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The identity crisis compels us to look in all the wrong places to answer the question “Who am I?” But can the popular “my truth” and “their truth” provide the solutions they promise? What is the solid foundation of “the truth” that solves the identity puzzle?
“Who am I?” A new generation is preoccupied with the question of identity, and it’s getting complicated.
We see a rise in psychological counseling, genders and sexualities, identity politics, and obsession with the self. The identity crisis is making us look at ourselves to come up with subjective answers based on how we feel and lists of attributes supplied by political activists, ideologues, and pop culture.
But do the shifting sands of “my truth” and “their truth” hold the answers? What is the solid foundation of “the truth” that solves the identity puzzle once and for all?
The Identity Puzzle
“Who am I? It’s a question most people above a certain age never asked and never felt the need to answer. More recently, however, it’s the concern
that seems to be gripping an entire generation. It even comes in its own word—“identity.” This once slightly obscure word is now the staple of everything from elementary school curriculum to political creeds across the Western world, prompting young minds to preoccupy themselves with this pressing new question—Who am I?”
—Martyn Iles, Executive CEO of Answers in Genesis
Ken Ham is the Founder CEO of Answers in Genesis and its two popular attractions: the acclaimed Creation Museum and the internationally known Ark Encounter, which features a life-size 510-foot-long Noah’s Ark—sometimes described as the “8th Wonder of the Modern World.” Each year, the two attractions host over 1.5 million guests.
A much-in-demand Christian speaker and interview guest, Ham became well known throughout America for his 2014 evolution/creation debate with Bill Nye, TV’s “The Science Guy.”
Ham hosts the daily radio program Answers, now on 1,000 stations. He’s also the founder of the award-winning Answers magazine. In 2020, Ham launched Answers TV, an ambitious streaming service. His website of AnswersInGenesis.org has twice won the top award from the National Religious Broadcasters for best website.
A prolific blogger and author of more than 30 books, Ham’s newest releases are Divine Dilemma (understanding death, disease, and suffering), Divided Nation (about today’s culture wars), and the devotional commentary Creation to Babel.
Ken and his wife, Mally, have five children, many grandchildren, and a great-grandchild and reside in Northern Kentucky.
“ Yes, the answers are in God’s Word—actually, the answers begin in Genesis! As you read this book, you’ll dive deep into Genesis and God’s design for mankind. Martyn pulls out eternal truths that the church has long taught and known and applies them anew for a lost and confused generation. And he does so in a way that points to Christ and his completed work for us on the cross. I pray this work equips and encourages a generation of believers to find their identity in God’s creation design and in Christ. And I pray this work is a challenge to unbelievers to turn from gazing inward to gazing at God’s Word and Christ to find the answer to ‘Who Am I’? ”
“ Not too many have their finger on the pulse of a generation, as does Martyn. And there are not many with the godly eloquence and passion needed to communicate to them. May God bless this vital publication and use it to extend His Kingdom. ”
“ Contemporary culture offers no good answer to the fundamental question 'Who Am I?' That is why men masquerade as women (and vice versa); adults pretend to be children; and some people self-identify as animals. There are even some venerated academicians who theorize that we are all merely characters in a computer simulation. Martyn Iles understands that the only reasonable and satisfying answers to the question of human identity have been revealed by our Creator – in Scripture. Iles definitively refutes a host of popular falsehoods as he unfolds Biblical truth with exquisite clarity and meticulous care. This is a helpful and much-needed resource for a lost generation. ”
“ Actors learn to swap identities with each new role. In today’s selfie world, young people today think they’re staring in a movie about themselves, trying to figure out what character to play. “Who am I” brilliantly reminds us that as image bearers of God, our identity is secure. Learn how each of us are set apart, cherished, gifted and commissioned to enter the stage of the world, right on cue, and live out the role of a lifetime. ”
“ Martyn Iles is articulate, insightful, and full of wisdom that’s rooted in his unshakable commitment to the authority and reliability of Scripture. Plus, his writing is a delight to read. Here he tackles the question of identity—one of the most talked about but least understood issues in these postmodern times—leading readers through a sequence of vital biblical truths that give clear answers to some of life’s most difficult conundrums. ”
