What do you think is the difference between Religion and God?
How do you term, what you believe about God?
HI Diane, good question and it did make me think. I believe that God/Maker of the Universe/ call it what you will is actually a real structure or being that has always been there and will continue to be. Religion itself is a man made concept. Each and every era in history has had a different set of beliefs. Take the Romans, they virtually plagiarised their Gods from the Greeks. For example Zeus (greek) turned into Jupiter, Aphrodite (greek) became Venus and so on. Each religion was made up by two things, belief that everything we did as well as the natural world was driven by a god. Earthquakes, Tsunami's etc were all the gods getting angry. As we progressed the gods became One, and we now say there is just the one God. Unless we live in a multi god country. The belief is made up of what we know and what we think we know. Sometimes its right, other times its wrong.
But the real God is inifinite whatever we call Him or Her.
Religion I beleive is man made, while God is not. God does not care what religion you choose to find a relationship with him as long as you in fact do find a relationship with him. This is why religion is so silly, to someone who see's the BIGGER picture! There is only one Prime Creator and there is only one Love.
God, although naturally called differently by different people, still represent an ideal for most. It is a perennial Entity, A Divine Ground or Highest Source by which all things, move, live and have their being. It represents life's Source, Maker, purpose or goal. There is a process of laws/commandments/rules/principles which leads us to God. Some call this Religion, others Philosophy.
The essence of religion is to fear God and obey God, which in itself implies that God is the Supreme Deity/Father, etc. Something to be certainly respected or loved as the Ultimate Figure, if not feared. It represents a Golden Shore, with universal laws (religion/philosophy), as the means or key/boat, to take us to this shore.
Man with his troubles with ego, separation, attachment and greed, can sometimes be related to religion. This is definitely not of which I speak.
Religion and God are as different as night and day. I have no use for organized religion as I've gotten older. Religion served a purpose once before, but now that the world is more civilized and we have legal systems in place man made dogma to keep the populace in line is no longer necessary.
However, I do believe in God. I have forged a personal relationship with God and I am so much happier for it too. I have my own natural altar in my contemplation garden in my yard, and I just sit and read when I need to find solitude. Sometimes I just think or go for a ride. Truth is I feel much closer to God now as a solitary person than I did when I belonged to a church. Now, I am aware of the signs that I get as answers to my prayers.
I've always gone under the assumption that God has about as much to do with religion as justice has to do with the law. Jesus, who lived a one-on-one relationship with God Almighty, wasn't very fond of temple priests nor was he a big fan of lawyers. That right there has to tell us something about both mankind's religion and mankind's laws.
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