Is Biblical Christianity a Religion?

Posted: December 6, 2011 in Lessons From Scripture, Thoughts
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Evangelical Christians appear to almost posses a fear when it comes to the word religion.  They use phrases when referencing their faith such as, “It’s not a religion, it’s a relationship.”  The phrase sounds great to most of us who speak Christianese but must be terribly annoying to those we proclaim that to.  Because to them we are a religion.

So here are two things to think on as you answer my pot stirring question:  1. That phrase I mentioned above is not in the Bible.  2.  James 1.26-27 is.  It says this, “If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.  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.”

I am sure I will catch some flack from someone for this post.  I would encourage you to think about it and give your input.  Is it just a religion? Is is just a relationship? Is it both? Is it something else?


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