GOD, SPIRITUALITY, RELIGION
We all have our own ideas about God, spirituality, and religion,
and that is the problem which creates many kinds of evil, and countless denominations (religion in general); it is just because we all have our own ideas about God, spirituality, and religion.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
God our Father has very little to do with the word "religion" in terms how all the world sees it and understands. Everything what is "religious," from the very beggining of the world always has been made up by mere human beings (exept religion of Jews for that was established by God Himself).
For all people in their souls know God, but they supress the knowledge about Him and do make up own religions, false worship traditions, own imaginary gods, services what fit better to their wishes, feelings and so on. God who created universe and people is with those who worship Him in spirit and truth, who seek Him day and night, and do His will. Where is the place for religion (as it is presented and understood by all the world) if and when we are in relationship with God our Father? Religious person follow the rules and regulations, often even exalting mere human beings, traditions and other things higher than God. But all authority is given to Jesus only and He is the Head of everything. Theologians, priests, pastors and all the others are just a servants the same way as you and me. And all of us are commanded "to go and proclaim the Good News, the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
What does mean to be spiritual?
Is it not to serve God the Father in spirit after we are born of Spirit? Is it not to be with Him in close relationship and do what He says avoiding any thought what devil, this world and religions plant in our minds?
God is Spirit and where the Spirit of God is there is the freedom. Freedom from religion, its rules and regulation. Freedom from many things which bend us down.
"But we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into His image with ever - increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit" 2 Corinthians 3:18.
There is very little common between religious person and spiritual person. Religious person is a slave to countless things; spiritual person is slave to God only. Religious person will not understand the things of God. But spiritual person is free, righteous and holy, and somehow already seated in the heavenly places in the Christ, and are possessing all the fruits described in the Galatians 5:22-23.
I pray may all of us see the Truth and become spirit filled creatures in order that we are enabled by His power (which by the way is at work within us) to do His will. I pray for all who think that religion with its traditions, rules and regulations is accepted by God, come to the knowledge of Him and see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts so that they may be healed. I pray may all religious persons, whom God loves, see that all things done in the flesh and by the flesh are just an abomination to God.
God is Spirit and where the Spirit of God is, there is the freedom.
Only by coming to the Lord Jesus Christ, person is able to see the Truth relevant to the God, spirituality and religion, and separate evil from good. Spirituality is not found, learned or attainable by any other means as only by accepting the way of God; accepting His Son and His work on the cross done for all the world. So, we all must be born again in order not to be religious, but spirit filled creatures who do the will of God. For we are spirit beeings. The Spirit of God is in all of us. We just must come to Him and accept His Words in us.
"He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant - not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life" (2 Corinthians 3:6).
"Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being" (Genesis 2:7).
All of us, from the moment Adam and Eve sinned, are dead spiritually and already born with the sinful nature, but we must become living beings through the rebirth of His Spirit in and by the name of Jesus Christ our Saviour who was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. Romans 4:25. Questions about so called deep "religious" things will become clear through the Spirit which God will give to those who are in Christ.
Choose to become Spirit filled being, and if there is any religion in you it will disappear as
the morning mist,
for the Spirit will lead and guide you into all the
TRUTH, and you will enjoy your freedom in Christ. Amen.