Native Spirituality

How do we find the truth? We seek it. We ask for it. We believe it when we find it, or it finds us.

We often reject it- or doubt it- or ignore it. Or try to change it into something else.

I have read many books on the beliefs, faiths, and systems of mankind’s religions. I was seeking. I asked for wisdom to discern the truth. I found that truth is not an abstraction, it is a living breathing entity. I found that it never changes to suit my whims.

I found truth in many places, it were, from sight. The truth I found was rare, a hidden gem, an unfolding flower. For I found that not just one religion or belief contained the truth. But rather, truth was everywhere! Built into the world, sustaining and holding it together.

Truth was hidden…yet easily found. Mankind has been searching for aeons, for the path back to God. Searching for the truth of his beginning and his end and everything in between. All along it has been right there…waiting to be found.

Religion is one way man attempts to make sense of his reality. Some religions have gotten closer to the truth than others. Only those who are dilegent and honest will succeed in finding truth in religion. Pure religion? It is in loving the Creator, for God is LOVE.

Scriptures tell me that God has shown the truth to men in nature as well as in the writings of holy men.

The Book of Romans, in the Bible…..Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse….

But unfortunately some took the truth they saw in nature, and turned it into a lie….And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things….Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator…

Some rejected the truth…And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient…

My ancestors were not Christian. My ancestors searched for the truth just as I do.
My ancestors saw the power of God in every part of His Creation.
They understood that the sun was not God…that the moon was not to be worshipped.
The sun, moon and animals were powerful…but the power came from their Creator, The Great Spirit.
My ancestors saw the power that the Great Spirit had put into His creation…and they gave Him the credit for this power.

They did not build buildings to put Him in.
They worshipped Him in the woods, deserts, on the rivers, and lakes.
They did not compile lists of rules to follow His path.
They simply did what was right.
They listened to creation to know how to live in harmony with the world given them by the Great Spirit.
They did not make statues or paint pictures of Him to help in worshipping Him.
Instead, they made pictures to show forth the beauty of their world and to honor the Creator for His gift.
They understood that this beauty was His gift to them, and that it contained His power.
They looked around them and offered a prayer of thanksgiving for His gifts.
They honored Him by using His gifts wisely, and by treating their fellow man with respect and honor because they understood we are all His children.

We as Christians have allowed our faith to be polluted by lists of do’s and don’ts…by following the teachers, instead of the Creator and Savior.
By putting God in a box we have limited our understanding of Him.
By making buildings to worship in, we have limited ourselves to one or two days a week to seek out His wisdom.
We have forgotten what it means to truly worship God, to be awestruck by His beauty and power.
We have forgotten the awesomeness in His creative powers.

My ancestors may not have had a Bible. They may not have known Jesus -but they knew truth.
For when the Gentiles, which have not the law (scripture), do by nature the things contained in the law, these having not the law, are a law unto themselves: which show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the meanwhile accusing or else excusing one another; in the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ….

I believe there will be a lot of red men and women on that day who will stand worthy before God…without ever having heard of Jesus…because they followed His path and found through His Creation, truth.

Native Spirituality


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Native Americans found truth in creation. They understood the purpose of the Creator.

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