By: Charles Awuzie –
Every human being is religious at default. Religion is as ancient as the fall of Adam. Hear this… The fall of Adam was the birth of religion. Adam fell from his relationship with God and fell into religion – the human effort to regain a lost relationship with God. What man lost in the garden was not Eden, it was the beautiful relationship man enjoyed with God. When man was driven out, man started LOOKING for a way back to Eden. That process of LOOKING for a way back to Eden is what religion truly means. That’s why you should be careful of your human efforts to please God. You cannot please God by what you DO. You cannot have a relationship with God by human efforts. If you like, abstain from sex all your life, if you don’t KNOW Jesus, you won’t still enjoy a relationship with God. Every human effort to please God or have a relationship with HIM is religiosity and hence futile. Religion is the state of the fallen man.
If you sow seeds to attract God’s attention, you are religious. If you pay tithes to please God, you are wasting your time and money. If you go to church every Sunday so that God will tick His attendance book in heaven to confirm that you are a frequent church goer, you are a slave of religion. If you deny your spouse sex just because you are fasting and thus you need to be ‘clean’ before God, you are ignorantly religious and religiously ignorant. Whatever you DO with the MOTIVE of attracting God’s attention is a complete waste of time and mere religiosity. Let anything you Do be done out of APPRECIATION for what God has already done. God has given us the Way to reconnect with Him – His name is Jesus. He fulfilled the laws and satisfied the requirements on our behalf. All He now wants from us is for us to renew our minds, walk away from our religiosity and embrace the Love of the Father expressed in Christ Jesus. This is the only work that is acceptable by God – to believe in Christ Jesus. John 6:29
When Jesus came, He demonstrated love to sinners but preached salvation message to the religious leaders of those days. He looked at his lordship, Archbishop Nicodemus and said to him “You MUST be born again”. Chineke meh…. (OMG in my language)… John 3:1 described Apostle Dr. Nicodemus as a member of the Jewish ruling council and a respected religious leader. What we are saying here is like looking at one of the respected religious leaders of our time, for example your spiritual father, and tell him YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN. “Jesus, are you high on cocaine? Take your salvation message to the sinners and not to a spiritual father who is already in the church. Jesus, focus on your ministry nah, I thought you said you came for the lost. How come you are now focussing on converting religious leaders to this your new revelation?” We are tempted to query. And Jesus would respond “been religious is actually the height of been lost, open your eyes”.
Friends, when Adam fell, he didn’t fall into the pot holes of Nigerian roads…he fell into religion. Quote me anywhere. Through the first Adam, religion also came into the earth. Man started looking for God. From the beginning, it wasn’t so. Adam didn’t use to look for God. It was God who used to look for Adam in the evenings.
The coming of Jesus is the destruction of religion. Hallelujah. Now we can enjoy a beautiful relationship with God through His Son Jesus. Now we don’t have to look for God, we know that He looked for us and found us. Glory to Jesus. We now Rest in His Grace.
Religion is defeated. Been religious is obsolete. Christianity is not a religion, it is a relationship. Stop been religious, just focus on the finished work of Christ.
I hope you now understand the genesis and end of religion.
Remember that Every human being is religious at default until they encounter Jesus as the Christos.