No Religion…Just a Relationship

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These people honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
They worship me in vain;
their teachings are but rules taught by men.

~Matthew 15:8-9

What!? It may sound funny but God does not like religion. In fact he thinks it hinders one’s walk with him. Religion is not what God seeks…It is that personal relationship with him. You see, in Heaven there isn’t going to be separate sections where all the Baptists go, and another section for the Catholics, and so on. All that there is going to be is a large group of people who truly hope put off their cover of religion and decided to have a deep relationship with God. The reason why Religion is not the way is because it actually gets in the way and takes the place of God. People get so caught up in being a specific religion instead of the actual meaning behind it. Prayers become more of a scripted habit instead of coming from the heart. Going to church becomes a chore just because you “have to go” because it’s Sunday. God desires to have a relationship with us no matter what day of the week it is. Just going through the motions and being “religious” is not what God is looking for. Going to church week after week and giving lip service to God means nothing if we are not living the way He wants us to live. You don’t have to believe me, but you should believe what the Bible says. Take another glance at the scripture above and think about what it really means.

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2 Responses to “No Religion…Just a Relationship”

  1. nolookinback Says:

    i think the fixation on religion as a word is…odd. what i see is maybe a confusion between denomination and religion. i my own case i have viewed relationship to be implicit within religion. as far as the “having to go to church” regardless of the motivation, either side of the coin feels they “have to” at some point. i guess what i’m saying is that it strikes me as a bit arrogant to make sweeping generalizations against any church assuming you know the motivation of their worship.

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