Religion Or Spirituality?
Life Here Now Position On Religion:
There may be over 4000 religions of the world but most of the world’s population practices one of the five most influential religions of the world. These are Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and Islam, (Pew, 2010). Broad categories of Folk Religions and Other Religions are listed as outnumbering Jews.
LifeHereNow.com and the Here Now movement we hope to ignite take no position on religion except to observe that religious organizations are created by men and exhibit all the aspects of human biological and spiritual nature from the highest and best to the lowest and worst.
Religion or Spirituality?
“A Religion is merely an organized expression or manifest social construct of individual spirituality created by the need to codify symbols, expression, and ritual to create cohesive social groups.” Charles Brite
Some cultural and social good seems to comes from each of the world’s most influential religions. Yet every group manages to suffer from dis-ease on one or more of man’s basic spiritual or philosophical drives due to what I will describe as flawed or limited understanding of the Divine.
We do not ascribe to nor favor any one language of spiritual inquiry or expression.
“I believe every religion is a “language” springing from man’s longing to understand the divine and share that experience with others in the form of a system of symbols and pattern of communication and behavior within social structure, culture, and subculture. I consider interest in religion as an interest in Divine possibility more than interest in a set of limiting beliefs. If others join me in this idea then there need be no fighting between adherents of any one religion, but a mutual respect and admiration that others are trying to find the way to Divine Nature.” Charles Brite.
Pew, 2010, Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures Project, retrieved online June 27, 2018 from http://www.globalreligiousfutures.org/explorer/custom#/?subtopic=15&chartType=pie&data_type=number&destination=from&year=2010&religious_affiliation=all&countries=Worldwide&gender=all&age_group=all&pdfMode=false