The Night God Came to Visit Me

Have you ever had a crazy spiritual encounter? You know, like where you felt like you were visited by a presence outside of yourself? I will never forget the night I had a face-to-face encounter with the Lord himself.

I know it sounds insane. Actually, that’s the very word I’d use to describe it. It happened at night. I was sleeping, and then all of a sudden, I woke up in sweats. There was a dark presence in my room, and I didn’t know how to handle it other than to pray like religious experts tell you to and to rebuke the spirit “in the name of Jesus.” As soon as I said those words, I felt completely calm and at peace. It was as if the presence had left right away, and shortly after, the presence of God was in the room. It was thick and very, very real.

I know what you’re probably thinking. “You were dreaming.” No, I wasn’t dreaming. It was real. In fact, I woke up the next day, and my house had completely lost power. I called an electrician in the area and he came out to take a look. He thought it was pretty bizarre that there had been no other outages reported in my neighborhood and there had not been a storm that night. It was a perfectly clear, starry night, and my neighbors all had power. The electrician could find nothing wrong with our wiring and ended up referring us to another company simply because he was unable to fix our power outage. (The power ended up coming back on just hours later, so we ended up not needing anyone else to come out.)

To this day, I still believe it was the spiritual encounter that caused the unexplainable power outage. A real encounter with God himself.

The reason I believe this is because my entire outlook on life has changed. I grew up in a very religious household. Both of my parents were devout Catholics and we attended mass every Sunday. The ritual nature of the Catholic religion always turned me off and I ended up turning my back on the church as soon as I was old enough to drive. I refused to go to mass with my parents and kind of developed a wild streak. By the time I turned 22, I was a self-proclaimed agnostic—bordering on atheism. It only took a few science classes to convince me there was no God.

Then I lost a very dear friend of mine to a drunk driver in 1998, and things continued to unravel. The night God came to visit me, I fell asleep in a drunken stupor. (I know what you’re thinking—the alcohol made me crazy. But hear me out.) When I woke up and realized what happened, my entire life began to change.

I was eager to find a church and start reading the Bible. I had to know more about this being who visited me. This being who created the whole universe and all the people in it. And my relationship with my Creator and Redeemer has only grown since that night. I enrolled in seminary school the other day, and the application process got me thinking about my personal testimony and how much my life has changed for the better.

Only an encounter with God can do something like that, right?

The Purpose of Prayer

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Do you ever feel like you’re praying so you can check it off your to-do list? There have been many nights where I’ve stayed up late trying to talk to God and just didn’t know what to say. So I’d recite the same canned words I’d recited the night before.

And the night before that.

And the night before that.

If you’ve ever gone through a spiritual dry spell, you may be familiar with what I’m talking about. You read your Bible and pray in hopes of getting a word from God and you leave the prayer session feeling like it was pretty uneventful. I recently went through one of those spells and can tell you first-hand that it’s not pretty.

So I’m here today to talk about the purpose of prayer.

Prayer is simply this: talking to God. This brings me to the age-old idea that God is all-knowing. That he knows everything you’re going to say or do before you even say or do it. This is a concept we are taught in Christian churches from a very early age, and it’s one that I’d like to challenge in this post.

First of all, consider the three most often-taught characteristics of God. We tend to say and believe that he is:

  1. All-knowing
  2. All-powerful
  3. Everywhere all the time

If you really stop and think about these 3 characteristics, they can’t all exist within a single being at one time. It would be impossible. If God were truly all-knowing and if he were truly everywhere all the time, then he’d be a slave to his own power, which would cease to make him all-powerful.

I would like to consider the idea that God is not all-knowing. On the contrary, because he is all-powerful he can choose to know, or to not know, certain things. If he did not have the ability to make that choice, he would not be all-powerful.

Think about this: If you had a friend or a family member, and you were able to read their mind – you knew exactly what they were going to say before they even opened their mouth – what would you relationship look like? Would you even have a reason to talk to them, to converse, to ask them questions? Most likely not.

If God could read our minds and knew everything that we were going to do or say before we did or said it, he would have no reason to talk to us. He’d have no reason to develop a relationship with us, and prayer would then serve no purpose.

The purpose of prayer is to build an intimate relationship with the creator of the universe. With that in mind, we must consider that in order to build a relationship with someone, you must interact with them on a consistent basis. There will be times when you have nothing to say. In those moments, read his Word and see what happens. If nothing happens, don’t worry. God may have his moments too, where he doesn’t really have anything to say. But you can both still enjoy each other’s presence the way you’d enjoy simply being in the presence of an old relative even when you’re not conversing back and forth.

The Link Between Chiropractic Care and Spiritual Health

Check out this helpful video on how to relieve headaches with chiropractic care, from Charlotte NC chiropractor, Dr. Holly Clemens!

Misalignment of spinal chord is the main cause of back pain, neck pain, and other joint pain. It can impact your everyday tasks, and you might even end up being a victim of joint inflammation. To remedy such problems it may be necessary to see a chiropractic doctor.

At first these conditions may seem like minor issues, but if ignored they may intensify and totally destroy your joints. Thus, urgent therapy is essential. If you visit a medical professional instead of going to a chiropractic specialist, it could take even more time to recover, as the medical professional will merely perform a surgical procedure or suggest drugs to cover up your problem. If you desire immediate relief that addresses the problem at its root, then it is necessary to seek the help of a chiropractor.

