The most important spiritual growth step you can take to experience God is to respond to His words as expressed in the Bible. There are a zillion different opinions on who God is, what He is like, and how He designed us to live. Some are complimentary, i.e. many religions believe there is one God. Many religions and philosophies emphasize being kind and loving your neighbor. But if you go much past that, to the beliefs that undergird and drive those ideas and other beliefs, you will quickly find out religions/philosophies quickly go in irreconcilable directions.
Islam teaches that the Koran is God’s inspired word and that Christians and Jews have distorted the original messages given by the prophets. Christians believe that the entire cannon of Scripture is God-breathed and that the Koran is not God’s word.
For Buddhists, it really does not matter if there is a God or not. It is about taking steps towards enlightenment and eventual oneness with the Universe.
Regarding Jesus, Jews believe Jesus was a good teacher at best and a false prophet at worse. Muslims believe Jesus was a great prophet, but certainly not the Son of God, Savior of the World. Most others believe Jesus was a great man and enlightened teacher but not God in the flesh.
How do you know?
So how do you know which path is right? If you’re going to be consistent, you cannot take opposing beliefs and pick and choose to create your own religion. How do you know that you are choosing the parts of your new belief system that are actually true?
People that create their own “way” or “religion” or “creed” are assuming that they have enough information, experience, and good judgment to decide what God is really like and how He created us to live. Even the most brilliant scientists are now realizing, however, that at most, we are seeing just 5% of the universe. That means we are making judgements about reality based on the tiniest overviews of our physical universe.
There is simply so much we do not know and cannot know, even if we lived a hundred lifetimes. So with all those voices shouting “follow me”, “my way is the right way” or “the truth is in you, choose your own path” there is a whole lot of uncertainty and confusion filling our planet.
God reveals Himself to us
Here’s the truth; we cannot know and experience God unless He reveals Himself to us.
The good news: He has revealed much of Himself.
He has revealed Himself in nature: those are the signs that all people see.
He became a person: in Jesus we see God in human form.
He reveals Himself in His recorded words so that can know the truth about Jesus, life, and the Creator.
Jesus said if we remain in His words, then we would be His devoted follower (disciples) and as we kept interacting with God through His written words we would know the truth and the truth would set us free. (John 8:31-32 paraphrase).
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)
To experience God, to grow spiritually, the most important step you can take is to respond to God’s word.
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