever seems right in their own eyes” (Jdg 17:6; Rom 6:19, 8:5-8; 2 Tim 3:1-4).

As close friendship with, and adopting the world’s value system, is choosing to be an enemy of God, we are instructed not to love the world because it will pass away, while those who walk uprightly with God will live forever (Jas 4:4; 1 Jn 2:15-17). Remember Moses who chose to associate with the plight of the Israelites rather than enjoy the pleasures of sin and the luxury of the palace (Heb 11:24-26).

See also: carnal, flesh, gods (idols), lust, perspective, pleasure, self, selfishness.