Narcissists with any knowledge of the Bible whatsoever, no matter how minimal, often portray themselves as all knowing on the topic. They use their so called wisdom to help them abuse their victims. One way they do this is by convincing their victims that if they are truly Christians, they will forgive & forget anything the abuser says & does to them. They may mention how “real” Christians always turn the other cheek. They refer to Matthew 5:38-39 to prove their point. In the English Standard Version, these verses say, “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” As usual, they take this completely out of context. When these verses are said alone, without reading the rest of the chapter or at the very least, the surrounding verses, they do sound like you should simply forgive & forget, & tolerate abuse. Nothing could be further from the truth, however!
Matthew 7:6 also in the English Standard Version says, “Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.” There are a couple of interesting points about this Scripture . First, dogs & pigs are used to represent those who detest holy, sacred things in the Bible. Second, giving these unholy ones things that are valuable & holy means they will turn on you & attack you.
Doesn’t this sound like a narcissist when you forgive & forget? When you forgive & forget, they don’t change their ways. If anything, they get worse. They know they can do whatever they like without having to face any consequences.
If a narcissist tells you that you need to forgive & forget or else you’re not a good Christian (whatever that means to them), then please remember this! They are only saying such things to try to force you to tolerate their abuse. It’s not true! There is absolutely nothing good, holy or Godly about tolerating abuse, period!
What is good, holy & Godly is exercising wisdom when you must deal with narcissists. Have & enforce good, healthy boundaries. No, the narcissist won’t like that, but that doesn’t mean you’re wrong or bad or whatever else they say you are. By limiting or even eliminating their chance to abuse you, you are not only protecting yourself, but you’re also helping them. They need to know there are consequences for their behavior, & they can’t always treat people any old way they want to & get away with that forever. Boundaries also remove the opportunity for the narcissist to sin. That is always a good thing!
It also is good, holy & Godly to remember what the narcissist has done. Knowledge truly is power. Whether you allow the narcissist in your life or cast them out of it, never forget what they have done! Remembering it keeps you on guard against them & other people who behave the same way. It also helps you to spot toxic people easily, so you won’t end up in other abusive relationships. You also have knowledge that can help someone who doesn’t have that same knowledge. You can give them such a gift by sharing that knowledge with them.