Contrary to our prevailing culture, a biblical anthropology tells us that people are more than the sum of their appetites.
Christ, the true image of God, died to condemn and pay for those appetites within us that don’t have glorifying God as their end. He then gives us his Spirit to help us crucify those appetites within us.
The fact that ‘self-control’ is a fruit of the Spirit working in us demonstrates that our ‘self’ transcends whatever desires and instincts we have.
So, to be authentically human is to be conformed to Christ; not to ‘go with my gut’, but to ‘put off the old and put on the new.’