Non-Religious Biblical Christianity
The moving graphic above shows that in the beginning, mankind and God were in close relationship with each other. God loves us so much that He doesn't force us to do His will—He gives us free choice. Unfortunately we have all made some wrong choices in life, which is what some people call "the human condition" and what the Bible calls "sin".
The above graphic also shows what Jesus, represented by the cross, can do for each of us to repair our relationship with God—if we make the choice to accept Him as our Saviour.
Contrary to popular belief, Christians do not need to be stuffy, formal or very religious. Instead, I suggest "non-religious biblical Christianity" is the right way forward.
The use of the word “religious” is downgraded if it is closely associated with tradition and habit. On the plus side the Bible says "Pure, unstained religion, according to God our Father, is to take care of orphans and widows when they suffer and to remain uncorrupted by this world." James 1:27
Here are some common applications of the word “religion”— which is my opinion are wrongly applied:
- They polish their cars religiously each Sunday morning [habitually and unquestioningly]
- Football is the religion of the 21st century [it is not even remotely a spiritual activity]
- They go to church religiously [like clockwork, twice during the week and three times on Sundays—they’ve had this tradition almost since they were born]
- When you go into hospital you are asked, "What religion are you?" [They may be asking about your religious dietary requirements or which religious leader to call if you die—rather than if you have a living relationship with God and His Son Jesus.]
- At school you may have been taught about Jesus during Religious Education but no mention would have been made about how you could have a life-changing relationship with the Creator of the Universe.
Religion is usually about people trying to make themselves acceptable to God by their own activities (hover you mouse over the weight-lifter above). In reality nobody is good enough to be acceptable to God because He is 100% perfect and you are not! The good news is that because God's love for us is so enormous He constantly reaches out to us...if only we will receive Him into our lives.
Jesus hates hypocrisy in religion, as shown in His criticism of the religious leaders in Matthew 23:27 "You're hopeless, you religion scholars and Pharisees! Frauds! You're like manicured grave plots, grass clipped and the flowers bright, but six feet down it's all rotting bones and worm-eaten flesh.
Most of us are traditionalists at heart, but if we follow dead traditions rather than the risen-from-the-dead Jesus, it is the dead who are leading us. Long ago religious people invented many of the habits we religiously or traditionally follow today. The poet T.S. Eliot once said, "Tradition must be perpetually criticised". But beware—if you challenge traditions that no longer seem to be relevant you risk being branded "provocative" or "controversial". Do you think it's worth the risk? The Christian life is for absolutely everyone—but not everyone will choose it.
All people have spiritual needs because that is the way God designed us. So may I suggest that to be a "non-religious biblical Christian" is the way forward for you, dear reader. This starts off by having a living faith in the Lord Jesus. The graphic at the top of this page illustrates what Jesus has already done for you and you can find out how you can respond by checking out the JesusInside articles and multimedia presentations.