How should Christians view the model of Maslow's Hierarchy of needs?


Matthew 6:26 - 34

NASB - 26 Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27 And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
As implied by the verse cited in the question, I'd say that Maslow's hierarchy of needs (as I understand it) is contradicted most directly by Jesus' words in Matthew 6:25-33. (This same thought is expressed elsewhere in the Bible as well, as in Deuteronomy 8:3 (which Jesus quoted to Satan in Matthew 4:4), or in 1 Corinthians 3:11.)

Maslow's hierarchy is predicated on the satisfaction of needs through human effort, whereas Christianity is based on God as the source of fulfillment for all human needs (both physical and spiritual) if people will put Him first in their lives. 

Being in a right standing with God, which occurs only through faith in Christ, is, at the same time, the most fundamental human need (since it is the only need that deals in concerns that are eternal), and also the need which, when satisfied, leads (as Jesus noted) to fulfillment of all other needs (even those that are viewed as most basic in human terms).

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