Summary: Christianity is more than a religion; it is more than a creed. It's a way of life for all who accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
IS CHRISTIANITY JUST ANOTHER RELIGION? 9-28-13
Are we in Christ or do we have just have religion?
A few days ago I was waiting in a waiting room for my wife to come out of her visit to the doctors office, there was an elderly gentlemen there sitting next to me waiting to see his doctor, after sitting there for about two hours and chatting with this man he ask me a question, he ask me if I was a bible scholar and I told him no, he ask me where the scripture was to do with the "prodigal son" that he wanted his daughter to read it, I told him it was in Luke chapter 15:, he ask me to find it for him, there was a Gideon bible there as well as other literature for folks to read.
I found it for him and then he said that he was an Episcopalian, and that the bible wasn't read where he attends church, he went on to say that he wished it was, he said they had a book of poetic sayings taken from the bible, and I respectfully told him that if he was not hearing the teaching and preaching of Gods word that he was wasting his time, that he ought to find him another place to worship. --- his reply was that his father always went to the Episcopal church and he grew up in the Episcopal church, and that was all he was familiar with.
As I though about what happened in our talk together I realized that this dear old gentleman had religion, not salvation.
How sad it is that folks can become so comfortable in a religion, the devil is happy with people having religion; he doesn't want to disturb that arrangement at all, just enjoy your religion, just don't dare get saved.
This gentleman said he was 83 years old, and here is was in a doctor's waiting room, so evidently he had health issues, he is in great danger.
I looked up some of what Episcopalians believed, and I found that though Episcopalians believe there is a literal heaven (that is attained by living a moral life) they do not teach a literal hell.
~ Christianity is more than a religion; it is more than a creed. It's a way of life for all who accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Christianity is unique; it is based on Jesus Christ, the only Savior and Mediator between God the Father and sinful humankind.
Most religions emphasize the life of the founder of that particular religion, but Christianity is based on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The death of Jesus is unique for it was prophesied in --
Gen. 3:14-15 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: -- 15And I will put enmity* (hostility) between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise HIS heel. --Jesus Christ is from Geneses, through the book of Revelation.
~LISTEN, Jesus is found in the 1st verse of the Bible.
>Gen.1:1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
* He is the Creator.
>John 1: 3All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
* Jesus is found in the middle two verses of the Bible, since the KJ Bible has even number verses, 31,174- there is no single middle verse, so the two center verses are PS.118:8-9.
Psalm 118: 8It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. 9It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.
* And Jesus is in the last verse of the Bible.
Rev. 22:21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
~So the prophecy about Jesus in Gen.3:14-15 came to pass in the New Testament age thousands of years later. Not only is the death of Christ absolutely essential to Christianity, so is His resurrection, His death alone would not have been sufficient; He had to be resurrected as well.
"Religion" is a particular system of faith and worship, it is the outward act or form by which men indicate their recognition of the existence of a god or of gods having power over their destiny.
~A person can believe in any number of things, and proclaim to believe in god, all people don't believe in Jehovah God, they say that they believe in the real God, they have their own idea of what or who God is, they have a religion. -- Most of the time it's a religion that pertains to works.