Sunday Devotional: Narcissism, the First Sin

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Exodus 20:2-3 (The First Commandment)

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before me.

Temptation of Adam & Eve1

Genesis 3:1-5

Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”

And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’”

Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Pride

Ecclesiasticus 10:13

Pride is the beginning of sin.

jesus-christ-crucification-cross

Matthew 16:24

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.”

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Philippians 2:3, 5-8

Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory….
Have in you the same attitude
that is also in Christ Jesus,
Who, though He was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
something to be grasped.
Rather, He emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
coming in human likeness;
and found human in appearance,
He humbled Himself,
becoming obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.

The late author Christopher Lasch was convinced that narcissism is the disorder of our time (See The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in An Age of Diminishing Expectations). Indeed, the decade of the 1990s was given the sobriquet of the “Me Decade.” Some are of the opinion that contemporary Western culture itself is narcissistic. As examples, psychiatrist Richard Fitzgibbons observed that the “predominant character weakness in our culture is that of selfishness,” while James F. Masterson, M. D., described American society as “signifying the virtual apotheosis of the interested self.”
Worse still, narcissism has only increased since the 1990s. Psychiatrist Alexander Lowen said that in his forty years as a therapist, he (and others in the psychological profession ) had seen a marked change in the personality problems of those who came to him for consultation. Instead of the neurotic guilts, anxieties, phobias, and obsessions of earlier times, Lowen increasingly encountered narcissistic individuals saddled with depression, a lack of feeling, an inner emptiness, and a deep sense of frustration and unfulfillment. (See Alexander Lowen, M.D., Narcissism: Denial of the True Self, pp. x-xi, and 8.)
Peace and Love of Christ,
~Eowyn

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josephbc69
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For me, our fall from grace began in Genesis 3:5, when we [our ancestors] were lured by the snake’s promise that they “will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Until that second we lived as did all the Creation, not without say violence and pain [for childbirth is such] but with and in the innocence of life lived as our animal companions do: trusting in that which is greater than us, unmindful of when our end would come, and not presuming to be higher than the rest of life, just below the angels. The Hebrew for ‘snake sound’ is… Read more »

Northerngirl
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Northerngirl

I agree, there is nothing worse than a narcassitic person who believes he is always right and all those around him fall short of the mark. They do things to hurt others and expect easy forgiveness but fail in giving mercy to others. These individuals are usually alone because of the repellent nature of their vice. Best advice if you meet a person like this, RUN!!!!

Richard David Hayes
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“LIBERTY FOR ALL IN LOUISIANA” Toleration Is Comprise – Ignorance Is Complicity – Inaction Is Approval Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war, With the cross of Jesus going on before. Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe; Forward into battle see His banners go! The Ignored War Abortion: The Great Contradiction to Everything This Republic Stands For. The continuing war on terror has lead to a renewed national consciousness of the high price of war, and, for many, a heightened desire for peace. Yet, despite all this concern, the most horrible war of all has gone all but… Read more »

joandarc
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joandarc

Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this meaningful post reminding all of us not to commit the sin of pride, but to desire to do God’s will and to live “The Little Way” as St. Therese taught us: “Do all things with great love,” and offer up our prayers, works, joys and sufferings to God every day.

Lissakrhumanelife
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Reblogged this on Lissa's Humane Life and commented:
I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before me.

TrailDust
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TrailDust

Thank you Dr. Eowyn.