Religion and Jesus Christ How Do They Fit Together?

While on a walk one day, I cut through a field. I 'happened'to be looking down and I could not help but to notice this written in the sand. When I showed my husband the picture, he smiled and told me, 'he had written it. Praise God. He Loves to Give
While on a walk one day, I cut through a field. I 'happened'to be looking down and I could not help but to notice this written in the sand. When I showed my husband the picture, he smiled and told me, 'he had written it. Praise God. He Loves to Give

Jesus the Way, Truth and Life. John 14:6

Greetings and Blessings to my readers.I am humble and grateful you came for a read. I had no idea when I woke this AM I would be writing a hub. I have a new hub in the edit mode and that was the plan. My plan. Gods plan was different. Nothing new and different about that is there? lol God is truly amazing and I am Blessed in the Lord, beyond measure.

I received a comment on my hub yesterday, 'The Self Righteous Christian' I had to read the comment many times over to comprehend the words written. It was clear the 'reader' objected to the hub I wrote. I am not all that so truly if someone is in disagreement with me I can take it. I may learn and grow from criticism; constructive or not, because any arrows ping off of me because of the armor or God He so freely has given His Children to wear. We are His warriors, so with that comes the gear. I was not angry or harmed by his words, just like whoa! A part of me wanted to ignore his comment with none back. I wondered if it was worth the effort. Then I was nudged by the Holy Spirit on my heart to respond. In a few hours after Bible research and putting other 'errands' to the side I not only had a comment but decided to publish it as a hub. I am winded, if you have not noticed but I sincerely tried to keep my comment back to 'reader' relevant to the context of his comment. Glory to God.

The comment for me was a challenge indeed. Writing can be like that, hey? We can push ourselves to strive to thrive or rest on our laurels at any given time and give it a rest or a simple reply. The choices are many. For me, it is the 'wonder in writing'. Oh Glory to sweet Jesus, I will exalt my Lord God and Savior.

These are just a few of his words to my hub. If you choose you can link back and read the rest of his lengthy comment.

Skye, you write "Christianity is not a religion but a personal relationship with Jesus Christ"

This statement is very misleading and ambiguous, to say the least. Religion certainly contains rules, rites & rituals, but religion is by no means summed up by these activities. What you (and others Christians) are in essence doing, is to set up a false definition of what religion is in order to de-emphasize it’s importance. The phrase sets up a logical fallacy known as "false dichotomy" or "black-and-white thinking" and implies that there are only two possible outcomes: It’s either a religion or a relationship. In reality, there are more than just two choices. In reality, there’s a third choice which is closer to the truth: It's religion and a relationship (albeit imaginary). Christianity continues to thrive because of religion

In any case if you do not understand the meaning of the words 'ambiguous' or 'false dichotomy' like myself I left the Websters definitions for you.

'Ambiguous' usually suggests a deliberate intent to mislead by avoiding clarity.

'false dichotomy" also called a false dilemma, either or, black or white, the missing middle you are presented with two choices, when in fact there are more than two choices.

My message to Paul.

The Word of God is true. This is the truth and it is cut and dry or as the word 'dichotomy' implies; black and white. There is no middle of the road road with God. Small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matthew 7:14 For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. Matthew 7:13

Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Rom. 10:17 NKJV) Yes we are commissioned to fellowship and share the Gospel. Christians are to be 'soldiers' for Christ. It is not always easy to find a Bible Based Church these days in a society that is worldly and large on a GOD devised for the st century or one of your own making or convenient to lifestyle. Many are misled and one day the man at that pulpit will answer to God.

On its surface this proclamation by Paul is simple and so easy to understand and yet the failure to grasp its implications has brought much division and strife among those who believe Jesus is the Son of God. Faith and the opinion of man get mixed and it seems few are able to separate the two. It appears to the many that one man’s faith is another man’s opinion and that it is nearly hopeless to find objective truth.This confusion comes not from God but from Satan himself. God’s Word is quite clear. He calls His creation to come to Him.

Religion is mans dogma of His belief in a God. That is simple, is it not? Some religions do teach that Jesus Christ is the way, truth and life and have moved around other words to suit their needs for whatever else and it is utterly absurd. Other religions do not teach Jesus at all or teach Jesus was a profit and not the Messiah. Other religions make an objection to God Himself or Jesus so go figure. There are probably more religions then I care to count. Jesus warns, "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits." (Matthew 7:15,16).

