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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Spirituality or True Christianity?


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Spirituality or True Christianity?

Mr. Eric William King gives a clear response to the so called “spiritually enlightened” people. Those people who refuse to believe in absolute Truth and Reality need to read this article closely. And if you call yourself Christian you need to understand the Truth about these subjects or please do not call yourself a Christian.
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Today you hear people say things like: “I am not religious, I am spiritual.” These same people believe that they are supposed to “overcome” this idea of “ego”. So when they say “I AM spiritual” does this mean that their ego is trying to redefine “religion”? You see how complicated this can get. What we are going to learn is that it really is not that difficult to understand our human condition, and yes, there is something to truly understand. ~

So what is “religion” and what is so bad about religion? Religion transliterated can mean “to bind” or “bring together”. Today it usually is a reference to a system of “spiritual” beliefs that were founded by some specific man or woman and have been followed by entire cultures and or groups of people. Some go as far to understand it as “institutionalized” belief systems. In this sense people would like to “feel free”, as some put it, from group belief systems. It is not popular to be amongst some “group” that sees things and understands spiritual things the same way. To most today they feel that this would make them look “unenlightened”. So the foundation of today’s spiritualism is the idea that there is no such thing as a “perfect spiritual reality” or a “static religious truth”. Modern physics has planted this seed in their doctrine of “relativism”. They shout; “All is relative...there is no such thing as ‘one truth’!” And this is their war cry. ~

The other complication is in all the people (and there are lots from this type) that claim that they are “Christian” but that they are “spiritual” and not “religious”. They will tell you things like; “I am Christian but I do not believe that you have to go to church [be with others of like mind].” Wow! Talk about complicating systems of thought. Do Buddhists and Muslims say that they believe in Allah and or Buddha but that they do not have to go to mosque or temple? Indeed…it gets even more confusing. ~

When we read our Bible’s as Christians we understand that Jesus (the founder of Christianity) stated that He would “build His church” and that He put over the Church “apostles”, “prophets”, “evangelists”, “pastors”, and “teachers”. The Bible also tells true Christians, “let us NOT FORSAKE THE GATHERING OF OURSELVES TOGETHER.” So there it is. When you confront these so called “Christians” with these passages they then respond with; “Well, I am Christian but I do not believe the entire Bible, nor do I believe it literally.” Thus, what these types of “spiritual” people are saying is; “I am not really a Christian but I like to say and or think that I am.” This is the sad condition. They want to define Christianity and all other religious systems their own way without the belief that there is a “ONE WAY” Truth. ~

To deny the true Creator is a plain and simple display of human “pride”. Most people do not want to answer to anybody - especially the ONE TRUE GOD! The belief is that Christians are “stuck” in their religion. To the independent spiritualists, the idea of God actually being personal and giving instructions to his children is not something they like to think about. They would rather just “make it all up” as they go. Their argument is that true religion or ‘spirituality’ does not have “thought”. To the true distorted thinker you need not equate truth with thought. Abstract conclusions are signs of “true spirituality”, so they say. ~

Instead of praying to a personal God they say things like: “I’ll put it out there for you.” They do not even like the word “prayer”….just “too religious” for them. They are just too good to even contemplate Biblical words such as “prayer” and “blessings”. ~





True Christians Believe in One Way

The true Christian understands that Truth (with a capital “T”) is ‘singular’ and not ‘plural’. We say that mankind needs oxygen to live. Man could breathe thousands of other things that would kill him but he truly does need oxygen. I have made the point that one drop of strong poison can corrupt volumes of water. This shows the power of sin...of error. Doesn’t take much to “ruin the party”. ~

Yet Jesus taught “one way”, not many. Jesus stated that He was “THE TRUTH”, “THE WAY”, and “THELIFE”. He further stated that; “No one comes to the Father (GOD) but by Me.” Now that is about as singular as you can get! ~

Did Jesus really mean what He said? To most denominationals and non-denominationals Jesus did not really mean what He said. They say that God is involved in all religions. “God doesn’t care…he knows the heart.” Again, here we see that “human reason” has replaced the Spirit of God. ~




God’s truth about what man is!

