Spirituality vs Religion

The Definition of Spirituality

Spirituality is often considered to be religious, but many people who are ‘spiritual’ do not consider themselves to be religious at all.

The laymans understanding of the word ‘spiritual’ is that which describes things like like morality, God, Angels & the universe; However, the correct definition according to Google is:

“Relating to or affecting the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things.”

Not many people in this world can admit that they have experienced anything spiritual, so for the purposes of explaining spirituality, I will first use an example of something spiritual that everyone experiences.

Consciousness

Consciousness is spiritual rather than material because it exists in the real world, yet it is not a physical thing. You cannot measure or observe consciousness. Scientists and Philosophers have tried to explain consciousness without spirituality for centuries, but this task is so impossibly difficult that there is actually name for it: “The hard problem of consciousness”.

The reason why consciousness is impossible to explain without invoking spirituality, is the same reason why it would be impossible for a person living in a 2-Dimensional reality to understand what a 3-D sphere is as it passes through the 2-D World.

The following image shows how the sphere appears to be a growing and shrinking circle in 2 dimensions, as it moves vertically in 3 dimensions.

A 3D Sphere would look like a growing and shrinking Circle if it passed through a 2D worldIn reality, it isn’t a growing and shrinking circle; It is a sphere.

From the perspective of the 2-D being, it appears to break the 2-D laws of physics.

Because of the impossibility of explaining spiritual occurrences in our own dimension, spirituality will always be rejected by the scientific establishment. However, most scientists now agree that extra dimensions are necessary to explain some phenomena seen in quantum physics.

This inevitable acceptance of higher dimensions by the scientific community has been expected from spiritual people for a long time, as it only confirms what we already experience.

Beyond the concept of consciousness, you can find countless documented miracles that confirm the fact that there are more dimensions to reality than the few that you perceive.  If you would like to see documented evidence of miracles that friends from my church have recorded, please click here

Spirituality & Religion

Now that “Spirituality” has been defined, it might become startlingly obvious as to why spirituality and religion are not the same thing.

A spiritual person is someone who has experienced, and/or continues to experience phenomena that can only be explained by invoking additional dimensions of reality.

A religious person is someone that subscribes to a worldview that defines the nature of spiritual things; but does not necessarily involve experiencing spiritual things nor tells you how to experience spiritual things.

Religion is a collective belief that is strictly defined, and describes the nature of God, where we came from, where we are going, and what we should do with out lives. Most religious people have never experienced anything truly spiritual.

A Spiritual person is much more individualistic. They base their understanding of God on their personal experiences, not solely from a book. A Spiritual person may be religious, as they may find a certain religion aligns with their spiritual experiences, but the interpretation of religion to a spiritual person is completely subjective and is founded on experience rather than the opinions of others.

Now, the following part is for those who haven not experienced anything spiritual in their religious walk. For those who have, and continue to experienced spiritual things, please skip this part.

Also, if you do not like to be intellectually challenged or take offense easily, then please stop reading now. Because the statements and questions posted here may be very confronting, but are necessary questions to ask if you ever plan on experiencing the spiritual dimension and actualizing the life that God has planned for you.

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So you haven’t had a supernatural occurrence! What a shame! Well, if any of what I have written is correct, there is one way to prove it to you. I already know things about your life by simply knowing that you aren’t spiritual.

1.) You don’t spend much time focusing on God each day.

2.) You feel more love when you are with your partner or family or pet than when you are in prayer or meditation.

3.) Your religion is a part of your life, rather than your number one priority in life.

If you believe in a religion, and you think you have found the truth within this religion, are you living a life that truly represents what you believe in? Consider the following quote from Jesus:

“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”

Jesus healed the sick and performed many miracles, and was also able to directly communicate with God. If you are a Christian, have you done any of these things?

If you are a Christian and have not yet experienced anything supernatural, either you don’t truly believe in Jesus and aren’t seeking what he is offering, or Christianity is false.

