How can you be religious but not as spiritual? Is there really a difference? What separate distinction do these two words have between each other? If you haven’t already realized that, in this society many people are believers, but not so much as spiritual. Is that a bad thing? I want us to really understand the difference between being religious and being spiritual.
Many people study different types of religions. It says ” the fact that many of the negative things which people attribute to religions are features of some forms of some religions(usually Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), but not of other religions (like Taoism or Buddhism).” We are stating that being spiritual is expressing our religion. By worshiping our spirit it shows that our religion is more than that. It is a way of getting deeper with him(God). It bring a deeper meaning to us when we believe.
It is said “Religion is spiritual and spirituality can also be considered religious. One tends to be more personal and private while the other tends to incorporate public rituals and organized doctrines.” So with that being said, would you define religious equivalent with spiritual? These two might have certain differences, but applies same meaning depending on the way it would be used.
I want you to understand the difference between the two. It states that “Religion is an institution established by man for various reasons. Exert control, instill morality, stroke egos, or whatever it does. Organized, structured religions all but remove god from the equation”. This implies that you worship among one man. His words would be the most meaningless to you. Your everyday waking moment would be up to him. Unlike the word spirituality would not be as similar, it states “Spirituality is born in a person and develops in the person. It may be kick started by a religion, or it may be kick started by a revelation. Spirituality extends to all facets of a person’s life. Spirituality is chosenwhile religion is often times forced. Being spiritual to me is more important and better than being religious.” This means that you are basically getting deeper with yourself. You find yourself more valued. You might express religion, but deep down you only applying it to acknowledge more of you being a human being.
In this one article they study two groups, those who are religious but not spiritual and those who are spiritual but not religious. You would not probably suspected that “Researchers discovered that people who are spiritual but not religious tend to have lower self-control than those who are religious.” Also that the percentage between religious and spiritual. It stated that “found that the number of people who are not affiliated with a religion had increased 5 percent since 2007. That same survey found 18 percent of Americans identified themselves as spiritual but not religious, while 59 percent identified as both, and just 5 percent said they were religious but not spiritual.” This concludes that the spiritual people and religious people changed over some years.
Cited sources: http://www.deseretnews.com/…/Religious–vs–spiritual-Study-says-the-t…