Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

Bearing the Cross - Why Religion is Not Bad

Bearing the cross red 300KENTUCKY (11/18/12) – About a year ago, a video went viral on Youtube called “Why I hate religion, but love Jesus.” This video is a poem that the speaker wrote about why Jesus is better than religion. There has been a major move since in the Christian movement to hate religion. Before the video went online, I had heard a cliché multiple times that said “Christianity is not a religion, it is a relationship.” Sadly, I have used that cliché before. But since this video went online, it has become more prevalent.
 
Let me first be clear, Jesus must always be the center of Christianity. The minute anything comes before him, it is idolatry. That being said, this “relationship not religion” idea has only just come up in the past few decades. I recently read “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis and even when he published that in 1952, he was calling it the “Christian religion.”
 
It is a noble attempt to help elevate Jesus, but we must accept that Christianity is a religion. But what kind of religion is it? The Bible speaks of bad religion in passages such as Colossians 2:23 where Paul talks about man-made religion.
 
However, James 1:27 says “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” How can we read this and say that all religion is bad? How can we read this and say “I’m not religious, I just love Jesus?”
 
James says that true religion is to help the poor and pursue purity. It can be observed that religion does not lead you to loving Jesus. Rather, loving Jesus leads you to religion. If you truly love Jesus, you will help the poor and pursue purity.
 
So, we should stop hating religion and start realizing that it is true religion that shows our love for Jesus. Yes, false religion is bad, but all religion is not bad. As Christians, we are commanded to help the poor and live purely, thereby being religious.
 
Aaron Frasier
Bearing the Cross
Check out Aaron’s blog at discipleslife.wordpress.com
Follow Aaron on Twitter at twitter.com/aaronjfrasier
 
Disclaimer: The content supplied by columnists and letters to the Editor on this site does not in any way, shape or form, implied or otherwise, necessarily express or suggest endorsement or support of any of such content, statement, or opinions therein. SurfKY News does not necessarily adhere to or endorse content provided by outside non-staff sources.

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013

In Other News...

Second Reading on City Council Election Ordinance Tabled

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (10/20/14) ― About an hour and 45 minutes into the Madisonville City Council meeting, second reading… Read More

Banner Presented to Calloway Board of Education

PADUCAH, Ky. (10/20/14) — Elizabeth Alexander, a junior student in John Williams Technological Design class at Calloway… Read More
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013

Most Read This Week

October 17, 2014 11428

UK Women's Soccer Welcomes Ole Miss, No. 5/4…

in General Sports For All Sites by UK Athletics
October 14, 2014 3691

Man Tries to Beat Train, Two Life-Lined to…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office
October 15, 2014 3491

Family Business, Graphics Pros to Open Friday

in Top News For All Sites by Shawn Freels
October 15, 2014 3349

Chamber Meeting and More Announced

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Dorothy Walker
October 14, 2014 3342

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Oct. 14, 2014

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
October 17, 2014 3234

Single Vehicle Collision Results in One Injury

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Trooper S. C. Recke
October 15, 2014 3139

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Oct. 15, 2014

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
October 14, 2014 3067

Hopkins County Traffic Advisory

in Hopkins News by Keith Todd
October 20, 2014 2984

Uncle Lee's in Greenville is Closing Its Doors…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by www.unclelees.com
October 19, 2014 2922

Kentucky Energy Department Releases Virtual Solar…

in General News For All Sites by Dick Brown

Stories Trending Today

October 20, 2014 2984

Uncle Lee's in Greenville is Closing Its Doors…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by www.unclelees.com
October 19, 2014 2922

Kentucky Energy Department Releases Virtual Solar…

in General News For All Sites by Dick Brown
October 20, 2014 1904

Man Charged for Assaulting Pregnant Wife

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
October 19, 2014 1575

Right-to-Work: The Right Message for Kentucky’s…

in General News For All Sites by Jim Waters
October 19, 2014 1350

Avoid Halloween Makeup Allergies and Other…

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
October 20, 2014 1271

Man Arrested for Shoplifting, Assaulting Police…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
October 19, 2014 1251

Key to Cooking with Pumpkins

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
October 19, 2014 1159

The Legend of Jack-o'-Lanterns

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
October 20, 2014 979

KU and LG&E to Fund Qualified Tree-Planting…

in General News For All Sites by Cliff Feltham
October 19, 2014 956

Outdoor Truths - Oct. 19, 2014

in General News For All Sites by Gary Miller

SurfKY News Group, Inc.
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431
270.452.2727 (phone)
  •  270.452.2249 (fax)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social fbsocial twsocial yt
social gpsocial flrsocial rss