What is our True Self, Really?
Over the past several years, I’ve been increasingly challenged in some of my former beliefs as a traditional evangelical. I certainly haven’t abandoned my faith. If anything, it has strengthened. I don’t put much stock in labels but I describe myself now, more as “Post-Evangelical” and have moved away from formal association with institutional churches. I still attend occasionally, and I maintain fellowship with many people still in institutional churches, but it is no longer the center of where I find my identity and practice my walk with Jesus Christ.
One of the primary themes that has made a difference in my life, is the realization that I’ve been engaged with a “False Self” rather than my “True Self.” I’ve used the phrase in the past “Emotional Integrity” to describe this. The terms being used here are relatively new and based perhaps in psychology, but the idea is hardly new. Christian tradition has held from the earliest time that there is a “new man” as opposed to the “old man” that comes to pass or is revealed in us when we recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit within us, and begin to accept who God says we are rather than who we have believed ourselves to be. I believe that this actually ties very strongly in the New Testament to what Paul describes as “the flesh” which he constantly contrasts against who we really are in Christ.