“Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” (John 4:19–20)
Spirituality practiced according to location is yet another indicator of humanity’s fallen nature. If our spirituality peaks or is displayed solely on Sundays (or whatever day your worship services occur) and then enters a vacuum, disappearing on weekdays, we show ourselves to be part of fallen creation.
Machu Picchu in Peru makes some people feel spiritual. We can find multiple lists online of the most famous spiritual places—locations where people feel their spirituality is heightened.
If certain places and people make one feel more spiritual than at home, the office, or grocery store, this is not spiritual but emotional. Locational spirituality involves the human mind reaching out to the spiritual realm through the emotions.
A visit to a Hindu temple, Muslim mosque, or Christian church would reveal how spiritual people feel in these locations. We do not apply this thinking anywhere else. When we go scuba diving, we do not believe we have become fish. When we fly in an airplane, we do not believe we have become birds. When we visit a zoo, we do not believe we are animals. But when we spend an hour a week inside a church, we believe we are Christians.
Jesus told the woman at the well:
“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” (John 4:23–24)
Jesus took the location of spirituality to another dimension beyond the mind and body.