I’m not saying this because I believe Christianity is false, as I am personally a Christian, but I am saying this because I believe that anyone who has not experienced the supernatural is simply not interested in it because they don’t believe anything supernatural will happen to them.

Your beliefs manifest in your life!

Truly ask yourself, “What type of belief does my life represent?

Does it represent a person who would follow God anywhere he asked you to go? What if God asked you to spend time with him instead of watch Television or engage in other forms of distracting entertainment? Would you do that?

What if your father or mother or wife or husband or son or daughter asked you to spend time with them? You would probably do this if you loved them.

Jesus said: “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”

Now, I’m not saying that you are supposed to give up all the fun things in life in order to partake in working for God, because I believe that a life guided by God’s love is more enjoyable than a life without him.

I am simply stating that the roots of a tree create the fruit of the tree. If the roots of your life is true love for God (or passionate desire to discover spirituality), then you will find more satisfaction in spending time doing this than spending time in materialistic entertainment. And through spending time with God, spirituality will manifest itself in your fruit.

If you currently prefer to spend time being entertained than spending time seeking the truth, it’s probably because you currently don’t believe that God provides more pleasure than worldly entertainment, or that the truth is in your grasp.

Relax for a second. That’s ok.

God doesn’t hate you or judge you for this, and neither do I, precisely because I used to be in the same boat. Am I saying you are not in a relationship with God? Certainly not. But I am telling you to stop kidding yourself if you think that a life without experiencing spirituality is worth living.

If you choose to completely chase after God, he will lead you to spiritual streams of water that will change your entire life in ways you cannot even imagine. If you truly chase after the supernatural gifts God has promised, you will get to the point where you literally cannot talk about any topic other than God because you can feel God’s tangible presence every second of every day. Todd White is a perfect example of what you will become if you choose this path.

Now at this point you are probably asking yourself:

“How can I possibly love God more than my family if God is invisible and never talks to me?”
“How do I become a person that wants God more than I currently want him?”

The answer to this question is very simple. Who is God? The Bible says:

God is Love. God is the Way the Truth and the Life.

These are not metaphors; they are literal.

Love is within your consciousness. Life is consciousness. Truth is what our consciousness seeks and he is the way to attain truth.

God is spiritual, so if you are looking for him you must first look in the only spiritual place you may currently be are aware of;

consciousness.

Love can be found within your consciousness, because you are the gateway to God. Consciousness can be thought of as being “I am”, and when asked what God calls himself, he replied “I am who I am”. Because of the way God created this universe, he has given us full access to him through our consciousness.
God is everywhere; we live and move within his being; and yet he is inside us. The purpose of life is to love everyone and everything. The more you grow in love, the more you will grow in relationship with God, and sooner or later you will learn the language of your father, and be able to hear his voice.

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me”

The more you meditate on Love, spiritual things will start to manifest in your life. Heaven will open up to you, and you may finally realize that eternal life starts now, not after death like religion would have you believe. Eternal life is to know your father.

Are you one of God’s sheep? Do you know your father? Can you truly perceive God at this very moment?

If your honest answer to this is no, then please don’t feel guilty. Guilt is an enemy that will only hold you back from God for it makes you believe the lie that the past is who you are. The past is gone. It is dead and is constantly dying. Who you are is in the present, and the present is all that matters.

The reason God forgives everyone on earth is because we all have not known our father at least one point in life, and our purpose in life is to make the journey back to him.

If you currently don’t truly know God in a spiritual way, you now have the opportunity to start a new journey of wonder and discovery. It all starts with the decision to start looking; to start meditating on love and asking him to reveal himself to you. Meditation is the gateway to knowing God.

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Religious Baptism vs Spiritual Baptism

Now that the tough stuff has been dealt with, lets tackle the most corrupt distortion of spirituality the world has ever encountered.

BAPTISM!

