For men will be lovers of self, … (2 Tim 3:2)
“Ever since the cosmic catastrophe in the Garden of Eden, humankind has been infected with narcissism, which is a terrible infatuation with the self. But for more than half-a-century we have been experiencing an era of radical and unbridled self-centeredness. What is new in our day is that self-love or being self-focused is now considered a virtue not a vice. …
According to Scripture, “love of self” is our first and most basic sin, the fount from which all other evil flows. This was precisely the offense of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. They failed to love God supremely (with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength), and chose to love self above all else, including even their Creator. Love of God has now been displaced by love of self. Christ’s Great Commandment (Mark 12:29-31) has been turned upside down and inside out in the hearts of all self-lovers. The motto becomes “Glory to Me in the Highest!” when “the self” becomes the epicenter of life.
When this happens, wherever it happens (including inside the body of Christ), divine and human relationships disintegrate and obedience to God and service to others become impossible. This is so because authentic biblical love, love as defined by God, demands a radical change from self to unself! And that is the unthinkable thing for Narcissus.” (McLachlan, Douglas. Thirsting for Authenticity: Calling the Church to Robust Christianity, 22-23.)