Who Am I? – The Nature of the Question
Most people do not understand who they are or where hey fit into this thing called life. It is a daily struggle to understand who you are on the inside as well as whom you are in relation to those around you. We are told time after time that we must fit into what the world considers us to be, but that answer does not wash with many people so they search.
Their searching leads them to try and find out how much of whom they are is really dependent on their surroundings or genetics. Are they truly like their parents or are they truly independent beings shaping a separate destiny. It is no wonder so many people are confused about whom they are and their place in this world. It is no wonder that so many people end up seeking clinical help in order to allow someone else to help them define their place in this world.
Who Am I? – The Modern Psychological View
In psychology there are so many different theories concerning the self that I do not have the space and time her to talk about all of them. The two that are most prevalent are the idea that we are born who we are and there is no changing that. The other is that we are born with a specific identity and over time through different stimuli we are made into a combination of who we were born to be and who our environment has molded us to be.
Both of these theories though rooted in the idea of trying to define and answer the question “Who am I “ fall short because they fail to take into account the idea of choice. In both of these theories we have no choice but to become whatever hand we are dealt. There is a sense of the lack of any free will or uniqueness in our creation. Man is reduced to the sum of his or hers thoughts about who he or she is and these in turn trigger our actions. Man is an evolved being and nothing more.
Who Am I? – A Biblical view of self
The Biblical view of man is as a created being made at the hands of loving benevolent God. Genesis chapter 1 starting in verse 26 describes in great detail the creation of first man and then woman. From these verses we learn that man is created in the likeness of God not in physical form but in spiritual form. Man is God’s special creation and with whom He is well pleased.
We also learn from Genesis 1 that man is created with a free will and is responsible for his or her actions. There is no using the idea that we are forced to become what the world wants us to become. We are held responsible for what we do and cannot blame anyone else. With the Biblical view the answer to the question of “who am I” is answered with a child of God.
Who Am I? – What it all means
In the end we live two choices we can choose to live a life as a special creation of God or we can live a life of someone else’s choice. The choice you make will define the answer to the question “who am I” for the rest of your natural life”. It will be the template you use and apply to all the decisions that you make. It will be the center focus of all your beliefs and philosophies. It will be how others see you. In short it is who you will become.
You can now see the importance of answering the question correctly and viewing yourself as a creation of God.