The Difference Between Morality and Spirituality: Change from Crisis

A highly moral person can be a holy devil. It is very dangerous to see yourself as highly moral person. You may not think it that way, but let’s look at the difference between morality and spirituality.

morality vs spirituality

When true spirituality is confused with morality we gradually fall. But when we know the difference between spirituality and morality we will not confuse them and will follow a higher calling.

What is Morality

Morality is what’s in the outside of a human being. Everyone sees it. I am not killing, I am not stealing, I respect people, work hard and I am well educated. I am a highly moral person, and don’t let anyone dare to tell me that I am not a morally good person. This is our image of a highly moral person. Isn’t it? This is how more or less we characterize a highly moral person.

But what goals and aspirations does this person have inside? I search for glory. I want to be rich. I want power. I am proud of my achievements. These are self-serving prideful things that are manifest inwardly and are not seen by others and sometimes even by the self.

A highly moral person can be a fully wicked person. In the folklore of some nations these type of people are called holy devils.

What is Spirituality

Spirituality, first of all, is living a Christian life. We need to understand that everything that happens around us and with us are primarily caused by our inner spiritual-moral state. Our spirit creates our form. This means whatever we think, to whichever things we earnestly desire become our thoughts and translate into actions that effect our lives. Spirituality is when you search for things that are going to change your life. Forms, events and outward things don’t change your life, but it’s what’s inside you, what’s inside your thoughts and heart that changes your life and creates its form.

True spirituality is the proper Christian life. People search for miracles. People search for holy people. People search for holy places. The conversion of core belief in faith has to be applied to our daily lives.  We do not search for true spirituality this is why our lives are filled with scary catastrophes. We have fallen from true spirituality to either morality, or fanaticism or vanity. We have fallen into true pride: looking at other people from above. Look at how we view other people or nations who do not share our faith. Didn’t our Lord command us to love our neighbor as ourselves?

Our Crisis

We are in a crisis. These human crises have filled our lives and push us to think about technological and scientific advances. We rejoice when a new breakthrough is discovered. These things are needed too, but instead of giving our primacy attention to these scientific advances, we must focus on things that will make a human being a good and loving person. Give a good and loving person tools and he will create goodness, but give an evil and proud person tools and he will create evil and suffering.

Jesus Calls for a Change To Be Saved

“The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:15). We can get out of the crisis. We can change the direction of our thoughts and heart. We can start giving importance to things that are truly good and fill our hearts and lives with selfless love. “The time has come.” Repentance, about which our Lord Jesus spoke, means change of mind, transformative change of heart.

Question to ponder: How would your consciousness change and what would you do if the doctors told you that you have only one week to live?


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Armen Hareyan

Armen Hareyan

I am a Subdeacon of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Love the Lord and love people. In this website I write daily inspirational messages about Christian Spiritual Life to help people to grow in faith.

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3 Responses

  1. Virginia krikorian says:

    Thank u ,Armen for a true, very insightful teaching… It gives u alot to think about…..

    • Armen Hareyan Armen Hareyan says:

      You are most welcome dear Virginia. May God bless you and keep you. This is actually the teaching of the Orthodox Christian Church, which is my belief too. Please help to share with your friends. Have a blessed day.

  1. February 22, 2016

    […] Repentance is the path to knowledge of God and salvation. Repentance is far greater than mere moral effort. This is why there is a big difference between morality and spirituality. […]

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