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Seniors: Am I Religious or Ethical?

Jun 10th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Being religious does not necessarily translate into ethical behavior. It may be thought of as institutional, principally structured to support and allow for an organized approach to spiritual pursuits but, in and of itself, not necessarily always guided by ethics. In fact, as is true in all organizations, it may become more focused on its own survival than anything else. It may be motivated to perpetuate its own creed, disciplines and loyalty to itself than to render inspiration and guidance to its individual congregants.

As a result, being religious may serve the purposes of an institution whose history and traditions and polity are well kept, protected, and preserved for the sake of that institution. Ethics may be a by product of a religion. Indeed, ethical behavior is perceived to grow from much of the “belief systems” of various religions. Most religions are grounded in its