Spirituality is something many people find lacking in these modern times. The emptiness and soullessness of our materialist culture robs us of experiencing our full life potential. Those who have taken the Rate My Life quiz and scored high on Spirit were asked to give advice to others who are lacking in this area. It is fascinating to see the differences and commonalities in their answers, below.
Chette of Philippines writes:
Matthew 4:4 or in Luke 4:4 ... Both of these verses say:
Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.
And if you look at the verse in 1 Thessalonians 5:23 it said,
May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In this verse, we can see that we are composed... of 3 parts...
The Body (as we know) is what we can see, what our senses can feel--the visible part. To take care of our body, we exercise, we eat food, we sleep. Right?
The Soul - Living Soul is our will, choices.. sometimes people say conscience resides in our souls. To take care of our soul, we practice our will, our rights, our choices, our freedom. What we desire... it is what we do... right?
The Spirit - Is the part were we can communicate with God. The reason why we can talk to God, and we can't avoid that deep in our hearts... we can feel that there is a God... because of our spirit. Sadly, many have Spirit.. but they are dead. How can our Spirit become alive? By accepting Jesus Christ. To take care of our Spirit... we need to feed our Spirit by the words of God. The Spirit is the most important part. The Spirit is the one that has an eternal life or death.
Once your Spirit becomes alive, your soul will desire and decide to get to know more about Jesus... By what? Reading the Bible, praying, Fellowship, Praising, Sharing and Witnessing.
So why is my Spirit High? Because of Jesus. Continue to seek for Him, continue to communicate and have a relationship with Him.
J. M. of Middle USA writes:
Study more than one religion. Study it with the people who practice that religion. Keep an open mind and observe the results both subjectively, and objectively. You will notice that our inborn sense of god/spirit/unity is too wide and dynamic to fit into any one faith. You first need faith in yourself, before you should expect faith in, from, or by, anyone/thing else.
I have made this as vague as possible, but the essential nature of freedom is it's unboundedness.
A little philosophy, and alot fact checking are highly encouraged.
I became a Christian when I was thirteen years old. I learned that if I give all of my problems and concerns to God, he will take care of them for me in his own time and do what is best for me. It may not be what I wanted in my time-frame or what I prayed for. I love to read the bible as I believe it is the best book in the world. God gave his life for us and we can never repay him except by believing and loving him. May God bless each of you that should read this.
Life is worth living and sharing with people. As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn't supposed to ever let you down probably will. You will have your heart broken probably more than once and it's harder every time. You'll break hearts too, so remember how it felt when yours was broken. You'll fight with your best friend. You'll blame a new love for things an old one did. You'll cry because time is passing too fast, and you'll eventually lose someone you love. So take too many pictures, laugh too much, and love like you've never been hurt because every sixty seconds you spend upset is a minute of happiness you'll never get back.
Rebecca of Cary, NC writes:
I believe in love as a solution to every problem. I believe in selflessness and am against violence in every way possible. I turn to myself and my own intuition when addressing situations and problems. I do not subscribe to any specific relgious creed or do things because a religion tells me to, rather I look inside of myself and feel what is right and just in the world. I believe in a perfect love that might not be acheived in this lifetime, but that exists beyond this world, beyond our norms, beyond the mind of the human being.
I have a strong testimony of Jesus Christ. I am extremely active and involved in my church. I read the scriptures daily, pray daily, and strive to practice my beliefs in my daily life. I do not push my beliefs on others but I am happy to answer questions from others as well as share my testimony when the situation presents itself. I am not perfect but I am trying to be the best I can be by following the example of my Savior.
I recently deconverted from Christianity, about a year ago. I had to do it for my own sanity. I was tired of being in a religion that promoted hate and violence more than love and peace. I was tired of being in a religion where the main deity supposedly tortured billions of people for all of eternity just for not following that religion. I was tired of hating myself because I wasn't good enough for anyone or god.
I have higher self-esteem now as a result of my deconversion than I did my whole life up til now. I have reconciled my personal beliefs (no prejudice, no hate, peace, etc.) with my spiritual ones.
If there is a god, it wouldn't demand that we worship it and torture us if we didn't. If there's not, then it doesn't matter.
Christianity is a myth and a cult that needs to be exposed for what it is. So many have been brainwashed into it. I hope that someday, we will have an age of reason where people don't take 2,000 year-old books literally and twist them to be an excuse for hatred and violence.
Saintscribble of chi-town writes:
If you don't like where your life is going, no matter what your situation is, there is always a way out. Its not religion, its not suicide, it's not being suckered in by the traditional notions of jobs and responsibilities, or family....it's being secure in the knowledge that no matter what happens, you can always react to the situation with a cool head, because YOU are the only one in control of yourself. Nothing else has any power over you, and you have the ability to alter any situation. Charge ahead and make your difference, whatever it is. Things will be okay, I promise. I've been there, and I have seen it all, from the basest most vile things in society, to the things that will make you weep with joy. You're the one in control of your life. Thats all. =)
I don't believe a single religion. Instead, I feel that living and learning on a day-to-day basis is more productive than following guidelines set forth by any one religion. Every form of religion has positives and negatives and I prefer to take the positives out of each and apply them to my own life. I don't think that I'm mentally capable of understanding the concept of a god or all-creator if one does exist, so I simply don't worry about it. I try to be a good person, live a moral life and help others. That's not something I need religion to teach me, but something I simply learn through the people around me and the way I interact with life. Just smile :)
Anonymous of Montana writes:
My love of nature and animals has always sustained me. Seeing a beautiful sunset, having the devotion and total love from animals is a spiritual experience for me. I am so very fortunate to have a love of life, nature, and daily experiences that are so pure. Healthy living contributes to being healthy as well.