Christianese for beginners, part 1


Starting a new series. It occurred to me that we Christians have sort of come up with our own unique language that sounds sort of like English, but doesn’t necessarily mean the same thing.

So to kick off the series, I thought I’d explain the difference between the words “Religion” and “Relationship”, as in: “Christianity isn’t a religion, it’s a relationship with Jesus” or “I’m not religious, I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.”

Religion: a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature and purpose of the universe. Adherents will often try to please God (or gods) through praying regularly, attending services, singing or chanting songs, reading their holy books, performing good deeds, and refraining from things which are forbidden by their scriptures.

Relationship: a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe. Christians in a relationship with Jesus will often try to please God through by spending time with him in prayer, fellowshipping with other Christians by attending services, giving thanks to Jesus by singing praise, finding out what God wants for them by reading their holy books, and showing God how much they love him by performing good deeds and refraining from things which are forbidden by the scriptures.

I hope this clears things up for you all.

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