David Kjos at the Thirsty Theologian offers some great insight concerning understanding Christianity as “relationship vs. religion.” If we are not careful, we will take such blanket statements–Christianity is a relationship, not a religion–and run with them without thinking through if they are entirely biblical, or if their theological implications are even correct. His article is titled, “Sin is not a Lover’s Quarrel.” I commend the article to you. Here is an excerpt:
Christianity is not a religion, but a relationship.” It’s a very attractive notion. Religion sounds formal and cold, while relationship sounds warm and personal. It’s all in how you understand the words, I suppose. James speaks of “pure and undefiled religion” [James 1:27]. True religion, that which is pure and undefiled, is good. False religion is pure evil. Likewise, relationship can be good, but we all know of bad relationships.
You can read the rest of Kjos’ article here.
What are your thoughts?