How would you respond if I said these things (self-control and humility) were present in the human make-up and had nothing to do with religion?
I would say that, while humility and self-control are present in our make-up, we can develope and deepen these traits.
For the purpose of this conversation, I'll limit the subjest to trading, but we can easily extend into family life, work life, etc. I'll ask you: are you as patient as you would like to be/need to be when you trade? Do you exercise enough self-control?
For those who answer "no", then clearly there needs to be some mechanism to develope these traits. And again, for those of us who look to the Bible and our faith, it seems quite impossible to say that these traits have nothing to do with religion. The Bible instructs us to be patient, humble and self controlled, but it doesn't stop there. It gives instruction on how to be patient, humble and self-controlled.
Thank you for the dialogue.