“Why should I believe in organized religion?”A dictionary definition of “religion” would be something similar to “belief in God or gods to be worshipped, usually expressed in conduct and ritual; any specific system of belief, worship, etc., often involving a code of ethics.”

In light of this definition, the Bible does speak of organized religion, but in many cases the purpose and impact of “organized religion” are not something that God is pleased with. In Genesis chapter 11, perhaps the first instance of organized religion, the descendents of Noah organized themselves to build the tower of Babel instead of obeying God’s command to fill the entire earth. They believed that their unity was more important than their relationship with God. God stepped in and confused their languages, thus breaking up this organized religion.In Exodus chapter 6 and following, God “organized” a religion for the nation of Israel. The Ten Commandments, the laws regarding the tabernacle, and the sacrificial system were all instituted by God and were to be followed by the Israelites.

Further study of the New Testament clarifies that the intent of this religion was to point to the need for a Savior-Messiah (Galatians 3; Romans 7).

However, many have misunderstood this and have worshipped the rules and rituals rather than God.Throughout Israel’s history, many of the conflicts experienced by the Israelites involved conflict with organized religions.

Examples include the worship of:

Baal Judges 6; 1 Kings 18

Dagon1 Samuel 5Molech

2 Kings 23:10

Then the king defiled the altar of Topheth in the valley of Ben-Hinnom, so no one could ever again use it to sacrifice a son or daughter in the fire[a] as an offering to Molech.

God defeated the followers of these religions, displaying His sovereignty and omnipotence.In the Gospels, the Pharisees and Sadducees are depicted as the representatives of organized religion at the time of Christ. Jesus constantly confronted them about their false teachings and hypocritical lifestyles. In the Epistles, there were organized groups that mixed the gospel with certain lists of required works and rituals. They also sought to put pressure on believers to change and accept these “Christianity plus” religions.

Galatians and Colossians give warnings about such religions. In the book of Revelation, organized religion will have an impact on the world as the Antichrist sets up a one-world religion.In many cases, the end result of organized religion is a distraction from the intent of God. However, the Bible does speak of organized believers who are part of His plan. God calls these groups of organized believers “churches.” The descriptions from the book of Acts and the Epistles indicate that the church is to be organized and interdependent. The organization leads to protection, productivity, and outreach

Acts 2:41-47Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all.

The Believers Form a Community

All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals [ncluding the Lord’s Supper(Greek the breaking of bread;)]and to prayer.A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders.  And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity(Or and sincere hearts.) all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.In the case of the church, it could better be called an “organized relationship.” Religion is man’s attempt to have communion with God. The Christian faith is a relationship with God because of what He has done for us through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

There is no plan to reach God, He has reached out to usRomans 5:8But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.There is no pride ,all is received by graceEphesians 2:8-9.God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. There should be no conflict over leadership, Christ is the headColossians 1:18Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body.He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. (Or the firstborn from the dead.) So he is first in everything.

There should be no prejudice, we are all one in ChristGalatians 3:28There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Being organized is not the problem. Focusing on the rules and rituals of a religion is the problem.

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