Religion or Relationship
Have you seen that tee shirt that has on it, “It’s not about religion. It’s about a relationship?” Is that right, or is it wrong? What would you say? Since, for Christians, religion and relationship are both something we try to do, it might be fun to sort this one out, have a biblically informed opinion, think clearly about it.
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I saw someone wearing a T-shirt some time back. On it were two sentences. The first one was, “It’s not about religion.” And the second, “It’s about a relationship.” I think this person was saying that he was against religion, but for a relationship with God, which makes no sense on its face, because the word religion means, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal god or gods.
Let’s say you’re a Hindu, for example. How would you know anything about the Hindu gods, except for the teaching of your religion? If you have no formal religion, but want a relationship with God, wouldn’t your religion simply be with whatever you think about God and what He, or they, are like? You become a religion and a god to yourself. Now, I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t seem very comforting to me, unless I’m willing to completely delude myself, because I make too many mistakes to have much confidence in myself to decide anything about what God is like.