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Religion Or Relationship
Religion stifles a loving relationship with God.
There is a misconception that religion is a relationship with God. It certainly is not! It is this misconception that cause a lot of Christians to miss out on a very important aspect of their experience with Him.
What does God want from me?
What God wants is worship based on an intimate loving relationship -- the kind of relationship that family members have for one another, the kind of relationship a husband has with his wife -- not just blindly following a set of rules. In other words. Following just the Ten Commandments merely scatches the surface. God wants our lives, as we should desire the life He has for us through His Son Jesus Christ.
This is what Jesus emphasized; His Message was aimed to bring people closer to God. Up until his coming, the religious people were following the Law of Moses, and the Ten Commandments. Jesus preached that he came not to destroy the Law or the prophets, but to fulfill, (Matthew 5:17). In essence, he showed us how to do it. The religious people couldn't accept his radical approach, because it tore down what they believed, so they sought to silence him.
It is true that God has rules, just like parents have rules governing their homes. However, the rules of God leads us to freedom, not slavery. But it is because we love God, that we obey him, and in turn, He gives us the best He has.
For my brothers and sisters in Christ, I pray that you will draw closer to Christ, who knows, maybe this will be the year He comes for us. To those who don't know him, now is the time to seek him while he can be found. Stop trusting in man, and even in yourselves, and trust in God. Be committed to Him in the most loving way.