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Worthwhile Spiritual Objectives




   What ought one's spiritual objectives to be?  The Pentecostals 
   and Charismatics seek after emotional experiences, supernatural 
   experiences, emotional highs.  I, myself, seek after spiritual 
   health; perspective on life, on people and on myself; wisdom; 
   understanding; judgment; prudence; good sense; emotional 
   balance and stability.  These things are and have always been 
   my spiritual objective.  To me true spiritual health is to be 
   at ease with myself, with other people and with God;  it is a 
   quiet happiness and comfortableness with yourself and God;  it 
   is freedom from all such poisonous feelings and emotions as 
   anger, hostility, bitterness, fear, doubt, envy, jealousy, 
   hate, etc;  it is quiet confidence, warmth, hope, joy and 
   happiness.  Are not my objectives of quiet happiness, 
   perspective and wisdom at cross-purposes with those of the 
   Pentecostals?  Don't these two sets of purposes conflict with 
   one another?  I am personally very distrustful of the pursuit 
   of elations and emotional highs.  For one thing, I suspect 
   highs are generally accompanied by "lows" and depression.  In 
   general I suspect that a life spent in a quest for things as 
   elusive as emotional highs and supernatural experiences and 
   revelations is likely to lead to neurosis and imbalance. 


   Mar 1977


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