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Spriituality Versus Religion
by Sherry L Gibson   
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Last edited: Monday, August 30, 2004
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Are Religion and Spirituality the same thing?

Religion and God are two separate entities.  Man-made organizations set up to fulfill the human need for rules, laws and guidance.  Religions are as varied as the people who establish them.  Men have fought and died for their religions over the years.  Today, people are still fighting and dying over their religious beliefs.  I want to rise above religion and talk about spirituality.  I want to cast aside religion as a man-made thing and talk about  the reality of God, the possibility that such a being does exist.

 

I do not believe in religion as it exists today.  To believe in religion one would have to believe that a mere human is capable of being right about everything. I would have to believe that some men are all knowing.  I am not capable of bestowing such power on any man.  We are all imperfect and we all make mistakes.  I am not willing to stake my life on the fact that any religion is going to gain complete approval of the higher power.  I feel that I must separate ‘religion’ and ‘spirituality’.

 

 Spirituality and religion are not synonymous.  I feel they are totally different.  I see religion as laws and rules made up by people.  These people insist we must follow these rules or laws to be  granted God’s approval.  Spirituality is our own personal belief in a higher power or Supreme Being.  A person can have very specific, personal, spiritual beliefs and not be tied to any religion.

 

Life on earth exists.  Every living thing consists of energy or a life force.  Does this mean that no other energy exists in the world beyond earth?  Does this mean that there is no life force, no energy on earth other than what we can see?  Might there be powerful beings existing on this earth with us that we do not see?  Do we really know what lies on the other side of life as we know it?  We exist on this planet living as human beings.    All sorts of possibilities exist that one can explore.

 

I look at the earth and the perfection of its creation and I know it couldn’t have been a fluke of some kind that made it all happen.  I see the existence of life and  the variety of life forms astounds me.  I look at the plant life that exists here with us.   I see the majestic plant life, such as trees, right on down to the tiniest, most delicate living plants one could imagine.   I realize that each of these forms wasn’t a fluke of nature.  Each one is here for a reason and serves a greater purpose than to decorate the earth.  Without plant life taking in the poisonous carbon dioxide and giving forth life sustaining oxygen, animal life would cease to exist.  The balance of nature is so precise and so complicated it very hard to understand.  The earth itself gives us life.  In turn we give back to the earth so that it can continue to sustain life.  Where did all of this come from?

 

I will not give you an answer.  Scientists have been trying to explain all this for many years and still they cannot agree.  I will tell you what I know to be true for myself.  I can only share my own truths with you.  You must decide for yourself what your own truths are to be. 

 

I believe in higher powers and creation.  I am not talking about the things you might learn from religious organizations.  I have already tossed that to the side.  I am talking about a life form different that our own.  I am talking about what I will refer to as God.  I am talking about living beings without human bodies that we can touch, feel and see.  I am talking about the true possibility of spiritual beings.

 

I was born to live life as a human on this earth. There can be no question about that.  I am here for a purpose.  I believe that this was made possible by a higher life form than mere human beings.  I know that the earth is inhabited by many life forms. Some I can see, some I cannot.  I cannot see many life forms that are present every day, without the aid of  powerful lenses to increase their size for my human eye to see.  Plant life and animal life coexist on this planet.  We can see and feel them both, all around us.  Each living thing on this earth begins life and eventually at some point in time, it dies.  This is the natural progression of life as we know it.  Death is as much a part of life as birth.  It’s simply at the other end of the life line.  Does this mean that life before birth did not exist?  Certainly not!  We know that life exists in the womb of mammals  long before birth.  Does this mean that life begins at conception?  Where does the life force, the energy come from?  Is it non existent before conception and does it mysteriously vanish at death?  When a living thing dies, does it’s energy suddenly disappear, cease to exist?

 

When one dies, what happens? We know that the body decomposes when the life force has left.  But where does that life force, energy go?  Once again I am going to toss out all religious teachings here.  No one can answer these questions completely and to everyone’s satisfaction.  I have my own ideas and to me, these are my truths.  I want to discuss what I know and what others are finding out, and see where it takes us.

 

My truth is that I have been born on this earth for a purpose. I am not here by mere accident or the mating of my parents.  I exist for a reason.  There are many things I have to learn while I exist as a human on this earth.  Life is never easy and never without problems. From each experience we go through in life, both good and bad, if we are perceptive, we gain from the encounter.  We learn lessons from each life experience we go through.  As we travel down our path of life, many obstacles are placed in our way. We are called on time and time again to solve problems and find ways around these obstacles.  Once a solution is found and we have learned to deal with the problem at hand, we have gained experience.  As we gain experience we move on to a new level in this life.  With each level we transcend, we will encounter a new set of problems and new obstacles will be placed in front of us.  This is called living life.  We have choices to make with each problem.  Often we will find ourselves making poor choices. When this happens, our problems or obstacles seem to be compounded.  We have to keep working with these problems and making better choices until we do it right.  When we learn our lessons, gain our experience, then we move on once again.  This process is repeated many times over during a lifetime.  By the time we live out a full life span we have learned many things about life and about people.  If we learn our lessons well and gain from each experience by the time we have reached the end of our life line as a human being, we know about humility, compassion, love, forgiveness, happiness, sadness, pain and grief.  We know and understand what it is like to be human.  We are willing to reach out a helping hand to those in need and we are willing to share our gained wisdom with them.  We will not fear death because we have achieved each of the levels we were put here to learn.  Death is the mere passing over to the other side.  We leave behind our old ravished and worn body, to be returned to the earth to replenish the soil.  Our energy passes on. 