Jesus Said: “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

John the Baptist said: I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

Religious Baptism

The “Religion” of Christianity tells us that Baptism in water is the ritual that must be done to receive the Holy Spirit, and this ritual is widely practiced today. The nature of the ritual involves being pushed underwater and rising again, in order to symbolize the death and rebirth of our spirit with Jesus Christ. Many religious Christians do this sometime after they are saved as a way of symbolizing their commitment to Christ.

This may sound nice to you, but there is actually a destructive corruption of Baptism within this world, especially in Western Society. The first problem is that many people believe that baptism is separate from the event of salvation. This idea is made up and is not biblical or spiritual. The Bible tells us that baptism is necessary to be in relationship with God. This means that baptism IS salvation, not a separate ritual you do after salvation. When this fact is realized, it should become clear that receiving the Holy Spirit and being born again are the same thing.

“Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”

However, the bigger issue here is to do with the very nature of baptism/salvation.

In Religion, ‘the sinners prayer’ is all that is required of a person to become born again. This is completely false, because it is what comes out of a person’s heart (consciousness), not their mouth, that allows them to be born again.

This means that many people who have said the sinners prayer are actually not in a relationship with God and have not received the holy spirit. The same goes for those who have been baptized with water.

 The Bible shows us through example, what it is like to experience a rebirth in spirit, without the need of a water ritual.

The Book of Acts: “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”

If the Holy Spirit is God, then it should be completely normal for you to experience something supernatural when you are baptized and/or born again. If no supernatural events occur during the baptism, then it is probably safe to say that your heart (consciousness) was not in the right place.

If this is so, then it is probably because, like many, you have misunderstood the nature of baptism & rebirth, and are selfishly seeking something from God instead of realizing that baptism is about selflessly sacrificing your life to God, not receiving a ticket to heaven.

Being born in the spirit should clearly involve a spiritual experience, because that is precisely what is written in the New Testament. Unfortunately Western Christianity has greatly lost its connection with understanding our own consciousness, and thus has resulted in the misunderstanding that many people have received the Holy Spirit when in fact they have not. The devastating effect this has on the world is that there are millions of people who label themselves Christians who are not living a life that represents Christ, and this makes the rest of the world repulsed by Christianity.

Spiritual Baptism
In Contrast, spiritual baptism is where people change their priorities within their heart to focus purely on God. It is an act of selfless giving that allows God to become one with you. The moment when you completely surrender every part of your life to God is the moment when baptism takes place.

I have personally experienced 2 baptisms in my life; One was a religious baptism, and the other was a spiritual baptism.

The Religious baptism took place in my pool. At the time, I was completely unaware of what was actually required if I were to undertake a ‘spiritual’ baptism, so when this ritual took place I felt more or less the same. I never asked anyone if I was meant to feel different, because I never saw anyone else get baptized in water who behaved differently or demonstrated any change in spirit. When my religious baptism took place, I was focused on Jesus’ sacrifice, but this was an intellectual experience which provoked emotions; it was not a spiritual experience.

The second time I got baptized was approximately 7 months ago. I did not get baptized in water, but I was baptized in spirit the first time I went to a place called Glory City Church. It was at a time when I had put God at the center of my life because I had sacrificed the thing I loved most to him. At the time this happened, my consciousness was in deep love meditation towards him, and I sought nothing more than his forgiveness. The best description I can come up with for the event is a “suicide sacrifice”. My heart was so hungry for love that I didn’t want my life anymore.

My heart was saying “Take it. I don’t want it anymore. Do what you want with me”.

I was overwhelmed with the conscious realization of God’s presence. It was not something that I could see or externally touch, but it was a knowing beyond words, and it was excruciatingly painful, for I was a selfish sinner and all I had done my entire life was rebel against God.

