These two terms have always seemed to be categorized together, when in fact they are quite different from one another. While they do have some qualities that overlap, at their core they are two different animals.
Let us start with Religion. Webster’s defines religion as, “a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects.” In short, religion is a set of beliefs agreed upon individuals in an organized manner. The simply way to think about this is by examining any religion of the world. Be it Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism or another set of organized beliefs, these all have certain dogmatic principles which people adhere to, and which guide their lives. The key word to categorize and set religion apart is “organized,” or that of being coordinated and having a formal structure. This leaves little room to wonder away from the organization and can make it difficult for those who have questions relating to the religion they find themselves a part of.
Spirituality is an idea that can both relate to religion in the fact that religious people can obtain a certain spiritual connection to their chosen God, but in reality, the hard fast definition has more to do with the self, and how the self comes to understand God outside of an organized religion. Often terms associated with spirituality are meditation, prayer, contemplation and connectedness. These terms are used to define the separation of the spiritual from the religious since spirituality is a philosophical idea, which transcends religion and allows one to find their own path without the restrictions of an organized religion’s rules.
Throughout this page, I intend to cover the main dogmatic principles of the five major religions on earth, while venturing into some organized religions and spiritual concepts that most may have never heard of. It is important to know how each religion originated, their history, their teachings, commands, restrictions , as well as what similarities exist between them in order to see that each contain similar elements to one another.
Along with this, I will explore the various guises of spirituality, their origins and cross-cultural breakdowns of spirituality’s importance across the globe. Spirituality has no set standard of rules or traditions, which make it a topic that can be somewhat confusing to those who have never explored what spirituality actually is and means.
Several articles on this page some may find offensive, yet my intention is to force people to think about not only the religion they believe and live by, but to develop an understanding and respect for those who believe in something completely different. It is my firm belief that if you devote your life to a single religious or spiritual dogma, and are unlearned on the origin and history of that belief structure, then you are committing a massive disservice. That is why I am here, to help by breaking down the various religions in terms that are easy to understand, and engage is discussions to further elaborate on questions ones may have.
When dealing with religion and spirituality there is no right answer in terms of one being more important, or one being the true path. While each hold their own unique importance and relevance, they also hold their own pitfalls and questionable practices. I ask that you return frequently to this page and learn as much as you can about the religious and spiritual practices of the people that you share this planet with. My dream is to educate others in order to eliminate ignorance, violence and stigma associated with religious and spiritual differences. I thank you for your interest and hope that this forum will yield many in-depth discussions related to this topic in order to bring humans together, rather than separate us over something that cannot be proven one way or another.