I only recently came across the term "religious tourist", which is why I use the quotation marks. This is the idea of an individual taking parts of different paths and religions that they like, and weaving it together into their own religious path.
Now, from what I could gather, there's a lot of disapproval towards this. However, I haven't been presented with an actual argument as to why it is a bad idea or wrong to do, and the only thought I can gather for it is that it may be somehow disrespectful towards those of the set tradition, maybe. I'm not opposing the idea of it being bad, nor am I supporting it - I just haven't been given much of an argument for either side other than my own experience.
This way of being spiritual and religious, though, has always suited me, and until recently didn't know it was approached with an amount of contempt or disapproval - it has been working really well for me, and I've found a lot of happiness and fulfillment following a very eclectic, almost patchwork-quilt path that has been researched into and carefully considered.
However, I really don't know if I'm missing something here - I'm new to the world of religion and spirituality, and although I've fallen in love with the path I've begun to develop for myself, I am hesitant to live it if it really causes this much conflict or contempt within a community. However, rather than anything else I'm hesitant more
because it's all new to me, and so naturally I suppose I'm afraid to mess things up or do something naive or ignorant.
Apologies if my overwhelming ignorance on the topic (or religion in general) radiates out like a ball of toxic stupidity
I'm doing my best, but want to reach out into the community like the social being I am to gather some opinions and then come to some conclusions on my own thoughts.
Again, apologies for any offence and/or slip ups.