In the triad of world/flesh/devil
it is almost always the sins of the “flesh”
that are attacked by churches –
and seldom do sermons preach about the sins of the “world” –
the lust for wealth and prestige that the ego loves.
But the difference between the True Self
and the False Self is the difference between
“True Centering” (on God) and “Ego Centering” (on Self).
In fact, the True Self can include the False Self
because the way we become whole as humans
is by embracing every aspect of our existence –
by humility/not taking ourselves too seriously –
we grow by wholeness not by absolute moral purity
which we never reach anyway.
Still, we consign to the unconscious
all fantasy, all psychic associations connected with
but for primitives all these things had numinous power.
Friedrich Nietzsche dismissed all primitives
and fancied himself to be a Rational Existentialist –
one who has the courage to stare into the abyss of non-being
and discover complete loneliness, complete aloneness
if God is dead.
There have been many Rational Christian responses
that have deconstructed the “death of God” movement
and people like Marcus Borg and Bishop John Shelby Spong
have also helped us deconstruct Bibical Fundamentalism
and there are many Postmodern Christian thinkers
like Brian McLaren with his book A Generous Orthodoxy
and others have developed The Postmodern Bible
and The Cambridge Companion to Postmodern Theology.
As usual, Christianity has adapted to/learned from/gone beyond
whatever the world/the devil/the ego throws at us –
we always include and then transcend
all attempts to deconstruct the Truth.