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How many times is the word religion mentioned in the Bible?

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The word 'religion' is mentioned seven times in the Bible. The word "religion" is, out of seven, mentioned as something bad six times. It is only mentioned with a good connotation in James 1:27.

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Ohh the irony
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Thanks so much for the answer. I've had many discussions with people who want to argue this point with me, and although I know my Bible fairly well, there's no way I would know this answer. Now I can outsmart them, HA! Thanks again, very clearly written too :)
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By the way, may I ask how it is you know this davesmust? Are you a theologian or....? Just curious :)
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Good one Dave. That's why I say I'm spiritual, not religious. Religion is a poison.
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oh & Chilly, he probably owns a concordance.
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Thanks Shay-Jay,
I appreciate your input.
We think very much alike! Please read my response to zoologicalrevival. I think see that I think and believe very much along the same lines as you. :)

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Many times but we can not trust on it because the bible is not in its original condition

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Thanks! Yes, I do realize that the Bible has been written and rewritten several times over and in several different versions so it's likely there isn't just "one" answer to my question. Thanks for trying to help though. :)
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The word "religion" is mentioned 5 times in the Bible.

Acts 26:5

Galatians 1:13

Galatians 1:14

James 1:26

James 1:27

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Thanks for your answer. May I ask how it is you know this? Are you a theologian or....? Since I'm getting conflicting answers it would be helpful to know your source/s. Also which version of the Bible (if any) are you using to get your answer. Much appreciated, thanks!
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Also, thanks for the breakdown of where it can be found...very helpful!
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no its 7 times!
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Thanks luver105,
Your help is much appreciated!
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What are you arguing about? Yes, Christianity is a religion.

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Sorry zoologicalrevival,
But I must respectfully disagree with your answer. That is unless you can give me the source of your answer. I'd be very interested if you could provide that to me.

There is no
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oops, sorry, I hit the enter button before finishing....

to continue on:

There is no arguing about it. The problem is that I have difficulty trying to explain my position on whether just because a person calls themselves a Christian, that they are automatically considered religious. I do not believe that to be so. I am a Christian, I believe in God and Jesus, and the Bible too. But I do not belong to any specific religion or religious group
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The church I attend is non-denominational. It is not related to or affiliated with a "specific" religion. Hence the use of "non-denominational".

Please feel free to comment on my statements here (that goes for anyone). Everyone's input is always appreciated.

Thanks!
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Christianity is surely not a religion but a relationship with GOD

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It's mentioned about seven times in the Bible. But it's a lot different than what religion actually is. When the Bible talked about religion, most of the time, it would talk about beliefs that were bad and beliefs that didn't really help do anything at all. It doesn't actually mean that Christianity isn't a religion; it is. It's just saying that for a while men have been doing what made them feel better and now they need to worry about what makes others feel better.

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Thank you for your response. It's much appreciated. But I wonder if you could expound on "It doesn't actually mean that Christianity isn't a religion; it is.". Because I must respectfully disagree with you on that, and here's why. I am a Christian. I believe in God and Jesus, and the Bible too. I believe in being baptized and taking Holy communion as well. But I do not belong to any specific religion or religious group. The church I attend is non-denominational. It is not related to or affiliated with a "specific" religion. Hence the use of "non-denominational". They teach from the Bible, and ONLY the Bible. It is God's Word. I believe both God and Jesus are spiritual, and I consider myself to be a spiritual being. I believe that most "religions" were put into place to control the masses (many ions ago). Many of the rest that came later were created by man (this information is available to anyone who wishes to take the time to study it for themselves as I did). And most of those have "specific beliefs" outside of the Bible, but including the Bible as well. Many practice rituals that are only related to their specific religion. I don't want to get too specific here, as I'm not here to bash anybody else's beliefs or religions.

Please feel free to comment on my statements here if you wish. That includes anyone reading this as well.

