Religion versus Spirituality

I HAVE BEEN HEARING SO MUCH ON MY PERSONAL FACEBOOK PAGE ABOUT THE ISSUE OF RELIGION VERSUS SPIRITUALITY. WHAT I HAVE READ; AND LET ME SAY THIS, I READ, CHECKED OUT THE COMMENTS, GOT MY MIND BLOWN BY HOW SOME PEOPLES PERCEPTIONS OF THINGS NOT LIKE THEIRS ARE INHERENTLY BAD. I THEN TAKE A STEP BACK AND PROCESS THINGS FROM EVERY ANGLE POSSIBLE, SOMETIMES I MAY COMMENT, OTHER TIMES NOT. WITHOUT REGURGITATING THE ENTIRE POST… THE CONSENSUS WAS, THAT IF YOU WERE SPIRITUAL, THAT YOU DID NOT BELIEVE IN GOD, THE BIBLE, E.T.C. THERE WAS MORE…. I MUST APOLOGIZE FOR MY LACK OF ALL OF THEIR FACTS… AS I’D STATED EARLIER , MY MIND HAD BEEN BLOWN. IT WAS ABOUT THIS POINT THAT IT HAPPENED.

I LOOKED FOR MISSING POST. CERTAINLY I’D MISSED SOMETHING. THIS HAD TO HAVE BEEN ONE OF THOSE ” ASS END OF THE CONVERSATION” TYPE OF DEALS. I’M SURE THAT IT WAS AND IS, BUT IT GOT ME TO THINKING ABOUT MY OWN BELIEFS, WHERE DO I STAND? DO I TEETER ? SO I STARTED THINKING ABOUT ME. WHAT DO I RESONATE WITH? LETS START AT THE BEGINNING.

I LOVED CHURCH WHEN I WAS YOUNGER. THERE WAS NOTHING BETTER THEN GETTING DRESSED UP ON SUNDAY; GOING TO BIBLE STUDY ( I REALLY LOVED THIS, I WAS SMART, WITH A GOOD MEMORY AND I READ FAST; SO I COULD ANSWER ALL THE QUESTIONS, AND GET THE TREATS BEFORE THE OTHERS) OUR CHURCH ALSO HAD A CANDY STORE IN THE BASEMENT ( SO THE MONEY THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO GO IN THE OFFERING PLATE, YOU CAN KINDA SAY THE CHURCH STILL GOT IT) THEN THERE WAS THE MAIN EVENT; IT WAS A TWO PART SHOW THAT WAS FASCINATING, TO WITNESS YOUR ELDERS CATCH THE ” HOLY GHOST ” AND SPEAK IN TONGUES, IT WOULD SET THE ENTIRE CHURCH ALIVE, THE ENERGY EVEN THOUGH I WAS A SMALL CHILD, I CAN STILL FEEL IT TO THIS DAY,IF I VISUALIZE THE MOMENT. I CAN REMEMBER THINKING I WONDER WHEN IT’S GOING TO HIT ME? MAYBE IF I WAS OVER THERE CLOSER TO HER I COULD FEEL IT TOO. IT SEEMED TO BE SOME SORT OF CHAIN REACTION.

IN RETROSPECT, YES I LEARNED THE BIBLE. I CAN NOT SAY WITH ONE HUNDRED PERCENT CERTAINTY IF I TRULY BELIEVED EVERY WORD IN THE BIBLE.

THINKING BACK, EVEN WAY BACK THEN I WENT FOR THE WRONG REASONS… STAY THE COURSE , DON’T DISPARAGE.

NOW HERE’S THE FUNNY THING, ONCE YOU LEARN THE BIBLE, IT IS IN YOUR HEAD; WHETHER IT’S LYING DORMANT IN YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS, OR SITTING STAND-BY ON YOUR FRONTAL CORTEX AWAITING RELIGIOUS DEBATE. SO YOUR BELIEF, OR LACK THERE-OF COMES INTO CONFLICT IN YOUR MIND AT TIMES, JUST BECAUSE ITS RETAINED KNOWLEDGE ASSUMED TO BE TRUTH.

EXAMPLE: I LOVE STATUES OF BUDDHA. I THINK THEY’RE BEAUTIFUL, I LOVE THE DIFFERENT POSES OF BUDDHA ; MEDITATING BUDDHA, GASSHO BUDDHA, ENLIGHTENED BUDDHA. I DO NOT LIKE LAUGHING BUDDHA , I DON’T KNOW WHY. A FEW YEARS AGO AS I WENT TO PURCHASE MY FIRST ONE, THE FEELINGS OF FEAR AROSE IN ME, AS I CHIMED ” THOU SHALL NOT WORSHIP ANY FALSE IDOLS” I THOUGHT ( WHAAATTT.)  AM I DOING THIS IF I BUY THE STATUE?  SERIOUSLY I WAS CONFLICTED IN MY DECISION FOR ABOUT TEN MINUTES. THEN I REMEMBERED.  OH YEAH. I KNOW WHAT I BELIEVE IN . I KNOW WHERE MY FAITH LIES. SO I BOUGHT IT.

I BELIEVE IN GOD. I BELIEVE IN JESUS. I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT.

I AM SPIRITUAL.

GOD IS LOVE.  HE LIVES WITHIN US ALL, WHETHER WE BELIEVE OR NOT.  FOR MYSELF, HE’S THE HEAD OF MY LIFE. THE CENTER OF MY HEART AND THE ONE WHO GUIDES MY FEET.

#LOVEANDLIGHTUNITE

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