Narcissistic Traits – Religious, But Not Truly Moral or Righteous

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The Pharisees are Exhibit A of Narcissists who are filled with Insolent Pride.   See here and here

"Proud", "Haughty", "Scoffer" are his names, who acts with insolent pride. Proverbs 21:24

“Proud”, “Haughty”, “Scoffer” are his names, who acts with insolent pride. Proverbs 21:24

 

Matthew 23:23 – “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.

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Matthew 23:25 – “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence.

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Matthew 23:27 – “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.

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In each description, the Pharisees were very “religious” in their actions, and made things look good, but inwardly they were rotten.  A recent survey described how this is a common result of narcissism. ……..
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“They’re immoral, even if they’re religious.

……….A recent study surveyed 385 undergrads who identified themselves as either skeptical, nominally religious (ie. not showing up at church all that often), or devout. The study authors asked them to evaluate the ethical status of situations like “an underpaid executive padded his expense account by about $3,000 a year.” Nominally and devoutly religious folks turned out to be more ethically strict than their skeptical counterparts — unless they had high levels of narcissism. Says study author Chris Pullig, “Both the nominal and devout groups show degrees of poor ethical judgment equal to that of the skeptics when accompanied by higher degrees of narcissism, a finding that suggests a dramatic transformation for both nominals and the devouts when ethical judgment is clouded by narcissistic tendencies.” So basically, being a narcissist brought religious folks right down to the level of the godless. Previous studies have found no difference in moral judgment between religious and non-religious people, so it’s interesting that this study did find a discrepancy. Regardless of what you think about religion and morality, though, it’s interesting that narcissism appears to cancel out love-thy-neighbor values.

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[from  http://jezebel.com/5893239/five-ways-narcissists-screw-everything-up  which is taken from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120312140254.htm]

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  • Narcissism is the modern colloquial term for what the Bible calls “insolent pride” – see here
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