CAN SOMEONE BE BOTH RELIGIOUS AND SPIRITUAL?????

“I’m spiritual, not religious.”  We hear this statement many times these days, but what is the proper response?  BY DR. RAY GUARENDI

Some declarations multiply because they soothe the human psyche on many levels.  One, they sound smart………… Two, they sound superior.  What is being professed is a more genuine, enlightened way to be, a way the speaker follows.  Three, they sound self-evident.  Beyond dispute, they need no deeper analysis as to how much sense they really make.

AT THEIR CORE, HOWEVER, THEY ARE PLATITUDES: FULL OF SUPERFICIAL APPEAL BUT LITTLE SUBSTANCE.  They are verbal viruses, which spread rapidly through the cultural body because they suit the self………………………………….

The proclamation “I’m not religious; I’m spiritual” contains two words just begging for clarification.  When someone says this to you, like a good therapist you can ask some questions.      “What do you mean by religious?”,  “If you were religious, what would you be like?”, “What is your image of someone who is religious?”,  You can also seek the person’s meaning of spiritual.  “What makes a person “spiritual?”, “Are there different kinds of spiritual?”, How does spiritual show itself?”

Don’t argue or jump on contradictions.  The intent is to hear and understand just how the person is using those words.  In explaining herself to you, she may also be explaining herself to herself.  Sometimes it’s only by saying things out loud that we hear whether we’re being logical.  To paraphrase C.S.Lewis: A position seldom seems so unclear to me than after I’ve just successfully defended it………………………..

Continued in next Blog…………………QUESTION?  CHRIST CAME ON THIS EARTH TO BUILD HIS CHURCH.  CAN HIS CHURCH SURVIVE WITHOUT PEOPLE?

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