Is religion a set if rules or tradition?
What is religion? What are rules and why do they count as a religion, if that is what religion is? What is tradition? Wouldn't tradition be a set a rules or is it a personal obligation?
Depends on the religion I guess... some religions are very dogmatic, some are not.
My religion, for example, doesn't have any scripture, no commandments, etc. We do have liturgy and philosophies, traditions and structure, etc. but we don't have mandates that say 'never do this' or 'you must do that'. It's more of a framework upon which we build our personal faith practices.
I see religion as a system of beliefs and practices by a group. I also see it as a means of expressing one's faith, belief and method of connecting to something they see as greater than themselves (a higher power, nature, spirits, values/principles, etc.).
Tradition I think is more of a specific custom common to a religion, or set of customs that set off a religious sect.
Religion is neither merely rules or tradition.
Religion is a set of beliefs centered around an ultimate concern.
Tradition is what has been practiced, taught and done historically as it pertains to an institution or to an ideology.
You can have a bunch of rules without religion (e.g. the military) and tradition (e.g. Halloween) without religion as well.
Religion (as defined by the world) is rules and traditions established by "man!" However, the world's definition should NOT be our concern IF we are followers of Christ!
I continue to ask ALL to "STUDY" (II Timothy 2:15) or "READ" to find out what the WORD SAYS regarding ANY matter!
II Peter 1:3 says "According to his divine power hath given unto us ALL THINGS that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue!" Did you hear? EVERYTHING "pertaining to life and godliness" is in Scripture!
What is Religion? According to Scripture (James 1:27) "Pure religion and undefiled before GOD and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." Now, what does this have to do with "worshiping in Spirit and in truth" (John 4:23-24)? Are these not actions we "DO" in the flesh? Why then have we (saints) ignored what JESUS SAID "Religion" is? WOW! LORD HAVE MERCY!
What have we done? Just swallowed what "man" (teachings) has said; hook, line and sinker and NOT "READ" Scripture? You know what? Satan is winning and it's only because we are "too lazy" to "STUDY!"
You see how many "Religions" (as the world defines) are spoken of here: from witchcraft to believing in a God without TRUTH (II Kings 17:29-41)!
JESUS HELP US!
All religions have rules, though the rules vary between faiths. Traditions are more malleable, and they can be distinct to a family or village, while religions define their rules for all people who fall into certain categories.
I spent some time looking up definitions of Faith and Religion and dogma and doctrine. I "wasted" several hours doing so. Even a definition is a rule. Like it or not. It is a given set of contracts between people to believe the same way.
There are some religions that say they have no rules, pretty funny isn't it. There is a rule that there be no rules.
Language is at it's heart a religion. Ooops have I spelled all my words right and is my punctuation correct.
"We traditionally do not let outsiders into our religious services"
This is a real rabbit hole to go down, remember to come up for air.
Eric, who made these "given set of contracts between people to believe the same way?" GOD?
If not, as a "Christian" you should "Rather obey GOD than man" (Acts 5:29)!
Norine - think for a second. Look at the sentence with Ooops in it. Note I was following the rules. Showing any thinking person that I scoff at them. You need to work on your brain if you want to do the work of the Lord - you miss so much.
You think w/a man's brain (NOTHING)& not w/GOD'S WORD! There r no "Ooops" in WORD! A TRUE CHRISTIAN would "Rather please GOD than man" (Acts 5:29)! Where does that lv u? Believing "man's def" & following "man's rules" rather than GOD?
Norine I sure hope God guides you in tying your shoes and things like cooking and driving -- because you clearly could not do them yourself.
I didn't make it 65+ years for nothing! Did I not say "HE calls my name from sleep?" Even in my sins HE saw my end & protected me for HIS use (Jer 29:11)! Now that's "A Relationship w/GOD!"
ALL can have one IF they BELIEVE "rightly divided WOR
Norine I had not thought of that. God has kept you alive for a purpose. God is mysterious. You purpose is to show others how not to act.
GOD doesn't LIE! Isaiah 5:20 has been fulfilled: "Woe unto them who "think" right is wrong & wrong is right..."
Titus 1:13 "This witness is TRUE. Wherefore REBUKE THEM SHARPLY, that they may be sound in the faith."
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