Contrary to popular belief, spirituality and religion are similar yet very different.
Spirituality in my mind is a connection with a higher power, whatever you call it—God, the universe, your guardian angels, a positive life force, etc.
Religion is typically organized and follows a relatively specific path of ideas and beliefs. Catholicism is a religion. Islam is a religion. Judaism is a religion.
Where it all gets blurry is in our culture.
There are so many books out there fueling the debate. God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens is a perfect example of how misleading this whole discussion is. If you read the book, you’ll realize actually what he is criticizing is organized religion, not necessarily or primarily God/the universe/a higher power/spirituality.
Of course, spirituality and religion can and do intermingle in a lot of people. While my personal beliefs stray away from organized religion and more toward the spiritual end of things, I think embracing religion is wonderful, as along as it only involves love (the true basis for all religious belief) and not extremism.
The bottom line is this: I’d like to see more people unite and work together rather than have hate and wars because of conflicting religious—or spiritual—beliefs.
What’s your take on spirituality versus religion?
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