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Is Christianity a religion or a discipline?

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Christianity is not a religion, but a reality!!
---Gloria on 10/4/10


Is Christianity a religion or a discipline?

James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

answer YES IT IS RELIGION
---francis on 10/4/10


Ag,
My understanding-religion is a form of service or worship of mans ideas to God or a god.
Christ-ianity definitively-equates to the Word of God within those who beieve He Exist.(religion is subject to error with this)
He Exist-He will exist-He is-He will be-He will become.
all words that define-I AM.
God is Spirit-He spoke-the Word spoken became flesh.Christ is the I AM-the Word of God-Holy Spirit--within confirming.(Word Eternal)Not a service or worship from man.
Christ-ianity: the result from mans mind being renewed by God-defining His Word-comparing to the word of man we have chosen or have been deceived to believe.This is a process perfomed by GOD-not a religion that we perform.
To this we humble.
---char on 10/3/10


Ag,I will ponder your thoughts.
My reply is based on my understanding.
This understanding is that we are all man and subject to error-only God knows Himself and as spoken out.
Not one of us knows God completely.

All souls our His-Eze 18:4
not one of us is perfect and in comparison-can claim to know Him better than the next person.
God will have His Way-and is GOD enough to accomplish what He has declared:the end from the very beginning-Victory
Is 46:10

I do agree-there is much more to God we can't even comprehend.

Blessing to you...
---char on 10/3/10


Jesus is not religion, He is the "Son of God", my friends. Christianity is the only true religion, and because it is the only true religion in- which God comes to the individual rather than the individual going to God....Also, God hates religious people. I know from experience, that my God is not religious. However, He is a holy, righteous God who abhors sin...In this I want to add, It is not about choice. True Christians do not wake-up one morning and decides to become a Christian. I am sorry my friends, it doesn't work that way. If there is any choice to be made in this, it is God's choice, not ours.
---catherine on 10/2/10




from the inside, in Christ, it is a discipline and friendship understood.

from the outside, not-in Christ, it is a religion not understood.
---aka on 10/1/10


Char,
What I'm getting from you is that Christianity in general terms does qualify as a religion, at the same time it is much more than that.
---AG on 9/30/10


Ag
thanks for your reply.
In my opinion-religion is how one serves or worship.
As stated previously, I believe it comes down to two groups, those who beleive God exist and those who don't.There are many different forms of services and with each form-there are different ways of devotion example-
some claim not to believe in a god and yet are willing to fight for mother earth,science,whales etc..(not speaking negative-just a point).
To my understanding-Christ-ianity is a process of Gods Word working-renewing the mind with His Word-that would be Christ.Not our own thoughts,works, ideas,phil, concepts etc...of devoted services.
This is a process and in response-we are humbled and worship Him acknowledging He Exist.
---char on 9/28/10


Neither. Christianity is a relationship, the soul is born-again from Christ.
---Eloy on 9/26/10


James 1:26,27

[26] If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.
[27] Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

The word is clear that Christianity is a religion.
The word is also clear that Jesus is the Word made flesh.
But there is a difference between Christ and Christians that worship him. He is the word while they have and are part of a religion.
---Frank on 9/25/10




James 1:26,27 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

Sounds to me like Christianity is definitely a religion.
---jerry6593 on 9/25/10


catherine - "God has set no rules for Himself.

I would politely beg to differ. The bible records a number of promises made to man by God. I would say these promises/commitments are essentially God's own self-imposed rules/boundaries.
---AG on 9/24/10


char,
You say Christianity is not a religion, but if that's so what is your definition for the word religion? Are you using an official standardized definition?
I think if you look up the root of the word you'll find it clearly applies to Christianity...of course you may like to supplement the GENERAL definition with other specific characteristics.
---AG on 9/24/10


Is Christianity a Religion?
No.
To my understanding-there are two types of souls in flesh.(Mankind)
Those that believe God exist-and those that do not.
Believing God exist is the first step-
The rest is walking on the right path to Him.
That would be Christ-the only way to the Father is through the Son equals-believing the Word of God Saves you from deception to the end.
---char on 8/23/10


I believe a Christ-ian is one who supports the True Word of God---Christ(without waiver).
The death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Vital-the Resurrection proves Christ is eternal.
The Word is Eternal-does not cease.
The Word of God is His strenght-'right hand'
Those whosoever believe...God is Savior.
Is 45,43,45,49
Believe in their heart and confess with their mouth the true Word of God-in agreement.Rom 10:9-10
Life-in flesh-confession:repentance unto remission-when sin is exposed.
God Himself-works through you(Holy Spririt)teaching, bearing witness to HIS WORD-unto salvation without deception.

