The spiritual experiences of my Christian days

Here’s a look at some of the more intimate moments of my Christian life, the spiritual experiences that appeared to be God’s supernatural involvement in my life and proof of Christianity’s validity. How do I look back on those experiences, having now rejected my faith? Watch and see.

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6 thoughts on “The spiritual experiences of my Christian days

  1. Robert Miller says:

    The structure of the church though enables people to interact within community. In general life is communal, we interact with people day to day. For instance when you read a passage in the Christian witness that is the Bible, you can read of caring for your neighbour, visiting the sick, clothing the naked, feeding the poor.

    So when you seek to meet a persons need, a person will be whole when both their physical and spiritual needs are met. Now this can be accomplished on your own when you abandon a faith community or it can be achieved to a greater extent when two or more people come to understand those goals together.

    When I see people who desire to reach out to their neighbours in tangible ways then that to me is just an outworking of faith in a God who cares and reaches out to humanity. Now those ideals could be apart from religion, but not apart from community, which is why the NT ideal of community and not religion is a much better structure.

    Anyway hope I ain’t rambling

    Ta-ra

    Robert

  2. Darryl Sloan says:

    Hi, Robert. I think you make a fair point, and you’re talking about one of the positive things that religion (and other forms of community) can accomplish.

    But sadly religion has a deeper agenda than helping the community.

  3. A.P. Fuchs says:

    On Part One:

    God often uses times of sadness or grief and pain to reach out to us because it’s during those times we come to the end of ourselves and need to seek Him and depend on Him.

    Your “hustle and bustle” analogy fits Satan’s use of distraction perfectly. As long as he has you focusing on something other than God–whether that thing’s good or bad–he’s happy. Why? Because you’re then caught up with you and what you’re doing as opposed to God and what God is doing.

    I won’t say what those experiences were because I wasn’t there, but I will offer a caution and that is to not be like the pharisees and sadducees of Jesus’s day when He was clearly doing supernatural events from God in front of them and they, in turn, rejected Him outright and went so far as attributing what He was doing to the devil. The Bible says from this there is no redemption because the Spirit has been blasphemed, that is, been outright and totally rejected 100%.

    On Part Two:

    I agree that once religion “doesn’t work” for someone–note the self aspect of what you said–and they decide to reject religion outright, they go 100% the other way and science becomes the be all and end all.

    Your misunderstanding, my friend, is that Christianity is not a religion. It never, ever was, nor was intended to be. It’s about freedom. The Bible is clear on this point in numerous places. It’s about interaction with a Person, not a religion. I hate religion and have seen it destroy so many lives. It seems it has ruined yours in many respects based on stuff we’ve talked about/what I’ve read here. I’m sorry for that. My hope is you’ll one day discover that what I’ve been talking about all along isn’t religion, but a relationship with a Person. I keep saying it and I’ll say it again, a real Christian has met Christ personally. There’s interaction. I’m sorry if you’ve never had that.

    I appreciate you’re searching. That’s a good start. The main thrust of what I’m getting from this video is you felt that Christianity was a form of mind-control, so you then went the other way and explored atheism, now you’re back but in a “spiritual” way where you set the rules for your own spirituality. You said that religious rules set by man is a trap (and I couldn’t agree more), yet you, a man, are setting your own rules by constructing your own spiritual framework. See the problem? At the root of this, you want to be in control. You want to be in a place where you are free (which in and of itself is a good thing), but it seems you don’t want to be free yet under Someone else’s Lordship. In Christ, both can be attained.

    Yet you said you go direct to God. How does He work? Is He good and just? Is He not? Is He part good, part not? If the latter two, I can see how you can get access, but if He is indeed good and just and that’s it (as in no evil in Him), then how can you get access because you yourself aren’t not good and just and that’s it?

    If we are all one consciousness, how come I’m not aware what you’re aware of and vice versa? Why are we separated? Why can’t you tap into this supernatural power we all apparently possess? Or why can’t be commune with trees or even the very air if we’re all one?

    I know other religions boast supernatural experiences (good or bad as I’ve heard stories of both). What always strikes me as interesting is when a Christian confronts these supernatural happenings, the Name of Christ always prevails, which attests to what the Bible says about ALL authority being now under Christ’s control.

    The above, of course, would run a nice debate. In the end, the main thing I’m getting is you want to be in control, which, essentially, is pride. Who are you–or any of us, for that matter–to be the one in control? Honestly. What makes us so wonderful that we even deserve it?

    Hope you had a good Christmas. Happy New Year as well if I’m not back online till after then.

  4. Darryl Sloan says:

    A.P.,

    “He was clearly doing supernatural events from God in front of them and they, in turn, rejected Him outright and went so far as attributing what He was doing to the devil. The Bible says from this there is no redemption because the Spirit has been blasphemed, that is, been outright and totally rejected 100%”

    You know, there are many traditional church denominations who look upon Charismatic & Pentecostal expressions of Christianity with disfavour, frowning upon all those things like tongues-speaking, slain in the Spirit, etc. I guess there must be a LOT of Christians who have committed the unpardonable sin. Please!

    “Your misunderstanding, my friend, is that Christianity is not a religion”

    Here we go again. Fine, if it’s not a religion, I’m free to reject all the RELIGIOUS elements of it, right? So … out with all religious dogma. Dispense with your religious rulebook, the Bible. Ah, but you can’t, right? Why, because it’s a religion, and religions require their dogma, otherwise they fall apart – Christianity no exception.

    “the main thing I’m getting is you want to be in control, which, essentially, is pride.”

    (sigh) Do you realise that this is like a complete repeat performance of your last attempt to convert me back to Christ. You accused me of pride, then, too. I just don’t think Christianity is true, A.P. That’s all.

  5. KATE says:

    Interesting video clips, so are you a Christian? Have you got another clip as i love to hear what you have to say in relations to that post received.

  6. Darryl says:

    Hi, Kate.

    No, I’m no longer a Christian. These days, I’m quite an outspoken critic of Christianity. However, I would not call myself an atheist. You might find more interesting videos on my YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/darrylsloan

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