Is Christianity a Religion?

Rasta

Ad Honoris
Aug 2009
21,071
Minnesnowta
#23
So, what is your conclusion based on?
It's based on the assumption that Jesus was a normal Jewish man who was preaching about contemporary social events. If the teachings of Jesus are viewed from a Jewish perspective, it seems that many of his teachings are ways of coping with and rationalizing the fact that god's chosen people are being ruled by powerful pagans.

Turn the other cheek, give to anyone who asks, and other teachings that stress meek humility are not always practical in society, but very pragmatic when being ruled by arrogant and militarily powerful Romans.
 
Dec 2014
557
United States
#24
No.

What if I told you Jesus came to abolish religion
What if I told you voting republican really wasn’t his mission
What if I told you republican doesn’t automatically mean Christian
And just because you call some people blind
Doesn’t automatically give you vision
I mean if religion is so great, why has it started so many wars
Why does it build huge churches, but fails to feed the poor
Tells single moms God doesn’t love them if they’ve ever had a divorce
But in the old testament God actually calls religious people whores
Religion might preach grace, but another thing they practice
Tend to ridicule God’s people, they did it to John The Baptist
They can’t fix their problems, and so they just mask it
Not realizing religions like spraying perfume on a casket
See the problem with religion, is it never gets to the core
It’s just behavior modification, like a long list of chores
Like lets dress up the outside make look nice and neat
But it’s funny that’s what they use to do to mummies
While the corpse rots underneath
Now I ain’t judging, I’m just saying quit putting on a fake look
Cause there’s a problem
If people only know you’re a Christian by your Facebook
I mean in every other aspect of life, you know that logic’s unworthy
It’s like saying you play for the Lakers just because you bought a jersey
You see this was me too, but no one seemed to be on to me
Acting like a church kid, while addicted to pornography
See on Sunday I’d go to church, but Saturday getting faded
Acting if I was simply created just to have sex and get wasted
See I spent my whole life building this facade of neatness
But now that I know Jesus, I boast in my weakness
Because if grace is water, then the church should be an ocean
It’s not a museum for good people, it’s a hospital for the broken
Which means I don’t have to hide my failure, I don’t have to hide my sin
Because it doesn’t depend on me it depends on him
See because when I was God’s enemy and certainly not a fan
He looked down and said I want, that, man
Which is why Jesus hated religion, and for it he called them fools
Don’t you see so much better than just following some rules
Now let me clarify, I love the church, I love the Bible, and yes I believe in sin
But if Jesus came to your church would they actually let him in
See remember he was called a glutton, and a drunkard by religious men
But the Son of God never supports self righteousness not now, not then
Now back to the point, one thing is vital to mention
How Jesus and religion are on opposite spectrums
See one’s the work of God, but one’s a man made invention
See one is the cure, but the other’s the infection
See because religion says do, Jesus says done
Religion says slave, Jesus says son
Religion puts you in bondage, while Jesus sets you free
Religion makes you blind, but Jesus makes you see
And that’s why religion and Jesus are two different clans
Religion is man searching for God, Christianity is God searching for man
Which is why salvation is freely mine, and forgiveness is my own
Not based on my merits but Jesus’s obedience alone
Because he took the crown of thorns, and the blood dripped down his face
He took what we all deserved, I guess that’s why you call it grace
And while being murdered he yelled
“Father forgive them they know not what they do.”
Because when he was dangling on that cross, he was thinking of you
And he absorbed all of your sin, and buried it in the tomb
Which is why I’m kneeling at the cross, saying come on there’s room
So for religion, no I hate it, in fact I literally resent it
Because when Jesus said it is finished, I believe he meant it


What is the definition of religion? The belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, esp. a personal God or gods.

A belief in a God.

What is the definition of Christianity? Christian quality or character.

Living like Christ. Christ-like. Christianity is the belief in Jesus Christ. Not a god. The God.
https://biblereasons.com/religion-vs-relationship-with-god/
It’s a relationship that God desires! He doesn’t want you trying to be religious. He wants you to seek Him. Words mean nothing if the heart is not right. Are you involved in religion or are you involved in a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ? When you pray is your heart looking for Christ? What’s a relationship without intimacy? Is your prayer life boring? If it is, then that is strong evidence that you are involved in religion.


Deuteronomy 4:29 “But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.”

Matthew 15:8 “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”

Psalm 130:6 “My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.”
 
Dec 2014
557
United States
#25
It's based on the assumption that Jesus was a normal Jewish man who was preaching about contemporary social events. If the teachings of Jesus are viewed from a Jewish perspective, it seems that many of his teachings are ways of coping with and rationalizing the fact that god's chosen people are being ruled by powerful pagans.

Turn the other cheek, give to anyone who asks, and other teachings that stress meek humility are not always practical in society, but very pragmatic when being ruled by arrogant and militarily powerful Romans.
https://beginningandend.com/did-jesus-really-claim-he-was-god-free-sunday-school-lesson/