Spiritual or Religious

United States
April 29, 2008 7:01pm CST
Ok so here comes the doosy of a question. Do you consider yourself to be spiritul, religious, neither, or both? This one always causes contriversy but let me preface this by saying I would really appreciate no flaming or attacking. I am openminded and accept that all paths hold a piece of the truth. No judgemental comments. This is about who you are not how you feel about the paths of others.
7 responses
@anawar (2406)
• United States
2 May 08
Hi sister_ I'm definately not religious, despite being raised Catholic. For me, religion is an institution, so structured and a bit boring. I worry about everyone reading only the Bible for inspiration and not looking for new ideas to grow from. Oh boy, if anyone reads that, I'll be in big trouble. But, please everyone remember, we're not here to critisize each other. I think being religious is comforting to those who practice it. A religious person has a whole way of life laid out for them. If something is wrong, they have a g*d to appeal to and keep them company in times of stress. If they feel guilty about a transgression, they can go to church and confess their sins and walk out renewed. If you don't believe in a divinity, then there is noone to plead your case. You are forced to find the answer within. Yes, religious people find answers within, but they have a context, a forum to draw strenth from. I'm a spiritual person, but I don't believe in any one entity. I think we are all connected to each other. I find my comfort in lakes and in the woods where I feel close to something different I can't explain. Sometimes my path is clouded (like now) and I wait for inspiration to show me a light. That's the great thing about religions, someone is always there. In spiritually, we are forced to grow and learn. We are challenged every day to discover our divine selves alone. Give me a day in the woods, with trickling water or rushing waterfalls, soaring mountains to climb and silent trees who listen to me without judgement, and I'll show you my type of spiritually. I scoop of handfuls of rich, black, unpolluted soil and breathe in deeply a perfume that humans can't reproduce. Did you ever think about how much trees must know? Some of them have been standing around for three hundred years or more. I know many people don't believe anything other than humans are sentient. But I find evidence everywhere that humans aren't as smart as we think. And, do you know that if I stopped writing books with my every comment, I might progress more on mylot? Oh well, it's my way I suppose and that's the way it is.
• United States
2 May 08
this is one of those moments when I wish I had not picked a best answer yet because this one would be it. I want to stand up and applaud this. You have hit it on the nose. I can't even add anything to this. It expresses almost exactly what I believe and I think that it was worded so well that I am finally at a loss for words. lol thank you dear.
@anawar (2406)
• United States
3 May 08
sister_ you always know just the right thing to say. Thanks for all your warm comments.
@NVMapper (115)
• United States
1 May 08
I have found that those around you decide better if you are a spiritual or religous person.
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• United States
1 May 08
this was such a simple but GREAT answer that I wanted to compliment you on it. Thank you for adding to this discussion.
@tigertang (1750)
• Singapore
2 May 08
I would consider myself a spiritual person in as much as I believe that there is some other being out there who is greater than humanity. However, I've become less religious as I've gotten older in as much as I find the claims of exclusivity on God to be rather childish and ungodly. Look at the way Protestants and Catholics killed each other in Northern Ireland for years or the way Sunnie and Shia do the same in the Middle East - hardly the behaviour of people who claim to have a connection with God. However, while religion has faults, you can find men from all religions who have a sense of peace with the world. Are they men of GOd, I don't know but I think they've certainly found a connection with something beyond themselves and that has to be one of the most incredible things. So, I've come to agree with a friend of mine who describes sprituality as God given and thus the source of all that is good while religion is man made and the source of all that is evil.
• United States
30 Apr 08
Ok, since you made this such a cut and dried discussion about who we are not what we believe, I will share.I am a siritualperson not a religious one. Religion is made by man, spirituality is made by the creator(I have a name for that, but please call it what you will). What is in my heart and my soul are what matters,not a set of laws or rituals to follow.
• United States
30 Apr 08
Ok well maybe I came across more harshly then I meant to. I wasn't trying to make it a "cut and dried" discussion. I simply didn't want it to degrade into something that would hurt anyone's feelings. Missed that mark a bit I guess. Sorry. I am definately using this as an interest in what people believe. I have found in my journey of life that more people seem to consider themselves spiritual than religious. I was wondering if that same kind of feeling existed within this community. I very much like what you said in your last sentence. You are so right. What is in your heart and soul are what matters. No set of laws or rituals can make you a good or bad person, it is a matter of what is inside of you. Thank you for including that.
• United States
30 Apr 08
Oh, I didn't take any offense to your discussion. There have been several bad discussions here on these topics, that I have been sucked into, chewedup, and spit out of. That's why I responded, because you presented it in a safe way. I am a believer in God and a follower of Christ, but do not believe in church membership or following a set of laws. Jesus told us the greates commandment was to love the lord with all your heart, and the second was to love your neighbor as your self. Everything else is just politics, not spirituality or faith. Both of which I have, and neither of which is up for debate. Too many people start a discussion that seems harmless just to draw people like me in to attack them. I don't think that is your purpose, so thank you for giving me a place to share my thoughts.
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@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
30 Apr 08
I'm definately a spiritual woman and NOT a religious one...Religion is too tainted first of all due to it being created by ppl really and secondly its (regardless of the religion) structured with a "one size fits all" mentality and that is NOT how we are (ppl) We are NOT a one size fits all society but instead many different sizes ya know..Nope religion is NOT for me..It just doesnt "fit" for the most part...Spirituality though, fits like a glove
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• Indonesia
30 Apr 08
i have a religion but i prefer to be a spiritual aspirant. i think spiritual more clearly represent our relationship with god than religious does. actually religion should be an organization of spiritual people.
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@rmuxagirl (7562)
• United States
2 May 08
I see myself more as spiritual than religious because too many people put negative connotations on being religious. I have my faith and my reasons for believing in it.
@BUSSY1979 (1284)
• United States
30 Apr 08
I am neither.