In his famous Sermon on the Mount , Jesus said:
“Happy are those conscious of their spiritual need ” (Matthew 5:3 ).
Probably you agree with that statement . Everywhere people recognize the need for spirituality in their lives and they assume that if they have once found , they will be happier. But what is the meaning of the term spirituality?
In previous articles Bijbelvorser or Bible Researcher has already given a clear picture of what we may understand under spirituality. But we would like to examine this still further and would like to see how people can get answers in their quest for spirituality.
Spirituality is defined as ” sensitivity or attachment to religious values ”, a “mental attitude” . Terms such as “spirituality”, “spiritually minded” or “mental attitude” are more or less synonymous. For comparison: From someone who sees everywhere trading, one can say that he is commercially oriented. For example, someone who is committed to spiritual or religious affairs is called spiritual.
But how can true spirituality being achieved? Although almost every religion claims to know the path to spirituality and do provide several instructions we can see that in the numerous religions there can be found many people still looking for that spirituality.
There are Protestants who claim to be spiritual. Saved at a revival meeting Catholics seek contact with God at Mass. Buddhists pursue enlightenment through meditation. Hindus seek liberation from the cycle of rebirth through self-denial. Are all these people on the road to true spirituality ? Is there is a path that leads to spirituality?
Many would answer that question in the negative. They believe that spirituality is,
“that you believe without belonging to something”
so that you believe in a god without belonging to any sort of organisation or church. Others find that to belong to a church is not a guarantee to have religious experience. Being part of a church may bring with it that the person has an urge to become strengthened in spirituality. The spirituality being but a desire for inner peace and a meaningful life. They claim that people who are looking for spirituality, are not in need of a religion, and that they shall only have to turn inward and shall have to go deeper in themselves.
Some think we can find spirituality when we are prepared to counsel ourself. One writer says:
“True spirituality is something you can find deep within yourself. It’s the way how you treat the world and the people around you, how you love and accepts. You will not find it in a church or by believing in a certain direction. “
It is clear that people have very different ideas about spirituality. Thousands of books claiming to point the way to a spiritual life, while the reader is too often still feels unsatisfied and confused.
However, there is a book that does contain reliable advice about spiritual matters. It is the book that evidences of divine inspiration.
16 All Scripture is inspired of God*+ and beneficial for teaching,+ for reproving,+ for setting things straight,*+ for disciplining+ in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be fully competent,+ completely equipped* for every good work.+ (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Let’s see what spirituality is according to this book, the Bible, and appreciate the value attributed to it.
Dutch version /Nederlandstalige versie: Op zoek naar spiritualiteit 1 Inleiding
Preceding articles from Bijbelvorsers:
Please do find to read:
- Thirst for happiness and meaning
- How shall the film of your life be?
- Happiness is like manna
- Rest thy delight on Jehovah
- Social or Spiritual (johnnoble1.wordpress.com)
there has long been an entrenched attitude that the gospel be either social or spiritual.
- Assessing the Spiritual (therosemasquerade.wordpress.com)
A strong belief in the self and in the pure reality of existence, and most of all, the spiritual force that drives everything behind this, is most likely the only way I have found to not lose that sense of Romanticism that often haunts our evenings with such strong passions.
- Humanism, the Call of Our Better Angels (deliberation.info)
Spirituality is the goal of religious practice. Long before religious texts were written there were shamans who explored the spiritual realms by observing and interacting with nature and natural forces. Entheogens have helped guide humanity to wholeness long before any holy book came along.
- Defining Spirituality: What Does It Mean? (allowinglove.wordpress.com)
Can someone tell me what “spirituality” means? I feel like I should already know. It’s important enough to be constantly described as one of our defining characteristics as humans.
- Spiritual Well-Being (casapalmera.com)
Spirituality and faith provide an opportunity to detach from circumstances and observe life with clarity and integrity.
Spiritual well-being is a state is which the positive aspects of spirituality are shown. How the effects of spiritual well-being impact you is greatly determined by each individual. Through spiritual well-being classes, people become empowered and realize that even though they have issues, stressors, and challenges, they are not defined by these circumstances. This realization provides a pathway to greater peace, freedom of self-expression, increased manageability over the healing process and higher self-esteem. Such a realization can make a huge impact in the life of a patient in an anorexia treatment facility, bulimia program, or trauma treatment center.
- Spirituality and Your Health (evelynmmaxwell.com)
Let us each examine ourselves and invite the Spirit, the “Presence” of God, the Teacher and the Teachings, into our presence, our homes, ourselves. The spirit and soul need the gentlest presence. The Teacher will be gentle with us. Let us sit at the feet of the Teacher and learn. Our service will improve. Recognition and reward are assured.
- Spiritual warfare: As God is of peace so shall I be! (realisticimaginations.wordpress.com)
As we mature in Christ we start to see we truly don’t fight against flesh and blood. (Eph 6:12) Our natural instincts cry out from our afflictions: He lied. She cheated. He stole. She said. He hit. She spent. Yet, let’s look from it with our God given eyes. Then we start to see the enemies start standing clear.
- Spirituality (dustindemille.wordpress.com)
As an Angel, I like to attend church regularly. I attend mass at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Tampa. I continue my spiritual growth up here in Elloquencia or Heaven.
- Spiritual Center for Positive Living Hosts Masters Speakers Series… (prweb.com)
The answer to every question we could ever ask sits lovingly in the silence of our heart, waiting for the right moment to emerge,” says previous Deepak Chopra Center Education Leader, davidji.
“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
- The one religion that’s not part of my spiritual quest (roguepriest.net)
Sometimes, like with Vodou, I commit myself to these traditions for life.
Growing up, I never had a bad church experience. I wasn’t abused, was seldom threatened with Hell, and didn’t feel constrained by my family’s beliefs. This is thanks in large part to my mom.
But I dodge Christianity. Even in my practice of Vodou, which uses Christian trappings as décor over a much older faith, I hesitated before lighting my first saint candle.