I always cringe with I hear the word religion and Christianity appear in the same sentence, as I think they are polar opposites. Religion is about bondage, Christianity is about freedom. Freedom because of Jesus, Freedom in Him. You cannot really be free until you know that He loves you unconditionally. As long as you think there is some thing you must do or not do in order to gain His favor or avoid His anger you are are in bondage to religion.
From James Folwers book, Christianity is not a Religion.
In his masterful presentation of diabolic activity, The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis has the senior devil, Screwtape, say to his nephew, Wormwood, "One of our greatest allies at present is the church itself," i.e. "Christian religion." In another vignette Screwtape explains that "it will be an ill day for us if what most humans mean by 'religion' ever vanishes from the Earth. It can still send us the truly delicious sins. Nowhere do we tempt so successfully as on the very steps of the altar." Blaise Pascal likewise noted that "men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction."
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