One of the things I’ve noticed as I’ve gotten older is the wavering levels in faith. For some people the questionable number of remaining days spur the need to re-connect with their somewhat dusty religious practices. For others a tinge of depression seems to make doing anything seem fruitless. And for still others, a peaceful attitude takes hold.
I believe that being spritual and being religious are two entirely different things. My interpretation is that spiritual feelings and beliefs come from within, and religious beliefs come from outside of us. It doesn’t mean they can’t be united, or cohesive, but they are not to be confused as the same. Religion tends to be man-made, and I think that is where the murky waters flow. I’d like to believe my faith resides within and is stronger than the wrathful religious teachings of my youth. My faith has never let me down whereas my religion has.