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I Make a Distinction Between Religion and Spirituality

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    My Point of View :)

    Spirituality is beyond religion ;)   Religion brings quarrels among men while spirituality unifies, bringing peace in the world...   In fact, spirituality is the religion of the heart....:)
    Lostmermaid Lostmermaid 18-21, F 4 Responses Feb 28, 2009

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    Spirituality is your life's experience

    as a human and not avoiding the facts. Religion is following someone else's and saying forget the facts.
    beautifullywrittenambition beautifullywrittenambition 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 27

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    IMHO...

    One is inward and the other is outward.  as simple as that.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Apr 21, 2009

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    In The Spirit Of Things

    Spirituality is such a misunderstood word, or maybe it has evolved from its origins. I won't look up the etymology, but these days we need less knee-jerk reactions. I'm not religious, but in a science forum I was flagged for the phrase, "the spirit of adventure." I mean, crikey...
    narrator narrator 51-55, M 23 Responses Jan 4, 2012

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    God

    We can find God in our own hearts, not the dogma of some religion a man has invented.  I live in the Bible Belt of the southern part of the US.  We have churches that preach against other churches, shurches that tell us to be black or asian is the mark of Cain (sinful...
    levin60kitty levin60kitty 61-65 3 Responses Nov 19, 2008

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    Mr. Tosh

    I like Daniel Tosh's joke: Someone says, " I'm not religious, but I'm spiritual" He says, " I'm not honest, but you're interesting." I concur!  
    Heathery Heathery 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 30, 2009

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    "AMEN" to All the Stories Here

    Religion requires dogma, ritual and strict adherence to rules of behavior (I religiously brush my teeth 3 times a day.) Spirituality is a way, a philosophy of being.  It transends behavior.  It may or may not incude dogma.  Spirituality is a acknowledgement that...
    mysticsovereign mysticsovereign 56-60, F 8 Responses Nov 18, 2008

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    Religious Figures Vs. Religion?

    There have been great spiritual figures who have been the better side of humanity.  We humans have taken those figures, Jesus, Mohamud, Buddha, etc. and used them as an excuse for our bullshit.  They wouldn't be cool with how we've twisted their words and actions to...
    FlyingNinjas FlyingNinjas 26-30, F 2 Responses Nov 23, 2009

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    Jesus, Atlas, Union With The Brahman, Chakras, Geocentric Cosmos Model

    Within the following rambling text, I speak of many ideas connecting elements from some religions and Greek mythology. I do not literally follow or believe in any religion but I research religions and mythologies to discover hidden ideas underneath and free of the limiting chains...
    pugcasso pugcasso 36-40, M 3 Responses Oct 18, 2010

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    Spirituality Has Absolutely Nothing to Do With Religion

    Exactly the OPPOSITE. Religion is the mostest contradiction/opposition of the true spirituality.   Don't listen to what they say or write - they all only want to LIMIT YOU - YOUR SOULS AND SPIRITS, YOUR TRUE PROGRESS AND ADVANCEMENT.     NO true spiritual...
    Thought1 Thought1 22-25 2 Responses Aug 9, 2009

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    Many Paths to One Place

    Spirit is the the end goal, a place of wholeness and pure love.  Religion or practice is the pathway.  There are many religions and thus many paths to spirit.  Some paths work better for individuals than others and get you farther faster.  Some ...
    ziba ziba 41-45, M 2 Responses Apr 30, 2009

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    Religion and Spirituality

     To me Religions are to one sided. All or nothing, burn in hell if you have any ideas other than what your told, my way or the highway which is very confusing to me since being human is about learning from mistakes not being ashamed to try something new and I like to know...
    BeTheBestMe BeTheBestMe 36-40, F 4 Responses Dec 8, 2008

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    God Vs. Religion

    For sure there is a huge fundamental difference between religion as a theology and God the Creator.  In the basic sense religion was written by humans to try and reveal God's nature and relate personal experiences.  There are many religions that are all refering to...
    IamGone IamGone 41-45, M 1 Response May 25, 2009

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    This Will Take Many Directions

