Those of us who side with “Grace” over “Religion” are often taught that “Religion” is inherently bad. I think the reason I decided to look upon the terms “Religion and Religious” as the enemy of Grace is because the majority of biblical writers use those terms in a negative manner. It is often used to describe an establishment of judgment and a feeling of oppression.
It wasn’t until recently my view towards the term “Religion” and “Religious” changed. It happened as I was reading a book called “God Hates Religion.” This book led me to these words in Apostle James’ book:
“Pure, unstained religion, according to God our Father, is to take care of orphans and widows when they suffer and to remain uncorrupted by this world.” James 1:27 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
This scripture allowed me to see “religion” was once pure and unstained.
This scripture allowed me to see “religion” was always about helping the suffering. And nothing to do with oppression or judgment.
This scripture allowed me to see that “religion’s” purest intent was to help us remember: “We are in this world but, not of this world.”
In my opinion the term “Religion” did not begin as the dirty word it is today. Just like the term “Christian” did not begin as the repulsive word, to many, as it is today.
From now on I choose to view religion in its true form. To me, religion, in the truest form is the means by which “God’s Grace” is dispensed by His people.
I know it would be futile to try and convince the “religious” to see religion this way. However, I am glad God saw fit to show me, through scripture, what unblemished religion looks like.
When you think of the term “Religion” what thoughts or feelings do you have?
Peace to all