Can You Connect to God Without Religion?

Written by Karen Schenk

soulcravingsfindreligionIs there a difference between God and Religion? There is definitely a difference between God and religion.  God is someone I have a relationship with.  My view on God can be altered by many factors in my life.  It can be affected by my relationship with my own father or even by my culture and the people I spend time with.

I see religion is a set of beliefs that have guidelines for behavior associated with them.    There are many religions with many differing beliefs and rules.   I don’t  think God needs religion.  He wants to have a relationship with me.   It is so easy for me to get confused and think that my relationship with him has rules of engagement.    I love knowing that God cares about me and that my relationship with him does not need a lot of order and structure.  I want to participate in religion or church to celebrate his holiness, but it’s not a condition of knowing God.  Do you believe you can you connect to God without religion?

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858 Responses to “Can You Connect to God Without Religion?”

  • I can’t copy paste too long to type , can I email the reply What a karma yogi is?

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Krishan, thanks for including your thoughts here. When you say everything is cause and effects, does that mean that we have no choices in our lives, but only think, feel and act according to the causes in our lives? Can we choose how we respond to those causes?

    I am not sure what you mean by ‘trust in karmanyavadi’. Will you explain what that means?

  • Trust in karmanyavadi… Be a karma yogi… Everything is caouse and effects..

  • Tom Tom says:

    Ryu—
    I agree with you that God doesn’t want us to simply be “religious.” Following a religion as the way to God is fruitless. That’s because religion cannot remove the sins from us that separate us from God. However, this does not mean that we are not to join with other born again believers in Jesus Christ to fellowship and worship together. And that is typically done is a local Christian church.

    What about you Ryu—considering that Jesus says he is the only way to be right with God, have you believed in him and trusted in him alone to save you from God’s wrath?

  • Ryu says:

    Religion could really be a great foundation to mold your character, however, did God or Jesus require us to have or be in a religion? I think No, in fact Bible alone could already be your telephone to God. Religion will confuse you, will bring out debates with other religions, and brought more hate; that’s not what God wants us to do. Most people become more focus in their religion but forgot to focus to God. Do you know exactly why you want to be in heaven? there are no worldly materials there you can use, and even your opininions and religions are no longer important.

    I have reviewed so many religions, because God told us to research. But you know what, here’s what I have found, I keep on researching and looking for the best church or religion when in fact you can just directly talk to God, you can directly praise him. Tell him everyday you love HIM, you need HIM, and you miss HIM. Read the Bible to receive his message.

    When you go to heaven, God will never ever choose you because of your religion, there should be a connection with GOD. You should be there to praise HIM, serve HIM and love HIM. There is none you can do in heaven but just to be with GOD. There are no cars, there is no need for best clothes; your opinions, complaints, intelligence about religion, or intelligence about bible are no longer needed there; Serving and Loving HIM are just your main priorities.

  • Tom Tom says:

    Stephen—
    While I’m grateful that anyone desires to follow the Lord Jesus Christ and his teachings, I’m sorry that you find a discussion about these things with Christians so intimidating and a waste of time. Frankly I’m still puzzled as to why you profess to be such a follower of Jesus when all you know of him was written by the same sort of men that you totally distrust to have conveyed the truths of his teachings elsewhere in scripture. That’s illogical. What’s more, very little of what you’ve written seems to have been done in love for others and the sort of humility that Jesus taught.

    You mention that “No wonder non believers laugh at you, and rightfully so.” Since you make that statement and seem to believe that, and since you also are laughing at those who’ve tried to address your comments here, I would suppose that would make you an unbeliever as well.

    As for your name calling, you might want to revisit Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 5—“But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.” I think calling people stupid, brainwashed, blind, and in a previous post calling me an a** (in reference to the word “assume”), might just fall into this category of sin.

    Then again, Jesus is addressing brothers and sisters in Christ. Based on the fact you deny the validity and truth of the majority of scripture, calling them “dead letters and traditions of men,” I have no reason to believe you are, in fact, a born again believer in Jesus Christ. Therefore, you are to be pitied and prayed for. I’m sure many Christians who read your comments will be doing just that.

    Thanks for the last word.

