There are many people who cannot see themselves being at all religious.
It just doesn’t ‘float their boat’.
They have a mental concept of what being religious means, and it just doesn’t appeal.
They haven’t taken the time to find out what true, pure religion is.
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.
James tells us (as above) what true, pure religion is.
But this is one verse in the bible – we must incorporate all of scripture in any conclusions we come to – on a given subject. That’s why we must search and study it.
A short post in a blog is unable to do this.
Religion is not a favourite word of mine, as it can mean all kinds of things that has nothing to do with the true meaning.
But true Christianity begins with a trade-in experience.
We exchange our life for – Christ’s Living tangible Presence, – that we experience when He comes to dwell in us.
17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
God is a Spirit and He is omnipresent. He is everywhere. But He is not with or in everyone in a relationship sense.
He must be invited into your life and mine if such a relationship is to start and continue.
He must be invited in.
Those who have invited Him in – in the Person of The Lord Jesus Christ – now must live their life by inviting Him also into every part of their thinking, and invite Him into their circumstances good or bad.
Our part of the deal is to trade-in our selfish, sinful nature and ask Him into our lives to live His divine nature in us.
This calls for a giving-up and a giving-in.
Prayer is where the transaction takes place.
Talk to God. Invite Him in. Ask Him to take the nature that causes all your pain, and replace it with Himself.
19 Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, 20 and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before,…