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Carl Jung Transformation

Carl JungThe Christian thinker and Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung (1875 - 1961 AD) discusses the Christian self image in "Man in Search of a Soul" in which he says, "The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances. If there is any reaction, both are transformed." Jung's work convinced him that life has a spiritual purpose. He is often regarded as a counterbalance in this regard to the other leading psychologist Sigmund Freud (1865 - 1935 AD). He once said to a friend, "I can't do it better than Jesus." Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855) the Danish philosopher and theologian, added to this, "God cannot make a person his equal without transforming that person into something more than a person." He was interested in the individual's subjective relationship to the God-Man Jesus the Christ, which came through faith.✞

Transforming Personality

Soren KierkegaardWhat does the self image mean for the Christian? Is it perhaps Christ's transforming personality that distinguishes Christians from other humans? In being drawn into the Mystical Body of Christ, human beings are irresistibly transformed into a new self image. Just look at your reflection in the mirror. Your son may be the image of his father. Adam was one hundred and thirty years old when he became the father of Seth. The Bible in Genesis 5.3 describes Seth as, "a son in his own likeness, according to his own image."

Like Savior like Son

Mirror ImageIn the same way, a daughter may have the same facial appearance as her mother or father and may display his or her mannerisms or idiosyncrasies. The image therefore may mean more than appearance, maybe similarities of gestures, even "like thinking."

Person and God Association

Syrian Idol of the Steatopygic TypeA Christian's image also denotes an association between a person and God. Paul describes the destructive results of idol worship on people and explains in Romans 1.22-23 that they "exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles." An idol-image here replaced the Christian image that marked the relationship between a human and the Creator. People were intended to have a special self image but often unfortunately develop an idol-image by being sucked by an overpowering attraction into something other than God.✞

"Christian Self Image"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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