Before we begin the Who Am I Bible Study series, we must first recognize that any world view of the nature of "self" is not the same as the biblical view of self.
For instance, a non-biblical world states that understanding oneself involves exploring one's thoughts, feelings, beliefs, values, motivations, and behaviors. It involves introspection, self-reflection, and self-awareness.
Some methods to help understand oneself include journaling, therapy, mindfulness practices, personality assessments, and seeking feedback from others. Additionally, experiences such as relationships, challenges, and personal growth can also provide insight into one's self.
Psychologists offer several different therapies to assist someone who wants to "know" or "understand" themselves better. This can involve an exploration of early childhood experiences or memories, or perhaps a development of a meaningful "connection with the universe."
Psychological approaches tend to seek the answers from within the patient. Ralph Waldo Emerson, the 19th-century American philosopher and writer, believed in the idea of self-reliance. And an American ideal is to rely on oneself, to be self-sufficient, and that successful people always do it themselves. But we hold that life is a team effort and that self-reliance, which is certainly commendable in many respects, will only get you so far.
But a biblical-based approach is entirely different and the opposite from the modern psychology method. It seeks the answers externally, or in other words - the patient does not have any answers in and of himself. One must turn to another source for the answer to the critical question of who he or she is.
We hold that the only source for who you are is the Holy Bible - that is God himself.
Not only do we know God by Jesus Christ alone, but we know ourselves only by Jesus Christ. We know life and death only through Jesus Christ. Apart from Jesus Christ, we do not know what is our life, nor our death, nor God, nor ourselves.
Pascal, The Harvard Classics 48, 177