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Can Religion Save Me

What is religion ? Can religion save me? This is very important for me to know the truth on this matter. I want to go to heaven and tomorrow is guaranteed to no person, (I at least know that) so an accurate answer is extremely important! This is no joke.

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//We are still under the law.//
Gods grace is free and available to all, but you must know where to find it in Gods word. Mixing law with grace makes grace disappear.
---michael_e on 1/6/18


michael_e wrote: "I "assume" from reading James 1:1 that he is speaking to the 12 tribes of Israel under Law."

You assume again. God chose the israelites to bring his word to the world. They failed thinking it was only for them just as the christians today wrongly think the NT is only for them.


michael_e wrote: "But we are not under Law,..."

We are still under the law. The NT repeats everything taught under the OT laws. The difference is the OT is of a physical nature, the NT is of a spiritual nature.

Besides, all scriptures is for our benefit. What scriptures were Jesus and the apostles teaching from since there was no NT?
---Steveng on 12/27/17


I "assume" from reading James 1:1 that he is speaking to the 12 tribes of Israel under Law.
But we are not under Law, but under Grace, neither Jew nor Gentile.
Rom 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace
Gal. 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
---michael_e on 12/27/17


michael_e wrote: "Whats missing? "

You assume way too much. Nothing is missing the way it was written.
---Steveng on 12/26/17


James 1:1 Who is James writing to?
James 1:26 "If any man among you seem to be religious, (Judaism was a religion) and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this mans religion is VAIN"
Gal 1:13, "For ye have heard of my conversation in times past in the Jews religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:" Paul persecuted people, but he was RELIGIOUS.
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." Whats missing? The Holy Spirit. Almost absent in James. The Spirit controls us in this Age of Grace, not the Law.
---michael_e on 12/23/17




Has anyone here ever read the bible?

It's apparent that most of you do not know the true meaning of religion even when expressly written in the bible.

michael wrote: "The word religion is found five times in the Bible, and never as a good thing."

Never?

Try reading James 1:27 as Loony1 suggested and apparently no one else read.
---Steveng on 12/22/17


Many right answers.

Only Jesus saves. When the Jailor asked what he must do to be saved Paul answered Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.

Those who follow their Lord put Jesus in charge of their life.

Love GOD love others.
---Samuelbb7 on 12/22/17


Salvation is not religon, salvation is in Christ alone. Repentance of sin turning away from your sin and following The Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord took our sins on the Cross that we only have to confess our sin and receive by Faith the Lord as our Saviour, the Bible says we SLALL BE saved, Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Calvary by Jesus our Lord and Saviour. Rom 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Rom 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
---D.E._Wilson on 12/21/17


Can Religion Save Me?

NO!


---Jerry6593 on 12/21/17


If I remember correctly, RCC and EO have 7 sacraments.
Protestants and Baptists keep 2, I believe.
They have this in common: they are visible or physical actions that are stated to be a means of grace to those involved.
We receive grace through faith in the finished work of Christ, not through religious sacraments.
Since Christ finished the work, there is no more work for us to do.
Our means of grace is not eating a cracker or being dunked in water. (To religions this is sacrilege)
Instead, our means of grace is the cross of Christ.
The sacred things in this dispensation are the words of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, and his work on the cross. All of these things are received by faith not by a ceremony or work.
---michael_e on 12/11/17




**//Religions have ordained ceremonies and rituals//
But Christianity doesn't.**

So y ou don't think that the Eucharist or water Baptism are rituals ordained by Christ Himself?

Invitation hymns and revivals certainly are not.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 12/11/17


//Religions have ordained ceremonies and rituals//
But Christianity doesn't.


//Ask Jesus into your heart and you will be saved.//
BCV please
---michael_e on 12/10/17


Religion doesn't save us. Jesus saves.

Hebrews 3:1
Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

Acts 16:31
And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

Now a church can teach you how if they do it from the Bible. But go to John 3 and read it. Ask Jesus into your heart and you will be saved.

Love GOD love others.
---Samuelbb7 on 12/10/17


Michael e: Religions have ordained ceremonies and rituals that give Gods grace to humanity called sacraments.//

Not quite, you said a bunch of words that can be construed and confused.

