Second possibility. “When I look at me I also see an amazing living being who is able to decide for itself and to love and hate and choose between good and evil. But I see that originally human beings were created by God as perfect and glorious beings – in the image of God – and very good in every possible way until. Until they wanted to go their own way. When I look at me I see that I am part of the most serious problem that now affects all human beings in the world. Everyone’s desire is to get ahead and not to be taken for a ride – or for granted. That me first has damaged – is damaging - terribly the whole world.”
Third possibility. “When I look at me I see an amazing living being and seek happiness. I don’t want to be troubled about who or what I am at the moment – maybe later.”
Leaving aside the third possibility folk, the alternative explanations of who I see when I look at me both make sense. Both allow for the fact that humans are wonderful beings. Both allow for the fact that there is a great deal of evil done by these marvellous beings called humans. But....
But there is a major, major difference between the two viewpoints. That difference has to do with “hope”.
First possibility. “When I look at me I see no hope for me personally because I’m subject to death. I try not to think about that. I also try not to think about the fact that, having come into being by chance, humans have no real need to act morally or ethically – if they can get away with not doing so. I’m not sure why I do good to others. I’m not sure where goodness has come from.”
Second possibility. “When I look at me I see a wonderful future. This is because I have found a way back to God my creator through Jesus Christ, Son of Man, Son of God.”