Agnostics and Spirituality
Somehow I started getting into a discussion with someone online regarding the concept of being agnostic. To clarify, agnostic is not really a religion it’s more of a state of mind. I consider myself agnostic because it’s the easiest way of saying I have no answers and I choose not to just believe in something because people say I should.
I grew up a reform Jew, which in my mind is kind of being a Jew without all the rules and guilt, it’s stripped down to the basics. In all honesty it suited me for many years, I’m glad that was how I was raised. I’m glad I didn’t have guilt and rules in the years that all I needed was a belief in something bigger than myself.
When I went off to college I soon realized that religion just wasn’t the avenue for me. It didn’t make sense in my head to go to a place to worship something I didn’t believe in. I carefully watched all my friends around me also trying to figure out what they believed in, which helped me understand where I stood as far as spirituality.
When I mentioned I felt I was agnostic to my friend she said she believed that agnostics were not spiritual. I asked her how she came to that conclusion. She explained that if I was agnostic that means I don’t believe I have a soul and that I have no faith.
I do choose to believe in souls but I don’t claim to know what happens to them when our bodies die. I guess though the real question is what is spirituality?
adj.1. Of, relating to, consisting of, or having the nature of spirit; not tangible or material. See Synonyms at immaterial .2. Of, concerned with, or affecting the soul.3. Of, from, or relating to God; deific.4. Of or belonging to a church or religion; sacred.5. Relating to or having the nature of spirits or a spirit; supernatural.
spiritualAdjective1. relating to a person’s beliefs as opposed to his or her physical or material needs2. relating to religious beliefs3. one’s spiritual home the place where one feels one belongs