Biblical Concept: Projection


Projection – “PSYCHOLOGY the unconscious ascription of a personal thought, feeling, or impulse to somebody else, especially a thought or feeling considered undesirable” (Encarta).


The Biblical mental attitude sin of projection is an unconscious, or conscious, effort to assign unwarranted qualities to another person. 


The Biblical mental attitude sin of projection is a background sin supporting other sins such as: judging (we all judge, so you judge), lying (we all lie, so you lie), gossip (we all gossip, so you gossip), hypocrisy (we all act hypocritically, so you are a hypocrite).


Biblical Examples:


·The liar Satan projects lies to God (John 8:44b compared to Genesis 3:1-5).

·The wicked lower God to their standards (Psalm 50:16-21).

·The religious hypocrite projects his/her low standards to God (Romans 2:4).

·Non-Christian religious intellectuals project images to God (Acts 17:29).

·The religious project their low standards on themselves (2 Corinthians 10:12).

·For days, Elihu listened to Job, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar project false notions about

  God (and Job) (Job 34:10, see 35:2 and 42:8).

Closely related to the Biblical mental attitude sin of projection, is the mental attitude sin and logical fallacy of projecting a non-sequitur (Description: An argument in which the conclusion is not a necessary consequence of the premises. Another way of putting this is: A conclusion drawn from premises that provide no logical connection to it.*) Example: Men commit murder, you are a man, you are a murderer.

Closely related to the Biblical mental attitude sin of projection, is the mental attitude sin and logical fallacy of projecting a sweeping generalization (Description: Also known by the Latin term "DICTO SIMPLICITER", a Sweeping Generalization occurs when a general rule is applied to a particular situation in which the features of that particular situation render the rule inapplicable. A sweeping generalization is the opposite of a hasty generalization.*) Example: Blonds are dumb, you are blond, you are dumb.


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NAS John 8:44 “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature; for he is a liar, and the father of lies.” 

NAS Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Indeed, has God said, 'You shall not eat from any tree of the garden'?" 2 And the woman said to the serpent, "From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; 3 but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat from it or touch it, lest you die.' " 4 And the serpent said to the woman, "You surely shall not die! 5 "For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."


NAS Psalm 50:16 But to the wicked God says, "What right have you to tell of My statutes, And to take My covenant in your mouth? 17 "For you hate discipline, And you cast My words behind you. 18 "When you see a thief, you are pleased with him, And you associate with adulterers. 19 "You let your mouth loose in evil, And your tongue frames deceit. 20 "You sit and speak against your brother; You slander your own mother's son. 21 "These things you have done, and I kept silence; You thought that I was just like you; I will reprove you, and state the case in order before your eyes.


NAS Romans 2:4 Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance? 


NAS Acts 17:29 "Being then the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man. (Paul to the polytheistic religious intellectuals of Athens: Religion leads to defective thinking.  See 17:16-29.)


NAS 2 Corinthians 10:12 For we are not bold to class or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves; but when they measure themselves by themselves, and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding.


NAS Job 34:10 "Therefore, listen to me, you men of understanding. Far be it from God to do wickedness, And from the Almighty to do wrong.


NAS Job 35:2 "Do you think this is according to justice? Do you say, 'My righteousness is more than God's'?


NAS Job 42:8 "Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, and go to My servant Job, and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves, and My servant Job will pray for you. For I will accept him so that I may not do with you according to your folly, because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has."

* A Logical Fallacies Web page definition.