Spirituality and Religion

Recently in English class we were debating and discussing the difference between being religious and being spiritual. Previously, I did not realize there was a difference between the two but further analysis has revealed otherwise. I thought I would share some thoughts.

Being religious meaning adhering to a certain set of specific system of belief, worship, or conduct that prescribes certain responses to the existence.  I see spirituality as a deeply personal connection to a greater force which cannot be personified. Therefore religious people can be spiritual. However, spiritual people do not necessarily have to be religious. Many people who do feel that deep personal connection but who are not affiliated with any organized religion prefer to refer to themselves as “spiritual”.

I see religion as a way to help people achieve spiritual connection. In a sense, many who are spiritual but not religious actually have a greater grasp of life and their existence because in order to be spiritual, one must have a clear goal or a purpose which leads them to believe.

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