Remember the Christian woman from Survivor: China a little while back?
She kept saying things on the show like: “I’m not a religious person, but I have a relationship with Jesus Christ…”
Which, to me, makes no difference.
It all sounds pretty smug…
“I’m not religious. I’m Christian.”
“I’m not religious. I’m Muslim.”
“I’m not religious. I just pray to a divine being and believe in the Holy Book and go to church and think you’re going to Hell. But I’m not religious…”
Does it matter what you call yourself? If you believe in the divinity of Jesus, then you’re effectively a Christian. Perhaps you want to run away from the Christian stereotypes, but the fundamental beliefs are the same.
Religion, by it’s very nature, is so ambiguous. What does it mean? Every major religion claims exclusivity (i.e. they are the only way). So which one will save you? Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Mormonism or Christianity? And if Christianity, which denomination? Baptist, Catholic, Christian Scientist, 7th Day Adventist, Lutheran, Protestant, Presbyterian, Evangelical, Methodist and the like? Which one ultimately answers the question of an afterlife and why? Do we need man or church to reach God?
There are really 4 basic things we want in this life: to be loved unconditionally, to have significance and meaning, to be forgiven for what we’ve done and to know that something better than this tragic world is waiting for us after we die. With all our backgrounds and religious upbringings, we’ve only found those specific things in the person of Jesus Christ and we want a relationship with him.
Oh, %#&$ you.
Just say it. You’re Christians. Stop with the “We’re not Christians. We’re not part of a religion. We just believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins.”
The site is sponsored by The Rock Church, by the way.
Their slogan? Experience God, Not Religion.
As a missionary church, we strive to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the young people of the Twin Cities…
That’s religion. Stop acting like you don’t know that.
Am I alone on this?