Eric C. Paison
Understanding Spirituality Religion and the Supernatural
Spirituality can be defined many different ways for many different people of different ages, cultures, religious faiths and nationalities. Generally spirituality can be defined as a search for the Truth and ultimate meaning. A spiritual person is one who will always seek the answers to life's questions, such as who are they, what is their purpose, and why do they exist. Although religion usually is a big factor in the life of a spiritual person, a person can achieve spirituality without subscribing to any religious faith. All religions a set of laws defining how followers of the religion should conduct themselves and live their lives. A religious spiritual person will see these laws as a way to become closer to finding god. A spiritual person should always make their own judgment on all things after careful consideration. A spiritual person's actions should always bring them closer to the Truth. Spirituality can only be achieved after certain steps have been taken. Firstly, the person needs to realize that their world is unsatisfactory and that there is a path to freedom. The next steps involve having the right positive attitude and frame of mind, and awareness of how your words and actions affect others. A spiritual person should be fully aware of their actions, what may result from these actions and why they are acting this way. Finally, a spiritual person should understand that life is not based on what god tells you have to do but what makes you happy.
In America the most popular religions are Baptist, Catholic, Protestant, Mormon, Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Assembly of God and Jehovah's Witness. There are also a large population of Atheists and Agnostics. In most homes children are raised as the same religion as their parents. When you're a child you're taught to believe what the bible tells you and to think like your parents think or believe. When you leave your parents house you start to discover for yourself what the world has to offer. You either pick the religion you were raised with or you go your own way. To your parents this is not ethical or moral. They'll pick right or wrong based on what they feel not what a motto says. With so many different religions in the world how does anyone know what they should do ethically or morally? Can going to church really be ethically better then not going to church? Who decides what the ethically right thing to do is? Can there be one without the other? Can we be good people who don't care what religion we are? Can I live my life as an ethical atheist? If we go against God but do not believe in God does this make us unethical? If there is no God where does one go to ask questions? Goodle answers of course. Religion Using material from item A and elsewhere, briefly examines the extent to which religion can still be...