Religion can be very different than having a Relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Religions are man made, and are based on trying to get to God through rules and regulations and works. Man made religions all are based on people’s efforts at reaching God and being made right with Him through their own efforts. God’s plan for man’s salvation and for being right with Him is told throughout the Bible, in the Old Testament and the New Testament. God’s plan is not based on people’s efforts and good works, but is based on His amazing Love and amazing Grace for us; His plan involved His precious Son Jesus paying the price for ALL the bad/evil stuff we have done, are doing and will do in the future by dying on the cross to absorb all the bad/evil things we have done. You need to put your trust and faith in Jesus and in what He did for us in His death on the cross, and not in any religion or in your own efforts.
Simply put all of your trust and faith in Jesus, and accept His gift of salvation and eternal life, and experience the joy of having a right RELATIONSHIP of love with God.
Religion (Self Effort, Works)
Reach out to God; try to work your way into heaven
Diligent service & works, with hopes of a reward (heaven)
Good, honest effort through self-determination
Self-motivation and self-control
Apathy, failure, chronic guilt, eternal separation from God
Salvation through Faith in Jesus Christ (Personal Relationship)
Trust fully in Jesus, then live to please Him
Confess sins, repent, yield self to Jesus
The Holy Spirit does God’s work in and through us
Allow the Holy Spirit to control & direct our lives
Love, joy, peace, freedom, power eternal life in heaven,…
“Man’s way to reach God is religion; God’s way to reach man is Jesus.”