Religion and Spirituality
Religion is a group of beliefs and practices that shape actions, attitudes, and worldviews. It includes rituals, texts, and organizations. There are many forms of religion, from traditional religions to contemporary spiritual movements. The main purpose of religion is to unite people and facilitate communication with a higher power.
In general, religious groups have rules to follow. These rules are often related to justice, healthcare, and moral codes. Some people fear the consequences of violating these rules. For example, a church member may fear judgment for not telling others about an abusive husband.
Spirituality is a personal journey. It is a way of living that connects you to the source of life. This can happen in solitude or in a community. You might be guided by a spiritual guide or have the opportunity to reflect on your own beliefs.
Often, you will learn your beliefs from the founders of your religion, through parables, or through personal experiences. Your beliefs will evolve over time as you continue to explore your spirituality. But you also can develop your own set of beliefs, through trial and error.
Usually, religion is a social-cultural system. Members of a religion participate in rituals and other activities to create a group spirit. They might wear distinctive dress codes, and have access to clergy.
Many religions promise a reward for following their rules. However, some religions can also be deceptive. A high level of accountability means you have to be more serious and focus more deeply on your beliefs.