- Religion and Philosophy»
- Christianity, the Bible & Jesus
Do we need a religion or a relationship?
Religion or Relationship?
What is Religion. Religion is s set of rules and regulations like do not touch, do not taste, do not drink etc. It is a set of beliefs and it provides knowledge about God. Religion has its own benefits and drawbacks. Religion teaches what to do and what not to do. It shows a way of life and it involves rituals and tradition.
Do we need a religion?
The question is "Do we need a religion?". Religion is good because it give information about God. It shows the true character of God. It shows the likes and dislikes of God. It provides more information about the creation and created things. It also trys to control the behavioral pattern of human being. It gives a lot of information. To some extent religion is good. Religion is formed to guide the people towards God.
Now religion turned away from its core propose for which it was created. Religion wanted to guide people toward God. Religion wanted to show the love of God. Religion wanted draw people near to God. But it does the opposite of its purpose. Religion support division. Religion propagate hatred and enmity between groups. Religion instigate people to harm one-another. It started to kill and encourage killing. Love is lost in the religion. Now we have religions without purpose.
This is the main reason many people turned away from religion and become atheists or shows dislike to religion. They can't see any purpose or privilege being in or following a religion. Men learned about religion from their parents and religiously practice it and teach it to their children. But the children of Modern era is a thinking generation, who does not see any reason to follow a dead religion.
Relationship with God
Jesus came to this world and the religious leaders couldn't understand the way of life he showed to the world. Jesus showed relationship with God is more important than following a religion. Religionists protested when Jesus healed on the Sabbath. As per the religionists, Sabbath is a day of rest. Bible and Moses teaches it very clearly. Religious leaders cannot accept some one who brakes the religious law. But Jesus clearly told that "religion or law is created for man not man was created for religion." Now the responsibility of the people who claim to follow Jesus is that to make public the fundamental truth explained by Jesus that "religion or law is created for man not man was created for religion/law."
When Jesus healed or did miracles, He was doing these things on the Sabbath. But He answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working.” By saying that Jesus was trying to show a God who does not prevent someone from doing good on the Sabbath. Jesus did many things which is against the belief system of religionists. Jesus brought into light the hypocrisy of religious leaders of his time. They did things to be noticed by men (Mt. 23:5), They block entrance into the kingdom (Mt. 23:13). They travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are. (Mt. 23:15). They lie by following tradition.(23:16) They neglect the weightier matters like justice, mercy and faithfulness. (23:23) They rejected prophets (23:34).
Being a religious can blind us from doing the good. Do not blindly follow a religion. Instead try to build a relationship with God. A spiritual relationship. That is the only way to over come religious blindness. True religion never ask you to kill or covet. It shows you love and peace. Beware of religions who claim that they are the only one religion which leads to heaven. Only God can give you eternal life. Believe in Jesus. He said, "I am the way, truth and life". He is the Son of God. He is the way. Build a relationship with Jesus instead of blindly following a particular religion.
We pray for blessings. Bless my business, bless my children, bless my work, bless my family, bless my country... Blessings are temporary. We walk a short time with God to get some blessings. Shortly after getting the blessings, we turn away from God. Instead of praying for little blessings, pray to God for being with you. Walk with God. Live with God. Have fellowship with God. If God is with you, every blessings will follow you all the days of your life. Instead of seeking gifts, seek the person(God) who gives gifts. If God is with you, all the gifts are yours. Peaceful life, food, clothing, happiness, love... all those things will be yours forever. I would like to share a real life experience of a women who build a relationship with God. Please visit the following link.
What are you waiting for.