What's the difference between a religion and a way of life?
I often hear Christians say that Christianity is not a religion but a way of life. Do people of other religions believe the same about their religions? What's the difference between the two?
Sometimes it is the same, sometimes it is not. Different individuals and environment, different ways to practice a religion, same way to practice different religions, to live a life, to be and act.
All this is very relative.
I believe people try to make a difference between being part of a religion and applying the book every step of your way in your life: making decisions, living according to the word of your Holy Book or reference.
Some say Sunday Christians, Friday Muslim or Saturday Jewish...or every day ones! It is all in the practices and the level of practice.
I would only consider a religion a way of life if the corresponding holy book was actually followed to the letter. Of course if that was the case, I shudder to think what kind of way that life would lead to.
Otherwise, I would consider religion a lifeline for those who are incapable of finding their own personal ways and seek an easy out.
The sole purpose of man's life is to be successful in both the worlds. The religion guides man towards the path that lead to the purpose. So when we say religion it has to be a way of life, it should help person emerge successful. The guidance of religion should comprise of all spheres of human lives, in this sense religion is a way of life too. You can say both are two faces of a coin.
I think religion's main purpose is to provide comfort to people and to provide examples of morality and values. I can see why it can be seen as a way of life (btw I do think people of other religions believe the same about their religions), but I really don't think it is. Religion oftentimes tell people what to do, how is it a way of life when you are not making that choice yourself? I think you must think for yourself and make your own decisions on things important to you. I think eating organic or vegan is a way of life, traveling can be seen as a way of life. It is unique to you, its your style and its personalized to fit your personality, beliefs, goals, and values. You can definitely be christian, Muslim, Buddhist and still have a separate way of life/life style that adopts many of the characteristics of these religions, but it has to be a unique fit for you.
Religion adds the absolute very humanlike arrogance, which states it is the only righteous one.
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