Self-Concept

Christ identity is revealed and experienced in God consciousness. When considering the fundamental self-concept, a unique knowledge, social representation of relationship(s) becomes a part of us, describing the complexity facing culture (individuals) in choice.

A self-concept includes thoughts about who we are right now, thoughts about our past self—our experiences, accomplishments, and failures—and about our future self—our hopes, plans, goals, and possibilities (Oyserman, 2004). Man (woman) consists of knowledge about self, including our beliefs about our personality traits, physical characteristics, abilities, values, goals, and roles, as well as the knowledge that we exist as individuals (God consciousness).

American culture has evolved positively and negatively over 246 years. Originally, and still a Constitutional Republic, the first 150 years delved into the character ethic, built on traditional biblical principles, ideals, and traditions (family, church, work). Today, the term “democracy” has slowly ripped the societal fabric (perception) and is replacing “republic;” by shifting society into a secular world mindset, where the majority rules with feelings/emotions suppressing the truth, worshiping idols, dishonoring of our bodies among ourselves, while influencing massive shifts in the culture and role of religion.

Personalities are replacing principles, and the rule of law. Language is the building block of reality, and interestingly, our government has used these terms divisively to separate instead of uniting.

Ethics, morality, and prayer are diminishing, giving rise to instant pleasure (gratification) and myopic misinformation by corporate media (social platforms) run by a few, transforming the masses into chaos, fear, submission, and compliance. This discourse of atheism is revealed in Romans 1 16:32.

MEDIA/TECHNOLOGY (T.V., Smartphones); RELIGION/SPIRITUALITY (Occult, Tarot); and MENTAL HEALTH (prescription, substance abuse dependence) are three intertwined characteristics of self (collectively), wedging a separateness of Christ by failing to honor, respect, and acknowledge Christ (Taylor, 2010).

If individuals come to understanding (responsibility) of who we are in Christ, we behave in rationality, creativity, and morality– the imago dei. We now can know God himself, His decrees, and judgement. We can come to behave with wisdom, kindness, and gratitude, as a presence in Christ. For in the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith” (King James, 1769/2020, Romans 1:17).

References

King James Bible. (2020). King James Bible Online: Romans 1:17. https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/ (Original work published 1769)

Oyserman, D. (2004). Interdependence, cognition, social comparison and values. PsycExtra Dataset. https://doi.org/10.1037/e633912013-064

Taylor, J. (2010). What we are apart from Christ. TGC. https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/jus

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