Opens your eyes to understand the scriptures-change comes By God,Through God, For God-His Glory.
Luke24:39-53
---char on 8/23/10


A-men Catherine. "Here I say to you, Lift up them eyes of you and view these fields, because how great on being to harvest already. Truly the harvest great, but the workers few. Therefore pray you all the Lord of the harvest, that he send forward workers into his harvest."
---Eloy on 8/16/10


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Self-discipline is only achieved through the living God. True self-discipline, that is. Jesus is not religion He is the "Son of God". Really the better that you get to know God, you'll see. God has set no rules for Himself. He does just what He wants to do, whenever He wants to do it. however, His PEOPLE CAN NOT. Jesus did not die so that we can have religion. He died so that we might can know God better, and more intimately, is true. He did not die just so we can all float up to heaven one day. There is work to be done here on this earth. So, lets get to it.
---catherine on 8/15/10


Neither. Christianity is a relationship, Father and son or Father and daughter, with Christ being the Father.
---Eloy on 8/15/10


People tend to debate the meanings of words so for the sake of this discussion my opinion is based on Merriam-Webster's definitions.

Per Merriam-Webster Christianity, like Judaism before it, does qualify as a religion and discipline.

I know some will argue that Christianity is a personal relationship with Christ. To that I would say if relationship with Christ includes devotion faith and worship then it is by definition a religion.
---AG on 8/14/10


True Christianity Is total submission to God.

Leaving the devil & his worldly pleasures alone. People that flirt with the devils pleasures Are straddling the fence, NO submission to God at all. Your either In with God or your not.
---Lawrence on 8/14/10


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Christianity (TRUE Christianity) is not a faith (it is a LOVE, "the GREATEST of these" 1 Corinthians 13:13).

TRUE Christianity is a "MORE EXCELLENT WAY", 1 Corinthians 12:31) that realizes that the bible is only the INTRODUCTORY doctrine of Jesus (Hebrews 6:1), the "WORD OF TRUTH" (2 Timothy 2:15, Ephesians 1:13, John 14:6) and that the "SWORD OF THE SPIRIT" (Ephesians 6:17) is what we should LIVE BY. Walk by the spirit (Galatians 5:16 and 25).
---greg on 5/2/08


Jesus is not religion He is the Son of God. What Christianity is? God teaches it. All I can say on this subject at this particular time.>>>++
---catherine on 5/2/08


A relationship.
---Eloy on 5/2/08


Neither; One does not become a Christian by joining a church or accepting a religion, nor does one become a Christian by any discipline. A person becomes a Christian by accepting what the Lord Jesus Christ has already freely given to all who who will receive Him. Receive not Him and something else but Him and Him alone.
---Mima on 5/1/08


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I would say both. Now, eventhough the Bible saids that the only true religion is Christianty, Jesus Christ is not religion, He is the Son of God.
---catherine on 6/6/07


Technically, Christianity is neither. Religion is the means by which man attempts to reach out toward Deity. A discipline is a life style which one imposes upon himself. Christianity is the realization that God came, in the Person of Jesus, to seek and to save that which was lost. We simply then respond to this reality and accept the new life He offers.
---Ed on 6/6/07


mrs morgan, i was raised in the Protestant belief,but the church i grew up in would not baptize me because of my family, i was a kid then, they wouldn't explain it to me why they wouldn't do it, later i found out it was because we had a t.v., a radio, we danced had parties, yeah and my family drank beer, and they smoked cigarettes, none was perfect, that was their reason..
---mary on 1/20/07


But who has the right to say who is going to hell or who is going to heaven, if i am not mistaken we have no authority over who is going where, no one sees the heart only God, so God knows what is going on not man nor any religion..Yeah and i myself am ready..mary4964
---mary on 1/20/07


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christianity is a JESUS CULT.
---Dannie on 1/20/07


I believe that Christianity is just a religion to some and a relationship with G-d to others. I think it is what is in a persons heart that matters. Many people call themselves Christians that have absolutely no idea what it means to be saved or to know the Messiah. Others, who call themselves Christian, have a wonderful and awesome relationship with the Messiah. I prefer to be called a Believer in Messiah.
---Phyllis on 1/10/07


a relationship
---mark on 12/31/06


"Mrs Morgan,Perhaps you should reword what you wrote. It could be taken to mean that you believe that the symbols need to be taken to have eternal life." ---I think I was pretty clear on things. I certainly hope people wouldn't rely on anything other than God's Saving Truth, and not empty symbols, God's true people know the difference, as I have mentioned in my post. Thanks for the advice any way!
---Mrs._Morgan on 12/31/06


