What is Spirituality & what is True Religion to you?

What is Spirituality & what is True Religion to you?

Religion to me is personal belief where no one religion is alike
& spirituality is thinking and being positive
what about you?

  1. elaineFeb 27, 2011

    Relationship!

  2. GeezahFeb 27, 2011

    “True Religion” doesn’t have any practical meaning. Everybody believes their religion to be true in some way or another. Zealots like to claim that their chosen religion is true and all the others are false, but there’s absolutely no reason why you should take their word over some other zealot from some other religion who makes the same claim.

    A “religion” though is pretty much any organized ideology of philosophy, dogma, and ritualistic expression. Contrary to popular western misconception, deities are not always part of the equation.

    >>Religion to me is personal belief where no
    >>one religion is alike

    You’re using the word to define itself here, so I’m not sure how this is a definition.

    >>& spirituality is thinking and being positive

    No, that’s called being an optimist. When people use the word “spirituality”, they obviously mean a lot more than that. And I’ve seen plenty of self-identified “spiritual” people who are anything but positive thinkers.

  3. Simon TFeb 27, 2011

    Spirituality:

    The desire to have a warm fuzzy feeling to insulate you from the harsh reality of the universe:

    True Religion:

    An example of an oxymoron.

  4. truthFeb 27, 2011

    “TO BE carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace,” wrote the apostle Paul. (Romans 8:6, King James Version) With those words, the apostle was pointing out that being a spiritual person is more than a matter of personal preference or inclination. Essentially, it is a matter of life and death. In what sense, though, does a spiritual person receive “life and peace”? According to the Bible, such a person enjoys peace now—with self and with God—and will be blessed with everlasting life in the future. (Romans 6:23; Philippians 4:7) No wonder Jesus observed: “Happy are those conscious of their spiritual need”!—Matthew 5:3.

    True Worshippers Recognized by Their Fruits
    Regarding true and false worshippers, Jesus Christ told his followers: “Never do people gather grapes from thorns or figs from thistles, do they? Likewise every good tree produces fine fruit, but every rotten tree produces worthless fruit; a good tree cannot bear worthless fruit, neither can a rotten tree produce fine fruit. . . . Really, then, by their fruits you will recognize those men.” Accordingly, true worshippers would be recognized by their fruits, or works. What are these fruits?—Matthew 7:16-20.
    First, true worship unites believers in love. Jesus explained to his disciples: “I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love among yourselves.” True followers of Christ must display love for one another that is so outstanding as to characterize them as true worshippers in the eyes of observers.—John 13:34, 35.
    For this reason it would be unthinkable for true Christians to take up arms against one another in war. Do church members keep to this standard? In World War II, the only major religious group that consistently and steadfastly refused to support the war effort in any way were Jehovah’s Witnesses. Dr. Hanns Lilje, former bishop of the Protestant Church in Hannover, Germany, wrote about the Witnesses: “They can rightfully claim to be the only major conscientious objectors in the Third Reich.” During that conflict, Witnesses in many lands chose to suffer reprisals rather than to promote or support the war.
    What other fruits did Jesus have in mind that would identify genuine disciples? In what is commonly known as the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus started by saying: “Our Father in the heavens, let your name be sanctified. Let your kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also upon earth.” Jesus assigned priority to the sanctification of God’s personal name, Jehovah. He expressed the wish that through God’s Kingdom, Jehovah’s will should be done on earth. Which religion is known for publicizing the name Jehovah and for proclaiming that God’s Kingdom is mankind’s only hope for peace on earth? Jehovah’s Witnesses publish the good news of the Kingdom in 236 countries and territories, disseminating literature in over 470 languages.—Matthew 6:9, 10.
    Moreover, Jehovah’s Witnesses follow Jesus’ example in staying clear of political and social controversies. “They are no part of the world, just as I am no part of the world,” Jesus said of his disciples. In addition, the Witnesses accept the Bible as God’s Word and are convinced that “all Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness, that the man of God may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good work.”—John 17:14, 17; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17.
    True Religion Is Set Apart
    These fruits—self-sacrificing love, the desire to sanctify Jehovah’s name, the proclamation of God’s Kingdom, separateness from the world, and faith in the Bible—all characterize true worshippers. Such fruits also set genuine worshippers apart from other religions. One lady who had enjoyed several conversations with Jehovah’s Witnesses drew her own conclusions and said: “I know many religions, and they are all similar to one another. You are the only ones who are completely different from the others.”
    Clearly, all religions do not lead to the same God. But there is one group that stands apart from all others—Jehovah’s Witnesses, now numbering over seven million around the world. By advocating and adhering to God’s Word, the Bible, they have done what no other group or organization has been able to do, namely, unite people of diverse nationalities, languages, ethnic backgrounds, and races in worship of the one true God, Jehovah. They will be happy to help you learn about the true God, find out what he requires of you, and enjoy the peace and security that come from worshipping God in the way that he approves. Is that not a worthwhile goal?

