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    Can you be spiritual without being religious?

    Can you be spiritual without being religious?

    Spirituality might be exemplified by this quote.
    John 6 ; 63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

    One can practice spirituality alone. One cannot practice religiosity without a group/tribe.

    Religiosity, I would define roughly, as promoting an organized or local church/temple/tribe etc.

    Spirituality ignores our tribal instincts. Our religiosity demand that we cater to our tribal/fellowship needs.

    If you are spiritually minded and have a working moral system that you think is the best, I think that you should want to share it and have others follow it. To share it should have you join a church or religion so as to promote your good thinking.

    Does a spiritual mind, if truly spiritual, have to join a religion, even if not morally up to your standard, in order to share your view and perhaps help that religion rise up to your better standard of excellence?

    If you answer yes to that question, is that why spiritually minded atheists and others now forming atheist churches or churches that take a more secular role within society?

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    IMO that makes more sense. You dont have the made up malarkey that goes along with religious sects. You know how they all have their own versions of things..
    Why say you believe in the bible when you dont even adhere to it?

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    I am spiritual not religious, I follow strive Christ not a Church, or Religion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TNVolunteer73 View Post
    I am spiritual not religious, I follow strive Christ not a Church, or Religion.
    If you are following the New Testament, you are following a religion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
    If you are following the New Testament, you are following a religion.

    I dunno... Claiming to follow and following are two distinctly different things.

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    Can you be spiritual without being religious?

    One need not adhere to any particular religion in order to believe in magic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
    If you are following the New Testament, you are following a religion.
    No, Religion is Church of Christ, Southern Baptist, Methodist or a Pope.. I don't follow a religion I follow the teachings of Christ.

    Just as you following the Teachings of the Prophets and Judges of the Old Testament isn't religion..
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    Quote Originally Posted by NightSwimmer View Post
    I dunno... Claiming to follow and following are two distinctly different things.
    I suppose I should have said "claim to follow," but that distinction was not really what was being addressed. I could just as easily say "if you claim to follow the New Testament, you are claiming to follow a religion."
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    Quote Originally Posted by TNVolunteer73 View Post
    No, Religion is Church of Christ, Southern Baptist, Methodist or a Pope.. I don't follow a religion I follow the teachings of Christ.
    Those are not separate religions. They are sectarian churches of the same religion. And those churches all make the same claim you just did, about following the teachings of Jesus.

    Quote Originally Posted by TNVolunteer73 View Post
    Just as you following the Teachings of the Prophets and Judges of the Old Testament isn't religion..
    That does not make sense. First of all, the book entitled "Judges" is included in the Nevi'im (Prophets) section of the Tanakh (your "Old Testament"). Second, the only teachings of the prophets (as well as those contained in the Ketuvim section of the Tanakh) are related to the degree to which Israel followed, or did not follow, the Torah. Third, Judaism is the religion of the Jewish people, which is to say following (or attempting to follow) the Torah (which includes the oral Torah).

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNVolunteer73 View Post
    No, Religion is Church of Christ, Southern Baptist, Methodist or a Pope.. I don't follow a religion I follow the teachings of Christ.

    Smart move. That's much less expensive than being an actual Christian.

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