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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Quotes of the Week 176 - Relgious/Spiritual

Question: I’m not really religious, but I am spiritual, which some friends find odd. Do I have to be religious in order to be spiritual?

Answer: Not at all. Being religious means belonging to a specific faith and conforming to its teachings and practices. Being spiritual means living your life in a manner that cultivates universal justice, gratitude, and compassion. Being religious and being spiritual are not mutually exclusive, and there are religions that promote both. Unfortunately, there are also religions that promote an “us versus them” attitude that limits justice, gratitude, and compassion to the in-group only. Celebrate the former; beware the latter.

Question: A lot of my friends are leaving our church for a more liberal one. Our pastor says they are putting their souls in jeopardy. Why are they willing to risk eternity in hell?

Answer: I suspect your friends are no longer motivated by fear and are looking for a church rooted in love. When a church threatens people who leave, it is not a church but a cult. The question isn’t why your friends are leaving, but why are you staying?

--Rabbi Rami Shapiro, from Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler, in Spirituality & Health Magazine, May/June 2011 edition

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