Yesterday, I talked about living a life of righteousness which involves more than just following a set of rules and checking off a list of requirements. A life of righteousness comes from a pure heart.
When I read Matthew 5:21-6:4, I see that idea continuing and advice on how it should be played out in our life.
The law teaches us to not murder and it teaches an eye for an eye when seeking retribution for a wrong done to us. However, Jesus wants more from us. Jesus teaches us not to be hateful, angry, or insulting. Instead, we should seek reconciliation and forgiveness. This applies to our friends and to our enemies.
The law forbids adultery, but Jesus teaches a lustful heart is evil. We should avoid things that lead to lust, if we want to live a righteous life and have a pure heart.
Jesus also condemned those who practice spirituality and charity to impress others. Doing good to bolster your sense of self-pride, will not win any points with God. Jesus wants us to do good out of a sense of love and compassion.
Living a life of righteousness is more than behaving a certain way when others can see us and it is more than just following a list of requirements. Living a life of righteousness starts in the person’s heart and then it is demonstrated through their actions.
Determinism was made popular by John Calvin in the 16th century. It is a theological belief system that claims, people have no ability to control their destiny. Instead, God has predetermined their entire life. It is sometimes referred to as Predestination or Calvinism.
A deist believes that a creator God is responsible for the universe; however, after setting it all into motion the creator never interferes with his creation. Deism reached its height of popularity in the 18th century.
Pantheism is a religious or philosophical belief system. Pantheist do not believe in a supreme being. Instead they believe all things are composed of a Divine spirit. That everything is connected by this power.
A prayer invokes the power of an outside force and it can be offered to a supreme being or to the universe in general. The person praying may be asking for something or expressing concern or may just be trying to communicate with a higher power.
Meditation involves focusing on one thing, such as breathing, a mantra, sounds, or anything else that the person desires. In meditation the goal is to silent the mind and relax the body. There is no attempt to communicate with an outside power.
Both Prayer and meditation have benefits. They can relax the body and promote a feeling of calmness. In today’s hectic world this could have a positive impact on your life.
Spirituality – a sense of connectedness to something greater than yourself
Wanting to be comfortable in your belief system can blind you to new truths and concepts.
Be willing to learn and explore new ideas.
There are three main reasons for studying metaphysics.
- Better understand yourself – discover why you behave the way you do and what you can do to make your life better
- Better understand humanity – discover why other people behave the way they do and learn how to interact with them, understand them, and improve your relationships
- Better understand the world in which we live – gain a greater understanding of how the world around us impacts our life and how to live in harmony with these outside forces