Have you ever met someone who is seeking “spirituality” or tells you they are a “spiritual” person? In my experience these statements are typically followed by things like:
- I don’t follow any one religion
- I just think we should love everyone
- I’m not sure what I believe, but I love God and want to see the world at peace and people love one another
I am always puzzled by what people mean when they say they are spiritual people. “Hello, my name is Mike, and I am a spiritual person.”
We are all spiritual people – like it or not – believe it or not – worship or not – Christian or not
God is a spirit.
For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24)
The devil is a spirit
As the boy came forward, the demon knocked him to the ground and threw him into a violent convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the evil spirit and healed the boy. Then he gave him back to his father. (Luke 9:42)
Man is a spirit
Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. (1 Thessalonians 5:23)
You are a spirit, you possess a soul and you live in a body.
The bible teaches us that sin caused our human spirit to die.
When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. (Romans 5:12)
It is because of sin that our spirit lost fellowship with God. Sin separates man from God.
Your sins are the roadblock between you and your God. That’s why he doesn’t answer your prayers or let you see his face. (Isaiah 59:2)
Our spirits come alive to God through faith in Jesus Christ – we are born again.
Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:24)
Spirituality exists outside of Jesus Christ. The spirits that are encountered are real, but they are not the Holy Spirit. Many non-Christians have “spiritual” experiences. Speak with a Hindu, Buddhists, Muslim, Wiccan, etc. Many will share with you spiritual encounters they have had in their faith or religion. These encounters are real, but they are not with the God of the Bible.
Spiritual experience and faith need to be defined properly. There are more than a billion people on the planet engaged in non-Christian worship of a god or gods. Their faith is real. Their beliefs are real. Their experiences are real. There can be no discounting the substance of their faith or experience. The Christian and biblical objection to this type of spirituality is the object of their faith. As Christian, we believe that only through Jesus Christ can man be made righteous, have access to God and ultimately be granted access to heaven (God’s dwelling place).
You may have experienced many things in your life of a spiritual nature, but unless they involved the Holy Spirit the bible teaches that these experiences were most likely with demon spirits.
What am I trying to say? Am I saying that food offered to idols has some significance, or that idols are real gods? No, not at all. I am saying that these sacrifices are offered to demons, not to God. And I don’t want you to participate with demons. You cannot drink from the cup of the Lord and from the cup of demons, too. You cannot eat at the Lord’s Table and at the table of demons, too. (1 Corinthians 10:19-21)
Many in the media have adopted a Universalist approach to religion and want the world to believe that there are many valid equal paths all reaching the same God and all worshipping the same God. Any devout believer of a world religion will easily point out the impossibility of this belief.
Is it true that many of the world’s wars have been started in the name of religion? Yes
Is it true that many of the world’s current conflicts exist because of religion? Yes
Do these facts change the reality that differing religions are worshipping different gods; have different belief systems and different world views? No
Do many of these religions have a core of values or ideals that are harmonious or in agreement with one another? Yes
Should the people of these religious groups be able to peacefully coexist with one another? It depends on whose “holy” book you are reading. The New Testament says “Yes”.
What am I trying to say?
- Spiritual experience exists outside of New Testament Christianity
- Non-Christian spiritual experiences involve spirits that are not the Holy Spirit
- The God of the Bible only wants us to have a spiritual relationship with Him
- Relation with the God of the Bible is only possible for the born again believer in Jesus Christ
If you want to experience God (Jehovah) you must come to Him through Jesus Christ. God wants to have a relationship with you.
Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. (Revelation 3:20)
The miracles, the presence of God, the love of God, the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the joy that comes from being filled with the Holy Spirit are only available to those who have surrendered their life to Jesus Christ.
If you are looking to live a “spiritual” life – Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6)