Sunday, July 30, 2017

What the heck is Spiritual but Not Religious

As a Christian, I am very perplexed by what exactly this phenomenon of "Spiritual but Not Religious" means. As a matter of fact I'm starting to believe it's just a trendy thing to say when you believe in God (or rather an ultimate being), but don't want to commit to the culture of a religion...

My friend gave her insight but I still ain't feelin' this concept. There are a few too many types/variety of spirits 😈 out there for me to claim I'm spiritual and spiritual alone.
It makes me think of Mar 5:1-20, the story of the Demon/Evil Spirits possesed man.

Mark 5:1-20New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Restores a Demon-Possessed Man

They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes.[a] When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him. This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.
When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me,Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!” For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!”
Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”
“My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” 10 And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area.
11 A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. 12 The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” 13 He gave them permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned.
14 Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. 15 When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 16 Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man—and told about the pigs as well. 17 Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region.
18 As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. 19 Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20 So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis[b] how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.

We are all children of God but "Be careful of their/his/her spirit(s)" as the old church Mother's would say. No matter how spiritual we proclaim ourselves to be we are all inheritly wicked. Just look at all the wickedness in the world. Wicked spirits of all varities can consume you.
I'm just an 'old soul' I guess *shrug*

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