Water flows between massive boulders in the Eleven Mile Canyon in Colorado

Thirst No More

“We live in a country divided.” Does that make you think of political ideologies? That would be a normal reaction. Or perhaps you are thinking of racial divisions – the color of our skin or ethnicity. That is unfortunately often true as well. “We live in a world divided.” Broadening the statement, has your viewpoint about the division shifted?

My subject here is actually not a division you can see. But then you can’t see ideological division either. It is only judged by what one says and does, and even that is subjective to the viewer and will change over time. Yet the division I am writing about is the division between the spiritual world and the material world. This division is probably not one most people think of in regards to our country or our world being divided. Yet there are vast numbers of people that deny there is even such a thing as a spiritual world. They may be living with you in your home. They are certainly living in your neighborhood, your state, your country and throughout the entire world. To them, for example, there can be no God, unless they want to perhaps deify a man such as Julius Caesar or a sports star. To them, if it can’t be seen, or felt, or measured, or explained in some material way, it must be a fantasy and thus should be scoffed at or even condemned.

Why then are we not all so disposed to scoff at the concept of a spiritual world? Why do billions of people believe so devoutly that a spiritual world exists?

Consider this scripture from the New Testament in the Bible:

“God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
~ John 4:24

Jesus uttered those words as he was speaking to a woman of Samaria who had come to a well to draw water. She sought the material. The Son of God stood there waiting to offer her something far more valuable. She couldn’t recognize that fact.

Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”
~ John 4:13

She must have smirked at those words from this stranger at the well. Perhaps she thought he might be a magician and thus she asked for some of this magical water, so she would never thirst again or have to walk all the way to this well to draw water. It was quite a ways to walk and her feet were sore and, well, you get the picture. She could not see, nor comprehend, that the man she was talking with was God in the flesh. Would I have known? Would you?

Ask yourself the hard question. Do you believe that all there is in this world is what you can see, taste, smell or measure? Are angels just wild fantasies of deluded men? Is God just a crutch that weak men have created to give themselves hope in a better future, an eternal life, a reason for existence? Do you believe that we are all just evolved pond scum of some sort that was born in primordial seas by lighting, meteors and millions of years of random chance? Give pond scum enough time I suppose, and it will be able to create symphonies or fly to Mars.

There are a lot of decisions we really don’t need to make in life. Such as which team to root for in a football game. But what if you decide there is no spiritual world and you are wrong? Doesn’t this seem like a decision you need to reach at some point in your life? Hopefully, before you pass from this material world into the, um, spiritual world…

My wife and I believe in Jesus Christ. We believe he is the Son of God and that he died on a cross 2,000 years ago. We believe due to many reasons. You will hear about many of those in future posts on “The Weaver’s Hand.”

Photograph by John J O’Leary

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