SOUL ISSUES:What Is the
By Reverend Liz Petipren
A Tampa, Florida,
woman was arrested a few years back for hiring a hit man to take out her husband. When asked why she didn’t just
file for a divorce, she replied, “That would be against my religion,”
people have done lots of strange things in the name of religion. More people have been killed in religious wars
than any other kind of war on planet earth. Something is definitely wrong with this picture.
People often ask me
about the relationship between religion and spirituality. I ask them to picture two overlapping circles. One
circle represents religion, and the other spirituality. There is a portion of religion that is spiritual, and a
portion of spirituality that is religious. You can be spiritual without being religious, and you can be
religious without being spiritual. I have attended some religious services that have been ecstatic, while others
dole out death by boredom. I know deeply spiritual people who go to church and others who are deeply spiritual
and would never set foot in a church. God does not live in one church more than another. God lives in your
heart. If you take your heart to church, God is there. If you take your heart to the woods, God is
There comes a time in
every person’s evolution when he or she must decide the truth for him or herself. If your
truth matches what religion tells you, so be it. If it does not, so be it. You are the one who has to live with
yourself, and the closer you live to what you believe to be true, the happier you will be and the greater the
contribution you will make to the world.
The Dalai Lama
declared, “My religion is loving kindness.” If we all lived that religion, the world would be a very holy place.
Then the Tampa lady would not have had to put a contract out on her husband. She could have just loved him or
left him, and that would have been okay with God.
Affirmation: “I am right with God because I am right with myself.”