“God offers a full report on the gifts of life and salvation that he is giving us. We don’t have to rely on the world’s guesses and opinions.” 1 Corinthians 2:12
Often I hear people say, “I’m not religious, but I’m spiritual.” As a spiritual caregiver (chaplain assistant) at the hospital, before I offer prayer or talk about faith, I discern whether or not the patient has a relationship with God. Sometimes I say, “What gives you the strength to get through your illness?” or, “Do you have a faith life?” Every now and then I’ll be told, “I’m not religious, but I believe in God.” Sometimes I hear, “No, I’m not religious at all,” and I offer my best wishes for their healing. I’m not there to impose upon them my beliefs.
If God wanted everyone to think alike, he would not have given each person the ability to think for themselves–to discern, perceive, calculate, and dream. It is no wonder there are over 34,000 different Christian denominations in the world (according to the 2000 edition of World Christian Encyclopedia). It is through the power of the Holy Spirit that Christians find a place to worship with people of similar beliefs and position on social issues.
Apostle Paul explains in 1 Corinthians we don’t have to “rely on the world’s guesses and opinions” in forming our faith. Through the Holy Spirit we are directly connected to the source of our faith and answer to noone except oneself and God the Father and Jesus the Son.
Dear Lord, I am grateful for the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.