“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-12 ESV
I absolutely love this Biblical quote. To me, it is very relatable to the idea that people become what they think about most or get what they set their hearts and minds on. It is so true that when we are focused on a goal, write it down, say it aloud, let others know, ask the universe/God to bring it into our life, it often times comes to fruition (or at the very least the chances of that becoming a reality are greatly increased and the ball starts rolling in that direction).
This idea of actively seeking applies to many areas of life, but especially in religion. We all have this innate desire to know truth, to seek out the answers to the big questions in life, such as “why are we here, where did we come from, where are we going”. Although we may never know the answers to these questions in this life, I think the key is actively pursuing an understanding. This is a great way to improve upon our spiritual health.
Christianity shares many similar practices and beliefs as other religions, such as giving up yourself, deriving your earthly and sensory pleasures from non-materialistic sources, treating others as you would want to be treated, being born again in a sense, that this life isn’t the end of the road, and many others.
However, the truth claims of the various world religions differ significantly. For example, if Christianity is true, than Judaism and Islam cannot be true because they all describe different ways of going to heaven or getting to God (essentially the key differing factor being Jesus). Even though I ascribe to Christianity, I feel as though the other religions get major brownie points for honestly seeking God with all of their hearts, doing their homework, so to speak, but not necessarily coming to the conclusions Christianity provides.
I think that curious spiritual people who seek truth, seek enlightenment, seek virtue and seek God is very pleasing to God. There are so many factors that affect a person’s religious beliefs (where they were born, their upbringing, societal pressures, etc.) which inevitably leads them to believing something that may not be true. But the act of continuously educating themselves on the historicity, archeology, scriptural text and theology with respect to ALL religions is important, regardless which they believe to be true. In fact, what could be more important?
If an all powerful, maximally great being exists that is the ultimate in terms of love and goodness created us with a specific purpose(s) in mind (a major one being relational to him in nature), don’t you think we should do everything we can to try to know that creator inside and out and live our lives in a specific manner that exemplifies the characteristics of that creator?
Biblical scripture tells us that God wishes for no one to perish. It logically follows that a perfectly loving, perfectly merciful creator who wants a relationship with us wants us to pursue a relationship with it. For this reason I truly believe that everyone has what you may refer to as a second chance or if they truly intend with all their hearts to seek out the Lord, to enter into a relationship with him, to live a life of virtue and yet have doubts, they will either still be saved or have an opportunity to go to heaven when they die.
Even if you don’t believe in the biblical scripture, don’t you think it’s a good idea to spend a good amount of time researching, reflecting, praying/meditating on your higher power? Because there’s even a slight chance that he exists (I believe there is an excellent chance based upon science, logic, reason, archaeology, historicity of scripture) the importance is of infinite value. You have absolutely nothing to gain by ignoring or just being downright lazy with regards to your spirituality and literally everything/eternity/absolute love, goodness, joy to lose.
We are spiritual beings in physical bodies. We should tap into the metaphysical aspects of our life and our spirituality through daily mindfulness, meditation, prayer and pursue a connection with our creator. We should research, read and listen to descriptions of various religions and experience a wide array of spiritual knowledge and philosophy. Ask, seek, and knock to improve your spiritual health.
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