Welcome to my very first community article! Today’s topic: Is Christianity a religion or a relationship? I know plenty of people say that it is a religion while others says it is a relationship. Let us look at what the team here at Geeks Under Grace have to say about this.
Well, simply put, Christianity is both a religion and a relationship. It is a religion in that it contains a codified set of tenets that all its practitioners are expected to follow. Individual rules can vary widely by denomination, but there are certainly some aspects that apply universally, like:
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, born to the Virgin Mary.
Jesus Christ died on the Cross for the remission of the sins of the world.
We are saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ
We are to believe in the Father, and believe also in the Son.
We are to go out into all the world and proclaim the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We are to love our neighbor as ourselves.
So, in this way, Christianity is a religion. However, when you look at the 6 tenets above, you see no ritual, no doctrine, no religiosity, no caveats, no fire & brimstone. You have only a way of life, and a roadmap to salvation. As a part of this, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit among us to help guide us along the way. So, being a Christian involves a personal relationship with God: talking to God, praying to God, and listening for God. The Holy Bible is a terrific book, but our Father in heaven does not dwell within the pages. He is present within each one of us, in the form of the Holy Spirit. Cultivating a personal relationship with God requires you to nurture that Holy Spirit, for it is through the Holy Spirit that we commune with God.
Michael Lee Pyatt Jr
In order to answer if Christianity is a relationship, or a religion, I think we first need to know the definitions of these particular words. Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines the word “relationship” as, “the way in which two or more people or things are connected”. The definition of the word “religion” says, “The belief in a god or in a group of gods” and “an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or a group of gods”.
If I had to choose either or, I would say Christianity is a relationship. To be honest with you, saying it’s a religion seems too organized and strict for me. When we put so many rules and conditions on how to praise and worship God, it can hinder our relationship with him. God wants us to have a relationship with him and I try my best to do that.
I talk to God; he talks back to me through the word. We’re constantly communicating. On top of that, I have a deep love for God, and the only thing that surpasses my love for him is his love for me. I don’t think you can really get that if you view Christianity as a religion.
Another thing to me that separates Christianity from being a religion is the death of Jesus Christ. You can’t tell me other gods who sacrificed themselves for us to live. It takes it to an even higher level when you realize he died for us and we didn’t deserve it.
Let this verse marinate in your head when it comes to Christianity being a relationship, John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” That’s a relationship… That’s love.
Christianity is a relationship, not a religion. In religions you usually follow some rules, do your prayers and your god helps you automatically. With Christianity things are different: You still have rules, but they’re not just rules: they’re an invitation to help the Lord build a solid relationship with you, those rules you follow must go deep in your heart, become your rules. This happens as this relationship of love grows more and more throughout your life. It’s not by following some rules that you’re saved, but loving God and the others.