Religion Not related to human effort, endeavour or performance,but has to be regarded as belonging to the realm of Heavenly intervention for the sake of finalising the eternal purpose of God within the Creation.Lars W.
I'm not sure what the connection is between religion and Christianity. I tend to regard the former as a man orientated system of obligations and ritual, the latter is a relationship with God through Christ.I think the NT only uses the the word 'religion' in relation to Judaism. Once of Paul (Acts 26:5, Gal 1:13,14 is the word 'Judaism') and twice James uses it in a synagogue context, James 1:26,27) I think the latin word signified 'to be bound'.
I tend to regard the former as a man orientated system of obligations and ritual, the latter is a relationship with God through Christ.
_________________SI Moderator - Greg Gordon
Let me try to clarify. I do not equate the OT law with Judaism. Judaism was a distortion of the acts of faith intended in OT sacrifice and practice. The Sinaitic law gave a system of 'sacramental' patterns and, as in all true sacraments, the outward was an act of obedience that provided a focus of faith. The Sinaitic law with its sacrificial and festal patterns was not Judaism. Judaism was a system of acquired merit. The OT patterns were revealed and instituted by God to be obeyed in faith; Judaism was a man-made, do-it-yourself system of achievements which God was expected to honour with salvation.
I'm sure many of you have heard someone say (or have said yourself) at one point that "Christianity is not a religion, but a relationship." Raised Roman Catholic, I have always seen religion as rules, laws, buildings, and yes, being bound and restrained. I don't think of Christianity as my religion, but my faith. [Hopefully] all of us can say we've been freed, not bound and restricted.I hate using the word religion unless I'm talking about hinduism, buddhism, taoism, islam, and yes, sometimes judaism. There is a vast separation from God and a great incompleteness to these religions -- there is especially an incompleteness in judaism.