Jesus makes this very clear. "And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. " But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you." Matthew 5:5-6

Christians are commissioned to fellowship.in worship and Praise and Truth. It is not a requirement but a desire and yearning to know and glorify the King of Kings. He sent His only begotten son so we could live life eternal. Sing it Church. I go to a church that teaches the Living Word. verse by verse chapter by chapter from the Living Bible.(NKJV) We do not open a red book of theology on religious doctrine. We open the Bible. We are taught truth and we reach for the Savior of the World Jesus Christ and share the Good news of Salvation and abundant life, in the Savior, Jesus. He died a brutal death so we could be spared Hell and damnation.

If any other church teaches different, then God has a Word for them. I did not write this. You can find reference to this, open Revelation Chapters 1-3. John writes each one of the 7 church's a God inspired and breathed letter. A 'report card' of their teaching's. He is not happy with the majority of the church's and heeds a warning. Since this is in Revelation (Unavailing of the Truth) Revelation pertains to the Church in the Bible as it also pertains to the Church today. Revelation is written prophecy of what is to come.and much has come to pass! The time is getting closer to the return of our Lord and Savior of the WORLD, Jesus Christ. I think one only need to look out of the Blinds to see the World is 'at large' chaos.

People are searching for the truth in these most perilous times we live. It is in Jesus Christ we are made new and born again. SO many people are hopeless, sad and angry and in fear of the future. Many that I talk to go to a religion church and are like a baby in the woods. They need not be frightened. God, 'will never leave nor forsake you' when you are His Child. Hebrews 13:5 Christ tells us, 'I have for-told you of all things. Mark 13:23 My diligent prayer is that those that who do not know of the true Salvation in Jesus Christ are led to the truth and a Bible Based Church that teaches the simple truth. John 3:16 God sent His only begotten Son to the World so that he who believes in Him will never perish but have Everlasting Life.

People get all messed up with religion because of false teaching and the devil himself 'gloats' that confusion is in the church and that HE causes much division and strife through mans denial, ignorance or self and the free will to choose. He 'glees' that many hate Christians and or God because God loves His creation. The enemy devised evil and confusion, he is the master at it. He is doomed to Hell. He knows His time is coming. He is doomed. Our God is love, peace, joy, gentleness, kindness, meekness, humility, long suffering and eternal life.

So yes, many do blame the 'Christian's because of religion and or false doctrine. They would never want to be like them. They may wonder why am I here? The Church I attended spoke little of Jesus Christ. Although there was a Cross hanging on the pulpit. Christmas and Easter more was revealed about Jesus Christ in a program or play, but I missed the very essence of the living 'Savior of the World' and the need to be 'born again' and made a new creature in Jesus Christ. I knew very little of this babe Jesus, born in the manger. I followed the rules and doctrine and took many class's to 'belong' to the church and to be allowed to take Holy Communion, so on. I was so empty, I left after 6 months or so. I stayed away for a long time. I proclaimed I was a Christian yet I felt empty like something was missing. Jesus was missing I had not invited Him into my heart as Lord and Savior. I was angry at 'religion and 'Christianity' I truly did not know if I would make Heaven for sure. I memorized the Ten Commands as given by Moses through God for a rebellious world and a firm foundation for living.

Jesus overcome for us. We have victory in knowing Jesus. He is the missing link. to the heart. He is Alive. In Him we are Alive and saved for all of eternity. Our Father knows that all needed to understand and there is only one way to understand to Believe on the name of Jesus. If my testimony can help one that is lost Precious Jesus Alleluia. I know who I am I know my future.

We make a choice who we will follow and I was not clear of who to follow. I had not been 'born again' This is the very essence of God sending His ONLY SON to save the world through Salvation in Jesus Christ. John 3:16. Well Praise God. He did not give up on me. He will not give up on His creation. He chose us first, He loved us first. He knocks at the door and the only requirement is to open it and invite Jesus in.

Oh Praise the Lord of the heavens. I was led into the doors of a Christian Church that taught the The Living word of God from the Bible. 'God turns all things for good for those that love Him' Romans 8:29. If my testimony can help another to be spared harm or division or strife or hell I sing Praise to the Lord of my Soul.

