“Who Am I” According to Theologian Karl Rahner.

 Col 3:11  where there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, foreigner, Scythian, servant, freeman — but the all and in all — Christ.

These are the thoughts of the Jesuit theologian, Karl Rahner.

Who is man, by that I mean, mankind?

Who am I?

The reality of who man is, has been fragmented  in part, with the unrealities which Rahner calls empirical anthropologies, or the study of man by different disciplines.

Science, medicine, history, or geography helps to explain who man is according to their discipline.

Rahner says that the explanation given by these disciplines is not totally unreal, there are only partially correct.

The reality of who man is, is not only attempted to be explained through these disciplines but also through the cumulative experiences of past memories, ideas, opinions, experiences and events, now locked in the mind of man which have shaped his reality.

Many of these realities are unreal to what is actually happening in the world and is only real  to the man who has them locked within his emotions and thoughts, and is captive to them.

Reality, or who am I,  for Rahner, is not anthropological disciplines or a host of  experiences which shaped the man’s unreal realities, but the Person of Christ who actualizes the transcendence, the wholeness of man back before he was marred by the inception of sin, and his infiniteness.

For the man who has allowed Christ in his heart, the who am I, is not a conglomeration of cumulative experiences or fragmented anthropological disciplines.

The who am I, is now a Person, that is the Person of Christ Jesus who is not fragmented and does not need any anthropological disciplines to explain Him. He is the I am who I am.

Christ is the total of the attributes of the invisible God made corporeal or visible to the human.

The I, who is Christ, is absolutely individualistic from person to person, and calls every person to be purely individual.

In other words, because Christ, the I in the person, is an individual and not a conglomeration of  things, every person is called to be purely the individual through whom Christ, the individual , manifests His undisputed and transcendental individuality as He wills.

This is why we are not called to follow the masses hypnotized by  entertainment or media, but to be the actualized individual whom Christ has made us and manifests Him as the supreme individual, the Great I Am and the who am I, in me.

The dichotomy of the Christian life is that this utter individuality can only be manifested by utter dependency on The One who manifests Christ, as that perfect, transcendental and infinite individual, and who is the I, and the who am I, in man.

And if I may add to what this great theologian wrote.

The variation between Christianity and other religions is that Christianity is a Person and not creeds, as are the other.

Christ, being Christianity, is the image of the invisible God made visible.

In that Christ is the image, He manifests the identity of God, and who God is in that image.

For the Christian, his goal must not be to delve in cultural or social rights, but  one of revealing true identity.

Eph 4:24  And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Col 3:10  And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

His resolution is to reveal the new identity of God in Christ, by the display of a new humanity, or as Paul calls it, the new man, Christ Jesus, which lives inside of the Christian.

The world suffers from a massive predicament of misplaced identities.

Eph 4:22  That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

Col 3:9  Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

Every time that a person says, I am this, or I am that, what he says is founded upon a broken humanity, or as Paul calls it, the old man. Thus we have a problem of misplaced identities.

The Christian must arise above the fray of social issues, culture wars, or socio economic rights, for it is  all feeding this broken humanity.

The Christian must become emancipated and manifest a new humanity, with its unfragmented identity, that of God’s,  to a dying world which screams to find itself but all within this  broken humanity of misplaced identities.

Ultimately, everyone is trying to find God and satisfy what psychologists would call,  the child within.

The Christian’s role is to display a new humanity and a whole identity that people can witness and come to, who is Christ Jesus, in the Christian.

Joh 12:32  And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

This is revival!


Karl Rahner



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