11 Responses to “What is the difference between being “SPIRITUAL” and being “Religious”?”

  • pumpkin kitty!:

    there is a fine line between the two.

    spiritual – adjective

    1. of, pertaining to, or consisting of spirit; incorporeal.
    2. of or pertaining to the spirit or soul, as distinguished from the physical nature: a spiritual approach to life.
    3. closely akin in interests, attitude, outlook, etc.: the professor’s spiritual heir in linguistics.
    4. of or pertaining to spirits or to spiritualists; supernatural or spiritualistic.
    5. characterized by or suggesting predominance of the spirit; ethereal or delicately refined: She is more of a spiritual type than her rowdy brother.
    6. of or pertaining to the spirit as the seat of the moral or religious nature.
    7. of or pertaining to sacred things or matters; religious; devotional; sacred.
    8. of or belonging to the church; ecclesiastical: lords spiritual and temporal.
    9. of or relating to the mind or intellect.

    religious – adjective
    1. of, pertaining to, or concerned with religion: a religious holiday.
    2. imbued with or exhibiting religion; pious; devout; godly: a religious man.
    3. scrupulously faithful; conscientious: religious care.
    4. pertaining to or connected with a monastic or religious order.
    5. appropriate to religion or to sacred rites or observances.

  • The Truth Needs No Defense:

    Spirituality is internal and religion is external.

  • Selar:

    spiritual is of God
    religion is of men

  • Gardenia 2:

    To be religious is to follow a dogma and pre set beliefs. To be spiritual is to find your own way. While it may involve some domga, its usually very loose and reasonable.

  • miiieeeeeeeeesh:

    being spiritual means that you have certain beliefs like in god and heaven etc. but being religious means that you follow a certain religion and attend mass or say the rosary or wear a yarmulke depending on the religion of course. spiritual people do not practice organized religions so they do not take part in the traditions that go along with them (usually) i no that i am more spiritual than anything really but i am still catholic and i still attend church, however i do not agree totally and completely with the views of the catholic church.

  • Lucinda S:

    Religious coheres with the practices, traditions, actions.
    Spirituality is one’s relationship with the divine but most importantly, oneself.

    People have the misconception that spirituality is based on the human need for a group but really spirituality is the wholeness in being seemingly alone.

  • Papagenu II:

    Religion is an institution

    Spirituality is just freelance philosophy

    Its the difference between playing street hockey vs joining a team. On the team you have a responsibility, off a team you can just play for fun

  • jojokeeper:

    Religion is the road.
    Spiritually is the destination.
    It is altogether a great deal more complicated than I have said but a simple question allows for a simple answer.

  • robert f:

    religious is saying you have faith in what you believe allowing no other to come between you and that belief.

    Spiritual is feeling the connection of an entity (higher power) etc. but not knowing what it may be yet you still are content to have these feelings in the broader sense.

    not believing means that in order to eliminate the first you must not ever put yourself into a sense of hope based on the second.

    understanding these all together at any time is not possible and therefore holds no merit to relying on any or all three.

    like having a sealed glass tube filled with half water half air equally. you see both but can not separate either left long enough they all vanish including the tube which was not mentioned in the view yet existed as well.

    Do not run off and start a new religion based on the above example since we do not need any new nuts on the planet as we are saturated already.

  • Dorie:

    I think being “Religious” opens up more room for being judgmental. People believe deeply in their religion. Doing so, makes them more prone to judge others who aren’t their religion, or who might believe differently than them.

    Being “Spiritual” leaves all the tags all the name calling, and all the judgment to the religious folks. I am a Christian in the sense that I am a follower of Christ. I prefer to follow Christ and read the messages from the Bible as He intended for me to read it.

    Too much corruption and greed has led me away from the “church”. I don’t want to waste my time, listening to a false prophet. I would much rather say a prayer and ask God for the guidance and direction that I need in My life. I enjoy being a vessel and doing His work in everyday life. It’s not easy, but it’s easier than trying to measure up to what some religious people think you should be.
    Hope this helps. God Bless

  • Zsolt H:

    You have already received plenty of excellent answers, there is not much I can add.
    The two are basically the opposite to each other.
    Spirituality gives you the direct connection between us human beings, and between the connected single human creature and nature.
    It gives us the true meaning of love.
    It is more difficult to achieve than we think at first, because it goes against everything we practice, and accept as norm these days.
    But if we follow the right, practical method, all of us can achieve the above mentioned goals in life.
    The link below can start us on such a path:
    http://www.kabbalah.info/course/main/?utm_source=Yahoo!%2BAnswers&utm_medium=forum&utm_content=text-link&utm_campaign=semester-winter-2008
    I hope you will find it helpful.

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