Religion Is Bondage…

Religion Is Bondage…

People often mistake me for being religious.  There’s nothing that frustrates me more than to be grouped in with “religious” people.  Religious people have rituals, they live by a law or set of rules, they see themselves better than those on the “outside”, they have a book they follow, and they definitely have no idea who God is.

When people hear me talk their immediate reaction is to think I’m a “Christian”.  Well, I can understand why someone would label me as Christian since I talk about Jesus Christ, faith, God, Life, and so on.

But, what most people really mean is that I’m part of that religion called “Christianity”.

Really?

So am I part of that religion if:

– I don’t go to Church
– I hardly ever read my Bible
– I don’t formally give thanks or pray
– I don’t tithe
– I don’t live by any rules or law

Does this sound like I’m Christian to you?  (and I’m not being tricky either)

In other words, what defines being “Christian”?  To most, being a Christian is no different than being “Muslim” or “Mormon” or whatever other religion.

Actually, they are right.  Religion is religion no matter how you cut it.

Here’s my definition of religion:

“The idea that you need to do certain things to gain approval of God.”

Simple.

Guess what?  Every religion falls into that definition.  They ALL try to deal with their guilt, shame, and fear the same way… they set up rules, rituals, obligations, and laws that you are to follow or abide by in order to gain acceptance by God.

Christianity as a religion is no different.  Sure, they pretend they are different but it’s not.  They use Bible studies, prayer meetings, tithing, worship, confession, and much more as their standard of acceptance before God.

Religion has NEVER brought someone closer to God.  In fact, all that religion does is drive people further away from God.

Let me be clear.  There’s NOTHING you can do to gain acceptance by God.  Absolutely nothing.

See, people look at it all wrong.

It’s not that you need to get acceptance from God.

It’s that you need Life.  Rules, regulations, obligations, and rituals do not give Life.  All these “man made” things are a way for people to pretend they don’t need life… pretend that they truly can get close to God by doing “stuff”.

Think about it… life in this world is always miraculous.  Do you know how life happens?  It is truly a miracle.

In the same way, God’s Life is miraculous.  There is something real called Eternal Life… it is REAL Life, lasting life, something way beyond “natural” life.

I’m alive.  I have life.

That life came through Jesus Christ.  I’ve been set free.  I no longer need a law to govern me.  I no longer need to gain acceptance by God.  I now share His Life… I now have love,  joy, peace, and kindness that fill my heart.

And the very best part is that this Life within me KNOWS God.

There’s no amount of knowledge in this world that can make you know God.  Just like you cannot truly know me just by reading about me.  Sure, you might think you know me… but until you share my life you don’t really know me.

I know God.

I’m a son of God.

I’m one with God.

I’m alive.

I’m perfect.

How?

By believing a certain doctrine?  By practicing certain rituals?  By saying a certain prayer?

No!

By the miracle of faith through Jesus Christ.  In Him is Life and through faith I entered into that life.

What does that mean?  Well, that’s like a dead man asking someone who is alive, “What does it mean that you are alive?”.  I mean, how would you describe this life?

How much more am I at a lost of words describing this Eternal Life that I now share in!  How am I able to describe what it means?  I can only give you descriptive phrases like joy, peace, fulfillment, love.

Again, how do you earn this Life?  How do you get it?

Sorry, “life” is not earnable.  What made you earn this life in this world?  So what makes you think you can earn true Life… everlasting Life… the Life of God?

You can’t study it.
You can’t learn it.
You can’t buy it.
You can’t beg for it.
You can’t say a prayer for it.

In other words, religion can’t give it to you.  Might as well stop… cause all religion is doing is creating a heavy weight of bondage.  Religion will NEVER relieve you of your guilt, shame, and fear.

Life happens through the life-giver.

How does it happen?

LOL…  it is a miracle.  If you find yourself believing in Jesus Christ.  If you know He is the Son of God.  If you believe Him… then you have life!  It’s NOT the believing or faith that gives you the life.  Faith is evidence of the life within you.  Only His children can hear his voice.  When you have His Life, you hear Him.

Do you want life?

I’m not asking if you want religion.  I’m not asking if you want a life full of rules and obligations.

I’m asking do you want true, everlasting life?

Do you want to KNOW God?

Then ask Him for it.  I don’t know, something tells me after getting to know Him that He loves doing miracles.  And He LOVES giving Life… you never know, the seed of Life might be planted in you miraculously and this miracle of Life will happen.

So what is God like?

He’s definitely not like mankind.

He’s LOVE.

He’s PERFECT.

He’s my Daddy.

He’s KIND.

He’s JUST.

He’s HONEST.

He’s TRUTHFUL.

He’s REAL.

Words cannot explain what He is like.  He’s a mystery.  But, He’s GOOD!

I love Him and I have Life.

“You will know the Truth and the Truth will set you free”

You know the most common question I get asked after share this with people?  So what do you do now that you have this “Life”?

My answer…

I live.

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