The phrase “I’m spiritual, but not religious,” is an apt description of our inner desire to connect on a spiritual plane, to find true meaning, value and fulfilment and to discover what works for me.
Religion has brought much suffering over the centuries, and for that reason many have decided to reject the idea of God altogether. However,
religion and God are not the same. Man-made religious traditions contrast greatly with the passionate, close relationship that God desires to have with you and me. In fact Yeshua (Jesus) was probably
religious hypocrisy’s biggest critic.
In rejecting God mankind ignores God’s call to love, respect, help and protect each other; then blames God for the consequences! In so doing we miss the amazing spiritual treasures on offer to those who seek him*. Rabbi Sha’ul, who knew a close relationship with his creator, described his experience saying,
"Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! ... For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be glory forever!” (Romans 11 v33, 36)
During his last days on earth, Yeshua humbly described the
purpose of our being, saying “This is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God and Yeshua the Messiah, whom you have sent.” In finding God we find what we have been seeking;
not religious tradition or hypocrisy, but a genuine relationship of love, security and peace connected to the One, who gave his all for us that we might know him*. He doesn't promise us an easy life
- we live in an uncertain world - but he promises to help and strengthen us as we lift our eyes to focus on him.
Seeking God can mean both adjusting your spiritual focus and daring to be different. In some countries following Yeshua is a matter of life and death, but making that first step is the beginning of an incredible journey. Are you willing to adjust your focus? Do you dare to be different?
Religion or Relationship - which would you choose?
* For more on the nature of God, see our FAQ's.