What Does the Bible Say About Narcissism
While searching the net I came across this question and thought it interesting that people are curious about this topic. Let’s take a look…
What is Narcissism?
Narcissism is defined as “excessive or erotic interest in oneself and one’s physical appearance, an inflated sense of self-importance”
Synonyms: egotism, arrogance, pride, conceit, selfishness, vanity
Antonyms: humility, meekness, modesty
Some Common symptoms are:
- grandiosity – an unrealistic sense of superiority, a sustained view of oneself as better than others
- callous and unemotional traits
- disregard for others’ feelings
- excessive need for admiration
- social isolation
- can’t admit being wrong
What Does the Bible Say
The bible doesn’t actually contain the word “narcissism” but it offers some strong warnings about Pride and self exaltation.
These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that devises wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaks lies, and he that sows discord among brethren. – Proverbs 6:16-19
The Lord Hates…
What is so Bad about Pride?
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. – Isaiah 14:12-15
That scripture shakes me every time I read it…
Anyways we can see that the bible is pretty strong on being humble and not proud. And we can see that the consequences of self exaltation and pride can be pretty extreme.
Narcissism (Pride) vs Self Worth
Let’s take a few moments and clarify the difference between pride and self worth. You see we are very valuable to God. So valuable Jesus came and died for us.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. – John 3:16
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: – 1 Peter 1:18,19
Rejoicing that God loves us is not pride it is gratitude and appreciation. We can know our worth and value in God, and have a kind and humble attitude towards others. I just felt like that point needed to be clear.
I would like to finish this up by offering hope to anyone who may find themselves dealing with pride / narcissism. Like anything else that we deal with in this life, narcissism isn’t the end of the world or an eternal condemnation. It is simply something that we need God’s help with. If you are struggling with this (or anything else) I offer you this prayer. Don’t hesitate to read it aloud in your alone time with the Lord.