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Christianity is Not a Religion

Jul 15, 2008
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 god."

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 sin.

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 Jesus.

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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Daniel N. Brown is a teacher of biblical success principles! Get his Free Special Report, "Christian Prosperity Secrets" when you subscribe to his Free "Prosperous Christian" e-Letter...
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