Ritual, Spirit and Truth

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I was raised Catholic. I say that often. Not that it is a bad thing. It’s just my experience. During my time in the Catholic church, through my childhood and early adulthood, I had no connection with God. I can’t lay the blame for that at the feet of the Catholic Church. That was just where I was.

When I became a Believer, when I accepted Christ as my personal Lord and Savior, my life changed. I also began to see the Catholic Church in a different light. I was never into the ritual and observance, which is a major component of the Catholic Church. Not that other denominations and religions don’t have central religious rituals. All religions have ritual observances and traditions.

Those ritual observances and traditions are not, in themselves, bad, but they can create a facade that hides emptiness, darkness and sin. They can create an appearance of piety with no spiritual reality behind them. They can be more superstitious than spiritual, like stroking a rabbits foot for good fortune. In these and other ways, ritual observances can become a substitute for relationship with God.

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When God Withdraws

When God seems withdrawn from us, that is time to turn from our own ways, our own desires, and to seek Him for His own sake….

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“Jesus, perceiving that they were intending to come and take Him by force to make Him king, withdrew….” (John 6:15)

This verse provides a clue as to why God seems withdrawn from us sometimes, and how we find Him when he seems withdrawn. Continue reading “When God Withdraws”