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I'm Not Religious stamp by studentofdust I'm Not Religious stamp by studentofdust
RANT APPROACHING

This is NOT to incite riots amongst the inhabitants of dA. I'm merely trying to get my views across.

That being said... I think that there is a HUGE difference between being "religious" and being "spiritual". Being "religious", to me, means being a strict follower of whatever religion you adhere to. Being "spiritual", on the other hand, to me means that you strive, not to follow all the regulations of whatever religion you're in, but to become more like whatever deity it is that you serve. I'm in the "spiritual" category- yes, following the 10 Commandments and the other rules in the Bible is important to me, but it's not the most important part of being a Christian. I believe that Christianity isn't a religion- it's a relationship.

Now, as I already stated, I'm only doing this to get my personal views out to the dA public. If it gets to the point where I'm getting excessive amounts of flames, I'll just deactivate the comments thing. But don't expect me to take it down.
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:iconpeteseeger:
PeteSeeger Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Student Writer
Where do you people keep coming up with this "It's a relationship not a religion" stuff?
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Nottm Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
both are dumb. IMO.
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darknessthehedgehog3 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I think this reflects me i was born a catholic but never really did anything really religious when i grew up only stuff like christmas and easter i do believe in god and heaven but in my own way.Though i do follow though i don't do much by the bible cause well cause the nut jobs out there and plus i don't really want to be religious or to have anything to do with it cause the crazy stereotype that makes you want to turn away from religion.Example Westboro Baptist Church and nut jobs like that
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NiftyNautilus Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm so glad someone knows the difference. I myself am more spiritual. :)
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:iconstudentofdust:
studentofdust Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I am as well.
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NiftyNautilus Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
:)
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10outof13doctors Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Thanks so much for making this! When I say this to people they usually think it means I'm some pot smoking hippie hen I'm not. Nice to know I'm not alone in being just spiritual c:
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pillowtags Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so, i would probably fall more into the catagory of religious then
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:iconstudentofdust:
studentofdust Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
there's nothing wrong with that. I made this stamp so that other people could see how I felt on the subject. it was never intended to be me lording my beliefs over others.
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pillowtags Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ppl can be very touchy on the subject. the thing that annoys me is whenan entire religion is based off of one person. half the kids in my grade think that mormons are the same as amish because my family decided not to have TV
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studentofdust Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
._. seriously? now see that kind of ignorance I can't tolerate. regardless of my own beliefs I still beleive that everyone's beliefs are valid, but that kind of ignorance? that's just... wow...
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pillowtags Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah it was cute at first but after 3 yrs... :iconragefaceplz:
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:iconstudentofdust:
studentofdust Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
um I would never think it was cute, but that's just me
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:iconpillowtags:
pillowtags Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
not cute but you know when your friends tease you in that best frends sorta way
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studentofdust Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
hmm I guess you could look at it like that
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wolf1boi Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Finally I hear from a Christian who follows God, not the bible C:
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studentofdust Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:3
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wolf1boi Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
C:
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studentofdust Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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Kotego Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Hobbyist
Yeppers.

I'm not religious but I have spiritual beliefs (which I believe coexists with nature)
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LxTrix Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
i'd like this if it didn't have a relious symbol in it, makes it kinda pointless
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Triela-sama Featured By Owner May 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice stamp. Though I hope you're not implying you can't be both.
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lady-warrior Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
:iconclapplz: brava.
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Apaleu Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
Basically, then, spirituality to you is being a theist, but trying to do it in a way that makes more sense than following a book with no validity blindly and without question?
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FullmetalKobe824 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
Amen. :) Religions suck. ;)
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Sliper-hat Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
amen!
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Neon-Skeletons Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
amen ;)
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Deaths-BlackFlame Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
I like to reply, "I'm not honest, but you are really interesting."
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JamesJimRaynor Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
You can be both also =p
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dsydebot Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008
Well...what if trying to become more like one's deity is among the regulations of one's religion? ;p

In all seriousness, I'm sorry that two perfectly good words have gotten such a bad rap: religion and cult. Both describe positive things:

(1) Religion, from the Latin "religio", ought to be understood according to its historical meaning: that which "binds" man to the object of his worship. For instance, in the case of the Christian faith the object of worship is God, and that which binds the faithful to Him is the Christ through the Holy Spirit.

(2) Cult, from the Latin "cultus", which means "reverence", or "veneration", or even the object of such reverence or veneration. For instance, as a Christian I reverence the Sacred Scriptures. Ergo, I follow the Biblical Cult (and am happy for it)! ;p Pax!
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Apaleu Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
I wouldn't call those 'positive,' nor have the definitions really gotten any more of a bad rap than they deserve for what they truly are. To follow any group as blindly as most follow religious and cultural values is a negative thing.
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dsydebot Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
Any why is that?
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Apaleu Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
What good have religion or cults done us? Nothing. To follow ANYTHING blindly is to willingly give up your free thinking and the chance for any positive changes in the future. Our world needs positive change right now. There are children starving and we're overpopulating, as well as causing hundreds of species' extinctions daily. Yet, humans put religious values over that of our real, physical world and problems. It's all about fear; if you don't believe, you spend an eternity in a fairy tale fire. So why spend any time fixing the REAL world?
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dsydebot Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
Objectively speaking, why, in your considered opinion, is any of that bad? To be sure, if I agreed with you I'd have my own reasons, but I'm wondering what yours are.
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Apaleu Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
When can following ANYTHING willingly blindly be good? :| I think it's pretty obvious why starving and illness-riddled people, overpopulation, and the extinctions of animals daily are bad things. In order to change such things, you need free thought. In order to have proper free thought that applies to our world and has any possibility of changing it, you have to realize that there's not a beautiful eternity for the "good" and a disgusting one for the "bad." Believing in such things blinds people and rearranges their priorities in dangerous ways. It makes people selfish, all religions are set up so that a person worries about where THEY are going to end up -- release yourself from that and you can be more productive and help yourself and others in their lives.
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dsydebot Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
"I think it's pretty obvious why starving and illness-riddled people, overpopulation, and the extinctions of animals daily are bad things."

I agree, but has there ever been a scientific study that has proven that to be the case?
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Apaleu Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
Yes, numerous. Not to mention that common sense could have told you that. Human lifespans have increased drastically. That means we take much longer to die, but birth rates haven't decreased to even it out -- they've increased. Therefore; well I'll let you fill in the blanks.
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I have created this club in support to all religions. Let me know if your interested in joining. :)
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matsuharuki Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008   Photographer
Amen. :)
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wootsy Featured By Owner May 7, 2008
here here
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bvoonxo Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
Amen! I couldn't agree more.
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BlazingDarkWolf Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008
Amen.
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shoren18 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2008
Amen. :D
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hiphopqueen333 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008
This is a great stamp. :) God bless you for making Christianity clear! :w00t: :hug:
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Puertorriquna Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007
:clap: This is so awesome! I've been looking for something like this(even if i can't use it at the moment ^^;) Great work
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Retermined Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007  Student General Artist
I like this oh so much. Religion should be more of a relationship....at least, it is to me.
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Dibei-Chan Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2007  Professional General Artist
i definitely agree with you.
i follow His ways and what the Bible says.
i'm no religionist.
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Dibei-Chan Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2007  Professional General Artist
or at least i try to follow the best i can, 'cuz we all slip now and again. tho' it's not supposed to be an excuse.

um.. i'll stop now.
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bluenova25 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2007
i totaly agree with you
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PurpleDaizie Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2007  Professional General Artist
:heart: :clap: :+fav: :clap: :heart:
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