Last Updated on: 28th May 2024, 11:15 am

Many people today wander aimlessly, lacking both an understanding of the past and a clear purpose for the future. This ignorance of our historical context leads to what can be described as an identity crisis. We no longer remember where we come from because we have forgotten our history, and we are uncertain of our intended destination because our consciousness has been debased and subsequently darkened.

This theme of existential disorientation has recently become particularly prominent in Western society. The question of personal identity has surged to the forefront of cultural discourse. Many argue that this identity crisis may be a consequence of the West having surrendered its Christian identity to social engineers and manipulators, who reshape societal values and norms according to shifting agendas.

Yet, this issue is not unique to the modern West. Throughout millennia, various philosophies and thinkers have identified the struggle for identity and purpose as a universal human problem. From ancient civilisations to contemporary societies, the quest to understand who we are, where we come from, and where we are going has been a central concern.

Without a solid grasp of our past or a clear vision for our future, we risk drifting through life, susceptible to confusion and manipulation. This existential dilemma challenges us to reclaim our history, rediscover our roots, and define a purpose that aligns with our true nature. Only then can we navigate the complexities of modern life with a renewed sense of identity and direction.

Indeed, the fundamental question remains: Why do we do what we do? From a practical standpoint, our actions are often driven by a search for identity and meaning. When we lack a clear understanding of who we are, we may adopt various identities, trying them on like different costumes, hoping to find one that fits. These identities serve as masks, shaping our behaviour and interactions with the world around us.

However, beneath this surface quest for identity lies a deeper existential inquiry. The “why” behind our actions encompasses a myriad of existential questions: Why do we exist? What is our purpose? Who are we in relation to others? When and where do we find fulfilment?

Addressing these questions requires a holistic approach that considers not only our individual identities but also our interconnectedness with the world and with each other. It involves exploring our values, beliefs, and aspirations, as well as examining the societal and cultural forces that shape our actions.

Ultimately, unravelling the mystery of why we do what we do requires introspection, self-discovery, and a willingness to confront the complexities of human existence. Only by delving into the depths of our being can we hope to uncover the motivations behind our actions and chart a reliable path towards greater authenticity and fulfilment.

Personally, for any belief system, in my case, Christianity, to remain meaningful and relevant, it must be practical and relatable. Only by properly understanding the core issues humanity faces can we better grasp our actions and seek a fitting solution, and this begins with an adequate and correct understanding of human history, particularly what went wrong.

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If we’re truthful with ourselves, there’s a pervasive feeling within us that something isn’t quite right. Despite our tendency to rationalise difficulties and setbacks, we recognise that sickness and suffering aren’t natural states, and we instinctively resist the inevitability of death because we sense a deeper, immortal essence stirring within our mortal selves.

In Christianity, the primary challenge humanity confronts is often defined as sin and separation from God, but is this enough of an explanation to adequately convey the extent of the problem this event horizon marks? This separation manifests in various ways, including feelings of emptiness, a lack of purpose, and disconnection from others. Our behaviour, therefore, reflects this struggle as we seek meaning, identity, and fulfilment.

At the core of human existence lies the lingering impact of our separation from our original state. This condition, which we have pushed into the depths of our subconscious, continues to reverberate throughout our collective consciousness. It finds expression in our myths, legends, and symbols—those potent narratives and imagery that attempt to convey the profound truth we grapple with, yet struggle to define and comprehend.

Despite the diversity of our experiences and aspirations, the common thread that binds us all is finally the relentless pursuit of our “salvation” from our fallen state and the ensuing dysfunction and chaos we have become subject to. In fact, not only do we need rescue from a hostile and uncooperative environment, we also need to be saved from ourselves; that is to say, the chaos is not only around us, but also in us.

Amidst this pursuit, there often lies a profound ambiguity—a vagueness concerning the precise nature of the threats we seek to shield ourselves from, the exact destination towards which we strive, or even how to get there. Nonetheless, irrespective of these uncertainties, our actions invariably reflect an unwavering commitment to the preservation of self, a universal striving towards rescue, and salvation, regardless of the multifaceted complexities that define our individual and collective journeys.

Within Christianity lies the profound answer found in Jesus Christ and his teachings. His life, death, and resurrection unveil a transformative solution to humanity’s deepest struggles. By embracing Jesus’ radical message of love, forgiveness, and reconciliation, individuals can rediscover profound restoration and wholeness in their connection with God and fellow beings, which produces the peace and restoration we all yearn for.

