Relationship vs. religion
Do you have a religion? Or do you have a relationship? God created mankind to have a personal relationship with Him. God wants to lead you, guide you, help you, and most importantly save you from your sin! God loves you and cares about you more than you could ever know. GOD KNOWS EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU! BUT DO YOU KNOW GOD? HAVE YOU EVER STARTED A RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST?
Do you have a Relationship with God?
Religion about God Vs. Relationship with God
God created Mankind to have a relationship with God and to bring honor, praise, and glory to God. In the beginning, man had a direct connection with God. But something broke and ruined that connection- that something is called Sin. Man, disobeyed God, Man sinned against God- therefore, mankind’s connection/relationship with God became disconnected and broken.
Mankind wants this broken connection with God, re-established. Because of this, there are many religions that all tell us how to re-establish this broken connection. All of these various religions teach their view of how we can establish a relationship with God. However, since it is our sin that has broken the connection – then, it is our sin that needs to be removed to restore this connection. We have sinned against God, we have offended Him; therefore, we must meet His conditions of peace and re-establish connection His Way! Unfortunately, religion often tells us what men think is needed to re-establish this connection and remove sin. THE REAL QUESTION WE SHOULD BE LOOKING TO ANSWER IS THIS- WHAT DOES GOD SAY ABOUT HOW WE REMOVE OUR SIN AND RE-ESTABLISH A CONNECTION WITH HIM?
Mankind desires a Relationship with God- But the connection is broken by our sin!
God loves us – but He hates our sin. Our sin separates us from God. Our sin is what divides us. Our sin is the issue that must be resolved.
But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness. Isaiah 59:2-3
God says that because of our sin we are the enemy of God, and we deserve to be eternally separated from God in Hell.
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. Revelation 21:8
Every sin that we commit is added to our account. Our grievances and offences against God are great. He has every right to be angry against us because of our sin.
We must understand that He is our Creator- and therefore, He is our Authority.
He has the sole right to tell us how and how not to live our lives.
He also has the sole right to punish our sin as He sees appropriate.
Mankind tries to re-establish this connection through “Religion”.
Man has tried to re-establish this connection their own way. Man has been trying to reach God through many “religions” and many “ways”. The problem is our sin. Our sin issue must be resolved. Religion teaches that by doing many good things we can earn God’s favor and relationship- this is absolutely false.
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. Isaiah 64:6
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. Galatians 2:16
Doing good never erases the bad that we have already done. Mankind has tried to connect with God through their religious and good actions.
We have a sin debt that grows every day. Our list of sin against God is increasing.
Imagine if you owed a car loan, student loan, or some other debt. Instead of paying that debt- you took the money and gave it to the poor, you bought clothes and food for the homeless, and you did other charitable things. What would the companies that you owe money to say? That is good that you did all of this charity- but that does not pay your debt to us!
God says the same thing. We can do all kinds of good and religious actions- but that does not remove the sin debt we owe to God.
God wants to re-establish this connection/relationship- but we must do it God’s way.
God says that mankind has ruined their relationship with Him because of Sin. They deserve to go to Hell.
Someone has to die for the sin you and I commit. That is justice. No mercy and peace can come until Justice is served. I can’t die for you and you can’t die for me-because we are both sinners.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ,
To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them;
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:17-18a, 19a, 21
Jesus Christ is the only person who is without sin. Jesus Christ is the only one who has the qualifications to be our substitute. Jesus Christ died on the cross and suffered for our sin. Our sin was placed on Him, and He suffered our Hell while on the cross.
He is innocent but was punished for the guilty.
Belief on Jesus Christ and what He did for us is the only way to have our sins forgiven and have the ability to re-establish the broken relationship with God.
Man’s Way of Religion and trusting their Good Life to earn God’s favor
Man has always attempted to return to God their own way. Really this finds its origin in our own pride.
God’s Way of a Restored Relationship provided by Jesus Christ