Recently I have been involved in conversation with some blog buddies that are atheists. I enjoy these exchanges mainly because they really make me think about what I believe. I don’t feel the need to justify my thinking to them but I do feel that when we are exchanging comments that I should be as well informed as possible. This has made me delve into some study of words and the Bible and historic information on several topics.

One question I asked them is if there is any type of spirituality with atheism. One of them informed me that there are some Buddhists that consider themselves to be atheists.  Spirituality is one of those words that is hard to define because of the difficulty in defining the root word spirit.  Both of the following come from Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary:

Spirit:

1: an animating or vital principle held to give life to physical organisms

4: the immaterial intelligent or sentient part of a person

For me spirituality is taking care of the part of me that is where my joy is.  That joy lies in different places at different times.  It’s taking time to make a list of what I’m thankful for.  It’s hanging out with the monsters doing things we like to do together.  It’s making something myself or reading a book or writing a post or learning to code my blog.

It’s believing that there is a God no matter how people explain that there is nothing else out there.  It’s looking at all the little things that are so easy to explain away and knowing that these things aren’t random.

I have a friend who didn’t believe in God for many reasons.  She had all the classic arguments against God’s existence.  Then one day she was studying human anatomy.  She came across a diagram of the human ear.  All the inner ear bones and membranes.  She decided at that point that there has to be a God because there is no way something that complicated and beautiful could be random and still function as it was supposed to.

No preachers, pastors, reverends or ministers could have convinced her.  She found God in an anatomy book!  For me that is amazing.  A life totally transformed by the human ear.

SPIRITUALITY.  How do you define it?

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