The effervescent rays of
the sun caressing the dewy drops on the landscape danced to the musical strains
of the birds on the trees.
The earth was shrouded in
mystic orbs of sparkles and light…
Janet emerges from the
kitchen humming her favourite melody, moving her limbs with grace and in total rapture;
a habit which perhaps many women are much accustomed to when in a light and
joyous mood. She moves about brusquely, tending to her daily chores with an
effortless ease and élan that comes with years of mindless toil.
The hooting of a stray owl
seemed a total misfit in this cheerful setting. Perhaps a harbinger of
something untoward waiting to unfold?
Her husband and sons would
soon be back home from their respective morning routines. Janet hurriedly sets
the table for breakfast.
Startled by the reverberation of the land phone, she pauses for a moment…
Then, muttering under her breath, she leaves aside her
chores and lunges forward to attend the call, en route breaking a long standing
breathtakingly beautiful antique vase ; a family heirloom that has been handed
down generations to cherish and pass over to the next in line.
Janet couldn’t believe her
eyes as to what lay in tatters on the floor …Little did she know that she was
in for a bigger shock that would render her life topsy-turvy forever.
She would soon be informed
that her husband and her sons died in a fatal car accident.
Janet went into deep shock
Years after the incident, she
still remains Spiritually Dead
What exactly is Spiritual Death?
The term ‘’Spiritual Death’’,
does not find direct mention anywhere in the scripture. However, we see that
the Book of Genesis (3) deals with the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of
Eden. When Adam and Eve committed sin, they “hid themselves from the presence
of God’’. They were rendered Spiritually Dead! Shame, guilt and regret clouded
their minds that were pure and unblemished until then.
Sin separated mankind from
God, staining a world that was pristine and picture perfect.
Due to the fall of Adam, we
are all born into this world in a state of ‘inherited sin’. Inherited sin is
removed from our body and soul when we are baptized after birth. Baptism is
God’s grace on humankind never to be doomed by the sins committed by his
53:6-All we like sheep have gone astray; we have all turned to
our own way, and the Lord has
laid on himthe
iniquity of us all.
God is divinely perfect and holy. In the beginning, mankind enjoyed a deep and intense
relationship with God in the Garden of Eden. Sin separated them from God and
created a rift between the Creator and His creation.
Anyone who distances himself from God or gets
thrown out of the realms of spirituality through life circumstances and extreme
trauma is ‘Spiritually Dead’.
How do we identify
Romans 3:23 reveals: “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.”
A person who is spiritually dead need not always have definitive
symptoms or explicit behavioral deformities that one might easily take note of.
He/she will have all the faculties aligned in perfection to live peacefully and
in harmony with the universe.
However, these faculties are
misaligned to be in communion with God our Father. They are insensible to the
love of Our Father in heaven and remain indifferent and callous to the call of
duty towards the word of God.
This is a dangerous situation. A
spiritually dead person might appear to be doing mighty deeds of charity and
living a seemingly holy life.
But, these deeds of charity and
kindness are not triggered by a desire to please God, but to please themselves
and attain worldly adulation and fame. Their acts might conform to the Law of
the world, but not to the law of the Spirit. They are like marvellous, whitewashed
tombs in which their spiritually dead bodies rest in a non-peaceful slumber.
you also on the outside look righteous to others, but inside you are full of
hypocrisy and lawlessness.
Coming of Jesus to save the Spiritually Dead
None of us are completely free from the clutches of sin. It is somewhat baffling to note that even when we are spiritually aligned with God, we sin in many different ways. Lies, slander, gossip, hatred, bitterness, unholy relations, and the likes stealthily enter our mind and body, and taint our spirits; at times to the extent of having no repentance for these acts of sin.
Thankfully, our God is a compassionate and forgiving God and do
not want to leave us in the lurch, to be ruined forever. When we are alienated, tuned-in towards sin,
and hostile to the word of God, we might think that this is a hopeless situation.
But, because of His unfailing love
for us, God sent His only son Jesus Christ to save us from the dark and dubious
world of the dead. The son of God restored us from our state of sinfulness and
death, and put us back into the heavenly realm of His Father, by surrendering
himself as a peace offering on the cross.
2:18-19- for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the
Father. 19 So
then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the
saints and also members of the household of God.
the auspices of our God, we do have a reason to look on the bright side of
things, even after we have committed sin and went against His wishes.
