Yes, you read the title correctly. God is a narcissist. I fully affirm that God is completely and utterly self-absorbed with Himself, and we can accurately describe this as narcissism.
According to Greek mythology, Narcissus was so enamored with himself that he stared into a pool of water until he died. Because of this story, we have the above word, narcissism. To be narcissistic, then, is to be excessively orientated towards oneself. And I cannot think of a better way to describe God.
So, atheists who thus describe Him are spot on with respect to this. God is, without a doubt, a narcissist.
We find this idea all over the Bible. Just take Ezekiel 36:22-23 as one example (of many). It reads:
“Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord God: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came. And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them. And the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Lord God, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes.”
It seems incredibly clear here that God is concerned for His name. He is concerned for His glory.
Does that make Him a narcissist? Probably.
But my question is thus: Who cares if God is a narcissist?
The reason we find narcissism bad is because it is usually seen among humans. When a man looks at himself as if he is everything, as if he is the center of the world, as if all people should flock to him for praise, as if he is the greatest thing since sliced bread — when a man does this, we reel with disgust. But when we examine why this is the case, when we examine why we reel with disgust, we see that when the same reasons are applied to God there is no moral error. On the other hand, however, there is actually great good.
You see, the reason we reel with disgust when a man is a narcissist is because the object of his attention is inappropriate. He has no right or claim to such praise. After all, in reality, he isn’t everything, at the center of the world, universally praiseworthy, or the greatest thing since sliced bread.
Is this the case with God, however? Absolutely not! God actually is the greatest thing that is. And if He is the greatest thing that is, then the object of His attention — and, quite frankly, the object of our attention — should be upon Him.
God’s attention upon Himself is appropriate, therefore.
Indeed, if this is the case, then God is a perfect narcissist, and this is a great thing.
– The Odd Thinker