Several weeks ago, my pastor said something about religion (in a sermon) that really stuck with me. He talked about the church getting questioned about what denomination they are and i loved his response. In a nutshell, he said that the church's religion (denomination) is the Bible. It's Jesus Christ. He spoke about how specific religions imply, by their rules, that they have figured God out. Each religion has their own set of laws and rituals that cause divisions in the body of Christ.
i love that my church doesn't claim to have it all figured out. We read, study, and meditate on God's Word, letting Him and the Holy Spirit put truth, wisdom, and guidance on all of our hearts. Following Christ, and the holy Word is the only way to truly get to know God. Strict laws and rituals are impersonal and a setup for failure of faith, especially when we serve a loving, personal God.
I want you to show love,
not offer sacrifices.
I want you to know me
more than I want burnt offerings. —Hosea 6:6
God doesn't want the rules/laws/rituals of religion! Jesus came to put all those things aside because His love and sacrafice set us free from all that religious stuff. If you want to really know God, understand what His Word means, you need to dig in to the Word, not just trust religious figures and rigid laws.
Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.—Colossians 2:8
Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.—Colossians 3:11
They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!— 2 Timothy 3:5
But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us. — 1 Colossians 2: 10-12
Dear Lord, thank you for setting me free from the laws/rituals/judgements that man has created. i know that the only way to get to know you perosnally is by spending time with You and in Your holy Word. Guide me and never let me fall prey to any religion that claims to have you all figured out. i desire You. Just You. All of You. In Jesus mighty name!