As I prepared my sermons to preach during the Holy Week, I came to realize that many people, even Christians, have very different ideas about Jesus and Christianity. Many have chosen a kind of Jesus that better fit their agenda; even if the Jesus of the Bible is completely different to what they think, or would like Him to be.
During my research, I found this great article from the Barna Group that talks about how people are looking to redefine God and ways to get to Him, apart from Jesus. Some claim to be “spiritual but Not religious” – they even combine different “spiritual” practices in order to find peace with themselves and with God.
This is an excerpt from the article:
“I’m spiritual but not religious.” You’ve heard it—maybe even said it—before. But what does it actually mean? Can you be one without the other? Once synonymous, “religious” and “spiritual” have now come to describe seemingly distinct (but sometimes overlapping) domains of human activity. The twin cultural trends of deinstitutionalization and individualism have, for many, moved spiritual practice away from the public rituals of institutional Christianity to the private experience of God within. In this conclusion of a two-part series on faith outside the church (read the first part, on those who “love Jesus but not the church”), Barna takes a close look at the segment of the American population who are “spiritual but not religious.” Who are they? What do they believe? How do they live out their spirituality daily?
Check out the full article here: