Is Christianity a Religion or a Relationship?

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.
Steve Schoen
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.

 

Daniele Andreuzzi
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.

 

Josh Mors
I believe Christianity is a relationship, not a religion. To me personally, I believe religion is man’s way to get to God which ultimately fails because man cannot reach God on their own. Christianity is God’s way to reach man. Jesus didn’t die on the cross for our sins just so we can follow His rules. He died so that we can have a relationship with Him. I know as Christians we pray a lot. Prayer is when we talk to God and  thank him for a lot of things, or we ask God to do specific things. We also go to church to communicate with other Christians because we all our apart of the body of Christ and to improve in our relationship with God.

Josh Mors

I am 18 years old. One of the youngest writers here on GeeksUnderGrace. I lead a Bible Study club, and prayer group at my school. Things that I have interest in is video games, anime, and playing basketball. When I'm not doing those things I like to study apologetics (defending of the Christian faith). I also make youtube videos(see my website link) in my spare time whenever I have a chance to upload something. It mostly consists of Call of Duty, and Destiny clips included with my very own commentary's.

4 Comments

  1. Thomas Rem on August 10, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    I believe it is both but religion took a backseat to relationship this time around; Relationship took precedence over religion , Faith over works, The agape of GOD over the Fear of The LORD. If religion is boring then religion is just like your work,Job and duty …. no wonder why no one could keep the law. Is the old testament strict? no because love fulfills it

  2. young minister on August 2, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    All of the authors did an excellent job showcasing the relationship aspect of the Christian faith. As Bob commented Christianity is a religion and we should not be ashamed of that. Because it is a true religion we should take pride in that as well as showcase the relationship that is available to us through Christ sacrifice.

  3. B0B on July 27, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    James 1:27 to anyone who says it isn’t a religion. I get what you’re doing, but when you say it isn’t a religion, you’re contradicting the Bible. deadly mistake.

    The Bible says it’s a religion, and it fits the definition perfectly. The difference, however, is we have true religion, as the Bible puts it, a living religion serving a living God, as opposed to false religions serving dead gods.

    • Rijen Spirit on August 4, 2014 at 8:05 am

      Well, let’s be fair, religion is boring. Who can get excited about it? Pretty much this is the Christian religion stereotype: “Oh… we’re going to go to some building with a decent speaker, sit around, pay money and skip the after sermon mingling?” Many people walk away from that alone. Yeah, I get the James 1:27 verse and that’s great. But who wants to be “‘caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.’?” No one. Why? ‘Cause it makes people go out of their way and do something which seemingly bears no reward.

      So what then, is Christianity at its very core? God is the answer many people say; nevertheless, what/who IS God? According to I John 4:7-8; “7 Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. 8 But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” Love is the center of every relationship, this is true for even human relationships. Love motivates us to care for the weak and distress. Love keeps us from falling back into our sinful and worldly ways. Love empowers us to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those who are lost. Love, which is God/Jesus, is the center of our being since They live inside of us and we ought to revolve around Them as the planets do the sun.

      Overall, in my view point, Christianity is indeed all about love (God) thus it’s a relationship. Now the religion part you brought up is rather a byproduct of having love inside us already than the actual core of Christianity.

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