Relationship, not Religion

Relationship, not Religion

First of all, I apologize for my sporadic blogging over the past few months – as I summarized in my post last month, I’ve had a number of major life events take place. I’ve also discovered that grieving takes a lot out of you, in every way.

Now I’m trying to get back on track, as I was really enjoying creating new blogs and blogging on a regular basis before things went a bit haywire around May.  It’s again a new month, and a new season is upon us.

SO… since this is Sunday, I wanted to share an interesting devotional thought that falls in line with something my dear Dad used to say all the time. People would talk about being religious or following some specific religion. Dad always said it’s all about a relationship, not a religion – as in having a personal relationship with God, not merely fulfilling religious duties. Another of my Dad’s relevant sayings on living a true Christian life: Walk the walk, don’t just talk the talk!

This morning, in my “New Day, New You” devotional book by Joyce Meyer (one of my favorite Bible teachers and speakers), I read this:

“When the Bible says we must be born again – it doesn’t say that we must be religious. The greatest hindrance to hearing from God is trying to get to Him through works instead of a personal relationship with Him by being born again and fellowshipping with Him regularly. People can go to church for years and do religious things all their lives without ever knowing Jesus as the Lord of their lives. As I often say, ‘Sitting in church won’t make a person a Christian any more than sitting in a garage will make him a car.'”

I hope you all have a beautiful Sunday, and enjoy time with family and friends on this holiday weekend.

By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed around me and with me.  The sky seems to be a pure, a cooler blue, the trees a deeper green.  The whole world is charged with the glory of God and I feel fire and music under my feet. ~Thomas Merton

Not all religion is to be found in the church, any more than all knowledge is found in the classroom. ~Author Unknown

Organized Christianity has probably done more to retard the ideals that were its founders’ than any other agency in the world. ~Richard Le Gallienne

People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them. ~Dave Barry, “Things That It Took Me 50 Years to Learn”

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5 thoughts on “Relationship, not Religion

  1. I love that Thomas Merton quote. He describes exactly how I so often feel. Everything else you’ve written or quoted is right on too! I wish more people thought like you do.
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  2. Relationship with God is one of the most relationship we should always consider. Definitely, it is not the religion that will save the people on judgment day. Love of God for us has been evident ever since the day we were born. There’s only one thing he wants us to do that is to love him above all.

  3. In my opinion the relationship that exists between you and God is the important thing and not religion. It has been proven that the faith and trust you give to the Lord will help you become a better person regardless of what religion you have…
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