Understanding Faith - The Difference Between Religion and Spirituality

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Understanding faith is complicated by the difference between religion and Spirituality.
Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Religion has to do with rituals, rules, and doctrines.
The difference in them is because people add their ideas to the gospel of Christ.
This is distorted religion.
Jesus took a dim view of man made rules.
The only rules needed are in the New Testament.
Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their misfortune and to keep oneself unstained by the world (James 1:27).
God will not put up with sin.
A study should be made of the works of the flesh in Galatians' 5:19.
Be sure not to commit any of them.
If you do, repent and ask God for forgiveness.
The difference between religion and spirituality is in the faith and understanding.
To be religious is to accept that God exists but with little understanding of how to serve him.
Spirituality describes being confident of salvation because you are led by the Spirit.
Those who obey the gospel by confessing the name of Jesus, repenting of their sins and being baptized, receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
He lives in believers and gives them understanding of the Bible when they study it.
They are divinely inspired by him to follow the teaching of the Bible to become like Jesus.
God is a Spirit and his words and ways must be interpreted spiritually and not physically.
The Jews of both the Old and New Testaments took his words physically and were completely confused.
Even the Apostles were confused until Jesus sent the Holy Spirit.
People today often put too much emphasis on circumstances.
Spiritual well being does not depend on physical conditions.
Those who are spiritual live according to the Spirit and not according to the letter of God's rules.
The letter of the law calls for spiritual death to sinners, but the Spirit gives mercy and grace.
We proceed by faith and not sight To be religious, to believe in God, is essential for salvation, but you have to serve him on his terms.
The only way to learn what his terms are is to study the Bible.
It is really a love letter from God explaining how to behave so that we can live with him in heaven when we die.
There are many different religious beliefs serving different prophets, but only Jesus Christ is the way the truth and the life.
There is salvation in no one else.
There is no other name under heaven given among people, by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12).
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