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Is Christ About Religion?

Jesus Christ is not about Religion

Religion is a broad topic to define and embraces many aspects of human experiences. My aim is not to start a comprehensive study of the subject but understand the basis of the subject.

Religion is used to caption a general set of beliefs that influence humanity. Religion is, therefore, humans’ effort to relate to or appease an invisible, all-powerful, all-knowing, and Supreme Being. It is the effort of fleshly being to please the Creator, but
“So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”
(Romans 8:8)

Religion’s effort is based on fulfilling the requirements of a set of laws. Religion is viewed by all those who practice it as a panacea to overcome the issue of sin. Every religion acknowledges that sin is primarily the reason for severing the relationship with the Creator.

Every religion attempts to solve this problem using supernaturally influential works and efforts. Some might deny God’s goodness and natural creations, and others may make all kinds of objects to represent different deities.
Some people fast indefinitely, others injure themselves, and some even kill themselves, their family members or friends and innocent souls for the sake of religion.

However, the Bible says
“For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, (4) that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (5) For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. (6) For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (7) Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. “(Romans 8:3-7).

“For Christ, is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes “.
(Romans 10:4).

No religious effort can ever make man right with God; the more man attempts to obey the law in the flesh, the more he realizes how sinful he is. The law makes a man know sin; the law gives life to sin and strengthens sin.

If we take religion as a set of the law of righteousness and replace the word “law” with “religion”, then Romans 10:4  will read as follows:

“For Christ is the end of religion for righteousness to everyone who believes.”

When you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, your salvation is secured with the precious blood of Jesus, and you become free from sin and its consequences – eternal death. No more condemnation.

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. (2) For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.”
(Romans 8:1-2)

However, man’s efforts and works can’t earn him salvation with God.
The only way to God is through Him who came from heaven to earth, showed the way to God, died for the sins of the whole world on the cross (He offered Himself to God without committing any sin), and was raised the third day by God and ascended to heaven. This is Jesus Christ who rightfully claimed
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me”.
(John 14:6).

A claim that nobody else has ever made except Jesus Christ.

In the scriptures, God stated several times that He is well pleased with Jesus as the only way to salvation from sin and death. Anyone who places their faith in Jesus Christ will be saved.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
(John 3:16)
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God also confirmed His approval of Jesus while Jesus was being baptized.
“And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
(Matt 3:17) 

If Jesus is the only way to God and all other efforts and works of man have not been accepted by God as sufficient for redemption, then faith in God’s word would justify us to draw two important conclusions.

1) Man’s attempt to please God and to relate to Him through religion is ineffective and futile.

2,) A relationship with Jesus, if Jesus is the way to God, is not a religion but a faith-based relationship.

It is important to remember that Jesus’ followers were first called Christians in Antioch by the unbelievers shortly after His departure. The unbelievers first called them Christians in Antioch. (Acts 11:26).
God the father or God the Son (Jesus) never emphasized any form of religion on any occasion. The emphasis has always been “Whoever believes in Jesus” (John 3:15-16, John 11:26, John 12: 46).

Therefore believing, accepting Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, and placing our faith in Jesus is not a religious act but the true way to make ourselves right with God.

Jesus came to save us. We must accept Him as our Savior to have eternal life with Him. To reject this gift from God is to go to Hell forever.

There is only one way to get to Heaven. Accept Christ
There is one way to get to Hell. Reject Christ

Accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.