And yet here he was; the alpha and omega; perfection itself, and all I could do is try and run away because I couldn’t help but compare him to myself. I was hit with the brute fact that I was an unbeliever all my life, despite calling myself one, and now that I knew it was all true I could not run away, because his presence is omnipresent, and for the first 20 seconds I was screaming and crying on the ground. My body was racked with guilt and shame beyond words. Waves of love burned through me like fire, and after 20 seconds of pain, my ego was completely destroyed.

All I could feel was bliss. God’s perfect love destroyed the darkness in my life and I finally realized what it meant to be ‘born in the spirit’. Ever since this event took place, I have had unlimited access to the same love that I experienced that night; whenever I want, wherever I want. I quit drugs and alcohol, along with all the other sinful things in my life, not because I thought they were wrong, but because I now have access to something far more pleasurable. This love is spiritual. It cannot be explained or measured. There is no theory describing this love. It is multi-dimensional, and it is something that Religion has never provide.

If you think my experience was ‘special’ and most people have true baptisms without needing anything like this, I would strongly disagree; simply because it matches what the Bible says when the disciples of Christ received the Holy Spirit.

When the twelve apostles received the holy spirit, they had been waiting in meditation for a long time before receiving him, and they were given it together without the need for water baptism. Their behavior changed so much that some of the villagers thought they were drunk. The word ‘spirit’ is in the “Holy Spirit” precisely because the Holy Spirit is spiritual, and is not limited to this dimension. So if you claim to have the Holy Spirit within you, you should probably have had a spiritual experience when you received him. Clearly, many people who have been water baptized are lacking a spiritual experience, and therefore have probably not received the Holy Spirit, despite claiming to have received him.

So the question is why?

Because of the nature of religion, many people have deluded themselves into thinking that if they spend a Sunday morning in Church they will get a ticket to heaven. Most religious people spend more time listening to other people teach about religion than they do practicing the core of their religion; Love.

When I belonged to a Christian school, my father who was a Christian studies teacher once asked a class full of 30 Christians how many times they pray each day. Only two people out of thirty pray more than 5 times a day.

Even if they pray 20 times a day, this would probably account for 10-15 minutes their time. If a person loves their wife, do they spend 20 minutes acknowledging their presence each day? Of course not! And yet Jesus said that we must love him more than our family.

So the obvious problem here is that religion (specifically, Western Christianity) has caused people to become “lukewarm“.

An atheist could do the ritual of water baptism and nothing would happen; precisely because he did value God above all other things in his life. If somebody who claims to be a Christian is baptized and does not experience anything supernatural, then they have not put him as their number one priority in life. When I was baptized the first time, I spent more time on the toilet each day than I did spending time with God, and I didn’t actually love him. I didn’t even know God, and I didn’t believe that spending time reading the bible would help me know God because it never had in the past. I knew ‘of’ God but I didn’t ‘know’ God. The knowing ‘of’ but not ‘knowing’ is what I find the majority of Christians believing these days. It is what Jesus described as ‘Luke Warm” faith. “I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, ‘I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing’, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. …” I didn’t previously want to spend time with God because I thought prayer was boring. I thought reading the bible was boring. I thought going to Church was boring. I though talking about Christianity was boring. But never admitted this to God, because I was completely unaware as to who God actually was, and 99% of my life I spent ignoring the fact that he is always here, always listening to my thoughts. I was spiritually dead. I was a Christian atheist. I could have met God in less than a day If I spent time in meditation and prayer, but I never did this precisely because I was unaware as to how spiritually depraved I was. I thought I was prospering, and I needed nothing. I didn’t think I was spiritually wretched, pitiable, poor blind and naked, because I was comparing myself to other Christians, and in comparison I thought I was doing pretty well. I knew a lot about the Bible, Jesus, and the religion of Christianity because I spent all my religious time soaking intellectual things instead of spending time with God. And this is precisely what is wrong with Religion, and why it is different from spirituality. Religion is an obligation, and mostly stems from family tradition. Religion is all about intellect, and does not change the heart. Religion is all about theology and doctrine, works and morality, trying to be good instead of spending time with God outside of church and letting him change you from the inside out. Spirituality is about relationship. Not the type of relationship where you spend 10-20 minutes a day, selfishly asking God to do things for you, but a relationship that involved more love than every human being in your life combined. Spirituality is about giving to God, where religion is about taking from him. Spirituality completely changes a person overnight, because it involves a complete rebirth of consciousness. A spiritual rebirth feels like a complete reconstruction of your entire universe and everything you knew about God and humanity. A Religious rebirth is simply a change in ideology. It may help people, and make them feel more secure about death, but it is simply like building your house on sand. Because when the hard wind hits, the house will easily fall down. It is impossible for a non-spiritual, religious person to have the same faith as a spiritual person. If you have felt the multi-dimensional infinite love of God by receiving him (through baptism of the spirit), when disaster strikes you can easily stand firm on the rock because your love does not come from external forces, but comes from God who is omnipresent. Last week I met Keith Mitzel, a good friend of Todd White. Keith is a truly spiritual person, who has seen thousands of people supernaturally healed and gets his love and support purely from God. This is the video he took the day he woke up in hospital after being in a car crash which his son had died in.

