This is my opinion only...What we do is how we are defined by others. Who I truly am, will always define my "hidden" actions. If my "hidden" actions and my "public" actions match, (and they should unless I am dishonest about something) then they will tell who I am as a person.
I have always felt that as long as I know what and what I am, I could care less how others might perceive me. How to win friends and influence people or enemies hold no importance to me whatsoever. Besides myself the only one I am resposible to is Almighty God my creator, no body else has more importance.
Wrong! I am who and what I say I am. You may not like it you may not accept it. Fact is I don't care whether you do or not. I am me and I am an extremely unique individual unlike any other you have ever or will ever know.
Yes, to the first question, but superficially. If you're talking of how people perceive you. But, of course, it in no way defines who you really are. Their reaction to what you say and do is as much of an imprecise reflection of who they really are as you.
Who you are would certainly define what you do. I would think. What else could motivate your actions? Even if you act in accordance with someone else's will, you are defined by that action as a follower of your perception of their will.
I agree. All that we do, that is seen, shows who we are but only to those who see us. It is in essence only a part of who we are though because there is so much in a person's life that no one else sees.
In other words, it is only one part of a picture to those who see us and what we do.
The Bible states that God knows the heart of men. It also states that He tries the heart. We also know that those who are saved, according to the Bible, are saved by grace, which is the gift of God.
So maybe we are not what we do but we are who we are only by the grace of God. Paul wrote, "I am what I am by the grace of God."
Both. It's reciprocal. What you do helps build who you are, and who you are helps decide what you do.
An ongoing learning and growing process in a well-balanced person. If you learn without growing, pointless, and if you grow without learning, meaningless. A well-balanced person does both, simultaneously and continuously, and both the learning and the growing follow and help lead the other.
Yes, in my opinion. But they grow unwell. Like the seeds parable. They grow fast and big, and even dangerous, but with no real foundation the growth is fruitless and the plant soon withers. Don't look it up, I'm sure I'm a little off, but the gist of it is the same. Lotta wisdom in the bible.
Where's this question coming from, if I may ask? Faith vs. works? Yes, same thing. Both are empty without the other and the whole effort stalls from inertia.
Both. You do what you do because you are what you are. But most people do not know what they are because they are a combination of conditioning and genetic predisposition. They react automatically in particular ways because they are conditioned to. The seeker discovers there is no way to eliminate conditioning. But we can learn and recondition ourselves so that we are in more control of our conditioning. When you can do that consciously you begin to know yourself and what you are.