What is the difference between ' spirituality' and 'religion' ?

India
February 3, 2007 7:11pm CST
What is the difference between ' spirituality' and ' religion '? Does religious dogmas and differences stand in the way of reaching highest spiritual goal?
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@TiareF (241)
• United States
4 Feb 07
Religion is based on precepts put down by a ruling board of the church. Spirituality is what makes each of our relationships with God different. It's also what sets us apart from those who don't have a personal relationship with God. I do believe some religious dogmas make it very difficult for us to reach our highest spiritual goal. God Bless.
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• India
4 Feb 07
Many thanks for nicely responding and sharing your thoughts.If religious dogmas and rules fail to enable one to attain spiritual goals, Why do many people crazily cling to it throught out their life? What makes one to get attracted to a particular set of finite religious rules and boundaries? How does a religion help fulfill higher spiritual goals?
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@banditwsj (654)
• Indonesia
4 Feb 07
i think there is two different thing between spirituality and religion. religion is what you believe to trust the GOD already there. spirituality is part of religion, but still follow the rule of religion.
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• India
4 Feb 07
Many thanks for responding and sharing your thoughts. Can't a non-religious person attain the spiritual goal? Is it necessary to follow the rules of a religion to achieve spiritual enlightenment or fulfiil spiritual goals??
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@SageMother (2277)
• United States
4 Feb 07
Spirituality is internal, religion is external. With spirituality you are dealing more from ethics, which is much more humane, with religion you are dealking with dogma, those rules set down that might or might not apply in any given situation, but are applied indiscrminately to any situation tha tis remotely akin to the particular point of dogma that people will apply. Spirituality changes with the development a=of theperson and is usually a chosen path based on an informed decision. Religion is spoon fed before people have a chance to choose.
• India
4 Feb 07
Many thanks for nicely responding and sharing your thoghts.If religion is based on dogma,rules,rituals and practices that do not enable people in attaining spiritual goal,why do many people crazily follow and profess it and devote their whole life for its promotion? what is the purpose and relevance of a religion in the context of human development? What do different religions attempt to achieve?Don't so many sects and religions create differences,discrimination, confusion and contradictions in human society?
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