    To me spirituality is the personal relationship I have with God.  It develops as all relationships in which there is great love builds and it is based on an appreciation of my individuality, not herd politics.  I believe I can directly speak to God and do...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Nov 18, 2008

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    The Difference

    for me there is a big I grew up watching both my grandmothers One would go to church whenever someone could give her a ride but she would live the words every day and was a spiritual person the other grandmother pulled her religion out every Sunday and put it on with her...
    librakitty05 librakitty05 41-45, F 5 Responses Jan 1, 2009

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    Religiosly Faithful

    "Are you religious?" "Umm, I have a really strong faith. I have a relationship." "So you're religious." "No. I don't put stock in my actions, or do anything regularly, or religiously, to make me think I'm getting any closer to God. I...
    ShopGirl ShopGirl 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 1, 2009

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    But They Are Not Mutually Exclusive

    Of course they are different... people can be quite spiritual without belonging to or believing in any religion.  And I have met any number of people who profess a strong belief in a religion who are not, (at least that I could see!) at all spiritual.  But that does not...
    SaratogaGirl SaratogaGirl 26-30, F 3 Responses Dec 16, 2008

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    No Interest In Religion

          I have no desire to be part of any religious philosophy or man-made denomination. That is the problem. They are man made. People claim to serve a higher power but they make up all the rules, all the rites and rituals. They are the ones promoting...
    34Einnor 34Einnor 70+ 2 Responses Jan 8, 2010

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    When Humans Forget To Be Human

    it is funny when people say they are spiritual yet are still religious........... i believe they do not know what religion is, because if they did they would not be so dumb to call themselves spiritual or deem themselves to be highly knowledgeable people .......... the man that...
    indigowitch indigowitch 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 3, 2013

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    There's A Big Difference.

    Here's the difference: Spirituality is how we find fulfillment, enlightenment, and meaning in our tiny, futile little lives. Religion is the most popular - but not, in my opinion, the best - form of spirituality. I am a bit of a writer and a deep thinker, so I like to keep my...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jan 19, 2013

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    I Maybe Wrong But

    I believe their are far more spiritual people than religious people. Religion tends to hard, black and white, right, wrong. where as most spiritual people I know tend  be more accepting there are no true colours of black and white and no iron clad right or wrong just  a...
    jadecrow jadecrow 51-55, M 3 Responses Aug 9, 2009

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    The Difference...

    ...as I have heard is this: Religion - is for those who do not want to go to hell Spirituality - is for those who have been through hell and don't wanna go back
    LowBottom LowBottom 41-45, M 4 Responses Apr 30, 2009

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    I Make A Distinction

    I make a distinction,Between religion and spirituality,I don't believe in religion,Spirituality,That's different,I believe in a spirit,Through which,I communicate with God,The spirit,Is you,On life's journey,No need for church,Can worship,Anywhere you like,and even better,No...
    lazycrazybasket lazycrazybasket 46-50, M 2 Responses Dec 15, 2011

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    Why Not? For Me, I Feel....

    Nothing wrong with religion, anthropology and psychology both show how people frequently need the comfort in ritual and the sense of community that religion provides.... I guess it's a way to show others how you feel... showing others can be important.. I just think religion is...
    Shierke Shierke 26-30, F 3 Responses Apr 27, 2009

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    Related Experiences

    In a way. I can see that all religions are mankind's attempt at understanding spirituality, and spiritual existence. None of them are "wrong", and there is divine being, behind...
    PurpleGlassPalace PurpleGlassPalace 26-30, M 1 day ago

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    I think religion is one of the main problems nowadays. It's fine, you believe in something else. But using your religion to justify your wrong doings really just ****** me off. And...
    k3ll1n k3ll1n 16-17, F Nov 30

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    I think friendship between guys is more simple and sincere than friendship between women. Guys certainly don't have to deal with the daily grind drama such as jealousy, envy...
    Roz2014 Roz2014 41-45, F 9 hrs ago

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    I grew up Catholic, but once I was old enough to think for myself I realized it's just not my cup of tea. After exploring other religions I realized that organized religion makes...
    GirlInTheMountains GirlInTheMountains 26-30, F 1 Response Dec 4

