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Spirituality And Indifference October 28, 2006

Posted by rattazzimedia in Christianity, Church, God, Religion, Spiritual, Spiritual Overview, Spiritual Study, Spirituality, Theology.
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Our most succinct definition so far for spirituality is: thinking on eternity.  I have pointed out before that our whole posture on spirituality turns on the concept of eternity, or to be more accurate eternal life.  Once you accept the concept that some will have eternal life the next logical question is: How can I be one of those who receives eternal life?  One can be indifferent to spirituality if one is not concerned about eternal life.  This has been the question from the beginning.  The apostle Paul said to those who did not believe in eternal life: “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.”   Paul added, quoting from Isaiah : “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.”  Once again, ones understanding of eternity has a strong bearing on how one lives this life.  

A sign that someone has not considered or just does not believe in eternal life is an indifference to the concept of spirituality.  So then the answer to this indifference is to encourage the indifferent to consider eternity.  How do we do that?  The thing to do is turn to someone who has first hand and intimate knowledge of this topic.  Do we know of a being who had no beginning and who will have no end?  The answer of course is God and if you have read any of my previous posts the place to find out about God is the Bible.  If you take a peek in the Bible you will notice that this is a main theme of the Bible, eternal life.  An answer to indifference is study the Bible.  Of course it is hard to get people who don’t care to make the effort.  So this indifference is self perpetuating. 

This relates to the topic of my last post in a few ways, sometimes people are offended by attempts to rouse them from the sleep of indifference.  Some do not accept the possible negative outcome for those who remain indifferent to the good news of the Gospel.  The picture of a husband and wife is often used to illustrate the type of attention God gives to and expects from his people, indifference clearly falls outside this illustration.  We can also bring in the topic of unity (also spoken on often in previous posts), some react to the confusion caused by so much disagreement and disunity among  believers with indifference.  It’s easier for some when faced with the confusing array of religious beliefs to use that as a reason for doing nothing.  This is human nature and yet another reason we should strive for the unity God desires for us to have.

Indifference is not an option when talking about spirituality.  Everyone needs to make the effort to learn what God expects from each of us and we all have the responsibility to be proactive and unified in our attempts to do what God expects.  It may be helpful to consider the various reasons why so many are indifferent.  It is certainly difficult to overcome indifference but it is not what God wants from us and so we all must try to deal with this issue.

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