Thursday, February 28, 2013

Oikos - The Supernatural - Pastor Chris Reinhard

According to Barna research our nation is becoming less and less religious and more and more spiritual. People are looking for answers and they have begun to realize there is more to this world than they see with their eyes. The prior generations belief as a nation leaned more towards a deism, morality and religion. Deism is the belief that there is a God, but he does not supernaturally interact with this world. He created it, and now he has allowed it to run it's course. On the other hand, the current generations do not necessarily believe there is a God, maybe many, or maybe it's just "The Force." But, these generations are extremely open to the supernatural. Just take some time to peruse the TV shows that people are watching, the movies that come out and books that are grabbing attention. Many of them have a supernatural bent.

As believers we have no business messing with the spiritual world outside of God. But for the unbelievers that have opened the doors it gives us a unique opportunity. People are more open than they have been to the paranormal and supernatural, and our God specializes in just that. It is our job to point them to Him for answers.

"2 Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.

24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands."  (Acts 17)

Like Paul, let us all pray that God will help us use peoples openness to the supernatural and paranormal to point them to Christ. Also pray that God will reveal himself to those looking for answers. 

We don't need to blaze the trails, we just need to look for the roads that God has paved.

God Bless
Pastor Chris


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