But a chiropractor is not just good for fixing physical problems. A good chiropractic doctor will implement a holistic care regimen that incorporates mental and spiritual discipline, along with nutrition and exercise counseling, to put you on the path to better health. A positive mindset is an essential component in one’s overall well-being, and can only be achieved through the regular practice of spiritual meditation.

I recently started seeing a Charlotte NC chiropractor, and I’ve been very happy with the results. Not only does she perform routine spinal adjustments each week, which keep my immune system healthy and strong; she has taught me some amazing principles that have helped me lose weight and achieve a more positive mindset. This has greatly improved my quality of life!

Chiropractic physicians do not execute surgical procedures or recommend drugs to cure your health issue. They make use of natural remedies to restore the normal function of your body and give terrific care to ensure that you get total fulfillment from the treatments they perform.

Numerous organic techniques are used by chiropractic practitioners. Chiropractic doctors in Charlotte have years of experience dealing with a variety of clients, suffering from many different health issues and symptoms. Hence they have the ability and maturity to treat disorders related to vertebrae and joints. Chiropractic care offered by these specialists is risk-free as the treatment speeds up your body’s healing, without all the negative side effects often associated with conventional treatments like surgery or medication.

Stress is the leading cause of many health problems. For this reason, in addition to adjusting your spine to relieve the pressure on your nerves that often results from stress, many good chiropractors will also teach you some stress relief techniques that you can apply at home.

The best chiropractors in Charlotte NC are committed to helping you not only recover from pain, but also be the healthiest you can be. They are well-versed in a variety of techniques and experts at healing your illness.

If you want the most effective budget-friendly care in Charlotte, NC, without surgery or medication, look for a natural, holistic chiropractor, like Dr. Holly at Queen City Health Center (shown in the video above)!

Zeitgeist: A Movie For The Time

Zeitgeist: A Motion Picture Pro Tempore

This is a guest post on behalf of Acharya S., author of The Christ Conspiracy and The Companion to Zeitgeist Part 1.

Since June 2007, the movie “ZEITGEIST” has been taken the World Wide Web by storm!

Since December, it had already acquired over 6 thousand hits, making it one of the most popular online movies of all time. ZEITGEIST was the number 1 video in Google’s online video library during November and December, and it’s not slowing down anytime soon.

ZEITGEIST movie creator, Peter Joseph, brings in massive web traffic. His website, zeitgeistmovie.com receives somewhere between 40K and 60K visitors every day! Additionally, in November of 2007, the movie received a “Best Feature” award during the respected Artivist Film Festival at the Egyptian Cinema in Hollywood. The motion picture’s narrative has also been translated into a variety of languages, including German. Really, ZEITGEIST is a global phenomenon!

What is so great about ZEITGEIST that it has procured so much attention? To start with, the motion picture is carried out in a quite powerful manner—and, also, its message is controversial. Controversy in general tends to attract a large audience.

Part 1 deals with religious conspiracy theory. In it, Joseph states that our contemporary religious beliefs, especially Christianity, are actually not new, but remakes of early faiths, particularly those of the Egyptians. In my books, The Christ Conspiracy Theory and Suns of God: Krishna, Buddha, and Christ Unveiled, I aim to illustrate just that, all inside of a mixed 1000+ pages of interesting research regarding the true significance of faith.

Taking into account the extreme disputes encompassing ZEITGEIST, along with forums all over the net taking part in hot discussions over the movie, I have also written a book that aims to resolve a number of the contrasts between the Egyptian faith and Christianity. This brand new ebook is entitled The Companion Guide to ZEITGEIST, Part 1, and it works to examine the supposed analogues between the Egyptian god Horus and the Jewish godman Jesus, including whether or not Horus was born on December 25th of a “virgin,” among other essential pronouncements made in ZEITGEIST. The details were so massive that I was not able to place everything into an e-book. In just about fifty pages, I did, nevertheless, manage to highlight these significant issues, consisting of old sources in their authentic languages, with translations.

Click here to download the PDF.

Approaches to Meditation According to Different Religions

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While most individuals would concur that meditation is a mental technique, the objectives of different individuals as well as various religions differ.

This post briefly outlines the differences among significant religions when it comes to their views on the practice of reflection.

1. Hinduism

While there are numerous types of meditation in Hinduism, followers of this religion generally concentrate on attaining a calm mindset.

This is just one of the much more prominent perceptions of meditation.

2. Buddhism.

Established by Buddha in 500 BC, this religion defines meditation as that which aims to acquire enlightenment, just like its creator.

3. Christianity.

This religion treats reflection as prayer. Therefore, actions such as reciting the rosary can be considered meditation in the Christian world.

Another type of meditation practiced by Christians is the deep pondering of a particular religious passage. This is strikingly different from the practice of reflection in Eastern faiths, since it involves an energetic mind – while the reverse is true for Eastern practices.

4. Judaism.

What is described as Jewish meditation remains, in truth, a combination of practices, including reflection, visualization, evaluation and intuitive thought.

5. Taoism.

While most faiths practice still, calm reflection, Taoism takes a more active approach. It is noticeable in the method of Tai Chi where professionals do what is known as ‘meditation in motion’.

As you can see, there are many differences among various religions on exactly how they approach the practice of reflection or meditation. However, a common thread connecting them all is that every approach involves the intentional use of the subconscious mind.