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Religion vs Spirituality
11-29-2017, 06:13 PM
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Religion vs Spirituality
I've been thinking about this for a while, and I think I've come up with a few distinction about either concept. To those of you following a religion, do you see a difference between either concept?

To those of you who consider yourself skeptics or science-leaning, could you see yourself understanding/living a spiritual life-style?

Personally, I don't attribute a theistic belief to a spiritual person. I think spiritualism is a way of life that prioritizes certain things over others. Also, to me, religion just seems to be too rigid and limiting for the modern person to seriously subscribe to. What do you guys think?
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12-06-2017, 12:32 AM
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RE: Religion vs Spirituality
(11-29-2017 06:13 PM)KaelisRa Wrote:  I've been thinking about this for a while, and I think I've come up with a few distinction about either concept. To those of you following a religion, do you see a difference between either concept?

To those of you who consider yourself skeptics or science-leaning, could you see yourself understanding/living a spiritual life-style?

Personally, I don't attribute a theistic belief to a spiritual person. I think spiritualism is a way of life that prioritizes certain things over others. Also, to me, religion just seems to be too rigid and limiting for the modern person to seriously subscribe to. What do you guys think?
Until recently I was a Christian for over 20 years and was very devoted, enough so that I authored some Christian books. Some things led to me questioning God sending good people to hell over not believing the right formula to salvation and other Christian requirments and I stepped away from it, and religion too, because I personally feel as if religion divides people against each other. That being said, I feel that I am spiritual because I believe in spiritual things that I have experienced and have been given enough evidence in my life by way of personal experience and interaction with God and the spiritual world. I have chosen to believe and embrace only those things that I have complete certainty of, and not assumptions or things I read about or have been told. I seek to experience and learn more as I am allowed by God. God knows my heart and knows that I am a seeker and will follow truth wherever it leads me, so I trust that He will reveal to me what I need to know as long as I keep seeking with a pure heart.
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12-06-2017, 07:12 PM
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RE: Religion vs Spirituality
@jlitt;

It seems as if we are on the same page for what it means to be religious. You can be god-fearing without being a part of organized religion, it would seem.

However,do you then equate someone's spirituality to the quality an agent's interactions with the "spiritual world", whatever it may be?
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12-07-2017, 07:28 PM
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RE: Religion vs Spirituality
(12-06-2017 07:12 PM)KaelisRa Wrote:  @jlitt;

It seems as if we are on the same page for what it means to be religious. You can be god-fearing without being a part of organized religion, it would seem.

However,do you then equate someone's spirituality to the quality an agent's interactions with the "spiritual world", whatever it may be?

In my opinion I think nobody can go wrong as long as they are open and are willing to embrace what has been revealed to them, whether someone choses to follow a religion or if someone tends to be more of an independent spiritual seeker. Some people may feel the need for structure and they find that a belief system or religion helps their spiritual needs. Some people like myself asks why too many of the hard questions and doesn't find satisfaction in dogmatic and binding religion that has human fingerprints all over it. I went to church for many years and going to church never one time made me feel closer to God, but I have always felt so much closer and spiritually healthy by solitude, prayer, meditation, contemplation, research, etc. I think anybody can be spiritually healthy regardless of how deep the interactions with the spiritual world are. Some people have more sensitivity to the spirit world than others, but I think God is happy with whatever any of us have, as long as we are not hindering others spiritual life or hurting other people. God has to be aware that many of us humans dont have a lot of concrete evidence to know too much about Him. Its not like many of us have spirits, angels, or God Himself coming down and answering our deep philosophical questions one on one. All we have is what seems like confusion, riddles, and a little bit of spiritual signs in our lives that God is in our lives.
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