Religion should be treated as a Mental Disorder
To each their own.
I don't really have 'spiritual' views. I'm atheist... I believe in people and hardcore facts.
there are two views to have: 1. we all came from nothing, which is impossible. 2. something always existed and created us. i believe in a higher power.
I believe in believe in a single, Formless God, with many names, who can be known through meditation. I believe in samsara (the repetitive cycle of birth, life and death), karma (the accumulated sum of one's good and bad deeds, and reincarnation the belief of a rebirth following death. Each individual has many reincarnations, but being born a human means the soul is nearing the end of rebirth. God judges each soul at death and may either reincarnate the soul or, if pure enough, allow it to rest with him.
Religion is rarely analysed rationally and fairly. Christianity, for example, has contributed strongly to many of the strengths in society, such as human rights (read Jefferson, for example. I'm not american), the dignity of the poor, etc. It has also been used to contribute to many evils. Few of these evils are inherent in the religion - but in the backward thinking of some of its proponents. This is true of most of the major religions.
My agnostic agonisings over everything include spirituality. Even atheists need space for 'spiritual' reflection; sorting through their values in life rather than compromising ourselves; reflecting on where we are going, on meaning, on events in our lives, bringing our being into a settled space where we function in harmony with ourselves rather than being dominated by a runaway mind, emotion or bodily functions.
Religious view - changes like the weather, but still has the same seasons. Spiritual view - everyday the sun sets, it always rises again after the darkness the next day. Enough said.
I believe there is a hgher power, don't bibles or religions
I am agnostic leaning towards atheist. I do not believe in organized religion but respect other people's right to believe whatever they want to. I do believe life is more fullfilling when you treat others with respect, love, and kindness. And, that each person has to find their own meaning in life.
Religion is at best a hobby and at worst an ideology.
When it's a hobby, it's something that individuals waste time and effort on for their own amusement. It's pointless, but harmless, and I won't say a word about those who do it, I'll roll my eyes in private.
When it's an ideology, the religious attempt to rape society with it, try to make laws out of their beliefs and force others to live by religions which others don't belong to. There's no ideological difference between sharia "law", Nazi Germany's laws on jews or Proposition H8 in California: all of them are attempts by the religious to dictate how other people can live.
Religion is divine education.
Without this education, humanity cannot make progress.
All their physical, mental spiritual efforts are vainless.
Which is why the middle east is a utopia and more secular nations are hellholes (sarcasm).
There no war of religion in the Middle East'
it is the abuse of religious label. All religions only
spread and practice the message of peace.
I do not claim to be Christian, Religious or Spiritual. I am a Believer in Jesus Christ. I love Him with all my heart, mind and spirit.
I Love Jesus Christ, who is my Lord and Savior and my God with everything I am.
I Love my neighbors, as I Love myself and as Jesus Loves me.
I'm an atheist, so I don't exactly have spiritual views. Religion is a mass delusion.
We are all cut from the same fabric but ignorance leads us not to recognize that fact. I believe very similarly to Dave.
Religion is another way to procrastinate discovering what personal relationships are with life. Spirit exists beyond perspective.
I think that it's dangerous to let people to have irrational beliefs without criticizing them because those beliefs can influence how people vote, and thus can ruin lives for no justified reason. They can also cause social struggles and hold back scientific progress. If you have to believe garbage to cope with the world, the least you could do is not bring children into it.
as for me, i don't follow a strict religion i believe in a god i choose and talk or worship him the way i want, of course my elders ( not my family others..) have given me some guidelines and i do follow them but basically i think its important to spare some time for that stronger force you believe in....
i take the howard stern approach even before i knew of it i believe just in case i practice as a christian and santeria in my own home but i believe churches are just social groups so one has witnesses to their faith i just never felt right in a church setting
I'm not religious. But I believe lessons such as compassion can be learned from religions that are not dominated by close-minded, unthoughtful people.
I am very spiritual. I constantly think in terms of spirituality. As for my views, I have many. First and most importantly, I believe that I, and all living things, have a soul. I believe this soul is eternal, and incarnates many, many times. I think that because we humans are inquisitive and self-aware, it is our duty to further our collective and individual grasp on spiritual concepts. Unfortunately, due to the mass materialism in the Western world, this is difficult, because materialism and true spirituality only exist apart.
Peace and love to all.
Read "Siddhartha" by Herman Hesse if you're interested in spirituality, it's a good place to start.
It's all about knowing Jesus and walking with Him closely. Otherwise you don't stand a chance.
edit: Has there ever been a god in all of history who made himself more known and felt than the God of Israel, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? Has there ever been anyone in the whole history of the earth who spoke words as profound as those of Jesus? Has there ever been anyone in blood and flesh who has never done a single thing wrong or selfish other than Jesus? Has there ever been anyone in all history who has performed miracles and signs and wonders on earth like Jesus did? He healed whole crowds of 20 000 + at times. Is there any name in all of the universe that has as much power and authority as the name of Jesus? Is there any god that answers prayers and makes himself known other than Jesus?
Do you realize how profound was Jesus' influence on this world?
There is no other god than the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. There never was and there never will be.