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October 15th, 2012
01:47 PM ET

Spiritual, but not religious

(CNN)–In this week's Faces of Faith, Randi Kaye asks, 'Do we need religion to have faith?'

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  1. Chamunda Swami Ji

    Spirituality is everything in itself ,you can waive all your worry away by doing or accepting the way as spiritual healers possess. This is a good practice for those who are really searching a peace of mind.
    http://www.chamundaswamiji.com

    April 24, 2013 at 12:57 am |
  2. Peter Terry

    Religion requires blind faith otherwise its nonsensical. Spirituality requires open thinking & the desire to dig deeper. Peter of nambassa

    November 7, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
  3. Praise Elohim!

    Second Coming Christ already came with a New Name (Rev 3:11) – Christ Ahnsahnghong! And He appeared with God the Mother!

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roDnf7rAnNE&w=640&h=390]

    God bless you
    http://english.watv.org
    http://uccspace.net

    October 17, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
  4. Reality

    Putting an end to spirituality and Christianity in less than ten seconds:

    Only for the new members of this blog:

    The Apostles' Creed 2012: (updated by yours truly and based on the studies of historians and theologians of the past 200 years)

    Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
    and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
    human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven??

    I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
    preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
    named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
    girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

    Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
    the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

    He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
    a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of
    Jerusalem.

    Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
    many semi-fiction writers. A descent into Hell, a bodily resurrection
    and ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
    Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
    grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
    and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
    called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

    Amen
    (references used are available upon request)

    October 17, 2012 at 8:20 am |
  5. Godspeople

    The simple answer is yes. You can be spiritual without being religious. Christ Himself was not religious, but he was highly spiritual.

    October 17, 2012 at 3:18 am |
  6. dilberth

    Faith– A belief system predicated on the defense that all the religious bull shyt from religious liars is true. Actually, the one thing that is true about any religion is that they all are false.

    October 16, 2012 at 10:56 pm |
  7. STOP MURDER OF CHILDREN , Human be aware of hindu filthy dog's of hindu Atheism, self center ism , DENIAL OF TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD.

    hindu pagan Catholicism is an off shoot of hinduism, paganism, created by hinduism, corruption of truth absolute to justify hindu Mithra ism, pagan savior ism labeled as Christianity with help of hindu's, deniers of truth absolute of hindu filth of Cartage, such as hindu Agori, dead body eater, Augustine and to justify hindu criminal King's and their hindu Prophets, criminal fortune teller as man god's through hinduism, racism.
    Word hindu is based on Latin word hindered, negative, Han, great, HUN, to be in greatness, hin, to be negative to both of them, hindu, a noun in negativity, hinduism, way of negativity,
    hindu's, deny the truth absolute GOD, essence of every thing and pry to hindu sanatans, filthy goon's, make their statues with clay with their hand's and pray to them as their god's to follow hinduism, racism, a crime against truth absolute GOD and humanity, deserving to be kicked out of humanity to live like their hindu stupid god monkey, they follow to justify hindu, filthy evolution. hindu, ignorant's an insult to be called human, follower of hinduism, racism, borrowed from animals. For truth about hinduism, senial of truth absolute please visit limitisthetrtuh.com

    October 16, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
  8. STOP MURDER OF CHILDREN , Human be aware of hindu filthy dog's of hindu Atheism, self center ism , DENIAL OF TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD.

    Human my mother, a domi'natrix, thanks to my Haramee (bast ard) Taliban father, pim~p, never allowed me to go to school, instead, sent me to Aghori Mullahs, dead body eaters, taught me a book of Mithra Quaran ism, denier of truth absolute, Satan Allah ism.

    October 16, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  9. STOP MURDER OF CHILDREN , Human be aware of hindu filthy dog's of hindu Atheism, self center ism , DENIAL OF TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD.

    Human my mother, now a professional hook'er, thanks to my goon Taliban father, I am an off shoot of Taliban sc' um ism, paganism, created by Saudi Meccan Mullah ism, corruption of truth absolute to justify Mithra Quran ism, pagan savior ism labeled as Islam with help of Moo' ham mad's, deniers of truth absolute of filth of Cartage, such as Muslim Agori, dead body eater, Augustine and to justify criminal Saudi King's and their Muslim Prophets, criminal fortune teller as man gawd's through Allah ism, racism.

    October 16, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • STOP MURDER OF CHILDREN , Human be aware of hindu filthy dog's of hindu Atheism, self center ism , DENIAL OF TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD.

      hinduism, absurdity of a hindu,

      October 16, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
  10. laststonecarver

    Excellance in communication skills, can be accomplished by you.
    Listening (Reading), Deliberating, and Speaking (Writing/Keying) can become most beneficial, to yourself and others.
    Take some time, i'm positive you have some great ideas.

    October 16, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • *

      Huh? You might want to learn English first, pal.

      October 16, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @ *

      This appears to be one of those random posts that usually only appear on stale threads. A lot of them seem to be Asian in origin and usually totally off topic with generic comments like "Your blog is interesting."

      October 16, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  11. Ting

    Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.

    – Marcus Aurelius

    October 16, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  12. Kev

    The thing I wonder is should you categorize all of those who are spiritual, but not religious into just the one group, or should you sub-categorize based on why they are spiritual, but not religious?

    October 16, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
    • End Religion

      Mankind's entire pantheon of gods, including Jesus and the Abrahamic god, never existed. All religion is a fraud. Calling beliefs "unaffiliated spirituality" or other hogwash, while still holding out for some sort of pseudo-christian being or afterlife, does not help one dodge this bullet. If you suffer from a brand of the delusion that holds any of it as "reality", it is no less crazy than any other.

      October 16, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
  13. Doc Vestibule

    I feel sorry for all the unbelievers.
    Unless you accept (INSERT DEITY) into your life, you can never get to (INSERT AFTERLIFE).
    You must have faith in the inerrant Truth of (INSERT HOLY BOOK).
    If your unbelief is correct, you'll have lost nothing – but if you're wrong.....

    October 16, 2012 at 10:29 am |
    • ME II

      God-libs, cool.

      Buzz Lightyear
      Infinity and beyond
      Toy Story

      October 16, 2012 at 10:38 am |
    • reddragon

      ME II thank you... I came here looking for my morning laugh and got it🙂

      October 16, 2012 at 10:40 am |
    • Dodney Rangerfield

      Did you hear the one about the Canadian that minded its own F'n business?

      October 16, 2012 at 11:20 am |
    • Dodney Rangerfield

      You won't , somehow the ass hole thinks that someone somewhere needs its backwoods bull sh it. Light just never comes on for you does it doc, you're useless as hell in Canada and twice as useless to the rest of the world.

      October 16, 2012 at 11:22 am |
    • === o ===

      The only kind of "trickle-down" that actually works:

      "Dodney Rangerfield degenerates to:
      "Salvatore" denerates to:
      "Douglas" degenerates to:
      "pervert alert" degenerates to:
      "Taskmaster" degenerates to:
      "Ronald Regonzo" degenerates to:
      "truth be told" degenerates to:
      "Atheism is not healthy ..." degenerates to:
      "tina" degenerates to:
      "captain america" degenerates to:
      "just sayin" degenerates to:
      "nope" degenerates to:
      "WOW" degenerates to:
      "!" degenerates to:
      and many other names, but of course I prefer to refer to this extreme homophobe as
      the disgruntled Evangelical Fortune Cookie Co. writer boot camp flunkie.

      October 16, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • ????

      (atheism)
      (the grave)
      (a monkey being your uncle)
      Too funny!

      October 16, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • kjrussell

      Well done Doc!
      You hit the truth so hard that a buch of upstanding, moral, religious people can't argue and have to just insult you instead.

      October 16, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @?????

      I think you will find your way into a grave whether you profess atheism or not.

      October 16, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Odin
      Valhalla
      Edda

      October 16, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Zeus
      Elysium
      Theogeny

      October 16, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
    • ME II

      bacteria
      proper decomposition
      nature

      October 16, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  14. laststonecarver

    Whether its spiritualism or religion or atheism, it is still decision making process.
    Each of us decides.
    Some necessarily are not equipped with a stable decision making process, and so, feel better in a group.
    Each of us still decides.

    October 16, 2012 at 8:11 am |
    • Atheism is not unhealthy for children and other living things

      If people weren't barraged with absurdities from the religious there'd be no such decisions to make.

      October 16, 2012 at 8:40 am |
    • Wunk

      I don't like that decision.

      October 16, 2012 at 10:18 am |
    • Tod

      Atheism is not unhealthy for children and other living things
      Forgot to switch from your troll name to a familiar non-believing name I see. I always suspected "Atheism is not unhealthy for children and other living things" was actually an atheist just looking to fan the flames.

      October 16, 2012 at 10:33 am |
    • tallulah13

      Tod, it's just a troll, seeking attention from anyone. I doubt it even cares about religious affiliation. It's just a lonely, annoying creature who can't figure out why it has no friends.

      October 16, 2012 at 10:46 am |
    • Tod

      tallulah13
      The above post is so completely out of character, and coming from the opposite "side", for "Atheism is..." that it's obvious to me that the person responsible simply forgot to switch user names. They are probably a regular poster from the non-believing side who simply delights in stirring the pot every so often. Pathetic!

      October 16, 2012 at 11:09 am |
    • .

      "Ronald Regonzo" who degenerates to:
      "truth be told" degenerates to:
      "The Truth" degenerates to:
      "Atheism is not healthy ..." degenerates to:
      "Dodney Rangerfield" degenerates to:
      "tina" degenerates to:
      "captain america" degenerates to:
      "Atheist Hunter" degenerates to:
      "Anybody know how to read? " degenerates to:
      "just sayin" degenerates to:
      "Kindness" degenerates to:
      "Chad" degenerates to
      "Bob" degenerates to
      "nope" degenerates to:
      "2357" degenerates to:
      "WOW" degenerates to:
      "fred" degenerates to:
      "!" degenerates to:
      "pervert alert"

      This troll is not a christian..

      October 16, 2012 at 11:09 am |
    • kjrussell

      Even if you are just trolling, there is still a point to be made.
      I don't believe it is a choice. It doesn't make any sense to me that an all knowing and powerful god would do the things the bible says he did. Therefore, I don't believe in the bible. I didn't choose to not believe, I just can't accept it.
      This is very much like when the only child living in my house tells me she doesn't know how the lamp got broken. No proof, it just seems difficult to believe that the lamp jumped onto the floor by itself.
      It may seem reasonable to you that god smote the lamp, but I believe the child was playing in the house with a volley ball. Not a choice, just believing what makes sense.

      October 16, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
    • Tod

      .

      Wouldn't it be funny if everyone on your list was actually a non-believer using these handles to troll with, or as sock puppets to debate against. I often wonder if any of the believer characters here are "real"?

      October 16, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  15. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    October 16, 2012 at 6:57 am |
    • reddragon

      pictures or it didn't happen

      October 16, 2012 at 10:42 am |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. Using my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module, the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent truths is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book can help you:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      October 16, 2012 at 10:49 am |
    • .

      "Ronald Regonzo" who degenerates to:
      "truth be told" degenerates to:
      "The Truth" degenerates to:
      "Atheism is not healthy ..." degenerates to:
      "Dodney Rangerfield" degenerates to:
      "tina" degenerates to:
      "captain america" degenerates to:
      "Atheist Hunter" degenerates to:
      "Anybody know how to read? " degenerates to:
      "just sayin" degenerates to:
      "Kindness" degenerates to:
      "Chad" degenerates to
      "Bob" degenerates to
      "nope" degenerates to:
      "2357" degenerates to:
      "WOW" degenerates to:
      "fred" degenerates to:
      "!" degenerates to:
      "pervert alert"

      This troll is not a christian....

      October 16, 2012 at 11:10 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!;.

      October 16, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • just sayin

      @reddragon
      Go to Israel. Not only pictures but the real thing. Go to prayer not only theory but the real thing. Start with the sinners prayer of repentance. God bless

      October 16, 2012 at 11:25 am |
    • Which God?

      @reddragon. Good one!

      October 16, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  16. fernace

    I am a spiritualist who refuses to align w/any religion! I believe in a Higher Power, but I also believe in all religions! They all have it right...& wrong! I don't belive in a bearded Santa in the sky, but I do believe there is a power in the universe that draws us to its light! I don't think Pentecostals are more deserving than Baptists, Catholics or Islamists, for that matter, because they are all man made, which is nothing but cause for disagreements, anger, fighting & even war! My spirituality is between me & the power of the universe, no 1 else! It gives me comfort & makes me feel connected to nature & humanity! I believe every person has a right to discover what's right for them & if atheism is your choice, I will not sit in judgement or tell you God will do it for me! My belief system makes me feel free & encourages me to love the world & its inhabitants! It works for me!!

    October 16, 2012 at 2:30 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      I've been happy with the .264 Lapua 123 gr Scenar match bullet in .260 Remington at 600 yards. I too have been thinking of moving to a Higher Power. How were you able to deal with greater felt recoil?

      October 16, 2012 at 2:37 am |
    • OTOH

      Tom, Tom🙂

      Some years ago I went to an AA meeting in support of a family member. The first woman who got up to speak (a Texan, I think) kept saying how much her harp hour made things so much better for her. I thought, hmmm, well, harp music can be relaxing and calming 'n stuff... only to be clued in a bit later in the meeting what she was actually saying!

      October 16, 2012 at 2:47 am |
    • Wunk

      Ive got a 38lb recurve bow and have wanted to move up to a higher power compound bow. Which one is best? In the fact of this question eeeeeehhhhh weeeellll I don't know I'll just make up an imaginary bow and hunt with that.... dummmmasss

      October 16, 2012 at 10:20 am |
  17. Those of you posting all hours of the day and night is a cop out for

    I just really need to find some real friends, instead of my Internet alliances, or perhaps check my into rehab from my IPhone/IPad/desktop internet addiction

    October 16, 2012 at 2:29 am |
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