Religion vs. Christianity

There are perhaps hundreds of religions in the world today, but the five major religions are: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism.  It has been said that true Christianity is not a religion, but a relationship with a risen Savior.

So what is a religion? A religion is a belief system in which the followers must do certain works or rituals in order to gain God’s favor.

Religious people, in their desire to please God,  are reaching up to God with their rituals and works. But in Christianity we have God reaching down to man and saying, “You can’t do it.  Jesus did it for you.”

Years ago I was privileged to travel to Nepal. I discovered that their religion is primarily a blending of both Hinduism and Buddhism.  We saw their countless temples and around many of these temples were hundreds of cylinders—or prayer wheels. We were told that inside each cylinder was a long scroll containing prayers.

Our guide explained that no one can pray enough in a lifetime to please all the gods, but when a prayer wheel turns one cycle, all the prayers inside are heard. So if one spins the wheel around and around, all those prayers are heard many times.

We watched as people would walk around the temples spinning each wheel they passed.  It broke my heart to watch, because I realized these people are literally spinning their wheels!  They don’t have the truth that can set them free. They have a religion that cannot save.

As Christians, we don’t obey God and do good works to get saved. We get saved first and our good works are a result of our joy and the freedom we have in Christ.  We want to serve God.  It is not a duty.  It is a privilege and a joy.

  • For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.   Romans 6:23
  • Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.     Acts 3:19
  • Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.    Romans 10:13
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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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4 Responses to Religion vs. Christianity

  1. Frank King says:

    Great post. How blessed we are to know the truth. Thank God for His saving grace. It is so sad to see so many people trying to win God’s favor through religion.

  2. Kristi says:

    Amen Sister in Christ Jesus ( Yeshua )!!

    I Hope and Pray this does not offend anyone below!!

    The FALSE PAGANISM OCCULT-IDEOLOGIES of FALSE religions are evil / satanic / demonic!!

    The FALSE PAGAN moon god allah-satan baal is NOT a god and NOT the god of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob!!

    Because of the HEBREW TEXTS ( SCROLLS ) we have Judaism and Christianity!!

    Only Judaism and Christianity have the SAME GOD the FATHER who art in HEAVEN Above YAHWEH and His Son Jesus ( Yeshua ) Christ!!

    There are Jewish People who believe in Jesus ( Yeshua ) Christ in Israel-Yisrael and the United States of America!!

    Jesus ( Yeshua ) Christ is KING of kings, He is LORD of lords, He is the Alpha and Omega, He is the First and the Last, He is the Beginning and the End!! Hallelujah and Maranatha!!

    Love Always and Shalom, YSIC \o/


    • Kathleen says:

      I agree with you Kristi. After all, the first Christians were Jews who recognized that Jesus was their Messiah. Through the years there has always been a remnant of Jews who have believed in Jesus. Someday they will ALL recognize Jesus (Yeshua) as Messiah.

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