I hate religion. I don’t want to be a religious person. I think most religious people are selfish, mean, and bound for hell.
Have I gotten your attention yet? “Religion” is the activity of people to try and gain God’s approval. It is built on a code of behavior of certain “do’s” and “Don’ts” that you are expected to practice in order to be “religious.”
Think about all the evils of the world in the name of religion. The Crusades were two powerful religions killing each other. Think of the masses in India that are oppressed in the name of religion, even hungry with cows walking around that could feed them if they weren’t worshipping them.
Knowing God is not about being religious. Knowing God is about entering into a personal relationship with the living God, and then enjoying daily fellowship with Him. I believe that God can make the rules because He is God. I believe that God can disclose Himself to us, or not. I believe that if God discloses Himself to us in some form of revelation, He determines how we come to know Him.
Being a follower of Jesus Christ is not subscribing to a religion. It is acknowledging in faith that God has indeed revealed Himself in the person of Jesus Christ and that He has made a way of access to Himself. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father, except by me.” (John 14:6)
Some will say, that is so narrow minded. Maybe. But consider this. It is narrow in that it is one way, the only way. But it is broad in that anyone can come that way. Religion sucks the life out of you. A relationship with God through Jesus Christ is the beginning of real life.