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Spirituality Without The Bible August 27, 2006

Posted by rattazzimedia in Christianity, Church, God, Religion, Spiritual, Spiritual Overview, Spiritual Study, Spirituality, Theology.
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People have said this to me: “I want to talk about spirituality not the Bible”.  Why do I insist that a discussion of spirituality have the Bible as a centerpiece?  Or to put it another way, can we have a discussion of spirituality without the Bible?  First, we need to define “spirituality”.  The definition I have been working on consists of two elements.  For the first element I’d like to quote from Wikipedia: “Spirituality is, in a narrow sense, a concern with matters of the spirit. The spiritual, concerning as it does eternal verities regarding Man’s ultimate nature, is often contrasted with the temporal or the worldly.”  To put it more simply spirituality is connected with eternal things, things that are permanent, as opposed to the physical world which is temporary.

For the second element consider the use of the word spirit in connection with a certain pattern of thought or mind set.  For example: the spirit of the law versus the letter of the law is talking about the thinking behind the law as opposed to the mere set of rules.  Another example is “spirit of ’76” or “they were all of the same spirit”  Now spirituality is an expansive concept but for our purposes here we can use the simple definition of spirituality as: an order of thinking concerning eternal things.  

Now we understand God to be a supreme eternal (from everlasting to everlasting) being and the creator of the universe.  This puts God as the ultimate authority and highest expression of spirituality.  Now man (born into and living in the physical world) is most familiar with the physical temporary world as opposed to the eternal spiritual world inhabited by God.  So who is a better authority on spirituality God or man?  God chose to place his instructions for us in the Bible in such a way  (over a period of fifteen centuries) to prove that it could only be done by God.  For example you or I could not give instructions and include what will precisely happen many hundreds of years in the future.  This is one way God proves he is the spiritual force behind the Bible, that the Bible did not originate in the mind of man.  This is important

Back to the proposition of spirituality without the Bible.  Man has over the years come up with many ideas and patterns of thought not in agreement with God.  We need to be familiar with God’s order of thinking in order to determine where a spiritual idea is from, God or man.  In other words if there is any spirit (order of thinking) not in agreement with God, who should I listen to, God or this other spirit?  God chose to place vital information  regarding spirituality (regarding eternal life) in the Bible, so if God is the centerpiece of our thinking the Bible should be the centerpiece in our study of spirituality.  Questions?  Comments?  Concerns?  Please feel free to post your thoughts.

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