“You will never make a good impression on other people until you stop thinking about what sort of impression you are making. Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring two pence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it… Give up yourself, and you will find your real self.”
C.S.Lewis, Mere Christianity (San Fransisco: Harper, 2001), 226.
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.’
“To be created in God’s image is to be called persons in communion…
Human ‘being’ is the result of our being said by someone else, namely, God. In this case, to be is to be mentioned.
The ethical implications of this view are apparent. Even those not mentioned by us – the infirm in nursing homes and hospitals, the unborn, those who are deemed ‘nothing’ by society, even the dead – are nevertheless somebody because they have been mentioned by God. God has called them into existence, and he will have the last word at the final resurrection. Neither their ability to reason nor to will, but God’s covenantal speech, is the source of their personhood.”
Michael Horton, The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way (Zondervan: Grand Rapids, 2011) [kindle edition], loc. 9663 of 25524.