The Bible teaches that man is born with a “personality” and that this personality can develop “character”. Every human being is born with his or her own personality. Each and every one of us is unique. God wants us to grow into the “Mind of Christ” character. This means that we understand ourselves to be constantly growing mentally into a “spirit being” and guided by a portion of God’s Holy Spirit which He puts into the person who is called by God and who is truly seeking God. To us [Christians] immortality is a gift; it is not something that one is born with. ~

The Christian believes in “order” and “purpose” to life. We also believe that we serve a personal Ultimate Intelligence. We do not serve a flippant “god” that doesn’t really care what we think or do. Man must begin to truly understand his or her spiritual condition to truly see the ONE REALITY that God wants to show us. ~

What the Holy Spirit is and does: The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit is the “power and presence” of God the Father and Son. It is actually a portion of the mind of Christ implanted in the “begotten child of God”. Only through this merging of God’s Spirit with mans spirit is it possible to gain immortality and TRUE ENLIGHTENMENT. ~

Note this carefully: The human mind and spirit (intellectual gift) is, in the begotten child of God (Christian) helped by intelligent intercommunication between the human spirit and the Holy Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit is in the mission of elevating the mortal minds to the level of Mind of Christ thinking. The Holy Spirit helps properly adjust the thoughts of fallen man bringing healing to ultimate perception of ultimate reality. ~

We have been eternally with God as personality Spirits

The Christian is an eternal spirit in that we all came out of God and have always been with Heavenly Father. In this study I am simply showing the understanding of the Human spirit from a mortal perspective. Our Identity Seeds are our true self which came forth from the bosom of the Heavenly Father. We must have the inner relationship with Holy spirit to truly gain eternal life. If we do not have this gift we face inhalation, spiritual death..as thought we never existed. This would be a sad condition for sure. ~ 

All though even the fallen children are still God's children they must accept the Holy Spirit to live in His kingdom and gain healthy and happy immortal life. ~

The Christian has a real purpose. Christians are created to be in proper relationship with God and others. The Christian has true cognitions which keep him free from feeling empty and confused. Please understand, hearing the voice of Jesus Christ is NOT what psychologists call ‘self-talk’. Christianity involves understanding a reality that transcends the physical world in which we live. It involves the Ultimate Personality, the Creator.  ~

True Christianity does not teach “ego” it teaches individually gifted personality. ~

The Mind of Christ working in man gives man the capability of continued enlightenment and expansion. The Christian mind is ever expanding in Truth Realizations! “The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” [Proverbs 4:18] The Christian builds in the realm of “reality”. True Reality itself is ever expanding to the growing child of God. We will always be learning, do not doubt this! ~

Christians [those truly converted] stop feeling ‘identity transformations’. Instead they receive “Christian Identity Realizations”. In other words, they become stronger in their identity of being a true Christian, a “begotten” child of God. Identity that is grounded in Jesus Christ gives the true convert power and equilibrium. It gives the inner peace that the true Jesus Christ offers.  The true Jesus Christ offers stability in identity and stability in all areas of growth. Worldy Psychology, and the world of atheists can never truly offer this. They have no point of ultimate reference which involves personality. The Christian God is personal and understands relationship. ~

Stability in “identity” is what Jesus Christ came to restore. No current psychology or pagan religion understands the True Mission of Jesus Christ. At SOCT/COGSR and in all of our ministries we continue to offer and to teach the Truth completely free of chargeOur God has freely given and instructs His children to freely give! Psychology and fallen pagan religions ask for money. True Christians never do! ~

True Christianity does not rely on theory or material gainIt is Reality!



What condition must we understand?
All illusion or Reality?

Many humans have experienced in their lives some sort of tragic loss. Humans begin to realize that something is WRONG. There is something experienced in the human condition that says: “This is not right.” Perhaps the person experiences some other sort of trauma like bullying or severe persecution. Being picked on, verbally abused, physically abused, etc.  All have experienced some sort of abuse. ~

We are all created with our own personalities, likes and dislikes. This does not mean that we cannot all see one truth in all the beautiful diversity. We all should come to the conclusion that cheating, lying, stealing, and murdering are wrong behaviors. By admitting this it does not change our diverse personalities. We can all grow into the character of Christ while at the same time maintaining individual personalities. This is what we are supposed to do as true Christians. ~

