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What is the difference between Spirituality and Religion?

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Eloy~ Do you believe the 'church-age' is over since you said you believe religion is death, but spirit is life? Have you stopped attending denominational churches?

I have attended open 'AA' meetings with friends and it feels very spiritual and I can see changes in people's lives...changes toward humility, seeking God's way, turning from sin etc. There is no rigid format there, just understanding and striving to live a more spiritual life.

However, any church I've been to feels rigid, filled with man-made religious rules etc. I literally feel nauseous and sick after attending church services. Does church make you feel that way too?
---Anne on 12/14/08

The Spirit is Life: religion is death.
---Eloy on 9/1/08

"What is the difference between Spirituality and Religion?"

Religion is a method of worship, and biblically there is only one true religion.
Spirituality, not to be confused with spiritualism, is the worship itself. Defined by a true love and devotion for and to our Father, produced by the indwelling presence of His Holy Spirit.
---joseph on 8/31/08

Religion is what is hung on the outside of the church door. Baptist, Pentecost, Methodist, etc. I am born of the spirit of God, not the religion of God. Religion is what separates people from coming together in unity and worshiping God the way it should be done. Too many people in churches are hung up on man-made worshiping hour, traditions, religious formalities. I call these hand-me-down religion, they believe in what their great-grandparents believe and they won't believe any other way, regardless if they have been shown the truth. I don't want religion separating me from worshiping with anyone.
---Rebecca_D on 7/28/08


From what I gather, you are saying that Christianity IS a religion (organized set of beliefs) in which people do NOT attempt to save themselves (for Christians believe it is impossible to do so).

I argue that what distinguishes Christianity from religion is the question of WHO is making the effort (God or man). If I were to describe a person as being "religous", what would that imply about that person? I would probably be making this description based on things THAT person DOES: attends church, reads the Bible, tithes, etc. That's all I meant by what I said in my first post.
---Bobby3 on 7/27/08

I have seen on profiles "Spiritual but not Religious". To me this means that they could be anything like NEW AGE or simply have concocted a myriad of beliefs causing them to be SPIRITUAL. Religious means that they believe a certain doctrine such as Christianity and the gospel of Jesus. Spiritual leaves much room for imagine and error.
---jody on 7/26/08

jude,whatever its called,whatever name you apply to it, without jesus it is nothing.God has made the plan for the salvation of the world thru the life, death,and resurrection of his son.belief in him is the only truth there is.everything else is vain,and actually not worthy of discussing.
---tom2 on 7/24/08

Dear Bobby Relgion is only man's attempt to reach GOD when the Belief system becomes a way for a person to save themselves. When belifs become more important then loving others and Loving GOD. GOD instituted a exact way of worshipping Him. He still has teachings that are true.
---Samuel on 7/24/08

We have born again preaching which makes a distinction between "religion" (meaning cultural church activities) versus "a relationship" with God. But James makes it clear > "Pure and undefiled


before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world." (James 1:27)

In order to live religion of such loving and staying unspotted, this takes not just a "relationship", but constant personal *relating* with our Father.
---Bill_bila5659 on 7/24/08

Spirituality = the quality or condition of being spiritual

Religion = an institutionalized doctrine concerning the existence, divine involvement in human life and worship of a deity

Spirituality is the walk of faith & Religion is the study of faith. But don't be deceived. Your walk can be stifled if your studies are remiss to worshiping in spirit & truth, not allowing you to go & do as the Holy Spirit dictates but only as the religion mandates.

1John 2:27 the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
---Shawn.M.T on 7/24/08

Spirituality is something you can experience without a religion. It is the ability to experience God's grace, power and forgiveness, and walk in His light. Religion is man made, and can guide a person toward spirituality, but not necessarily so. Some people get caught up in religion, and its trappings and fail to experience the spiritual side of life with God.
---Trish9863 on 7/23/08

Here is how I understand the difference: Spirituality is a generic belief in spiritual things (such as the human soul, supernatural beings, etc.). Religion is an organized belief system.

I have heard it been said that religion is man's attempt to reach God (while Christianity is God reaching fallen man).
---Bobby3 on 7/23/08

To me Spirituality shows how we respect God & we show it. Religion to me is what a person chooses to follow to support their spiritual choice.Example, since I believe the bible is true & God is my spiritual father,Jesus my brother I choose Christianity as my "religion", but from there the umbrella of denominations is wide,but as long as you follow God you can choose where to dwell within Christianity, but that is where many argue over,the denomination part.
---candic on 7/23/08

Just a reminder: the Holy Spirit is a He not an it.

As to the question, ask a dozen people and you will possibly get a dozen different answers the terms are used so freely in this world today.
---Bruce5656 on 7/23/08

Spirituality is being humble to and LOVING the creator according to objective/unbiased TRUTH and also in spirit. He is a cosmic reality and we simply don't have the ability to enter into competition with Him and 'BECOME worthy' of what He so graciously did for us. Genuine humility is being COMFORTABLE and confident that JESUS did everything necessary for us to be reconciled to God (crucifixion AND leaving His spirit with us). We can only truly love Him if we love His ways and we will treat each other the same.

Religion is conforming to man's ways and simply BELIEVING/faith (not truly LOVING) with an 'ALLEGIANCE' (partisan) to God, not a personal relationship/devotion.
---more_excellent_way on 7/23/08

James in his epistle describes true religion: helping widows and orphans, and staying unspotted from the world. So religion is a good thing if practiced that way.
---old_guy on 7/23/08

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Howdy Mima

That is quite a statment that we who belong to an organized relgion ignore the HOLY SPIRIT.

While I will not deny that some people are just relgious and not truly converted and filled with the HOLY SPIRIT. That is not true of many who belong to a relgion. Those who truly follow the HOLY SPIRIT will show by their love, kindness to others, peace of heart who they are. Many who claim to be Spiritual just do not want to actually have morals to follow.
---Samuel on 7/23/08

Religion is best described as being rigid. Formality, formalism, order of expectancy, all play a role in established recognized religions.

Spirituality on the other hand has a certain expectancy about it. It is possible that this expectancy is selffulfilled by person's spirituality. Spirituality also brings about boldness, trust, reliance on the knowledge that the Holy Spirit is working with you and failure is impossible.

Religions do not deny the Holy Spirit. They merely neglect and overlook it.
---Mima on 7/23/08

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