Religion or Relationship?

Missionaries around the world testify, that even the most remote countries or cultures of the world, still have some form of religion. Whether it be to a sun god, or some sort of vague animal deity, they all seem to posses the seeds of worship. Religion is sometimes shunned by man, others say it is fictional in it’s existence altogether.

Religion, religion, what is religion anyway?

The study of religion runs deep into the very nature of mankind, and we can find answers to this question from the Word of God. Oddly enough the word ‘ religion ‘ is Latin and not from any word that is found in the Hebrew or Greek of the Bible. It is only found (get this ) Four times in our English translation of the Bible Galatians 1:13,14; James 1:26,27.

In the Greek the closest we get to ‘ religion ‘ is the word ” loudaismos ” ~ which simply means: Judaism or the character or practices of a Jew. The Old Testament defines ‘ religion ‘ as ” fear of the LORD ” or reverent regard for God or awestruck by God’s glory, magnificence, and splendor.

We as Christians ought not be caught in the confines of ‘ religion ‘. We have a ” relationship “, a divine fellowship with Jesus Christ, our precious LORD, who died a horrific death on our behalf. In light of this truth, our character should be in amazement and awe of God’s infinite power, love, and glory.

This is done through our praise, worship, and Godly service to our church, which Jesus is head, and to the world at large. Philippians 2:5 ” In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus “. Amen and Amen!!!

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