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Religiosity – The Quality Of Being Religious

2010 January 2
by Bill

I am not sure this is a real word – however, it is “REAL” in my world … and since you have entered into my world to learn more about me, welcome to my vocabulary.  Allow me to explain!  The suffix “osity” is defined as “The quality of being” … therefore when I append Religious to the front of it I create this new word.

Now for my definition –

The quality of being religious is a power thing … Religiosity allows people to judge others by hiding behind their Bible, Torah or Qur’an.  Instead of living life as an example and being the spiritual leader they were “called” to become, they assume a self appointed position of authority.  Interpreting what they read and instructing people (or their flock, congregation, followers, etc) on how they expect them to behave, what to believe and how to think.  So, the quick and dirty definition of Religiosity would be – The self assumed position of authority where one dictates the thoughts and actions of others without actually being the example.

This is where I find my biggest objection to “organized religion” – the lack of actual leadership in those who are leading.

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  1. January 9, 2010

    Hey, Bill. Congratulations on launching this new platform. It sounds like you are up for open dialog as we enter your world, and it looks like religiosity will be an ongoing topic. So …

    I understand you don’t like organized religion. But where do you stand spirtually?

    Do you believe there is one god? Do you believe in the God depicted in The Holy Bible, and that he is the creator? Do you believe Jesus was the son of God, or just a nice guy who was a powerful speaker?

    Just trying to get a feel for where you’re coming from.

    Looking forward to reading more.

  2. Bill permalink
    January 10, 2010

    JT – thanks for commenting … You are the FIRST!!! Your prize … a hearty handshake next time I run into you. *smile*

    Regarding my stand spiritually … I believe we were created, some call it “intelligent design” some call it God creating the universe. I believe there is a God driving this crazy bus and it very well could be the one in the Bible. Regarding Jesus … I believe he was a visionary … Someone who saw the direction of society and taught them how to live life. I do not believe the Bible is to be taken literally, this is a document that was written thousands of years ago by men telling a story (weather a story inspired by God or the actual word of God is a whole other topic). I think the foundation of religion is to live your life humble, honest and trustworthy. So – to answer your questions:

    1. Do you believe there is one God? Yes
    2. Do you believe in the God depicted in The Holy Bible, and that he is the creator? Yes … keep in mind, the God depicted in the Holy Bible is also the God depicted in the Qur’an and the Torah. God is the origin and source of all that exists and God cares about the entire creation and desires the well-being of all.
    3. Do you believe Jesus was the son of God, or just a nice guy who was a powerful speaker? Jesus was a great leader, visionary and prophet … maybe more. Do I believe Mary was a virgin, became pregnant and gave birth … its doubtful … do I think the story of Mary and the miracle of the birth of her child and how that child grew up the way Mary and Joseph raised him to be a leader, and then he went on to form a whole belief system for people to follow – that is more along my line of thinking.

    The Bible is a great foundation for me … like a guidebook. I hope this helps … keep the comments coming.

  3. Sandi permalink
    January 10, 2010

    I believe completely that Jesus is the Son of God and died for me and rose again. I believe in answered prayers and I believe in sharing that with other people. I also try love everyone where they are. I believe it’s not my place to judge anyone based on anything, and when I find myself doing that, I work very hard on straightening out my thinking.

    If I’m wrong, what have I lost–NOTHING 🙂 I’ve I’m right–wow, how awesome is that!!

    Love you Billo and your beautiful family. Hugsssss from Iowa!! 🙂

  4. Bill permalink
    January 11, 2010

    … And that is what we love about you Sandi – your character, your faith, your energy and enthusiasm for life. You, my dear, truly are contagious! I miss doing the podcast with you … hopefully one day we will, once again, grace the interwebs with our voice!!! ha ha ha

  5. Sandi permalink
    January 12, 2010

    huggles and snuggles to you!!!!

    tuesday nights are just NOT the same!!

  6. January 25, 2010

    I’m with Sandi. I believe completely that Jesus died for me and that I should try my best to live my life in the manner he taught. I believe completely that it was the right decision for my life, and that belief has been reinforced repeatedly in the way that my life has unfolded since the day I decided to follow him.

    But I also believe completely that my path is my own, and that you, Bill, have your own path. Whether it walks alongside mine, or veers in another direction, it is yours. As I got to choose mine, so you get to choose yours. So we all get to decide for ourselves. It is my job to live my life as an example of what I have chosen. It is not my job to tell you or anyone else that what you have chosen is wrong. I don’t want to be told what I’ve chosen is wrong, because for me, it’s not. It can’t be. That means I can’t tell someone else that they are wrong.

    That said, I think you’re right about “religiousity”, and so I think commenter 1 has a very valid point as to there being a difference between “religion” and “sprituality”. In my own life I simply call it faith, and it seems to work. People are actually surprised when they find out I’m a Christian, because to them, that label comes with a narrow mind. Religiousity makes the rest of us look bad.

  7. Bill permalink
    January 25, 2010

    Absolutely Judy – in the end its how you lived and the example you leave behind. Faith, to me, is a verb … its what you do and how you live! Thank you for adding to the discussion.

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