It isn't that complicated.

God gives the Graces to the Church NOT the Church

A Sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give Grace. 7 in all

Ex: Baptism

Water is the outward sign
Salvation is the invisible Grace given by Holy Spirit.

Ex: Anointing of the Sick

Oil/(some healing) is the outward sign

Forgiveness of sins are the invisible Graces from God.

Ex: Confession

Priest Outward sign of Jesus

Forgiveness of sins are the invisible Graces from God.
---Nicole_Lacey on 12/10/17


If you are a part of a religion you probably receive a few sacraments.
Religions have ordained ceremonies and rituals that give Gods grace to humanity called sacraments. These rituals form the system of works that define the religion.
To the religious, the sacraments are an outward visible sign of an inwardly received grace.
To the casual observer, they are sacred objects used by sacred people in sacred places to provide sacred blessings.

Sacraments are at the heart of all religion, and they have no place in the church, the body of Christ.
---michael_e on 12/10/17


The word religion is found five times in the Bible, and never as a good thing.
Religion operates under strict enforcement of law, violence is an acceptable method of persuasion, tradition abounds, it is often vain, and it requires good works.
On the other hand, the word grace is found over one hundred times in Pauls ministry.
We are saved by grace, not by religion
---michael_e on 11/20/17


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If the only kind of "religion" YOU are concerned about is INSTITUTIONAL/organized "religion", you have the wrong idea of what God wants from us (He wants each of us to have a PERSONAL religion/faith for our SOUL).

Song of Solomon 4:2
I will seek whom my SOUL loves.

If you really do have the Spirit of God in you, then you know what is preventing you (restraining you) from being unrighteous like satan (because you are NOT lawless).

2Th 2:6 And you know what is restraining him

Your own personal RELIGION/faith (soul) matches that of God (His Spirit is in you and is compatible with YOUR spirit).

Rom 8:16 it is the Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
---faithforfaith on 11/4/17


Religion is what you believe. Jesus saves you and your religion then is being a Christian.

Being a Christian means following Jesus Christ who saves us.

Some people use religion to show what we act like. But Jesus loves us. We love Jesus and GOD. Religion teaches us correctly or incorrectly depending on if we follow the Bible or the teachings of men.
---Samuelbb7 on 11/3/17


Di: REligion is a naughty word.//

Really? So Jesus was ashamed to be known as a Jew?

//Religion cannot save you. Read Romans 10:9//

So Jesus is wrong in John 4:22?

Salvation is for the Jews
---Nicole_Lacey on 11/3/17


Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

James 1:27
---Loony1 on 10/17/17


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REligion is a naughty word. Religion cannot save you. Read Romans 10:9
---Di on 10/17/17


Jesus said to the woman "Woman, your FAITH (lifestyle character...SPIRIT) HAS SAVED YOU".

Her passionate caring for those in her care (she undoubtedly was a MOTHER who set the table) was what Jesus came to teach us (with LIVING WATER from a "heart of flesh" instead of a "heart of stone"). THAT should our own PERSONAL "religion"....this is called HEAVEN (the kingdom of God is WITHIN).
---faithforfaith on 9/15/17


Romans 10:17 - So faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God,

Ephesians 2:8 - For by Grace are ye saved, through Faith: and that is not of yourselves, It is a gift of God :
Ephesians 2:9 - Not of works , lest any man should boast,
---RichardC on 9/11/17


Religion just means 'Whom and How you worship'

So yes religion does save one, but ONLY ONE religion saves one which is Christianity.

Acts 4:11-12
Jesus is "'the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone. 'Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved."

A Follower of Jesus makes you Christian.

Faith is believing the Creed you profess in Jesus Christ.
---Nicole_Lacey on 9/11/17


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Since the beginning of time, the Dark Forces of satan have simply taken the truth about the creator and MADE IT PROPRIETARY/political (non-generic).

It's as though someone wants to study nature (or anything generic) and 'tricksters' decide to confuse them and prevent them from understanding properly.
---faithforfaith on 9/11/17


"Religion" (an institutionalized self-righteous system of piety) is a manmade substitution of sincerity toward God.

