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My Faith Is Not My Religion (Expat Week #061)

Adventures of an American Traveler

This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own mind, your own heart is the temple. Your philosophy is simple kindness. ~Dalai Lama

How is it possible that one’s faith is not the same as one’s religion?

I was raised Catholic then later in life, after seeking spiritual nourishment for more than a decade in many of the colors painted by man over the millennia, became a Protestant. This was in large part to me being a lost human soul in desperate need of meaning outside my selfishness which saw me as the center of the human existence. For the past twenty years, I would classify my faith as the Protestant branch of Christianity.

To most in the world, the two branches of the Christian faith are one and the same. To me, they are separated by a gulf based on fundamental doctrines that…

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