“RELIGION OR SPIRITUALITY”
Jennifer D. Sexton
PHI 200 Mind & Machine
May 15, 2013
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the topic of this discussion is Religion. Religion has been one the most heated discussion and debates of all time. It is one of those conversations we have always tried to avoid with friends, family, and co-workes as it has the potential to cause some very heated arguments if you were on the opposing sides. Religion is an area of my life that I have seemed to struggle with the most. I am surrounded by friends that seem to have a complete understanding of GOD and their interrepation of GOD and yet I have constantly struggled and yet feeling like I had a wanting for what they had. It was through talking with them and questioning them about the relationship they have with GOD when I realized that I already had what they have, and although I may not have a Religion, I was shown I clearly have a Spirituality and a GOD of my own understanding.
Religion is considered to be a body of persons adhering to a particular set of beliefs and practices, religious beliefs. However, spirituality is completely different yet has been confused as being the same by many people. It is a concept of an internal process seeking authenticity, genuineness, and wholeness. (Dictionary.com) Spirituality is a constant process transcending on one’s current egocentricity. It is also considered a development of a greater connection to oneself and with others through relationships and a union with a community. Spirituality brings meaning in one’s, it brings directions, increasing openness to exploring a relationship with a tangible and pervasive power beyond a human existence.
The concept of God and religion continue to vary greatly. The development of religion and God were done with cultural contexts with odd interrepations that have usually based on race, gender, language, and a lot of the time environment. These variances have caused a tremendous amount of suffering due to the fanatics trying to force their beliefs onto others. The proof of God’s existence is necessary for the non-believer. However it seems that it only takes the concept of God for the believer to have the faith necessary to adhere to the beliefs outlined in the particular beliefs within their religious group or spiritual guidelines.
First, trying to prove the existence of God, it would seem that you would need to come to understand your relationship with God. Are you a believer in God, or the concept of God? Do you personally believe that you have to see, feel, or touch something in order for you to believe in its power or presence? Having faith in a power greater than you, can be accomplished through Religion and through living in Spirituality. It isn’t completely necessary for proof to be given to believe for all people to have faith, however, non-believers usually require tangible evidence before being able to turn their life over to the care of something they can’t see.
Philosophers have been trying to bring proof of God’s existence forever, and brought four arguments that have been defended by some of the greatest thinkers of all time such as Plato, Aquino, Leibniz, and Descrates. Ontolgoical Argument, Cosmological Argument, Teleogical Argument, and the Moral Argument are arguments that have also been defended by some of the leading Philosophers as well. (Existence of God, 2004) They are all very strong arguments, however there is an argument that seems to be stronger than the rest, which I believe is the Ontological argument.
The Ontological argument was used by French Philosopher, Rene Descartes. The argument states that once we are able to accept and are able to mentally understand the idea of God we will then be able to see that the...
References: Mosser, K. (2010). Philosophy: A Concise Introduction. San Diego, CA. Bridgepoint Education, Inc.
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