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I think we get the negative aspects of "religion" directly from Jesus as He addressed the religious leaders and their hypocrisy. According to the verse in James, pure and undefiled religion is all about relationships. The greatest commandment, love the Lord your God with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself is all ...


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Summary The dichotomy started when some Christians (notably, evangelicals) began to define "religion" along the lines of this one: Religion is a set of rules that people must follow in order to obtain God’s blessing. Since Christians are saved by grace (and not by works), Christianity would not be a religion according to this definition. Source: ...


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