What are the four main differences between religion and spirituality?
Since religion and belief itself is a delicate topic, let’s try to nudge the main differences between religion and spirituality quite gently in today’s post.
When it comes to the place of religion in our world, we are no doubt in a very interesting time in world history.
The major world religions still dominate everything from our calendar to the political landscape of the nations.
They also dominate in numbers, because the followers of the two major religions (Christianity and Islam) make up more than half of the world’s population.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about the place of religion in the world is the ubiquitous tug-of-war between secularism and religion.
One of the most intriguing ways of doing this is the mantra, which seems to be popular with a growing number of people:
“I am spiritual, but not religious.”
The author and public speaker Deepak Chopra explains it like this:
“Religion is the belief in someone else’s experience. Spirituality is to have your own experience”.
Understandably, this may be an elusive concept, especially if you have grown up with the view that religion and spirituality are one and the same.
A long time ago, when someone first told me that he was spiritual but not religious, I was extremely confused. Over time, however, I began to understand what it meant.
In this regard, I take the liberty of highlighting a few points that illustrate the difference between one who is spiritual and someone who is religious. Without further ado, here are four basic differences between religion and spirituality
1 – Religious people follow rules, spiritual people follow their hearts
Most religious texts are filled with some rules.
Do not lie. Don’t steal. Do not commit adultery – We all know those orders from the ten commandments.
Religious people know these rules by heart and follow them in every detail.
But when you are spiritual, you follow your intuition and do what you believe is right.
2 – Religious people believe that they know the truth, spiritual people search tirelessly for it
The first thing the Bible tells us is how the world was created.
That’s enough for many religious people – they’ll be told the answer and are satisfied with it.
If you’re spiritual, however, that’s not really enough for you.
You want to find out the answer and somewhere deep inside you know there is way more to all of it.
Only in this way will you be able to really believe.
3 – Religious people see themselves in divided groups, spiritual people do not
Even within Christianity alone, there are 43,000 denominations that all believe that the others are wrong in one way or another.
The different denominations gather in their own environment and rarely hold church services together.
Indeed, the argument that religion divides the world has been raised several times.
Spirituality, on the other hand, is an area that is filled with far more flexible boundaries.
There is no punishment for dealing with people who have slightly different views on spirituality. On the contrary, in spiritual views, we are all one!
4 – Religious people often act out of fear of divine punishment, spiritual people have different motives
Although I was raised as a devout Christian who grew up in church, I distanced myself from religion. And I can say without a second thought, that I started to notice many differences in my behavior soon afterward.
The most obvious was that I stopped doing things because I was afraid of being punished. I reached more freedom and trust in myself.
As a child, whenever I did something that I thought was wrong, I was afraid of punishment and of disappointing the God I believed in. After all, they taught us that God sees everything and that he rewards the good and punishes the bad.
But now that I am no longer connected to religion, I find that, although I am still working on changing the behaviors that I associate with right and wrong, my reasoning already has shifted.
Exactly because of the differences between religion and spirituality being a delicate topic, I would embrace your comment even more.
Tell me all about your feelings and troubles regarding religion: the uncertainties, the feeling of being pressed into a mold, and everything else related to it.
Pours your hearts and souls out. Here’s your chance, and trust me – I can give you guidance, and strength to break free if you like, as I have been sucked into religion deeply myself.
What you will receive from me is total resonance, utmost sympathy and self-proven advice. The first step, however, is up to you.
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Meanwhile, I’m sending you all my love and healing energy, harmony, fulfillment and an abundance of all your good desires. You are more unique spiritual entities, here to fulfill your very own mission for the good of the entire collective.
And for this, I want to thank you. Don’t forget to have fun, explore and expand, too, and keep in mind that you are cherished, appreciated and immensely loved.
~Nam Myoho Renge Kyo~