What can I say to a friend who says, “I don’t attend church but I am very spiritual just not religious”?
It is good that you and your friend are talking about spiritual things. Being spiritual however can mean a variety of things from having a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ to channeling demoniac spirits through various means. I would ask your friend what they mean when they say they are spiritual. Ask them if Jesus Christ has any part in their spiritual experience. Without knowing and accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior the Bible says no one will see Heaven no matter how spiritual they might be. John 14:6
Jesus is the head of the church so let's see what He has to say. When Jesus was asked what was the greatest commandment he actually gave two answers. Love God with all your heart and also to love people. The last thing Jesus said to his disciples before He ascended into Heaven was, go and make disciples. So I see that the main mission of the church is three fold: To Love God, To Love People and To Make Disciples. The main mission, reason for being of the church should always revolve around one of these three commandments given by Jesus. Is the church, the individual believer living out what it means to Love God, Love People and Make Disciples? If we are not perhaps we need to reexamine what are we doing and what should we be doing. Loving God is worship, Loving People is helping to reconciling them to God, Making Disciples is nurturing and maturing the believer to follow after Christ.
I received an invitation in the mail to attend a special study on the book of Revelation, would this be a good opportunity for me to learn more about End Time events?
The organization sending out these mailers and putting on these seminars have numerous teachings that are contrary to mainline Christianity. They believe that any church who meets on Sunday instead of Saturday will receive the “Mark of the Beast”. They present that salvation must be earned by faithful attendance to Saturday worship and complete acceptance of all their message and lifestyle. They believe that the writings of one of their founders are equal to the teachings of the Bible. I would encourage you to not attend this seminar due to the many errors being taught by this group.
My friend believes in the teaching of Buddha, another one is into the native American great spirit, I am personally into nature. All of us are finding our own way to God. We don't push our way on you so why do you push your beliefs on us?
Your friends and you are all seeking your own way to find a connection to God. That is a very good quest to be on. The Bible tells us that God has put eternity in the heart of man. Every person has what I like to call a God shaped hole that needs to be filled. The reason why I encourage everyone to check out the teachings of the Bible and the person of Jesus Christ is because this quest to find a connection with God will determine your eternity. There are four directions on a compass but there is only one that points north. You can be sincerely on your journey but still be heading in the wrong direction. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father except through Me." There is only one way to God and that is by believing and receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. All other paths that people are taking to try to find a connection with God will lead them in the wrong direction. There is a broad way that leads to destruction and a narrow way that leads to God. I just want to help people to find the right path.
This question could really be applied to any area: How involved should Christians be in music, entertainment, local school board, sports and etc. Jesus said that we are to be the light of the world and the salt. Light keeps darkness away and salt according to Jesus provides flavor. Imagine what a difference there would be if Godly men and women were involved in politics, movies, sports who were not ashamed to stand for what is right and pleasing to God. Christians with a desire to represent true Godly values should be involved in politics and in every area of life. When the light is removed from any area only darkness remains.