Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Think

I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also; I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also.” –1 Corinthians 14:15

Many people today consider themselves “spiritual” but don’t like to make a choice as to which religion they agree with. They don’t want to get into “all that theology.” They would say that it is not so important what you believe, but rather how sincerely you believe it.

The truth is that faith, and other spiritual matters like worship and prayer, are not just matters of the spirit, but of the mind as well. It is very important to know what you believe and why your believe it. Quite simply, in this world there are things that are true, and there are beliefs that are not true. Sincerity does not a truth make.

This is why Theology is so important. Jesus once said that true worshipers were those that worshiped in “spirit and in truth.” To worship in truth, we must pay attention to what we do. When we sing, are the words true? When we pray, are we praying in accordance with what we know to be God’s will? Do we regularly read and study the truth of God’s word?

C. S. Lewis said that the Christian Faith is like a giant ocean of knowledge and experience. Are we content to simply float about aimlessly in it, never going anywhere and never growing in our understanding? Or would it not be better to spend our lives exploring as much as we can of it, getting to know all we can of God’s love and His plan for our lives?

Let your relationship with God be spiritual, for He is spirit, but be a thinking Christian as well, for He is the God of truth.

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