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Mrs Morgan,
Perhaps you should reword what you wrote. It could be taken to mean that you believe that the symbols need to be taken to have eternal life.
---Bruce5656 on 12/31/06


Dear augua9846, It's REAL either way, ONLY if one TRULY has Jesus in their heart. God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 12/31/06


(II.)augua9846, When I said It's "REAL": The "holy experience" the REALITY and REMEMBRANCE of the Complete sacrifice of Christ,and that one has "taken in" the WHOLE JESUS,Many Christian's have NOT taken IN the Whole Jesus,don't know the meaning of that(Thus,don't know the FULL meaning of Holy Communion,and unknowingly drink wrath upon themselves because they are not WORTHY ).How many Churches do you know of that warns people about that? God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 12/31/06


Thank you JaeR for your answer. It is well known that here on this website some who seem to think they know everything about faith in Jesus Christ, then turn around and say, you have to work to get your salvation, because you have to be prefect. Then what good is faith in Jesus? If it is of our merits, then we are just like all other religions that teach works to salvation. What is the use of them having faith in Jesus Christ, since that faith is not good enough?
---lisa on 12/31/06


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2. If our salvation is based on obedience then what difference is our salvation then Islam? No different at all. How about Jehovah Witnessess? None at all since thier salvation is also on their merits. What good is faith in Jesus Christ? Faith in its simplest concept is a personal confidence in God. It brings with it the blessings of honoring God. Faith is the Spirit-induced confidence which causes a person to trust Christ as his sin-bearer (Acts 16:31; Eph. 2:8,9). Faith is the confidence in God which
---lisa on 12/31/06


3. which prompts a believer to yield his redeemed lif to God's will (Romans 12:1,2). it is the believers confidence in Christ as his source of sustaining grace and divine power (Roman 6:11) It is a trust in the body of revealed truth and faith pleases God and frees us to act on behalf of those who honor Him by believing in His Word (Heb. 11:6). Yet some here would have everyone believe that is not good enough. That somehow
---lisa on 12/31/06


4. that confidence is not good enough. They would put the Christian back under the law of works just as the Old Testament people were. No different then Islam for salvation. They have no assurance of their destiney, unless they do something out of the ordinary, like killing an infidal. Then they can enter heaven. No, We are believers by faith in the past sacrafice of Jesus Christ for our sins, and his resurrection, and we will stand before God with only the righteousness of Christ that will save us.
---lisa on 12/31/06


5. I believe in faith in Jesus Christ not on works. Works do follow a true believer but it is not the base of our faith. Christ is the cause of our salvation. Others don't have Christ, the difference between us and them is that faith in Him. Martin Luther was so much against penance that was taught through the church. They were making money forgiving sins, works would get you in heaven, maybe out of purgatory, and Luther stood by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
---lisa on 12/31/06


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6. What is the base of their assurance? None whatsoever since they will never know if they have done good enough to enter Heaven, just as Islam and other religions, that is why many don't believe in OSAS, they have no assurance in faith in Jesus Christ along. What confidence is that? no confidence, trust or for that matter faith in Jesus Christ, the faith they teach is really not really faith at all.
---lisa on 12/31/06


*... that the wafer and juice REPRESENTS(symbolic) the Body and the Blood of Jesus, which MUST be taken in or else NO ETERNAL LIFE. Now is it "a sin" to believe that the wafer becomes the Body and the Blood of Christ? NO!, a THOUSAND TIMES NO! *

That's an interesting perspective, Mrs. M., but don't you think this is the same as is saying that it doesn't matter whether it's real or not?
---augua9846 on 12/31/06


Emcee - Why don't you say what you mean. The RCC is your so-called "salvation". Jesus Christ is my salvation.
---Helen_5378 on 12/31/06


christianity is a discipline that is beyond adhering to words in a holy book which all called religions have..

but - this one difference... christianity is also a living relationship-fellowship with the author of that holy book - the Bible.

all religions require man to do works unto salvation.

christianity by grace, gave God's Son Jesus for forgiveness unto salvation without works.
---JaeR on 12/30/06


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Helen:"FOOL" Thank you but while turning the other cheek, let me remind you,it is written "He who calls his Brother a fool Is in danger of Hell Fire" Matt5:22Please do not let your anger consume You.The RCCis your only salvation smile.A liar loves the lie, but in order to continue he has to tell another to cover up the first lie which is NOT truth.
---Emcee on 12/30/06


