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Subject: Spirituality

Those seeking spirituality travel many paths due to their skepticism of religion. A skepticism that creates dangerous doubts about God, about His divinely inspired Word and what It says about every person’s need for salvation (Romans 3:23, 6:23), the only way to salvation (Romans 10:9, 5:10/Acts 4:12/ John 5:24), and the two separate and eternal destinations prepared for believers (John 14:1-3/I Thessalonians 4:16-17 ) and unbelievers (Revelation 20:11-15/John 3:18/Revelation 1:18/Matthew 18:8-9). When or if God is considered, He is always seen as loving (John 3:16/Romans 5:8-10/I John 4:9-10), and His righteous wrath and judgments are totally disregarded (Romans 1:18, 2:8/II Peter 2:5-6,9/John 3:36/II Thessalonians 1:9/Hebrews 10:30).

But there is a vast difference between religion and true Christianity, so dismissing God and His Word because of one’s dislike for organized religion is very misguided. If we read John 10:10(b), Jesus didn’t use the word religion. “…I am come that they might have life (not religion), and that they might have it more abundantly.” Jesus didn’t say He came to earth to bring religion, but eternal salvation. Unfortunately, ‘Christianity’ has become a catch-all word that incorrectly lumps true Christianity with many and varied religions. But the following quote truly says it all! “Christianity is one of a kind. It is the singular reality of God’s activity to restore mankind from their fallen condition through His Son Jesus Christ.” “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

Perhaps unaware of this difference, people search for true spirituality in all the wrong places! They seek out false prophets and false gods, mixing teachings of Buddha and Mohammed with Hinduism creating a toxic potion of worthless rhetoric, while Jesus’ teachings are mostly ignored, if not entirely. But why would anyone put their faith in dead men instead of believing in the Risen Savior who continually answers prayers, and performs miracles? Jesus said “ I am he that liveth, and was dead…behold, I am alive for evermore….” (Revelation 1:18) Placing one’s faith in anyone or anything other than the Lord is as absurd and unproductive as opening a telephone book with the expectation it will dial the desired number! Only THE LIVING GOD, the “GREAT, I AM” can hear us, answer us and provide peace and comfort day after day! (Romans 5:1/Philippians 4:7)

Seekers pursue spirituality through numerous paths: personal experiences, nature, social interaction, and good works. They pray (to whom?), meditate and exercise. All human endeavors! They even seek truth through scientific findings, a rather startling fact when one realizes God’s Word doesn’t support science…science supports God’s Word! Many also study ancient mystics, ponder sacred texts and read spiritual works while flirting with destructive ideologies such as Solipsism which maintains that ‘only your own experiences and existence can be known’, meaning: truth is what YOU believe and perceive. This isn’t a path to spirituality, but a direct conduit to relativism! (Proverbs 3:5)

Genuine spirituality comes from spiritual knowledge; knowledge found only through the truth, and the truth is Jesus Christ, not man or his religion! “Jesus saith…I am the way (path/route), the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6) Without the Lord, every path one travels is littered with self, causing spiritual seekers to follow their carnal nature, to set their own truths, and to rely on their many experiences, thus leaving no room for Jesus! (Romans 8:5) “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). For those seriously seeking, one must set self aside, pick-up God’s Word and, with both an open mind and heart, Read It! “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” (Romans 8:6.) Without the Spirit of Christ, no one can or will find true spirituality! (Romans 8:7-11,13)

To question God, His existence and/or His Word is spiritually lethal! Those possessing true spirituality (born again believers) sincerely and wholeheartedly place their faith in Jesus Christ, thereby establishing a never-ending personal relationship with the Living God! Unfortunately, the time will come when the spiritual seekers’ futile search will end, and it will be too late to find authentic spirituality because they didn’t put their faith and trust in the shed blood of Jesus Christ! “Strive to enter in at the strait gate (eternal life), for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.” (Luke 13:24)

Real Christianity has but ONE path, the way of the cross! This pathway leads to Jesus, forgiveness of our sins, eternal life, and true spirituality! All other paths lead to everlasting condemnation. “…and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction (eternal punishment), and many there be which go in thereat:” (Matthew 7:13-14)

Religion has man. True Christianity has the Savior Jesus Christ, and therein is found genuine spirituality!

Nancy Hamilton

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