Ghost Hunters – The Search for Spirituality
By: Reverend Dwayne Barrs
Dwayne Barrs is the Pastor of “The Church at Chateau”. For more information visit www.thechurchatchateau.com.
If you look around today one of the things that you will find is what seems to be an obsession with paranormal activity. Television programming attempts to find spirits of those have died physically and are now living in spirit form in houses, causing disruptions in the lives of those in the physical world. Some people think it madness while others believe whole-heartedly that spirts live among us.
Before having any discussion on spirituality the question must be asked, what do you believe? Do you believe in God or gods or not; Do you believe in life after death or not; Do you believe in a spiritual realm or not; These questions form your outlook on the world or your world view. Everyone has a world view, because everyone believes something, and before you can work on your spirituality you must first believe that you have a spirit. It is these people that I will refer to as the Ghost Hunters, those who are in search of spirituality.
If you do believe that people have spirits, you must have some belief about where that spirit comes from. It is that belief that forms the basis of so many religions. Simply stated if you don’t have a belief in a god of some sort, you have no explanation of where the spirit originates, and as such you have no way in which to rise to another spiritual level.
If you do believe in a spirit, then you must understand the giver of the spirit. I will liken this to a designer of a particular automobile. When the car is being designed there are certain things that are done to optimize its performance. If the car is designed to go 200 miles an hour it will achieve, or even exceed, that goal. However, if a car is not designed properly, nothing, short of a redesign, will make it accomplish those speeds. Despite all the work a mechanic might do to the engine, if it is not in the design it will not be achieved. In order for us to reach new spiritual levels we must get in contact with the designer of the spirit. Through that communication the process of being re-designed begins and subsequently we are able to reach the spiritual levels that have been custom made for us.
For Christians, the search for spirituality begins with reading the Bible. In the first two chapters of Genesis we are introduced to GOD. The universe is created and so are we. We learn that we, mankind, were created in the image of GOD. It says, “And the Lord GOD formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being” The word breath used here is the Greek word, pneuma, which means spirit and explains where we believe our spirit comes from. The search for spirituality does not end here; it begins, for we must not simply accept these words blindly. It is here you must begin to ask the hard questions. Who is God? Why did He do what He did? What does God expect from us? And finally who are we and what is our purpose? Your reading should turn into contemplation, and hence your hunt begins.
The hunt for your spirituality involves study, prayer, and asking questions, of the right people. As you receive your answers you will grow spiritually which will be reflected in your lifestyle. “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.”