Hebrews 6:1 says that true devotees/worshipers of God shall no longer have a "faith TOWARD God" (we should only have a TRUSTING faith that God wants us to return to Him and is a REWARDER of all who are sincere and want to "draw near" to Him).

After God the creator finished creation, He said "It is GOOD" (meaning that it is ALL good), but since Adam made the wrong decision, humanity learned to believe that only some things are good.

God created us as "LIVING SOULS" (natural man). He wants to RESTORE us to be natural man again (living souls).
---FAITHFORFAITH on 9/10/17


Sitting in a church does not make you Saved, any more than sitting in a garage makes you a car
---marc on 9/9/17


Religion can't save you. Faith saves you. The difference is that all religion is man made - but faith is a personal relationship between you and God. Only through Jesus do you get salvation.
---grace3869 on 7/23/07


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religiion is a loving obedience and service 2 God as the Heavenly Father.Your faith in God only will save u .Luke8:21Not everyone that says 2me,Lord Lord shall enter in2 the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father in heaven.Acts5:21We ought 2 obey God rather than men.
---jana on 1/15/07


Religion IS man dictating to God who He is - (man-made God worship). This will NOT get you into Heaven or save you. Jesus Christ IS the only way to God and to Heaven. The ONLY WAY to be saved and go to Heaven is by accepting Jesus Christ into your heart as your Lord & Savior. This is NOT religion, but a relationship with God.
---Leslie on 1/14/07


Say this prayer: Heavenly Father, I know that I am a sinner in need of a savior. I believe you sent Jesus to die for me. Jesus, I ask you to come into my heart, and make me clean. Take charge over my life Jesus. In Jesus' name, Amen.
---Leslie on 1/14/07


Religion will not save you Its Your behaviour & trust in Jesus & the word & way of life HE set out in His doctrine in HIS Institution following ALL His treaching.Your walk should be as He said "Be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect"
---EMCEE on 1/13/07


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> Knock and the door will be OPENED to you
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---Doug on 1/13/07


"God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son so that whosoever believeth in Him shall have everlasting life."
---Pat on 1/12/07


god, jesus and the holy spirit and religion are compeletely different, the way religion is today it scares people away from knowing and understanding the true god of love..religion does nothing for a person, jesus christ did everything for all who believe in him. jesus is the truth and the truth will set you free..shira8444
---shirley on 1/12/07


Religion can't save you. Only Jesus Christ can save you. Religion is a name hung on a church door. The only way for anyone to go to heaven is through Jesus Christ.
---Rebecca_D on 1/12/07


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Religion can NEVER save you.

Jesus saves!
---Peter on 1/12/07


mini u do not have to be so cold. People go thru different types of experiences, if they take the time out to blog their questions, we need to try and see how we can be of help. Ok? I am sure b4 this person came to this blog he or she had a dictionary and a bible. So do not ask them if they have one.
---ulikka on 1/10/07


Well said Herb! This is exactly what was wrong with me before I was found by Jesus. I used to be a devout catholic but I was empty inside. I was super religious so I thought I had it made and never went on from there. I got born again in August of 1982 and I have never been the same since. Jesus is the reason. Religion cannot save any person. ONLY Jesus can save us. God is good!
---John on 1/10/07


Many good answers here. Jesus came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. John 10:10)

Bless you, and would you let us know how you are? You are loved and prayed for
---christina on 1/10/07


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Religion takes more people to hell than anything else I know. When a person becomes religious, they think they are ok and will not seek Jesus. Ye must repent and be born again. If you would like to be born again then werit me.

herb8789
---Rev_Herb on 1/10/07


Religion cant save you but God can...there is so much more to Christianity than Religion and going to heaven, Jesus says to pray for heaven to be on earth isnt that soo cool....(its in the lords prayer)
---mark on 1/9/07


need to know..it seems u know the answer already whom are you kidding...otherwise u wouldnt ask such question and wouldnt know to ask..how about it...look in your bible n dictionary
---mini on 1/9/07


You can bet it is God that made your heart so open to the truth of heaven and hell. God sent you here too so please listen to these good people. Trust the Christian Gospel it is the truth. Also people here are right. No relgion will save you. Only God's grace can through faith that Jesus Christ died on the cross as atonement for our sins. If you make that choice, study the bible. Start with the New Testament and read it a couple of times. God bless you. I hope you make the right decision.
---Matthew on 1/9/07


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The answers from mature Christians here speak volumes. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not complicated.

