So nice to read your comments. Just to let you know on some posts where I deal with people who are grounded in this world I will use the world to try and open new insight for those who seek. I know the world is not the ultimate reality but it can be used as a stepping stone for some who refuse to see anything else. If we always use meat and not milk then the gap is too large for many. Remember that I am a recent traveler on the spiritual path. I still have a large history of the world which formed over 50 years. But that does beg the question. How long ago did you start on the spiritual path?
I believe we are always on the spiritual path. We exist, so we are part of creation and part of the intent for creation.
But I understand what you are asking. :)
In retrospect I would say the question is whether we are on the spiritual path consciously or unconsciously. Aware or unaware.
If unconsciously, then we are edged along by the law, for the law still stands for all creation.
If however, we are on the path consciously, then we might be able to invoke some Grace, and quicken our progress on the Path. The more aware we are of the workings of creation, the more consciously we can walk the path.
Gosh, in thinking about your question, the answer today is today
. Because today I walk path with the greatest awareness I have thus far had. Tomorrow I might say tomorrow
Though I can say that things quickened intensely for me about 11 years, when I had my own 'private' Road to Damascus experience. I called myself Christian before then, was a Bible teacher and spent a lot of time at my church and in prayer and study. But what happened that day 11 years ago changed everything. It is kinda like Saul...he thought he knew God from studying scripture, but a vision revealed just how off he was.
Even after this, it took me 7 years wandering around trying to find fellowship with like-minded, before I found my brothers and sisters here on earth.
Believe me I know that many are saved who have never set foot in a church. I hold no notion that any church saves people. For me it is for fellowship and collective charity. In fact I believe that many churches can stop a path to spirituality if the member embraces the doctrines of the church. But I also know that within the worst environments a soul can still break free.
Well said, Frank.
Lately I have studied the fall of the early church. It is so sad to read. But man does what man does. The powers and weight of this world does crush many. Maybe you could give me some info on how your group started and more. Is there a site which contains the info? I am curious. After studying all this history I would love to read some good news for a change.
As Paul prophesied the early church had to fall. My tradition dates back to the early church, but went underground when the Universal Church began to have its way.
We can call it part of the 'remnant' that God promised to always maintain in this world.
During the years of Apostasy, we were hidden within the Catholic Church. In the 1700s we were able to come out of her, and trace our lineage back that far.
We are a collection of small home churches, mystical Christians.
May God bless you and keep you from the evils of this world.
And likewise may you be kept from temptations.