I am discussing this with many atheists on another forum because they tend to pair spirituality with religion as one form and that is it, which i completely disagree with. Thought I would share with this forum though :D Some of you probably agree, some might disagree, but this is more towards the people who just do not know haha
Now, I will present you the definitions to show the differences between these three, and then I will attempt to show you why we need all of them (a different type of religion though)
Science is a systematic enterprise of gathering knowledge about the world and organizing and condensing that knowledge into testable laws and theories.
First, science requires no belief in anything. You believe in nothing supernatural or anything of the sort, nothing. Science is based on laws and theories, which are reoccuring events in nature. If something has only happened once, it is hard for science to prove that something law, but it does not throw out the results, because it did happen. (at least observed once) Science is the key, it is the first step in todays era. It goes past the ******** religion teaches and explains the universe and how it works. Many laws are universal throughout universe (i.e. Evolution, Physics of the universe, just a few) There is absolutely no need for science to disprove religion, because religion already is false when it started believing in a supernatural being outside the universe watching us. Now there are people who use science to disprove the religion (traditional God), which is a very big mistake. (Remember, the concept of God has changed) “God” is the cause of the universe, so in a weird way, religion and science are both searching for “God,” although science will never say they are searching for “God.” However, science is also looking for the cause and a way to explain it, and if somehow they explain what happened, then their will be no need for the traditional “God” that religions teach now.
Science is. It will begin to show you the harmony of the universe and the relationship with many things. Science shows the complexity of the universe, and that complexity will lead to spirituality. We see religious people disagreeing with science but that is only due to lack of knowledge not yet achieved. We are limited to the things we can know in the universe (as of right now) so science can not explain the “big picture” yet, but it might only be a matter of time.
Religion is skipping all the knowledge, going straight to the point in time that science can not explain yet. This is why we still see religion around and many believe in the end of days.
Spirituality can refer to an ultimate reality or transcendent dimension of the world; an inner path enabling a person to discover the essence of his or her being, or the “deepest values and meanings by which people live.”
Spirituality requires no religion or science (although science can lead you to the start of spirituality). It is the “in between” for Religion and Science. True spirituality is the recognition of ones true present. “I AM.” Belief in a God or not, you are present at this exact moment, and it goes much deeper than that. Under all the emotions, feelings, likes, dislikes, etc, we are left with “Me.” You experience the pride of existence, and you begin to understand the connection between everything in the universe. Many people have put spirituality with religion as one, which in a sense is true, but religion requires a universal agreement, not a bunch of different types all disagreeing with one another. I will keep this one short.
Religion is a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a supernatural agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.
Now, the majority of us can agree that religion is corrupt (lol sorry, its just what many of us agree upon on this other forum) in society and it is created by man. Why was it created by man? To help explain the unknowables around. Religion believes in a creator and that we all have a purpose, it allows people to strive for unity. Now religion is much different than its original form and this is due to a few things. First, religion created the battle of good and evil. This is a huge concept in monotheistic religions because it requires belief in a judging deity of some sort. Second, religion went from nature gods to a one god concept. This means religions have focused their attention to an ultimate creator, and creating the idea of faith. Now what is true faith? It is the belief or trust in truth. Beyond the corruptness of religion, this is where it is different from science. Religion skips all of the evidence in the universe and just goes simply to the ultimate cause, the beginning of the universe. (religion chooses to use belief rather than trust, but there are theists who follow science) Religion does not have to have science, because it is ultimately describing the cause. Concepts of a judging God, a human figure in the sky, and God interacting with mankind are concepts that were developed much much later in human existence, so these ideas are far from the truth.
In short, true religion is the unity of everyone. The ultimate form of religion is everyone acknowledging their connection with everything (the “oneness”) and we are no different from anything. There is no traditional god or anything the words of ancient “religious” texts describes.
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