What is the greatest challenge to your religious beliefs?

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By Chuck Robison

This is a tough one. During the 90’s I was a Protestant Chaplain at the United Nations in New York. While at the UN, when it became time to make decisions about services such as weddings, funerals and baptisms I started hearing people say: “I’m spiritual but not religious”.

Now twenty-five years later this phrase is how many people define their religious orientation. And I am one of them. I experienced many deep profound moments in church religious services from the time I was a little boy. I still define myself as a Christian Pastor, but my spiritual growth now occurs mostly outside the confines of an organized religion.

Working my way through this process has been a great personal challenge. Our society and our religions are not geared to having leaders and followers stray from the herd and we are not sure how to deal with that. But it is happening more and more all the time.

Going through this process has been neither easy or comfortable, but at some point I realized that keeping an organization going by forcing binding rules on participants is not the way I have experienced my own spiritual growth. My spiritual practice now does not need any mediators, organizations or group defined rules for behaviour or growth.

Today my spiritual life is defined as my daily journey as a powerful eternal spiritual being having a human experience. Generally speaking, churches are not addressing this definition of who we are. So the challenge for me came when I realized that I could not hang around and wait for everyone else to catch up. And, of course, I could have been wrong about this radical change in my life.

I fully understand all the positive work the religions do and the power of supportive community that religions attempt to create, but the cost is the requirement that we all get in line and believe alike as the leadership tells us we must.

By following the leadership of my soul, every moment of the day and with every hallowed breath I take, I find a much deeper spiritual experience. In this personal spiritual environment I learn that I am a tiny part of God and God is all of me. And this connects me with every other being on this planet and beyond.

Today I have few religious boundaries and binding rules. I like that. Try it, you might like it too.

 

 

 

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