Letter: Spirituality vs. religiousness
August 24, 2012
To the editor:
This letter is in response to F. Neil Folks' "I ain't religious, but I am spiritual" column appearing in Friday's Craig Daily Press.
Neil, this aphorism is not an oxymoron as you purport. There is a huge difference with spirituality and religiousness.
The word religion is rooted in the Greek word for rule. Spirituality or faithfulness is an individual's belief system or faith based philosophy on life.
I'm not (sorry, I won't say "ain't" because I'm not redneck either) religious, but I am spiritual and faithful.
Please keep in mind that an aphorism is a terse saying embodying a general truth. Hence, you have already acquiesced that there is general truth in the statement that I am not religious, but I am spiritual.
Given that you accept there is general truth in the statement, I feel confident that you can understand that because I choose not to accept an archbishop's, pope's or pastor's interpretation of God's words, but do choose to accept the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ as my personal savior and follow the Ten Commandments as prescribed in Leviticus, I am spiritual and faithful but not "religious."
Going to church every Sunday, not eating meat on Fridays and judging others that don't agree with "our teachings" (ie: following rules), does not make a "good Christian." Walking in Christ's footsteps and living as he taught us does.
I would rather be faithful than religious.