This is to answer if we need RELIGION or not?
Other’s says, we do not need religion to be saved, well that is totally wrong and absurd. Many though that a religion is like an organization or even a place of worship or a name of a sect. They were wrong…
For the TRUE Christians, we need religion more than ever, if we do not have religion, how can we follow Jesus Christ…?
So what is the real meaning of the Word ‘Religion’. In the Bible the Greek word translated “religion,” as found in the letter of James, means “worship or adherence that is outwardly evident.”
From Catholic Encylopidea:
Religion, broadly speaking, means the voluntary subjection of oneself to God. It exists in its highest perfection in heaven, where the angels and saints love, praise, and adores God, and live in absolute conformity to His holy will. It does not exist at all in hell, where the subordination of rational creatures to their Creator is one not of free will, but of physical necessity.
James 1:27 says, “Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” Visiting people is an outward thing. A stain is something someone can see. To be unstained means people don’t see “the world’s” stains on you.
The same Greek word is also used in Acts 26:5, “I lived as a Pharisee, the strictest sect of our religion.”
See the word religion, as used in the Bible, is an outward identification. You look and act like a Jew if you are Jewish. You act like a Christian, love others and exhibit good character, if you are a Christian. That very thing of showing others that you belong to Jesus is what James writes about in his letter when talking about faith and works.
So in the first century “religion” was something you showed not something you told. Jews looked and dressed a certain way. They could be seen observing Old Testament ceremonies and rituals. James was saying Christians are identified by love, compassion, and character; the real meat of life rather than the lifeless soggy bread of rituals.
Jesus said, “All men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35)
Religion equates to the LOVE of GOD and the total submission to the will of GOD and Love towards others…
As Jesus thought us:
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
So can you be saved with out RELIGION? I don’t think so…