Contributed by Brad
One of the things I have heard more and more of over the years is people saying they are “spiritual” and “not religious”. Religion has become somewhat of a taboo word in modern western society. The word to them means rigidness, old fashioned and even worse, a cult that takes advantages of its members. And the term “organized religion” has become a dirty word.
The truth is that organized religion is perfect in the eyes of God when all participants are behaving according to the scripture. The hypocrites and evil doers that have used Christianity to harm others are the exact opposite of what the religion is about. But because evil people have claimed to be believers, it is easy for some to throw the baby out with the bathwater. John 4:24 “Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind.”
Worshiping nature is not a worthy endeavor. Sure, the beauty of nature should be appreciated but only as a work of the Lord God. John 1:3 “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”
Claiming to be spiritual and not religious is all the rage right now. The sad state of affairs is humans copying what the next one says and parroting it to others. The statement itself is fruitless at best and sacrilegious at worst. How many of these “spiritual” people actually spend any of their day practicing true spirituality?
When a person meditates and asks “the universe” for wisdom aren’t they asking God for wisdom? The universe in this case is simply a euphemism for the higher ultimate being or power, is’t it? For them to be asking it, that means it has a consciousness and in some way singular. Sound familiar? Yes, that is God. If they are not worshiping or praying to God, then who? Themselves? That is one of the very worst sins and even in the scientific world a negative diagnosis would be assigned to someone like that, ie, narcissistic and or delusions of grandeur. Thessalonians 5:6 “So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober.” Praying to or asking the universe for help is as pointless as praying to a tree and asking it for help. After all, God created the universe. Pray to the supreme being which has created everything.