هم يقولون أن هذا الشاهد يتكلم عن وصايا الناموس وليس وصايا الناس، إذاً المسيحية ليست ديانة وليس لأحد الحق أن يحكم علينا بشيء أو يفرض علينا شيء.
وللمدعين أقول: أن هذا الكلام غير صحيح، لأن هذا الشاهد ينهينا عن الوصايا والفرائض الرمزية بالعهد القديم التي إنتهى دورها بمجيء المسيح في الجسد، إذ هي كانت الرمز الذي يشير إليه والمسيح الأصل قد أتى وأنهى الرموز.
لهذا السبب من بعدها يكمل يسوع كلامه ويقول قد قيل لكم وأما أنا فأقول لكم، وبهذا هو يَذكر وصايا الناموس ويَشرح مضمونها العميق التي لم يعمل بها الفريسيون، أما نحن في عهد النعمة فينبغي أن يكون برّنا أعظم إذ بمعونة المسيح الذي هو حياتنا، نستطيع كل شيء.
لماذا أنا قلت أن السؤال الذي طرحته خاطئ؟
لأن المسيحية بحسب الكتاب المقدس هي ديانة مبنية على علاقة شخصية مع المسيح، فهي إذاً ديانة وعلاقة شخصية مع المسيح.
+ نحن لانخلص بالأعمال بل بنعمة المسيح خَلُصنا.
+ نحن نعمل الأعمال الصالحة بفضل نعمة المسيح المخلّصة.
+ نحن نعمل الأعمال الصالحة لنعلن خضوعنا للذي خلّصنا.
+ نحن نعمل الأعمال الصالحة لنتمم مشيئة الله في حياتنا.
+ نحن نعمل الأعمال الصالحة لكي نقدم بها الشكر لمن خلّصنا.
"" Is Christianity a religion or a personal relationship with Christ???? We hear lots of preachers today stating that Christianity is not a religion but a personal relationship with Christ. Such a statement is pleasant for many, it enables them to free themselves from the authority of the biblical teachings in church.
A religion is defined by a set of doctrines and commandments found in scriptures which encourages a believer to do things and avoid doing other things.
Stating that Christianity is not a religion, it is only a personal relationship with Christ is WRONG for the following reasons: 1- It is not a biblical teaching, the bible never taught that Christianity is not a religion. 2- Those who want to defend this view (christianity is not a religion), misuse biblical verses out of their real context, twisting the text to serve their purpose. For example, in Colossians 2:20-21 says "Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules:Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!". They use these verses above to say that there are not rules and teachings that we are obliged to follow to do specific things and avoid others. In fact, the previous verses are not talking about God commandments in the Bible but about human philosophies and traditions which are imposed on believers, things that a believer is not obliged to do. The following verses in the same passage will prove the point: "These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence." (Colossians 2: 22-23). So the passage is obviously talking about human commandments not God's, things related to abstention and harsh treatment of the body as people do today in an attempt to please God.
Another verse they use to defend their theory that Christianity is not a religion is the following: "Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day" (Colossians 2:16). They say that this verse talks about the laws of God and not the teachings of men, therefore, Christianity is not a religion and no one has the right to judge us or oblige us to do anything. This verse forbids us from practicing the old obligations which were a symbol pointing to Christ. The symbol has no more meaning because the original things which it was pointing to appeared in flesh. The rest of the same paragraph will clarify the picture:"These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ." (Colossians 2:17). 3- The Bible explains to us that Christianity has laws, that it is a religion and that the christian believer should abide by its laws. "But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." (James 1: 25-27). 4- The New testament is filled with commandments on what to do and what not to do. 5- Christ commands us to abide by the laws in a stronger way."Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:19-20). We should be studying the scriptures and laws and applying them in our lives not as the Pharisees and teachers of the law do. This is why Jesus continues in the same passage and says "You have heard that...But I tell you....". He is reminding his disciples about the commandments and explaining its true meaning which was not understood by the Pharisees. As for us, we live by the grace of God, therefore, our righteousness should be greater for we can do anything with Christ in our lives to strengthen us.
According to the Bible, Christianity is a Religion built on a personal relationship with Christ. Note that: - We do not get saved by doing good deeds but by grace. - We do good deeds because of the grace of Christ which saved us. - We do good deeds to declare our submission to the One who saved us. - We do good deeds to fulfill the will of God. - We do good deeds to thank our Lord who saved us.