The first time I heard the term ‘I’m Spiritual’ I thought it was kind of neat but I couldn’t say that I was ‘spiritual’ or ‘more spiritual than I was religious’ because I didn’t know what it meant.
Recently I heard it again and I still hadn’t heard the definition so I looked it up.
non material, incorporeal, intangible;
religious, sacred, divine, holy, nonsecular, church, ecclesiastical,faith-based, devotional
devout, pious, reverent, godly, God-fearing, churchgoing, faithful,devoted, committed
“a religious person”
I can see that in different ways I would fit into either or both of these categories, sometimes at the same time and sometimes at separate times such as I am a spiritual leader and at the same time I am a religious leader.
I am sure there are different meanings than these pertaining to these words from more in-depth studies but what I’m getting at is this: which one will get me to Heaven. In the way they are written I can see that neither definition would directly get me to Heaven. Indirectly both could get me to Heaven if my spiritual beliefs or my religious beliefs were in the right place.
I would like to make this sound glamorous, interesting, or put it in a new box and decorate it as the wonderful gift that it is but there is no real way to say it except the way it has been said for thousands of years. And if I believe that it’s true, which I do, than it needs to be said.
I could be a religious person or a devout person to my beliefs and still not get to Heaven. I could be a spiritual person, a non-material person, a church going person and not go to Heaven. Now I’m not judging anyone because I don’t know any person’s heart beliefs but I do know that the Bible is truth, it has proved out to be true many times in my life. And what I know from the Bible is that there is one way to Heaven and that is through believing that we are all sinners and that Jesus came to pay the price for our sin so we would have the opportunity to go to Heaven when we die, if we make the choice to believe that He made that sacrifice for us and make Him the Lord of our lives. (Wow that was a long sentence but a most important one)
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
As the Scriptures say, "No one is righteous—not even one." (Rom. 3:10, NLT)
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. (Rom. 3:23, NLT)
We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. (Is. 64:6a, NLT)
For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. (2 Cor. 5:21, NLT)
John 3:16 Amplified Bible (AMP)
16 “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] [a]only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life.
So it isn’t spiritual or religious that we need to think of ourselves as, but rather as saved by the death of Jesus in payment for our sins.