Human beings are made up of mind, body and spirit. The entire holistic healing paradigm is based on this tripod foundation. We also have free will to believe what we want, and to live how we want. This is a very personal decision. After examining the word “spirit,” I begin by pointing out the obvious. Not all spirits are the same.
The fact that a person has a body, a mind, and by virtue of their breathing, they have a spirit, is a totally different thing from the spirit of adoption, being baptized as a Christian. Being baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit is a personal decision. Some people choose not to be baptized. That is their choice. It is a matter of free will, not a matter of their being born in the flesh. Not all fleshy humans are Christian by virtue of their breathing.
I make this distinction at this time because of all the contradicting theologies out there, stating that we are all One, and have One spirit. I have said this myself, but it is not entirely accurate, because of the many, and often conflicting spirits, not all of which are good, nor holy.
Yes, this is a judgment. It is a discernment. There is a phrase floating about New Age circles that sounds compassionate, but it is a trap. It says, “Love without conditions.” It sounds nice, and non-judgmental. But there are times, for the sake of our soul, when we do need to make judgments. It is not the same to worship Satan and God in the same breath, nor at the same service, for example, as if “All is One.”
Jesus is a real historical person, the Son of God, as he taught us he is. Jesus also taught us about “being born anew” in John 3:1-8, when Nicodemus, a Jewish Pharisee comes to see Jesus by night. Here Jesus says, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born anew, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.”
Why is it people get baptized at all? Why do some of us baptize our children? Why do some adults choose baptism for themselves?
Nicodemus asks this question for us. “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his Mother’s womb and be born?”
The distinction is made by Jesus. It is not the spirit of the living that he is talking about. Jesus is talking about being born spiritually, not physically, intellectually, nor emotionally. This is a spiritual birth, separate from all the rest.
Before one can be born spiritually, one must hear, read and learn about what this means. What did Jesus say about being “born” spiritually? What did Jesus teach? What did Jesus do? What did Jesus tell us to do? Did Jesus say why it matters?
This takes time and effort on our part. It requires prayer and meditation. Prayer is our human attempt to pour out our hearts to God, to storm heaven with our concerns. Jesus taught us how to pray in the Our Father prayer in Matthew 6:9-14. Jesus says we are to begin by acknowledging Our Father in heaven’s sacred name, and to pray for the Kingdom of God to come, which will be the divine healing and comforting solution to all the world’s government and social problems. He says we are to pray for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. We are to ask for our daily bread, our needs, and in the same breath, to forgive those who trespass against us, just as we forgive them. That is the necessary power to make things work, that we genuinely forgive others. In the end, we are to pray that we not be lead into temptation, and if we are, to be delivered from evil, because this is a real concern. We pour out our prayers, in the name of Jesus.
Meditation is our expected waiting on God our Father, Jesus the Christ, and Holy Spirit to inspire us, and motivate us in Love, to action or understanding, or to simply to receive comfort through union with God in our inner spiritual life, with God the Father and with each other. The heart expands in LOVE.
Jesus says, “Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God.” That means that some people in the world, past, present and future, will not get to enter into the Kingdom of God, unless they discover these treasures Jesus taught and accept them. God will teach those who never had the opportunity in this life to learn about Jesus and what he taught. But for those of us who have had the opportunity to learn about Jesus, it is important to put this front and center in our lives. Jesus came not so people would continue in their Jewish, or pagan ways. Jesus came to show us the New Way, the New Testament, the Golden Rule. Baptism is an outward sign to others that demonstrates our inner convictions about Jesus.
Here are some meditation questions to consider:
How is our inner spiritual life?
How often do I pray?
Is my prayer rote, or memorized?
Do I listen to my conscience, that inner voice God uses to reach my mind and heart?
Am I sincere?
Am I honest?
Am I humble?
Do I ask God for help when I make mistakes?
Do I admit my mistakes?
Do I keep God in my thoughts as my constant companion?
Anyone wishing to be baptized, who is not baptized already, can contact me, if you feel God calling you to do that. Sometime we take different spiritual paths in life, but if these paths do not include Jesus, the heart of spirituality is missing. Jesus did not die in vain. Through Jesus, and Jesus only, we get to experience eternal life. Our hearts are restless until they rest in God. Jesus, our brother and Savior, is the surest way to get back in touch with God, Our Father.