Jun 04, 2020 OTHERS

Orthodoxy Adjusting Suggesting a new Spirituality for a New Century

Unfortunately, Christianity has solidified into the rigid set of right words about God or an unrestricted, phantom-like, nearly fictional personal relationship with God. Most spiritual searchers are tired of both of these options. They are looking for something else, something more, the other, well, more spiritual. Let’s look at both of these models of present day Christianity and see why people, perhaps as you, are tired of and disappointed in these options of Christianity.

In the first type of modern Christianity, to be a Christian, you must say and believe right words about God or those in control of such matters will not regard as which you Christian believer. You must agree with right words about God. In knowing and assuming the right words, the approved words about God, the believer is assured that he/she will have a right relationship with God.

According to this model, right words equal right relationship. αγιος παισιος λογια Say the right words, believe the right things and you will have the right relationship with God.

Many spiritual searchers find this paradigm, this model, too intelligent. Knowing about something does not mean you have a relationship with that something. I might know all the right words about the monster turtles in the Galapagos Countries. However, it does not mean I have any relationship at all with a living turtle on those distant countries.

Knowledge about something does not create a relationship with something. This model is increasingly leaving people feeling worthless. Knowing about God is different then knowing God. Increasingly, people looking for spirituality are rejecting the idea that knowledge and relationship are the same principle.

However, many also decline the other option. The second option of modern Christianity is a reaction contrary to the first option. Instead of emphasizing right words about God, the second option encourages believers to forget about doctrine (right words about God) and dive into the relationship with God with your heart.

Not frustrated with intellectualism or doctrinal codes, those who follow this path only have a sketchy, scratchy understanding of who it is they think they have a spiritual relationship with! They raise their hands (indicating the admittedly old belief that God is up), close their eyes (indicating that God cannot be welcomed in the physical world but only in the imagination) and sing out songs of love and commitment to God (indicating that the God they worship wants such things as love and commitment from people that have whom the God has a relationship).

But, since this option denies the requirement for any doctrinal codes, each person has a different version of the spiritual relationship they experience. Spirituality becomes extremely personal. So much so, some people who follow this path seem genuinely offended if they are asked to describe their spirituality.

So, here is the dilemma. Behind spiritual door number 1, we find an external spirituality based on right words about God which everyone must believe and repeat in unison.