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How would you describe the difference between 'religion' and a 'relationship with God'?

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Asked by Ren_Ren at 10:39 AM on Aug. 10, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Anyone can have a relationship with God. You have to go to a church or follow a specific church's teachings to be in a religion.

    Answer by RainingHeart at 10:40 AM on Aug. 10, 2010

  • Well it used to be that "Relationship with God" was used to describe those who were more spiritual in regards to it and they didn't necessarily attend church. They didn't necessarily follow a religion, so more "non-denominational" if you will. Recently though it seems to have become a cop out excuse to claim one knows what God is thinking and try speaking on his behalf in order to feel justified in casting judgement on others. I feel rather wary discussing things with people who claim to have a "relationship with God" as they tend to be the biggest hypocrites and most vile of the "Christians". Same goes with those claiming to be "born-again". Now are all like this, of course not, it just seems to be a recurring trend, especially here on cafemom.

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 10:52 AM on Aug. 10, 2010

  • Religion is man's idea on how to serve God...Relationship is God's way

    Answer by Heathercurlz at 11:23 AM on Aug. 10, 2010

  • Simple. Religion is defined by a limited list of beliefs, traditions and practices and is ruled over by some "hierarchy" which makes the rules and decides what is okay... A relationship with God is just that, it's completely personal, there is no need for stringent rules or restrictions or anyone else's input.

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 11:41 AM on Aug. 10, 2010

  • religion is a set of rules and traditions created by man that they think must be adhered to to win God's love.

    a relationship is more intimate and personal search for what God wants in ones life.

    Answer by okmanders at 11:51 AM on Aug. 10, 2010

  • The word relationship implies that there is a connection and that it goes both ways. Religion is more about following the rules. To me, the difference between following a religion and having a relationship with God is kind of like the difference between being legally married and being in a loving, committed relationship. Two people can be legally married but never truly connect with each other in any deep, meaningful way. People can also be deeply connected and committed to one another with or without being legally married. Likewise, it is possible to be member of a religion, but not have any sort of deeper connection with the Divine. Some religious adherents follow the "letter of the law", but not the spirit. They may look legit on the surface, but underneath it can be empty. And as with marriage, it is also possible for people to have a deep, committed relationship with the Divine without the religion.

    Answer by jessradtke at 12:26 PM on Aug. 10, 2010

  • jessradtke, may I quote you? I'm writing an article on my blog about this subject and I would like to add your opinion if that is alright..

    Comment by Ren_Ren (original poster) at 1:10 PM on Aug. 10, 2010

  • Religion = finite

    Relationship with [the] God/dess(s) = Infinite

    Answer by MamaK88 at 1:13 PM on Aug. 10, 2010

  • Religion = group practice, or association,
    Relationship with god= Is a personal faith, belief you have alone. It is individualized.

    Answer by hot-mama86 at 3:01 PM on Aug. 10, 2010

  • Religion- ritual, laws, disciplines

    Relationship- I define this as a constant need for,deep and total trust in, desire to spend as much time as possible with,  and total dependence on the Lord.


    Answer by Lexylex at 8:38 PM on Aug. 10, 2010

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