This has been an eager topic for me over the last few months, and it is now time for it to be turned into an article. What is a religion? A religion is man’s attempt to bridge the gap between himself and God, trying to reaching to God. Is this what Christianity is? No, it is not.

Christianity is not a religion at all, but something completely different. Romans 3:10-11 says, “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.” We are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God! We cannot possibly, by anything we do reach the throne of God Almighty! This is what is so special about Christ Jesus. You see, he came down to Earth in the form of a man, and took up our sin. The prophecies of the Messiah in the book of Isaiah say, “He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5.)

Christ came not to condemn the world, but to save it (John 3:17.) The fact is that we are condemned already for the sins of our lives. We are already hellbound, but through Christ Jesus we are saved. This is no longer us reaching for God, across the greatest divide that could exist, that being sin. This is God sending his one and only Son to bridge the gap, that whoever believes in Him, and follows Him, will not perish but have everlasting, eternal life (John 3:16.)

So what is Christianity, if not a religion? Well, Christianity literally means following in the ways of Christ. Jesus came for a personal relationship with us, and died for our sins, thus filling the gap between us and God. All we must do is believe in him. We cannot rid ourselves of sin, and earn our way into Heaven. It is not even slightly possible. We can only get in by the grace of God, and that was given through his Son. Why do some denominations of Christianity try to make this more complicated than what the Word of God says it is? Catholicism makes you perform tons of “sacraments” and rituals to get into the Catholic Church, and then you are saved through these sacraments. The Word says this: “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9.)

When you are saved, the Holy Spirit, the very Spirit of God, will come upon you as it did the apostles on the first Pentecost after Christ left for Heaven. The Holy Spirit can rid you of your sins. As I said earlier, you cannot do this yourself. Christ doesn’t only save those that come in clean! He saves those that are still in sin, and then the cleansing begins. The sins of your past are forgiven in full, so don’t look back, but the sins of your current life must be removed, killed. The Word says that the Holy Spirit will kill them, not just push them back, not just hide them, not just teach you to suppress them. No, they will be dead, but you must allow it. Be it addictions, lying, lust, or anything else, they can and will be cleansed and killed by the Holy Spirit.

Now this, my friends, is not a religion at all, but a relationship. You don’t have to do anything yourself to be saved and excepted as a child of God, and for the removal of your sins, God sends His Spirit to do it. That is personal and intimate, not far and removed. There is but one thing that you must do: surrender. Surrender your life to God, and he will save it; give your sins to God, and he will kill them; give all you have to God, and he will multiply it.

Many religions require so much ritual and so much is required for you to be considered right with God. Christianity is not like that. There are few commands, and if you follow God and surrender to his will, you are fulfilling those commands. Prayer is a conversation with God, not a ritual. It is personal, not like you are talking to a God that is millions of miles away that may not even be listening, but instead it is like he is in the room with you, because he in fact is.

Do you want to live for more than yourself? Are you tired of trying to find happiness on your own? Surrender. Give it all over to the Lord. Live for Him, and you will find more happiness, love, and peace in your life than you ever thought would be possible. He wants nothing more than a personal relationship with you. He wants to love you and show you all his grace and compassion. Surrender today, and be saved by the blood of Christ.