Some say there are many paths to God. Some say that God is the universe. And there are those who think that all religions point to the “One Big God”. In spite of being raised in the church, I decided to test this out and see for myself. I was seeking to understand what the differences were in all the major religions of the world, and if they did all indeed point to the same place. I was also seeking my purpose. I was searching for something better and more meaningful than what I had ever known. I wanted to reach beyond what was in front of me, and my past. I wanted that inner peace and knowing that I heard people talking about. I wanted a spiritual connection.
This lead me to dabble in the new age and positive thinking books, and ideals. I came very close to the edge of diving into that ideology. My spiritual side was thirsty. These people seemed to have the answers to defeating negativity, and being able to get what you wanted in life. Each time that I tried to get closer to this new age spirituality, a force that WAS much bigger than me blocked the path.
I was given a choice. On one side of me there were spiritual new agers, and on the other there were agnostics. But, I think the real clincher for me were the christians quoting scriptures at me that I wasn’t sure were true. I had grown up in the church, but I didn’t know my way around the bible. I began reading the bible just so I would know what it said. I was not prepared for the journey that book put me on.
Everything I was searching for, I found.
I found my father. I found my creator. I found love that was bigger than me or anything on this earth. But, most of all I found the truth. For me, God is not the universe. He created the universe.
“And beware not to lift up your eyes to heaven and see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, and be drawn away and worship them and serve them, those which the LORD your God has allotted to all the peoples under the whole heaven.
Jesus is the son of the God. The “One Big God” that everyone seeks. And Jesus said; “The only path to God is through me”. So, for me, this cuts out all the other paths leading to God. It cuts out tapping into the “universe”. All of those things are lies. New age? It’s old age. It’s what Satan said to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden .. For you can be like God ..
“For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
I wouldn’t trade my journey to God for anything. He is full of grace, and the creator of choice. I have found my purpose; First and foremost, to love him, and be loved. Second, to love others.
“Teacher, which commandment is the greatest in the Law?” 37 Jesus declared, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.… ‘And, Love your neighbor as yourself.'”
And ultimately, to live a full and abundant life that will last for eternity!
John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
I have spent all of my adult years learning, and growing, and trusting. In return I got an amazing relationship with my father and creator! It has not been a perfect life. It has not always been easy. It has been an adventure. If you are on a journey too, I hope my experiences can be added to your own choice. May you find many riches here!