The Difference Between Spiritual and Religious

New Thought and Spirituality go hand and hand.  As a movement, New Thought philosophies focus on teaching a person more about fostering a relationship between themselves and the Divine.  Typically it void of doctrine — and can pull from all or any traditions that speak to the individual.

Most people find religion as a list of rules, regulations and Biblical (or other holy books) arbitrary laws they must abide by, with the goal of getting to heaven (or avoiding hell) when they leave this body. But what about life right here and now?

Even Jesus said he came to give us life more abundantly! Doesn’t that mean we can enjoy life — or heaven on earth — right here and now, today and every day?

To make this simple, the distinction between Spirituality and Religion can be summed up this way:

The Difference Between Spiritual and Religious

Believe in the Bible or not — either is okay. Regardless, it’s still a great resource for parables of living. But if you cannot experience or feel it, beyond lip service, then why?

While in the Christian movement, I probably read the Bible through, cover to cover, at least 25 times. Finally, one day, I prayed that if this book couldn’t change me into a better or happier person, I wasn’t going to read another page.

It was then I personally put my Bible away and began to search for true spirituality – the type that is not chewed up and spit back to me in someone else’s language. I wanted that wonderful feeling of knowing that good and perfect thoughts come from within me.

For me, the move to spirituality is expressed perfectly in Ben Jamison’s words from his book, Church-Free Spirituality:

“Spirituality … is very personal…. Religion seeks control, where spirituality encourages freedom.”

I just needed to learn to how and where to find the freedom I was longing for and associate with the same kind of positive people.  I found that in New Thought teaching (which is why I became a Licensed Spiritual Practitioner!).

Spirituality is a journey, not a destination. Why waste your life in misery, for the hope of a heavenly utopia that no one knows for sure even exists?

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