“Who, me? Religious? No thanks! I’m pretty spiritual but religion really turns me off.”
Ever heard someone say something like that? Ever said it yourself?
So what is it with this spiritual/religious divide? What makes what used to go together fall so far apart? Is it related to the idea that living-together seems to have more appeal than marriage?
“Who, us? Get married? No thanks! We’re pretty compatible but marriage really turns us off.”
What’s wrong with commitment? And, what does science have to do with any of this?
“Who me? Be scientific? No thanks! I’m pretty rational but exposing my ideas to the possibility of being disproven really turns me off.”
Just because some people get away with having their ideas accepted even when they aren’t true doesn’t make science invalid.
Just because some people get along famously living-together doesn’t invalidate marriage.
Just because engaging in spiritual activities makes a person more loving doesn’t make religion reprehensible.
It’s what people have made of marriage that makes many shy from it.
It’s what people have done to the use of the mind that has fostered less than rigorous thinking.
It’s what folks do in the name of religion that sends people running…
Marriage is an institution that makes a relationship more than being pretty compatible.
Science is an institution that makes thought more than pretty rational.
Religion is an institution that makes spirituality more than being a nice person…
There is also a science to marriage—a method of perfecting the living-together.
A science of religion?
I’ll leave you with a statement from the Prophet-Founder of the Bahá’í Faith.
“Consider the rational faculty with which God hath endowed the essence of man. Examine thine own self, and behold how thy motion and stillness, thy will and purpose, thy sight and hearing, thy sense of smell and power of speech, and whatever else is related to, or transcendeth, thy physical senses or spiritual perceptions, all proceed from, and owe their existence to, this same faculty. So closely are they related unto it, that if in less than the twinkling of an eye its relationship to the human body be severed, each and every one of these senses will cease immediately to exercise its function, and will be deprived of the power to manifest the evidences of its activity. It is indubitably clear and evident that each of these afore-mentioned instruments has depended, and will ever continue to depend, for its proper functioning on this rational faculty, which should be regarded as a sign of the revelation of Him Who is the sovereign Lord of all. Through its manifestation all these names and attributes have been revealed, and by the suspension of its action they are all destroyed and perish.”
Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 163