As per my comment yesterday, I want to discuss some of the questions that are included in the Readers Guide at the back. I’m going to copy out the question so we can dialogue about it, and hope that I’m not crossing any major copyright lines. ::crosses fingers:: I am taking this right out of the back of The Begotten, I didn’t make any part of the question up – it’s not my work. I just want to be really clear.
1. In this trilogy, characters are gifted with one prominent, spectacular gift – healing, discernment, faith, wisdom, are some of what we’ve seen so far in The Begotten. If you could chose one of those gifts, which would it be and why? Do you believe that everyone is spiritually gifted?
For the first part of the question, I would say that I would want my spectacular gift to be faith. Some days, I feel like I am so far short of faith that it would just be nice to just believe, and not have to second guess every thing. I see my lack of faith (or my presence of doubt?) as a major failing in my life, and that I am not a “good” Christian because of it. I tend to know things in my head, but they don’t always make it into my heart, if you know what I mean? Anyway, that’s what I would pick. While I’m sure the rest are great gifts, the only other one I’d want would be wisdom, but even that one would come with a great price (although, not as hefty as the other two listed).
As for spiritual gifts… I want to steer this one away from the actual topic of hand (The Begotten) and into a discussion that we had at church a few weeks ago. We were talking about whether psychics could possibly be real, along with other paranormal activities. We didn’t delve into the realm of “ghosts”, but more about humans who claim to have some sort of paranormal power.
Ever the poop disturber, I asked “Isn’t it possible that other people have spiritual gifts like we Christians do?” Like couldn’t a psychic who predicts the future (is that really what they do?) possibly have the gift of prophesy? Couldn’t the clairvoyant have the gift of discernment… on a drastically different level?
I understand that these gifts were given to the disciples of Jesus on the day of Pentecost, that they were given by the Spirit of God. And that some would argue that they are only available to Christians. But aren’t the gifts of teaching and encouragement listed among those? I just don’t believe that Christians are the only ones who excel at teaching and encouragement.
I’m pretty sure that my thoughts of non-Christian spiritual gifts/abilities are likely to have some people question my faith (sanity?), but I just thought I’d put it out there for everyone to think and talk about.
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(Ps. I’m not sure if I really believe that everyone gets spiritual gifts, Christian or not. I tend to just throw ideas out there to see how they fall. It’s like my own version of Spiritual 52 Pick Up. Throw the cards, see how they land, gather them back in again).