Spiritual development is to gain knowledge that helps strengthen our spirit and overcome our desires of the flesh or temptations.
Spiritual development doesn’t have to focus on a specific religion, though it could help, because there are many people who have studied religions and can help others learn, instead of hoping to figure it out on your own. If the word religion has a strong negative feeling for you, consider thinking of it as a philosophy, or an invitation to think and feel beyond our physical world.
A worldview is how we know truth, not to be confused with a religion, which is how we learn about the spirit realm. A worldview should not be confused with government or politics either, that is how we balance power and develop societies. The Naturalism, and Postmodernism worldviews do not believe in a spirit realm. Though I submit that quantum physics is proving there is a spirit realm considering the quantum theories of unpredictability, tunneling, entanglement, and decoherance.
Also, evolution is a theory based on survival of the fittest, and believes all male and female life evolved from a single cell, self-replicating organism. However, it seems to me that going from a self-replicating organism to a male and female life form is not survival of the fittest.
All worldviews and religions have similarities including the understanding that humans struggle with selfish desires, and our selfish desires can be overcome by developing internal personal beliefs and values based on truths and principles, or by external social laws. Humans want to belong and be accepted in a community. Despite our selfish nature we have great capacity for love, joy, and peace. All humans will face challenges in the world, and we have a desire to overcome challenges for a better future. However, our desire for a better future often struggles with our desire for immediate pleasure.
The core differences in worldviews are the belief of a spirit world, whether God exists, or how many there are, whether God had a Son, how life came into existence, whether humans have eternal souls, the cause of our selfish nature, and the cure.
Spiritual Development includes a situation, strategy, and tactics. The situation is our heart holds our spirit, our energy, and our deepest feelings of meaning in life. However, our mind holds the keys to the door of our heart. All spiritual battles (including emotional) are waged in our mind. Our primary battle is with our human nature, the path of least resistance, and our emotions.
The strategy is to become a disciplined and fulfilled person of purpose. This is often referred to as sanctification or enlightenment.
The most common tactics would be to continuously learn about your worldview and building relationships with those who share your worldview, often referred to as fellowship. To learn how to strengthen our inner ability to focus on the moment and be calm, clear, courageous, and compassionate.
Meditation is a powerful tactic to help with enlightenment or sanctification, even without a religious aspect. Mindful meditation is basically a breathing exercise, without any kind of religious implications.
If you believe in God, learning and using your strengths glorifies Him. Depending on your worldview, giving to a religious organization (time and/or money) is a spiritual development tactic. If you are a Christian the great commandments (love God and your neighbor) and the great commission (spread the Gospel and help disciple others) are tactics.
The following is based on the book Making Sense of Your World by W. Gary Phillips, William E. Brown, and John Stonestreet.
Truth and reality are only known through the senses and science. The origin of life is natural causes, or evolution. We are self-conscious creatures with no source for ultimate meaning or afterlife, and morality is human-created or relative. Includes Atheism, Agnosticism, and Humanism.
Truth and reality are known through our senses, science, and the spirit, which connects all things. The origin of life is a fragmented divine unity, where humans are an expression of divine oneness. Humans create or receive meaning through seeking unity with the divine oneness, and morality is human-centered. Includes Buddhism and Hinduism.
Truth and reality are known through our senses, science, and the spirit. The origin of all living things is intelligent design, by God. Human identity is based on being created in the image of God, and morality is centered on God. The meaning of life is to obey, worship, and glorify God. We have a soul that will either spend eternity with God or away from God. Includes Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Christianity believes in a Holy Triune that includes God.
Reality cannot be known. Basically, all truth is a social construct and is relative to each of our perceptions of life.
If you are interested in Christianity check out https://TheBestBibleVerses.com for a one-page Scripture Foundation Guide with the overall best Bible verses, a one-page spiritual warfare guide (Christian Operation Order), and a one-page Christian Daily Prayer. There are also pages on God is real, Jesus is the Christ, and Church resources.
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