It was the most wonderful day of my life I will never forget it. I was 'born again' the day I walked into the doors. The Church loved me and told me about Gods love for me. I was forgiven. I had a ticket to Heaven. My life had a new meaning, I was made new in Christ. I invited Jesus into my heart as my Lord and Savior. I had a personal relationship with Jesus.I was born into the Family of God. I am a 'Child of the Living God.' We Praised and worshiped the Lord who came and died on the Cross for our sins. We Glorified God. Scripture is alive and living. It was not an intellectual decision nor did I need to know the doctrine to 'belong' I only needed to believe.

Christianity is a relationship with Jesus Christ the son of God. No religion involved here.God gave us a letter called the Bible written with His very breath so we would could have life and might have it more abundant. John 10:10  I have had people ask if I am a Christian and what kind? I tell them there is only one kind of Christian, 'the one that believes in Jesus Christ who died on the cross for our sins and shed His blood so we are made righteous before God Almighty the Father. I ask if there is another kind? I tell them Jesus and His church do not require belonging to a 'religion' to know Him only to believe in Him.God asks that we love Him and love His church. The church of a 'Religion' is a choice and I pray that all who enter are led to Jesus Christ teh son of God who walk into the door. 'We will know them by their fruits' Matthew 7:16

God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 1 John 5:11-12 Now this is black and whiteno middle road. No one can take it away from us. Romans 10:8-10 There is no charge or fee.The price has been paid. Oh Sweet Jesus Praise God. You took our sin so we could be spared hell and damnation. All Glory to God. I can only pray the 'religion' teaches the truth in Jesus without twisting scripture or leave out words.

Jesus warns of religious hypocrisy. (4:4-5); Amos Chapter 4 Verses 6-13: See the folly of carnal hearts; they wander from one creature to another, seeking for something to satisfy, and labor for that which satisfies not;

Check out the Bible Paul. It is the truth. I pray that you are Blessed and Prosperous in Joy and Peace. The world can not give it to us nor can a 'religion'. God gave it to us through His only begotten Son. When I was 'born again' into the family of God I understood. It does not take a genius mentality to 'get it' God is love not intellect, not mans doctrine. If one looks we can see what mans doctrine gets us. Satin is the liar Not Almighty God. He is the author and finisher of our Faith. Hebrews 13:2. I a sinner am forgiven by the Blood shed not because of my works. I strive to be more Holy. I desire to grow in the Love of the Lord.

The Holy Spirit in us teaches all things, leads, guides and comforts. It is in the Living Word the Bible, inspired by the Holy Spirit written by the chosen of God. Who would not want the peace and promises of Our Creator ,God the Father? One only needs to open the door and invite Him in by Faith. Jesus is His name. There is no test required or doctrine to study.

There is a longing in every person that comes from our very creation because we were created to be in relationship and to participate in loving and being loved and in giving and receiving and in being heard and hearing others. We were made in the image of God' so in each man is a heart for God. Genesis 1:27 It is in there. It is not found in a religion but in Jesus Christ and relationship to Him. God is our Father, He loves His children. He does not make it difficult. Jesus is the only perfect one and He came in the Flesh sent by God for us sinners. ALL of the World. If one does not have Jesus Christ in their heart they will not see Heaven, "deny Jesus He to will deny you before the Father." Matthew 10:32-33

The choice is not a religious matter.nor an intellectual decision. If a church is bringing many to Jesus Christ then it must be a 'Christian' church. Alleluia and ALL Praise and Glory to the Lord God. Does religion have anything to do with that? No, the Living Written Word of God has everything to do with that. Jesus is the heart mender and the heart changer.

How about this word Paul, pseudo intellectualism? Keep it simple Jesus is simple but His love for all of mankind; unmeasurable. "One day every knee will bow and every tongue confess that 'Jesus is Lord".Philippians 2:10. All Glory to God the Father. Praise you sweet Jesus.

Written in Love, Skye

© Copyright 2011 Skye Tudae

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Christy Stewart 4 years ago from Oklahoma

Interesting points here, a bit lengthy though ;) It does seem as if the phrase 'religion' has come to be associated with something bad that we are encouraged to avoid. However, I believe it was the religious community whose actions gave this label (of 'religious') a bad rap. The question is, how do we change it? Hopefully discussions like the one began in your hub will open the door to new insights on the subject matter!


