A hysterical video came up which savagely ridicules the “Spiritual but not Religious” craze which spreads like across the west. Just to be clear, this is not an attack against anyone’s deeply held religious convictions, nor a sermon on organized religion, this is merely a redpill bombshell to drop on this uniquely western phenomenon, which exists primarily in the west.
It is a critique of the petty, feel-good religion of the west, intended to be in good humor, if you’re an easily offended snowflake, you’ve been warned.
Spiritual but not religious, is a western context, is a uniquely American thing, which may have spread beyond America’s borders, but can only truly be understood within an American context. It is the product of a society which has taken individualism, moral relativism, and freedom of conscious to such a radical extreme, that it can no longer maintain any semblance of objective truth.
As a result, this critique of “Spiritual but not religious” people, can not be applied those in other countries, where the term may mean someone who does not take religion too seriously. This critique is about an American social trend, this does not apply to Europeans, Russians, Chinese, etc. who may or may not identify this way. The American concept is far more insane.
To truly explain how mentally insane we are talking, we need to create an example:
Note: The following is sarcasm, criticizing a social trend – it is NOT a direct attack against anyone.
Imagine a hipster who can’t decide what its gender is, but for now, we’ll call it Arian. The name of an ancient heretic – that sounds like something insufferably archaic and obscure for a hipster, who was a heretic before heresy was popular. We’ll say Arian decided it’s a he.
He is Spiritual…but not religious. Oooh, how edgy. So what does that mean? I’ll tell you. That means he believes in God – but not hateful MASCULINE Chrisitan God, oh no, he believes God is an energy within all our hearts. Now Arian was raised Methodist, so a heresy of a heresy, so he still attends his Methodist church on Christmas with his family, because he believes God is everywhere, and he loves Jesus as a spiritual pacifist teacher.
He sometimes reads the Bible when he’s not reading the Kami Sutra, trying to find how something that morbidly obese can attempt asexual reproduction. How does he justify reading the bible, with all that “hateful” stuff?
Easy. He does what any true American would do. He just picks the parts and verses he likes, and spouts them at you, just like a bible thumping baptist (whom he hates) would do. Context, language, interpretation? Who needs that! He does not need to read the writings of the Church Fathers (who literally put the bible in the current version we recognize) to understand the book. He just picks any verse at random, because it’s not possible to take the Bible out of context [sarcasm]. For example:
[Searches for a random verse] Matthew 27:5: Judas went and hung himself [searches for another] Luke 10:37 Go and do likewise.
That totally makes sense in context! If you point to examples from the Church Fathers, saying that suicide is a serious sin, he will scorn you for being hateful, telling you to read the bible which says to “Love one another”, as if randomly quoting from whatever verse you want at any given time is how to read it. How did he determine which verse is true, and which isn’t who knows?
If you point out that the bible literally did not exist in the current form without The Church, and the Church Fathers LITERALLY compiled the bible, he will break down and say he doesn’t believe in that hateful book anyway. He will also scorn you for not including the Church Mothers – despite that not actually being a term – who cares about facts!
He will explain to you that HIS God is actually a woman. Except for when he worships Lord Shiva, or the Budhah – nevermind that Buddhists don’t worship the Budah in a traditional western sense. He also loves Mother Thersa, and claims she was a goddess.
Never mind the fact that she was a devout Catholic – and if he actually met her and discussed religion with her, he would find she believes in all those hateful Catholic things he rejects.
He also adores Russian Saint Seraphim of Sarov, who said:
“Acquire the Spirit of Peace and a thousand souls around you will be saved.”
He loves it because it just talks about Peace, and not an exclusive God or dogmas. He thinks Seraphim of Sarov is enlightened. He doesn’t actually speak Russian though. If he did, he would know that Saint Serpahim was referring to the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Holy Trinity.
In all of this, he forgets Saint Seraphim would defend to the last breath the Orthodox Faith, and does not believe anything he practices.
Now, on a serious note, I am also aware Saint Serpahim said:
You cannot be too gentle, too kind. Shun even to appear harsh in your treatment of each other. Joy, radiant joy, streams from the face of him who gives and kindles joy in the heart of him who receives.
All condemnation is from the devil. Never condemn each other…instead of condemning others, strive to reach inner peace.
Keep silent, refrain from judgment. This will raise you above the deadly arrows of slander, insult, and outrage and will shield your glowing hearts against all evil.
I am not perfect, but that little speech about our friend Arian was not meant to condemn anyone, because he isn’t a real person. I don’t condemn anyone, for who am I to judge. Arian in this context, only represents an odd social trend in the west: the idea of spiritual but not religious.
As demonstrated, it is so odd, because it lacks any conviction. Unlike a decided Atheist, a Roman Catholic, or an Orthodox Christian, who each have clearly defined beliefs, spiritual but not religious, in this extreme, represents a pathological resentment of collective and objective truth and faith.
The reason why this has devolved to this level, is because American society has from the very beginning been highly individualistic. This individualism has become so ingrained, that it is beginning to produce people who can’t accept a higher truth or authority beyond their own, fallible, human wills. Russian readers can read this amazing article which shows how Russian collectivism differs from Western individualism.
As a result, religion has degraded in the west to a form of religious entertainment, a feel-good philosophical buffet, devoid of any objective truth, much less the True Faith.
The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of The Duran.