Friday, 2 October 2015

Spiritual And Lost

Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seems right unto a man, but the end there of are the ways of death.
     
      "You know, Norm, your problem is you think Jesus is the only way to acquire righteousness. You talk as if Jesus is the one all and be all - as if there are no other spiritual roads to reaching God. I am very spiritual and feel I am just as blessed as you are without all this Jesus stuff." 
      I am paraphrasing the comments made to me in a moderate tone as I talked with an office acquaintance about my faith. I thought, thank you, Lord, if my problem is thinking that righteousness through Jesus Christ is the only way to my heavenly Father, then that is a very good problem to have. John 14:6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 
      The real problem is the people who think any kind of spirituality is the same as having a personal relationship with Christ. This idea is clearly not the same. Organized religion in a lot of cases is a person's idea of being spiritual. True enough, people who are in Christ do attend a church building to assemble for praise and worship of the Lord, but they themselves are the church body of Christ and not the building they are in. Eph. 2:20 Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. 21 We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. 
      In Christ, by faith, I am part of His body that makes up the church; therefore, in spirit, I am a living member of the church body of Christ. I am a spiritual being whether I walk with God or not. I am a spirit, I have a soul, and I live in a body. Of course everyone is spiritual as it is our default position as human beings from the day of our conception. The body was dead as clay until God breathed His spirit into man and he became a living soul. Gen. 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. 
      People who say "I am very spiritual" are not shedding any light on their personal position as everyone born on earth is a spirit and spiritual. The thing that matters and the question that has to be answered is, "Is your spirit within your body alive or dead to the righteousness of God?" What these pseudo religious people are saying is they have chosen a belief system or creed that meets their own personal standard of what is expected from God. The error is they forget to ask God what His expectations are in order to be in a relationship with Him. 
      God says, "His gift of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ is His answer to mankind." Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Saying "I am very spiritual" is not saying much. Saying "I am trying to be as good as I can so God will accept and love me" is not going to earn God's love. News flash! God already loves you and that is why He gave you Jesus, so you could be right there near His side throughout eternity. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
      Satan has a smorgasbord of spiritual choices to choose from if anyone wants to eat from his platter of deception. 2 Cor. 11:14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. The devil masquerades as a beautiful alternative to Jesus. Take a good look at the condition the world is in where religion is a battle cry rather than a way to heal the masses. Look at the countries where you have to die for your god rather than having a God who died for you. Look at the stench and degradation promoted by pathetic leaders who make slaves of their own people, only to end up in abject poverty. Jesus came to deliver all man from the personal hell that is being inflicted on them on a regular basis. 
      Ignorance and want are what Satan offers over the long run. John 10:10 The thief comes not, but that he may steal, and kill, and destroy: I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly. What Satan offers is not for me! Because of religious ideology, in some countries, I would have been severely persecuted and in some cases to the point of death because of the discussion I was having at work with my fellow office worker talking openly about the subject of Jesus and being spiritual. I am in Christ and the coworker is still very spiritual, but we are both free to love and respect each other. That is the beauty of our freedom in Christ. I can still pray for all my office coworkers and live in peace with them.
      God made me an offer I could not refuse.
 Rom. 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Being spiritual is fine if you want to meander through life on this side of death and feel good about yourself. However, our lives were made eternal the moment God breathed His life into our souls. Since God is the creator of my life, is it not prudent to accept the gift He offered me? Titus 2:11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. May God reveal to each one of us His plan and purpose for our lives. Amen!

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