Supernatural Encounters? July 28, 2005Posted by roopster in Bible, Christianity, church, faith, God, Religion, spirituality, Theology.
For me, my faith was always more philosophical than experiential. I’ve spent a lifetime in the Pentecostal/Charismatic/Word-Faith camp and do not have many supernatural experiences to share. I have had emotional experiences, but they are really no different than what I experienced at a music concert void of Christian values.
Even now, I enjoy the philosophy of the core teachings of Jesus and believe that it is by following these principles, one’s life is transformed. While I respect supernatural encounters as Novato shared in his testimony, I do not believe that the experience themselves validate the uniqueness of the source since such life changing encounters come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Is it right to say that the context of “my” experience is “the” way of change and the others are mere imitations?
I believe that humans have a spiritual need to connect with our creator. I believe that this connection is a source of peace and contentment. However, I believe that this connection comes via following the basic precepts placed in us and that is generally our encounter with the divine. Jesus came preaching the message concerning the way we should live. He taught us to walk in love, mercy, compassion, kindness, and forgiveness. He showed us a better way than following religious laws and traditions. Discovering this lifestyle brings about great change in our lives.
So does this invalidate radical transformation encounters? Absolutely not! However, for those of us who have never had such encounters, we can hold on to the hope that by following the imprint of our creator, we can have access to a life of peace and contentment.