Depends on what you mean. We’re all spiritual – we’re body & soul. No one is “not spiritual” in this sense. What did your acquaintance mean by ‘spiritual’?
Not really sure. His stance is that spirituality is more important or a key factor in faith than a focus on organized religion, but too much spirituality and too much religion is not good. He is a promoter of seeking Jesus Christ above everything else. He said to me “Being spiritual is a key factor in faith as scripture says to blaspheme the Holy Spirit is unforgivable (Mark 3:28-30).” I’m not sure how Mark 3:28-30 relates to being able to state that being spiritual is a key factor in faith? I interpret Mark 3:28-30 differently… Is there anything in Scripture that states being spiritual is a a key factor in faith?
Not quite sure what you mean here, either. Are they claiming that God is against rituals? That’s pretty odd, given the amount of ritual that God prescribed in the Mosaic covenant… :shrug:
Yes, he is claiming that God was against living in a set of rituals and that he stands firmly against anyone claiming God and living in a set of rituals as he said Jesus did in scripture. I responded back to him that God instructed the Jews very carefully in the rituals He wished them to use in worship and there is no suggestion in the New Testament that God has changed His mind, or that we are no longer to worship using ritual. And that in fact, a careful study of the New Testament will show continued parallels to the Old Testament way of worshipping. And that God is only against empty rituals that are performed with no heart behind them. He really didn’t have any response back to me. I think his believe is that worshipping “in spirit” means worshipping without ritual or liturgy.
Partially correct, I’d say: to ‘focus on religion and organization’ without keeping our gaze on Jesus can (but doesn’t necessarily) lead to bad results. I’m not going to dispute their experiences… but I do think they’re over-generalizing, based on their experiences…
Well said. Yes, I think he is over-generalizing as well based upon his experiences, beliefs about organized religion (probably the Catholic church particularly) and his upbringing. Some of his statements just threw me off since he is pursuing a Masters in Divinity and has a ministry in Northeast England,and is partnered with UK/USA Ministries and when I tried to go deeper into discussion with him, ask for clarification with some of his statements, he backed away from any discussion…Once I started to try to talk to him about organized religion, rituals, and how there is a visible church and God instituted His Church, created the hierarchy and the sacraments, promised that He would not leave us as orphans while using scripture in the process he totally backed away from the conversation. I asked him Don’t you think we should do things the way God planned it for us, if we are going to claim a deep relationship with Him? Or is it okay to reject what He gave us, and still claim a relationship with Him? I guess he just didn’t want to really get into it…
Thank you for you response to my questions though and Merry Christmas.