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I Make a Distinction Between Religion and Spirituality

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    "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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    Alright, so I recently started what some would call a religious journey, and I'm really struggling with it. Some background information: I was not brought up in a religious...
    leencuisine leencuisine 18-21, F Oct 14

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    Like is a very strong word. It could lead to Love or Lust. Love and Lust are strong emotions that are very distinct from each other. Now i know perfectly well where the...
    Listening2us Listening2us 26-30, F Sep 30

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    I have zero friends. I have people I talk to and hangout with, but no one that I can really open up to and let my walls down for, and be myself with. I think there's something...
    quiltedbathwater quiltedbathwater 18-21, M 15 Responses 8 hrs ago

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    I read this in a book and I really loved it. It resonated with me. So I wanted to share it. "God is not limited to the way he appears to you by making Himself appropriate to your...
    heartshinegirl heartshinegirl 41-45, F 5 days ago

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    I am not going to give examples and list lots of reasons why I hate religion... This is more of a coming out post for other EP members to see. I hate religion. I think it is...
    BearhugBrowne BearhugBrowne 18-21, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I don't mind if a person worships God, Allah, Charles Manson, etc I won't try make you change your view, I won't turn up to your house or place of worship and tell you what not to...
    paragra paragra 18-21 1 Response 4 days ago

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    Hey ladies and gents. I love traveling and meeting new people but unfortunately due to my studies I cant. So I came to a conclusion of how I would still be able to meet new people...
    Luseeyah Luseeyah 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 26

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    When you stop believing in something, the funny, mythological and illogical things that you once saw as an absolute truth become so obvious to your eyes as a joke. I am not able...
    MissGaga MissGaga 22-25, F 8 Responses Oct 4

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    Okay so very touchy subject generally, so just thought i'd say prior i don't mean to offend anyone just expressing some of my opinion's. I'm not particularly religious was born...
    curranjm curranjm 18-21, M 5 days ago

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    Republicans are adamantly opposed to the acquisition of knowledge. Note that science is derived from the Latin sciens, the present participle of scire, to know whereas religion...
    wombat456 wombat456 41-45, M 1 Response Oct 2

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    I'm a pagan pansexual and grew up in an atheist household. I have been badly bullied because of religion so quite frankly, most religions disgust me. I have a friend and if her dad...
    xWinterGirlxDownTheRabbitHolex xWinterGirlxDownTheRabbitHolex 18-21, F 5 Responses Oct 14

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    Oh my gosh. I hate religious debates. I am catholic but I just can't stand when we get into these arguments about this and that, and it just makes the moment so heated. I can't...
    SaveTheGeek SaveTheGeek 16-17, F 2 Responses Sep 27

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    I'm not going to believe in a God that tells me I'm inferior because I have a vagina. It does not make sense and basically proof that religion is made up by men.
    sunflowerpet sunflowerpet 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 1

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    Religion is man made and can't make you a good person. Besides what is a good person. Everyone claims they're a good person but, if you have done bad and do bad even sometimes how...
    dashuria dashuria 13-15, F 1 Response Oct 9

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    Blatant disregard and contempt for women and children is inherent in organized religions and this cartoon describes it to a T. Maybe it's a tad too graphic but very true though.
    Polly73 Polly73 41-45, F 2 Responses Oct 12

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    For as long as there has been a 'one true GOD' there has been killing in his name. This is one reason why I am a non believer. And I have found out myself that those that profess...
    ultimatehacker ultimatehacker 26-30, M 4 Responses Oct 16

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    Why???? Al religion are good just do what u do And don't try to change someones religion !! (Like is THATS SO WRONG)
    Iwillhelpyou5 Iwillhelpyou5 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 27

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    I actually used to be christian... I still remember how happy my grandma was when I did my communion... She is problably disappointed. But right now, six years later... I don't...
    GirlUnlimited GirlUnlimited 13-15, F 2 Responses Sep 28

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    I also hate religion because when I was 12 years old the head of the usher board to me I was going to hell because I didn't want to be an usher any more. Despite me trying to...
    pinkypie5 pinkypie5 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 29

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    I'm a Christian, but I'm fascinated by every religion because it sounds like a fairytale, since I don't believe in it. I love the different gods each religion has, what they do...
    unicornbombz unicornbombz 16-17, F 1 Response Sep 30

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    The thing is I do want to believe in a religion but when I look at the bible,Quran etc I don't find them believable no offence to others who believe I struggle to find faith in a...
    Jazke Jazke 16-17, M 3 Responses Oct 4

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    You don't need religion to have morals. If you can't determine right from wrong then you lack empathy, not religion. -basically
    99Problems99 99Problems99 18-21, F 3 Responses Oct 10

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    From the Inquisition to the current beheadings by ISIS, religion has been used as an excuse to commit atrocities for centuries. I believe it's truly sad and pathetic when something...
    lyricaldemise lyricaldemise 36-40, T Oct 11

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    Plain and simple. And all religion is false religion, in my humble opinion.
    findmeholdmeloveme findmeholdmeloveme 18-21 4 Responses Oct 11

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    Religion has become such a bad word that religious people find themselves saying stupid **** like, "I love God, but hate religion." Or people that say they're spiritual but not...
    KatieTreat KatieTreat 51-55, T 1 Response Oct 12

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    I do believe it's misunderstood. Often misunderstood by the people in the religion. I converted from Islam to Christianity and I studied the Quran, I really used to worship that...