“Who am I?”

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[First posted in 2014.  This is an introduction to another introduction—- there are two articles with this title  Who am I? and its sequel Who am I – 2.  Who is the “I” in this article?  The one who has chosen the journey on the road to Spiritual Sinai to meet the God Who revealed Himself and His Way of Life once upon a time on a mount in the desert of Sinai.   Who are you and where are you in your spiritual journey to seeking to know the One True God?  Have you found Him?  Where?—Admin1]

 

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Original Introduction in 2014:

This is being revisited because of a recent development:  Sinaite BAN had a life-threatening situation during which she figured this was D-Day for her and started connecting with loved ones, friends and family to whom she said her ‘goodbye world’ and personalized message.   Predictably, the Christians on her farewell list were concerned—as is expected of Christians—about her spiritual state.  Here she was, a Christ-worshipper for all of her life until 2010 when she turned away from Jesus as God and turned to YHWH, the One True God.  And so came the last ditch effort to remind her of the ‘Savior’ of her former faith; she was reminded to say the Name above all Names, ‘Jesus’ of course; and she received texts from a Pastor and his wife with whom she and husband were once affiliated:  

 

We are praying for you, we love you.

 “Let it be known to you and to all the people of Israel that by the Name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by this name this man stands here before you in good health.  He is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which became the chief cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:10-13.

“All who call upon the name of the Lord will be saved.”  Romans 10:13

“Therefore repent and return that your sins may be wiped away in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord and that He may send Jesus the Christ appointed for you.”  Acts 3:19-21.

Love, P and D.

 

What do you think the effect was on  Sinaite BAN?  Did she have any doubt in her mind who is her God and what His Name is?

 

 There is no turning back to that path we once trod, a detour from the true path.  To those NT verses, we repeat what we’ve quoted at the end of our Creed on our Home Pagec http://sinai6000.net/:

 

“Thus saith the LORD:

Stand by the roads, and look,

and ask for the ancient paths,

where the good way is;

and walk in it,

and find rest for your souls.”

Jeremiah 6:16

 

And perhaps this article and its sequel will adequately explain why we stubbornly cling to our newfound faith that is as old as the TORAH of YHWH.  And happily,  Sinaite  BAN did survive that close call and false alarm— for now anyway, praise YHWH!  Unfortunately, we’ve lost three Sinaites since to whom we’ve paid tribute through ‘In Memoriam’ articles.  

 

Not a surprise, guess what our former Christian colleagues think?  That these deaths are ‘judgments’  for having abandoned our Christ-centered faith!  What think you, dear searcher? —Admin 1]

 

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[Originally posted by Admin1@S6K on May 31, 2013 in OPINION with No Comments Yet]

In Les Miserables, a film based on a two-decade old broadway musical, which in turn was based on a novel by Victor Hugo published in 1862—there is a song titled “Who am I?”

 

Significantly, it is sung by the main protagonist Jean Valjean at the closing of Part I when he experiences an epiphany of sorts that would change his life direction.  He had been a convict  identified only by the number “24601,″ unjustly sentenced to two decades in prison for having stolen a loaf of bread for his starving sister, then released. Outside of prison, he experiences hospitality from a priest who feeds him and gives him temporary shelter, but he responds by stealing valuables, gets caught and taken back to the priest who, unexpectedly tells a ‘white lie’ that he had given the items and that they were not stolen.  The puzzled thief who had known nothing more than apathy from his jailers is taken aback; the priest then explains to him in private that by giving him yet another chance to redeem himself,  ”I have bought your soul for God.”  And in a way, he had.

 

This totally unexpected act of forgiveness, grace and mercy on top of earlier kindness and hospitality stuns Prisoner #24601 who, up to this point, has been living outside of prison without having shed his ‘convict’ mentality and criminal inclination. This leads him to introspection (in song of course), a review of his life and his essence  — “Who am I?”  Greatly touched by one person’s treatment of his worth as a human being, he declares his new-found identity which would henceforth determine his destiny. He chooses to follow a different path.

Many more twists and turns would develop in his lifetime but in the final scene as he is about to die, there is a reprise of the melody “I dreamed a dream of days gone by” with different lyrics; perhaps the most memorable line reflects a Torah principle:  ”to love another person is to see the face of God.”

