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With God we shall do valiantly; it is he who will tread down our foes.
(Psalm 108:13) ESV 

For nothing will be impossible with God.
(Luke 1:37) ESV 

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
(John 15:13) ESV 

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
(1 Corinthians 9:24,25) ESV 

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
(1 Corinthians 10:31) ESV 

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
(Philippians 2:3,4) ESV 

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
(Philippians 4:13) ESV 

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
(Colossians 3:17) ESV 

An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.
(2 Timothy 2:5) ESV 

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Competition is the keen cutting edge of business, always shaving away at costs.
--Henry Ford American Businessman 1863-1947

Number one, cash is king... number two, communicate... number three, buy or bury the competition.
--Jack Welch American Businessman Born 1935

The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting above average effort.
--Colin Powell American Statesman Born 1937

Competition is a sin.
--John D. Rockefeller American Businessman 1839-1937

Well, we know that people in Australia love the idea of both Impulse and Virgin Blue getting up and adding a bit of competition, and it's fun to be able to deliver it.
--Richard Branson British Businessman Born 1950

I find capitalism repugnant. It is filthy, it is gross, it is alienating... because it causes war, hypocrisy and competition.
--Fidel Castro Cuban Statesman Born 1926

All, all is theft, all is unceasing and rigorous competition in nature; the desire to make off with the substance of others is the foremost - the most legitimate - passion nature has bred into us and, without doubt, the most agreeable one.
--Marquis de Sade French Novelist 1740-1814

My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.
--Indira Gandhi Indian Statesman 1917-1984

It's a tough world out there and all the guys are fighting hard and the competition is really tough.
--Guy Forget French Tennis Player Born 1965

I kinda see everyone as competition. I'm a very competitive person. But I think that's good. Competition is great. And as long as it's friendly and not a malicious thing, then I think it's cool.
--Janet Jackson American Musician Born 1966

Of all human powers operating on the affairs of mankind, none is greater than that of competition.
--Henry Clay American Statesman 1777-18526

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Competition and the Bible

Competition, regardless of it's form, has as it's goal of pitting one person against another person in some test of prowess which leaves one a "winner" and another a "loser". It is a forum by which individuals perfect their "discipline". Another possibility is that of competing against one's self in a quest of perfecting one's self.

None of these values are supported by Scripture. The Bible teaches exactly the opposite of everything the Olympics teaches and stands for. The idea that pitting one person against another to determine which one is best strikes at the very heart of what Jesus said in His commandment to love one another. (Jn 13:34) It also flies in the face of another one of Christ's examples; that of washing the disciples' feet and then he said, "And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. "(Mk 10:44). The very nature of competition is not at all that of peace or love for your neighbour; it is one-upmanship, to defeat the other in order to be a "victor". In this quest to become victorious these "athletes" dedicate hours per day doing nothing but perfecting and glorifying the flesh in the hopes of attaining the ultimate adulation of the flesh on the victor's podium while the band plays the respective national anthem of the victor's represented country. A massive exclamation of pride!

Nowhere does the Bible promote pride and the proud. It is quite the opposite; the Bible goes out of it's way to discourage pride and the proud, and even goes so far as to say, "Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall."(Prov 16:18). Competition does not foster love for one another, it promotes defeating the other, just like in a war. The whole purpose is get one better than the next guy for the glory of the country; a great big pride trip! The Bible says," Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble." (James 4:6).

So, the whole purpose of competitive sports is to foster a "spirit" of bettering the next guy. Ever notice how it is the most competitive countries that are the most violent? There are numerous examples of people becoming very violent during sporting events, and this phenomena is not isolated to just one country or region, it is universal. Competition fosters ill-will towards others. People take sides for one group and against the other group. Competition fosters division and alienation, not peace and harmony.

It is this competitiveness in business that causes people to become unscrupulous (unprincipled according to Webster's) and to cheat others in the quest of getting one up and being the "victor" in the social race toward perfection of the flesh. The whole premise of competition is to defeat your opponent, to view him/her as an adversary that needs to be bettered. How does this foster peace or love for your neighbour, when all the time the mental preparation is that of treating the other as an adversary?

To "lose" a competition leaves one with the sensation of being diminished in value as a person, which fosters frustration and frustration often leads to violent outbursts, either against others or against one's self. Not being "victorious" in the quest for glory in the eyes of man is a self-denegrating experience for many, and has even led to suicide in some countries where "winning" or being a "success" is tantamount to good social standing. This is so contrary to what the Bible teaches! In the Scriptures we read that Jesus proclaimed in a parable about the talents where one was given a certain amount and another another amount and when the goodman returned he would take account of what they did with their talents, and what was the conclusion? Did the Lord say, "well done thou good and successful servant?" No! What He did say was," Well done thou good and faithful servant". To be faithful and to try is more acceptable in God's eyes than to "compete" with your neighbour in a vain show of one-upmanship.5
 

 

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Definition of Competition

1. The act of competing, as for profit or a prize; rivalry.

2. A test of skill or ability; a contest: a skating competition.

3. Rivalry between two or more businesses striving for the same customer or market.

4. A competitor: The competition has cornered the market.

5. Ecology The simultaneous demand by two or more organisms for limited environmental resources, such as nutrients, living space, or light.4     
          

 

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References and notes
The above Bible Promises are from the following books:
1.  The Bible Promise Book Barbour Publishing, Inc
2.  Promise of the Psalms Compiled by Ellen W. Caughey Barbour Publishing, Inc
3.  My Little Book of Promise - Christian Art Gifts
4.  The Free Dictionary - http://www.thefreedictionary.com/
5. 
" Competition ! ... love or war?" - http://www.liferesearchuniversal.com/competition.html
6.  Brainy Quote - http://www.brainyquote.com/

 


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