It’s Not a Religion, It’s a Relationship–WRONG

One of the most common ways Catholics fall from The Church into other Christian sects, is by victim of comments like those above.

They hear people say…”my faith is not a religion, founded by the traditions of men, my faith is a relationship.”

Oh really now?

Where exactly did those things you believe come from?

Rocks?

A Ouija board?

I’m proud to say, my faith was founded by men…Jesus and His disciples and then the Doctors and early Church Fathers.

Is that so bad?

Imagine for a second I told my wife…”I’ve discovered a new way for us to remain together…it’s not a marriage…it’s a relationship.”

I couldn’t duck fast enough.

I’m really not sure how or why the word “religion” became so anti-spiritual to some Christians.

There’s no Biblical support for it.

Here’s a passage from James 1 (the beloved KJV).

26 If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. 27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

My joke above, about marriage, sadly is not really that funny.

Part of the reason “religion” has broken down in families, is because “relationships” outside of God’s ordained and Holy Sacrament of Marriage have drastically diminished it.

A day does not go by when we don’t hear about a divorce or a new soul based “shack up,” either in Hollywood, or our own back yards.

It’s impossible for parents without “religion” to expect their kids to become followers of Christ, when they themselves have left Him out of the most important thing in their lives, i.e., their commitment to one another.

God help us to stand up for and protect traditional marriage.

Our children need structure.

So do we.

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