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The search for spiritual truth and the practice of religion are not necessarily the same thing. Religion is the application of spiritual ideas within a shared and formalized structure but it can be soiled with human ideas and foibles that warp its essential message.

You may have noticed that it has never been in the interest of most traditional religions to allow its flocks to think because this would invite a possibility of disadhereing from their rules. Hence it was better to have black and white pronouncements which were to be followed to gain access to some reward.

Clearly it is impossible that all religions are correct because there is only one universal truth. This is how we know how divergent we are from what likely be a huge shock to all of them. Yes, they share a common message of gaining some sort of divine discovery through some power higher than ourselves. However, there are plenty of distractions which entrap the faithful more enamored of ceremony, to get caught up in the semantics of their own religion. Through the obeying of dogma the mind can be shut off because it is no longer required.

Instead, our spirituality should require our attention and readjustment as we develop as humans. We cannot remain stuck because each age and phase of life is steeped in growth. Do we think the same way at the age of 12 as we do today?

I would certainly hope not.


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