Understanding God?

Clyde D. Mayberry

The Bible tells us in John 4:23, 24 that “… God is Spirit and they that worship him must do it in spirit and in truth …” Many interpretations have devoured his passage and all it has done is caused confusion.

As far as religion goes we have allowed someone else to define it for us, instruct us in it thus determining the nature of our relationship with the Almighty.

In other arenas this is not so.

In the medical field a doctor’s first prognosis is challenged with a second and sometimes third opinion. In the areas of finance, advisors are challenged daily with our current economy and many have lost their practices because they didn’t perform in the best interest of their clients. When you go before a judge you have the right to appeal his decision. If you don’t like your haircut, you’re free to choose another barber. Even at a fancy restaurant, if you don’t like your meal, you can send it back.

Why do we not take the same liberty with religion?

Religion seems to operate on a first disclosure basis – meaning the first person who teaches you gets your loyalty. So if your parents were Baptists, in most cases you will be Baptist. If your parents were Catholic you will be too. No fuss. No fight. We just accept.

Then it gets worse. Once we get caught up in the WAY the faith tradition is done, we lose sight of building a relationship with God. So instead of knowing Him spiritually, we try to know Him physically (i.e. going to what is considered His house to worship Him); mentally (i.e., practicing forms of worship, festivals and holidays); or emotionally (i.e., trying to feel God or draw closer to Him through music, listening to preaching or chanting) Now, I must say, I am not against these things. In their proper place, they won’t do any harm. When they become a replacement for knowing God spiritually, this is where I take issue.

The problem I have is this: When trials and tribulations come in your life, you will need God the spirit not a form of godliness. The music won’t be loud enough to stop your pain, forms of worship won’t satisfy tribulation and in most cases the lion’s share of the people that go to the same building you do on Sunday won’t or can’t help you with your trial. You will need to KNOW God for yourself – and that means spiritually. How do you do that you might ask? This is a huge subject that can not be explained or digested in one post, but for now I offer these three things:

1) Pray to God and tell Him that you want to know Him spiritually and to put you on the path.
2) Read a multiple translation of the Bible daily – this is a Bible that will have at least four different translations like the King James Version, New American Standard Version, New International Version and the Amplified Version.
3) Start judging people by what they do and not what they say. A person that is spiritually sound lives the life. Surround yourself with these folks and they will guide you. Spoiler: These people will really know and have an understanding of the Bible and you will be able to tell by the way they act.

7 thoughts on “Understanding God?

  1. It would be my honor man! Let’s get together over the holiday and talk. With all this technology we have, there is definitely something we can work out!

    Peace,

    Clyde

  2. I will pray for you. I am looking forward to your next post. I know you are busy, but I know of no better person, can you help he out? I will not waste your time. Am I looking forward to your next post. Can’t wait to see what it is about, you know your always on point. Well most of the time! ha ha

    1. Hey Robert!

      Pray for me. I am working on 4 books currently and three are due out at various times in 2010.

      I will update this information through Twitter and Facebook as it becomes available.

      Thanks,

      Clyde

  3. I recall you talking about this website on the discussion board. It looks nice. Where can I find a like that bible? and What do think about a spiritual mentor? Keep doing your thing! How often do you post?

    1. Thanks for the comments Robert!

      You asked me three questions and I want to attempt to answer them. First, I just looked at Amazon.com and there were several parallel bibles on there when I searched. There is a new 8 translation new testament bible available for around $33. I have pasted the description below:

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      This exciting new parallel text resource features eight translations of the New Testament which are highly regarded in the evangelical community today. With the exception of the classic King James Version, all of the translations included in this volume have been published – and sometimes even revised – within just the last quarter century by groups which have a strong evangelical outlook.
      The texts are arranged to permit easy comparison of the word choices made and translation practices employed by the scholarly teams responsible for rendering the Greek New Testament into modern English. Such a parallel text layout is invaluable to those engaged in individual research or who are Bible study group participants.

      Readers will appreciate the inclusion in this volume of such very recently published translations as The Message and the New Living Translation. Especially noteworthy is the fact that the New International Version and the New King James Version appear together for the very first time in The Contemporary Parallel New Testament.

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      John R. Kohlenberger, III is the noted editor of a wide range of biblical concordances and other reference works, including four titles published by Oxford University Press.

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      As for your second question regarding a spiritual mentor, I think if you can find someone who is diligent in their studies and living the life you should go for it. get close to them. Talk to them and study with them.

      As for the last question, there will be a new post every Sunday evening.

      Thanks again for your comments and please spread the word!

      Clyde

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