Do vs. Done: the difference between Religion and Christianity.
Religion and Christianity are two totally separate things. With religion, people are trying to earn their way to heaven (or blessings or favor with God) through good works. Doing good things and not doing bad things is not the steps for salvation.
Christianity (being a follower of Jesus Christ) is about putting our hope in Jesus Christ and turning from our old sin-filled lifestyle.
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Religion is spelled D-O. Besides the gospel of Jesus Christ, all other religions are based on our works. In contrast, Christianity is spelled D-O-N-E. Religion is spelled D-O. Besides the gospel of Jesus Christ, all other religions are based on our… Click To Tweet The Bible says that Jesus paid the penalty for our sins when He died on the cross. Our works cannot compare to the amazing act of Jesus giving up His life for us.
There are many problems with a works-based religion:
- You are frustrated because you never know if you’ve done enough.
- Actually, you can never do enough. Roman 3:23 says we have all fallen short of the goal.
Not even the best swimmer in the world can swim across the ocean. It cannot be done. This is the same way with works-based religion (including legalism). It doesn’t work. You cannot make God happy enough to save your soul by doing good things.
Christianity is spelled DONE.
Jesus did what we couldn’t do. He lived a perfect life and died to pay for our sins. As He was dying on the cross, Jesus cried out, “It is finished!” He died once and for all our sins. It is finished, accomplished, and completed.
Our response to God’s free gift is to receive what He has done by believing in Him and repenting from our sins.
Do not be tricked by anyone who tries to tell you that salvation is gained by faith in Christ plus something else. If someone tries to add works, then they are saying that Jesus death on the cross was not enough.
You are not saved by good works and you are not kept saved by good works.
You are saved by grace through faith and you stay saved by grace through faith.