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

  • Canadian Jack says:

    Jamie:

    Physicists are presently investigating the illusory quality of reality:

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/08/27/fermilab_hologram_universe_test_2d_or_3d/

    All we perceive is data via our senses into our brains. All we know to be true is that we think and therefore we exist. GOD can only be found in the hologram within our dreams.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Jack, I have been doing some reading of the site you linked and others beyond that. From what I am reading the physicists do not seem to be saying that the universe is an illusion, but that there are multiple planes beyond our 3-dimensional perception of height, width, and depth. The singularities of black holes are theoretical window into those other dimensions. Our 3 dimensional perception is like a holographic projection of those other dimensions.

    So we are not living in a Matrix-like illusion; the world around us is still very real and tangible.

    I would agree that there is a spiritual reality around us that we are relatively unaware of. God is Spirit and our rejection of Him has resulted in a broken connection to Him. That’s why we are relatively unaware of that spiritual realm. Our only hope of reconnecting with God and restoring that connection with Him is for Him to reach out to us. He has done that in many ways but the culmination of all that is the person of Jesus. Through Jesus, God entered into our physical reality and revealed Himself to us. Jesus said, “If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father [God]” (John 14:9) He then allowed Himself to be killed so that He could pay the penalty for our rejection of Him and free us from the destiny of destruction that our rebellion brought us. He then rose from the dead so that we could receive new life in Him and be guided by into in our lives. Through Jesus, we now can have a much clearer connection with God in His spiritual reality. We also have the hope of when we die that we will be reunited with Him for all of eternity, just as He had originally created us for.

    If you want to find out more about how Jesus brings freedom and real connection with God have a look at http://issuesiface.com/why-we-care. I would love to hear you impression of the video there.

  • Canadian Jack says:

    Aldo:
    GOD speaks to all of us in dreams. No one is special. All the varied forms of religious books where written when scientific inquiry did not exist. In this and the last century humanity is now in the position to understand reality better than ever before. Pride has no place in this discussion, since all who exist today can discover the factual foundation for GOD. The only thing that stands in the way is fear. Fear damages rational thought and in fact destroys brain cells. GOD wants all of us to be fearless in our search for the truth.

  • Aldo says:

    Canadian Jack, you have said that your knowledge of God is based on facts.

    The Bible tells us in Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

    What that means is that no one can come to know God except he comes by faith, which is a gracious gift which God extends to every man even though we don’t deserve it- Romans 12:3.

    The bottom line is that God can only be known through His Word, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”- Romans 10:17.

  • Canadian Jack says:

    Jamie:
    It is more likely than not that we are nothing more than holograms. Go to this site:
    http://rt.com/news/space-evidence-universe-hologram-195/

    Our innovative GOD created this illusory universe that is as real as our dreams. Dreams are our own holographic projection within our brains while we sleep. In dreams GOD speaks to us and informs us what is expected of us before we die. In my dreams I have learned that neither this universe nor any of us ceases to exist. Our souls are eternal as is the Universe that surrounds us. Its is through our mortal existences that we learn the joy of life. Even in death we should be joyful for another journey will soon in another developing baby somewhere else in the Universe.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    I don’t understand how mathematics make life an illusion. Matter can be explained mathematically (eg. the arrangement of atoms, molecules, etc) but that doesn’t make matter any less real.

  • Canadian Jack says:

    Jamie:

    Illusory in the sense everything is mathematical. The holographic nature of existence isn’t a matter faith but of Physics. GOD exists because our bodies create endorphins when we give to the poor. We experience an endorphin rush when we smile or pray. What mindless mechanical evolutionary process would care a wit about how good we would feel when we are generous. . Only a caring Creator would ensure that we would be rewarded when we did good. Neurologists have witnessed that happy people tend to be more intelligent than people who are depressed. Joy will cause a growth of brain cells. Who but a caring creator could reward our joy with increased intelligence.

  • Chris says:

    jamie…God has established for us the reality of who we are and real natural life. now he invites us to participate in his spiritual life as we receive jesus as our lord and savior to remove the real sins that seperate us from him. blessings!!

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    I guess I get hung up on the ‘illusory existence’. How do you prove that without stepping outside of the illusion and seeing what is real? Otherwise you are talking about faith that this life is an illusion.

  • Canadian Jack says:

    James:

    Most religions are defined in books. My knowledge of GOD is based on facts not faith. Religion is based on faith not fact. Mathematic defines existence, Mathematic principles define all that exists or might exist. Science has stated that the effect cannot exceed the cause. Mindless evolution cannot produce Mindful humans. Evolution if examined carefully displays a purpose. Theoretical physicists have determined that what is before us is merely a Holographic projection. GOD almighty has created this illusory existence so our souls can understand the joy of being alive. All life must be protected for all life is holy. This what I know to be true.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Jack, I guess the answer to the question lies in your definition of religion. Merriam-Webster has two relevant definitions, “1) the belief in a god or in a group of gods; 2) an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or a group of gods” If you are using the first definition you would have to say that religion–a belief in God–is essential to be able to connect with Him effectively.

    How would you respond to the second definition? Do you connect with God according to an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies and rules? I think you have said that you connect with God through meditation; is there a regular pattern that your meditation takes? You have said that there are ways that God wants us to relate to one another and to Him; are those rules? You have expressed some beliefs that you have about who God is; could all of that be considered a religion?

    Would you choose a different definition for religion?

  • Canadian Jack says:

    ” Can You Connect to God WITHOUT RELIGION”. From some of your posts you have answered the question in the negative. In doing so you have relied on your religion as an argument. That is totally illogical and not persuasive.

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