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Spirituality And The Word November 6, 2006

Posted by rattazzimedia in Christianity, Church, God, Religion, Spiritual, Spiritual Overview, Spiritual Study, Spirituality, Theology.
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There are a lot of bloggers out there, writing all sorts of things on all sorts of topics.  One thing we all have in common is we all have a great deal to say, time will tell if any of my words ought to have been spoken at all.  Myself notwithstanding words can be very powerful.  Even in ancient times God compelled various individuals to pass on a message and of course words were often the vehicle employed.  Sometimes the words seemed to contradict the prevailing thought of the day (this was often the objective).  Sometimes the words seemed even to contradict common sense.  Sometimes as a result the words of God’s chosen spokesman were not very well received at all.  Isaiah was one such man, he very strongly advised the people to change their ways and the people generally did not listen.  Why didn’t they listen?  These people had wandered away from God, things their culture accepted as true did not agree with God so they did not agree with the words that came from God.  The truth did not make sufficient sense for them to stop and change their ways.  The pull of the prevailing culture and the ideas of the day was too strong.

Are things any different today?  Things go on in the world now, much as they did in the time of Isaiah, most do not agree with the words from God.  A little less than two thousand years ago and more than seven hundred years after the time of Isaiah the apostle Peter quoted Isaiah as he is making a point about the word of God:    

Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart.  For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.  For,

     “All men are like grass,
     and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
     the grass withers and the flowers fall, 
     but the word of the Lord stands forever.”

And this is the word that was preached to you.

Peter is attempting to encourage believers (a very small minority at that time) with the words of Isaiah written many hundreds of years earlier.  These words contradict the prevailing view of our society today.  The permanent thing is the word of God.  Our physical life is temporary, our “glory” is quickly forgotten but notice that almost three thousand years after Isaiah wrote those words they still remain.  Funny how that worked out huh?  As more time passes it begins to look more and more like the word of the lord will stand forever.  Perhaps time can teach us a lesson most of those ancient folks didn’t get.

Words are important, words are powerful.  We are all familiar with the figure the apostle John used referring to Jesus Christ as “the Word”.  The Word was God and with God from the beginning.  Words communicate ideas.  Words communicate patterns of thought.  Spirituality is so much about ideas and patterns of thought.  God is one and Christ demonstrated to us that oneness.  This oneness is what we should all be striving for and words are an important tool and indicator, this is especially important to those who consider themselves religious.  Often the people who are the most reluctant to let go of the words they use to communicate ideas are religious folk.  But words represent ideas and if our words conflict then that is a strong indicator that our ideas, our hearts are in conflict.  If we want to be disciples of Jesus Christ we need to understand his prayer for us to be one just as he and the Father are one.  Then we will all understand the vital connection between Spirituality and the Word.

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1. bonnieq - November 6, 2006

Today is no different than it was in Isaiah’s era; for as Christ stated of the majority, “You flatter me with your lips but your heart is far from me.” And, as you noted, His flocks still remain small, even in this last age where it only appears to represent 82% of the USA population.

You make very sound points here, Raz! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the huge issue. You might be interested in an article I posted last night, “Reasoning God’s Word.” 🙂

Love in Christ,
http://bonnieq.wordpress.com
Truth Seekers and Speakers

2. rattazzimedia - November 6, 2006

Thanks for your comment. I took a look at your blog and I am encouraged to see that we have some similar thoughts.

3. dragonmommie - November 10, 2006

Hi James…
I just read a couple of your posts and I really like what you have to say. You are so thorough! Something I espeically admire because my own thoughts seem so incomplete and erratic sometimes.

I have you on my blogroll.


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