The definition of the human identity and religion has for centuries been the breeding ground of exploitation for social prejudices and discriminations. With influential scientists and philosophers of passed centuries having established prejudice and discriminatory ideologies upon these pivotal societal spheres. These which have a current modern legacy that has evolved into multiple enigmatic facets and philosophies.
What seems to prove itself as fact with these discriminatory ideologies is that they are usually established through and built on false religious beliefs about the human identity. With these two subject matters being consecutive from each other, them being combined for exploitation purposes has proved to make the world a very complex space.
The following writing deals with The Human Identity and Religion. The writing forms the foundation of the UMNWEBA motivational teaching called Wealth in Origin. This writing is for the purpose of contribution towards breaking down these Global chains of prejudice and discrimination.
The topics of the writing are:
Pertaining to the human identity:
1.WHO IS OUR GOD,
2.THE HUMAN IDENTITY (WHO YOU ARE AS A HUMAN BEING),
Pertaining to Religion:
3.WHO IS THE SAVIOUR (JESUS CHRIST) and,
4.WHAT IS SALVATION
WHO IS OUR GOD
When speaking about the identity of God in this writing, I speak of His identity in the context of it’s reference to the Human Identity. Reason for this being, God is Great and there is no one way to conclude His entire Character. Therefore in this writing I will only be emphasising on the character of God that affects the Human identity.
Gen. 1:1:” In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty and darkness covered the deep waters.”
The book of Genesis gives us chapters on the Account of Creation. The verse quoted above states the beginning of the creation of the world (creation)…
“El” is a northwest Semitic word meaning “God” or “deity” with its root meaning being “to be strong” or “to be in front”. In Biblical Hebrew the word God written Elohim, meaning “God”.
In the quoted verse it paints what the image was before God created any of creation. This verse also substantiates to us that God is the creator of all of creation on the earth and the spheres around it, that God means Creator and the one with the “power” to create. God means THE CREATOR, THE ONE WITH THE POWER TO CREATE or RULER .
God existed before both the heavens and earth. For anything on earth or heaven to have existed it had to first be brought forth by God. For it to even be anything, it had to first exist within God, before he brought it forth into existing in the world.
As the quoted verse states, the earth was formless and empty, with reading further into the first two chapters of Genesis, it lets us in on God’s process of creating all that is on earth and around it. With reading these two chapters, it is also clear that all of existence came about by and through God. This meaning GOD IS EXISTENCE.
Another word to describe EXISTENCE is “TO BE” or BEING or simply “ IS”.
Ex 3:14 reads “God replied to Moses. “I AM WHO I AM, say this to the people of Israel: I AM has sent me to you”. “I AM” is Gods utterance of the description of Himself in reference to creation, unto Moses. I AM meaning TO BE.
We further read… Ex 3:15 “God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: Yahweh, the God of your ancestors-the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob-has sent me to you. This is my eternal name, my name to remember for all generations.” The name YAHWEH is a Hebrew name meaning “he causes to be” or “he creates”. The name gives emphasis to and also substantiates the meaning of God as The Creator and Holder of Existence.
We read as reference as The LORD says in Ex 19:5 “…for all the earth belongs to me.”
God is The CREATOR, He is EXISTENCE and in so He is BEING or “TO BE”.
The bible also gives us other names of God, with all the names as follows:
- Elohim (God) Genesis 1:1 (Hebrew bible)
- YAHWEH (Lord Jehovah) Gen 2:4
- El Elyon (The most high God) Gen 14:18
- Adonai (Lord Master) Gen 15:2
- El Shaddai (Lord God Almighty) Gen 17:1
- El Olam (The everlasting God) Gen 21:33
- Jehovah Jireh (The LORD will provide) Gen 22:14
- Jehovah Rapha (The LORD who heals you) Exodus 15:26
- Jehovah Nissi (The LORD is my banner) Exodus 17:15
- El Qanna (Jealous God) Exodus 20:5
- Jehovah Mekoddishkem (The LORD who sanctifies you) Exodus 31:13
- Jehovah Shalom (The LORD is peace) Judges 6:24
- Jehovah Sabaoth (The LORD of hosts) 1 Samuel 1:3
- Jehovah Raah (The Lord is my sheperd) Psalms 23:1
- Jehovah Tsidkenu (The LORD our righteousness) Jeremiah 23:6
- Jehovah Shammah (The LORD is there) Ezekiel 48:35
Each name is a significant meaning of a action of God with/towards man, a meaning reference to Gods relationship with man. These names are also reference to Gods emotional self or love towards or for man as they express dominantly the Fatherly figure of God towards man, expressing the characteristics of a provider, caregiver, disciplinarian (teacher and trainer) and protector.
New Living Translation (NLT)
The Account of Creation
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.[a] 2 The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.
3 Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.”
And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day.
6 Then God said, “Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth.” 7 And that is what happened. God made this space to separate the waters of the earth from the waters of the heavens. 8 God called the space “sky.”
And evening passed and morning came, marking the second day.
