I'd love to hear your thoughts?
I guess to answer that we need to define religion, so I'll pick this one from dictionary.reference.com:
- a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.
I think a key point is "a set of beliefs". Who defines the set of beliefs that everyone else must agree to if they want in?
Think about how Jesus interacted with the religious folks of His day.
Do we think Jesus wanted to simply change the religion they had?
Do we think Jesus wanted to set up a new religion to replace it?
Any evidence Jesus wanted His followers to create and follow
- a new set of beliefs
- new ritual observances
- new moral codes
Is there a difference between the Christian Religion and a relationship with Jesus?
I'd love to hear your thoughts.