What is the difference between church and religion?

@estherlou (5017)
United States
December 3, 2006 10:38am CST
Is there a difference between church and religion? Is there a difference in being religious and being a christian?
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• Philippines
29 Jan 07
In the New Testament, a church is an assembly of people, not necessarily of the called out of God; it is 114 x used. In the New Testament also, church refer to the body of Christ, the group of people called out by God, or in short, the church in this sense, is the congregation of the children of God. In the New Testament, church is not at all a building, opposite to the popular meaning as building where members of the Roman Catholic Church attend mass. Religion on the other hand is a set of doctrines teachings followed by members of a particular group. For example, the Christian religion follows those in the Holy Bible, whereas the Catholic religion follows the Catechism, Islam follows the Quran, etc. Being religious means a good follower of the religion where a person belongs to. Being a Christian means following the religion in the Holy Bible, nothing else.
@estherlou (5017)
• United States
29 Jan 07
"Being a Christian means following the religion in the Holy Bible, nothing else." That is an interesting way to put it. Being Christian is following Christ and striving to become Christ-like in all of what we do and how we respond to others.
@luzamper (1358)
• Philippines
30 Jan 07
I agree. And we should be Christ-like if we are Christians.
• United States
15 Jan 07
CHurch is where people gather together ..religion is what these people believe in and share when they gather together;)+
@lilaclady (28227)
• Australia
15 Jan 07
I believe there is another factor in there...Church, which I believe is a man made structure, which does give people of religion to go....Religion which I believe have learnings from the bible and Spiritual which is where I fit in, I have my own beliefs which are more inner beliefs of being looked after by spiritual guides and such.
@ossie16d (11825)
• Australia
1 Jan 07
Yes, there is a difference because not all people who are religious are necessarily Christian and there are many different religions through the world. Many of the followers of these religions would say that they are religious. There is an interconnection between the Church and religion, although people who are religious can Pray anywhere and need not necessarily go to Church to do so.
@2timothy (794)
• Philippines
15 Jan 07
The word "church" comes from the Greek word composed of two words ek (out) and kaleo (called) which means the called-out assembly (out from sin, condemnation, world, religion). Thus, the church is not a physical building as some incorrectly and traditional refer to or to the religious heirarchy but the corporate entity of Christians who gather together. Individually, believers of Christ are called Christians, corporately they are called the church. Religion is a form or way of worship invented by man. Christianity with rules and regulations has become a religious organization called Christendom. Actually being a Christian is not a religion but a relationship (with Christ). It is not a matter of agreeing to a set of creeds but of accepting a Person (Christ) as one's life (with no rules and regulations attached to it).
• United States
16 Jan 07
Great response :)
• United States
29 Jan 07
Amen! We have one 'rule' if you will - to love God. Which of course is not hard to do but is the source of great peace and joy, etc, and is just life. As we draw close to God, we could say that he 'rubs off on us' - he "fills us with Himself" and so the rest of that 'rule' naturally occurs, which is to love one's fellow person. And "love does no hurt" - won't rob, won't kill, won't defraud.. or even covet someone not your mate.. Drawing near to God, through Jesus, through "believing" - the door is flung wide open - is what saves us, both from ourselves, etc, and from the grave... which Jesus "openly triumphed over". Your post was inspiring! :))
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@estherlou (5017)
• United States
29 Jan 07
Well said! I like the idea of Jesus "rubbing off" on me! I need more of Him and less of myself everyday! And some days it is difficult to see beyond myself!
@runsgame (2031)
• India
15 Jan 07
yes , wonderful question , the difference between the chruch and religion is : CHURCH IS A FORM OF TEMPLE WHERE THE SUPPOSED GOD IS BEING WORSHIPPED . IN CHRISTIAN IT IS CHURCH , IN HINDU IT IS TEMPLE , IN MUSLIM IT IS MASJID LIKE THAT RELIGION IS THE PARTICULAR COMMUNITY . AND THEY HAV THEIR OWN GODS AND PRAYERS AND METHODS OF PRAY ETC. I DO NOT THINK THERE WILL BE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RELIGIOUS AND BEING A CHRISTIAN . ME NOT A CHRISTIAN BUT I USED TO GO TO CHURCH ., BECAUSE I AM NOT SEEING THE RELIGION BUT I SEE AND LOVE GOD . SO I GO
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@estherlou (5017)
• United States
29 Jan 07
Good response. The most important thing, of course, is our relationship with God, not where we worship.
@swatig (1187)
• India
30 Jan 07
Very right, worship matter not the place of worship. i really admire your comment.
@suedarr (2382)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
I'm not certain as to what exactly you are looking for with this question, but I'll try to answer it based around my own beliefs. Religion is a spiritual path, where the church is the building or congregation of those who share the same beliefs. You can be religious and never attend a church in my opinion.
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@estherlou (5017)
• United States
29 Jan 07
I was just trying to get different people's opinions without being too controversial. I'm interested in what people think about some things. Thanks for your good comments!
@loved1 (5332)
• United States
29 Jan 07
I am sure this is not technically correct but let me give you my view on this. I think of religion as the way self righteous people make Christianity so complicated that nobody wants anything to do with it. Religion can be about rules and regulations. It really is as simple as "Love Jesus, & love people." When you ask what is a church I think back to the sunday school song that says "you are the church, I am the church, we are the church together.." A church can be thought of as a building but really it is the people who make it a church.
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@GardenGerty (118221)
• United States
16 Jan 07
Church is a gathering of the body of believers, religion is man's attempt to understand and express God. Grace is what God offers us, a gift freely given and undeserved. Grace is the way we become a Christian, religion is how we express it. Even irreligious people can and do go to church. We explain what God wants through the language of religion. Salvation is using that religious knowledge to come to a point of accepting what Chris has done for us. Salvation makes you a Christian.
@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
15 Jan 07
the word church in the modern sense of the word refers to a group of people gathering together because they have the same belief. Religion is more of a belief system. They look at Chrisianity as a religion, though there are a lot of churches within Christianity. Being a Christian is completely another and different matter. It is following Christ.
@abccba (1916)
• Denmark
3 Dec 06
well, of cause theres a difference! If you are religious, you don't have to be a christian, you could also believe in any other religion!
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• India
30 Jan 07
there is too much diffrence between church and religion. church is a religion symbol of cristian but religon is diff.