I Hate Religion But I Have a Relationship With GOD
Religion or Relationship
Religion Divides People
The bible speaks about the true religion. "Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world." James 1:27.
It is difficult to accept what religion has become today. What you're about to read is the way religion is viewed nowadays. Religion keeps many people blinded in what GOD truly want us to see. Many people say "I hate religion, but I have a relationship with God" or "I hate religion, but I love Jesus". Let's see what the word "religion" means:
Religion - A set of beliefs, a form of worship, ritual, prayer and a code of moral behavior. True faith in GOD, moral standards, and good works are important in relation to a biblical understanding of "True Religion" which is contrasted with the "False Religion" of paganism.
There is war between true religion and false religion. Some people don't realize that they are in a false religion. They get stuck on a code of moral behavior and many people only have a belief, but belief can easily become superstition. Hebrew 11:6 says, "And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him." One must believe and seek GOD. James 2:19 says, "You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder" In this verse you can see that even the demons believe, so having just a belief is not enough. We must understand that faith without works is dead. There has to be a difference in someone's life when they accept the Lord and savior. Belief by itself is insufficient for salvation.
Religious people do not always see the inconsistencies in their behavior. Pharisees were known for their hypocrisy. Luke 11:42 says, “But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass by justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone." Many people are fed up with religion because they just don't know the truth. People are seeking something that is true and pure.
False religion divides people. There are certain standards that is expected of you to meet in order for people to see you as a religious or spiritual person. Religion shows all that is wrong with you, but it lacks on showing you who GOD really is. Religion teaches you how to be a good person, but it fails to tell you that you cannot do it alone. Religion focus on the outer appearance of the person, but it fails to heal the inside of the person.
What is a false religion?
False religion is based on man-made traditions, myths and philosophies:
"See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ." Colossians 2:8, the true religion is found in Christ.
A very religious person believes in a god. They might preach about Jesus, but do they really let Jesus in? They are just like the Pharisees, they preach one thing and do the contrary. When someone is religious they live by certain rules and standards that they supposed to meet. Most people do not meet those standards, so they pretend they are doing well. The outer appearance looks great, but what is going on in their heart? False religion offer no help in time of need. It prevents people from finding the truth.
They might preach grace in many churches, but do they practice it? Your behavior is modified with a long list of do's and don'ts. It's not good when people only know that you're a Christian because of your outer appearance or because of your status on Social Media. How about your conduct? You are taught to hide who you are. Your sins could never be known, your struggle cannot be known because then, they look down on you.
Many people don't realize that they are in a false religion because of the many scare tactics that is being use. You are taught that you will lose your salvation for any sin you may commit. I have learned that a relationship with GOD is like a marriage. You can have a struggle in your marriage,but it doesn't mean that you are going to get divorce. You can have a disagreement in your marriage, but it doesn't mean that for every discussion you are going to get a divorce. A true relationship solves problems and continue to live your life together.
False religion is a tradition that has been past down for many years. Following the principle of religion causes a false religion that comes with false teachers and false prophecy. Look what the bible says:
Matthew 15:8-9 This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart if far away from Me, but in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.
1 John 4:1 "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world."
2 Peters 2:1-3 "But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. 2 Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; 3 and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep."
1 Corinthians 11:13-15 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.
A nominal religion is an outward show of piety which may appear to be very devout,. However, the heart is far from God and this is confirmed by the person's attitudes and actions.
To many, Christianity is nothing more than a set of rules and rituals that a person has to observe in order to go to heaven after death. True Christianity is not a religion; rather, it is having a right relationship with God by receiving Jesus Christ as the Savior, by grace through faith.
To put it briefly, religion is a set of beliefs and rituals that claim to get a person in a right relationship with God, and spirituality is a focus on spiritual things and the spiritual world instead of physical/earthly things.
Religion and Relationship with GOD
As I said at the beginning of this article, the bible does speaks of a religion that is acceptable to GOD. "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this; to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." James 1:27
True religion is not about an outward appearance, but about loving your neighbor and helping the needy. Religion have been corrupt for so many years. People are confused about the separation of religion and relationship with GOD.
False religion has so many rules because they believe they can reach salvation through their works.
True religion is when you help others and believe there is a GOD, but it is not a relationship with GOD.
How do you know you have a relationship with GOD and not being religious? Remember a relationship with GOD is like a marriage. You have a relationship with GOD when you seek HIM through prayer, reading the Scriptures, and believe that Jesus died and resurrected.
What is a spiritual person
A Spiritual believe GOD. They put their trust in GOD completely, no matter the circumstances. They help you through your struggle in life. They find solution to your problem. A spiritual person accepts you with your flaws and lead and guide you to a better place. A spiritual person helps you focus on GOD and not on a long list of rules and regulations.
We should be able to know what is our neighbors sin or what they are struggling with. How are we going to solve your problem if you do not open up. There is no need to put them down if they are struggling with a specific sin.
James 5:19-20 My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth and one turns him back, 20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
Better Relationship With GOD
Overcome the curse of false religion and start a relationship with GOD
A relationship means that two people are being connected. They supposed to have communication. You need to spend time together to know each others character and become one. It is the same way with GOD.
First, you need to know that GOD is all loving. You should include GOD in your daily life. You should pray to Him, read His word, and meditate on verses in an effort to get to know Him better.
If there is one thing people need to hear over and over again, and it is this: God loves you. That's all there is to it. He may not like everything you do, but He's never going to stop loving you.
Stop criticizing the sister or brother that dresses different than you or add a necklace to their accessories. You see the problem is this many focus on the long skirts and long hair. Others focus on their necklace and their accessories. Our clothing can become our idol either way. It's okay to dress nice when you go to church, but the bottom line is, we shouldn't be so focused on our outward appearance that we lose sight of our main goal: developing a close, personal relationship with God.
We should pray for wisdom James 1:5, which is the most valuable asset we could ever have. We should take our requests to Him, asking in Jesus' name John 15:16. Jesus is the one who loves us enough to give His life for us Romans 5:8, and He is the one who bridged the gap between us and God.