December 4, 2019

The Destructive Nature of Narcissism

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

This is an article that I was going to write for a long time. Originally, I thought I could make it work over at Piltdown Superman and use the material in a discussion about atheists and anti-creationists, but it was not a good fit over there. This was inspired by an article that had been in my e-book reader for a long time and is linked later on.


Narcissistic types can be annoying but also dangerous in extreme cases. Secular materials can be helpful, but the real problem is spiritual.
Cropped from Echo and Narcissus by John William Waterhouse, 1903
Is it just my imagination, or are people becoming more and more self-absorbed nowadays? We hear about people who are overly fond of themselves and are often referred to as narcissistic. The word came from an ancient Greek myth where Narcissus was excessively handsome and fond of himself, then fell in love with his own reflection.

Narcissism is a personality disorder that takes many forms. The word is bandied about far too casually, describing people from world leaders to anyone else that may be disliked. As with any disorder (or even a physical illness), symptoms may vary. Most likely, we have all encountered people with some degree of narcissistic personality traits, but when it's a full-blown disorder — Katie, bar the door! Those people can be psychotics (I am using that word deliberately) and possibly dangerous in extreme cases.

The web is full of creepy people who put their wickedness on display, as well as some wonderful folks I regret not knowing in the real world. Not only do atheists frequent display narcissism, but their problem is probably compounded by autism in many cases. I know of some atheists who think that it is their duty to refute the "st00pid dumb creatards" through ridicule and misrepresentation. 

One is so narcissistic, he plays at believing God exists but has actually made an idol with which he is comfortable — which is certainly not the God of the Bible! In fact, he consigns people to Hell because they do not believe in his version of global warming, an old earth, the Big Bang, evolution, and in my case, just for existing. Narcissists will tell you how you are intellectually and/or morally inferior. When you prove your points, they deny the evidence even when it's right in front of them. Expect retaliation and childish behavior as well as further attempts at manipulation. This particular cyberstalker has stated that he intends to destroy me. That'll be the day!

Before continuing, I want to discuss the article that prompted this one. It is entirely secular, and was written for people who are in relationships with narcissists. It may be helpful to some people, and it can be helpful to view these sidewinders from a distance. (There is one strong profanity in it, but I'll allow that it's also humorously creative and descriptive.) If you want to read it, click on "20 Diversion Tactics Highly Manipulative Narcissists, Sociopaths And Psychopaths Use To Silence You". Notice how narcissists try to isolate you from friends and associates, attempting to bolster their egos by having them shun you.

As usual, secular sources disregard the spiritual nature of humanity. Psychology is rooted in atheistic evolutionary approaches, so no wonder it's more like a goat rodeo than an actual science. Sure, trained counselors can give some degree of help because they know how to listen and ask probing questions. The real problem with narcissism is spiritual. In a word: sin. In another word: pride. I have encountered a couple of individuals who hate the God of the Bible and who love themselves so much, I am convinced that they are under heavy demonic influence. Narcissists despise biblical authority and the fact that they need to submit to God, not the false gods they've made.

We have to be on guard against the manipulations of narcissists. Not only can they be emotionally damaging, they try to take as much of our time as we'll allow (note how atheists and other evolutionists hound Christians and creationists). Ultimately, we need to remember that we are children of the living God, and that we can show unbelievers that they need to humble themselves and repent before Jesus.



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