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“I’m spiritual, not religious”

“I’m spiritual, not religious”.
Eric Hyde has a nice article on the delineation between spiritual and religious.

It strikes me that many who might utter such a phrase are reacting to the dogma of organized religion.  Erkhart Tolle’s book A New Earth really crystallized for me that religions hold many of the same values that those who consider themselves “spiritual” aspire to.  The corruption of this higher ideal, however, may occur when people shift their focus from enlightenment and understanding to ‘putting asses in the seats’.  The shift of priorities from teaching to merely filling a building, and thus a collection plate, may mean that the patrons of such institutions may not be as virtuous or spiritual as one might assume, as though there is some mathematical equation between holiness and time spent going through the motions.

It strikes me that the closer people get to being in touch with a greater force (The Force in a Jedi sense?)  in this world, the closer people get to recognizing that such a force might be called by many names.  Perhaps each religion is pointing to the same elemental force that is tangible and real to those who are aware of such a presence.

Consider the major three religions (as I understand them): Islam, Christianity, and Judaism.  Christianity and Judaism are quite similar–the old testament is the Torah; the difference is that Judaism doesn’t subscribe to the New Testament, and thus Christ as the son of God (though they do consider him a prophet).  Muslims beliefs are quite closely aligned with Judaism as well–they even share similar dietary restrictions.  Each of the religions tout similar values of kindness to one another and personal virtue.

Has it become a semantic debate about the name we assign to God?

What is in a name?

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