1.a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects. 2. the body of persons adhering to a particular set of beliefs and practices. 3. the practice of religious beliefs; ritual observance of faith.
I know you’ve heard it from christians before. “Its not a religion, its a relationship!”
I used to say it myself. The word “Religious” is like a cuss word in the christian community. For some, it is like an insult to the status of their faith. Most believe they have a one on one hook-up and exchange with god, Jesus, or whoever. They want to distance themselves away from the word as much as possible.
The word Religion to the believer is like a set a rules that keeps the believer in bondage. It keeps their belief un-free to worship the way that their own version of their faith wants them to worship. It us just a word that they would rather not use or associate with.
They feel that their beliefs are being infringed upon. Then the word Religion is embraced in the form of the 1st Amendment. Religion become a pretty darn good thing when the religious want to keep their rights to worship however they see fit, or when they want to push their beliefs and faith onto others. Suddenly its not about “relationship” but all about religion.