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I Make a Distinction Between Religion and Spirituality

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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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    it is so common . you will always see people discriminatinig each other based on religion especially now on the gaza, israel, palestinian , ukraine and russia wars. i hate those...
    xiaospirit xiaospirit 18-21, M 2 Responses 41 mins ago

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    The world is getting cold and it's only getting colder but I don't think it will ever get as ice cold as the hearts of many of our own.Greed,Fear,Money,Religion,etc. these are some...
    PeaceAtSoul PeaceAtSoul 16-17, T 1 Response 4 hrs ago

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    **okay so I'm off topic a bit but** Let me be and I will let you be. My experience s of some religion people makes me understand why some people are atheist, and why some people...
    Quanitta Quanitta 26-30, F 2 Responses Jul 12

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    I believe religion is becoming so desperate to believe, all logic is put aside
    depthisyourfriend depthisyourfriend 13-15 3 hrs ago

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    It divides everyone. I hate it so much. Everyone expresses their spirituality in their own way, I understand that. But why do people feud and fight over it? Such horrible violence...
    CrunchyNoodle CrunchyNoodle 16-17, M 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    I never thought I would say this a couple of years ago as I was raised to go to mass and do things I didn't really want to do. I viewed religion as being boring and redundant and I...
    Affley Affley 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 14

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    I wouldn't say I'm an athiest as most of the time I do believe in some form of God; though i believe him to not be how he is portrayed in The Bible. For example, more of a spirit...
    CaitlinBuchan97 CaitlinBuchan97 16-17, F 3 Responses Jul 18

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    This will probably end up upsetting & offend some one. To those people, I would like to say: TO FREAKING BAD!!! This experience is My own person belief. You don't like it, I don't...
    Ronin1369 Ronin1369 36-40, M 1 Response Jul 19

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    . I like to make up songs while I'm brushing my teeth! And it makes me laugh when I hear myself ! 2. I'm hopelessly addicted to using exclamations points excessively!!!! 3. I have...
    Alicexnum2 Alicexnum2 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 13

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    Getting in touch with my own divine spirituality has really helped me to fully embrace myself and live a happy and healthy holistic lifestyle.
    Christy922 Christy922 22-25, F 3 Responses Jun 29

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    Its something that really irks me. You tell someone you're a certain religion and instantly they think things about you without knowing what they're talking about or doing their...
    sftbllstar16 sftbllstar16 22-25, F Jul 5

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    It's just an observation, but because they seem to dominate the world the most evil seems to be perpetrated by those following the Abrahamic religions. Oh yes there are exceptions...
    Silfverberg Silfverberg 26-30, F 2 Responses Jun 30

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    I always thought that religion is supposed to being people together. So far, al I saw is religions dividing people. Even people of the same religion but different branches are...
    alexiadahl alexiadahl 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 12

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    Everyone is free to believe in what he or she wants. I am a christian and I believe in the bible and in Jesus and for me it is the only true religion. But I totally repsect other...
    Jennyred Jennyred 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 19

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    I know i'm young and I still have a lot to learn and my opinion might differ from very many people, but I feel that religion is just a way to control people and keep them in order...
    Tuho Tuho 16-17, M 1 Response Jun 30

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    “If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion...
    in10RjFox in10RjFox 46-50, M 3 Responses Jul 14

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    wanting to buy the satanic bible next time I get a chance, I've looked into just a few other religions but none seem to interest me that much. mainly christianity which is a huge...
    beca0a1 beca0a1 26-30, F 4 days ago

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    I don't care what your religion (or lack of religion) is, I will still see you as a person and will not judge you based upon you beliefs. As a Christian, I believe it is what we...
    MyOwnSecretSide MyOwnSecretSide 16-17, M 3 Responses Jun 29

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    There are stereotypes, double standards, etc. Even atheism has been turned into a religion of sorts with its congregating believers rising up and fighting to suppress any and all...
    blossomingbeauti blossomingbeauti 36-40, F 1 Response Jul 1

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    I don't have any theistic religion (I'm an atheist and a Buddhist) and I don't have a problem with religion (unless it is trying to infringe the rights of others) but I am...
    SamJanowiak SamJanowiak 13-15, M Jul 1

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    You must understand, hatefulness of religion is not hatred if the people of that religion, not in the slightest. It's simply a strong dislike of the philosophy or acts committed in...
    SamJanowiak SamJanowiak 13-15, M Jul 1

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    Although I don't understand most religions and why they have such great followings, I respect the things they teach like family values and being a good person and such, but I don't...
    laracomn laracomn 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 10

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    RELIGION its about having a RELATIONSHIP and having FAITH in God... Religion has torn people apart due to its "Moralistic view" and people feeling better than others just because...
    cbeneath cbeneath 22-25, F Jul 17

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    I have no problem with people who claim they have other religions. I do care when they say that should be the only religion because we live to believe in false hope.
    Lyririden Lyririden 18-21 Jul 19

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    Muslims particularly. I have a lot of friends who are Muslims and honestly, people need to stop judging them just because of their religion. We need to pay attention more about...
    flyoffsomewhere flyoffsomewhere 16-17, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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