Hi everyone! I want to share a very real truth with you today! So, here it is… faith is not religion. Let me explain further, there is a huge difference between faith and religion. You can have both together at the same time and many times this does happen, but they are not the same thing and they are not interchangeable. Religion can be defined as, “a personal set or institutionalized system of attitudes, beliefs and practices. While faith is defined as, complete trust or confidence in someone or something; in this case Jesus. As you can see these are very different definitions. Again, they can also be used together. Most religions and religious practices are based off of faith, but you can have faith and be completely saved without being religious. I personally see faith as, following the bible and Jesus’s heart alone, nothing else is added. This is why I do not identify myself as a religious person; I am simply a follower of Jesus and saved by grace and grace alone.
In the bible it is clear that Jesus comes to help distinguish between religion and faith, by explaining that people do not make the rules and following a set of religious rules and doing good deeds will not get you into Heaven. “Before faith came, we were guarded under the law, locked up until faith that was coming would be revealed, (Galatians 3:23).” So going to church every Sunday is an absolutely wonderful thing to do, to hear the word of God, but that alone doesn’t get you into Heaven. Being baptized without accepting Jesus as your savior doesn’t get you into Heaven. Doing charity work everyday does not get you into Heaven. Doing good works is a wonderful thing to do in accordance with your faith. Giving for the purpose of loving others and loving God is vital to living out your faith. “See, his faith was at work along with his actions. In fact, his faith was made complete in his faithful actions (James 2:22).” We should be careful how we live our life once we do have faith because we may be the only bible some will ever read. But it is only through Jesus.
Not a single person on this earth has not sinned, it is in our human nature to sin. Even though we are sinners God wanted to be with us. He didn’t need us at all, but He wanted us so much that He sent His one and only Son to earth. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).” God himself became flesh to dwell among us, and offer himself as the ultimate sacrifice so we could have a chance to live with Him in Heaven. Now when we accept Jesus as our savior, God sees the new us, He sees Jesus in us, He sees the forgiven us.
The most important point of this message is that no matter what you identify yourself as, no matter what religion you are or are not, there is only one way to Heaven and it is not through man-made rules or good works it is through accepting Jesus as your savior. It is by knowing that you are a sinner, knowing that Jesus Christ died on the cross for you and knowing that through accepting Him you will receive the ultimate salvation. One of the awesome things about faith is that there’s not any gray area, it is black and white. If you haven’t accepted Jesus Christ as your savior, you are not saved. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your savior, you are saved. So I encourage you to ask yourself these questions, “Am I following a man-made religion without putting Jesus at the center?” and “Have I truly accepted Jesus Christ as my one and true savior?” “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6).
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