Religion is for people who don’t want to go to hell; spirituality is for those who’ve been there.
I happened to catch a guest on last night’s The Hour state the above. I didn’t watch the rest of the show, nor did I catch who that particular guest was. I can’t seem to get that information from the website, either (what a mess it is!)
The quote intrigued me and it’s been running around in my head all day. I’m not sure what I think of it. It all depends, of course, on what one means by “religion” and “spirituality”. For the guest, “religion” meant Christianity. George Stombolopoulous (the host) had just asked him if he was a Christian, and the guest responded with the above. I didn’t listen to the rest of the interview, so I never found out if maybe he was, in fact, a Christian by traditional definitions of the term.
I guess it’s all in what you make it. For some people Christianity is about not going to hell; for others it’s about recognizing that we live in a messed up world and God is doing something to fix it. It could be religion or spirituality, depending on what it is for you, on what you do with it.