Christianity is a Religion
Christianity is religion. What? Yes, Christianity is a religion, though some would have us to
believe different. Leaders of Christianity will often say that their institution is certainly religion,
but truth. Other Christians will state that Jesus is about spirituality, and that can be found within
Christianity. There seems to be a confusion between defining religion, spirituality and
Christianity, and I too will struggle to define them even in this article.
Let's first look at religion. Religion itself is a set of practices and beliefs, based upon stories of a
higher power, namely god. A religion, seeks to explain the mysteries of the universe through
these beliefs. These beliefs are the core of a religion, for upon them believers practice rituals,
such as prayer, study, worship, music, and the like. Though seeming good, the practices of
religion are always focused on doing. We must "do" something, and that something is to look
away from ourselves for life answers, and to seek direction for our lives from other sources, be it
god, an institution, leaders, writings, etc.
Upon defining religion, then we must ask, "Is Christianity a religion?" Yes, it is. Christianity
sets forth beliefs and practices based upon stories of a man they named Jesus, established
through orthodox religion. All denominations and variations of Christianity found their roots from
within the Orthodox Church that was officially established in the early third century. Orthodox
Christianity gained its strength as a religion when Roman Emperor Constantine converted to
Christianity, and later formed the Council of Nicea in order to not only establish his chosen brand
of Christianity as the State religion of Rome, but to further define what beliefs were going to be
taught and upheld by believers. He was instrumental in establishing churches organized into
buildings, as well as having Bibles created for leaders' use, in order to cement their chosen
teachings. Constantine's Christianity became the official State religion as far as the type of
Christianity that was acceptable among other religions, effectively stamping out all other
Christian beliefs that were numerous at the time. Early Christians varied widely in beliefs, and the
beliefs that were formulating within Jewish sects would eventually fade out, while the Western
creation of Christianity would grow in power and popularity. Christianity is therefore primarily a
Western religion, though it claims its roots in the middle-east and from within Judaism!
Yes, Christianity is religion; it is a religion that was organized by Constantine, and eventually
established upon the teachings of Paul. The Apostle Paul's letters to his followers were chosen
by orthodox leaders, as they fit well with their beliefs. However, Paul was only one man, out of
many early Christians, who wrote letters defending personal beliefs as to who Jesus was, and
what his message meant to us. Jewish Christians of the time did not think well of Paul or his
teachings. Yet, his writings among other Christian documents were selected and bound together
as The Bible. To prove their doctrines, early leaders of Christianity would simply have scribes
either alter the text of Christian authors of choice, or even add to the manuscripts that would
eventually become the New Testament. This is how a religion empowers itself, and there are
many more stories like this found within the rise of traditional Christianity.
Religion looks to establish its own set of beliefs as the truth, with respect to the purpose of the
universe and our role within it. Unfortunately, men create such beliefs and then look to have
others subscribe to them, even if they are incorrect and used for nefarious purposes. Religion,
such as Christianity, always wants believers to feel that their religion is the only one which
knows truth. To not believe in said religion is to ultimately suffer a consequence. This is the
subtle use of fear that attaches to the minds of people, making it difficult for them to consider
other views, or that the religion itself may be incorrect in its teachings. Christianity was created
in order to control people through use of fear, further empowering the government and its voice of
right and wrong: religion.
To take this further, Jesus did not create Christianity; Christianity created Jesus. Even his name
was created by the proponents of religion. Men created their teachings and ascribed them to a
man they coined as "Jesus," never allowing the true man's message to come forth. The man's
name was Yeshua, and this Jewish radical in fact spoke against religion, and hid his messages
within parables; stories that contain spiritual truths. Jesus didn't build a church building, take
offerings, establish communion, write the Bible, or promote any other religious ideals that we can
tell. But men who came after Yeshua, created a religion purportedly based upon him that is now
known as Christianity.
Spirituality is void of religion, if it is indeed true spirituality. For it subscribes to no religion, ritual
or practice; for the path it teaches is one that is inward. It makes no attempt to control people.
Religion, specifically Christianity, claims to provide direction for people by steering them to look
outside of themselves. This is done for the purpose of control. Religion will point to books,
outward places of worship, outer places of eternity, and the like. Christianity does this as well
by gathering its converts into church buildings, calling the Bible "the word of God," and by
teaching exterior places of reward or punishment, Christians call Heaven and Hell. Religion uses
such devices only to promote fear; for fear is always produced by looking externally.
In contrast, peace is realized through identifying our connection with the eternal Spirit that can
only be known inwardly. That is the deeper message that the man who would later be known as
Jesus tried to bring to the world. Religion can never grasp this, for it seeks only to promote itself.
religion to be a good
thing, but there is
religion and true
Many Christians like
to claim both, as if
religion could be
Being spiritual is
nothing more than
connecting with the
Divine source that is
one's inner being.
Religion is about
things externally and
that error is the
basis for flawed