By Carlos Solis |Staff Writer|
Religion is defined as an “organized system of beliefs in a god or in a group of gods,” “ceremonies and rules used to worship a god or a group of gods,” or “an activity that is very important to a person or group,” according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
Spiritual is defined as “relating to a person’s spirit,” “relating to religion or religious beliefs,” “having similar values and ideas,” “related or joined” in spirit according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
I believe you can be religious and not spiritual or vice versa. However, I also think you can be both.
“I believe in God and as a Christian feel the Bible shows there’s a way to conduct yourself if you’re a believer,” stated Keith Rivas CSUSB student regarding religion.
Rivas also stated that he believes spirituality is an “emphasis on time alone with God and a relationship with Him.”
Being a religious person is great, in my opinion. Every Sunday one may attend their respective temple or church, sing hymns, give tithes, and say prayers.
I like the concept of scripture and following an organized system of a belief, and sometimes I may follow certain religious
However, some people disagree on the concept of religion.
“I don’t agree with the concept and ideals of organized religion but I do believe in God. Not the Christian or Hindu or any organized religion’s representation of God, [but] my own personal, spiritual meaning of what God is,” stated Alexandra Garcia, CSUSB student.
I understand some people are not into religious practices, may disagree with the man-made structure of organized religion or don’t like the term itself, but they might believe in a higher power or self-induced power.
“Spirituality is where people find their meaning in their life. It’s something higher than themselves, though not necessarily attached to religion,” as quoted from retired Presbyterian Reverend Patricia Megregian.
I agree with Megregian’s statement because spirituality is much more than its denotative meaning.
I think spirituality encourages us to find our own meaning, or to be connected with a higher power. It also teaches us to be kind and caring.
I consider myself both a religious and spiritual person because I believe they can go together.
I am religious because I do
identify as Christian. I attend church on Sundays, read the Bible, and even pray before every meal.
I also consider myself spiritual because I search for a personal relationship with God.
The God I believe in is the Judeo-Christian God, the one that I believe is the creator of Earth, the one who answers my prayers, and also defines purpose in my life.
I like the feeling of being in church on Sunday, but I know I’m not condemned if I miss one service.
If you don’t identify with any of these terms it’s okay, you can find the meaning of life in the path you want.
Whatever religion you follow, Christianity, Catholicism, Islam, Judaism or Scientology (if you are brave enough) or if you identify as a spiritual person, I think what is most important is to find meaning to your life.
Shia LaBeouf said — “Just do it.”