Here is a Spiritual Conundrum submitted to Spiritual Insights for Everyday Life by a reader named AJ739:
Your website has massively helped me overcome my anxiety that was brought on by the New Age Movement and their beliefs, but I have two questions:
Can God/spirits cause things to happen to people? For example, can God/spirits cause a man to kill another or can God/spirits cause a warlord to start a war on various people at a time?
And finally, does God influence the universe? For example could God use outside forces to rearrange building structures or the Earth’s structure?
Thanks for the great questions, AJ739! I think and hope this response will reduce your New-Age-induced anxiety level a couple more notches.
In previous eras, almost everyone believed that God and spirits, both good and evil, not only influenced but controlled everything from the weather to the fertility of crops, herds, and wives to victory and defeat in battle. And so they prayed and sacrificed to their gods, to the spirits of their ancestors, and to the demons and angels that populated the spiritual realms.
In today’s more rational and scientific age, talking about God doing miracles and spirits influencing events is enough to get a person grouped in with wild-haired men in the streets shouting about the end of the world.
What are we to think? Do God and spirits influence people and things in the physical universe? Do they shift buildings and start wars?
Yes and no. Let’s take a closer look.