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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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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 22-25, F 2 Responses Jun 27, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 66-70 2 Responses Jan 8, 2010

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    Ever since I was born its been the same thing God is everything and everything we do must adhere to rules that were written 1200 years ago. My parents especially my mom believes...
    lifefuckingsuck lifefuckingsuck 13-15 1 hr ago

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    I was taught to pray. We prayed before meals. We prayed before bed. We prayed that the sick might be well, and of course prayer saved your soul. Prayer was the answer to any...
    samedeepwater samedeepwater 51-55, M 1 Response 4 hrs ago

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    For each his own, as long as one does not hurt another. The problem is when a person, or group believe there is only one way to live, and that their religion should be the base of...
    sbrys sbrys 41-45, F 7 hrs ago

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    Those of you who want to have a challenge and like to do creative crafts and consequently making your own music box can contain a great deal of fun. Here are directions to make a...
    angoracheck53 angoracheck53 41-45, F 15 hrs ago

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    Utilizing a catalog for shopping has become my new best friend. Among the greatest things... Many people that I know love to look for new things. There's something great about...
    angoracheck53 angoracheck53 41-45, F 15 hrs ago

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    Religion is hate, religion is fear, & most wars were caused by religion!
    apathy090 apathy090 16-17, F 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    blah, blah, blah, blah, blah....u are wasting your breathe trying to make me side with you. I'm not listening to your opinion! I'm thinking about eating a fried shrimp po boy! oh...
    morganza504 morganza504 36-40 1 day ago

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    religion & ************ go's hand in hand *literally* .... mindfuck, mental means of pleasure *literally*
    miimii0069 miimii0069 26-30, F 5 Responses 1 day ago

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    I located this incredible tweezers set in which you get both a slanted and pointed tip tweezers. The slanted tweezer is particularly fantastic for plucking the hair between your...
    shieldpint95 shieldpint95 26-30, M 2 days ago

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    My dad has thrown his last temper tantrum for me. I had told him how I was suffering from a nightmares about the accident and I think about it all day and I can't stop it and you...
    LoveisBeautiful5013 LoveisBeautiful5013 18-21, F 2 days ago

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    This group is so true as the below will show. I have had the perfect day it started it off not great but then I got a message from MOB saying she will help me do my errands and...
    Sirwithherkey Sirwithherkey 36-40, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    *I'm doing some research for a dissertation and this is a small part of my paper* Do you hate religion in all cases? If so, why? I completely agree that religion has caused major...
    virginiamarie94 virginiamarie94 22-25, F 4 Responses 3 days ago

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    Another problem with fervent religion - this time Roman Catholicism. This poor girl was buried after the exorcism of her demons was believed to have failed. Read this tragic...
    TrevorThomson TrevorThomson 26-30, M 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    I'm not an Atheist where I shove my anti-religious beliefs down your throat. I don't have religious beliefs but if you'd like to tell me about your religion I would absolutely love...
    Daphnaia Daphnaia 16-17, F 5 Responses 4 days ago

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    1. children!!! they are so innocent and real. 2. PIZZA 3. God & spirituality (meditation) 4. reading a book on a rainy day 5. cuddling with my fiance watching netflix
    angelanicole89 angelanicole89 22-25, F 4 days ago

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    I believe it was two days ago me and a really good friend were talking about how these religious people were verbally attacking someone because they were transgender. Their reason...
    Raptax231 Raptax231 18-21, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I'm a Christian but I don't do that. It's quite hypocritical of people because some religions (like mine) try to make it seem like they're perfect and they don't make any mistakes...
    ab4801 ab4801 13-15, F 4 days ago

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    I am torn between 2 amazing women...My wife and the love of my life. I am 35 years old. I have been married now for 10 years and I have been with my wife for a total of 12 years...
    cl0udedth0ughts cl0udedth0ughts 31-35, M 5 days ago

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