May 10th, 2006



Unichurch camp was awesome. I learnt a heap about Spirituality.
"Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is you spiritual act of worship" Romans 12:1
"If you love me, you will obey what I command" John 14:15
"You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly" Romans 5:6
"All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags" Isaiah 64:6

What this is getting to is, spiritually is this: obedience through faith. It isn't some branch of mystism where we have to meditate at a retreat is silence. It isn't getting emotionally worked up in front of a stage at church. But it is the day to day living of obeying God. But this cannot save us. For it is not our righteous acts that save us, because anything we offer to God is like a filthy rag. Rather, salvation comes through God's grace alone, recieved through faith alone, because of Jesus alone, revealed to us by Scripture alone.

We also talked a bunch about apostolic authority, and whether what we're reading in the Bible is descriptive or prescriptive. That is, whether it is an example of what is happening, or if it is a command for us to do. For example, take the early church, many of the things that happend were descriptive (i.e. people talking in tongues, sick being miraculously healed, demon exorsisms etc). All those things that happened were awesome, but that in no way means that they'll happen now. Very few will have a dramatic turn around event like that experienced of Paul.

What's more, we also talked about various ways that people worship and how it can be discouraging. Some churches place a great deal of emphasis on singing praises and "feeling God" in the room &c. But what about people who do not ever feel God in those situations? Or all of my experience at many concerts where I've felt emotionally high? Or non-Christians who also feel close to God on certain occasions? Why is it that people feel the need to "feel God" when we are told that God is completely alien to us. The only way we can know the Father, is through the Son, who has revealed himself to us through the Scripture. So the only way we can respond in a spiritual manner, is by obeying his teaching!

So that is what I learnt on the weekend. And I feel very good because of it. But that does not make me closer to God. I am as close to God as I'm ever going to be because I have already been "justified by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus" (Romans 3:24). I do not need to feel God. What I ever feel will most likely never be God, but just my emotions on some sort of high generated by the atmosphere in a particular enviroment. My spirituality is obedience through faith, because of the forgiveness I have already recieved.
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