Where did the trait in man come from which causes him to deny the superiority of God? It started with the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. "You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. "For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." (Gen 3:4-5). Now if this statement is true or not is for another discussion seeing as how the message came from the serpent. Eve certainly believed it regardless, and this shows her desire to be like God, and by choosing her own way instead of God's that can be measured as denying the superiority of God.
Since man was created in the image of God, which I consider to be that God created man with those traits, common to God himself. The power to reason, and so on. If you see it from God's point of view it makes sense. If you where all alone for eternity would you not want a friend? Yet what if your friend killed you? Then you would cease to exist so you would want your friend to be similar to you, but you would want to make sure that your friend wouldn't want to kill you. This would be a big point.
In that light I find it difficult to accept that man is so egotistical as to deny an intelligence and power superior to himself. This may not be so much as egotistism as is it was non-confrontationalism. Remember it was his wife that brought him the fruit. He would have had to deny his wife to obey God.
The reasoning I use to make that Statement stems from the popularity of the theory of evolution, the lengths to which society will go in order to legitimize it. I suggest watching the Genesis Code.
Every time some different fossil is found there seems to be a concerted effort to somehow garner it as proof of Evolution. All the while ignoring that even in our lifetime some species have become extinct for Environmental reasons. And will some future generation (assuming there will be one) find fossil remains from some extinct species such as the dodo bird and proclaim it as proof of evolution. I see evolution as the formulation of the word, for example a sentence uses previous words to build a concept. So it is as simple as when he said the words.
If we being made in God's image have such pride as to believe that we are the pinnacle of intelligence are we not proclaiming ourselves at least equal to God. Some people do indeed consider themselves equal if not greater the God.
It almost seems that if we deny the existence of God, we are proclaiming man is God or the most superior of all. This is what I call the Pyramid Theory.
In my humble opinion that is the most dangerous sin of all, being the thing that caused Lucifer to be ejected from Heaven. Possible.
My question then is since no such attitude was apparent in Adam, did God create man with this egomania intentionally or was this part of the Knowledge of good and evil, which came from man's disobedience in the Garden of Eden? See first the pride in the daily usage of the knowledge of good and evil. For pride is the fruit. By casting away pride, we eat only the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). That is why we have been called to consider ourselves dead to pride (1 John 2:16). Otherwise we are cast into the fires of anger when we meet the Jesus (Isaiah 28:16). And out countenance falls, and our spirit pays the penalty that leads to death. For the flesh and the Spirit are against each other (Galatians 5:17). The fruits bear witness to the spirit (Matthew 7:15-20).
Therefore circumcise the inner flesh (casting away sexual immorality), the heart (love only the Father and care not for the world), and the Spirit (by casting away anger wrath and Jealousy) by the faith that God will fulfill the law (Matthew 5:17). For vengeance belongs to him (Romans 12:19).