God uses men and women not because we are something special. You've touched God and He has touched you.
---Merne on 1/9/07


Tomorrow IS guaranteed for Christians. 1John5:13 "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life" If we belief on Jesus we know what are future will be... tomorrow or years from now. People who just have religion are depending on works... Eph. 2:8-9 "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."
---tofurabby on 1/9/07


Religion cannot save you just as the Pope cannot save you either. "Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling." If you want to go to heaven, Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life, no one goes to the Father except by me." By believing upon the Lord Jesus Christ and Repenting from your sins and being baptized according to Acts 2:38 is how you get to heaven. Being born again means being born of the water and the Spirit of God.
---Donna9759 on 1/9/07


Personally, I do not adhere to a religion as I believe that they are man-made. Spirituality, a one-on-one relationship with God, is what I strive to maintain.
---Annie on 1/9/07


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Religion is organized worship of something.
Christianity is worship of Christ. Only He is worthy to be worshiped. Only His obedience to the suffering on the cross will save you. There is nothing you can do except;
Repent of sin,
Admit your need,
Confess and accept Christ into your heart and life. Trust Him and only Him for your Salvation.
Pay attention to the other comments here.
God Bless.
---Elder on 1/9/07


Religion is a belief where adherents are obligated to fixed rules and regulations. Religion never saved anybody. Christians worship Christ only as their only personal Lord and Savior, and follow only him, and if the person does this then they are Christian. "Whosoever will Call upon the Name of the Lord will be saved": Joel 2:32; Zechariah 13:9; Romans 10:9-13. And by asking him into our lives, God will send the Spirit of Christ into our hearts, crying Papa, Father: Galatians 4:6.
---Eloy on 1/8/07


No religion can save you. John 14:6 Jesus says, "I am the Way, the Truth & the Life, no man cometh to the Father but by me." Only by believing Jesus is Messiah, came to earth, shed his blood, died on the cross, was buried & rose again, by having a personal relationship with him, can you have assurance you are saved from your sin and will go to heaven. I encourage you to read G-d's word, fellowship with other believers, spend time in worshipping G-d to have an intimate relationship with Him.
---Phyllis on 1/8/07


Religion will not save you. A personal relationship with Jesus Christ will. Are you aware of why Christ died on the cross? It was to allow you to have a relationship with God and be forgiven of your sins.

Read the book of John in the New Testament of the Bible. It is a Gospel, which means Good News.
---Madison1101 on 1/8/07


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No religion can not save you. Only the Father who has mercy on you will grant you access to the Son and only the Son can give you salvation. Ask, seek and knock.
---Ryan on 1/8/07


Need_to_know, Only Jesus saves.Cry out to God ask Him to forgive you of all your sins, ask Jesus to come into your heart,He loves you poured out His soul unto death for you(Isaiah 53:12),shed His precious blood to wash away your sins.Cry out to the Lord, to save you,then obey His Word,stay in the Word.Once you receive Jesus in your heart, ask the Lord to baptize you in the good Holy Ghost,while you are praising Jesus with all your heart. Please keep us updated! I'll pray for you.God Bless!(Romans 10:13).
---Mrs._Morgan on 1/8/07


Religion cannot save you. Only the Lord Jesus Christ can save you. Jesus came to this earth and became a Man and died on the Cross for your sins, then Jesus rose from the dead. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.
---Helen_5378 on 1/8/07


Religion does not save, only faith in Jesus Christ does. Romans 4:22 This is why it was credited to him (Abraham) as righteousness. The words it was credited to him were written not for him alone, but also for us to whom God will credit righteousness-for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. (italics added to NIV were mine)
---joan4689 on 1/8/07


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need to know,do you know anything about Gods word?about jesus his son?about why he came to earth as a man?jesus came as the savior of of the world. he came to die in your place,my place ,everyones place.you must except jesus,repent of your sins,believe in him,that he was resurrected on the third day .in other words as jesus said be born again.born spiritually and follow jesus.
---tom2 on 1/8/07


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