Reflections 3.0

 

Essential self-identity – Who am I, really?

How does the Bible answer the question – Who am I, really?

How does Darwinism answer the question – Who am I, really?

 

Essential self-identity – Who am I, really?

When you look into a mirror, what do you see? Your reflection—a picture of your face or, if standing before a full-length mirror, of your total body. Do you like what you see regarding the color and shape of your eyes, the color and style of your hair, the shape of your nose and lips, your cheekbones, dimples, and tone of your skin, your height and weight, your shoulder, waist and hip measurements? There is probably no person alive who is completely satisfied with his or her looks.

Our dissatisfaction, whatever degree it may be, is partly influenced by our society too. What does society see as attractive? Or what do we imagine society sees as attractive? Does it see you? Do it see me? Ask yourself:

 

“How much does this matter to me?”

“Does it influence my state of happiness…a great deal…not much at all?”

“Can I live with myself, just as I appear in a mirror?”

 

Please remember: There is no other you than you! You are unique. It doesn’t mean you are perfect, but to be unique is a reason to rejoice.

Of course, there is much more to a person than looks, which a mirror does not pick up at all. While our looks ARE one aspect of our being and we should not disregard that, we also have a soul, a personality, beliefs, abilities, hopes, fears, dreams, and motivations. Each person is unique according to these characteristics too. No two people are alike inside or outside.

Are we able to admit a level of dissatisfaction with every aspect of ourselves in some way? We dwell on what others think of us. We wish we were more this and less that. When we tell a bomb of a joke, or embarrass ourselves in public or get embarrassed on Facebook before all our peers, we want to crawl away and never return. We can let this get to us, really get to us. So the question is: “Essential self-identity – who am I, really”?

 

How does the Bible answer this question – who am I, really?

Consider this: God said on the sixth day of creation, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness” (Genesis, chapter 1, verse 26). What does this mean? If we look into a mirror, we will not see the image that God the Creator spoke about. He wasn’t speaking creating humanity to look like him (God, after all, is a Spirit-being, without “looks”). He was speaking about creating humanity to reflect him according to spiritual things and in terms of abilities.

In the beginning, God created a man from the soil, and his wife from the man, to be physical-spiritual beings with the ability to recognize him as their Creator and to live as he is: Perfectly holy. He also created them to believe in him and find rest and fulfillment in him. He also created them to employ every ability he created in them, abilities which animals don’t have or have in only very limited ways. Think about it: What can mankind do that animals cannot do? We evaluate everything in terms of right and wrong. We rationalize. We think, write, and speak in detailed languages of all kinds, and can learn more than one language, even multiple languages. We weigh the future, even as we reflect on the past. We can design, create, produce with virtually no limit in ourselves. We can learn and learn and learn and fill our mind with knowledge, yet unlike even the most powerful computer, our mind will never fill up with information. We can always store more. Being sinful in the fall of our perfect parents, we also feel guilt, remorse, and sorrow over the things we do wrong. Yet, even as sinners, we can feel happiness, contentment, and peacefulness. We are capable of loving others with commitment and sacrifice – physically, emotionally and spiritually. We COULD go on!

While the human being is a creature, which draws oxygen from the atmosphere, and needs calories and hydration to live, just like other creatures, in total the human being is more unlike, than like, any other creature. What a blessing to have been given life as a human being.

 

How does Darwinism answer this question – Who am I, really?

Yet, there is a competing reality to Biblical teaching, a competing reality we have all learned in school. It teaches that the origin and nature of the human being is nothing intentional or blessed at all. Do you know what it is? The competing reality is Darwinism.

Darwinism teaches that all life is a “somehow” fluke, with no intentional design or purpose. Humanity, then, is simply a genetic fluke, when, at some point, too long ago to really know when, we ceased to live a basic primates, swinging from the trees, with tails, eating no cuisine except what could be found growing from the earth, eating it raw. We did not plant and we did not store and we did not cook and we did not invent new cuisine to prepare or cook. Also we spoke and thought like primates that live in the world today—chimps, baboons, etc. In Darwinism, there is also no morality, no belief, nothing truly to hope for, nothing to dream, no value except what we assign to ourselves. There’s just dumb macro-evolution, which is not conscious of anything, can’t build anything because it can’t know the future to which it builds. It is only a process, empty and mindless, through which, somehow, the very first letters of the genetic alphabet, DNA, were brought into existence, the genetic alphabet upon which any and every organism depends for life and health and function. When DNA goes bad…when the alphabet scrabbles…bad things happen: Disease, aging, death, and ultimately…extinction.

So what are you? What is your essential self-identity? Does it matter? Who shall say it does not matter? What is the truth, when you consider there is no “truth” in Darwinist world. Darwinism is unable to prove the beginning of the past, the present, nor anything into the future, and knows nothing except “survival of the fittest” where “the fit” win out every time? It’s a godless guess posing as real science. How can you prove the common ancestor, from which all live has sprung? How can you prove kinds (like fish) changing into other kinds (like frogs) when there are no true examples of transitional creatures, there are no missing links to be found?

Consider the implication of Darwinism for the human race in the words of Darwin himself. The title of his famous work, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life, gives a hint. There are favored races of humanity. In other words: Some “races” are more “fit” to survive than others. Do you doubt that this is his philosophy and conclusion?

If you doubt, consider the following quote from his 1871 work, The Descent of Man: “At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate, and replace the savage races throughout the world. At the same time the anthropomorphous apes … will no doubt be exterminated. The break between man and his nearest allies will then be wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilized state, as we may hope, even than the Caucasian and some ape as low as a baboon, instead of as now between the negro or Australian (aborigine) and the gorilla.”

Now, I am sure you won’t find this quotation in any high school or college science textbook! Yet is this going to be your worldview, that some races like the Caucasian are superior, and others, as according to Darwin, are inferior, like, as he states, the “aborigine and negro”? Or are all human beings, all “races,” equal and precious, each sharing a complete brotherhood with one another in the image of their Creator? My worldview in the Biblical one…one brotherhood of man, all of us unique and precious to God, the Creator of all.