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A religion is a set of common beliefs and practices generally held by a group of people, often codified as prayer, ritual, and religious law. Religion also encompasses ancestral or cultural traditions, writings, history, and mythology, as well as personal faith and mystic experience. The term "religion" refers to both the personal practices related to communal faith and to group rituals and communication stemming from shared conviction.

You don't get to rewrite the definition. If you have a faith in a supreme being then you are religious.

It is almost like saying: "I am not a mammal but ..." Humans are mammals and Christians are religious.

Denying facts doesn't make your conviction true.


Being religious is about what you can do to redeem yourself.

Having a relationship with Jesus Christ is about what He did to redeem you.

Beth Farina

I was sorry to see Leslie go tonight from Survivor...on the other hand a part of me was glad for our family. There is a lot more bad on Survivor than good---my kids attitude towards each other (ages 11 &15) when the show goes off is snippy and disrespectful. Like watching a reflection of the interaction you have seen for the past hour on the television. A lot of good I'm sure came out of all this and we admire Leslie. But, I am glad we won't be watching this show next week.

Pamela Ford


Someone asked me this question as well in which I gave a response that Christianity was not a religion, it is a way of life. I told them that I could religiously eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich everyday for lunch. Christianity is not a religion. It's like the air your breath -- you can't live without it! :)


Lesley Mansfield

I personally loved Leslie's answer because churches are full of "religious" people who don't personally know the Lord Jesus Christ. They play a part - and play it well. Some may go to church because they feel they have to; some may be securing their business standing in the community. There are many reasons and examples of "religious" people that have little clue to whom Jesus is, but they have refused or perhaps just believe that being religious is what it takes to go to heaven. Not so. Remember the story of Nicodemus? There was a religious man. He knew something was missing and he spent that evening with Jesus asking all sorts of questions. He took the time to seek out Christ and Christ explained exactly what is needed to get to heaven - to be born again. You can be religious and never be born again. That is what I liked about Leslie's answer. She was making it clear that she knows Jesus personally and doesn't just go through the motions (and thus being religious).

I agree, too, with the posting that you can be religious about anything - computer use, fitness, church attendance. Being religious is not a ticket to heaven. I used to say I was a religious person until I realized that this is NOT the impression I wish to make on my family. I am a believer in Christ and I walk and talk to Him every day, thus having a personal relationship with Him.

Thanks for reading!

Brian Rackley

Soooo true. I had someone recently say that a friend their's played the lottery religeously. The base word being religion in itself doesn't always imply Christ in any way. I remember an old song by Scott Wesley Brown entitled "I'm not Religeous, I Just Love the Lord". I am thankful for my personal relationship with Jesus, and am thankful that I can worship him "religeously".
Brian Rackley

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