As I have often pondered the purpose of life, one of the contrasts that has beckoned my attention is the difference between spirituality and religion. I see it in a similar vein as the primary distinction between the ‘works of God’ and the ‘works of man’ as discussed in 3rd Nephi, chapter 27. Here is an attempt to draw out the differences that, I believe, help illuminate the characteristics of someone who is spiritual versus someone who is religious.
Being religious allows one to express righteous indignation when a visitor to church reeks of tobacco.
Being spiritual means that you feel sorrow for someone who carries the odor of their addiction.
Being religious means taking pride in the magnificent structures that are built through the donations of money and wealth.
Being spiritual is understanding that a mountain can bring us close to our Maker if our hearts are right.
Religion is the domain of those who feel a need to be seen and heard and is a necessary platform to conduct our charity.
Spirituality is found in the random acts of kindness that require no forethought and exhibit no ownership of the deed.
A religious person takes comfort in ritual.
A spiritual person senses when an act of reverence has become rote and seeks renewal.
A religious person can easily be satisfied with platitudes and has an answer for everything.
A spiritual person finds that every answer spawns another twenty questions.
Being religious means taking pride in heritage and success; easily and unknowingly classifying others based on clothes, address, and possessions.
Being spiritual acknowledges that the only true measure of a person is the spiritual dimensions of their heart.
A religious person understands that power and position are to be sought after but never publically acknowledged.
A spiritual person seeks only the happiness of others; knowing inside that we can only help ourselves by helping others.
Religion is based on the works of man while spirituality is the work that the spirit vests in one who maintains a broken heart and a contrite spirit.
What think ye?