“ In Who Am I?, Martyn Iles grounds human identity in the biblical portraits of mankind found in Genesis and the New Testament—as creature, image-bearer, and dominion-wielder, as well as in his fallen and restored states. Expressive individualism has taken Western society by storm and has led to confusion, identity crises, depression, anxiety, misery, and even suicide—especially among young people. The only remedy for this dire situation is the liberating gospel of Jesus Christ, the true Man, who restores us to our true humanity, grounds our identity in Himself, points us away from ourselves toward God and others, and reconciles us with the triune God in everlasting bliss. In this engaging, relevant, and thought-provoking book, Iles boldly tackles controversial issues of anthropology from a biblical perspective—from work, to gender identity and confusion, to the distinct roles of men and women. My prayer is that the Lord will mightily use this work to bring the gospel to the next generation! ”
“ Martyn Iles has an almost unrivalled gift of showing how the Bible's teachings are vitally relevant for our times. Who Am I? is a key book for this generation of youth to read. It's also the book for parents, teachers, and pastors to read in order to properly guide the youth through a confusing period of their lives, a confusion not helped by living in an even more confused age. Who Am I? shows how secular humanist ideas of human identity are fundamentally misleading and must inevitably result in confusion and despair. By carefully working through the Bible Iles shows in the clearest terms what the truth is about who we are as human beings and, importantly, as males and females. Iles' book will arm a generation of youths with the means of resisting secular humanist and woke indoctrination and set their lives on the foundation of truth. Church study and youth groups in particular will be blessed by Iles' book. I have no doubt Who Am I? will play a significant role in the turning tide against the secular humanism of our age. ”
“ Many in our generation are not merely in confusion about their human identity and gender, they are in rebellion. With bold and uncompromising conviction, Martyn Iles calls us back to the only possible standard by which we can properly understand ourselves and our life's purpose: The nature and character of God as revealed in the Holy Scriptures. ”
“ There are few questions looming larger in the minds of Gen Z than ‘Who am I?’ How you answer that question drives what you think about yourself, how you present that to others, and what you do with your life—it’s an important question! And your worldview determines how you answer that question. Sadly most young people have the wrong lens for answering that question and are groping in the darkness inside themselves for answers. That’s why this book, firmly grounded in the truth of God’s Word, beginning in Genesis, is such a vital resource. It’s a clear call to this generation to go to their Creator and his Word for the answer to ‘Who am I?’ ”
“ From the beginning Satan has enticed mankind with the lie from Genesis 3, that humanity can usurp the creator God and His rule over all. In the present moment, our society inhabits a Romans 1 existence, where the creature is worshipped rather than the Creator. Martyn Iles reminds believers that this deception is as old as creation and that the fraud of self-identity is streaming through our culture yielding the fruit of chaos and death upon those who like Eve succumb to Satan’s treachery. This book is to remind us that ultimately God’s Word and our divinely created identity are essential in the battle against evil. It is encouraging and informative and calls us to remember that we should not be disconsolate while living in this world, as God’s Word abides in us and through Him, we have overcome the evil one. ”
“ Who am I? What am I? How am I to behave? With whom do I belong? The chaos of the culture is the result of society’s rejection of the Bible’s answers to these fundamental questions. To cut through the chaos, we must return to Scripture’s teaching on man’s identity. We find that we are not the determiners of our own identity; rather, we receive our identity from the One who created and designed us. Martyn Iles’ book is a timely and helpful aid to understanding this urgently needed biblical teaching. ”
“ Our world is gripped by false ideologies that not only impact today, but carry on with ripple effects for generations to come. As depression and suicide numbers increase, people stand in need of answers. One of the great lies of our day is that God is not sovereign over his creation. Vast numbers of people protest God’s sovereign design through various forms of rebellion that include poisoning their bodies and surgical methods for transitioning. As a result a growing number of people are experiencing depression and committing suicide. Martyn Iles, in his book, Who Am I? addresses this subject in his book as he applies the clear teachings of Scripture to the complex questions and problems that continue to plague our culture. ”
“ In Who Am I?, Martyn Iles masterfully explores the consequences of constructing an identity without God's revelation in Genesis 1-11, shedding light on the ensuing confusion about gender, marriage, family, and personal identity. He underscores the importance of recognizing our being made in God's image, our responsibility of dominion over creation, and the need for restoration from our fallen state. Iles contends that returning to these foundational principles is crucial for individuals to understand their true identity and purpose. I highly recommend this insightful exploration. Martyn brilliantly establishes the important connection between Genesis 1 through 11 and today’s modern culture and is the perfect choice to succeed Ken Ham at the helm of Answers In Genesis. ”