Uh… God, that is.
He says “I AM”.
We say “Nahhh, you don’t fit MY description or definition of God, so *nope*.”
Ever consider that God is complete, fully sufficient within Himself? He doesn’t need a single human being to validate His existence, nature or judgments. Not one. Not me, you, all of humankind put together nor any particular group of us throughout human history.
When I hear people give reason upon reason that He either doesn’t exist or if He does is the supreme narcissist I think this:
He calls us to do most everything for Him and others while not entirely shelving ourselves… and yet HE does most everything WITH US IN/ON HIS MIND.
Jesus did what He did entirely for God and the human race, not merely for Himself. When you are already and always perfect and totally sinless you don’t need to do things for yourself -in particular if you’re already part of the perfect Deity: Father, Son, Spirit.
He created all things which the Bible states plainly many times in many ways, but what we often miss is that He didn’t create merely for Himself but with us in mind.
Because of, in spite of, to overcome the eternal pains Jesus went to the cross. He had nothing to prove regarding Himself, He did it for us, with us in mind. Narcissist??!
It’s one thing to claim (often as true as true can be) we professing Christians have mucked it up, messed ourselves, one another and others over, that’s fact, history and reality. It’s a whole ‘nother to blame God for what His people do to one another and to themselves.
Nobody’s faith is perfected, all-knowing, deity-think. God within Himself doesn’t need nor exist in “faith” in the sense we do but for Jesus as the God-man on earth Who certainly spoke and acted entirely in faith towards the Father from Whom He proceeded incarnate. When you are all-knowing you don’t need faith in the same way those of us who aren’t even close to such do!!
We all share elements of His DNA, but we surely do not treat Him nor one another out of His love in the everyday. We are reminded via Paul in Romans 12.3 “For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.” What we each do with that faith is on us, not on God.
Again, Paul: “If anyone thinks that he knows anything, he has not yet known as he ought to know…” (1 Corinthians 8.2)
I, you, we all have a LOT to learn about the true God and His true nature, and sadly that most obvious area of study is one even many Christians don’t consider all that much. If we did we’d likely act more in the love and grace Jesus both exemplified and commanded us to.
So the next time you’re tempted to judge God, pause for a moment and consider what you’ve just read.
We. Aren’t. Him. Thank God He is far greater, more loving and absolutely perfect in all His ways -unlike His children.
Thank God we can change and become more like Him if we’ll trust and obey Him. Oops… the “o” word! Yep. Study Jesus’ words and life and you’ll discover just how important that term, like terms and His contextual references to it pop out again and again.
Love and trust, obedience to God are no more optional than to respect Him is.
I think we all know who the real narcissists are on our planet. We all have mirrors.
Perhaps worth considering?
As always, thanks for stopping by! -Glenn