“Do not think that I have come to bring peace on the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword [of division between belief and unbelief].
Matthew 10:34

Religion vs Relationship 

God didn’t send Jesus to start a religion but to restore the relationship he intended to have with man before sin.

The Greek word threskeia, which was used by Greek writers such as Herodotus and Josephus, is found in the New Testament. Threskeia is sometimes translated as “religion” in today’s translations, however, the term was understood as generic “worship” well into the medieval period.

From Middle English religioun, from Old French religion, from Latin religiō (“scrupulousness, pious misgivings, superstition, conscientiousness, sanctity, an object of veneration, cult-observance, reverence”).

Scrupulousnesshaving moral integrity : acting in strict regard for what is considered right or proper

Conscientiousness: the quality of wishing to do one’s work or duty well and thoroughly.

Sanctity: the state or quality of being holy, sacred, or saintly.

Veneration: great respect; reverence.

Cult: a system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object; a relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister.

Romans 16:17-18

17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

Revelation 3:15-16

15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

Relationship: the way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, or the state of being connected; the way in which two or more people or groups regard and behave toward each other.

How Do you behave towards God? Are you the type of Christian that says, God knows your heart? How would you feel if in your relationship, your partner never took you out, never emotionally opened up, never loved you the way you expressed? Would you accept the excuse “baby you know my heart? What about your friendships and relationships with family. Would that suffice to keep a good relationship growing?

2 Chronicles 7:14

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

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