(I.)Someone said this :"The body & blood of Jesus exists,in each wafer when consumed in grace." --Many Protestants believe, including myself that the wafer and juice REPRESENTS(symbolic) the Body and the Blood of Jesus, which MUST be taken in or else NO ETERNAL LIFE. Now is it "a sin" to believe that the wafer becomes the Body and the Blood of Christ? NO!, a THOUSAND TIMES NO! --But....
---Mrs._Morgan on 12/30/06


(II.)...It is wrong to falsely proclaim that God's born-again children can't live in His holiness/righteousness(be blameless)by the power of the Holy Spirit, MANY in the Christian World ARE GUILTY of that.Some"Protestants" dont believe that it is possible for any"Catholic"to make it to Heaven and vice versa,But those are the ones who need to examine THEMSELVES,asking God:Am I Ready?, Jesus said only a FEW will make it to Heaven.(2 Peter 3:14)(1 Corinth.1:8).
---Mrs._Morgan on 12/30/06


Emcee - You are nothing but a fool for believing what the RCC tells you. It was a wafer you had in your mouth, nothing more. I heard a preacher once say that a liar loves the lie.
---Helen_5378 on 12/30/06


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christianity is neither a religion nor a discipline ,it is faith in Jesus that results in being free from sin and the painful consequences of it to live for Him and serve Him resulting in joy and peace in the Holy Ghost .You cannot serve Jesus without Jesus living in You ,without believing Him and repenting and making Him Lord.Without abiding in Him and His Words abiding in you .
---linda7548 on 12/29/06


Helen::You may be rude Crude But you dont hurt me Or Jesus you hurt yourself.what comes out of the mouth Defiles not what goes in.Remember?Your hatred will consume YOU. Jesus did not preach hate;If you don't believe at least let those who do, & those who want to, discover the truth.The body & blood of Jesus exists,in each wafer when consumed in grace. Just as you believe you are filled with the HS. If you can't believe that, then the spirit within you is not of Jesus who sent the paraclete.
---Emcee on 12/28/06


EMCEE, I agree with you. My point was in some taking a name other than Christ (i.e.Christian) people align themselves with doctrines and disciplines some of which are outside of scripture. My hope was to redirect us to His name rather than just a "name" with-out Him or in addition to Him. Lest we do as his family did and go off celebrating His coming of age, not realizing they had left Jesus behind, teaching in the temple...
---mikefl on 12/28/06


Emcee - ("I received him") -- No, you did not receive Him. What you received was nothing more than an ordinary RCC wafer. If you have false teeth you will find that the wafer sticks to it!
---Helen_5378 on 12/28/06


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I'm glad most here understand that Chrsitianity is not a religion. My local news and CNN tends to not know this.
---Matthew on 12/28/06


Mikefl::I agree with you up to a point except "Forming oneself into a specific man made mould of rites & dogmas"Here I would insert Mat16;17-19! why? because being followers of Jesus we are obliged to follow His teachings TOTALLY."Pick up your cross & follow me"Why? to reach a state of perfection which is required of us IF we are to attain Heaven with Him.
---Emcee on 12/28/06


Neither. It is a relationship with Jesus Christ. Discipline may come from it, but not religiosity.
---Christina on 12/28/06


no christianity is not a religion it is a way a way to live a way to give a way to love to hope a promise and so on god is the way to new life to a new hope a new promise and a new world a place of peace like you have never known beauty like you have never seen eyes have not seen ears have not heard
neither entered in the heart of man the things that god has in store for them that love him
---gene5435 on 12/28/06


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.john, you err: Christ Jesus is the only foundation, not the Roman catholic religion: Please read Isaiah 28:16; Matthew 21:42-44; Luke 20:17,18; Romans 9:33; I Corinthians 3:11. And we are called by his Name: Please read Acts 11:26; Genesis 4:11-15; 2 Chronicles 7:14; John 3:3; Ezekiel 9:4-6.
---Eloy on 12/27/06


ryan many here have answered well. let me add that christianity is a matter of believing God,having faith in his word about jesus,and admitting that you are a sinner and repenting.you are saved and have eternal life.all other so called religions are based on writings of men who are DEAD, christianity is based on the living jesus who died and was raised on the third day and is alive forevermore.
---tom2 on 12/27/06


Christianity is a term coined by the Gentile world that covers the doctrines and precepts taught by Christ. It is a religion. The early church did not refer to themselves as Christians. the word Christian was usually use with contempt. They referred to each other as, brethren, disciples, believers, saints. If someone is a Christian, it does not mean they are saved. That is their religion there is a deference.
---buttons on 12/27/06


