What are my thoughts on religion? What about Spirituality vs Religion? In a world where there is a huge debate over Spirituality vs Religion, sometimes sharing your thoughts helps to spread light on why you do what you do.
So, what is Spirituality? Spirituality has several different meanings, but the definition I go by is this, an inner path enabling a person to discover the essence of his/her being; or the “deepest values and meanings by which people live.” This is why I love Spirituality, it allows you to discover yourself without the rules and regulations of Religion.
Why is this important to me? Why not follow a set of rules guided by a Religion? While it’s nice to have a set of rules to go by, one may not always agree with a certain aspect of their own Religions standpoint. How many times have you found something in your “Holy Bible” that you didn’t agree with. In fact, how many other people don’t agree with that, or at least debate over it frequently? Seriously? If you can’t come to a conclusion about what something means, then what’s the point?
With Spirituality I get to set my own rules to follow. Which is great, as long as I don’t break those rules. If I break those rules, then I’m no better than anyone else. That and that alone is what keeps Spiritual people in check, but why? Simple, we don’t want to be like everyone else. We choose to be our own person.
You see the other problem with Religion don’t you? Religion teaches you to be someone you’re not, while Spirituality encourages self discovery.
What about Religion? My thoughts are that Religion was created to control those who can’t control themselves. Have you ever wanted to go run that reckless driver off the road, that cut in front of you and nearly rand you off the road? Yeah, we’ve all been there, but here’s the thing, we don’t act upon our thoughts. Why? Fear. We fear the consequences of getting caught, going to prison, etc.
We’re better than that right? We’ve learned through lives own experience that if we do something wrong, then there are consequences.
I love how Religious people use the argument, “If there isn’t a God, then where do you get your Moral values from?” Let me ask you a question, If you’re wrong, then you’ll be the one going to “Hell” right? Fact, Life gives us Moral Values and a set of Guidelines to follow, not some “Holy Text,” which may or may not be the “Word of God.”
Again, Religious people use the phrase, “But it’s in the Bible and the Bible is the “Word of God.” My thoughts? Word of God? No! Inspired by God? Perhaps! More like, inspired by events that happened. Don’t get me wrong, there are things that you can learn from the Bible, but I don’t think one should take it literally.
But hey, who am I right? Just some random guy writing on his blog. Who knows, I could be wrong, you could be wrong, we could all be wrong. The answer might be much more simpler than we’re making it. Often times, it is. Food for Thought.
Now, before you start flaming me about not believing in a “God,” let me say something first. I’m not saying that there isn’t a God and I’m not saying that you’re wrong either. I won’t go that far. What is a fact though, is that we don’t know. We think we know, but in reality we don’t know. Now that’s food for thought.
While I will take the time and effort to at least listen to you and your thoughts, I think it’s important that we develop our own belief and realize that we’re all different. Only through understanding others, can we really begin to understand ourselves. Only then, will we be right.
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