I just want to know whether or not folks are religious or spiritual - which is it?
Only you can answer this yourself. Are you at the point where you're striving to be at peace with yourself? The spirituality of which I speak makes you at peace with yourself and all those around you. Until we desire to reach that point of loving all people with whom we come in contact, then our spiritual quest will be short circuited.
So from what I have said you might have picked up that it is all about sacrificing self for the well being of others because you love them. In this life with its limited resources its all about self and what you can gain.
Listen to a familiar passage of scripture:
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
Ok. Let me see If I can make it a little easier. As you know everything needs a frame of reference so as to separate things into good or bad, right? Being spiritual means being good, kind, caring, unselfsih, etc.
Not necessarily. Humans in general are basically selfish. Just take a look around and you will see that. Some people only do good because they desire good in return. A spiritual person does it just for doing it, but with pure motives. Their only source of joy is service.
Its only as God comes into the heart and changes us that we are able to become spiritual, or better yet commence the spiritual journey.
Because part of the reason for being spiritual is standing for that which is right. Standing for sound principles. Today we are bombarded with all sorts of values. The choice we make helps others to see the kind of spiritual development that is taking place in each and every one.
Hence a spiritual person will not do harm to himself/herself or do harm to others because of the values that such a person has come to accept.
Religion is really a set of rules that guide you towards becoming spiritual. Religion is the journey so to speak, but being spiritual is the final destination. I hope that made sense.
There are some problems that are associated with religion and these are:
1) its source
2) how one interprets the rules of the religion
As it pertains to (1) everyone makes a claim to being apart of the only true religion or faith
As it pertains to (2) personal ways of looking at how these rules should be carried out also poses a problem.
In this life there are always two great forces to contend with, which are: truth and error.
Our job is to make sure that whatever we are apart of belongs to truth and not error. Truth leads to freedom, but deceit leads to pain and sorrow.
Spirituality is not about being religious. I am not a Christian yet i am Spiritual. Who says for you to be Spiritual you have to be a Christian? The man they call Jesus was not a Christian yet he was one of the great Spiritual teachers. When you are aware of our connection to the universe and each other, spirituality comes into place. I personally feel when religion guides people then it leads to spirituality.