Spirituality vs? Religion

I was raised by two ministers—mom and dad—and my two sisters became ministers.

It was painfully confusing as I grew up separating the authority of family from the Authority of God.

During the 60s and 70s, new brands of “spirituality” were sprouting like weeds. I tried a couple but didn’t find my Faith ’till my 42nd year of life.

Wikipedia has an intelligent discussion of Religion/Spirituality, in which it’s said: “An important distinction exists between spirituality in religion and spirituality as opposed to religion.”

I truly wish more people could make this distinction . . .

In the document One Common Faith, this sentiment is found: “…the time has come when religious leadership must face honestly and without further evasion the implications of the truth that God is one and that, beyond all diversity of cultural expression and human interpretation, religion is likewise one. It was intimations of this truth that originally inspired the interfaith movement and that have sustained it through the vicissitudes of the past one hundred years. Far from challenging the validity of any of the great revealed faiths, the principle has the capacity to ensure their continuing relevance. In order to exert its influence, however, recognition of this reality must operate at the heart of religious discourse…”

And, to round out the post with some supremely spiritual thoughts:

“Know, O thou possessors of insight, that true spirituality is like unto a lake of clear water which reflects the divine. Of such was the spirituality of Jesus Christ. There is another kind which is like a mirage, seeming to be spiritual when it is not. That which is truly spiritual must light the path to God, and must result in deeds. We cannot believe the call to be spiritual when there is no result. Spirit is reality, and when the spirit in each of us seeks to join itself with the Great Reality, it must in turn give life.”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in London, p. 107


4 thoughts on “Spirituality vs? Religion

  1. As human beings evolve to enjoy every interaction, they can learn to patiently explore ideas without judgment.

    Your own vibration is your life. Nothing other than that is ever true or enduring. To know what you do not desire and to distinguish that from what you do desire teaches you how to sort through feelings about anything. To sense any feeling other than love about a person, concept or thing is a sign for you to learn to understand why you are untrue to yourself. To be true is to love and appreciate all as is. You need not adopt what you do not believe, and yet, you need not criticize or generate negative emotion either.

  2. Some people judge ‘spirituality’ and ‘religion’ with intent to criticize or compare. If you believe you exist to serve others and to learn perpetually, then you may also believe certain questions raised about the two are purposely left unanswered so you are free to come to your own conclusions.

    Silver Birch offers this ‘food’ for thought:
    “Theologians have made out of religion a great mystery, a superstructure of words and doctrines that bring doubt and perplexity and confusion, and yet, the essence of all religion and the desire of all life is expressed in one word: Service. He who strives to forget self and to serve is expressing the Great Spirit.”

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