We all reach points to one degree or another in the human experience where we experience what could be called an identity crisis. Our God given personalities want answers to What, Where, Why, When, and How. We seek purpose. This proves exactly what the Bible teaches about us. We are created to be in “relationship”. We all long to be in healthy relationships. We serve a personal God of relationship. ~






Gain Divine Communication

To become truly enlightened with “divine perception” [Christian Reality] we must begin programming our human spirit with the Word of God. We [true Christians] must understand that the message of the Bible operates between the human mind and the printed words. Only those who have been chosen to understand it can. Interestingly, the Bible itself makes a distinction between the human mind and the spiritual mind. Christians understand the “inspiration” of the Bible. That men spoke as they were “moved by the Holy Spirit”. Jesus Himself proclaimed: “The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.” [John 6:63] The apostle Paul further stated that unless a person is guided by the Holy Spirit he could not understand the Scriptures in a spiritual sense. ~

Happiness is defined simply by the satisfaction of accomplishment and good deeds. There is no real relationship, personal relationship with the True God of the Bible. The Bible teaches that true happiness comes in and through a relationship with the Living God. To truly know the God of the Bible you must understand what He teaches, what He says, what He asks of us. Many wish not to look into this. We do not become true believers by thinking alone. True belief comes through experience and life. ~

Many people wish to simply say; “Well, I do not really have a religion yet, which means I still hope to find it.” If this were true they would begin a serious study of God’s word. Those still searching fill this inner vacuum with the continuous pressure from the outside and therefore never escape their fundamental consciousness. Many look back on choices that they have made and wonder why they made them. Some wished that they never got married when they did. Others wish that they would have waited to have children. Some wish that they would have gone to college at a younger age. Most sit in their present world and know that there is something missing. ~

The people of the United States of America have drifted into materialism and collectivism. God’s Revelation is rejected and rationalism and human reason has become the chief instrument to understanding all things, including God Himself. Mr. Armstrong stated: “Science and technology, teamed with commerce and industry, promise the magic, push-button dream world of leisure, luxury and license.” ~

The world is in constant flux. We live in a powerful information age. We have more information at our fingertips than we have ever had as a human race before. We see more of what is happening every instant in different parts of the world. We see technology changing and growing into all kinds of new gadgets, toys and weapons. ~

Medical knowledge has increased to the point of man being able to micro manage creation itself. Space technology has begun to truly tell us just how very small we are in the greater scheme of things. In the midst of all of this the world’s religions seem to appear out of touch, medieval, out of date with the rest of the fast pace world. ~

Psychology has replaced the story of Christ when it comes to dealing with sin, guilt and forgiveness. Many are asking themselves; “Do I really need 'religion' in a world that I have everything I already need at my fingertips?” This is the challenge for the Christian faith especially. Where is Jesus in all of this madness? ~

Have an issue? Just swallow this pill, drink this formula, and say this mantra. If all else fails just go insane. The things people resort to today to deal with stress are horrifying. Many are hurting and sometimes even killing others who cross their path. ~

When we look at the world today we see the same crimes and violence that has been here for over 5000 years. Why can’t all the people really change? We have consolers, we have psychologists, we have so called “self-esteem” teachers but the world has not changed. We have gone from throwing rocks at each other to the creation of nuclear and biological weapons. ~

Mankind has all this technology but he still cannot save himself. Are human minds, full of vanity, which create theory after theory more all-knowing than God? Mankind has this idea that they are evolving into superior beings. When we turn on the news we see a very different picture. We see people shooting people. We see crime on the rise. We see people on all sorts of drugs. At the same time we see nobody talking about true morality, the Ten Commandments. We see people going as fast as they can into the Fallen Matrix. ~


Again, have we seen evil go away? No we have not. Evil is a fact and God is a fact. The Bible instructs us that: “The fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom.” [Psalm 111:10] Many today have no fear of God. Their fallen idea of God is that God doesn’t really care how one lives. No guidelines, no absolutes. This false premise is why the world is in the current condition that it is in. Man may fear man, man may fear sickness and hardship and man may fear death but man does not fear God. Many believe that through self meditation, yoga, and asceticism they may conquer all troubles. Have they? No. ~

