reply to post by OldThinker
For me the summation is....humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up...that certainly has application to 'how' one
relates to others I would hope...humility is the key!
Unfortunately, YOU get thrown into the morass of evangelicals on ATS because they give a bad name to Christianity.
It needs to be said though: a spiritual person can have a very close relationship with Jesus or Jah and not have the same viewpoint you and they have.
This can be hard to reconcile.
A point that you can learn from? It puts everyone off with the stance that you can help educate one to the knowledge of Christ and all they have to do
is contact you to get it. You are assuming that you are a primary agent (that is okay, but it is the manner, that most would contest)? I understand
and say this with humility.
There are so many layers to spirituality. If I may say; religion in my experience is a lesser approach but a necessary one in many cases to address
the concept of God and his son. But it is not the end all! Unfortunately, religion becomes the God, and so is pushed, regardless of inaccuracy.
I have been having a relationship with God for more than 50 years! I have been to hell and back and have lived to tell the story. When I say I have
been to some extent where you are, I speak the truth.
Sometimes we can come off too strong (I definitely include myself) and that puts people off. It becomes a case of shooting ourselves in the foot
rather than helping or encouraging a relationship with God, and we naturally use our expressions, and experience, or beliefs, and assume that it would
be another's, or Gods only way.
Religion narrows the experience - while spirituality widens it.
Sometimes confidence can come across as arrogance. But...humility can advance us further into more enlightenment and knowledge. I too, speak to the
Gods and have a very tight conscious contact with Jah. But... I have learned (the hard way) that it does not mean that others will, and that I cannot
apply or preach my level of understanding to others.
Being teachable is knowing when to let go and let ourselves be inspired, and to also recognize when the truth comes through other avenues, and at
times, ones that can be very unfamiliar to us - maybe even unacceptable!
Forgive me for being preachy. But I figure you can dish it, so I concluded that you are able to take it!