Let’s take a little side trip here for a small discussion on the biggest of topics. You will soon see it is very relevant to our discussion on insolent pride and narcissism.
Every of life’s deepest challenges drives us to three most basic of questions:
- Is there a God?
- Who is He (His nature, and attributes)?
- Does He have the wisdom, power, and love to care and help with things in my life?
As we go about our daily lives, commuting to work, going to the grocery store, watching the game, or planning our next vacation, as we look out the window at gray skies, as we read the mostly awful and contentious news, it is difficult to relate God to our stress-filled and sometimes tedious lives.
We do not see Him, we see the mess around and in us, and yet we are supposed to place Him at the center of how we operate? We are supposed to respond in kindness to crummy people? It would sure be nice to know that what we base our lives on is actually real, and not a figment of our imagination – as many people seem to think. Some reliable proof of the existence and character of God would be nice.
In fact, God has given us proof. The first, general proof is in nature, or Creation. While there are non-stop efforts to explain away often obvious facts, the creativity and detail of the world above and around us screams that there is a Creator. The night sky in the Rocky Mountains reveals this small corner the Milky Way galaxy.
How can you consider the hundreds of billions of these galaxies, each containing hundreds of billions of stars – suns like ours, and not wonder where it all came from? Scientists have tried to explain it all, apart from God, with a big bang theory, but still cannot get to the ultimate origin. What came before the Big Bang? Theories always hit a limit of understanding with respect to everything we see. The more we know about eyes, cells, everything visible and even invisible – the more difficult it is to believe that it happened by chance. This discussion is far beyond the scope of this blog.
But there is an even more inescapable proof of the reality, love and power of God. The sad fact is that everyone dies – a final and irreversible death. Do you personally know anyone who was dead for multiple days, and then came back to life? The ultimate proof that God is real is the resurrection of Jesus on the third day after His death. The importance of Jesus’ resurrection as a proof of the reality of God is one reason God made sure it was a well-documented fact. There are several sources that discuss this proof, such as here
If Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is proof of God’s existence – and power – then the events that led to Jesus death are proof of His love.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Romans 8:32
And this love is intimate and personal.
O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You understand my thought from afar.
3 You scrutinize my path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, O Lord, You know it all.
5 You have enclosed me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is too high, I cannot attain to it.
7 Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.
9 If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will lay hold of me. Psalm 139:1-10
For everyone struggling with a narcissist in their lives, the reality of a wise, infinitely powerful, and personally loving God changes everything.