With so many churches and faiths starting everyday, it is easy to get mixed up and not know what to believe or what’s right. So, is there really a difference between one religion to the next? Aren’t they all following God?
The short answer is no. All religions are not the same. There are as many differences as there are religions. The one commonality among them perhaps would be that religion is man’s attempt seeking God whereas Christianity is God’s attempt seeking man. Though Christianity may be classified by historians and theologians as a religion, at it’s essence it is more about a personal relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ. Religion puts the emphasis on man and what he must do. Christianity puts it on God and what He has done. It begins with God. God takes the initiative to “seek and to save those who are lost.” It’s the story of redemption where God provides the means for man to be reconciled unto Him.
The greatest contrast is seen when Jesus walked this earth and was put to death by religious leaders when even the politicians objected. Pilot said he found no fault in Jesus deserving death, yet yielded at the demands of a religious mob. No religion can provide for our basic need of forgiveness. Only Christ, who died, was buried and rose again, can offer us forgiveness and a new life in Him. Never substitute religion for the personal relationship you may have with God through Jesus Christ.
//Theological Thursday: Questions are welcome. Asking them makes our faith personal and real. On Thursdays I will be answering theological questions. Enter yours in the comment box below and I will select one each week to answer on our blog.