The Closer You Are To God The Less Personality You Have

by Quinton Figueroa on January 27th, 2008

I was talking to a friend the other day and he brought up something that made me think about this. This is a pretty interesting and somewhat creepy statement, but I think it's fairly accurate: The closer we are to God the less personality we have. And conversely, the further we are from God the more personality we have.

If we look at personality as our individuality and our freedom to express ourselves and change ourselves then we can see how this may not quite be in line with God. Even the Bible says: Jesus Christ (meaning God in this context) is the same yesterday, today and forever. If God is the same that means there is no change. And since each one of us is on supposedly on our way towards being with God, or merging with God, then I think one would have to conclude by our earthly measures that you loose your personality as you merge with God.

Is this a bad thing? I don't really know. I don't want it to sound like we loose our free will or anything like that. Just because we are doing decisions that are more predictable (because they are in line with truth) doesn't mean we loose our free will. It simply means we understand everything so clearly that we choose to work with God rather than against.

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Ben: Agreed

I agree with this sort of. I think that the end goal of becoming closer to god makes you shed parts of your personality that are cumbersome or hurtful to yourself and others. And since this path towards truth is universal, anyone who walks it will eventually lose those same traits and become more like the Buddha or Jesus or any number of enlightened individuals.

Anonymous: Anyone in whom the

Anyone in whom the troublemaking self has died,
sun and cloud obey.
If you wish to shine like day,
burn up the night of self-existence.
Dissolve in the Being who is everything.

- Rumi

Anonymous: I don't know if I agree or disagree.

I'll just state my comment, then. The closer you are to God, the less evil and selfish your personality becomes. You don't really have less personality because a personality is the set of qualities a person has, distinguishing him or her from another person. Your personality will definitely or should definitely change because your morals and values and goals will change. They must. Before Christ, one has no Heaven to look forward to or perfection. I am a Christian, so I believe that when I die, I will become perfect and live in Heaven. I base my choices on that. I also believe that Judgment Day will come, and God's wrath will judge me on every sin I ever commit. Keeping such in mind, my personality changes because of my choices. My Bible teacher once told me this quote, "There's a choice you have to make in every thing you do; so keep in mind that in the end, the choice you make, makes you." Every thing I do, every path I walk, I have a choice to make on which road I choose to walk. That quote comes to mind all the time, so I become concious of the benefits and punishments that I will achieve going down a certain path. I am personally glad that my personality changed the way it did when I fully devoted my life to God. I lost part of my personality, the part that was hurtful to me. I am definitely NOT saying I'm better than anyone else; I still have so many faults. But I know that my faults will be forgiven and that God loves me no matter what. I still feel like it is best to please God and try doing right in every action I partake. Why not live with a goal? Life is pointless without one, and there are already too many people in the world with no goals, or with bad ones. People have said things like, "What are you going to do if, when the earth is over or when you die, and God isn't real?" Well, I've lived a life worth living, and it hasn't been to terrible. It wasn't all about me, and I had a future. But what will you do if, when the earth is over and when you die, and it's all true? And Christianity was real all along?

l.: i agree, i think a

i agree, i think a personality is first a persona. you control it mostly and its what you want the world to see and think you are. everyone is somewhat of an impostor and then an actor. as you get close to Jehovah (the one true God from the Bible), you shed your acting and posing. you get down to the basic roots of humanity which is weak and nimble. you become less of a showman, more of a listener. humility grows, vanity shrinks. all the game playing stops. when you think about those are deceptive manipulative forms of control and if you have a personality that produces that sort of thing then its evil inside. the image of Jesus i see is quiet, unless otherwise needed not self promoting or self centered completely focused on others and Jehovah.
to the quote above mine i say YOUR RIGHT. eternity is a terrible thing to risk for a few decades of self importance and "you are god" thinking (when you think about it, it is very frivolous and stupid too). some will not listen and still others will agree and do nothing about their beliefs. a Christian life is not an easy road to travel, but the rewards at the end will be more wonderful than you could comprehend.

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