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This is how I would define what it means to be religious.

To be religious is to adhere to the morals, ethics, and practices as defined by your belief systems and values.

A bodybuilder values the visual aesthetic of lean muscle mass on an accentuated frame,
therefore he trains and diets religiously.
The degree to which he trains and diets religiously, and studies to understand the effective methods required to get results, is in proportion to the degree his physical goals are a priority in his life.

If you believe something and value something strong enough that you put it into practice, then you could consider yourself religious.
I don't think there is anything wrong with being religious. In fact I think some atheists are religious, and I think there are people who profess Christianity that are anything but religious!
What is typically happening with the religious person is that this conviction or passion is driving his/her actions to put something into practice.
Some people have the beliefs, but it's not a big priority, so you would never guess their beliefs by their practice, kind of like the nonreligious Christian.
Humans are also creatures of habit, so sometimes religious practice just becomes a comfortable routine, with enough reward to just keep it up, but spiritual depth or life just isn't part of the equation anymore. Some people when they pray, are practicing a skill. it has very little to do with a heart to heart chat with God.
Religion is a container. When the practice outlives the meaning for which it was implemented, the container is empty.
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peasporridgehot Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
You argue lucidly, thought carefully balanced with emotion. 
You say a relationship with God must be with the heart, I guess that's exactly so ...
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2wingo Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Interesting idea.
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tape-dispenser Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very interesting :)
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stormfur125 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
here, here! great concept indeed. :thumbsup:
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WadeFurlong Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
The container concept is interesting. CheerZ for sharing your thoughts and your personal beliefs.
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