I am anti-semantic- too many people get lost in 'Semantics'. Christianity is a movement rooted in Judaism, with beliefs based on a book written by Jews, about a Jewish messiah who fulfilled 700+ Jewish prophecies. Initially, the disciples' problem was what to do with the gentile believers,(Acts 15) now the contradiction is that we don't know what to do with the Jewish believers - the Messianic Jews....the ones that keep scriptural kosher- honor the Sabbath and keep the feast of the Lord.. What gives?
---david on 12/27/06


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Yes, Christianity is a religion. Declared by the government. And also in the webster dictionary as defined by "religion". People can spiritualize it all you want, but the basic definition of "religion" is the exact same thing everyone is saying....when they say it "isn't" a religion,lol.
---Sara on 12/27/06


There are 3 times Christian(s) is used in the N.T., Acts.11:26, Acts.26:28, & 1Pet.4:16. All refer to being one who follows the teaching of Jesus Christ. Since I believe Jesus is Almighty God in the flesh, and I follow Him in His deity, then I guess you might call it a religion. When that faith is bottled into a denomination I feel it becomes a discipline (forming one's self into a specific mold with rites and dogma made by man).
---mikefl on 12/27/06


[1] I'm glad to see most posters here did what they should when giving an answer: They DEFINED their terms as well as their beliefs! First, Christianity is beyond anything you'd call a 'discipline'; those are often thought of as things to physically or mentally (or both) 'aspire to' as in self-help movements. And although I agree with all those here who said it's neither and prefer to consider my Faith in Christ a 'relationship' with God; as opposed to 'man-made religion,' [cont.]
---danie9374 on 12/27/06


[2] we must still acknowledge that almost all new Bible translations (not just the KJV), use the word 'religion' in at least a neutral sense in passages such as James 1:26-27. However, there are other passages, such as Acts 25:19 and Col. 2:23 which cause most of us to see the word in a negative sense; and why I dislike using it of Christianity!
---danie9374 on 12/27/06


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Tonne: You really need to find yourself some good History books! Beginning with the Bible itself, we know that 'Judaism' as a religion was definitely NOT first! Mesopotamia (from whence Abraham came to Cannan; including Assyria, Babylon, Sumer), Egypt, Phoenicia, etc. were all full of various 'gods' and 'religions' long before Israel became God's chosen people in history and Judaism their religion! Anyone else who isn't sure of these things should spend a little time studying ancient history as well.
---danie9374 on 12/27/06


According to the dictionary Christianity is a religion. James1:27 Says Pure religion and undefiled before God is to take care of the widows and fatherless and keep unspotted from the world. Every religion has a relationship with something. Ours is with Christ.
---john on 12/27/06


Helen: "Done" was Gods Part. What are you as His child expected to "DO" if the spirit of God is in You.Go with the flow ----sit idle & wait---Or do something to show your love & appreciation by Following HIS Commands, His precepts HIS WORD.
PS Hope you had a good christmas .I recieved Him what about YOU?
---Emcee on 12/27/06


Christianity is neither a religion nor a discipline. Christianity is a relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ and His finished work on the Cross. Religion says "do" (self-effort). Christianity says "done" (Jesus did it all on the Cross for me).
---Helen_5378 on 12/27/06


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Judism was the first religion and other religions were made from it. There are 3 religions that have the same God, Judism, Christianity and Islamic. The three temptations are: Sexual sin, Political sin and Spiritual sin.
---tonne on 12/27/06


I differ with Leslie. Jesus not once declared his three year ministry (church some may say), "Christian". You will not find Jesus referred to as Founder of Christianity. That distinction was never made by Him or His apostles. Christianity is a "Doctrine" e,g. Christian Theology. The christian church was founded by the Roman Catholic Church (or organized religion) Jesus and organized religion are entirely two different things, by far!
---john on 12/27/06


Wow that is so true "Christianity is a relationship with God" Built on Mans Terms not Gods Terms & that is why there are so many interpretations of His divine will,called denominations you say man made I say satan influenced & instigated, because they are not of GOD'S church "Not" His terms.
---Emcee on 12/27/06


Christianity is the condition of being a Christian; it is life with Christ or living with Christ. It is being born-again, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. So that if anyone in Christ, a new Creation: the old things passed away; here, all things have become new." John 1:13; II Corinthians 5:17.
---Eloy on 12/27/06


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One of the dictionary definitions of the word religion is "One of the prevalent systems of faith and worship"
---alanUKquent64534 on 12/27/06


Christianity is a relationship with God not a religion. Being a true Christian is about being a Disciple or follower of Christ.
---Leslie on 12/26/06


Christianity is neither a religion or a discipline. Rather, it's a persons personal relationship with Christ as Savior. For example: a person can join a church, (your religion) and live what another human may consider a disciplined life,(your discipline,) but neither will get you into heaven.
---wivv on 12/26/06


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