Not Religion – but Life

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The word religion occurs but four times in the entire Bible. We trace it back to the Latin religio, meaning to bind or obligate. It conveys the sense of duty. Its realm is the outward: religious ceremony, service, conduct. In the Bible it is chiefly synonymous with Judaism, degraded to a religion in Christ’s day. It was religion that put Christ on the Cross. The world’s religions all fail in this: they have no divine person capable of imparting life. The word religion seemingly never escaped the lips of Jesus. He did not come to found a religion but to bring life. Religion is man striving after God. Jesus brought God to man, and man to God.

Norman B. Harrison (1874-1960)
New Testament Living: The Inwardness of the Christian Life, (page 14)
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