  • Stephen says:

    Tom,
    I’m not mistaken at all. You throw the word “assembly” in front of the definition to justify what you call church. You’re doing it again, you claim that church are people but it’s obvious that all you care about is getting people into church buildings. You and others who have been brainwashed by worldly religion do the same thing with the word “word”. You give these words what ever definition suits your theology at the time.
    Jesus Christ calls His own out, religious “churches” call people into their buildings. It’s unfortunate you can’t see what’s right in front of your face. Jesus talks about these religious institutions in the parable of the seed sower. You’re part of the system that snatches up what The Holy Spirit puts in someone’s heart. You bind them to a book and religious dogma and take The Living Word out of them and fill them with dead letters and traditions of men. Sharon is a fine example this. She’s been brainwashed, oh sorry, indoctrinated since a young age and has never thought for herself. She, just like you, follow’s blindly. The blind leading the blind who in turn, lead the blind.
    You take care of yourself Tom, I’ve wasted enough time here. Differen’t people same religious spirit running in all “bible based churches” oh, sorry, people are the church, not buildings. Oh no, sorry, church sunday morning at 9 am. Oops, no, sorry, we are the church. Lol
    Do you have any idea just how stupid you folks look? No wonder non believers laugh at you, and rightfully so.
    There you have it, you get to have the last word because it’s all you care about, yourself.

  • Tom Tom says:

    Stephen–
    I think you are mistaken as my definition was “an assembly of called out ones.” Sounds the same to me.

    While there were pr0phets and others “called out” or “set apart” by God for special purposes in the Old Testament, the called-out saints in the New Testament are all part of the Church, the Body and Bride of Christ. By Church, I’m not referring to a building or a denomination, but the universal Church of believers.

  • Sharon says:

    to Stephen I am sorry you don’t believe ill give you that Luke didn’t walk with JESUS but JESUS did himself quote scripture read Luke 4 when he got tempted by the devil HE quoted scripture Matthew 4 4 from Deuteronomy 8 3 and when JESUS died HE said MY GOD WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKE ME HE was quoting Psalm 22 there are quite of old testament scriptures that JESUS said or fulfilled when HE was on this earth. you quote scripture but do you really KNOW it I grew up in a Christian home and I love my bible I know you probably don’t believe in prayer but I am praying for you whether you like it for not I just hope nothing bad happens to you I pray that God will open your eyes and when you die you don’t fall into the fires of hell that you repent before death. this is for me I am not commenting anymore you seem not to want to really listen– sharon

  • Stephen says:

    Tom,
    In Strong’s Greek Concordance, the word ekklesia (word #1577) is defined as “an assembly,” and it’s from the word “ek,” (word #1537) which means “out of”; and the word “klesis” (word #2821) which means “a calling.” So ekklesia means to be called out, and obviously Christ is the one that’s calling us out. But is that the first time we were ever called out?
    Your definition doesn’t match this definition? Is it only semantics? Or may it’s me that’s mistaken

  • Tom Tom says:

    Stephen–
    I’m sorry, but your position continues be very confusing to me. On the one hand you seem to deny the authority of the Bible, the Word of God, while at the same time profess to be a follower of Jesus who, with minor exceptions, you could only know about through the Bible (unless you’re professing to be “hearing” directly from Jesus?)

    Maybe you could clarify?

  • Tom Tom says:

    Mark—
    Thanks for your comments. It sounds like you’ve given these things much thought.

    You wrote, “I know there is God, I know there is only one, and I know that God created ALL human beings in his image and likeness.” Since this is the straight forward teaching we find ONLY in the Bible, Genesis most specifically, then I’m curious as to why you also wrote, “We don’t know what gave rise to actions that harm others on Earth . . .” The same Book of Genesis goes into detail as to why things are the way they are and why people do what they do. Have you studied that out?

    You also wrote, “This is not our fault and I don’t believe our Creator wants to punish us for failing to accurately describe what we cannot even perceive in our human state.” Since God has clearly revealed himself, our beginnings, his purpose for us, and what the future holds (again, all in the Bible), then I don’t agree that it’s not our fault that we don’t take him at his word and obey him. Paul, writing under the inspiration of God through the Holy Spirit wrote, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.” (Romans 1:18-23). It’s our own denial of the truths God has revealed to us that cause us to go off into all sorts of sinful directions and create man-made religions to suit our own purposes. Do we know all there is to know about God? Of course not. In fact, we can’t because God is infinite. But we can know all we need to know in order to be “right” with him and to have a relationship with him, and that’s through faith and trust in Jesus Christ.

