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How Can I Find a Simple Religion?

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Rabbi Rami

Looking for a simple religion to share with your friends? Read on.

My friends and I come from different religions, and we find them all needlessly complicated. We are looking for something simpler. What would you suggest? Rabbi Rami: I suggest you Marie Kondo your religions. The author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Ms. Kondo urges you to pick up each item in your house and ask yourself, “Does this spark joy?” If it does, keep it. If it doesn’t, let it go. What Ms. Kondo does with stuff, I suggest you do with religion. Does belonging to a community spark joy? Does attending worship services spark joy? Does studying scripture spark joy? Lift up each aspect of your religion and ask if it sparks joy in you. If it does, keep it. If it doesn’t, let it go. Make joy rather than allegiance to a system the heart of your religion. I love my new church. The rector is very open. The service is meditative. Bible study is intelligent. My problem is that I don’t believe in the inerrancy of the Bible or the divinity of Christ, and I even feel disingenuous when taking communion. Should I admit how I truly think?  My guess is that if you share your truth honestly …

Rabbi Rami Shipiro

Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award-winning author, essayist, poet, and teacher. His spiritual advice column, “Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler,” addresses reader questions pertaining to religion, spirituality, faith, family, God, social issues, and more. His latest book is Surrendered—The Sacred Art: Shattering the Illusion of Control and Falling into Grace with Twelve-Step Spirituality.

He has this to say about religion: “To me, religions are like languages: no language is true or false; all languages are of human origin; each language reflects and shapes the mindset of the civilization that speaks it; there are things you can say in one language that you cannot say or cannot say as well in another; and the more languages you know, the more nuanced your understanding of life. Judaism is my mother tongue, yet in matters of the spirit I strive to be multi-lingual. In the end, however, the deepest language of the soul is silence.”

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