This spirit is who each of us really is - that which is made
in the image of God. This spirit is humble, patient, mercifull, and
sacrificially loving. Its greatest desire is to please, and to be pleasing to,
God. If we recognize it as our true selves, and if we center ourselves in it,
as it is fed and nurtured by Christ, then we will
endure all that the world can do to us and enjoy our own, that is
re-unification with God, in eternity.
Yet there is another spirit which lurks within our bodies -
the spirit which delights in the immediate gratification of our carnal senses
and our passions. Pampered and beguiled by satan, this spirit is proud,
impatient, vindictive, and ravening. Its greatest desire is to please itself,
and to be pleasing to its patron. It continually whispers to us that this body,
this life, this moment are all there are, that we are special and not really
subject to the rules that constrain other people, and that we are entitled to
indulge our desires.
In which of these spirits we choose to live is of no minor
consequence. The divine spirit lives in freedom and purity, "In that life and
power that taketh away the occasion of all" sin. It submits to baptism and
refinement and receives salvation The carnal spirit holds in bondage to
temptation and sin - thoughts and behaviors that are harmfull to ourselves or
to others and that are grievous to God. It remains unrepentant, resisting
correction. It leads unto death.
But we have one who will defend us. He is the
Word who will write His law in our hearts. He is the
Light, who will reveal what is pure and true. He is the
Power who will drive out what is false and foul.
We at Seekers' Haven are dedicated to ever closer communion
with each other and with this One. We welcome and work together with any who
would seek with us. We are members of
Ohio Yearly Meeting of the
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). This website is an attempt to explain
our beliefs and our lives in practical terms while maintaining a Biblical