1.the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.
synonyms: faith, belief, worship, creed; More
- a particular system of faith and worship.
plural noun: religions
- a pursuit or interest to which someone ascribes supreme importance.
Do we have the religion of Christ, or are we Christians? Do we go to Church? Or are we the Church?
I try to read my Bible daily and seek the Lord. I pray before every meal. I don’t drink, smoke, use any illegal substances, cheat on my taxes, watch R rated movies, or listen to what I deem as ungodly music.
Is that enough?
I am a member of good standing in my church ( at least I believe I am). I have been baptized, I’ve spoken in tongues, and I can post about Jesus Christ on Facebook!
Is that enough?
The answer is NO! NONE of the things we DO qualify us for heaven! (Isa 64:6)
The truth is that if we ARE Christians,then we won’t want to do anything that dislpeases God, and we WILL want to seek Him in His word and in prayer! But those things in and of themselves will not qualify us for heaven or make us right with God! When it comes down to the heart of the matter, it’s about knowing Jesus and having a relationship with him! Religion is basically man’s belief and pursuit of God! I would add that it comes with a personal system of “do”s and ” don’t”s that will either make or break you according to how you live by those standards! And, there are religious people in every church, and EVERY religion! And the best that religion can offer is….”I hope so”.
Christianity ( knowing Christ) is just the opposite! It is where God seeks US to follow Him! (Luke 5:31-32, Luke 19:10) And He tells us in His word that we have already blown it and fallen below the standard that God has set (Rom 3:23, Rom 3:10, Ezek 18:4) We are doomed already! But the HOPE is that, IN Christ, we are forgiven, made free, and made righteous! Our freedom is not in what we can do…but what He has DONE! Some of His (Jesus) last words on Earth were..”It is finished”, meaning that Christ has accomplished everything we need for salvation! Anything we try outside of that is only religion…Religion kills! Jesus gives life!
(Matt 11:28-30, Rom 10:9-13, John 8:36)