Do you consider yourself spiritual or religious, and what do you see as the difference?
Spirituality can include believing in ghosts, astrology, astral projection and things not part of most religions.
Religious tends to focus on the rules and rituals.
You can be both spiritual and religious, such as when the Passover ceremony lifts you up to a timeless state and connects you with the tribe, or Holy Communion helps someone feel connected to both God and fellow believers. Counting the Rossary as a formal method of prayer to reach transcendence is another.
Religiosity is concerned with beliefs, doctrine, or dogma. You don't need God to be religious, just a devotion to a belief.
Spirituality is concerned with experiences, so you don't even need to have any strong beliefs as long as you are participating in something.
Because the way people tend to use both terms have huge differences in meanings, I tend not to label myself as either.
Spirituality is about one's inner self, I feel. If you feel equally good about other and accept people in life. It's about finding a new meaning to one's life and having an unusual connection of soul with God and people.
While religious is completely based on following rituals blindly without giving a wise thought to it. Sometimes religious beliefs of the people are fake as they have been following wrong traditions from the beginning that is actually not justified as a true connection with God.
A person who is spiritual loves God and religious people are God fearing. Spiritual people never does wrong to anybody, but religious people can be rigid at times.
I am a spiritual person because I don't follow the tenets of any religion. I left the dogma and ritual of Christianity because the leaders said that I had to put aside anything I questioned and accept those tenets and dogma by faith. That meant that I was being controlled by that religion for my mind and my money, which they wanted a lot of but didn't get because I wasn't wealthy.
I felt, literally, that spiritual teachings were right. I am a soul and I am part of the I AM presence. (The Old Testament mentions "I Am", but the church has no idea of the difference between I AM and Jehovah.) We are all on different paths, and spiritual teachings, unlike religious dogma, say to accept what fits you and your path and cast away the rest. People on a spiritual path are independent thinkers and don't need a pope, priest, or preacher to tell them what to do. This way we can feel that we are a natural part of the creator's kingdom, and we don't stand outside and beg to be let in. We don't fear a god because "made in God's image" means that we are a part of god. It really feels good to have cast off my fear and feeling outside. There is no "letting Jesus into my heart". Jesus is there already and all a spiritual person has to do is recognize that Jesus/Sananda is already there in one's inner self. I think Sukhneet Kaur Bhatti said it best.
Did you notice what Paul said to the Ephesians ("Christians") in Ephesians 4:4? "There is "ONE BODY," and "ONE SPIRIT," even as ye are "CALLED" in ONE hope of your calling." How then can different RELIGIONS have that "ONE SPIRIT" which is ONLY given to the "ONE BODY" who were "CALLED" into the "Gospel of Christ?" Do you REALLY "BELIEVE" the WORD of GOD or do you have "DOUBT?" IF you BELIEVE, why do you think GOD is in all RELIGIONS when Paul said in Galatians 1:6-9 (TWICE) "If anyone preach another other gospel other than "The Gospel of Christ" they are "ACCURSED?"
Why then do you "think" you have "THE SPIRIT" of GOD? "There is a way that "SEEMETH" right unto man, but the end thereof is DEATH" (Proverbs 14:12)!
This is a "SPIRITUAL" journey saints, not a "spirit" journey! There are other "spirits" that "seem right" but one MUST "STUDY" Scripture praying and asking GOD to "reveal" TRUTH in HIS WORD in order to find "THE SPIRIT!" I John 4:1 says "Beloved, BELIEVE NOT "every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of GOD: because FALSE PROPHETS are gone into the world."
BUT how can one recognize "THE SPIRIT?" It may seem like a bunch of "mystical demonic" BS, based on what MOST have been "taught," BUT "IT IS WRITTEN!" JESUS' last commandment (Did you hear "last commandment?") before HE got on the cloud (Ascension; Acts 1:9) was for us to "WAIT" (Acts 1:4) for the HOLY SPIRIT "which we had heard from HIM" in John 14:26; 16:13, who would "HELP" us but WHO CARES?
Without HOLY SPIRIT "leadership and guidance," we are ALL running around with our different "interpretations" like chickens with our heads cut off believing everything these popes, priests and pastors are "teaching!"
SPIRITUAL guidance is what one should "Seek!" Matthew 6:33 told us "But "SEEK" ye FIRST (Did you hear - "FIRST?") the kingdom of GOD and HIS righteousness; and "ALL" these things shall be added unto you." BUT who does this? Now look at you! Running around like chickens with your heads cut off believing everything "taught!"
I'm "literally" laughing, but this is NOT FUNNY! RELIGION HAS KILLED SO MANY SOULS and Satan is LAUGHING at you all the way to your "churches!"
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