    Are you reading the scriptures to find God’s heart and plan for you? 2 Timothy 3:16 tells us, “All Scripture is inspired (literally that means God-breathed) by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”

  • Stephen says:

    Sharon,
    seems you’re accountable to your bible. Par for the course for a bible worshipping evangelical. Watch you don’t loose your book, you may loose your faith. You can assume all you want and use scripture to justify yourself, but you are correct on one point, you will stand before Jesus Christ on judgement day. He will say to many ” depart from me” who thought they were doing His will, but He will answer them “I never knew you”. Anyone can read the bible and think they are doing God’s will, but Jesus is The Word of God and His judgement stands, Jesus does not submit to bible verses or your interpretation of bible verses. You best figure that out before it’s to late.
    Luke was not a disciple of Jesus neither did he walk with Jesus. You’re indoctrination is a serious stumbling block to your relationship with Jesus. Jesus is not a book. Wake up

  • Sharon says:

    to Stephen Paul didn’t show up after JESUS died and rose again and wen to Heaven in Acts 9 and Luke was a doctor and in Acts 1 it says dear Theophilus in my first book meaning Luke so he was with JESUS on earth while Jesus walked the earth those three years I know JESUS said I will reveal to those who love me but JESUS did tell peter on my rock I will build my church I am sorry you don’t believe this I know I don’t have to justify myself to you anyone. I am accountable to God only. sharon

  • Stephen says:

    Jesus bless you much Mark.
    Peace and Love

  • Mark says:

    I grew up in a Catholic family and attended church regularly. However recently I have had more expansive thoughts about our Creator as I call God now. My knowledge and study of science has me believe that the complexity and infinity of our Universe is not accidental. It was created with rules and order more complex than we can ever understand.

    I know there is God, I know there is only one, and I know that God created ALL human beings in his image and likeness. All of us have something deep inside us that leans toward the spiritual and marvels at the infinite. All human civilizations have felt this innate spirituality and have done things to celebrate it in deference to that higher power that we all feel.

    Yet without criticizing all the difference recognized religious and spiritual practices human beings have formed a number of belief systems to try to understand who we are and how we came to be. We want to know that which gave way to our lives and consciousness and we want to know that someday we will be united with that force which breathed life into each of us.

    God is much larger than the good or bad we do during the time of our lives. Those who we believe are destined for punishment by God may be spared. We don’t know what gave rise to actions that harm others on Earth and God will be the arbiter of those decisions. We can be absolutely certain that any talents or abilities we have for good are infinitely small compared to the abilities of that which created all of us.

    We are first and foremost human beings; made by our Creator. Distantly second we are Christian, Jewish, Taoist, Muslim, etc. There is only one Creator, but we as human beings have come up with many explanations of our Creator. I tend to believe that some our ideas about our Creator are correct, but many are wrong as we will see someday.

    This is not our fault and I don’t believe our Creator wants to punish us for failing to accurately describe what we cannot even perceive in our human state. We know there is something incredible on the other side of that frosted glass window, yet none of us can clearly see what it is and we have devised many explanations as to what it might be.

    Regardless of our religious preferences, we should treat each other as well as we can and help and protect one another. We should thank our Creator for our lives, thankfully use the things that our Creator has provided for our lives, and take care of the things that the Creator has given to us. Our Creator loves us infinitely more than a mother can love her own child and we should never forget that.

  • Stephen says:

    Yes my mistake about Peter, I was thinking Luke.
    As for Peter being “the rock” and you’re assumption that what Paul says is what Jesus says, is in error. The spirit of Truth guides us into all Truth.
    Who was it that revealed to Peter who Jesus was? “Flesh and blood has not REVEALED this to you” It was The Father, not a man which coincides with what Jesus said when He said, ” No man comes to Me less The Father draw him”. Jesus Himself said He would REVEAL Himself to those who Love Him.
    The rock is REVELATION that Jesus builds HIS body on.

  • Sharon says:

    to Stephen john and peter both followed Jesus after Jesus died it was peter and john running to the grave and JESUS also said during the three years of HIS life to peter on this church will I build my church which is peter called the rock. in Ephesians 4 11 is the gifts one is pastors aka shepherds and also Hebrews 10 don’t give up meeting as some are in the habit of doing also in romans 16 1 it says I comment to you phoebe a sister of the church at Cenchreae church is the body of believers also in 2 timothy 2 2 about faithful men who teach others– sharon

  • Tom Tom says:

    Stephen—
    Sorry if my “assumption” was incorrect, but your apparent disdain for the local church seemed to me to indicate a previous bad experience.