As you can see, he is not broken, because he knows that his son is in a better place. His consciousness is so full of love that he literally cannot mourn like normal humans do because he is experiencing spiritual love on a constant basis. Keith told me that in the 2 weeks he remained in hospital, he preached the gospel and many miraculous healings took place. Religion cannot provide the kind of strength that Keith has; only spirituality can do that. Only a connection to infinite love can do that, and religion on its own does not provide any love at all. A Doctrine cannot love you. Only God himself can love you, and this love is 100% tangible if your consciousness is in the right place.

So in summary, what are the differences between Spirituality and Religion?

There are many religions; there is one spirituality.

Religion is about what ‘to do’; Spirituality is about what ‘to be’

Religion divides based on ideology; Spirituality is a united, love-based, ecology

Religion is about doing things ‘for’ God; Religion is about doing things ‘from’ God.

Religion involves the practice of ritual; Spirituality involves the practice of meditation

Religion is about learning from others; Spirituality is about discovering truth by looking inwards

Religion requires you to have faith without telling you how; Experiencing spirituality is how you have faith

Religion is for people who want security after death; Spirituality is for those who want to the truth, regardless what it is.

Religion is for those that require guidance from others; Spirituality is for those who listen and follow the inner voice

Religion focuses on working away sin by practicing discipline; Spirituality understands sin is dead and focuses on loving God.

Religion inquires about paradoxes in the Bible; Spirituality doesn’t need to explain paradoxes, because Spirituality IS a paradox

Religion is about trying to get love; Spirituality is about focusing on the fact that you already have infinite love

Religion is more about the past and future; Spirituality is all about the present

Religion is about waiting for heaven; Spirituality is about manifesting heaven on earth

Religion feeds the ego; Spirituality kills the ego

Religion is what the Pharisee’s practiced; Spirituality is what Jesus manifested.

Religious People may be offended; Spirituality casts out all fear and provides infinite Self worth

Clearly spirituality beats religion by a long shot. So if you are currently religious and would rather be spiritual, I would highly recommend you start practicing meditation. Personally, deep meditation was the first spiritual experience I ever had. Meditation altered my consciousness to be more loving, which in turn prepared me for my spiritual baptism. Meditation will alter your consciousness to be more loving and empathetic, and will make you more aware of God.

As a concluding note, I in no way wish to offended anyone through this blog, but if you are offended and/or disagree with what I have said then perhaps you are not as confident in your beliefs as you wish you could be, and maybe the offense or disagreement you have is a sign that you do not have a rock-hard faith, and that you should seek to find one. For those who agree with what I have said, but have not had a spiritual experience, I would be delighted to chat with you in order to help you find this priceless pearl. It really makes my heart warm knowing that I am helping someone who

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