What Is the True Self?

man reflected in broken mirror

What is the true self? You could use that term to mean “the me that God wants me to be” (per Colossians 3:3; 1 John 5:20; see a related post, “The Only I AM.)” Though that may be the way some Christian writers are using it, others have drifted into the Hindu concept that “the true self is God,” which…

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The Shack—the Plot Thickens

night shot of a shack

Writer William Paul Young grew up knowing God as “schizophrenic, narcissistic…angry and distant,” someone to be appeased. I’m so sad for Mr. Young. It’s good that he wanted to portray God differently in The Shack (first published 2007). Sadly, he swings too far into “warm fuzzy” and misrepresents God in other ways. Young’s background with church people he describes as…

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The Only “I AM”

Children's Book about God

We associate I AM (in capital letters) as the Lord’s name from Exodus 3. The “to be” verb is significant because the Lord just IS. Meaning, he is (as Jack Cottrell puts it) “self-existent and eternal.” But we need to be aware that not all spiritual-sounding messages mean the same thing by I AM. Self-help guru Wayne Dyer produced a…

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Are We All God?

Hugh from "What's Up, Doc?"

In the climactic scene of the classic comedy What’s Up, Doc?, a mob of disruptive courtroom witnesses has Judge Maxwell on edge. One witness identifies himself: “I am Hugh.” But the judge hears, “I am you.” Judge (responding to the man): You are me? Man: No, I am you. The perplexed judge implores the bailiff: “Make him stop saying that!”…

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