I was shopping in my local grocery store when I came across this in the magazine stand near the check out line. Newsweek's Special Edition 'Spiritual Living'. The Holy Spirit was stirred within me as I picked up the magazine. From the cover I already knew this was not going to be any 'new' revelations. In fact from the start, the listing of what was inside gave a clue as to what was inside of this 'special edition'. The old saying, "There is nothing new under the sun" is very apropos here. "Psychic awakenings", "Healing Stones", "Tarot Cards". "Find your inner self, you are gods", The Devil has not changed his tactics, not one bit. From the very beginning he has been tempting mankind with the promise that we can "be like God", that we can find happiness without God.
Many people are looking for spiritual enlightenment. just look at the thousands if not millions of different religions, sects, doctrines, theories. The common, satanic mantra is, "all roads lead to god". Why do I label this as satanic? Because it is a false belief that is leading many down a road to eternal damnation. It is undeniably clear, there are not many ways/roads to God, there is only ONE way, and that is Jesus Christ! Jesus said clearly and repeatedly, He is the Truth, not a truth, but THE Truth; He said I am THE Door, not a door, Jesus said, I am THE Way, not a way. There is no other name, doctrine, belief, god/entity, religion that reconciles sinful man back to the Holy and Righteous God. NONE. No other person or deity died, undeservably, shed their blood or gave of their life for mankind other than Jesus Christ. Mohammed didn't do it, Confucius didn't do it, Ghandi, Buddha,nor any other. They are ALL dead in their graves, and yet their false doctrines and false beliefs live on through those who don't know the truth or the true God.
The 'new spiritual awakening' is not new, it is an ancient set of false promises and false hope. "Free yourself", "Become one with the universe", This magazine reports to have"The secret to Peace and Happiness", Is it really a secret? Well I guess some could say, yes it is by looking at all the unhappy people in the world, including some of those who call themselves Christians. It's really sad, many spend hundreds and even thousands of dollars on the pursuit of happiness, and yet people are more depressed and suicidal than ever in history. That is one the reasons many people enter into therapy, "I want to be happy". And Satan loves when people are unhappy, because he can temp those who want to be happy with what ever their heart desires with the thing they think will make them happy. There is no question about what true happiness is in the Bible.
I will end with this. Solomon, the wisest man to ever live, summed it up perfectly when he said, after experiencing EVERY pleasure known to man, that it was all just vanity-USELESS, so what is the true secret to peace and happiness:
"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
"FEAR GOD AND KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS!"
Only God can help a person to truly change. It is the supernatural, mystical help of Jesus Christ that is available to anyone who will believe.
The Good News is there is going to be a Day of Judgment, and God will judge everyone who has ever lived, His wrath is going to poured out on all the wicked and ungodly. Believing in Jesus saves us from the righteous wrath of God. But that is not all, He gives us a new heart and mind NOW, and we receive some of His blessing from heaven NOW and are equipped to be able to live a life that is holy and acceptable to Him NOW.
1. Believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is real, He lived and died and rose from the grave.
2. Believe that you are a sinner, repent-turn from your sins and realize and accept you need Jesus.
3. Confess that Jesus is your Lord and God
4. Find a local Bible preaching church that does obey the commandment for water baptism for the remission of your sins and to identify yourself with Christ.
This is just the first step to a lifelong journey of growing in truth and love with the God who created this earth and everything in it, including every human being that has ever lived.
Bible verses related to this post: Genesis 3:1-5, Ecclesiastes 12:8-14, John 10:9, John 14:6
Erica Harris is a God Gifted Christian Coach, Counselor, providing insights and truths from the Word of God, The Bible.