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skye2day 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

James A Watkins Blessings My Bruter. It is always a joy seeing you even if 'splitting hairs' is a difference between us. It is all good bro and I love you in Jesus Christ, James. I relate to what you share. It is truth. Any religion Leathern, Catholic so on that shares the Gospel truth from the WORD of GOD without altercation or twisting the truth Hallelujah Jesus Christ. The difference with religion vs Christianity is religion has man dated rules and regs to follow for communion and so so on or one must belong to the church to participate. I am not saying religion is not a group of believers they truly may be. If on belongs to the Christian Religion OK I get it. I would go. Personal relationship with Jesus Christ is first and foremost important. If the church is giving Godly wisdom based on Holy Scripture and choose to call Christianity a religion rock on. Just stand on the Rock of Jesus. He is the way truth and life. As we both know many false profits are cropping up like they have not been all through time. God help them for what they teach behind the pulpit. I am not condemning because that is not my works for Christ. I am discerning there is the truth and if it is told All GLORY to GOD, if a personal relationship to Jesus is not first priority may God help those hearing to know the loving forgiveness and power in Our Lord Jesus Christ. He lives in us and we in Him. If a religion shares salvation go for it bring in the lost sheep. Share the truth of Jesus Christ. After all we walk out our salvation with Jesus Christ.

I have a host of brothers and sisters that belong to a Religion Leathern, Catholic Baptist so on. They believe on Jesus Christ and they also follow a doctrine that is man made they follow to 'belong' to the church. I have a best Friend that is a Christian and goes to a religion church. The Holy Spirit is limited in her religion the good News is this THE HOLY SPIRIT IS NOT LIMITED. If one wants religious doctrine great just know Jesus is the Savior and it is a choice we must make in this lifetime.

I tell my Friend and sis the HOLY SPIRIT is POWER. God is using her in a mighty way and He loves her just the same as me. He loves all the same. She shies her ear away on the Holy Spirit if we talk about Him, but seeds are planted and we still love one another. If one calls Christianity a religion go for it. I know for me I am a Christian and go to a Bible Based church that teaches the WORD of GOD open book, verse by verse chapter by chapter. It does not mean other religions do not do that. I pray they do. It give full context to the scripture being spoke.

Well I still love ya and I do not know if I am making much sense I asked the Holy Spirit to speak through me. I am off to Church to study the WORD of God and Worship Him. Amen brother. Hugs to all.

I must get over for a read. I will be over soon. You are such a priceless gem in Christ. You keep on soaring on the wings of the Eagle. He will take us places we never thought we could go. Praise God.

When someones says to me or introduces me as a religious person which I do not know why they say that I smile and say I am a Christian and have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, son of God. The introduction has opened doors praise God. Many honest GODLY persons come to the Word of God by hand me down dues of Scripture.

I have thought of this all week and needed to come and read again what I wrote. I have been busy so I apologize for not getting to you sooner. There is much to do at the hubs as you know, let alone other sites and life.

Hugs Galore brother. In Christ your sister.


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

Your Hub is outstanding! I fully appreciate yourpoint of view. The Christian Faith is about relationship above all else. However, we might be just splitting hairs here.

The definition of "religion" is: 1. Belief in and reverence for a supernatural power or powers regarded as creator and governor of the universe.

2. A personal or institutionalized system grounded in such belief and worship.

3. A set of beliefs, values, and practices based on the teachings of a spiritual leader.

Based on these three definitions, I would respectfully assert that the Christian Faith is indeed a religion. What has happened is that in our postmodern times the very word "religion" has been painted with a black brush by atheists. It has sunk down from them into our culture and made many ashamed of the word. I cannot be embarrassed of the word within the proper understanding of what it really means.


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Unapologetics 5 years ago from Here, there and everywhere

I respect your spiritual spunk Skye. You are like those inflated toys with sand in the bottom--when you are "punched" you just rock back to center, the truth of Christ. Your research is solid and most importantly your response is loving and compassionate.

It is time for those who are known by their association with Christ to actually know and serve Him. Jesus said that the world will see our good works--not our labels or our words--they will see our good works and glorify the Father. You are practicing compassion in the way you respond to those who are angry and that is a good work. Glory to the Father. UA


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christ4ever 5 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia

Sister Patti - WOW, I must have missed this when it first came out! Phenomenal read and so very true all of the points you have made. Clearly no arguement vs. the commentor. I may need to "borrow" some of the finer details you've mentioned. This is one of the more thorough accounts on "religion" I've read in a while. Very refreshing...

