If you consider yourself spiritual rather than religious, do you believe in God? Is there a God in spirituality?

Before answering this question, let’s start by asking, “Who is God?”

Religion talks about God as the Creator who created the world and all the things and beings in it. He is seen as most powerful and almighty because all of creation emerges, is sustained and dissolves back into God at the end of life.

Different religions have different names for God—Krishna, Holy Spirit, Lord, Allah, Elohim, Adonai, Yahweh, Jehovah, Ahura Mazda and others..

Hunger To Connect With Something Higher

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There seems to be hunger deep within us that longs for a connection to something higher and mightier which can remove our pains and relieve us our sense of helplessness and limitation.

Understanding this innate need and to make it easier for people to connect to God and worship Him, religions were formed.

In times of loss and sorrow, faith in God gives us the inner strength to face and overcome our challenges.

Who Does The Spiritual Person Connect With?

If you consider yourself spiritual and don’t prescribe to any particular religion, then who do you go to in time of sorrow and need?

We all need help and support. Whether we go to people or to a higher power, we are constantly reaching outside of ourselves to fulfill our needs and desires.

A spiritual person sees herself as a thread in the grand tapestry of life. She understands that there is an intelligence and beauty far beyond what she can ever fathom with her limited mind and perspective.

She knows that there must be an Ultimate Cause for this world that pervades everything and every being.

This is her “God.”

“God” in Religion is the same God in spirituality

The same God in religion is known variously in spirituality as:

  • Ultimate Cause or Reality
  • Source
  • All-that-is
  • The Truth

And the fact is, religion also speaks of God in those very same words. It adds that God is All-knowing, All-pervading, Immutable, Immortal – the Highest Reality.

A spiritual person may not follow a particular religion but she too, strives to connect with Source in the same way that a religious person may. For example, she may connect through:

  • Inner silence
  • Meditation Techniques
  • Contemplation
  • Rituals and worship that reflect her personal beliefs
  • Study of metaphysical books and scriptural literature of various traditions and cultures

She does not follow any specific religious injunctions and rituals as prescribed for her religious counterpart, but rather, she strives to follow universal values and principles to guide her thoughts and actions.

ONENESS Is The Guiding Light

The principle of ONENESS is her main guiding light. She tries her best to not see divisions between people and their paths, but rather the interconnectedness of every being and thing.

So, to answer the question whether you believe in God if your are spiritual, yes, you do.

You may not call God as “God” but your belief in something higher is the same as a religious person.

The truth is…

Religion and spirituality are not mutually exclusive

You can be religious and spiritual at the same time.

You can practice the spiritual Truth of Oneness within the parameters of your religion. In fact, this is the goal to be reached, no matter what your religion.

Religion is grounded in spiritual Truth.

The goal of all is the same – whether you consider yourself as spiritual, religious or both. But, the paths leading to the goal are different and have different disciplines and practices

To understand the similarities between spiritual and religion, please read my other article: Can you be both spiritual and religious?

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Manisha Melwani

Manisha Melwani is a teacher and the author of, "So You're a Spiritual Being–Now What?" She offers spiritual and wellness solutions for life and stress management. She teaches classes in personal growth, stress management and meditation. She is based in Richmond Hill and Markham, Ontario. Contact her for more information or to have her speak to your group or organization. She also offers private counselling sessions in person or on-line.
Manisha Melwani

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