They tell me, I can have spirituality, without God or Jesus, is that so?
This is a good question as it involves looking at a secular view of the world that is becoming more and more palatable. The thought of being ‘connected’ with one’s self is being pushed into the minds of people more and more. Even more disturbing, we see some so called pastors of some very large churches that give people the impression that this is what is needed to solve a lot of our problems or that it’s God’s plan for you. You then have some very influential people like Oprah Winfrey, who believes its ok to think of ‘your god’ in whatever way works for you. She says things like “what you may call God, and when the other person gets there, they may call it the light”. Spirituality today can mean anything from believing in a force that ‘enlightens’ oneself, to natural energy we supposedly have within ourselves that we can ‘tap into’ to help us face life’s problems.
So to answer your question “can I have this form of spirituality without God or Jesus? Sure you can. You can experience the way of life described above. Millions of people do, jumping on this train to so called ‘spiritual truths’. However, in my opinion it would be an empty hollow life and that you will soon find out has no sustaining qualities. A spiritual life void of God, void of the belief that Jesus did what He did, or is who He says He is a life that lacks a real ability to deal with the ‘many tribulations’ He says we will have in this life.
Ask someone who claims to be ‘spiritual’ if they have anyone or any means they can turn to in a ‘spiritual’ way that allows them to resolve issue in their lives. I’m not talking about a magical way the problem disappears, or a friend or family member they can speak too. I’m speaking about any sustaining method which allows them to be comfortable as one can be while dealing with a tragedy in their lives.
I assure you that faith in God, faith and belief in Jesus, what His sacrifice was for does have sustaining qualities.When one really
understands these things and the fact that we are incapable of resolving our own issues in life, will come to know that the Lord Himself is our sustaining force. This faith in itself becomes a rewarding alternative to the secular view of spirituality.
I have spoken to a lot of people who claim to be ‘spiritual’, and I must say I do not know one who can say, they know who or what to turn to get them through their particular issue in a rewarding and sustaining way. I pray for these people as I pray for us all. My prayers in that instance are not focused on a belief that that person does not know how to come to God. My prayer is general, recognizing we all (including me) are totally dependant on our Creator. I can not and do not want to imagine a life without Him.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Mathew 11:28-30