What Is Our Authentic Identity?

It is my opinion that existence as we know it is all about choice. More importantly ONE choice; one from which all subsequent others are made. That choice is one of identity. It presents itself as the question that plagues us, demanding that we seek out an answer; Who Am I? What is my identity? Many have consciously forgotten about this question and have consequently on a subconscious level sought out its potential answers in the accumulation of things; wealth, pleasure, power etc.  Others, either through wisdom or experience, understand that “the truth [isn’t] out there” but rather it is within. With regards to identity, is there such a thing as an “Authentic Identity” and if so, how are we authenticated? Let us examine these questions.

“Authentic Identity is the remaining in sameness of a genuine, and real self in the exact likeness of (…) in our nature and quality.”

Before we even begin to get to the bottom of what our Authentic Identity is, we must first understand the definition and meaning of what an identity is. The dictionary describes identity as “the state or fact of remaining the same one or ones, as under varying aspects or conditions”; also “exact likeness in nature or qualities.”  In other words, Identity has to do with a remaining, in the exact likeness (of something), in our nature and quality. Now, let us define the word authentic. Authentic is described as “not false or copied; genuine; real”; and also “having an origin supported by unquestionable evidence; authenticated; verified.” If we combine the two definitions here’s what we get: Authentic Identity is the remaining in sameness of a genuine, real self in the exact likeness of… in our nature and quality. Having now an understanding of these two words, one question inevitably emerges: Who or what are WE in the exact likeness of?

Many in the world today believe in the theory of Evolution. Simply put, it teaches that out of a single-cell organism (origin unknown), we’ve evolved over billions of years from one species to another eventually arriving at the beings that we are today. Based on this worldview, our likeness is that of the animals, more specifically the ape. The other, opposing, reasoning is presented in the Bible as “And God said ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…’ God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (Genesis 1:26,27)”  This worldview teaches that our likeness is from a creator or designer, more specifically God. Despite appearances, there are truly only two worldviews in existence: one in which our Universe is designed, indicating a designer, God, and in the other, our Universe emerged out of happenstance, indicating randomness. With our options outlined let us continue with our examination.

Let us consider this, what is the importance of a phrase such as “Authentic Identity”? What is the importance of having the word authentic in existence? The simple answer is because we recognize that there are things which are false, counterfeit, and not real. The same is evident in all matters, even when it comes to identity. What this means is that a person is able to have a genuine, and real identity or he can have a false or counterfeit one. The Bible gives us an example of deception and its creator in 2 Corinthians 11:14,15 “for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his servants also masquerade as the servants of righteousness…” This is an example of deception not just in words and deeds, but in personality.

Just as the definition of the word authentic states, we are “to be genuine and not counterfeit”. Our identity, our likeness, must “have an origin supported by unquestionable evidence.” The deciding factors then become: first, what do we accept as evidence- is it what we can see, hear, smell, taste and touch, or is it something else not as easily perceived? The Bible in John 20:29 reminds us that there is more in existence than what the five senses can perceive, “Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”  Second factor, what and how much evidence do we consider unquestionable? It is my opinion that there is no preponderance of “fact” or “evidence” that can convince anyone (essentially usurping one’s free will) of anything unless they decide for themselves to accept and believe a matter; the information itself is subject to the individual’s will-ingness to accept it. These questions are ultimately, only to be answered personally. This matter, just as it is with an ID card, while providing  some information (i.e. country, state, city), its ultimate goal is to authenticate the individual. I believe like anything that is derived from another, the descendant will bear the seal, mark or sign that will allow it to decipher and recognize the truth when it is presented. And I believe that key is “within” every one of us. (Luke 17:21)

All being said, I believe the key to an accurate, genuine and Authentic Identity lies in the acknowledgement and full acceptance of the source from which we came, God. Just as we are lost without knowing our ancestral and earthly history, so are we submerged in exponential ignorance  and darkness, individually and collectively when we do not accept our true origin.

Regardless of your worldview, have you sought out your own answer to the existential question? If not, what are you waiting for? What are you afraid of? It is said “Ask and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. (Matthew 7:7)

You may just discover that God does indeed exist.

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