Did you know these seven truths about your religion? | Janet Perez Eckles

22 Oct

Walking by Faith, Not by Sight

Janet Perez Eckles


cooltext206519742151781The best part of speaking before any group is what happens afterwards. Often folks stop and chat with me. This past week, that very thing happened.

A man shook my hand. “I was touched by your message,” he said, “and I just want to know how you deal with the fact that the disease with your eyes is hereditary?”

“What do you mean?” I said.

“Well, I have a disease. It’s hereditary, and I can’t let go the worry and total fear my child will inherit it. I’m afraid of the future.”

He paused. “And I don’t have any religion…don’t believe in much of anything.”

I wanted to give him a huge hug and whisper in his ear, “You don’t need a religion, you need a relationship with Jesus to set you free from that worry and fear.”

Forgive me for being presumptuous. But if you are one of those who believe that religion is the answer, here are seven truths to ponder upon:

  1. Religion offers rituals, Jesus offers a personal relationship.
  2. Religions can change; Jesus is the same today, tomorrow and forever.
  3. Religion works to win grace, Jesus becomes the grace we can work under.
  4. Religion doesn’t offer forgiveness; Jesus became the forgiveness for our sin.
  5. Religion offers no miracle; Jesus delights in performing them.
  6. Religion doesn’t take you to heaven; Jesus took the blame so we could enter it.
  7. Religions bind us; Jesus sets us free.

When we spend sleepless nights, we wring our hands about the uncertainty of tomorrow, and mistakenly, we go by the way of religion, that’s why Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

What rules your life these days—nothing in particular or a religion or a relationship with Christ, the Savior?

Source: Did you know these seven truths about your religion? | Janet Perez Eckles

4 Responses to “Did you know these seven truths about your religion? | Janet Perez Eckles”

  1. Boomer48 April 3, 2017 at 11:51 am #

    Seems a bit simplistic. I agree that “religion” as you narrowly define it is not the answer. I would say that what you have defined as religion is actually doctrine. Once you have made your statements about Jesus you have defined a theology which is the root of the religion known as Christianity. Ultimately, it is our individual understanding (or misunderstanding) of the nature of God that defines our religion with our doctrine (rules for living our life) following close behind. Even atheists have a form of religion and doctrine based on their belief that God does not exist. They just don’t think they do.

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  2. livingtheword365 April 2, 2017 at 8:47 pm #

    This post was amazing! So many times the world wants to clump the word religion and relationship as one and its quite different. A relationship with Jesus is quite different than trying to abide by religious rules that have been made by man rather than live free in the new covenant of grace that Jesus paid the price for our relationship with Him. The veil has been torn so that we can have access to Him directly. My suggestion to anyone who reads this is to open The Word of God for yourself and allow Him to introduce Himself. He’s quite the gentleman.

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  3. DiVoran Lites October 22, 2016 at 9:14 am #

    It’s good to know the differences between relationship and religion. One works with you and for you, the other seems to work against you with a lot of should and oughts. I’m glad to be emerging from that.


  4. itsrebekahlyn October 22, 2016 at 8:19 am #

    Thank you, Janet for the these ways to distinguish religion from the relationship we have with Jesus. These are such basic, easy ways to help explain the tremendous differences that make the relationship so important.


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