I am not really a Biblical reader but I know that somewhere in the Bible it says "many are called but few are chosen". Maybe one of the viewers can quote the scripture on this. What does this scripture really mean? Does it mean that the Higher Power does not choose everyone or does it mean that they were not chosen because they were not ready?
I grew up in a religious household but from a young age I chose a different path to my spiritual growth. I never attended any church or joined any group. I read different books and I accepted what I felt was truth and that is how I found myself on this spritual path? No one else in my family is drawn to this and they feel I do not believe in God because I choose to believe differently. Sometimes I do feel that an energy outside of myself keeps drawing me more and more along this path. Am I choosing or is it choosing me?
asked 10 Mar '10, 23:28
Matthew 20:16: "So the last shall be first, and the first last; for many be called, but few chosen." (Jesus speaking)...(This is pretty much the same idea as Vesuvius' passage, but I think it is the one quoted.)
I think that human beings are wired to worship a higher power. Human beings have been worshiping gods for a long, long time. Why would they do that if 1.) there was no God and 2.) they didn't feel better doing it?
But there are people who are very spiritual and those who are not. Why? I do not know. I can only tell you about myself, and how it works for me.
I went to a parochial kindergarten, and "fell in love" with Jesus and Mary and all the stories I was told about these people. When I fell into a bit of trouble years later, I felt God. I wanted to feel that feeling I had when I was five and had completely trusted God. I feel that I was called to Him. I also feel I was given a choice: live as I had been, and die; or, be reborn, change, and live in God. I chose God. Since then, I have never turned back. I have back-slid, I have gone down into valleys and up into the sky, but I did not give up.
I have had a profound spiritual experience which has changed me completely and healed my soul. Again, I feel I have been called by God. It is like a constant whisper in your soul. I have never been able to ignore it. The poem, "The Hound of Heaven" by Francis Thompson says it all.
There are people who never hear this whisper. There are also people who hear it, and run-fast-in the other direction! I have no regrets. I love God, and Jesus, and Mary and...You get my drift.
The bible passage comes from Matthew 22:14. From the NIV:
The guests do not enter the wedding hall immediately. Those gathered from the highways would be inappropriately clothed, so time is given them to clothe themselves in proper attire provided by the king (Isaiah 64:6; Zechariah 3:3-4). The parable suggests that, not only did the man not have on a wedding garment, but he did so intentionally. He decides against clothing himself properly, even though the appropriate clothing is available. His presence at the wedding is a sign of his rebellion against the king's authority and majesty, symbolized by the feast. When the man realizes his sin against the king's order, he is speechless as his judgment is pronounced.
The wedding garment, conspicuous and distinctive, represents a person's righteousness. It symbolizes the habit of sincerity, repentance, humility, and obedience. It replaces the street clothes that stand for the habits of pride, rebellion, and sinfulness. Biblically, beautiful clothing indicates spiritual character developed by submission to God (Revelation 3:4-5; 19:7-9). Paul exhorts Christians to "put on the Lord Jesus Christ" like a garment (Romans 13:14). Clothing, then, represents a Christ-covered life, and as a result, character consistent with God's way of life.
As to it choosing you, maybe that is a function of your spiritual growth up to this lifetime. Personally, I have always been drawn to spiritual books and concepts, even though I am strongly analytical in nature. I was agnostic until I realized the songs that I composed were not really coming from me.
The 'wedding garment' is the white seamless gown that is spoken of in sacred literature.. and is a reference to our purest most subtle body. One 'grows into' this body by one's own expansion of awareness in thought, word and deed.
We all have this 'gown' but few there are that 'wear' it.
I think from memory it is referred to as the Augeoides. This might explain "the Light at the end of the Tunnel" as we pass through the valley of the shadow of death.
answered 11 Mar '10, 02:17
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