Religion Says . . . God Says . . .

Religion Says . . . God Says . . .

Religion says that you must be perfect. God says that you have been perfected once and for all (Hebrews 10:14).

Religion says that you must earn God’s acceptance. God says that you are accepted in the beloved (Ephesians 1:6).

Religion says that you must keep a long list of rules to be made right with God. God says that you are made right with Him through faith in His Son (Philippians 3:9).

Religion says that when you sin, God is displeased with you. God says that He remembers your sins no more (Hebrews 8:12).

Religion says that you must do everything right to experience God’s blessings. God says that they are free gifts of His unmerited favor.

Religion says that your sins will find you out. God says that your sins received their full punishment at the cross.

Religion says when you sin, to expect God’s judgement. God says that where there’s sin, there’s an even greater abundance of grace (Romans 5:20).

Religion says that you a servant who must earn the approval of their master. God says that you are His dearly loved child (1 John 3:1).

The fundamental difference between religion and a relationship with God is this – religion tells you what you must do. God tells you what His Son has already done.

Does God Seem Distant?

Does God Seem Distant?Does God ever seem distant to you? Like He’s far away? Do you just wish He would make Himself real to you?

Did you ever consider that maybe this has less to do with Him, and more to do with how you’re viewing Him?

Sometimes we tend to see Christianity as merely a religion – a set of dos and don’ts that we must follow if we want God to be pleased with us. We think that there’s this level of perfection we must reach before we can truly get close to God, and we’re constantly aware that we don’t measure up to this standard. We feel like we’re not worthy to draw near Him, and therefore get the sense that He’s far away.

Religion portrays God as cold and distant, and only concerned with how good we are, but that’s not who He is. He is our loving Heavenly Father, who, because of Christ, accepts us and calls us His children. He is with us wherever we go (Joshua 1:9), and will never leave ¬†us (Deuteronomy 31:6).

Begin to view God in the light of Him being your Daddy in heaven, who is always with you, and cares about you deeply, and see how much more real He will seem!