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Is Christianity the “Right” Religion? Part II

09 Mar

In Part I, I dealt with the idea that it is completely possible to have only one way for something. This can definitely apply to religion. The reality is that almost all religions declare exclusivity, including atheism! Now you might be thinking, “Wait a minute, atheism is science…it’s not a religion!” Since when does no belief in a god mean something is NOT a religion (think about Buddhism)?

So, let’s continue with Part II. I want to deal with the question itself. I believe that Christianity is NOT the right religion. Say what? No…I have not turned away from the Christian faith. In fact, it is my belief in this faith that makes the concept of religion so wrong!

Christianity was never designed to be a RELIGION. At the central core of our beliefs is a Person with whom we have a RELATIONSHIP.

To declare a right religion with the name of Christianity is a hideous mischaracterization of who we are. The moment that the word “religion” is used, it diminishes the whole concept of what we believe.

You might be wondering, “Doesn’t Christianity have many of the same practices that other religions have?” Yes! Things like prayer, memorization of our Holy Book (the Bible), communities of faith, songs that are sung, and much more are found as traditional parts of Christianity, which mirror other religious preferences.

What makes Christianity different is not simply the practices themselves, but the reason BEHIND those practices.

The reason for these practices is not to simply “practice” religion…they are meant to “practice” relationship.

This difference is important. So let’s change the question! How about this: Is Jesus Christ truly God and is belief in Him and relationship with Him absolutely necessary?

In the next few parts, I will examine the differences that truly set apart Christianity (and more importantly, Jesus), from the other religions of the world. My hope is that these differences will help bring to light the need for relationship with Christ. Stay tuned!

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Posted by on March 9, 2011 in Apologetics, Religion

 

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5 responses to “Is Christianity the “Right” Religion? Part II

  1. Miguel

    March 9, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Amen brother I completely agree :). When people view christianity as a religion they miss the whole concept of what being a christian is all about. Like thr word says the holy spirit will guide ud into all truth. We need a spirit filled generation.and thats the perfect will of our God and saviour

     
    • Jeff Tolle

      March 9, 2011 at 9:38 pm

      Thanks Miguel! You also touched on a point that I will be making in another post. Great job! Thanks for commenting.

       
  2. Miguel

    March 9, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Amen brother I completely agree . When people view christianity as a religion they miss the whole concept of what being a christian is all about. Like thr word says the holy spirit will guide ud into all truth. We need a spirit filled generation.and thats the perfect will of our God and saviour.

     
  3. Joshua Ogaldez

    March 14, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Nailed it!…regardless of the belief, atheism still is a belief…its a belief in no God…the core of Christianity is relationship…Unfortunately, sometimes the more people orientate themselves to practicing Christianity in a religious sense than in a relational sense, the further they get from the foundation of our faith; God’s grace, God’s infinite love, God’s mercy and God’s purpose for our lives…The basis of Christianity ain’t religion (rigid, authoritarian, legalistic, pride, and works oriented)…its seeking out God (sometimes through prayer and worship, so on..), with a sincere, although sin-tainted, imperfect and broken heart, and being transformed in those moments of relatinoship.

     
    • Jeff Tolle

      March 16, 2011 at 11:54 pm

      Great comment! Thanks for the reply!

       

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