Saturday, October 18, 2008

Christianity is Not a Religion

Have you noticed that the world wants to believe that people
are good? Even Jesus said, "Why do you call Me good? No one
is good except God" (Mark 10:18).

The bottom line is we are NOT good, and we can never become
good. Romans 3:12 tells us, "All have turned aside,
together they have become useless; there is none who does
good, there is not even one." And Psalm 53:3 says, "Every
one of them has turned aside; together they have become
corrupt; There is no one who does good, not even one."

Because of a person's evil nature, he or she needs a
Savior. People simply cannot be good enough to earn their
way to God! Unfortunately, that's what all of the world's
religions are teaching.

Most religions in the world are just a set of instructions,
rules, and regulations on how to be good enough to please
God in order to obtain His mercy. Other religions teach you
how you are your own god.

That's where Christianity is different. Christianity says,
"You cannot be good enough... for God, or to be your own

Some like to call Christianity a religion, but it's NOT a
religion. It's a relationship. Religion is man seeking God
(or a god), while Christianity is God seeking man.

We MUST have a Savior... and Jesus Christ is that Savior we
all need! Since we could not come to God because of our
sin, He came to us. He got down on our level, became human,
took our sin upon Himself and nailed it to a cross and
bought our salvation. It cost Him the life of His Son.

No greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his
life for his friends (John 15:13). Jesus layed down His
life for us while we were still sinners, we were NOT His
friends. We hated Him. The proof of that is our love for

While we had no regard for Him at all, He called us
"friends." How great is His love for us? Does it get any
deeper than that? He died for people who hated Him, and
called them friends.

Don't ever call Christianity a religion. That's like a slap
in the face to God. He paid the ultimate penalty to save
us, even when we still hated Him.

Jesus took our sin and shame from us, put it on His own
shoulders, and nailed it to a cross along with His body. He
bled and died a horrible death! That's how desperately He
wanted us.

On the third day, He arose! He walked the earth, and then
ascended into heaven. Yes, there is life after death, and
we can spend eternity in heaven with Him simply by
accepting the gift of salvation... a relationship with

Yes, Jesus is alive and well! He is the only way to God and
to heaven. He said, "No one come to the Father but Through
Me" (John 14:6).

Where are all the leaders of popular religions today? Most
are dead and buried, such as Muhammad, Buddha, and
Confucius. Those leaders who are still living on earth as a
human will soon die, and then awaken without a Savior.

We all need a Savior. That's why Christianity is not a
religion, it's a relationship.

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