Is God Religious? - Religion Vs Spirituality
by Sandra Wylie
Is God religious? You may think that an odd question. Maybe you have never thought about it. You may have inadvertently connected God with religion. Religion to my mind is an operation of rules and regulations that you may think you have to obey, however in doing you would only be fitting into someone else's idea of what a Christian is.
Rules and regulations in themselves will in fact do nothing for you. Religion will weigh you down with rules that in no way can save you or make you happy. Christianity is more than rules and regulations it is a way of life. There are many religions, but only one Christianity. Also there is only one way you can be saved and that is by Jesus Christ who died for you. He makes you free to serve him, without added burdens. Ephesians 2: 8-9 says: "By grace you have been saved through faith and not of yourselves so no man can boast."
Religion divides people, spirituality draws people together. You will have noticed where religion is there is conflict. Religion puts heavy burdens on people who are not able to carry them. Whereas Jesus says:" Come to me all of you who labour and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:20. Religion will put you in a straight jacket -if you let it. Jesus came to set the captives free. Isaiah 61:1
Jesus did not bring us religion, but salvation and freedom in the Holy Ghost. Remember it was religious people who crucified Christ.
Jesus was born into the Jewish faith. He followed its customs and rituals; yet he hated the religious acts of the leaders of that time, because of their petty rules. They shut the door of the Kingdom in the people's faces; they themselves did not enter in, so the poor people who really loved God daren’t enter in neither!
Religion is a system made by man to cover mans pride and inability to save himself and himself righteous. Jesus died to save us from our own righteousness and give us his. All we have to do is accept it.