Is spirituality different from religion?
Can a religious practice be without spirituality? Can spirituality be practiced without a religious vehicle?” And I responded: In the book “The Heart of Christianity,” Marcus Borg (2003) quotes a woman sitting next to him on an airplane saying, “I’m much more interested in Buddhism and Sufism than I am in Christianity.” When asked why, she replies, “Because they’re about a way of life, and Christianity is all about believing. I don’t think beliefs matter nearly as much as having a spiritual path and following a way.” Right here, this woman has defined a fairly common answer to the difference between “spirituality” and “religion.” In that great theological film Dogma (1999), the self-proclaimed forgotten disciple Rufus explains that “humanity took a good idea and, like always, built a belief structure on it.” When Rufus is questioned on the value of beliefs, he replies, “I think it’s better to have ideas. You can change an idea. Changing a belief is trickier.
They are mostly misconcieved as same, but actually they are not. Religion may be defined as an institution to express belief in a divine power, whereas, spirituality may refer to the concerns with the things of the spirit. Definitely, following a religion may lead you to discover spirituality, but that may always be the case. Some people may also explore it within themselves through their own efforts, like meditating, prayers or any other means.
Spirituality and religion aren’t the same thing. When some people think about ‘spirituality’, they automatically assume ‘religion’ falls under the same category. One way that might help you to understand the relationship between spirituality and religion is imagine a game of football. The rules, referees, other players, and field markings help guide you as you play the game, in a similar way religion might guide you to find your spirituality. Kicking the ball around a park, without having to play on the field or with all the rules and regulations, can also give you fulfilment and fun and still expresses the essence of the game (spirituality). That’s also okay – it’s your choice. Religion is one way for a person to express and experience spirituality in their lives and for others it’s the way they choose to live their life.