Spiritual but not Religious

Spiritual but not Religious

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Hello

New York, NY

#1 Jan 2, 2013
What happens to those who call themselves spiritual but fail to make a commitment to any religion?

Being spiritual may make you more susceptible to mental illness, a new study has claimed.

Researchers suggest people who claim to be "spiritual" but not religious are often struggling to cope mentally and suffered problems including abnormal eating conditions, drug abuse, anxiety disorder, phobias and neurosis.

They were also more likely than others to be taking medication for mental health problems, the "Daily Mail" reported.

"Our main finding is that people who had a spiritual understanding of life had worse mental health than those with an understanding that was neither religious nor spiritual," Professor Michael King, from University College London, and his fellow researchers said.

The study was based on a survey of 7,403 randomly selected men and women in England who were questioned about their spiritual and religious beliefs, and mental state.

Thirty-five per cent described themselves as "religious", meaning they attended a church, mosque, synagogue or temple.

A further 19 per cent claimed to have spiritual beliefs or experiences without following a specific religion, while 46 per cent were neither religious nor spiritual.

Of the different groups, spiritual people were 50 per cent more likely to have a generalised anxiety disorder and 72 per cent more likely to suffer from a phobia.

They also had a 77 per cent higher chance of being dependent on drugs and were 37 per cent more at risk of neurotic disorder.

Researchers said spirituality was also associated with a 40 per cent greater likelihood of receiving treatment with psychotropic drugs.

The study found that individuals of religious faith and those with none experienced equal levels of mental problems. However, there were fewer problems with drugs or alcohol among the faithful.
Sarah

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

#2 Jan 16, 2013
Religion is just a label, what matters most is if a person practice their belief or not.

Take for example, a person who is spiritual and meditates everyday correctly and consistently versus a person that has religion but never practices. Obviously the person that is spiritual will be more stable based in mind, body and soul.

Practice is a key... one can adopt all the religion in the world but if they do not practice what it teaches, there really is not much point anyway.
Hello

New York, NY

#3 Jan 16, 2013
True, but I think it's talking about people not committing to one practice...mixing and matching from different religions.

Since: Jan 13

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

#4 Jan 30, 2013
Sarah wrote:
Religion is just a label, what matters most is if a person practice their belief or not.
Take for example, a person who is spiritual and meditates everyday correctly and consistently versus a person that has religion but never practices. Obviously the person that is spiritual will be more stable based in mind, body and soul.
Practice is a key... one can adopt all the religion in the world but if they do not practice what it teaches, there really is not much point anyway.
Well said Sarah. There are so many people who claim to have religion (of all faiths) and yet do not practice even the basic spirituality of one-ness with all humanity; compassion and humility. There can be spirituality without religion but there cannot be religion without spirituality. At its core, all religions preach the same thing - kindness and forgiveness and yet staunchly religious people are the ones committing all kinds of crimes to humanity.
DDR

Richmond, VA

#5 Jan 30, 2013
As much as we like to believe that , but all religion do not teach the same thing. For example, Islamic scripture teaches that people of other religion are " infidels " that should be punish , dominate, and wish that curse will be upon them.

" Quran 5:73 declares that “Infidels are they who say Allah is one of three,” a reference to the Christian Trinity; Quran 5:73 says “Infidels are they who say Allah is the Christ,[Jesus] son of Mary”; and Quran 9:30 complains that “the Christians say the Christ is the son of Allah … may Allah’s curse be upon them!”
DDR

Richmond, VA

#6 Jan 30, 2013
If Muslims put to practice the basic teaching of Islamic teachings, we will see more suicide bombing mass murderers and the like .

Since: Jan 13

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

#7 Feb 2, 2013
DDR wrote:
As much as we like to believe that , but all religion do not teach the same thing. For example, Islamic scripture teaches that people of other religion are " infidels " that should be punish , dominate, and wish that curse will be upon them.
" Quran 5:73 declares that “Infidels are they who say Allah is one of three,” a reference to the Christian Trinity; Quran 5:73 says “Infidels are they who say Allah is the Christ,[Jesus] son of Mary”; and Quran 9:30 complains that “the Christians say the Christ is the son of Allah … may Allah’s curse be upon them!”
I am of the opinion that there is a huge chasm between what the prophets, saints and sages really taught and what the religious and supposedly holy books have interpreted them to be. Very unfortunate that religion is a very potent instrument for politics. To my understanding (and I mean no offense here) but the Christian and Muslim are the same God who arose out of the God of the Jews. But tracing that even further back, the Jews sis not originally have just one God but they worshipped a whole pantheon of gods, the chief of whom is El whose name is mentioned over a hundred times in the Hebrew Bible. El even had an equal of the feminine gender known as Asherah. But along the way, people with vested interest decided what to leave out, what interpretation to take etc.

Too bad. Still at its core, the message of all religion is the same.
DDR

Virginia Beach, VA

#8 Feb 2, 2013
I wouldn't want to overlook the numerous obvious differences and jump to the conclusion that all religion teach the same. There are obviously instruction in the Quran instructing followers to treat people of other religion as a low lass . For example, making them pay money for not being Muslim ( jiza ) . There are instances when the other presented the money, they also get humiliated with a blow on the neck. There are instruction to strike terror in the heart of people belonging to another religion. Also , there is mutilation of female child, honor killing, getting the highest reward for attacking others in jihad. It's a mistake to lump all religion together and say that they are all the same without any clear distinction .
Hello

New York, NY

#9 Feb 3, 2013
The problem of the theistic based religions is that they feed on your weakness and ignorance.

They pride themselves on enslaving you to some deity instead of just teaching you the Dharma and how to strengthen yourself through precepts and meditation.

marco

UK

#10 Feb 7, 2013
Sarah wrote:
Religion is just a label, what matters most is if a person practice their belief or not.
Take for example, a person who is spiritual and meditates everyday correctly and consistently versus a person that has religion but never practices. Obviously the person that is spiritual will be more stable based in mind, body and soul.
Practice is a key... one can adopt all the religion in the world but if they do not practice what it teaches, there really is not much point anyway.
well said

Since: Apr 12

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#11 Feb 8, 2013
DDR wrote:
I wouldn't want to overlook the numerous obvious differences and jump to the conclusion that all religion teach the same. There are obviously instruction in the Quran instructing followers to treat people of other religion as a low lass . For example, making them pay money for not being Muslim ( jiza ). There are instances when the other presented the money, they also get humiliated with a blow on the neck. There are instruction to strike terror in the heart of people belonging to another religion. Also , there is mutilation of female child, honor killing, getting the highest reward for attacking others in jihad. It's a mistake to lump all religion together and say that they are all the same without any clear distinction .
How right you said.

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