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Is God a Narcissist? Why God’s Demand for Worship Isn’t Selfish

  • By: Scott Stein, Shawn Walker
  • Apr 09, 2024
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The first commandment God gave Israel was this: “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3). And the rest of God’s commands and revelations throughout the Bible are consistent with this. God, and only God, is to be worshipped. Only God can get the glory.

But the skeptic looks at this and asks: “Wait a minute! If anyone else acted the way God acts, we’d call them a narcissist and accuse them of outright selfishness. So, why does God get a pass? Isn’t his demand for worship just a sign of selfish egotism?”

On surface, objections like these carry rhetorical force. They sound convincing, and often leave us speechless to respond. That’s why in this episode, Scott and Shawn sit down to talk through this objection, looking to God and his word to answer this challenge against God’s character. Tune in and discover that far from an act of selfishness, God’s command that we worship him only is born from his selfless love.