27 Aug This Strange New World: Resources
In Part 1 of our series “This Strange New World”, I shared my summary of the ten realities defining the expressive individual (the psychological self) of our culture. I have included some Bible verses with each one that would talk to the truth of God’s Word about these areas of reality.
- Psychological me – No one can define me (not even my own body). I and I alone define who I really am and I must be authentically true (Genesis 1:27, Psalm 139:13).
- Plastic me – Nothing in or about me is fixed, but rather all is fluid and plastic (Ephesians 1:11).
- Happy me – Personal happiness is ultimate goal of all of life (Micah 6:8, Colossians 1:10).
- Victim me – All external authority is seeking to control or redefine me, robbing me of my personal happiness and authenticity (Matthew 28:18, Romans 13:1, Titus 3:1, Hebrews 13:17).
- True me – I have my truth, others have their truth, all truth is relative (John 17:17, John 14:6).
- Sexual me – Sex is about my identity, it is how I see myself, not simply an activity I may participate in (Genesis 1:27-28, Genesis 2:24, 1 Corinthians 7:1-5, Ephesians 5:3).
- Cautious me – History is manipulative and dangerous, a means of control by those in power (Romans 15:4, Deuteronomy 4:9, 1 Corinthians 10:6-11).
- Emotive me – Reason is obsolete and unnecessary, my feelings and emotions are king (Psalm 1:1-3, Jeremiah 17:9, Proverbs 28:26, Proverbs 3:5-6).
- Protected me – Free speech is dangerous, often a source of misinformation and control, so it must be limited and censured to protect me – remember how I feel is king! (John 17:17, John 8:31-32, Ephesians 4:15, 25, 29, John 8:44).
- Individualized me – The traditional family is another means to control and limit, it needs to be overcome as often it is the source of stopping me being authentic (Ephesians 6:1-4, Colossians 3:20, Deuteronomy 6:5-9, Proverbs 1:8, Proverbs 6:20-23).
Also, here is a link to the Tim Challies blog post that I mentioned: