RELIGION WHAT DOES IT MEAN by ErmuLzb

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									RELIGION: WHAT DOES IT MEAN AND WHY DO WE STUDY IT?

What is Religion?

Any person may sit down and write his or her own definition of
religion. Although the definitions will vary from person to person
they will all have one basic characteristic in common. Religion is
defined based on a person’s deepest personal feelings, it is
affected by the person’s culture, and according to the person’s
highest values in life.

For the purposes of our course, we can simplify this and say that
religion is what gives life its meaning. Religion is a means to
ULTIMATE TRANSFORMATION, which means fundamental
change from being caught up in the troubles of daily life to living in
such a way that one can cope at the deepest levels with life’s
trials.

What is Spirituality?

There is a difference between spirituality and religion. A person
can claim to have a well-developed spirituality while at the same
time declaring no affiliation to any particular Religion. We may not
realize it, but we all have a spirituality. Our spirituality shapes the
way we view the world. Our life’s journey allows us to develop
what is called an INTEGRATED SPIRITUALITY, which means, we
think, believe and act in a consistent manner that promotes
healthy values such as caring, compassion, and love for
ourselves, others, our planet, and our God.

								
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