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The central points of this section of our guide are on issues of belief, faith, religion, and spirituality in Portage, Michigan.

While these terms are often used interchangeably, and appropriately so in some contexts, they are not synonymous.

Belief and faith are closely related terms, but they are not the same. A belief is something that someone accepts as being true, while faith stems from a strong belief, and is a matter of trust that leads to action. Although the words are not necessarily applied to religion, in the context of religion, someone might believe that a deity exists, yet fail to have trust in that deity. According to the Christian Bible, for example, Satan believes that God exists, but he does not have faith in Him.

Religion refers to a personal set or institutional system of religious beliefs, attitudes, and practices. It suggests the service and worship of a deity. As examples, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism are religions. Although Buddhism does not include the concept of a deity, it fits enough of the definition criteria to be included.

Spirituality connotes a connection to something larger than oneself. This may be a firmly believed worldview or, in the context of a religion, a spiritual person can be said to be living everyday life in a reverent and sacred manner.

In any context, the definitions may blur. For example, many people consider themselves to be spiritual but not religious, and a large percentage of people who consider themselves to be devoutly religious do not live lives that most of us would consider deeply spiritual.

However, for the most part, resources in this category will consist of online resources for ministries or places of worship in Portage, Michigan. The majority of these are Protestant Christian churches, although there are more Catholics in Portage than members of any individual Protestant church.

The Catholics are followed closely by the Presbyterians, and more distantly by the Methodists, Baptists, Lutherans, Pentecostals, Mormons, Episcopalians, and various non-denominational churches. Followers of Islam make up about one percent of Portage residents, which is more than the Pentecostals, Mormons, and Episcopalians. Smaller numbers are affiliated with Judaism or various Eastern religions.

Regardless of the particular religion, denomination, or sect, places of worship or ministries in Portage are appropriate for this category.



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