Jesus’ sacrifice makes us immune to the ill
effects of the sins that we have committed. His sacrifice on the cross mends
the separation between the Creator and the Created. Mankind must raise the bar
to be able to bridge the distance they created from God and enter the expanse
How do we identify Spiritual Death
Like Janet, Spiritual Death can happen to anyone who goes through persistent trauma or shock. While all her mental and physical faculties are in perfect condition, her spiritual life is impaired due to the negative experience in her life. At times, no amount of reasoning or consolation can restore a spiritually dead person from blind crate they have fallen into.
All of us must remember that Spiritual Death is the alien
ground on which the evil one can easily influence us and destroy our
relationship with God forever. It can lead to the complete destruction of our
souls if we are not being extremely careful. Like sheep gone astray, we sit in
the shadow of death, waiting to be devoured by the devil on the prowl.
Luke 1:79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
Here are some subtle
signs that could mean that you are Spiritually Dead and require assistance from
unresponsiveness towards those who try to offer a helping hand to lift you up
from despair or testing times is a sure sign of a Spiritually dead person
“I am doomed for life’’…
“I cannot change, this is how I am’’…
“God has punished me for my sins; nothing can change my status’’…
“I have no future to look forward to’’…
No amount of cajoling or earnest attempt to put them back on track
will work on people who are indifferent or non-responsive to external stimuli
To get through the dead psyche
of such individuals, one would require tremendous effort and patience. They
keep brooding and mulling on their transgressions and experiences that have
rendered them crippled in life.
It must be noted here that indifference
brings us closer to the deadly sin of ‘SLOTH’ to a certain extent.
Lack of sympathy or compassion towards others who go through tough times and suffering.
Lack of understanding of what is right and wrong.
Predisposition towards sin and lawlessness.
Lack of conscience in taking the right decision on matters of morality and value systems
Hard-heartedness is akin to indignation towards the ‘Word of God’ and
anything that conforms to the ‘Spirit of law’. Such people cannot discern what
is right and wrong. They assess things based on their perception and understanding
of facts, and take decisions on the grounds of their personal benefits and
A hard hearted individual is
blind to the sufferings and afflictions of fellow humans, and also do not think
about the consequences of their actions.
Hard heartedness is parallel to
“hopelessness’’ and should be dealt with great seriousness. A hard hearted
person can easily turn cruel and gruesome, and is prone to committing heinous
crimes in the long run.
3: 10-12-“There is no one who is righteous, not even one; there is no one who
has understanding,there is no one who seeks God. All have
turned aside, together they have become worthless;there
is no one who shows kindness.
Dislike for the word of God
innate dislike to everything related to the Holy Scriptures and The Bible points
towards Spiritual Death in no uncertain terms. This kind of existence is
extremely detrimental to spiritual growth and can be a fertile ground for the
evil one to lay siege to your soul.
to the word of God lets us decide what is right or wrong, or helps us resolve
situations based on justice and righteousness. A healthy conscience prevents us
from committing sin, even if we are under temptation or under an evil influence,
which can slowly lead to Spiritual Death.
Lack of Repentance
for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
Lack of repentance for the sins committed, or even a lack of understanding that the act committed complies with the norm of a sinful deed, is a spiritual glitch that many of us deal with on a daily basis.
Most of us fail to
remember that repentance has to be sort not only for the grave/mortal sins that
we commit, but also for the mundane ones which we do repeatedly, despite having
confessed of it several times throughout our lives.
A willingness to commit sin without reluctance, remorse, or shame, and a hesitancy to repent through confession before receiving communion can be easily seen by the long- winding queues in receiving communion, and the ever so meager line at the confessional.
From Death to Life
As human beings, we are all spiritually dead at various levels. We need to understand the importance of turning back to God in full vim and vigour, in order to enjoy the blessings and graces the Almighty Father has kept ready for us in heaven.
Ephesians 2 speaks about the death of
mankind through sin and disobedience. We all live in the passions of the flesh
and senses, and are children of wrath.
Yet, our God waits on us with a mercy that is
unfailing and unconditional. He made us alive through His only son Jesus Christ,
and has stored immeasurable riches in Heaven in the ages to come.
Let us all be saved by Faith, a precious gift from God
that we need to explore more often and without delay…
Ephesians 2 :5But
God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead
through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ -by grace you have
been saved-are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.