Keep up the fantastic work as usual the Spirit leads you. Stay blessed and in His peace... Rev.Ted


rorshak sobchak 5 years ago

Awesome hub! Very detailed. I enjoyed the picture that you included with your hub. Keep up the great work.

rorshak sobchak


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

The life of Jesus on Earth involves getting close with the poor, with the uneducated and spread the Word of God to all innocent men.

I remember the intelligent and educated man named Nicodemus questioning the Savior "what's the best way to go to Heaven?". The Lord Jesus answered to "give up all earthly riches and follow God's commandments.

Can all people do it now?

Well-written hub. God bless!!!


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skye2day 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Mickey Dee Hello Bro. Matthew 7: 21-22. I agree we need to be 'watchman' and be alert for the Name of Jesus. He will return.

We are to pray for Our 'leaders' as you said Jesus belongs to no 'party' I believe if a Christian voted for a 'tyrant' they did not know. The colors came out, once in office. There is hope until there is none. May God Bless you MD.


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

In order for the "true Christianity" to outshine the "religion" of Christianity - and that's what "some" want to do- Christians must shun political parties.

This allegiance to the GOP, and please tell me you see that, is ridiculous. I see, and many others see, Christians voting for a tyrant that promotes a SECRET GOVERNMENT. Divest of any political party.

The GOP is NOT Christian. Divest. Voting blocs - telling Christians how to vote? Divest. Jesus does not belong to a party.

Business cannot be as usual. Christians need to research more of the government that rules them.


Raymond 5 years ago

Skye in one part of your write you said that the man in the pulpit will have to answer to God for what he is preaching to the congregation, today at our church the pastor said just that about how some are preaching just what people want to hear, this is why some churches are large, as nothing about the truth is being preached. because people don't want to know about it as they would need to change their life style.

By the way Skye I'll be in Denver on 12th June a sunday take me to your church yes...as when I'm on holidays I never miss church.

God loves you

xo


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fred allen 5 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

Just wanted to let you know I did respond to your comment on my hub "can the Bible be trusted" Hope you get a chance to read it.


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skye2day 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Dave Mathews Hello my Brother. I so love to see you for a visit. Your works are fruit. You know God will show you where to go when it is time and if it is time. I know in the Hair Business my ministry was be hind the chair, God started moving people away. I was not sure why now I know. The season for hair was coming to a close he was moving me to writing. I knew in my heart he was molding me. God has a reason for everything and sometimes the season is short sometimes longer. You are where you are to be. You are a light on these hub pages. I am sure you shine in your church. The love of God shines. May God Bless you always. You are so special to me and I am sure many others and I know Our Great Big smiles favor on you. I just love ya brother. Your sista in Christ. Keep riding those wings of the Eagle, keep soaring. Hugs Galore Bro ( - ;


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fred allen 5 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

I pray that Paul will see the difference between religion and true Christianity. He is precious to our Father. He was led to you. We see that he is searching for truth and understanding. A skeptic is a searcher who has not yet found what (Who) he is searching for. Religion is man's attempt to make himself right with God. Christianity is God reaching out to man to bring him into right relationship with Himself through the shed blood of Christ. You did a fantastic job in bringing this to light and introducing a searching soul to a church that should pray that he see the light.

forever grateful

Fred


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skye2day 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

matt6v30 Brother I went to your hub and it is inspired and beautful I pray many are led to the truth you share and the love you inspire in Christ Jesus. Hugs Galore. love ya my brother in Him.

mdlawyer I am touched with your comment brother. All Glory to God. May all your days be Blessed in abundant life. In Him

voicecw I love you to bro in the Lord Jesus Christ. You are very special warriour. I am so grateful you were led to the hubs of love and honored to know you. You always keep going. Phil 4:13


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mdlawyer 5 years ago

Great revelation Skye. May God be with you!


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VOICE CIW 5 years ago

VOICE CIW, Thank you skye2day, you are priceless also, I just feel like praising God, when I hear or read someone contending for the faith, like you just did. You keep on listening to that Soft Still Voice, because God is leading you Sister. In the words of this Elder who used to be in my church, God Is Blessing You, When? Right Now! You stay blessed in the Lord, you remain in my prayers. I love you in the Lord.


