Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, came to this earth to give us a relationship with Him and GOD the Father and Holy Spirit. He did NOT come to give us religion.
I have heard from multiple sources recently that we all need to take the Bible, GOD's Word, more literally. And, looking at words much more carefully and closely.
With that in mind, I wanted to look at the word "religion" today. Then, I would like to compare it to "relationship".
When you look at religion, what do you see? It's re-legion. Yes, it is written a little differently, but it is the same thing. And, guess what? Legion is many demons! In Mark 5;9, we read, "Then Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" "My name is Legion," he replied, "for we are many." In Luke 8:30 we read, "Jesus asked him, "what is your name?" "Legion," he replied, because many demons had gone into him.
It tells us, plain and simple, Legion is many demonic spirits. Re-legion or religion is the demonic-infiltrated duplicate that lucifer has created to replace our relationship with GOD. Lucifer always creates a counterfeit for everything GOD has created. Actually, lucifer can't create at all. That is part of the reason he is so angry.
Lucifer thinks that if he can replace in us a true relationship with GOD, with religion, and just going through the motions of outwardly being a "Christian" without any true depth or meaning--in other words "relationship" with GOD, that he has won by taking another person down the wrong path. Do NOT let him win!
We think if we go to church once a week, we are being religious and doing good. We think that if we repeat some prayers we were taught in Sunday school, we are doing good and being religious. And, while I certainly don't condemn going to church and praying, in fact, I encourage it--but doing those things don't necessarily do anything for us in and of themselves. The key in doing these things is to have a real and authentic RELATIONSHIP with Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Being in an authentic relationship with someone means spending good, quality with them. This is true of your spouse or friends you care about, and it is most certainly true of being in relationship with GOD.
And, guess what? Lucifer does not want you to learn about GOD and how much HE loves and cares for you, much less be in an honest relationship with HIM. This is why lucifer, satan the devil has replicated this relationship with religion for his own evil purposes. It is much the same as he has mirrored a political spirit in opposition to government. (Religion is to relationship as politics is to government. But, that is another topic for another day.)
I hope that in reading this little post that you understand a bit better why it is so important to be in a right relationship with the Lord. Don't just be a "religious" person, be someone genuinely loves Jesus Christ and seeks to learn more and more about HIM every day!
I am so glad you are here! I am Erica Strickland, a girl who loves God. My goal here is to simply share His love and light.