~Spiritual or Religious~

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So, I’ve been on social media enlightening some folks as well as gaining some enlightening from folks, and I keep coming across those “topic baiters”. You know, people who post controversial subject matter to invoke heated debate.

Religion is one of the main topics of debate these days; aside from the Clinton vs. Trump shenanigans.

Personally, I’ve always considered myself a spiritual person just because of the way I view the world and choose to live my life, but I grew up in a family of church goers. My last few experiences in a church setting were reminders of why I’’ stopped attended church for years. I always felt infringed upon. Stand, sing, hug, hold hands, tithe, bye.

And they almost always aren’t as polite as when it’s time to collect tithes, and just as brash when it’s over, and time to go.

So, decided to do some research and see what I could find when comparing spirituality to religion.

Spirituality has existed since the beginning of time. It was the Kemet was of life. It is an inner knowing of an existence of a higher being or higher existence. Through meditation and relaxation techniques, one can reach a level of impenetrable spirituality, impossible to understand.

Now, granted polytheism (a worship of more than one god), was very prevalent in Ancient Egypt. But even that was an inner knowing, of a connection to nature gods such as birds, trees, symbols, deities and nature itself.

Egyptian Spirituality teaches; during one’s life on earth one is expected to uphold the principle Ma’at (harmony) with an understanding that one’s actions in life affected not only one’s self but others’ lives as well, and the operation of the universe. People were expected to depend on each other to keep balance as this was the will of the gods to produce the greatest amount of pleasure and happiness for humans through a harmonious existence which also enabled gods to better perform their tasks. (Is this not an inner knowing?)  http://www.ancient.eu/Egyptian_Religion/

Religion, unlike spirituality, is a man-made belief and/or teaching that did not even come into existence until 600 B.C when the Persians invaded Egypt; though it’s argued that the Romans introduced Christianity to Egypt in the 4th century; many Egyptians rejecting it for their loyalty and worship of goddess Isis (fertility goddess).

Religion is an outer teaching, of ways and philosophies of life’s existence and evolution. It’s interchangeable by race, world location, class of people, etc. (Jews, Muslims, Whites, Wealthy, etc.) Religion is a belief and way of life based mainly on the teachings of a religious book (Bible, Qur’an, Torah, etc.) Most if not all religions have daily or weekly sermons amongst a congregation teaching only and solely, things outlined in that particular doctrine.

There is nothing in any religious book that teaches about keeping balance through unification of humanity, to ensure a harmonious existence among people; like spirituality does.

In fact, there is pedophilia, molestation, rape, murder and mass sin and negative karma written blatantly metaphorically, with some sprinkles of similes, all throughout the bible. Religion teaches of segregation through the enslavement of people. It teaches social divide by way of heaven vs hell; king vs peasant; rich vs poor.

Religion teaches intolerance; where spirituality encourages unity and oneness. Religion promotes pain and suffering; where spirituality exemplifies peace and harmony for all. Religion speaks of a heaven and hell; where spirituality makes known that we create our realities by the energy that we put out into the universe – in essence, we create our own heaven or hell through our own actions and treatment of others amongst the universe.

Religion is man-made; spirituality is a universal existence of energy and karma.

I don’t know about y’all, but I ditched religion about a year ago; the moment I grasped the understanding of the difference in it vs spirituality.

I have witnessed false prophets, intolerance, persecution, harsh and cruel judgement and punishment, segregation and hatred within religion. Women aren’t even respected nor properly acknowledged in most religions.

According to the bible, women are said to have originated from the rib of a man in Genesis 2:22 – “Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.”

In reality how can that be when women are the ones that actually carry and deliver children.

In Spiritual practices, Isis is worshipped as the goddess of fertility. So how is it humanly and physiologically possible that a woman was created from the rib of a man?

What about the Adam and Eve story? 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”  Forbidden to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil; doomed to peril if that order is not obeyed. Sounds more like a form of manipulation; encouraging people to not question good vs evil; at the same time damning the image of the woman. It makes one wonder why someone would want that type of knowledge hidden, unless there was a hidden agenda….

Spirituality however, encourages enlightenment on all levels. It speaks to Karma; actions and reactions; cause and effect; positive and negative energy. Are these not forms of knowledge of good and evil?

Contradictions as great as these, are enough to question the true validity of religion, period.

It seems to me that the idea of religion is a plagiarized essence of spirituality; but twisted in such a way that religion favors only a particular class and race of people.

Just my two cents….

 

Some side tea, via a quick google search:

Religion usually entails adhering to a certain dogma or belief system. Spirituality places little importance on intellectual beliefs, but is concerned with growing into and experiencing the Divine consciousness. 2. … The spiritual approach to God is through the path of love.