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What Does God Think About Religion?

The world tells us that Christians, the Way, Jesus people, are religious.  Really? What exactly is religion?  Religion is ‘a system of beliefs especially when organized into a system of doctrine and practice’, according to the dictionary.  Beware of the religious!

Going by that definition you can qualify anything as religious.  For example, soccer has a set of rules and people believe certain things about the sport, so technically you could be ‘religious’ about your soccer, or any other sport for that matter.  We literally do see people become religious about baseball, basketball, soccer, rugby… anything.  The difference is typically there is supposed to be some supernatural element or belief to religion.  We know God’s take on religion as the Bible defines religion as ‘the traditions of men’. 

Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. -Colossians 2:8

God has a very negative take on religion.  Why?  The whole  purpose is to distract people from the most important decision of life.  Knowing Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior.  Religion is a distraction from bringing people into the Kingdom of God.  God incarnate, Jesus Christ was very direct with the religious Jews in Mathew Chapter 15.  In Matthew 15:6 he scolds them for making their traditions priority over having a relationship with God.  If fact, the Lord quotes Isaiah’s words saying

7 Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying:
8 ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth,
 And honor Me with their lips,
 But their heart is far from Me.
9 And in vain they worship Me,
 Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’” -Matthew 15:7-9

Religion is traditions of men and it’s hypocritical because you are told not to do what people are doing behind the curtains.  Religion is Buddhist, Muslim, Mormon, Shinto, Taoist, satanism, Jehovah Witness, Catholic (in most cases), folk religion, Hindu, and in some case even some ‘Christian’… whatever takes people from having a real relationship with the most high God.  Religion is easy to identify as it is always mostly about the rules and nothing about the relationship and the power of God.

God hates religion!  If you are a religious Christian, you need to quit focusing on rules and traditions and start seeking God (2 Chronicles 7:14, Hebrews 11:6, James 4:8, Jeremiah,29:13, Matthew 6:33, Luke 11:9,10).  Being a Jesus person is not about religion it’s all about your relationship with the most high God, the creator of the universe. The Almighty God wants to have a relationship with you.  You can see the heart of God when you read Jeremiah

36 “Now I want to say something more about this city. You have been saying, ‘It will fall to the king of Babylon through war, famine, and disease.’ But this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 37 I will certainly bring my people back again from all the countries where I will scatter them in my fury. I will bring them back to this very city and let them live in peace and safety. 38 They will be my people, and I will be their God. 39 And I will give them one heart and one purpose: to worship me forever, for their own good and for the good of all their descendants. 40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good for them. I will put a desire in their hearts to worship me, and they will never leave me. 41 I will find joy doing good for them and will faithfully and wholeheartedly replant them in this land. -Jeremiah 32:36-41 NLT

Religion is about traditions and rules.  People who love God do not mind guidelines but focus on knowing the Most High God and fellowshiping with Him daily.  Five Things A Believer Must Do Every Day To Stay Strong 

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