A HUMAN IDENTITY MANIFESTO – With Biblical Texts

  • I am a luminous eternal being created in the image and likeness of God whose wisdom, truth, beauty, compassion, strength, peace, gentleness, power, and love are the essence of the person I was created to be.

 

  • When I stay grounded in the divine Presence that is my true identity, I am able to live from this truth within, naturally reflecting the steadiness, peace, and light of the One in whose image I am created and embodying the Spirit of Jesus in the world.

 

  • As I rest and trust in my essential nature, I become free of those external forces to which I often give away control of my life and in which I attempt to establish my sense of worth as a person and make an impression on the world.

 

  • Any practice, discipline, or community that supports my consciousness of my true identity is my friend, helping to liberate me from the slavery of identification which is the legacy of my past and the prison of my insecurity in the present.

 

  • Anything that makes me unconscious of the person I truly am, is an obstacle to Life, binding me to external expectations and demands and causing me to live in constant reactivity to ever-changing superficial stimuli.

 

  • In order to stay grounded in God’s Spirit, I must mercilessly cut away the attachments that distract me from my true identity, freeing me to live from the deep place that is the treasured pearl of essence.

 

  • The freedom for which Christ has set me free, comes only when I let go of any attempt to build my identity using externals as if my being is something I must manufacture myself rather than a gracious gift to be received cherished and nurtured.

 

  • The more deeply I rest and trust in the inner truth, beauty, wisdom, and love that are the essence of every human being, as revealed in Jesus, the more I will live as an authentic embodiment of that love which is the purpose and meaning of all existence.

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So God created humankind in his image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27)

then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground,
and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; 
and the man became a living being. (Genesis 2:7)

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you have established;
what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
mortals that you care for them?
Yet you have made them a little lower than God,
and crowned them with glory and honour. (Psalm 8:3-5)

The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth,
does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things…
“In him we live and move and have our being”; as even some of your own poets have said,
“For we too are his offspring.” (Acts 17:24, 25, 28)

But we have this treasure in clay jars,
so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.
(2 Corinthians 4:7)

And he said to them, ‘Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven
is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.’ (Matthew 13:52)

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid;
then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls;
on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it. (Matthew 13:44-46)

So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away,
our inner nature is being renewed day by day. (2 Corinthians 4:16)

You are the light of the world. (Matthew 5:14)

you are all children of light and children of the day (I Thessalonians 5:5)

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God;
everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. (I John 4:7)

For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters;
only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence,
but through love become slaves to one another.
For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment,
‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ (Galatians 5:13,14)

For freedom Christ has set us free.
Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1)

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. (2 Corinthians 3:17)

Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me;
for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.
I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. (John 10:10)

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. (John 14:27)

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called. (Colossians 3:15)