Monday, June 07, 2010

Are there dangers in being 'spiritual but not religious'?

My answer to the above question is a resounding "YES!".  There are indeed dangers to having a buffet-style, pick-and-choose, do-it-yourself mindset regarding religion. However, that seems to be the way our world is headed.

Those who have such a mindset are similar to those Paul wrote about in Romans10:2-3
 2... they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
 3For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

... and also in 2 Timothy 4:3:
3For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
It may be "religiously incorrect" to say it nowadays, but there is still just one way to God, and His name is Jesus Christ.

" ...if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins."
(John 8:24)

 37When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?"
 38Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call."

(Acts 2:37-39)

 15He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. 16Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
 (Mark 16:15-16)

The gospel that the church received from Jesus in the first century has  . It was the way to God then... and it's still the way to God in 2010.

Excerpt from the article:
Are there dangers in being 'spiritual but not religious'?

(CNN) -- "I'm spiritual but not religious."

It's a trendy phrase people often use to describe their belief that they don't need organized religion to live a life of faith.

But for Jesuit priest James Martin, the phrase also hints at something else: egotism.

"Being spiritual but not religious can lead to complacency and self-centeredness," says Martin, an editor at America, a national Catholic magazine based in New York City. "If it's just you and God in your room, and a religious community makes no demands on you, why help the poor?"

Religious debates erupt over everything from doctrine to fashion. Martin has jumped into a running debate over the "I'm spiritual but not religious" phrase.

The "I'm spiritual but not religious" community is growing so much that one pastor compared it to a movement. In a 2009 survey by the research firm LifeWay Christian Resources, 72 percent of millennials (18- to 29-year-olds) said they're "more spiritual than religious." The phrase is now so commonplace that it's spawned its own acronym ("I'm SBNR") and Facebook page:

But what exactly does being "spiritual but not religious" mean, and could there be hidden dangers in living such a life?

Did you choose "Burger King Spirituality"?

Heather Cariou, a New York City-based author who calls herself spiritual instead of religious, doesn't think so. She's adopted a spirituality that blends Buddhism, Judaism and other beliefs.

"I don't need to define myself to any community by putting myself in a box labeled Baptist, or Catholic, or Muslim," she says. "When I die, I believe all my accounting will be done to God, and that when I enter the eternal realm, I will not walk though a door with a label on it."

Full article: here.

1 comment:

gcmwatch said...

You know what? I was getting ready to work on a post just like this one dealing with the "spritiuality vs religion" claim. Thanks for jumping it off, I will refer to you.