Spiritual Philosophy: Religious Naturalism


Naturalist Community Rules

"Spiritual But Not Religious"
DISCUSSION / MATERIALS ONLY (RUMISM)


No. Spiritual Religion
1. Science/spiritual laws based Faith based
2. Spirituality is doing what is right, regardless of what you are told Religion is doing what you are told, regardless of what is right
3. Spirituality invites you to reason it all, to question it all and to decide your actions and assume the consequences Religion has a dogmatic and unquestionable assembly of rules that need to be followed without question
4. Truth discovery Truth knowledge
5. Experience based Belief system
6. Non-doctrine oriented "Good/evil" doctrine
7. Authentic self Conditioned self
8. Spirituality is based on freedom Religion is based on fear
9. Joyous living Narrow creeds
10. Personal belief/value system Dictated beliefs/conditioned minds
11. Practice of behavior Practice of worship
12. Spiritual practices such as meditating, listening to music, and hiking Religious practices such as prayer, reading the Quran/Bible/Torah, and rituals
13. It is part of each person that searches for finding the answers to life's essential questions about purpose, meaning, worth and wonder, often in quest of an ultimate value or the holy It is typically experienced within a social institution with commonly shared traditions, sacred texts, beliefs, and worship practices. Religious institutions usually have a governing structure with designated leaders
14. Spiritual development Worship
15. Self-directed Authority-directed
16. People's inherent goodness People's inherent sinfulness
17. Present oriented: Heaven is a state of mind Future oriented: Heaven is a place you go with you die
18. Inside God Outside God
19. Internal divinity External divinity
20. Belief that the divine is within us all Belief in superhuman power outside of you, the creator of the universe
21. Individualistic focused Community focused
22. The emphasis is on the individual The emphasis is on the institution
23. Human relationships Brick/mortar temple
24. Less formal, unorthodox Formal, orthodox organized
25. Modernized Traditional
26. Inclusive Exclusive
27. Formless Structured
28. Spirituality is for those who have already been in hell Religion is for people who are afraid of going to hell


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