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skye2day 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

VOICE CW Glory Be. A gracious, heartfelt thank you bro. I am grateful I listened to the small still voice. I was thinking of leaving the comment alone. I asked myself, 'is this for the Glory of GOD?' Yes it was, then I was nudged by what my friend mattv6:30 continues to remind me. Phil 4:13. My God is worth the effort and He has Blessed me beyond measure which I deserve none. Our Teacher will lead the way. God is so cool. So if one is led to Christ or to hear the Word of truth then Alleluia, Sing It Brother. I know I learned much through this mans comment and my research.

You are priceless, voice. You are to be at these hubs of love. There is no doubt at all, you were sent here by our Creator Himself. I look forward to your reads. Mighty one for Christ Be Blessed 2day and always. Press on, In Him. Hugs Galore.

Love ya, In Him.


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matt6v33 5 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

U R too Kind and oh so good my dear HelpMeet!

Here u go, just for You! From My Heart to Yours, This Day!

http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Can-Critic...

For Once Again u have Inspired Me!

Keep Going Young Lady, Keep Going is my prayer for you this day and Everyday!


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Well done my sister skye,well done. It is so refreshing to see someone telling it like it truly is, as I try and do. Unlike you I have not left the church I belong to even though it teaches very little about Jesus and mis-teaches doctorines that have little or no scriptural basis what so ever. I stay that I might give a witness to others about what true Christianity is all about, and to try and win souls back to God.


VOICE CIW 5 years ago

skye2day, like we used to say in my church, " You better preach that Word!" That was beautiful, you definitely know the Word of God. I learned a long time ago when I witness about Jesus Christ, I never use religion, because just like you said, worshiping Jesus is not a religion, but a intimate relationship. Religion can mean so many things, and that what Paul was doning using reliigion to try and confuse you, in which he was totally unsuccessful. You did what you was suppose to do, use the Word of God against him, oooh, that was so beautiful. When Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness, even though Jesus could have destroyed Satan with His Power, He totally confused Satan with the Word of God. He showed us how we are to defend ourselve against Satan, and against his (satan) followers. Our defense is the Word of God. God Bless You! I love you in the Lord.


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skye2day 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

tamarajo You have left a comment that is truly a Blessing. I am touched. Your writing is inspired and I am so grateful God has put you on my path. I have been given much knowledge by your works through HIM. Keep on pressing on In Him. You shine precious one in the Lord. Love n Hugs to you and yours. I love you 'sista' In Him.


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skye2day 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

AM Werner. It is a Blessing indeed to hear from you brother. Thank You for a gracious comment in the Light of Jesus Christ. You keep on warrior, keep that light shining on! Hugs Galore am werner. Love ya, Your 'sista'in Christ.


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skye2day 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

mattv6:30 I am Blessed by your comment. U R Precious and Mighty in Him. I just love ya brother, In Him. Your 'sista' ( - ;


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

I think sometimes we get confused with the word "religion" and our associations with it. I think some associate religion with the hypocrisy of the Pharisees who only obeyed rules and made a bunch up for others to follow to build their pride and praise among men. Others associate the word religion with the practices and disciplines that evidence a life of faith and loving God. James said that faith without works is dead. In other words it isn't our works or religion that saves us but a genuine faith will be characterized by the works. I just so happened to be reading an excellent book on the topic "Conformed to His Image" by Kenneth Boa he covers a lot on this topic.

A few quotes " we are responsible to work out not work for our salvation"

"The spiritual life is cultivated in the disciplines of faith"

"The disciplines of faith are never ends in themselves but means to the end of knowing loving and trusting God"

"Jesus engaged in all the classic disciplines"

I think we can swing from one end of the pendulum.

One side fears that religion will be all rules and no relationship and the other fears there is a perceived relationship that is not exhibited by any structure.

I think the two go together in that our relationship is faithfully exhibited in wanting to obey God and please Him. Our actions exhibit a faith in the one who does the work and transformation in our heart.

Interesting topic and discussion.


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A M Werner 5 years ago from West Allis

Good job Skye. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, evidenced by things unseen. For those who accept Christ, Christ might be unseen but He is very real to us. We can only testify to this hope we have and those that want to combat it aren't willing to go beyond anything they can't see. And sadly, as the Bible shows us over and over, even those who have seen the Holy Spirit move are still capable of denying it. Some simply don't want to believe there is more to us and this world that can never and will never be explained - simply believed. Peace


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matt6v33 5 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

Proud of You!

keep going!

Phil 4:13 Then U Will.

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