Source : Yahoo AnswersQuestion : How do you make any distinction between spirituality and religion?

We often use these words as if they were one and the same, or because we have seen them being used together. Has someone ever tried to comprehend what these two words “religion” and “spirituality” stand for in the exact sense. Is being religious means being spiritual or vice versa? I will love to hear your thoughts on this.

Answer by Free at last
They are often mutually exclusive. To me, religion is a collection of doctrines and dogma for the spiritually and intellectually lazy. Spirituality is finding the questions and the answers for yourself, from your inner-self.

Answer by mcq316
Religious implies spirituality. Spirituality doesn’t necessarily imply religious. Religion is a set of rules, traditions, and structure. Spirituality is more general and freeform.

Answer by RW
I find it bizzare when people DO use these words interchangably, because for me they are entirely different things.

to simpify it and go down to the basics..

Religion is a social construct.
Spirituality is the relationship, construct, and interaction between you, and the divine.

Answer by cajundude1
Simple. Spirituality is communication with God. Religion is basically an institution. You can be spiritually enlightened and also not belong to an institution. The terms are used interchangeably, however, so it is not improper to use them as synonyms.

Answer by June smiles
Many people are strongly spiritual, although their spirituality may not mean they are religious. I believe being religious means being affiliated with a particular and named religion. I believe being spiritual can mean feeling thankfulness and acknowledging it in what ever manner they feel is right.

Answer by Zsolt H
It is a very good and just question.
Imagine religion as faith below reason, which means that most religious practices, especially the orthodox or fundamental versions, require us to accept something, practices and beliefs, which are not our own, are basically given to us by our parents, priests, teachers, society, etc.
We have to follow these practices, beliefs without any proof, and many times against our own experiences, sensations. And most of these religions promise us a reward for our obedience, and most of these rewards will come after we have left this physical existence.
Now true spirituality is faith above reason. It means that we do not have to ignore, suppress, or deny our actual sensations, experiences, and we are not forced to accept anything. We are given a tested method to explore ourselves, in other words to research ourselves and our relationship to others and to reality. We accept, that there are things that we cannot yet sense, actually feel, as we do not have the necessary receptors for it, but as the method is tried and tested we trust it, and if we follow the path correctly, than within this lifetime, within the same physical body we will be able to reveal the spiritual existence, and the purpose of our being.
And most importantly true spirituality is open to anyone, any sex, any age, any beliefs, or country of origin, in fact all of us are invited.
So here you go, if you would like to learn about it in more depth, please follow the link:
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I hope you find this helpful.

Answer by Mauro S
I know many religious people, the most part, going to church, observing rules and dogmas of their religion, but very few of them are living really in spirituality! This is a way of feeling life in order to achieve a direct experience in supernatural , both in intellectual or ecstatic way.

Answer by acey
Spirituality is to be open to truth.
Religion is to conform to the ideas and concepts of that docterine.
I believe no religion is truly wrong and no religion is truly right.
Whatever works for the individual, you may be enslaved by the religion or create your own spirituality.

Answer by Savannah
To me religion is structured and rigid in its beliefs. Spirituality is a way of being in the world. A way of looking at your life and others. Spirituality is living life through kindness and love for everyone and everything around you. Respecting others and nature.

That’s how I see it.

Source : Yahoo AnswersQuestion : What do you think about Tarot, Kabbalah or Alchemy Interpretations and Practices?

Anything to do with the media or it only the medium? ..or is it just a pile of malarchy, unevolved superstitions or out-dated ritualistic beliefs which people cling onto out of fear of unforeseen truths?

I am curious about your thoughts. Mine are subject to change, but I remain open.

Answer by Cassie T
Yes, it’s “a pile of malarchy, unevolved superstitions or out-dated ritualistic beliefs which people cling onto out of fear of unforeseen truths” as you so aptly put it.

But then again, so are all other religions.

Answer by tiedye_dude
They are all fake.

Answer by Desperado
Kabbalah is Babylonian black magic learn’t by the same Rabbis who wrote the Talmud.

Answer by Sin
There is scientific proof that some people are able to “see” into another’s future. I think it matters not what form they use to do so. If the gift is theirs…it will show.

Answer by Chaos
You watch tv, don’t you? You watch the “media”. Science = sceance.

Answer by philebus
Well, we know very well the origins of tarot cards. They were created in the mid 15th century for the Milanese court by adding a fifth suit of picture cards to the existing pack of Latin suited playing cards. These extra cards took as their theme a Christian triumph procession, hence their original name trionfi, meaning triumphs and from which we get our word trump – it was the invention of tarot that gave us trumps in card games. For 350 years the cards were only used for card games (contrary to popular myth, they were not opposed by the Church), games which spread throughout continental Europe, where they continue to be played today!

