What is the difference between being religious and being spiritual?
As a Christian I was taught being spiritual and religious were the same thing. But they have very different effects on our lives. Because of how religion is oriented, feelings of anxiety, depression, anger, grief, and confusion is normalized. In other words, because so many people in religion suffer from the same afflictions people believe it is how things are supposed to be!
In other words, because so many people in religion suffer from the same afflictions people believe it is how things are supposed to be!
Religion does have spiritual components. That’s why it can attract and hold “believers.” People stay because they believe the natural spiritual components to be unique to the religion. But the spiritual components of religion are not unique to religion.
Feelings of awe and wonder when you connect to the larger version of yourself is NORMAL. In Christianity, you are taught that this experience is because you connected to Jesus in some way. But the truth is it has nothing to do with the name you call it as you were taught in religion. A Muslim and a Jew have the same experience. Neither of them believes in Jesus as God. Its part of the human experience.
Let me make this clear spirituality does not need a group or a name. It is singularly personal and subjective.
I promote learning of African spirituality because it is the basis of the Christian religion. it is something that most African-Americans are intimately familiar with. When I connect biblical teachings to their origin in Africa it shows the African diaspora that our ancestors contributed to the world MANY great things beyond slaves and resources.
It is also a framework in which to gain deeper metaphysical knowledge and develop self-confidence. It is a change to gain a perspective that will allow you to live life authentically you.
One of the fears I see put out across social media by Christians is the fear of being judged by other Christians. Why is there such a culture of being so judgemental toward others in Christianity?
I believe it goes deep into the idea of most religions and Christianity in particular that there is a “right” way to live and exist on earth.
The idea that one religion had the ultimate truth is something that was unique to Christianity. No other religions in antiquity made this claim.
People are judgemental today because so many of them find it difficult to live the “right way” or “righteously” that they must find fault in others so that they don’t feel so negatively about themselves.
Within the original teachings, personal authenticity was a key component. It was recognized that every part of creations was a representation of the original source.
The bible says this by saying we are all made in the image of God, but in practice, we were taught that we were different. We are made in “his” image but “He” could send us to hell for eternity.
The idea that you must conform to some ideal is a contradiction that most of us know does not work in real life. But, a disconnect is taught in Christianity. Anyone that has two children will know not to make one be like the other. The child that is made to feel that their authentic being is somehow seen as inferior to the other usually rebels.
But in Christianity, we are taught to be like a perfect Godman that walked the earth. It is an impossible task to live in comparison to some perceived perfect individual. You are taught that you are defective.
This takes you right back to the idea why there is so much judgment of others in Christianity. Basically, if I can’t be perfect let me point out that others are not either. My sin is not as bad as their sin.
The truth is the system of Christianity is defective. It’s not you. You are a spiritual being having a human experience.
You were born spiritual and taught religion. They are not the same.