The Faith We Keep
TRUE CHRISTIANITY IS A SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE
"To be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace"-- Romans 8:6
With the exercise of the mind in searching out facts concerning the physical universe, there comes a tendency to glorify mental activity and to conclude that the material world is the only real one. Men adopt the idea that the satisfaction of the physical senses should be the chief purpose in life.
Jesus made it plain that there is another realm with which human beings can make contact -- the realm of the spirit. This is not "spiritualism" as it is currently practiced. Rather, it is a recognition that God, who is a real and living Being, is a Spirit. To properly serve and know Him we must come to know the ways of the spiritual realm.
Men may practice what they call Christianity and remain entirely carnal. They work out a system which takes the letter of the Word and sets up a religious form that is the result of mere mental activity. God sent His Spirit to lead us out of our natural viewpoint toward life and to make us see as God sees. Until we understand things in His way our attempts to follow Christ are vain. It was Jesus who said that true worshippers must worship the Father "in spirit and in truth."
With materialism dictating the terms to most of the children of men we hold to the plain Bible teaching: "To be spiritually minded is life and peace." It is easiest to be carnal, but when we "deny" ourselves, as Jesus taught us, we can escape into the spiritual realm where we find life, both here and for eternity.