The beginnings of spirituality lie within the Christian theology. In turn, it comes from the latin word “spiritualitas” and from the Greek noun pneuma which means “spirit”. Originally “spirit” described that of physical being or “flesh”, basically anything that was not God. As a result, those who were “spiritual” simply meant that God was with them as a “spirit”. Today spirit means something that is immaterial and intangible. In addition, it still is that which “is not god”.
On the other hand, millennials believe that “spirituality” is associated with material possession. Furthermore, some believe that one can connect with the spiritual side of themselves through horoscopes and numerology. While it may be true that such fields can help one perceive themselves better it’s important to note that religion plays a large role as well.
Many times, individuals turn to religion in order to answer some of the most difficult questions. For example, what is the meaning of life? Why are we here? Many seek a purpose and value to their lives but have trouble finding it. Ever since individuals have turned to religion for the answers to their greatest questions, they have gotten a better understanding of themselves. To clarify, they are not so lost when it comes to the meaning of the spirit and the soul.
In contrast, many are not religious and as expected don’t believe in what religion says or practices. These individuals claim that most religions are outdated, and science has proven many of religions claims incorrect. However, even through many scientific advancements many still hold onto religion and continue to ask questions in regard to their value and purpose.
In addition, quite a few millennials believe that science alone cannot answer the most important questions. To clarify, questions that concern nature and the purpose of life and death. While it may be true that science cannot answer these questions it’s not to say that religion is correct by default.
It would seem that when people speak of spirituality, they are trying to answer those questions which science hasn’t yet. While many today aren’t as religious, they certainly do believe in “spirituality” and a higher being watching us all. Perhaps, this is why there has been an increase in atheists and many who are interested in the spiritual realm. However, it is also not a good idea to cast scientific evidence aside simply because all one’s questions have not been answered.
It’s ok to question religion and uncertain scientific findings but it’s best if science continues to seek out life’s greatest mysteries. In addition, one shouldn’t feel as though science is attempting to discredit religion or spirituality, science is simply uncovering what is already there. In other words, we may never find out what happens after death so it’s perfectly fine to hold on to your religious views and never lose faith.