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Are you more spiritual or religious?

Amneris -

Do you think what we are trying to describe comes down to this:

Spirtuality comes from within ourselves and Religion is from without (as you said: "Bible and what your priest/pastor/minister/Pope")
Originally Posted by 1228kimberly
yes, you could put it that way, but true religion is also internalized - it begins without as something you are taught, but becomes what you feel.
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Amneris -

Do you think what we are trying to describe comes down to this:

Spirtuality comes from within ourselves and Religion is from without (as you said: "Bible and what your priest/pastor/minister/Pope")
Originally Posted by 1228kimberly
yes, you could put it that way, but true religion is also internalized - it begins without as something you are taught, but becomes what you feel.
Originally Posted by Amneris
Religion when lived, through thought, action and emotion, is internalized and therefore becomes the essence of the persons soul and spirit (spirituality) Wow, this was a hard one for me to verbalize. Thanks for the help Amneris. I was able to learn something about myself. I love that
I feel that spirituality is what many of you described as being either spirituality OR religion.

Spirituality is you're belief in another higher power. It is your belief of who or what is responsible for all creation and energy. It is your soul and heart, and your belief of a higher power, being, or entity.

Religion is the church. It is the history, and the rules you follow, as well as the traditions and ceremonies you practice. It's the guideline you are given to follow.

For example:
A Catholics' spirituality is their belief and faith in God, and Christ. Their religion is their being baptized, attending mass, praying to particular Saints.

I am very spiritual, but do not consider myself religious. I believe that you can have one without the other.
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I agree that you can have spirituality without religion. But, I think religion can and does help a lot of people to stay committed and focus to the ideals they hold spiritually. Being involved with a church that does mission work, feeds the poor, etc, helps someone who believes that is God's will for them to have a group of people to do it with, and also a human accountability system to help stay focused on what they believe to be the truth.

You can also have religion without spirituality. This is people who go to church (or group, meeting, mosque, etc) with no relationship or true belief in the ideals set forth by the religion.

I wouldn't want to have to choose between religion and relationship (spirituality). I think God gave us religion to help us with our personal spiritual journeys, and it is a tool. But, if I had to choose one it would always be spirituality over religion.
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I feel that spirituality is what many of you described as being either spirituality OR religion.

Spirituality is you're belief in another higher power. It is your belief of who or what is responsible for all creation and energy. It is your soul and heart, and your belief of a higher power, being, or entity.

Religion is the church. It is the history, and the rules you follow, as well as the traditions and ceremonies you practice. It's the guideline you are given to follow.

For example:
A Catholics' spirituality is their belief and faith in God, and Christ. Their religion is their being baptized, attending mass, praying to particular Saints.

I am very spiritual, but do not consider myself religious. I believe that you can have one without the other.
Originally Posted by peanutbutter
I understand exactly what you mean. So, far me I should go w/ Religion because it has become my spirituality. Kind of the chicken or the egg
Hmmm...this is a complicated question.

I would have to agree with Dia in that I define myself as Biblical, which to some who be a combination of religious and spiritual. I don't like the word "religious" because it conjures up images of legalistic and overzealous behavior. A religious Christian follows rules only, a spiritual Christian walks and is led by the Spirit. I would categorize myself as the latter. This does not mean that we are exempt from "rules" and principles that govern Christian life. But, my spiritual life isn't just about following a set of prescribe rules but of having a relationship with God, which is the product of a Spirit-led life.

I follow church traditions only if they are founded on Biblical truths and principles. I think a lot of what's going on today in the [Christinan] church is church "culture" that's being passed off as the way to be a Christian.

I believe it's possible to have "spirituality" without having religion. Look around.

However, my spirituality is governed by the Holy Spirit through the Word of God.
I think I am (or at least really, really strive to be) more Biblical. I suscribe to some customs which are religious if they coincide with Biblical teachings (my understanding of Biblical teachings as a whole - not people who take certain Scriptures out of context).

I believe in fellowshipping with a body of believers - I do this at a church, and I don't really care about the denomination. I care about whether or not the Word is brought forth. All of the customs that come out of different denominations are "religious," I guess, but I don't let it bother me if there are a few theological issues I have with some of the customs. I let my opinion (Scripturally-based, of course) be known, then relax. There is no perfect person, there will be no perfect church.

I am spiritual in that I believe the Holy Spirit dwells in me, and that I have direct access to God through Jesus Christ. I read the Word on my own, pray on my own, try to live pleasing to God on my own, and basically do everything individually that I would do in a church setting.
Originally Posted by dia99
That's me to a "T."
Hmmm...this is a complicated question.

I would have to agree with Dia in that I define myself as Biblical, which to some who be a combination of religious and spiritual. I don't like the word "religious" because it conjures up images of legalistic and overzealous behavior. A religious Christian follows rules only, a spiritual Christian walks and is led by the Spirit. I would categorize myself as the latter. This does not mean that we are exempt from "rules" and principles that govern Christian life. But, my spiritual life isn't just about following a set of prescribe rules but of having a relationship with God, which is the product of a Spirit-led life.

I follow church traditions only if they are founded on Biblical truths and principles. I think a lot of what's going on today in the [Christinan] church is church "culture" that's being passed off as the way to be a Christian.

I believe it's possible to have "spirituality" without having religion. Look around.

However, my spirituality is governed by the Holy Spirit through the Word of God.
Originally Posted by Costenya
Exactly.
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In the book Religion for Dummies (or is it Idiot's Guide to Religion?) they are defined in the following way...I'm paraphrasing:

spirituality - your perceived role in the universe, your connection with the cosmos, your explanation of the mysteries of life, your belief (possibly) in the existence of a divine being(s)

religion - the organized teaching and practice of a set of spiritual beliefs, worship of a devine being(s) or higher power, customs, rituals, traditions and rules for memership in a group that practices as you do, possibly a holy/sacred text that outlines your beliefs

So, basically, spirituality is nonorganized, nonformal personal beliefs. Religion is structured, formal and inclusive.
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So, basically, spirituality is nonorganized, nonformal personal beliefs. Religion is structured, formal and inclusive.
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
Thatís how I defined the two and I picked spiritual, since I do not subscribe to any organized religion.
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