So I saw a post on Facebook - and I might have seen it before somewhere but I thought it was silly -
so I asked the poster about it and they replied
**When I say “It’s a Relationship, not a Religion” I’m referring to this which Jesus said:
"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more
important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness." -Matthew 23:23-28
I’m not just going through the ceremonies and religious motions as many people often due, but I have a heart for God. My works that I have done are a product of my faith in Jesus. I don’t put on a show and become like a “whitewashed tomb” as Jesus calls the Pharisees here. I have Jesus working on my heart and my works are fruit of that. That is what I’m referring to when I say I have a relationship and not a religion**