I draw from my thoughts, feelings and current understanding of Religion vs Spirituality in the attempt to answer the question posed above. The way I currently see it is outlined below:
We are each at different levels of understanding and therefore on different levels of vibration and Consciousness. Fear stems from ignorance, ignorance stems from unquestioning minds; unquestioning minds stem from ‘faith’ and a ‘blind belief’ in orthodox religious teachings because ‘they know not how to lift themselves up’. For those of a ‘lower’ vibration Organised Religion is their comfort blanket …. Even though it includes ‘fear of God’. One can appease God by doing good works which brings relief and tempory security; One either fears God or fears the unknown … the unknown is too scary and doesn’t bring relief. The irony is that blind believers think they know God but they do not; so their apparant security is illusional/delusional. However, I believe there is a need for organised religion for those individuals who are not yet at a Consciousness level to raise themselves above it. Organised religion is the first stepping stone or spring-board that will ‘hopefully’ open one’s mind to questioning the teachings rather than blindly accepting them. To know God or the Source or Intelligent Consciousness or whatever name one wishes to apply .. One has to experience this force from within … not fear it from without.
- Is religion needed in society (wiki.answers.com)
- Guardian editorial on Religion and Society (bpdt.wordpress.com)