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    It's interesting to note that religion survived the findings of Galileo, it survived the findings of Newton and Einstein, but it's entirely at odds with the findings of Darwin...
    Radmossman Radmossman 46-50, M 1 Response Dec 2

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    Religion is used as a weapon. Not all religious people are bad but it seems to bring out the worst in people. Religion seems like a justified excuse to hate people and make others...
    WhatTheFrenchToast WhatTheFrenchToast 18-21, M 7 Responses 5 days ago

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    The lessons about life and how to treat others in a fashion you would want reciprocated, did not come from religion. What I learned from religion is that someone can do that most...
    emoteemo emoteemo 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 23

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    I am not against people believing in things which are totally opposite to scientific reality but the way religion has limited people and has bifurcated people is simply very...
    unexpectedtraveller unexpectedtraveller 26-30, M 5 Responses Nov 24

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    "Losing My Religion" Oh life, it's bigger It's bigger than you And you are not me The lengths that I will go to The distance in your eyes Oh no, I've said too much I've said...
    bleutifulheart bleutifulheart 36-40, F Dec 7

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    To be honest I hate religion I was forced to go to Church as a kid and I hated it the main reason I hate religion is because all the stupid fights over it so many people die just...
    AhavaGamoran AhavaGamoran 18-21, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    There is good in every religion.If anything goes wrong,the religion is not wrong .The followers are wrong.So ,I try to respect all religions. Religion is realization; not talk, not...
    restored87 restored87 46-50, F 5 Responses Nov 20

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    Understandingofothersandselfism It is nine in the morning on a clear, brisk, fall day; you get your newspaper and morning coffee. You count your blessings because your perfect...
    secretme1970 secretme1970 41-45, F 3 days ago

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    I am not a religious person. I am not against the idea of religion or God, I just can't bring myself to trust in something that doesn't have proof. When I was about 5, I asked...
    RestlessDreamer22 RestlessDreamer22 26-30, F 5 Responses Nov 23

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    I was baptized twice into two religions, however I do not follow these religions. I have studied religion & have my own set of beliefs open to change.
    sumone1somebody sumone1somebody 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 9

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    On the one hand, as a Jew, I know precisely what is expected of me from the moment I wake up until the moment I go to sleep. On the other hand, as an American, I am surrounded by...
    PhresnoPhoenix PhresnoPhoenix 36-40, M 1 Response Dec 4

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    With all do respect to every religion but I personally don't consider atheism as a religion, cause you don't really believe in a higher power right? Even my friends who are atheist...
    TheHurting TheHurting 16-17, F 5 Responses Nov 20

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    religion is so stupid. like in freaking Syria if you try and establish your religion over their, they will cut your head off. I'm telling you freaking Muslim's are crazy... no...
    oliviatt oliviatt 16-17, F 3 Responses Nov 20

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    If it's not hurting anybody, then what's the problem? I don't feel that one religion is better than another. I was taught to respect others religions. And that is what I try to do...
    CreoleItalianwoman CreoleItalianwoman 31-35, F 2 Responses Nov 27

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    I honestly hate religion. I was raised catholic and that's opened my eyes to how awful religion is. I got raped and was shunned by the church at 15 because I had "pre marital sex...
    Lasey94 Lasey94 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 4

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    If you are another religion, Im not going to hate you. However, if you claim to be a Christian, then you cannot tell me that you are ok with their religion. I still love those...
    afnfnfjf afnfnfjf 16-17, F 1 Response Dec 7

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    For over 32 years I have been taught about religion and its necessity in life. I learned that things like hope and faith were essential to not getting depressed about life in...
    Faithismyhope Faithismyhope 31-35, F 5 days ago

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    So, more people have been killed in the name of religion today.
    Happytohelp77 Happytohelp77 36-40, M 5 Responses Nov 18

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    I have to post something here as I am seeking others who experience similar frustrations to what I experience on this site. This is when I read posts of deluded belivers. It...
    TrevorThomson TrevorThomson 26-30, M 1 Response Nov 18

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    The majority of my family are Christians. I didn't go to church on a daily basis growing up but my parents dragged me every now and then. I learned about Jesus Christ and how he...
    ComplicatedGirl18 ComplicatedGirl18 18-21, F Nov 25

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