Yet, the unfortunate oversimplified presentation of these truths often fails to capture the raw reality of our predicament: exiled from paradise, we are besieged by the relentless forces of chaos that reign over our world, compelling us to confront our own existential fragility that is constantly threatened by forces often beyond our control

Ultimately, Christianity must be more than a theoretical concept; for it to be relevant, it must become a lived experience that addresses humanity’s deepest needs and aspirations and, most importantly, restores us to our original estate. By embracing the practical implications of its teachings, individuals can discover guidance, purpose, and hope on their spiritual journey. Through this understanding, we can then begin intelligently cooperating with the divine rescue and restoration plan that God has set in motion.

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At the outset, let’s delve into the core of our inquiry: Why do we do what we do? Additionally, what deeper significance does this constant bustle of activity carry within it?

In essence, the answer, although straightforward, is profound: Every endeavour and every pursuit embarked upon by humanity—whether by you, by me, or by the entirety of our species—is propelled by a singular, primal urge: “salvation. that is we do what we do in an attempt to save ourselves. Judging by our track record, we have not been very good at this: at best, we merely succeed in keeping the chaos at bay, and that often only temporarily.

Indeed, this primal drive serves as the very foundation of our existence, transcending the superficial differences of race, gender, and creed. Despite outward appearances suggesting diverse pursuits, at the core, everyone is invariably striving towards a singular, albeit often unspoken, objective: the reclamation of a lost paradise. While we may not overtly articulate this yearning in such terms, upon deeper reflection, it becomes evident that all our endeavours are rooted in this innate desire for restoration and fulfilment.

Indeed, one of the central purposes of Christ’s mission is to rectify this inherent human dilemma. In Him, we are called to relinquish our feeble attempts at self-salvation by attempting to rebuild paradise, and instead embrace His divine plan. Despite the counsel of the world-system, we are directed to follow the strategy laid out by God in Scripture.

A poignant example from Scripture is found in the story of Moses and the Israelites. Though intimately familiar with the functioning of the Egyptian economy—indeed, they were instrumental in its sustenance—the word to Moses is unequivocal:

“For when Moses was getting ready to build the Tabernacle, God gave him this warning: Be sure that you make everything according to the pattern I have shown you here on the mountain.” (Hebrews 8:5)

The “tabernacle” here becomes a symbol for paradise when we remember that paradise is but the effect or consequence of the reigning presence of God, and the presence of God is only present where He is appropriately enthroned.

“But you are holy, you who inhabits the praises of Israel.” (Psalm 22:3)

When we reject God, we must rely on our own. understanding and resources. And, it is important to note that we can affirm God with our words while rejecting Him with our actions.

Herein lies the crux of the issue: our individual conceptions of paradise are often subjective and ill-informed. What one perceives as paradise may be diametrically opposed to another’s notion, leading to conflicting interpretations and divergent paths—the root cause of struggle, division, and war. What one person views as their ultimate bliss may, to another, represent a living hell. Thus, the challenge arises from the inherent subjectivity of our visions of paradise, which can inadvertently lead to misunderstanding, conflict, and discord.

Christ represents the singular unifying path where all individuals can come together as one to engage in the collective endeavour of restoring paradise—a task akin to the stewardship described in Genesis 2:15, where humanity is called to guard and cultivate the “garden of God.”

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Rather than labouring in opposition to one another, Christ invites us to collaborate in harmony. In this unified approach, guided by the principles of love, compassion, and reconciliation that Christ exemplifies, we move beyond the fragmentation and discord that characterise much of human interaction and instead embrace a shared vision of restoration and renewal guided by the Lord.

Within this paradigm, the need to tirelessly pursue justice is alleviated, as Christ embodies perfect justice for all. Consequently, our focus shifts away from striving to secure “our fair share,” as Christ ensures that we receive abundantly more than we could ever anticipate or imagine (Ephesians 3:20, Psalm 23). In this understanding, the pursuit of justice is not a burdensome endeavour but rather a gracious provision that emanates from the redemptive work of Christ.

We are invited to partake in this divine abundance and to extend the same generosity and grace to others, fostering a culture of abundance, equity, and flourishing for all.

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