 

While that is described from the point of view of the person choosing to love others by showing it in action and deed  (as opposed to mere verbal declaration), the impact is even greater upon the recipient, not to forget others who witness something out of the ordinary. They become aware that this is not the norm in human behavior and relationships.  Ultimately it does translate to catching a glimpse of something ‘not of this world system’, call it Godliness or Godlikeness.  To those of us ‘in the know’, we associate the standard of goodness or better yet, RIGHT-ness with the self-revealing God on Sinai who requires right behavior from His people as recorded in His Torah.

 

Unfortunately, correct behavior and right choices do not always translate into desirable consequences in a world whose systems and values run counter to Torah.  Often those who choose the right path, do the right thing, consistently live as righteously as possible in a world system where, unfortunately, wrong, ignorance and misinformation prevail—often find themselves ill-fitted, even and especially among ‘religionists’.

 

So how does this relate to the original question “Who am I?”  Ponder this: You are not your thoughts, your emotions, your body, your money, your career or your property. You discover your essence usually in life-threatening situations such as natural calamities like devastating earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes when you are reduced to wanting only to survive and nothing more and you fast realize what is of supreme importance to you.

 

There is an article that well explains ‘who am I’, here are some select quotes:

  • Who are we, after all? Are we our work, or are we eternal souls? If we fear that we’ll become nothing if we let go of our persona, then we are in a state of spiritual exile. If we have always defined ourselves in terms of our career, property, social status and what others think of us, then we are not our own person. Our soul is then in exile. We are trapped in our thoughts, our feelings, our body, our money, our social status, and everything else that makes up our transient character. The soul is lost in the ego and we will feel estranged to our true selves eternally connected to God.
  • We need to reclaim our self — our individual “I” — and redirect it to its source, the “Ultimate I.” When we do this, we experience the mystical meaning of the first commandment heard at Mt. Sinai 3,300 years ago: “I am” God your Lord, who took you out of Egypt.” This is the true path to personal empowerment, spiritual liberation, inner peace, and fulfillment.
  • We naturally want to experience the truth of who we. We seek a connection to a greater whole because we are connected to a greater whole. The spiritual disciplines of a commandment-driven life enable us to consciously center and anchor our self in God and live in service. They empower us to disengage from the outer trappings of our persona and feel at one with God through the joy of service.
  • A Torah life is all about freedom and self-actualization. It is not about changing who you are, but being you.
  • To be all that you can be, you need to know who you really are, who is your eternal root, what is your divine purpose and service on earth.
  • To serve God means to embody and channel into the world God’s love, wisdom, understanding, kindness, justice, compassion, beauty, truth, peace, etc. When you act mercifully, you are serving to make manifest the source of all mercy. When you act intelligently, you are serving to make manifest the source of all intelligence. And when you serve justice, you are serving to make manifest the source of all justice. You experience the joy of ultimate meaning when you make your life a means to an end, greater than yourself. But when you make your life the be all and end all, then that is the end of your life.
  • We will not be punished for our sins, but by our sins. Nor will we be rewarded for our service, but by our service [underscore added].

Notice the wording of the last entry.  Dabariym/Deuteronomy 28 spells out blessings for obedience and curses for disobedience.  The consequences are ‘automatic’ as in ‘built-in.’  

 

When people look at you, what do they see? There is a game played by some talk show hosts whereby a picture is shown to a guest who is supposed to say one word to describe the person in the picture.  If someone were to describe you in one word or a phrase, don’t you wonder what will be said?  Most likely, your dominant trait or characteristic or feature would be it.  Physical features are most likely to be cited: bald, bearded, tall, short, fat, thin, beautiful, ugly. mole on nose, etc.  Those who know more about you might say:  feisty, sweet, kind, greedy, boring, etc.  Often people are surprised at the word used to describe them by those who know them better than others.  

 

 

Wouldn’t it be heartening to hear this word:  ”Godly”.  When that word defines us, that is the best answer to the question “Who am I?”

 

For a good article that further elaborates on this, please go to this link: http://www.aish.com/sp/ph/48939787.html?s=rab

 

 

Check out the Sequel:

 

 

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