Religion and spirituality are two complementing factors, yet each has unique distinction and is quite dissimilar in terms of approach and belief. You may be wondering of the difference between the two, which somehow triggers significant confusion among its believers. To shed some light on this matter, an analysis of both would be utterly beneficial.
Here, we will try to uncover the divergence between religion-and-spirituality and what makes them unique in their own ways.
o The fear of God vs. the love for God – In religion, you are taught to obey God’s commandments and act upon according to the Holy Bible. This reminds you of what is good and what is bad to save you from the fires of hell. However, the concept of hell makes some believers follow the sacred rules not out of sheer obedience, but mostly out of fear. On the other hand, spirituality brings you to a journey towards knowing God. And, knowing him will only be genuine if you follow him through the path of love. Following the path of love will only be possible if you come to know God with all your heart and seek him with all your being – not out of fear, but out of your love and devotion for him. This creates a thin line between religion-and-spirituality.
o Omnipresent vs. Above the Heavens – We’re talking about where God really is. In religion, you are taught that God resides above the skies and in the high heavens. The spirituality approach is different. Spirituality is more focused on God’s omnipresence, a God that is all-knowing, a God who is able to see and act above and beyond, and a God that allows you to see his grace and goodness through people and Christ-like deeds.
o Rituals vs. Worships – These aren’t really two opposing factors, but there are differences between them that connect us to what religion-and-spirituality is all about. Religion is more concerned about how you worship God through the proper and divine way of doing it – religious rituals. Whereas, spirituality generates greater emphasis in building a divine and sacred temple that is closest to your being – an inner shrine found in your heart. Spirituality isn’t concerned with rituals, but it certainly respects the sense of formality. That made the difference.
In brief, the distinctions between religion-and-spirituality may seem to be an endless procession of beliefs and ideologies, but in the end, one truth shall triumph: No matter where you stand, whether you’re a man of religion or spirituality, you’re still worshiping, obeying, and loving the same God, the one and only supreme ruler, greatest father, and an all-knowing omnipresent God.