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Monday, March 9, 2009

No Religion

Fifteen percent of respondents in a recent poll claimed no religion. Vermont heads the list of states in which people said they have no religion. I’m not sure how I would respond if asked if I had religion. I am a Christian, but I don’t have a religion. Christianity is a way of life, not a commitment to religion. It is possible to be religious but not a Christian. It is also possible to be a Christian but not religious.

Jesus did not come into the world to establish a religion; He came to bring life—abundant life—to all who believe on Him as their Savior. Read John 3:16; 10:10; and 1 John 5:11–13. Religion is a matter of accepting and following prescribed beliefs and practices in the hope of gaining eternal life. Christianity is a matter of accepting the Bible’s invitation to believe on a Person—Jesus Christ (Matthew 11:28–30; Romans 3:23–26; 6:23). Religion insists there is something a person must do to earn his way to Heaven. Christianity teaches that Jesus paid the full penalty of our sins on the cross and is the way to Heaven (John 14:6; 1 Peter 1:18–21; 3:18).

You can see why I might be a pollster’s nightmare.

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