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I Make a Distinction Between Religion and Spirituality

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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 22-25, F 2 Responses Jun 27, 2014

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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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    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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    convertihd convertihd 46-50, M Apr 2

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 66-70 2 Responses Jan 8, 2010

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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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    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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    "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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    Yep. A good one. Is I am legend. Vaccinations turned on us. But a God never did. Loss hit. But replacements came. Maybe not a known God. But the God...
    convertihd convertihd 46-50, M Apr 5

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    I was recently able to spend some quality time with a good friend of mine who brought up the subject of faith and spirituality. My friend described to me the tension he felt/found...
    ReflectionsOnHumanCondition ReflectionsOnHumanCondition 31-35, M Apr 26

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    I've lived a life between worlds for so long that I don't know where I feel like I fit in. I see the world passing me by constantly, but I feel helpless to make a change. The...
    ecks320 ecks320 22-25, M 1 Response Apr 17

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    Something I think about religion. An answer to a question that I wanted to keep. You Quran-thumpers are such a dull lot, losing your ability to use the Shift Key and shouting...
    TheSquirrel TheSquirrel 46-50, M Apr 16

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    Some have come at me like I am here to recruit converts ,let me make it clear I am not ,I have no church that needs members ,I have one desire ,to expose a lie of satan so Christ...
    rckt148 rckt148 56-60, M 1 Response Apr 17

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    Hey everyone once again with a hope here I am looking for a girl(straight/lesbian/bi/assexual) girl to get into moc relationship..Obviously girl will get her own space as well...
    moc4gals moc4gals 26-30, M Apr 7

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    They're just a fantastic band through-and-through. The best part about them is that they actually make me THINK about world issues and religion. They make me THINK about the world...
    Boulier Boulier 18-21, F Apr 12

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    I just watched a Ross Kemp show (Extreme World) and he covered desperate cases of girls being trafficked for sex in India. Very moving, even if the viewer is resilient to another...
    TrevorThomson TrevorThomson 26-30, M Apr 22

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    Why [...] do some highly educated people believe religious claims? First, smart persons are good at defending ideas that they originally believed for non-smart reasons. They want...
    FryyM FryyM 22-25, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I am a Catholic, but I don't follow all the rules like a devoted Catholic. I believe in God and what my religion teaches, but everyone has their own way of connecting with God. I...
    moonskull moonskull 16-17, F 2 Responses Apr 9

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    Everything about it. A lot of Christians agree about hating religion, but then they pull the whole "but i love my relationship with Jesus Christ/God!" out of their butts. like WAKE...
    peaceinmiles peaceinmiles 18-21, F 10 Responses Apr 26

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    I believe in God, but I decided to basically reject organized religion of any form. I used to be a pagan and worshiped nature for a time. I think there is some truth to most...
    gemini910 gemini910 22-25, M Apr 18

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    One thing that really irks me whenever I get to my work. It has a proud sign saying "14 religions, one college". How about the non-religious? And why do they imply everyone is...
    TrevorThomson TrevorThomson 26-30, M 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    I read an article about Jimmy Carter's struggle with reconciling his religious beliefs and his personal experiences - http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/04/24/1379812/-Jimmy-Carter...
    ProgressivelyCurious ProgressivelyCurious 61-65, M Apr 24

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    It's for my comic book world. It's polytheistic and inspired by paganism, buddhism, and science. There are six goddesses, one for each of the four elements, one for light, and one...
    dontyouunderstand dontyouunderstand 18-21 6 days ago

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    I know God is real but I don't have any religion anymore. I know all the rest are false religions. I am all gone . God hates me . I am a goner without Him. I hate my friend. I want...
    Thedepressedgirlatthewindow Thedepressedgirlatthewindow 16-17, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    I've been addicted to make-up since I was 13. I don't seem to be able to overcome this issue. I can't remember the last time I left the house without make-up on. Even thinking...
    TheRealSamsClub TheRealSamsClub 13-15, F 1 Response 15 hrs ago

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    Okay growing up in a Christian home. Reincarnation was not in my religion. But why did I remember choosing my family. For as long as I remember people have told me I have an old...
    Toasteroven333 Toasteroven333 26-30, F 3 Responses Apr 13

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