 

If we do not learn our lessons well as we pass through this life time, we may well fear death for we do not have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that death is as much a part of living as birth.  If we have not achieved each level of learning that we must gain while living as a human here on earth, I fear we may have to come back and repeat the experience again until we get it right.  If one cuts their life short by suicide, they have not allowed themselves to work through the obstacles along their course in life and have not gained the appropriate knowledge to go to the next level.  Again I fear these individuals will have to relive the experience we call life until they learn how to overcome these obstacles to transcend on to the next level.

 

Not every person lives a full normal life span.  Sometimes the human life is cut short and a life is lost prematurely.  I feel that when this happens there is a reason for it.  I have only my own truths to share with you.  Sometimes a spirit is placed here on earth to fill a specific need. That need is not to gain a lot of experience living life as a human.  This spirit has already been through this process in the past.  This short time around the spiritual being has agreed to come back for a short time as a human to help another person, to fill a specific need.  When that work is done, this person must then ‘die’ in order to return to the spirit world they now exist in.

 

My truth is that we all co-exist here on earth with other living creatures.  I call this life form, a spiritual being.  I believe we existed in spiritual life forms before existing as humans and I believe this is the life form our life energy returns to when our human body dies.

 

I do not believe that all spirits are good life forms.  I do not believe all spiritual life forms are bad.  I believe there are good and bad, just as we see good people and bad people here on earth.  I believe there are young spirits and old spirits.  Some spirits are good and some are not.  My truth is that a bad spirit makes for a bad human life form.  This person or spirit must continue learning during his/her life spans until they get it right.  I do not know if all spiritual forms will eventually become kinder, nicer creatures or if the life form I refer to as “God” will eventually destroy this ‘bad’ life force.  I leave that up to the creator of all living things here on earth and do not bog my mind down trying to figure out the details. 

 

In all things I see power struggles going on between humans.  I presume this is also true to a certain extent in the spiritual world.  My truth is that this is the struggle Christians read so much about in the bible concerning God and those that follow in his/her path and Satan and his/her demons.  I see this as a power struggle within the spiritual world that is carried over into the physical world that we live in today.  I believe that this power struggle is growing and that we can see evidence of this when we look at our world today.  My truth is that as this spiritual power struggle increases we see evidence of it here on earth.  As spirits come to earth to live as humans, they carry on with whatever work they were doing in the spirit world.  As the power struggle between good and evil heats up, we see it reproduced in the people living at this time.

 

My truth is that there is a creator of all living things.  This powerful spiritual being is the one I call my God.  I believe he/she created all other living life forms, both spiritual and physical.  I call this knowing, this understanding as my own personal spirituality.

 

I know that all people living here on earth can and do have close spiritual contact with the spiritual creatures on earth or in the heavens.  Communication with the spirits is possible for those who are tune with this side of themselves.  Some refer to such communications as prayer or meditation.  I see this as a telepathic means of communication between the two life forms.

I believe this communication goes both ways.  Often a spirit creature will have important information to share with a human.  Since direct communication seems very limited, they have to use telepathic means to let us know what is going on.

 

My truth is that a ‘premonition’ we experience as humans is merely a spiritual creature contacting us to warn us of danger. 

Ideas that seem to just pop into our minds at the most unexpected times are also messages from the other side.  I feel this communication going on all around us all the time.  Some humans are very aware of this going on and others have desensitized themselves to feeling it.  We are all born with the ability but often lose touch with it as we grow up.  Our telepathic communication skills are a natural part of our being and can be fine tuned with practice.

 

Yes, religion and spirituality are two separate ideas.  Religion is a set of man-made ideas.  Spirituality is a private relationship between a person and their God and the spirit world that this God also created.  I have cast aside religion and in doing so have been able to expand and enjoy a new and wonderful relationship with my creator.

 

 

© Copyright August 28,2004 Sherry L. Gibson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reviewed by Betty Torain 3/10/2005
Wonderful insight, keep writing. Thank you.
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 3/1/2005
Sherry,

Stimulating and very-well penned ... a certain uniqueness that definitely makes one think - wonderful!!

Blessings,

Robert
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