Who are you?
Many people carry identification most of the time. This is typically in the form of driver’s licenses — or passports if you are in a different country. These identification cards provide information about the person so that others can quickly know some important facts.
My driver’s license, for example, provides some information about me such as height, weight, color of my eyes, current address, and even my driver’s license number! It even has a photo of my ugly mug showing what I currently look like along with my signature. My driver’s license provides so much information about me that I am not willing to share this specific information for all to see in this article.
With that said, although this identification card reveals several facts about me, does it do anything to describe who I really am? I do not believe it does. To answer the question “who I am?,” or “who are you?,” we must first answer two other vital questions.
What are YOU?
The majority of people make a huge mistake when considering what makes someone unique. You are so much more than what you see in the mirror. In fact, if humanity were simply relegated to what we see in the mirror, then clearly we would have no grounds for objective equal human rights since some humans are bigger, stronger, faster, and prettier (not to mention smarter) than other humans. If you and I were nothing more than our physical bodies, then clearly we are not all created equal. There would not be any logical grounds for a truth that would be “self-evident” (as the Constitution of the United States of America proclaims).
So, if you are more than just a physical body with a pretty face or an ugly mug, then what exactly are you? I am glad you asked:
You are a soul created in the image of God! You are not merely what you see in the mirror or the face on your driver’s license — no, you are so much more than that! You are a soul who has a body and that can exist apart from your body! Not only does the Bible make this clear (2 Corinthians 5:8; 12:3), but we have logical arguments supporting this fact (See The Freethinking Argument in a Nutshell and The Law of Identity & the Human Soul).
Genesis 1:26-27 makes it clear that you are created in God’s image (See The Image of God)! Many of the qualities that God and you (as a soul) possess cannot be displayed on a driver’s license. There is no height or weight to an immaterial soul anymore than there is a height or weight to the number 7. By definition, it is impossible for a photograph to be taken of a supernatural substance like God or the human soul. It is not the type of thing that can be empirically experienced through our five senses.
Now that you have a better idea of WHAT you are, let us move to the next question.
Why are YOU?
What I mean to ask is this: Why do you exist? Is there a purpose to your life? Not some random made up purpose, but a real and objective purpose to your life — a reason as to why you exist? Are you nothing but an accident, or were you created on purpose and for a purpose?
According to the teachings of Jesus, we can infer that you were created on purpose and for the specific purpose to love and to be loved by God and all people for eternity! Consider the Law of Christ summarized in two simple and easy to remember commands in Matthew 22:36-40
36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
Jesus clarified exactly who we are supposed to love earlier in the same book (Matthew 5:43-45):
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven.
From these two passages of scripture, and straight from the mouth of Jesus, we can infer that the two greatest commands given to humanity — if followed — would lead to each individual human fulfilling their objective purpose in life. These two commands are easily summarized:
1- Love God first.
2- Everyone love everyone (from your neighbors to your enemies).
This is WHY you exist. This is exactly why each and every one of us exists! When we fail to love God first or to genuinely love a fellow human (all humanity), we miss the mark — we fail to correspond to the objective goal of our existence. The word “sin” in Greek literally means to “miss the mark.” We have all missed the mark and have fallen short of the objective goal we were created for from time to time. We want to make sure we do not eternally miss this mark!
Consider Romans 6:23:
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The wages of missing the mark (sin) is being separated from God (spiritual death). It is not hard to comprehend why this is the case. After all, if you were created on purpose and for the specific purpose to love and to be loved by the Creator of the universe for eternity, but you freely choose to reject this eternal relationship with the Creator of the universe — and you reject Him eternally — then it logically follows that you separate yourself from God for all eternity! This separation from God — this “Great Divorce” (as C.S. Lewis referred to it) — is called hell.
God does not send anyone to hell; rather, humans can freely choose to eternally suffer in hell. That is to say, humans can “send themselves” to hell. You were not created to be eternally separated from God — you were created to flourish in a love relationship with God “to infinity and beyond!”
That is the objective purpose of your life! This means that your purpose is something that is true apart from your opinion or any other human’s subjective opinion. You were created on purpose and for a specific purpose by God. This is why you exist and the objective purpose of your life. Do not waste your life!
Once we grasp the objective what and the why of the human existence, we can begin to properly understand exactly who we are as human beings, and as individuals. The objective truth of the matter is that you were created by God, in the image of God, on purpose, and for the specific purpose to know, love, and enjoy a personal relationship with the Creator of the universe for all eternity.
God loves you more than you can possibly imagine. However, you are free to reject His love or not. Will you live up to the objective purpose of your existence? The choice is up to you.
Stay reasonable (Isaiah 1:18),