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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

28 September 2011: Rev'd Anderson Marsh, St Mary Magdalen, Sheet

Spiritual or Spirituality?

I've noticed many people are saying they are spiritual rather than agnostic or atheist, this intrigues me, when pressed these same people can't really tell me what spiritual really is. Russell Brand, commenting on the riots, wrote: "I know, as we all intuitively know, that the solution is all around us and it isn't political, it is spiritual."

These days when we've lost faith in our political system, our banks, loss of jobs, everything in the world seems to be coming down around us, we are searching for some greater meaning in life. As a Christian I strongly believe that this missing piece in all our lives, this spiritual dimension we are all searching for is in fact God.

God's promise is God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John chapter 3 verse 16).

It's time we brought God back onto the agenda, God cares for each and every one of us beyond words, but he won't force himself on us, God's crying because he can see we are going astray, as we can see from our televisions, newspapers and in our own town.

If we want our society to flourish, then it needs at its core a belief in the existence of God. It's not simply the foundation for moral action, it's what gives us hope and keeps us straining and striving towards a better future.

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