Hi oneseeker. Fortunately we have a great community here that can help. I don’t have all the answers, but I have a few things for you and your dh to ponder.
Jesus was definately NOT against religion. The more you study scripture the more you see He was very devout. Almost everything He did and said has religious significance in Jewish tradition. Jesus came to fulfill and complete all that was lacking and screwed up with religious practices. He was against wrong religion and came to show us correct religion.
Also, I think its very important to understand the details of religion, and to apply them to our lives. Much is expected of us because we are God’s people. This scripture quote got me thinking about simply believing in God and asking for salvation.
Matt. 7:21 “Not everyone who says to Me, `Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter” We need to know what is expected of us, and do it, in order to be saved.
Much could be said about Jesus founding one church. I’ll just give you a few quotes from scripture to give your dh something to think about.
Matt. 12:25; Mark 3:25; Luke 11:17 - Jesus says a kingdom divided against itself is laid waste and will not stand. Although He is talking about Satan’s kingdom, He is also talking about His own. What Jesus said so long ago describes Protestantism and the many thousands of denominations that continue to multiply each year.
Matt. 16:18 - Jesus says, **“I will build my ‘Church’ **(not churches).” There is only one Church built upon one Rock with one teaching authority, not many different denominations, built upon various pastoral opinions and suggestions.
John 10:16 - Jesus says there must only be one flock and one shepherd. This cannot mean many denominations and many pastors, all teaching different doctrines. Those outside the fold must be brought into the Church.
John 17:11,21,23 - Jesus prays that His followers may be perfectly one as He is one with the Father. Jesus’ oneness with the Father is perfect. It can never be less. Thus, the oneness Jesus prays for cannot mean the varied divisions of Christianity that have resulted since the Protestant reformation. There is perfect oneness only in the Catholic Church.
I hope this helps give you and your dh something to talk about.