It was not until the end of the 18th century that a Parisian occultist, Antoine Court de Gebelin, picked up the cards and, ignorant of their true origin, created a myth about them coming from Ancient Egypt and offered a method for their use in fortune telling. For about 100 years, these ideas were limited to just France but at the end of the 19th century, some British occultists introduced them to the English speaking world where they found an eager audience.

There is no connection between tarot and Kabbalah or Alchemy, it was 19th century French occultists who first suggested them as being a part of the tarot but they provided no evidence and on closer analysis, a poor correlation between them.

Without an occult origin, fortune telling with tarot cards is no different in kind from using tea leaves, dominoes or knuckle bones – and about as credible to me. The possibility of having knowledge of the future has itself come under attack from both philosophy and science, largely because it is subject to many of the same logical objections and paradoxes that face time-travel!

The Kabbalah was originally part of Jewish mysticism but has been appropriated and radically changed by numerous occultists. What most of us will read of as Kabbalism is far from the original. I have yet to find any reason to believe that there is any great spiritual or cosmic truth in it.

Alchemy may have been a forerunner to Chemistry but as such it is long obsolete. Occultists have re-interpreted it as something more mystical but when considered as something spiritual I am still left wondering why I should accept any of it.

Answer by tiny bad tim, antlers off
the important factor is the person using the tools, not the tools themselves. if you believe that everything in the universe is connected, and are talented at reading its signals, then you could use road kill for divination.

i use the tarot, and i find it highly insightful. the images in the cards resonate with my spiritual orientation. i know some who won’t use it because its accuracy frightens them. other people use runes, scrying, astrology, numerology, or any number of tools to read the alignments of the universe. in each case, it’s the reader, not the technique, that matters.

Source : Yahoo AnswersQuestion : What questions would you ask a person applying for a job as your pastor?

Assume you want to know how this person would function in the job, and you were assured that the person’s personal spiritual life was on track.

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Answer by Ainsly @ work
“Do you have a penchant for molesting little boys?”

Answer by Steve R
I would ask, “Have you always been deluded or did you become deluded later in life?”

Answer by David H
I would ask him for a detailed statement of beliefs.

Answer by Mike K
Hello,

I’d check his academic credentials as a good priest or pastor is required to get 4 years of theological training above his university degree. Not a mail order certificate.

Cheers,

Michael Kelly

Answer by AGGY™ 2nd ✗Coming
is it for the money? and is god real? preferably she says no for both

Answer by Joshua
I would ask him if he felt aroused while looking at my 8 year old brother, if he said no I would give him the job. If he said yes I would refer him to the Catholics.

Answer by tza
first of all if this is a serious question, then it was a dumb move posting it on yahoo answers. especially with how many people are going to put “smart” degrading answers. ask someone who you know shares your faith and someone you can trust.
that way you can avoid certain disrespectful people.

Answer by Sweet Yum Thing
ask the person what non-church related activites they have been involved in
if there are not any, then you might have a problem
if there are alot, then that is good right?

Answer by A Friend
I would ask what his teachings on Genesis 1 – 11 would be.

If one applying for a job wishes to build on the foundation then he must believe the foundation is real.

Love

Answer by HereticZero
Please explain evolution in its basic terms. Why didn’t god tell Moses about dinosaurs? Why didn’t Noah save the dinosaurs if he was supposed to save all the animals of the world? What did Noah eat for food if he had to save the animals from the flood, he could not eat what he was saving? Is the story of the talking snake in Genesis true, and if not and just an allegory, then why did Iesus have a ministry at all if man did not really fall from grace in the garden of Eden? How come god cannot defeat armies with iron chariots? How come in all the prophecy of the bible, and the bible is supposed to be suitable for today, why is there no mention in prophecy concerning satellites, space ships, other planets outside our solar system, gravity, automobiles, fossils, tectonic plate movements?

Answer by Joy of Jesus
First question would be if they used the Bible, the Word of God, and believed in the qualifications outlined in Timothy and Titus in the Bible. Christ outlined Pastors to “feed the flock” with the Word of God, the Bible and not to entertain or use self help books and contemporary rock bands, examples.
Some contemporary church leaders fancy themselves as business men, or media figures or entertainers or psychologists or philosophers or presidents, CEOs, lawyers. Yet those notions contrast sharply with the symbolism that Scripture employs to depict pastors and spiritual leaders in the church. For example, in 2 Timothy chapter 2 Paul uses seven different metaphors to describe a spiritual leader. He calls the minister a teacher, a soldier, an athlete, a farmer, a workman, a vessel and a slave. Each of those images evokes ideas of sacrifice and labor and service and hardship. They speak eloquently about the complex and varied responsibilities of spiritual leadership. And not one of those word pictures makes the ministry glamorous. That’s because it’s not supposed to be glamorous. Leadership in the church is not a mantle of status to be conferred on the church’s aristocracy. It doesn’t come by seniority. It isn’t purchased with money. It isn’t inherited through family ties. It doesn’t necessarily fall to people who are successful in business or finance. It isn’t doled out on the basis of intelligence or education or human talent. Its requirements are faultless character, spiritual maturity, a willingness to serve humbly and a skill in teaching. It may go to the rich, it may go the poor, it may go to the bond, it may go to the free, it may go to those who are unknown in the world, it may go to those who are well‑known, it may go to those who have failed to be successful in an enterprise in life, at least as the world measures success, it may sometimes go to those that are very successful, but that has nothing to do with it.

