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Christianity Is Not A Religion

By Michael Shoesmith

The question comes up time and time again. I have made it a primary issue in the arena of ideas concerning Christianity versus the religion of Atheism that Christianity, as it is supposed to be defined, is not a religion.

Christianity is no more a religion than marriage is. Christianity is a relationship between a person and the creator of the universe based on the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. It is a real, personal relationship. The person actually knows God on a personal, intimate, dynamic level. They interact with each other. They speak with each other. The person is led through life by God in a very intricate way.

Religion is quite the opposite. It is a one-way arrangement. The religious person has no relationship. The person has a structured set of rules to follow. These rules are designed to placate God. The person has realized that God exists but does not know him. The person, by keeping the rules, believes God will accept him or her based on merit and not relationship. It’s a type of fire insurance.

1. a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, esp. when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.

2. a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects: the Christian religion; the Buddhist religion.

3. the body of persons adhering to a particular set of beliefs and practices: a world council of religions.

4. the life or state of a monk, nun, etc.: to enter religion.

5. the practice of religious beliefs; ritual observance of faith.

6. something one believes in and follows devotedly; a point or matter of ethics or conscience: to make a religion of fighting prejudice.

7. religions, Archaic. religious rites.

8. Archaic. strict faithfulness; devotion: a religion to one’s vow

9. get religion, Informal.

Those are the definitions given by dictionary.com. Did you read anything in there about a personal relationship with God? No. Did you notice how atheism could be considered a religion? Of course you did.

6. something one believes in and follows devotedly; a point or matter of ethics or conscience: to make a religion of fighting prejudice

Now, I don’t know how much interaction you’ve had with atheists but let me tell you. They are some of the most devout religious people you will ever meet. They come to my internet ministries and attack me by the hundreds for simply claiming that God exists. When I suggest they might be wrong they call me slanderous names, ridicule me, use all sorts of foul language and insinuate that I deserve to die a horrible death. They say that unless we first assume that we evolved from a rock millions of years ago that no medical breakthroughs could possible happen ever (even though Flemming readily admits that penicillin was discovered either by accident or divine intervention).

Christianity; that is true Christianity; fits none of the definitions listed. It has no rules. It is a relationship guided by the personal interaction with God.

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

Romans 8:14

The ceremonial law of Moses was fulfilled by Jesus. It is gone. The moral laws, according to the Bible and my own personal relationship with God, are to be written on our hearts as an expression of our love and appreciation for the gift of salvation.

This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;

Hebrews 10:16

So, you see, that Christianity is not about rules and regulations. It’s about relationship. We aren’t trying to silence God’s anger toward us. God is no longer counting our faults. Because of Jesus He doesn’t hold our sins against us any longer. He loves us. He loves you. Don’t be religious. Religion has caused too much hurt and war in the world. God really does hate religion, friend. He wants a personal, dynamic relationship with you.

My name is Michael D. Shoesmith and I am the Internet Pastor. I have written and published five books. I own and regularly contribute to two blogs. I also own several YouTube properties including internetpastortv and educatingtheatheists. Feel free to join me at http://www.prosperousindividual.com

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