  5. micahFeb 27, 2011

    The God of the Bible, Jehovah, is a Holy God, So his people must be Holy, And they are!

    1 Peter 1:16  because it is written: “YOU must be holy, because I am holy.”

    Only one Religion in the world holds fast to the high moral standards of the Bible, they are Jehovah’s Witnesses.

    By contrast, the Bible warns: “The time will come when people will not listen to sound doctrine, but will follow their own desires and will collect for themselves more and more teachers who will tell them what they are itching to hear.”—2 Timothy 4:3, Today’s English Version.

    How do the religions that you know of measure up in this regard? Do they uphold the Bible’s high moral standards? Or do they water down the clear counsel found in God’s Word, telling people only “what they are itching to hear”?

    To help you determine whether a particular religion is producing good fruit, why not take the time to answer the following questions?

    http://www.watchtower.org/e/20090801/article_02.htm

  6. CAKFeb 27, 2011

    If you look up the etymology (linguistic origins) of the word “religion” you’ll find that it is derived from the root “-ligion” which means to bind together. This indicates the essential nature or true role of religion – to bring together and unite in oneness. The “re-” prefix means “again” – indicating that prior to the divisions and separations we experience in life there was a unity or oneness that we have forgotten about, and that there is a possibility for re-unity, based on our becoming aware of all that we all share in common. Spirituality has to do with one’s individual awareness of our interconnection with all beings, and with one’s own path of return towards re-unity. There are as many spiritual paths as there are individual beings.

    What most people tend to either practice, subscribe to, dismiss or condemn as religion can be more appropriately called organized religion. And those organizations that have been inspired by and formed around certain spiritual experiences have, unfortunately, served more to create greater differences and divisions amongst us than to facilitate the process of all of us coming together in oneness.

    Although each of us must ultimately travel our spiritual paths alone, it’s always nice to do it in the company of kindred spirits. But the only sort of organized spiritual group that can truly serve all of its members well – the only sort of group that can be called truly religious – is one in which everyone encourages, inspires, supports and otherwise facilitates each individual’s spiritual journey without ever getting in the way or hindering anyone’s progress in any way.

    “True Religion” is diversity uniting in oneness.
    “Spirituality” refers to an individual’s path towards oneness.

  7. Betty JeanFeb 27, 2011

    Different religions is what Satan uses against mankind to confuse them on which way is the right path into heaven. Satan doesn’t love anyone and doesn’t care if anyone perishes. Jesus Christ is my Lord and savior whom I will follow. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness

  8. ThomasFeb 27, 2011

    I think people need to be more open-minded about spirituality, I have some spiritual power, but if I was to tell a random person this, they’re so close-minded that they’ll assume I’m schizophrenic or whatever (half the people reading this probably think I’m crazy, lol) People can easily be misguided… 🙁

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