Indentity Crisis

Indentity Crisis

Featured in the July, 2004 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News

Who am I? Where did I come from? Why am I here? Am I merely an
accident of nature? Does my life have meaning or purpose?

All these questions are answered in the Bible.

There are not many races but one – the human race (Acts 17:26). We are all
descended from Adam and Eve.

Adam did not come into existence from lower forms of life, but came into
being as an intelligent mature person as a result of the direct creative act of God (Genesis 2:7).
Adam’s wife, Eve, was also the result of God’s direct creative act (Genesis
2:20-24).

As a human being, you are not just a higher kind of animal. That issue was
settled when Adam looked over all the animals (Genesis 2:20) and did not find
anyone like himself. We differ from the animals not only in degree, but in kind.
Have you noticed? No dogs keep humans as pets. No chimpanzee builds a zoo in
which to exhibit human beings.

Since humans were created by God, we were created perfect and without
sin, and declared to be “very good” (Genesis 1:31). We were created in the image
of God (Genesis 1:27), which does not refer to a physical image, since God is a
spirit without a body (John 4:24). The image is psychological; namely, that we
have personality, intelligence and a will.

But there is no human who is exactly like Adam and Eve. It is because of their
sin of disobedience (Genesis 3:1-6) that we are all born sinners. We are fallen,
marred, twisted, often often at odds with one another and out of fellowship with God. This accounts for
everything from family fights to international wars. This is why we have police,
courts and prison. Deny our sinfulness and you cannot account for what we read
everyday on the front page of the paper.

The Scripture says, “all have sinned” (Romans 3:23).

But there is help; there is hope. God the Father has loved us so much
that He sent God the Son to take on a human body and die upon the cross and bear
our sins so that we could be forgiven. Peter the Apostle said of Christ, “He
himself bore our sins in his body on the tree” (I Peter 2:24).

Christ came to be our Savior as the angel said to Joseph, “You are to give him
the name Jesus because he will save his people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21).
There are not many saviors, but only one. It is Jesus who said, “I am the way,
the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me” (John 14:6).