Friday, May 22, 2020

Why did God Create People

Why did God Create People
Genesis tells us why.  To have man reflecting His image and having dominion over the earth under His sovereignty. (Gen 1:26,28).  The home becomes an outpost of Gods rule.  We are to reflect His image, rule over creation, and to reproduce godly offspring.
Only man is created in Gods image.  With His personality, intelligence, and ability to know and relate to God, man is able to reflect God-likeness in a limited way in righteousness and holiness of truth, how we relate to each other individually and corporately.  Human life is valuable and every person must be treated with respect.
God gave the right of dominion over all living things to man.  This involves a stewardship of the earth and its resources.  When Satan got man to obey him, then Satan became the ruler of the world.  To regain control of all things we must exercise dominion for Christ over Satan and his forces.
Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it. (Gen 1:28) Subdue the earth under God. Children are blessings from God.  God made us to rule over His creation as responsible stewards of the earth, and to rule over the ruler of this fallen world by exercising the authority of Christ, our Head, through prayer.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Spirituality versus Religion

Spirituality versus Religion

It has become quite popular in recent years to distinguish between spirituality and religion.
It’s true that there are valid distinctions between the two, but there are also a number of problematic distinctions which often and unnecessarily divide the two fields of thought.
One principal problem with attempts to separate religion from spirituality is that the former is saddled with everything negative while the latter is exalted with everything positive.
Religion is spiritual and spirituality can also be considered religious. One tends to be more personal and private while the other tends to incorporate public rituals and organized doctrines.
 The lines between one and the other may often not be clear or distinct depending on the interpretation.
Consider these definitions:
        Religion is an institution established by man for various reasons. Exert control, instill morality, stroke egos, or whatever it does. Organized, structured religions all but remove god from the equation. You confess your sins to a clergy member, go to elaborate churches to worship, told what to pray and when to pray it. All those factors remove you from God.
        Spirituality is born in a person and develops in the person. It may be kick started by a religion, or it may be kick started by a revelation. Spirituality extends to all facets of a person’s life. Spirituality is chosen while religion is often times forced. Being spiritual to me is more important and better than being religious.
        True spirituality is something that is found deep within oneself. It is your way of loving, accepting and relating to the world and people around you. It cannot be found in a church or by believing in a certain way.
Consider the following in favor of the spiritual path:
        There is not one religion, but hundreds
        There is only one type of spirituality
        Religion is for those who want to continue rituals and the formality
        Spirituality is for those who want to reach the Spiritual Ascent without dogmas
        Religion is for those who are asleep
        Spirituality is for those who are awake
         Religion is for those that require guidance from others
        Spirituality is for those that lend ears to their inner voice
        Religion has a dogmatic and unquestionable assembly of rules that need to be followed without question
        Spirituality invites you to reason it all, to question it all and to decide your actions and assume the consequences
         Religion threatens and terrifies
        Spirituality gives you inner peace
         Religion speaks of sin and of fault
        Spirituality encourages "living in the present" and not to feel remorse for which has already passed - Lift your spirit and learn from errors
         Religion represses humanity, and returns us to a false paradigm
        Spirituality transcends it all and makes you true to yourself
        Religion is instilled from childhood, like the soup you do not you want to take
        Spirituality is the food that you seek, that satisfies you and is pleasant to the senses
        Religion is not God
        Spirituality is infinite consciousness and all that is - It is God
        Religion invents
        Spirituality discovers
        Religion does not investigate and does not question
        Spirituality questions everything
        Religion is based on humanity, an organization with rules
        Spirituality is DIVINE, WITHOUT rules
        Religion is cause for division
        Spirituality is cause for union
        Religion seeks you so that you create
        Spirituality causes you to seek
        Religion continues the teachings of a sacred book
        Spirituality seeks the sacredness in all the books
        Religion is fed fear
        Spirituality is fed confidence
        Religion lives you in your thoughts
        Spirituality lives in your conscience
        Religion is in charge of the "to do"
        Spirituality is in charge of the "to BE"
        Religion is a dialectic
        Spirituality is logic
        Religion feeds the ego
        Spirituality makes you transcend
        Religion makes you renounce yourself to the world
        Spirituality makes you live with God, not to renounce him
        Religion is adoration
        Spirituality is meditation
        Religion is to continue adapting to the psychology of a template
        Spirituality is individuality.
        Religion dreams of glory and paradise
        Spirituality makes you live it here and now
         Religion lives in the past and in the future
        Spirituality lives in the present, in the here and now
         Religion lives in the confinement of your memory
        Spirituality is LIBERTY in AWARENESS.
        Religion believes in the eternal life
        Spirituality makes you conscious of all that is
        Religion gives you promises for the after-life
        Spirituality gives you the light to find God in your inner self, in this life, in the present, in the here and the now…