November 30-B, 2022

Price Lake Rhododendron 07/02/2009 Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, North Carolina
The difference between astrology and astronomy
is roughly the difference between
religion and spirituality. 

Religion asks us to take its postulates on faith,
spirituality requires us to know what we know.

Religion asks us to believe its theology and doctrines,
which are collections of opinions and convictions,
while spirituality tells us to see what we look at
and to trust ourselves to recognize what needs to be done
and do it
in each situation as it arises.

Religion is about believing.
Spirituality is about knowing.

Religion is theoretical.
Spirituality is practical.

Religion is abstract.
Spirituality is of the earth and rivers,
darkness and light.

Religion is made up.
Spirituality is recognized/realized.

Religion is from the top down,
and outside in.
Spirituality is from the bottom up,
and inside out.

Religion is artificial.
Spirituality is natural.

Religion is inorganic.
Spirituality is organic.

Religion is of the head.
Spirituality is of the heart and spirit.

We have to get religion.
We have to be spiritual.

Those who believe, believe different things.
Those who know, know the same things. 

And that's pretty much that.


Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

2 thoughts on “November 30-B, 2022

  1. Jim! You always seem to get to the heart of the matter. Quotable quote: “Those who believe, believe different things, those who know, know the same thing”. Love you for sharing what you know! Peace on you, brother βœŒπŸ’•πŸ™πŸ™‚

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