9 Then God said, “Let the waters beneath the sky flow together into one place, so dry ground may appear.” And that is what happened. 10 God called the dry ground “land” and the waters “seas.” And God saw that it was good. 11 Then God said, “Let the land sprout with vegetation—every sort of seed-bearing plant, and trees that grow seed-bearing fruit. These seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came.” And that is what happened. 12 The land produced vegetation—all sorts of seed-bearing plants, and trees with seed-bearing fruit. Their seeds produced plants and trees of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.
13 And evening passed and morning came, marking the third day.
14 Then God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years.15 Let these lights in the sky shine down on the earth.” And that is what happened. 16 God made two great lights—the larger one to govern the day, and the smaller one to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set these lights in the sky to light the earth,18 to govern the day and night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.
19 And evening passed and morning came, marking the fourth day.
20 Then God said, “Let the waters swarm with fish and other life. Let the skies be filled with birds of every kind.” 21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that scurries and swarms in the water, and every sort of bird—each producing offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 Then God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply. Let the fish fill the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.”
23 And evening passed and morning came, marking the fifth day.
24 Then God said, “Let the earth produce every sort of animal, each producing offspring of the same kind—livestock, small animals that scurry along the ground, and wild animals.” And that is what happened. 25 God made all sorts of wild animals, livestock, and small animals, each able to produce offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.
26 Then God said, “Let us make human beings[b] in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth,[c] and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”
27 So God created human beings[d] in his own image.
In the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
28 Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”
29 Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food. 30 And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—everything that has life.” And that is what happened.
31 Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!
And evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day.
2 So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed. 2 On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested[e] from all his work. 3 And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation.
4 This is the account of the creation of the heavens and the earth.
The Man and Woman in Eden
When the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, 5 neither wild plants nor grains were growing on the earth. For the Lord God had not yet sent rain to water the earth, and there were no people to cultivate the soil. 6 Instead, springs[f] came up from the ground and watered all the land. 7 Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.
8 Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he placed the man he had made. 9 The Lord God made all sorts of trees grow up from the ground—trees that were beautiful and that produced delicious fruit. In the middle of the garden he placed the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
10 A river flowed from the land of Eden, watering the garden and then dividing into four branches. 11 The first branch, called the Pishon, flowed around the entire land of Havilah, where gold is found. 12 The gold of that land is exceptionally pure; aromatic resin and onyx stone are also found there. 13 The second branch, called the Gihon, flowed around the entire land of Cush. 14 The third branch, called the Tigris, flowed east of the land of Asshur. The fourth branch is called the Euphrates.
15 The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. 16 But the Lord God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden— 17 except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.”
18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.” 19 So the Lord God formed from the ground all the wild animals and all the birds of the sky. He brought them to the man[g] to see what he would call them, and the man chose a name for each one. 20 He gave names to all the livestock, all the birds of the sky, and all the wild animals. But still there was no helper just right for him.
21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the Lord God took out one of the man’s ribs[h] and closed up the opening. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man.
23 “At last!” the man exclaimed.
“This one is bone from my bone,
and flesh from my flesh!
She will be called ‘woman,’
because she was taken from ‘man.’”
24 This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.
25 Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame.
THE HUMAN IDENTITY (WHO YOU ARE AS A HUMAN BEING)
As we have learnt in the previous chapter that God is Existence and that the word Exist also means To Be or Being. In this chapter we will talk on the meaning of this in reference to Human Being.
As we have now an understanding that the word Existence means Being…
In so we have also learnt that GOD is BEING, The Holder of Existence. With this we can also say that, God is THE CREATOR BEING.
Adam is a Hebrew word meaning human, with its Semitic root (adm) meaning red, fair or handsome. Eve written in Hebrew is “Hawwah”, meaning living one or source of life and is related to” Haya” meaning to live.
The word HUMAN means that which is MORTAL, THE NATURAL WORLD, THAT WHICH IS TANGABLE, OR PHYSICAL.
With this information we can determine that HUMAN BEING means mortal/natural/physical god or HUMAN GOD, which in correction to spelling in meaning it is written Human god. With “god” referring to man, Gods self resembling creation. With reference to the quotes below…
Psalm 82:6New Life Version (NLV)
6 I said, “You are gods. You are all sons of the Most High.
John 10:34New Life Version (NLV)
34 Jesus said to them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’?
In conclusion hereof, we learn that HUMAN BEING = Human god
In mentioning this, we can draw reference from the Bible in Gen 1:26 “Then God said, “let us make human beings in our image, TO BE LIKE US. They will REIGN over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”
Gen 1:28 “ Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and GOVERN it.”
As we read in Gen 1:26 God says “let us make human beings IN OUR IMAGE, TO BE LIKE US.” He then goes on further to say…”They will REIGN…”
With the word IMAGE meaning IN LIKENESS, the verse goes on further and God mentions the word REIGN, which bears reference to God having created the Human in His likeness of being a god, hence He further goes on to say the human will REIGN…like a god for the name God means ruler.
And the last reference we read in Gen 1:27 “So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them, male and female he created them.” This verse also emphasising on the human being’s meaning of being a human existence or human existence.