Get God, Not Religion

Get God, Not Religion

Get God, Not Religion???  Aren’t those the same?  No, not at all.  Many people have religion, but that doesn’t mean they have God.  We can have God without religion, but in America, we often have “religion” without God! Understanding the difference should be easy: God is the Holy Creator, your Heavenly Father who formed you with great [...]

Sunday April 10 2011

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Get God, Not Religion???  Aren’t those the same? 

No, not at all.  Many people have religion, but that doesn’t mean they have God.  We can have God without religion, but in America, we often have “religion” without God!

Understanding the difference should be easy: God is the Holy Creator, your Heavenly Father who formed you with great plans for your life because of His great love for you and desire to have a deep and personal relationship with you.  Religion is from man; it is imperfect and varies widely. God is perfect and never changes.

If religion equals God, why are there so many different religious denominations. Why do they have different beliefs – God isn’t confused!  But man sure is.

I’m sure you know people who grew up in the church, yet they haven’t been back in years.  If God is so great, how could they have given up on Him?  Was it all fake? Were they surrounded by hypocrites? Was something else more important than God and Heaven?  Were they turned off by unfulfilling rituals?  Were they living a different life on Sunday morning than the rest of the week – an “act?”  Or did they just simply give up after years of trying to stay awake on Sunday mornings during boring messages that had no personal impact or meaning? 

It’s sad to say, but religion often creates “Christians” that are totally disconnected from Christ.  Knowing about God doesn’t mean you KNOW God.  Praying to God is not the same as having a relationship with God.  God is GREAT, and he wants you know it – FIRST HAND.

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