We all agree that we are housed in a physical body. This is our dwelling place (house); the Bible says our body is the Temple of God. We have a soul; the intangible element of our being that animates the body, our being. When we look in Genesis. We find out how God called his creation.
Genesis 2:7 reads:
“The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living soul.”
The spirit element of our being is the part that is capable of having a relationship and connection with God.
“God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship Him in spirit and in truth.”
We are not able to know the thoughts of anyone else. We only know our personal thoughts. We may speculate as to what someone else is thinking but we ultimately depend upon the actions of others. Example that supports this is Nebuchadnezzar when he told Daniel to tell him what he dreamed. This is found in the Old Testament book of Daniel but in the New Testament is confirmed as well.
I Corinthians 2:11 reads:
“For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.” (NIV)
We can say, spiritual is the unseen dimension that transcends and surpasses our physical existence. Christians believe the spirit is eternal; it will spend eternity in one of two places-Heaven or Hell.
Spirituality has many aspects to it’s meaning; it operates in an invisible arena, having the attributes of a phantom or ghost-but it is real. Spirituality necessarily embraces the use of our energy and meditative senses towards developing a higher relationship with God (Christians), deeming it of more importance than gaining material things or secular gain in the world. Spirituality for believers operates in faith in God, prayer to God, and obedience to God’s Word. These are the guiding principals to spirituality and intimate relationship with Him.
We can probably agree that every living being has a non-quantifiable energy that radiates from our personhood that defines us. It is difficult to discuss the meaning of spirituality without talking about the belief system of an individual
This is where the thinking on this subject splinters off into different directions. Spirituality can, and we believe does, concern our belief system and religious perceptions. Spirituality does concern how we approach life and living and how we define the substance of our being. Most of us will agree that we are “more than” simply body. We each have an energy about us that represents “who we are.”
Spirituality can have unique expression. There are groups who see spirituality in nature. They worship nature, in a religious manner. There is Catholic spirituality, Christian spirituality, Afro-American spirituality, Islamic, and Judeo spirituality- the way these groups of people express spirituality is unique unto their sense of reality. It is a part of the intangible values held by someone or a group. It is the perception of life and how we walk in it. God knows our motives, our intent- He “knows the thoughts of man.” God tries hearts (spirits).
There can be no consensus to the meaning of spirituality; it involves the intangible nature of its’ interpretation by individuals and groups.