- Sep 17, 2016
Knowing who we are and why we are here are some of the basic questions mankind has wrestled with since the beginnings of civilization.
To know who we are isnt just a psychological question but more in my opinion a teleological one.
By mere morality alone and the evidence for it we automatically know we are set apart in the animal kingdom. By design we are many things including designers, warriors, nurturers, sociological, learners, thinkers, survivors. But why all these things in less something was bigger than life itself. As Solomon would say, "What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun."
Concepts are always the same. The same human heart conditions is always the reason for human intervention. Good vs evil is why we do anything. Why do we invent? To have better technology can be used for defense or offense, to heal, to repair, to produce a more productive society. The disasters in the world of weather, disease, and complications of older age sparks us to survive and rise against it. Seekers of justice clash against the causes of injustice. Always looking for answers to solve the problems in the world. The same heart problems from the beginning. Pride, Anger, jealousy, lust, gluttony, greed, etc.
But ultimately we wasn't designed this way but sin left us in perpetual Earthly battle between good and evil. Our inner most being mimics the creator. How we design, how we love, how we want justice, how we worship, how we are designed to be knowledgeable, our sense of something more than this life, our very soul mimics the image of God.
Everyone is created in this spiritual image.
Genesis 1:27 (NIV)
27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
In knowing who you are, starts with knowing what you are. What we are is deeply connected to the soul. The soul is how we become eternally connected or disconnected to God. This automatically tells us we are infinite beings in a finite creation.
Now comes the difficult question. Who you are matters to whom you belong to.
1 John 3:10
By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.
Are you a child of God or a child of the devil? Who do you spend the most time with? Who do you listen to more often? Do you love the world more than God? The creation more than the Creator? The devil is the ruler of the world.
1 John 5:19 (NIV)
19 We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.
Two Kingdoms at battle. Two Spiritual forces that have affect on your spiritual soul.
But wait. Who was we in the beginning before sin, before the fall? We was created in His spiritual image. We are naturally drawn to God. In nature we cant help but feel amazed at concepts we still do not understand, we see universal laws at affect by seeing the effects of these laws. Self evident in the world around us and within us. Giving us the logical conclusion in order to have laws we need a lawmaker. We answer to these laws physically, mentally and spiritually. Throughout history we are equally creating laws in pursuit of what is just.
In many ways God's creation points back to Him. Without God, the question to who we are is meaningless as life is just a vapor. Let us be who God has designed us to be. His children, in His likeness we strive to become until we are eternally home, no longer bound by sin, decay, or death. Biologically God's fingerprints within the genome is obvious in our DNA. If we are honest we know who truly we belong to.
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