Spiritual and self absorbed.

The Internet often makes me rage-y . It wastes huge swathes of time, it enables bullying, it implants stupid ideas in peoples heads and…well, porn. But the one thing that I love about it is its such a democracy. People can have their say and share ideas without having to earn the blessings of a publishing company.

The exchanging of ideas is fabulous. Every time I log on its like Renaissance Italy in my bedroom. reading an article that inspires a while flow chart of ideas is my idea of a good time.

( Incidentally ? Over at ? Was inspired to write a post based on my be still post the other day)
One article that was chock full of rich and idea- inducing concepts was here

Roger Wolsey discusses the way that many people identify as being ‘spiritual but not religious’, And he sees that, in many cases, this ‘spirituality’ begins and ends with the individual. There is no involvement in a community; no give and take or communing. Being involved in an organised religion involves the need to give a damn about the needs of others. He believes that you can’t follow Jesus by yourself.

By yourself at the moment? Cool. God is with you. But Jesus isn’t really with you unless another person is in your presence –- someone who you can heal, and can heal you; someone who you can forgive, and who can forgive you; someone who is in need and you can help, and they can help you with your needs.

That’s some pretty profound stuff.

When I decided that I really needed to get a handle on this whole God situation, I decided that I needed to get myself to Church. It took me a good year to get up the courage to actually find one, and it’s now, in my third year, that I don’t feel self conscious ( most of the time). But it had been important for me I meet with and spend time with other Christians.

Many people that I know say that they can be ‘ good without religion’ which is, of course, true. But there is something about the belief that we have a commission to make life better for the poor and needy that has made myself, for example, far more committed to giving a proportion of my income to charity. I do it because I think that it is our duty; those of us in the first world must help others.

And since I have identified more with Christianity I have become absolutely more committed to giving to charities. Giving 10 % of your Income is a good benchmark, I think.

Jesus wasn’t happy with the status quo, he wasn’t happy with the inequity that he saw around him and he was prepared to kick some arse to change things. That’s a significant part of Christianity.

The gospels are about shaking things up and making changes. Finding yourself and mediating and hosting a Goddess circle and nurturing your inner child are spiritual things that I’m not criticising as such, but if that is the be all and end all of your spiritual outlook then something is lacking. Christianity makes it core business seeking justice, loving others and helping the orphans and widows.

That’s why being ‘religious rather than spiritual’ wins for me every time.

ETA- I may have published this by mistake earlier. I was still writing, but this WordPress App is doing my head in. Apologies if you were emailed a very rough, title- less draft. But let’s all celebrate mediocrity- yay!

9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. davidearle
    Mar 09, 2013 @ 13:18:22

    here is the link to ? over at ? referred to above
    incidentally, the verse I quote from James 1;27 is directly speaks to the point Roger Wolsey makes in his blog post, linked above.
    so thanks for the link that, it is really helpful
    And I totally understand the frustration of publishing drafts before you are ready :-)


    • theaspirationalagnostic
      Mar 09, 2013 @ 13:21:46

      Ha! I totally stuffed that up, didn’t I? I omitted that bit completely in the panic to get something comprehensible published. Thanks for linking that.
      Some people write something important for their 50th post. Mine turned out to be an apology for ineptitude. Typical ;)


  2. unkleE
    Mar 09, 2013 @ 17:19:12

    Whatever else, you still got this right: “Christianity makes its core business seeking justice, loving others and helping the orphans and widows.”


  3. rogerwolsey
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 01:47:27

    Wonderful post. I’m glad my blog touched you. That said, as a progressive Christian, I am both spiritual and religious. It’s perhaps best not to view it as an either/or. Blessings on your journey! – Roger


  4. peggy
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 01:53:39

    Right, lets just spend our time criticizing the spiritual not religious for not doing it our way – thats nonjudgmental. Your DOING should flow from a BEING that is moral, balanced, intuitive, compassionate…do you think those things come from outside of you? Christians that are stuck thinking that they world can change but they dont have to change themselves, and that anyone who spends time cultivating an inner peace is wasting time, will stay on the hamster wheel for ever. A whole person is a BE-er and a DO-er. The Do-ers need to stop telling Be-ers how to DO….most of them are on their way to Being and Doing in balance.


    • theaspirationalagnostic
      Mar 27, 2013 @ 06:37:56

      I actually don’t think that we are talking at cross purposes here. The points that I’d make is that we need to be ‘doing’ even if we don think that we have achieved perfect compassion or balance or wisdom. God, I spend a lot of time trying to become a better person ( and yes, being inadvertently judgemental is one of my biggest faults) but I’m not waiting for that day to arrive to take action. There are plenty of Christians that are selfish too; you can’t just spend all your time praying or sitting in a Goddess circle. I’ve spent plenty of time bitching about established religion on this blog too. I’m an equal opportunity judger ;)


  5. ecumenicus
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 01:56:48

    BTW, all humans are spiritual – there is not a one that is not. We are body, mind and spirit. We are matter and energy. We either cultivate the spirit in us such that it flows through us or we close ourselves down and point fingers at other people for the way they do or dont cultivate their spirituality. Peggy


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