What is religion?

Posted By on October 31, 2011

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series History of Religion and the Christian Church

What is religion?

It is a set of beliefs that explain what life is all about, who we are, and the most important things that human beings should spend their time doing. ~The Reason for God, Timothy Keller

Man created religion. Going back to ancient times, man needed to explain life and the things around him. Thus he invented the various gods. One for every phenomenon of nature.

If the gods are happy, man will prosper, live longer and have good relationships. Man also invented ways to make the gods happy – animal even human sacrifices, burning incense, bowing down, worship and prayer. Read: How many gods?

However, the One True God, He created Christianity. He gave life to man and woman and they screwed it up by disobeying Him. From then on, and you can read the stories of the Old Testament, man continued disobeying Him. He gave us the Ten Commandments, yet man still wanted to do what pleased him and not God.

Statue of Mary in San Juan Cathedral

God sent the flood and spared only Noah and his family because Noah was the only righteous man around. You’d think that would have done it, but no, then God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.

God sent prophets and kings to show humankind the right way to live, but nope, man still disobeyed.

Then God sent His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ to save mankind from themselves. All the sins mankind has ever committed – no matter how bad – were wiped clean when Jesus died for us on the cross.

God loves us. We have sinned, but our sins are forgiven and we have a ticket to heaven when we die as long as we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior. This was the ultimate act of unconditional love from a God we disappointed time after time by our actions.

Christianity is the belief that Jesus Christ is the one and only savior and the one and only way to have eternal life in heaven.

Just being good doesn’t cut it. Read: How good is good enough?

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6 Responses to “What is religion?”

  1. AtheistShepherd says:

    Awesome very well put together!!! May God continue to bless your diligent service

  2. pozycjonowanie stron says:

    Nice read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on that. And he actually bought me lunch since I found it for him smile Thus let me rephrase that: Thank you for lunch!

  3. SR says:

    This is a good post, but I have a problem with “all sins man ever committed were wiped clean.” This is not to argue but to show where I am coming from. Rm. 3:25 tells us, “Jesus died for all “past sins.” If all sins were wiped clean then why is there a need for confession and repentance? Why is Jesus still having to mediate in heaven for us to God? If everything was done on the Cross there would be no need for confession, repentance, nor the mediation of Christ? To me Jesus died for all past sins, but the Cross made it possible for God to forgive all present sin, through the mediation of Christ. Just my opinion. Good post. God Bless, SR

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