Our Lord’s favorite metaphor for the spiritual leader in the church was the one He used most often to describe Himself and that was shepherd…one who tends God’s flock. Every church leader is a shepherd. That really does sum up what we do…feeding, leading, nurturing, caring, comforting, protecting, correcting…like a shepherd does his sheep.

Interestingly enough we should remind ourselves that shepherds are without status. In any given culture where shepherds exist they occupy the lowest…the lower rungs on the social ladder, don’t they? Shepherds are lowly people. It is a semi‑skilled at best profession. In fact, you can replace a shepherd with a dog. I’ve seen dogs do a tremendous job of shepherding in New Zealand. So it’s a semi‑skilled task, has no status, belongs to the low rungs of social ladders and that’s fitting because the Lord Himself said, “Let him who is greatest among you become as the youngest and the leader as the servant,” Luke 22:26.

God has ordained then that this be a role of humble service, loving service. The leaders are not called to be governing monarchs but humble slaves. They’re not called to be slick celebrities but laboring servants, not called to be charismatic personalities, but faithful shepherds. The man who leads God’s people must above all things exemplify sacrifice, devotion, lowliness and a love for and ability to communicate God’s truth.
I think Jesus Himself gave us the pattern when He washed His disciples feet, doing something that only the lowest slave did, the dirtiest, filthiest most undesirable job there was, washing dirty feet. And Jesus did it and said that’s how I want you to minister.

John MacArthur has great information about qualifications of a Pastor and all his sermons are found at www.gty.org

Answer by …virginiaO
i do not want to hire a pastor thank you.

43 years of experience with bad apples has turned me off from relying on other humans to teach their interpretations of what they think .

as long as i can see to read the scriptures and presently available dictionaries,encyclopedia’s and commentaries then i can sort out fact from fiction on my own with spiritual inspiration from Heaven.

Answer by ♪♫Only♪ By ♥♪Grace♫♥
These are qualities that are important and I would ask questions around this – The person would have to love people and also be one that wants the church to grow and want to reach out into the community….he would need to be married and also have a family, so that he can relate to all members of the church. He would need to be confident, a man of faith and grace, friendly and be a man of the word.

Furthermore, it would be important to meet his wife and family too. x

Answer by butterflypoo
GOOD QUESTION…i’d ask the following:
do you believe the catholics are the cause to the christians misrepresentation of christ?

do you believe the protestants are the cause of americas’ disdain for evangelism because of their obsession with homosexuals and women in poverty of spirit who have so little faith in herself, family, friends, and communtiy to accept and love this unborn child…that she so fears the rejection she endured hearing christians blasphomizing women who are not following church standard…that she must return gods gift…knowing good and well this baby is in heaven now and not here with what hell she’s experienced mispreceived in your eyes but very real…?

do you make judgements on behalf of god and how do you handle the recourse?

what is the cause of divisions in the people who believe christs work?

do you want non-believers saved, living the life, and reading the Word of God, right?

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Answer by Joe P
Who is Jesus Christ to you?
What is your relationship with Jesus Christ?
What authority do you consider the bible?
Give example of the change Jesus has made in your life.

that would be start…

Answer by man with little book
I would want to know he is a true believer – of Gods’ word, not mans doctrines.
I would ask him;
1. to give me 3 scriptural proofs of 2Peter3:8.
2. explain the ‘without genealogy’ of Melchizedek and ask ‘Who else is ‘without genealogy’ in the bible?’
3. why the difference of 2Sam24 and 1Chron21, then compare that w 1Chron27:24
4. where does God call Babylon a ‘church’ in the bible?
5. who was arch-bishop Ussher? and for what is he known?
6. why can I not find these following phrases in the bible; ‘church age’,’eternity past’,’eternity future’,”spiritually’dead’?

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Written by TANTRAPSYCHIC

Born and brought up in India. When I came in to senses . i was able to see strange figures in surroundings. When ever i told this to my mom. She used to laugh at me and always said you are day dreaming.

I was always able to see dead people ever since i was 10 years old. My journey in to the field of Tantra started at the age of 14 years, when a neighbor gave me Durgasaptshati book. which is very powerful stotra path of goddess Durga.

Also i started studying Palmistry. When i was 16 years old i was attacked by a demon while i was sleeping by that time i was following tantra and saved my self by mantra power. Since then I never looked back and I kept trying new Dhyan Yoga, Mantra and Tantra sadhnas procedures.