The only way to true change is to accept the Bible and receive the gift of the true Holy Spirit. Begin getting grounded in the Truth. Understand proper doctrine. Develop a true relationship with God through His word. Remaining in the Word will truly “renew one’s mind”. Washing your mind clean of false doctrine and error. ~

Being in the Church of God and learning the TRUTH, studying the Word every day, taking walks and eating right, talking and communing with other true Christians, your mind begins to change. I have found that when bad thoughts come immediately Scriptures pop up with strength to obey. “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” [2 Corinthians 10:5] Knowing God's Word is what truly saves you and gives you clarity of thought. Following God's Word is also what protects you from evil. ~

We are instructed: “And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the RENEWING OF YOUR MIND, that ye may PROVE WHAT IS THAT GOOD, AND ACCEPTABLE, AND PERFECT, WILL OF GOD.” [Romans 12:2] Thinking like a child of God means that we change our old ways, even if it doesn't at first make sense. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” [Proverbs 3:5,6] What this means is that we have our eyes on the Kingdom of God. Jesus said; “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto to you.” [Matthew 6:33] ~

Where should we look for ALL instruction? “Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read...” [Isaiah 34:16] Why? “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” [2 Timothy 3:16-17] So, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are TRUE, whatsoever things are HONEST, whatsoever things are PURE, whatsoever things are LOVELY, whatsoever things are of GOOD REPORT; if there be any VIRTUE, and if there be any PRAISE, THINK ON THESE THINGS.” [Philippians 4:8] ~

Set your affections on things above, and not on things on the earth.” [Colossians 3:2] Read all of Colossians chapter three! Also, “Continue in prayer.” [Colossians 4:2] As you can see there are many Scriptures which instruct us how to think like Christ. To be a true Christian is a transforming experience. As you stay in the Word and continue to pray your life will change if you are truly called of God. ~

Proper Prayer

As Christians we understand the importance of prayer, conversation with God. Prayer is not merely askingfor things, or even thanking Him for things. It is a process of learning to listen, listen to what He is telling us. To do this we must remain in His word! Read from your Bible every day. Our Lord invites us to seek Him [Luke 11:13; Matthew 7:11; Psalm 65:2; Mark 11:23-24]. As a Christian in proper relationship with God you must be sure that your life is surrendered to His will. You must be willing to remain in “spiritual battle”, to fight for those areas of your life that are not in harmony with God to become in harmony with His way. ~

Be bold enough to bring everything which troubles you or concerns you to Him in prayer. Many of us immediately call a friend or somebody to talk to when we feel that we need counsel. First we must learn to honestly go to God. Don’t be afraid. Trust Him. [1 Peter 5:7; Psalm 55:22] Learn to focus on praise, gratitude and thanksgiving in all of your prayers [Philippians 1:4; Colossians 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 5:18].  ~

The purpose of prayer is to develop a deep and personal relationship with God so that He can begin to change you and lead you into an oneness with the mind of God and the deepest fellowship with Him [Revelation 3:20; Ephesians 3:16-19]. It is good to learn how to pray in every situation. A quiet place to pray is also very important. [Mark 1:35; Jeremiah 29:13] Please realize that God will hear you wherever you are or whatever situation you might find yourself in. He [God] loves His children! ~

It is also good to learn to pray out loud where only God can hear you [Matthew 26:39; Luke 11:1]. Remember the times that God has brought you through hard times. We can all remember numerous times when we should have been hurt or in trouble but somehow we made it through. Do not forget the times that God was with you even when you never recognized it. ~

Why people get confused

So most are confused. Satan deceives the whole world. [Revelation 12:9] A kingdom divided against it self cannot stand. Peace is very fragile. People break their promises. Treaties fall apart. Jesus said that all this would happen, “nation against nation”, “kingdom against kingdom”. But there is Good News! God's kingdom people, His Israel. His Church is truly ready to live under the New Covenant and those who truly have Jesus living in them are living proof that all humanity has a bright and wonderful future. ~

I invite you to keep studying with me [Eric W. King] and to hold fast that which is good and to “prove all things”.  [2 Thessalonians 5:21] You are not alone and all hope is not lost! The true Church of God is still here. We are commanded to come out of “Babylon” [confusion]. The word church means “the called out ones”. God is calling many out of this false world's system of things and into His glorious Kingdom.....won't you come? ~


E.W.King


 


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