I hear those words uttered frequently from my fellow Christians….”It’s not a religion, it’s a relationship.”
I do believe that a relationship with Jesus is the most important things that we can experience, and the most important part of Christianity. That being said….I still have to argue with those who claim that Christianity is not a religion. I do believe that it’s a relationship, but I believe that it’s a religion as well.
Religion is a belief (spirituality, some might say), and the practices associated with those beliefs. God created us, and reveals Himself to us, so we do have that belief in Him. We also have practices associated with that belief, such as baptism, ministering, helping the poor, etc.
God basically created Judaism, giving priests instructions to teach the knowledge God gave them and the practices He commanded. Man might have changed it a bit, but God created it.
The Bible does seem to speak of true religion on a positive note….So I can’t help but disagree when people say that Christianity isn’t religion, or that we shouldn’t be “religious.” Religion is belief and practices, and we shouldn’t forsake the belief in God, nor should we forsake the practices that He has commanded.