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I Make a Distinction Between Religion and Spirituality

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    "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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    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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    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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    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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    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...
    thatgirlnobodynotices thatgirlnobodynotices 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 19, 2013

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    I'm Atheist and I do think most Atheist make fun of religion. I usually don't yell out "I'm Atheist" due to many believers telling me "you are going to burn in hell for not...
    Inlovewithtecher Inlovewithtecher 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 2

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    Usually Christians are viewed as the ones who try to force their beliefs down EVERYONE'S throat yet it seems that some (not all I'm not saying all of them do this so don't blast me...
    DX2000 DX2000 18-21, M Apr 2

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    This drives me insane. A friend said to me 'prove to me that Jesus was real, then I'll believe you' Prove to me that he isn't? Why do people feel the need to get involved in such a...
    Ryanholmes20375 Ryanholmes20375 18-21, M 2 Responses Apr 2

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    Here is why : There is far too much evidence of another Realm out there to believe Death is Final , from Ghosts to Past Lives. This is no longer just speculation , and anyone...
    TsavoHunter TsavoHunter 36-40, M 2 Responses Apr 11

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    I am not what you would consider a "religious person" I do have a faith in something larger then all of us, commonly known as god. I also believe that with out teaching some kind...
    MrsJoanieBNH MrsJoanieBNH 56-60, T Apr 2

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    The topic of religion always makes me furious. You can try to convince me all you'd like, but all religion sounds like a fairytale made for children, so they can learn 'morals...
    Shelbyinshambles Shelbyinshambles 18-21, F 2 Responses 3 hrs ago

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    I believe in what I believe. I have to actually see it to believe it. I'm totally supportive of people who have their own religions and beliefs but DO NOT push your religion on...
    Mandy94 Mandy94 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 24

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    I have always questioned religion. I grew up Christian but that religion never did much for me. I never felt complete. After doing some research, I realized that Christianity came...
    peacefullover peacefullover 22-25, F 3 Responses Apr 10

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    I believe religion is what separates us. But at the same time, it's what makes us different. I believe people shouldn't worry about what people are, where they've been, how they...
    Kitzami Kitzami 13-15, M 2 Responses Mar 21

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    Let people choose what they want to believe in! Religion doesn't make a person! Plus most people only follow the parts of their religion that benefit them at specific moments or...
    SurpriseMeToday SurpriseMeToday 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 5

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    Seriously this guy kept trying to explain his religion to me but I only date guys that are of the same religion as me. I'm like I'm not changing my requirements for you. I just...
    REALWORDS823 REALWORDS823 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 5

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    Last year, I decided to attend a Christian Girls Club that my best friend wanted to go to after school. I didn't want her to go alone, so I went with. At first, it seemed alright...
    UndeadMassacre UndeadMassacre 16-17, F 2 Responses Apr 8

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    Nope, calling atheism an entire religion is just like calling theism a religion- i.e., Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Hinduism would all be classed as one big religion. There are...
    writercookies writercookies 13-15, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I feel that organized religion has way too much potential for abuse. And if a religion is being abused like that, i cant believe that it is a true institution of god. I am...
    mydays1994 mydays1994 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 24

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    I actually did not lose my religion come to think of it. I doubt I ever had faith.. From the moment I could think for myself I felt like religion was made up. I just knew to keep...
    xMissTix xMissTix 26-30, F 3 Responses Mar 25

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    I guess my beliefs are very liberal, so organized religion doesn't quite tailor to that. Let me share with you a quick story and my views on the situation. I was in psychology...
    mattihope mattihope 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 28

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    Welcome to Founderism the Founding Fathers American religion The Founding Fathers "Founderism" religion shall treat the Founders as actual ascended Deities/patriotic Gods(because...
    ToniaD ToniaD 26-30, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I don't really have a religion. Although my family are huge Christians. But religion in my opinion is a huge hypocrisy in its self. Like hating something that doesn't hurt people...
    EmotionaLila EmotionaLila 13-15, F 17 hrs ago

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    Everyone should take a religion course. It will give you a better understanding of the world and make you appreciate the different qualities of each belief. Overall, it increases...
    BioFem17 BioFem17 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 24

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    I think a lot of people have this problem. Like it have friends that are forced to go to church. In my eyes that's abuse. No? You should be able to choose your religion. That is a...
    Janellesings Janellesings 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 5

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    Religious spammers on EP make me sick. Organized religion is mind control. Don't let your life be ruled by some ancient storybook.
    KatieTreat KatieTreat 51-55, T 3 Responses a week ago

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    I don't think religion IS a basis for morality. I have not encountered a more dividing force than religion, and people use their religious beliefs to justify all sorts of injustice...
    KatieTreat KatieTreat 51-55, T 2 Responses Mar 31

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    If you don't like a persons religion stay away from them. It's stupid arguing over religion just cut them loose.
    REALWORDS823 REALWORDS823 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 5

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    "What is the meaning of life?" I feel like at some point we have all battled with this question and if you're like me it is one that has been fought in your head over and over and...
    JustKeepGoingSomewhere JustKeepGoingSomewhere 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 9

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    I'm so mad that religious people have to hate against gay and lesbian people. I had a woman call me to tell me about religion & I brought up how I don't like how it depicts against...
    closetcasecat closetcasecat 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 10

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    I know sounds a little harsh, I guess I don't hate all religion, but I do hate some of the things religion does and how it's used so much as in excuse for war, inequality etc. I'm...
    Aliensrreal Aliensrreal 13-15, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I think Christians should love people of all faiths, but I definitely don't respect all other religions…that reeks of moral relativism and political correctness. Any Christian...
    phillysteve phillysteve 36-40, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Hey guys! I'm not confused about my religion, but if anyone wants to talk, or needs a prayer request about religion let me know! I'm a Christian, southern baptist. Anything at all...
    ssuummeerr2 ssuummeerr2 16-17, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    It's all fine and dandy if you follow religion, but don't shove your opinions down my throat. I have my beliefs and you have yours. I'm tired of people trying to convince me to...
    ceetasha23 ceetasha23 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 25

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    I am a follower Of Jesus Christ. plus Jesus say himself he dislike Religion himself .we wont get in have because we are Baptist only way in is though Jesus Christ .
    Robs83 Robs83 26-30, M 2 Responses Mar 25

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