When we were kids we were asked, Which came first, the chicken or the egg? If the answer based on the story of creation in the Bible, we would respond, chicken. But if our response based on the experience of raising chickens, the answer would be egg.
The same can be said for the answer to the question of what came first, religion and spirituality?
Looking at the experience of religious books and discussions of religion was the first. Only now that more and more people talk about spirituality and writing about it. As for the origin of the reality behind these words or terms of subject knowledge, spirituality was the first. The spirit was there before did not have any religion. God was there before there was anyone to worship him.
I can say that spirituality is an offshoot religion. For many centuries people professed religion. Some of them are fiercely opposed to other religions on their own. against Christians for centuries paganism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and all other religions. This happened in Paganism, Islam and the other with regard to other religions. They are also opposed to other religions.
But more and more people are discovering that the mere religion can not answer the deeper longing for a better experience of life. Therefore, it turned to something deeper and better than religion. He found that this ethos.
a sense of spirituality As an offshoot of the religion, is bound to be some similarities, such as the similarity of the egg and the chicken.
First, both believe in a higher power for some . Religion believes in God, the Father or Jesus or Allah or Brahman or Tao. Spiritual also believe in God or you may imagine that God is universal or primary energy. Both believe that such a creature has a higher and higher performance than what we have.
Second, religion and spirituality desire to have a relationship is more power . Although the relationship is different from the nature of religion as spirituality, the desire to have this relationship. Religion connects with more power with fear and trembling. Spiritual connected to this higher power of love and affection.
Third, religion and spirituality have rituals and practices is the deepening of people's religion or spirituality. Religion is usually sacred rites or sacraments. It is a spiritual meditation or yoga sessions.
Fourth, in both respects the sacred, the rest of the world. This is not only respect for God. This respect for the reality that is beyond the senses and the intellect. When push religion to the extreme in this regard, it will be a superstition. When spirituality push to the extreme in this regard, it will be a religious spirituality.
Fifth, both the fear of failure . In religion, this error could suffer a worse fate the existence or repetition of hell. Spirituality is unable to detect the error in the value of real people, and the value of life and the fate of meaninglessness. Damn it, repeat existence, non-existence, meaningless forms of punishment error, whether of religion or spirituality.