Traditionally it was associated with religion, religious experience and the Holy Spirit. However, the modern‐day, secular and broader meaning of the word refers to a sense of otherworldliness. It has become a word that is also commonly used as way to describe intangible things that lack a straightforward explanation. It is generally accepted that spirituality can be found in music, nature, art, poetry, in many other areas of life and of specific relevance to this thesis in that it can be found in architecture. Perhaps spirituality can be found in anything and everything, but is it how we perceive spirituality that makes it exist or is it absolute?
The phenomenon of religious experience covers a broad spectrum of events, but is generally described as a supernatural, transcendental occurrence interpreted to be of a spiritual nature by the individual experiencing it. It is, however, difficult for a specific definition to be reached, as religious experiences manifest themselves in a variety of ways, whether through a widespread atmosphere of intense emotion such as the Toronto Blessing, or quiet personal revelations or visions, such as those of Bernadette Soubirous or the original visionaries of Medjugorje. The diversity of these events allows humanity to investigate what it means to be human from various standpoints and search for the reasons why such apparently inexplicable events occur.
The last form of resistance was Spiritual Resistance. Upon viewing the title, most would associate the word “spiritual” with religious, which in most contexts are correct. But “spiritual” in this context also implies much, much more. The word “spiritual” also relates to the condition of the human spirit at all times. It is a subtle reference to the human condition as one would call it.
Characters Amir and Sydney Carton both undergo a transformation as they each find their God. These changes are displayed throughout the novel as the characters are able to let go of their past and previous views of themself. Amir is able to let go of his cowardice and guilt and Carton releases his self doubt as they each begin to understand their purpose as they cling to a higher power. Solutions tried previously simply do not succeed until they find God through their desperation. Have you ever thought, what are your solutions?
But what exactly does it mean to have a religious belief? In my own definition, it means to have a strong belief in a higher power that controls human destiny and is directly linked to faith. The higher power in Christianity, for example, is portrayed as a God, who is mentioned in the Bible. The members of this religious knowledge system have never actually seen God, their knowledge and beliefs are singularly based on what is written in the Bible. Although there is no visual proof of a supernatural power such as God, believers are motivated by universal beliefs in things we cannot see.
Contemplation can be defined as the ‘action of looking at something thoughtfully for a period of time’ or ‘deep reflective thoughts’. (Oxford Dictionaries, 2016) Within religious faiths, contemplation can be explained as a ‘form of religious practices in which a person seeks to extend beyond mental images and concepts in order to have a direct experience with a divine presence.’ (Oxford Dictionaries, 2016) It is hypothesised that contemplation in Roman Catholicism, Reform Judaism and Sunni Islam is a way of deepening the understanding and strengthening the connection with a higher divine presence, such as God. This essay will analyse and discuss the understanding of contemplation in Roman Catholicism, Reform Judaism and Sunni Islam, as well
The Ontological Argument is defined as the argument that God, being described as the most great or perfect, must exist, since a God who exists is greater than a God who does not (Retrieved from http://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/oi/authority.20110803100250688). It belongs to the Philosophy of Religions and not Theology; there is a difference between Philosophy of Religion and Theology, even though they both take God and religion as their subject. Theology starts with assuming that God exists and aids in figuring out what follows or it sometimes solves philosophical problems that might arise from the belief in God. Theology is slightly more strict and they have limits to their premises, one of those limits is not believing in God. Another
This is a vital question and one that may have many different answers in the course of history. Some would proclaim that the Holy Ghost, also entitled the Holy Spirit, is an impersonal being, perhaps even a mystical force that is the power of God in motion. Others would say that the Holy Ghost is just another manifestation of the one God with a different name and therefore denying the trinitarian nature of God. This is contrary to the Bible which clearly shows that the Spirit is a distinct person, and even more than this He is the third person of the Godhead. That the Spirit is such is taught in passages like Acts 5 where it is said that Ananias lied to the Holy Ghost and therefore had lied, according to verse 4, “… unto God.” Not only does this reveal that the Spirit is God, but that He can be lied to shows that He is a person; you can’t lie to a mere energy or force.
But when she meets St. John who is a devoted believer of God as a supernatural and supernatural only, and finally realizes the true spiritual connection between Rochester and herself, she finds her own religion to believe in. As In the end Jane is portrayed as a believer of her own established idea which is to confirm both supernaturality and spirituality by following her own intentions while at the same time, praising God. Evidently Bronte`s intentions to illustrate the change of Jane`s beliefs caused the idea of Christianity to come up more often as the story
A common questioning of a higher power beyond the physical realm lingers in society: Who and what is God?. However, many of these theological questions cannot be answered until we of course, die. Due to human’s innate curiosity to understand the forces beyond their own, especially in terms of religion, humans find their own reasons to believe in a higher power in the process of discovery. Religion is a sense of belief and worship to praise a higher power (God), and it provides a guide for human beings to have the opportunity to come together and live as one image of God’s children. “Imagine There’s No Heaven” is an article in which Salman Rushdie, the author, presents an atheistic view where religion is pointless, and a higher being is non-existent.
In Christianity and other mystical or hermetic traditions too Blessed Be is mentioned and recognized and thus can bind people from different faiths due to its sacredness. Wiccans believe it confers a blessing on the person who’s hearing it and also there’s a belief that the person who believes it is blessed herself. But in actual sense, Blessed Be is used to
Spiritual Journaling Buster number two is timidity. Putting down those first few words takes guts. First time journalers often feel a bit shy. Timidity often stems from inexperience. The voices inside your head may say, "You are not a good writer, stick with what you know, or do something else that you 're better at."