    The New Testament Greek word for “church” is “ekklesia” and by definition is “an assembly of called out ones.” An assembly means a group gathering, so they were typically meeting altogether. Where were they meeting? Acts 2:46 tells us, “And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house . . .” So they were daily meeting in the temple—a building which would house that many people—as well as having daily devotional meetings in smaller groups in various houses. Today’s church buildings are simply meeting houses for believers. Granted, there is maintenance and upkeep which those meeting in the existing temple didn’t have to incur (assuming they didn’t have to pay a temple tax with each meeting) but with growth there comes administrative challenges. (See Acts 6:1-10). I see nothing intrinsically wrong with having a building in which to meet. The Lord laid out the plans for the temple for Jewish believers (which cost millions of dollars by the way) and that temple even represents the temple in which God resides in heaven. I’d say that’s a pretty good basis for the Lord approving of our having a church building of some sort, as long as we don’t use it simply for show.

    I don’t agree with your claim that the church was not an organization. What is an organization? Isn’t it a group of people “organized” in some fashion to perform some function? Isn’t that exactly what the church, the ekklesia, was, and is, all about? Ephesians 4:11-12 says, “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” In Acts 6, the beginnings of administrative organization are seen with the appointing of seven men to “serve tables,” in order that the apostles could continue their given work of prayer and the word of God.” (If they were “serving tables,” it was probably within a building.)

    I may be misunderstanding you here, but if you’re suggesting we must “hear” directly from Jesus to know any truth is not scriptural. Yes, Jesus is the source of all truth, and granted, Jesus himself said in John 14:26, “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” But if teachers and pastors aren’t to convey the word of God as well, why did Christ give them to the church? Consider, too, that the Word of God, the Bible, is 100% ALL from Jesus himself. Jesus IS the very Word of God, and the Holy Spirit is the one who conveys the truth of the Word of God to our spirit. But the Spirit uses many means by which to do so, and that includes the pastors and teachers that Jesus has given to the church, as well as the “book,” the Bible.

    Acts 2:45 states, “They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.” In context, the ones in need were members of the new church, the body of believers who were meeting together. Acts 4:34-35 tells us, “For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales, and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.” So we see that as needs arose, believers brought money to be used to meet those needs. As the church continued to grow and outgrow the existing synagogues (buildings) which were already in existence, it would only make sense that meeting places would be built specifically for the Christian worship of God. Along with that would obviously come the need for funds for upkeep.

    I think it’s important to keep the times, logistics, cultural, and societal differences in mind. We aren’t living in first-century Jerusalem. We have expenses of living that those folks didn’t have. In particular in developed nations, pastors have such things as vehicle expenses, housing expenses, utility bills, etc. which most of those early church pastors didn’t have. I see no reason not to expect church members to pay something to their shepherds. And remember, they ARE shepherds. Jesus said to Peter, “Feed my sheep.” He’s talking about pastoring. He also said, “The workman is worthy of his wages.”

    As for your last statement, Paul was given specific and direct revelation of Jesus Christ by Christ himself on the Damascus Road. Then Jesus said to Ananias about Paul, “But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine, to bear my name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel; for I will show him how much he must suffer for my name’s sake.” (Acts 9:15ff) That sure sounds to me like Jesus had some direct input for Paul. And as for Peter, I can’t believe you mean that Peter didn’t learn from Jesus directly. He was, after all, one of the first apostles Jesus called to walk with him and was one of the “inner circle” of three—James, John, and Peter.

  • Stephen says:

    “It sounds as if you’ve been hurt by some church or organization.”, the classic evangelical script. LMAO, I have never been part of a religious organization, unless you count attending catholic church a handful of times as a youth. I can assure you, i didn’t have a clue what was being said, let alone having them “hurt me” as you like to assume. You know what they say about “assume” don’t you?
    Seems your discernment is way off.
    Now can you please point me to which chapter of the book acts speaks about giving money to an organization called “church” and where such “church” used the money to build buildings and pay for clergy. Thanks in advance.

    Based on your statement “Based on your statements, do you disagree with the first five chapters of Acts which talk much about individuals giving generously and sacrificially to the church so that all might have their needs met?” It seems obvious that the “church” spoken about is people and not an organization. It is also a fact that the word “church” only appears one time in the first five book of acts.
    So your claim is simply that, your claim.

    Based on your statement “Based on your statements, are you discarding much of the Epistles of Paul and Peter because they are “religious leaders” telling Christians what they should do?”
    Can you please tell me who taught Paul? Was Paul not taught according to how Jesus said we would be taught? Did Jesus tell us that man or a book would teach us? The answer is NO, John said that “you need that no man teach you” and Jesus Himself said “the spirit of truth will guide you into all truth. He shall glorify Me”
    Are you discarding what Jesus said to follow a mere man who was blessed with the spirit of Christ?
    Neither Paul or Peter walked with Jesus Christ, but John did. Peter was a disciple of Paul. Is Paul Jesus Christ?

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