Godliness vs religion

Religion is not a good thing, but spirituality is a wonderful thing. Religion and its first cousin “religiosity” serve no Godly purpose but are in fact feeble attempts by man to fulfill the inner longing to acknowledge the existence of God and thereby gain a measure of self righteousness from Him.

The Bible says that “Godliness with contentment is great gain” in the book of Timothy. Godliness is the proper term that should be used when defining and describing the desired relationship between man and God. Godliness is the complete opposite of religion and produces Godly fruit as opposed to the temporal and self-serving fruit of being religious.

Christianity is not a religion but rather the faith that is common to all who have been saved. Christianity is not a set of rules or intricate rituals designed to appease or placate an angry God. Religion uses legalism as its basis whereas true Christianity is founded upon and uses love as the foundation and motivation for doing as God says to do.

Being termed a “religious” person may sound good but in reality it is not. The desire of our hearts should be to become GODLY and not religious. Of course this is predicated upon the belief that a person desires to please and bless God instead of wanting only to escape His wrath and judgment and/or simply wants to “look religious”.

Jesus used the word “tradition” many times when talking with the Pharisees and scribes. The religious traditions Jesus referred to were repetitive actions and phrases used to confess sins and “worship” God. Over time, the traditions laid upon God's people became an oppressive blanket that stifled spontaneous and individual prayer and praise to God.

Jesus made it clear that traditions do not save anyone. Jesus taught that we must worship God in spirit and in truth and not through faithfully adhering to a system of actions that formed the basis for a nice looking religion. By the time Jesus taught these things, the beautiful Jewish faith had been reduced to a set of regulations so strict that no one could keep them. There was no longer any life in their faith but rather only condemnation, fear and the blind obedience these things produce.

The true Christian faith is so simple a child need not err therein. Instead of attempting to regulate the flesh, the true Christian faith promotes a deep relationship with God which in turns produces a yearning to please God founded upon love for Him. Christianity is from the inside out whereas religion is from outside in.

God desires His people do things His way because of their love for Him and their desire to love their neighbor as themselves. God does not care about outward displays of skin deep piety but rather the full expression of love that emanates from within the heart and is motivated by the passion to please God.

As always, Blessings 2 You!

 Kirk M
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Phillip Jones

Your blogs are consistently biblical and true. I really appreciate that. Good blog. God will bless you. Phil

K Reynolds+

God desires His people do things His way because of their love for Him and their desire to love their neighbor as themselves. God does not care about outward displays of skin deep piety but rather the full expression of love that emanates from within the heart and is motivated by the passion to please God.

You summed it up well.

Blessings!

K :princess:

Billy Beard

The word is found 5 times in scripture. Well, six I suppose, once it says (worshipping in kjv). 3 of those are in reference to Jewish religion. James mentions the word twice, in the first chapter. Once, is in reference to one who "seems" to be religious, but their words, and how they treat others, shows that such religion is vain.

James goes on to mention a "pure and undefiled religion", however. Thus, regardless how such may be viewed and worded, there is indeed this type of religion mentioned in scripture. We do well to live and practice such an one.

James also talks about the tongue. In our time it would not only include what we say, but also what we pen or type on a keyboard. I doubt any can claim any perfection, but still, we should bridle our words. Jesus Christ, of course, should be first and foremost, in all our actions. And our 'religion'. To Him be honor and glory. God Bless Brother. billy

Rolando Vargas Jr

Religion uses legalism as its basis whereas true Christianity is founded upon and uses love as the foundation and motivation for doing as God says to do.

This is why the world can look at all religions as the same. Its all a bunch a laws and rules people apply to justify their lifestyle. Blog is seriously on point. If you were an archer, I'd call you Robin Hood.