Spirituality vs Religion, Part II

Spirituality vs Religion Part I can be found here.

There are three distinct aspects to ‘God’ in the Christian religion.  They are often referred to as ‘the holy trinity’, but I believe the holy trinity is misrepresented.

The ‘religious’ trinity is as follows;

  1. God the Father
  2. God the Son (Jesus), and
  3. God the Holy Spirit

The spiritual trinity appears very similar on paper, but it is worlds apart in practice, for me, anyway;

  1. The Divine
  2. The Human Experience
  3. The Divine Within

For years, I have been seeking a way to fit my faith into my religion.  I simply couldn’t.  But Atheism, in the traditional sense of the word (belief that there is no god at all) didn’t feel like truth to me, either.

Those of us who experience fear of abandoning our religions are experiencing a spiritual crisis.  The Divine Within can sense the tidbits of truth within the religious texts, but at the same time, it can sense the falsehoods and misrepresentations they contain as well.  The root of the problem is because we have no way of knowing which parts are truth and which are a lie, and the fear of getting it wrong and ending up in hell paralyzes us, or sends us into a panic.

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Spirituality vs Religion

Despite all appearances to the contrary, this isn’t a Christian post… it’s a post I started that, by the end of the second in the series, allowed me to free myself from the bondage of religion in pursuit of getting to know God/Source/the Universe in a way that feels right and true for ME.

I was raised in the Christian church, so obviously the religious text I am most familiar with is the Bible.  The following verses really spoke to me in regard to my topic today:

Matthew 19:14

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Matt. 18:2-4

He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

What are children, if not beings entering a new world, learning how to navigate it and communicate with those already there?  That’s exactly how I feel.  Like a child, newly borne into a spiritual world I don’t understand.  Because I don’t fully comprehend this world, I may desire things that aren’t good for me, or be unable to express myself adequately, but that willingness to learn and to grow and to explore is the only way to access the pinnacle of the spiritual world, or in religious terms, ‘heaven’.

I was raised in a religious household, but not a spiritual one.  Religion demands, it restricts and regulates.  Spirituality is a growth process, an expansion.  It is an exploration into an entirely new world.  Religion is the square hole in which humanity attempts to thrust the round peg of Spirituality. Continue reading “Spirituality vs Religion”