Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Is This Really Me?

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Is This Really Me?

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THEY wanted to know my name and birth date. They asked the color of my eyes, my weight and height; they gave me a medical exam; and of course they wanted to know where I lived and worked. I asked myself, Is this really me? I felt a kinship with all the other people who were filling out forms, having their fingerprints and photographs taken. In spite of the differences in our outward appearances, we all had one thing in common--we were men and women seeking permission to live and work in a country dif ferent from that of our origin.

This experience made me think much more deeply about the subject of identity. Is our personal appearance--the flesh, blood, and brain that a chemist or doctor can analyze--really "us? Surely there is a much deeper measurement of man. The Bible tells us of man as created by God and says that man is God's image and likeness. Wouldn't this imply that man, reflecting God, who is Spirit, is not the material being he is so commonly taken to be? He would be as infinite as his Maker, divine Spirit. In real ity, then, God's man could not be confined, or defined by the material senses; he would be as unlimited and ageless as God, the great I AM.

Christ Jesus lived on the basis of understanding his spiritual identity to be the Son of God. He acknowledged God as his Father and rejected the view that he was just one more mortal who began in the flesh. John's Gospel records his saying, "I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Jesus brought to light man's spiritual selfhood in God's likeness. He fully lived the Christ, the true idea of God. The Saviour's example helps us to discover the truth of our own bei ng as we live in obedience to God's will.

When we look to God to find our spiritual identity, we become increasingly aware of our dependence on Him for the intelligence and wisdom we need to carry out our work. …

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