*]Belief in and reverence for a supernatural power or powers regarded as creator and governor of the universe.
*]A personal or institutionalized system grounded in such belief and worship.[/LIST]
In my opinion, many conservative (Bible only Christians) refer to Christianity not as a religion but as an intensely personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Although by the defination above that certainly seems incorrect. They see religious practices as a facade, like that of the Pharisees Christ condemned. That people can be “religious” without being Christian ( guess what ? that means us Catholics-according to most bible only churches. ) and while that can be true…it is not true for all, most Cathoics have a deep love for our Savior and indeed know that Jesus is Lord in our lives. I do not beleive it was religion Christ condemmed(he was after all Jewish and his family went to temple, )but religious hypocrisy-“talking the talk, but not walking the walk”- to put it simply . That can apply to many, Catholics,Protestants and including those who profess a personal relationship with Jesus “real Christians”, yet fail to follow his example.