Spirituality is the quality possessed by those who recognise that there is a spiritual dimension to the world we live in. Such people live their lives in the conscious knowledge that unseen forces shape and guide our world. Many are touched by the beauty of nature and seek to recreate that beauty in their own lives, recognising their responsibility to preserve the health and ecology of this planet for our children’s children.
There’s no reason to believe in such a power unless one actually exists. Believing in a supreme power that doesn’t exist may give a placebo effect to see one through life’s minor difficulties, but such a belief is totally unreliable when considering one’s eternal destiny. Too many people believe in something without any evidence at all to give foundation to their beliefs. Others stubbornly refuse to believe in something despite the weight of evidence against them. If there is a supreme power who is genuinely offering love, help, strength, acceptance and a new start, one would be a fool to ignore this or fail to explore the evidence. Of course the evidence available is rarely one hundred per cent; one has to make a considered judgement going by the evidence available. That’s why this site documents some key factors to be considered before making your decision.
This site is about a personal relationship with the Divine, and not about “religion”. It can be argued that most of today’s religions are the result of hundreds of years of man-made traditions and teachings added on to the original revelation. Thus practices have developed which were never originally intended. For example, priests in some Christian denominations wear black robes; yet nowhere in the Bible does it dictate the wearing of a particular colour or style of dress. Most fair-minded people would agree that there’s a difference between the concept of God and what is done on this earth in God’s name by those who purport to be God’s followers. One only has to read the teachings of Jesus to hear his condemnation of hypocrisy and his commands to love and forgive your enemies; words which not only highlight the shortcomings of others, but also speak to our own fallibility. See 'Spiritual But Not Religious'.
God is neither male nor female, although in one sense God is both having the positive attributes of both sexes; attributes such as love, compassion, strength, gentleness and protection. The scriptures say we were (both) made in God’s image. The problem here is a linguistic one. God isn’t an inanimate object and therefore can’t be described as “It”. Therefore we are left with “He” or “She”. The matter was taken out of our hands by the ancient prophets and by Jesus himself, who all used the pronoun “He” when referring to God.
No, just the opposite. Science shows that life on this planet is governed by natural laws and not by random chance. Recent research into cell-structure and DNA shows the "irreducible complexity" of many organisms, just one of a number of factors pointing to "intelligent design". The ability to decide or permanently alter natural laws, to create genetic information or inanimate material out of nothing on a grand scale is something that we, as human beings, are not capable of. In fact this complex world was created before human beings ever existed. Not only that, but as we look at nature we see beauty and grandeur. We see the skills of an artist, engineer, scientist and benefactor who has provided all that's needed for life; not just the bare necessities such as oxygen and water, but plants for medicine; and coal, oil, gas and electricity for energy, which man has sadly wasted and abused. Finally in the scriptures we have the instruction booklet for how to get the most out of our life on Earth.
There is some truth in this idea. For example, a true Muslim would not accept the Hindu belief in millions of deities. Neither would a true Buddhist go along with the Christian belief that there is an intelligent, loving, Divine Presence, who has made it possible for us to lose our bad karma and enter eternity in just one lifetime. However, all religions (except perhaps two) actually teach the same concept, which is that leaving this earthbound existence and entering eternity is determined by the way we’ve lived our lives. The only exceptions to this are Biblical Judaism and most Christian denominations, who teach that the cost of total acceptance and purification by the Divine is too high for us to afford by our earthly conduct. So to solve this problem, and because of his love for us, the Divine came to this earth and paid the price of our acceptance for us. We are thus set free to begin a new life here and now, followed immediately at death by entry into the Divine Presence. This basic difference of opinion between the two teachings of acceptance by our good actions or acceptance through forgiveness is an important one as it concerns our eternal future. Whether our own lifestyle or divine self-giving is the real deciding factor for eternity is a decision each of us has to make for ourselves.
Now you’ve checked out our FAQ’s, here are some spiritual questions to challenge you.