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Does God want or respect Religion? The answer is NO. God wants a RELATIONSHIP with His people. Don't believe me? Well let's consider the Word of God.

Nobody followed the law like the Pharisees, they were diligent in their reading, they kept up the traditions, they seemed like perfect men and women. However, on the inside it was different. Here is what the Bible says:
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.  
Matthew 23:27.

They were very religious people, but they didn't even see God when He walked right pass them! They wanted to kill Him because He knocked them down off of their high horse.
God wants a relationship.

Just because you are a "Christian" does NOT mean you have a free ticket into Heaven. What will keep you out is that relationship. Don't believe me? Let's go back to the Word:

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Matthew 7:21-23.


Those verses shake me to the very core. Even those that prophesy in His name, cast out demons, and do other works may not enter Heaven because they didn't have that relationship.
In the ancient Hebrew word that was translated as "knew" when God said I never knew you is the same as when Adam KNEW his wife.
Now, God doesn't want a sexual relationship (get your minds out of the gutter), He wants an intimate relationship. He wants to be loved first and foremost. To know Him on this level, you must read His word and talk with Him every day, and listen to Him when He speaks to you.

No to another point. Don't think that your specific sect of Christianity rises up beyond the others. Christians today are very divided among each other because of different "interpretations" of the Bible. We all need to turn out backs to our Religion, and look at the Bible, so we can be in one mind and one accord. Don't interpret the Bible in a different way or take a verse out of context because YOU don't agree with what it says. Who are we to interpret what the Bible says? I'm not talking about the different versions, I'm talking different interpretations. Let's go back to the Word:

We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

This means that the Bible is the absolute Word of God, and it's not of private interpretation. The Bible says what it says, end of story. If you don't like something that's in the Word of God, turn to another Religion. As for me, I suck it up and trust in the Lord.

What I want you to get out of this is:
1. God is not interested, nor does He respect any particular Christian sect (or any other Religions). God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34), meaning He doesn't care what where you come from, what you did, what language you speak, or what color your skin is.
He may not be a respecter of persons, but He is a respecter of faith.

2. We as Christians need to stick together, despite doctrinal differences. We all need to be one body, working together for God. We may have to cast out all of the traditions that we're so used to in church and just seek the Lord (seek and you shall find). I'm not saying traditions are a bad thing, just don't let them interfere with the relationship between you and God. If you are like me, you want God to say "Well done, my good and faithful Servant,  enter in" instead of "Depart from me, you worker of iniquity, I never knew you!"

3. God's word should never be interpreted in a different way so that you feel better about it. The Bible says what it says, no if's, and's or but's.

Thank you for reading, and God bless :)
Don't yell at me lol
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Rainbow-Beanicorn Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Amen!

I couldnt agree more, or have said it better. Very inspirational and a great reminders to Christians everywhere.

Thank you so much for sharing!
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Salena99 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
Thank you so much for posting this. I thank God that he laid it on your heart. True Christians don't have religion, we have a relationship with our Father. I don't want religion, I'll take a true relationship any day.
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Chewz841 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
Well said. Like I said before, Christianity is NOT a religion, it's a lifestyle.
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lil-edith Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
Amen brother!
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Chewz841 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
Yup, people today don't realize that they are so caught up in their traditions that they forget about who their God is
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B-Angelo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THANK GOD!!

You do not erstand how good I fill reading this! I was in a dispute with my brother last night. I told him the truth, "Mom is going to hell." He asked why. I told him because she doesn't trust God's word. To cut it short, she didn't believe in demons. I told him that's making out God a liar. He told just because her opinion about God idi't mean she's going to hell. I told him it doesen't matter about "human" opinion. It's about God's fact.
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Chewz841 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
That is true... well said (I hope your mom has a change of heart)
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B-Angelo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope so too. Sometimes I pray to God asking him to show her a demon or 2. I've had my share of seeing demons.
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Chewz841 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
Demons are as real as you and I are, but they have NO power over us if we cling to the Most High.
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B-Angelo Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Demons are no joke. They're ugly... (Not all of them, but most)
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Chewz841 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
Yup. All demons are evil and wish to tear down the Kingdom of God, by causing His children to give up on their promise. They aren't always ugly, like you said. The Bible says the Devil can appear as an Angel of Light. It's our task to test the spirit. You must be well-learned in the scriptures to test the spirits, to see if they are of God, of the Devil or of man.
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B-Angelo Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exactly!
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TheFireBreathes Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
I'm kinda glad that you posted this. :D
I get really annoyed with people who insist on calling Christianity a "religion"/calling me "religious" for these very reasons. That and religion is people trying to work their way to god on their own. Christianity is God having a relationship with us.
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Chewz841 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
Well said :)
Christianity should not be a religion, but a lifestyle that makes you different through God. We are supposed to be of a Royal priesthood, a Peculiar People, and a Holy Nation.
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PonchoFirewalker01 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
This is cool and true :D

But what about James 1:26-27 (NIV)?
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Chewz841 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
I didn't add it!!!! I totally should have. I forgot about James :(
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PonchoFirewalker01 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
That's okay, just want you to know that.
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Chewz841 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
Maybe I'll put a P.S thing on it or something, I'm mad at myself for not putting those two passages lol.
Thank you SOOOO much for telling me :)
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PonchoFirewalker01 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
It's okay :D As siblings in Christ, we need to watch out for each other :)
You're welcome :)
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Chewz841 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
Amen to that :)
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NegroSaki Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
THANK YOU for posting this. All folks who love GOD should read things like this.

Yes to Jesus, No to religion.
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Chewz841 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
Thank you :)
Truthfully, I thought I would get yelled at. There are many "Pharisee" Christians out there that put tradition in front of God. Thou shalt NOT have any other Gods before Me, that is what the Bible says. Many Christians have turned their Religion into a god.
P.S
I love Proverbs 1:7! It is a verse that Sir Isaac Newton and Carl Linnaeus (plus countless other well-known scientists) used on a daily bases. They used that fear and respect to seek God's wisdom. I believe God showed these founding fathers of science how His creation works.
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NegroSaki Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Couldn't have put it better myself. ;)
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DORMWORLD Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
thanks 4 this piece
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gothicgal122 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
I recommend re-wording the first sentence/question.

As you said God does not want a sexual intimate relationship with you, but it's like a father/son or mother/daughter or father/daughter or mother/son relationship. Even if you yourself have not had a good relationship with your parents (ex. abusive or neglect) which you might not know the love of a parent. Thus view your friends that do have a good, loving relationship with their parents, that is the love of God, and that's the love he want to show you.
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