Thanks again.
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P.S. When I used the word 'ritual' it was not meant in a negative or derogatory way. I simply meant that many religions practice certain rites or ceremonies in accordance to the beliefs of their specific religion. Just to clarify.
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Christianity is a religion. Whether it's baptist, Lutheran, or Catholic, it's still a religion. Baptist is a denomination of a religion. It's like cookies. You have different flavors but just because they're different flavors doesn't mean that they're not cookies. And regardless, even if it is just a regular cookie, it's still a food. Christianity is a religion. If you research the definition of a religion, Christianity fits that exact definition. Many christians like to disagree that Christianity is a religion but regardless it is indeed a religon.
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So based on your rule of thought (i.e. Baptist is a denomenation of a religion, and the same holds true for Lutheran, Catholic, etc.) then how would you classify a church that is "non-denomenational"? To me a non-denom church is basically a church who's taken in all the little strays of other religions who left their original "religious guidance" for whatever reason. Maybe they didn't believe in some of what was being taught or preached, maybe there were things being handled by the Elders or whoever was in charge of seeing that the beliefs of that particular religion were being followed and therefore passed on to the body of the church, making sure things were "proper" according to their religious beliefs (be it Baptists, Lutheran, Catholic, etc.). Based on my own experience, I would advise anyone that is attending an organised religion to be sure that they know what's going on behind closed doors. Sometimes it's not always what you "think" it is (or should be). I saw what I believed to be a wonderful First Assembly of God church split apart, LITERALLY, because of what was going on behind closed doors. This church ended up being two First Assembly of God churches when all was said and done! Unfortunately because of the way it was all handled I think it hurt BOTH churches that came out of one! Needless to say, I left that church and it still has an affect on me today (and that happened back in the mid-80's!)
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Based on your theory, like to know how you classify a non-denominational church? In my opinion, it is a church that has accepted many that want to worship the Lord, but for whatever reason they either left or never attended any other church
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If your theory is correct then I think you and I are just going to have to agree to disagree on this. As stated previously, I AM a Christian. I believe in God and Jesus, and the Bible too. However, to believe as you do then people that are "non-denominational" are just headed down the wrong track of what you seem to think is a traditional believer. Not so.There could be a thousand reasons why people end up at a non-denomenational church. I can only assume that some didn't like what they were being taught, or how they were being taught the Word of God. It could be that they didn't feel comfortable with certain rituals or rites practiced by a particular religion. It's senseless to try to figure out why they end up at a non-denom church, I'm just happy that they ended up "somewhere" they felt comfortable. And if it meant that they wanted to explore what non-denomenational meant, then in my opinion better that then to stay where you're not comfortable worshiping. I personally experienced a First Assembly of God church literally split in half due to 'something' going on behind closed doors between the Pastor and the Elders that wasn't shared with the body of the church. It was very uncomfortable knowing that something was going on but nobody would say what. And those that were "in the know" weren't saying. Week after week of sitting through services knowing something wasn't quite right, with all the whispering and speculation, it just got to be too much. I left the church. It was a very sad time for me because I loved so many that attended it. But I was no longer comfortable with what was going on. That was my final 'exit' from organized religion! There could be a thousand reasons why people end up at a non-denomenational church. I can only assume that some didn't like what they were being taught, or how they were being taught the Word of God. It could be that they didn't feel comfortable with certain rituals or rites practiced by a particular religion. It's useless and senseless to try to figure out.
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At any rate, I appreciate your input. There's always room to learn new things and this certainly was an interesting topic for me. If fact, thank you all that participated. Everyone have a wonderful and blessed week! God bless you all :)
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yes Baptist is a denomination of a religion but it's still a religion either way. All I can say to you is that Christianity is a religion. You can disagree on that all you want but it's the truth about it. What about nondenominational? Well, that's still a religion too but it's a varying religion. Most nondenominationals share the same basics, which still make it a religion, but there are some things they feel that they don't share. My main point is this: CHRISTIANITY IS A RELIGION.
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And honestly I don't know what you said above or how that's supposed to say that Christianity isn't a religion. I don't even know what your point was. But if you do indeed look up the definition of a religion (no matter which valid source you use), Christianity fits that exact definition.
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And for your information, I DID answer your question and give you information that was helpful. I told you that the religion the Bible talks about is much different than what religion actually is.
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Hi luver105,
I hope you don't get offended by what I'm about to say but I feel it's my responsibility to do so, for safety's sake. I was looking at your profile and read that you are a young girl, which is great - seeing young girls such as yourself getting involved in these types of discussions. However, one thing did disturb me a little about the information you're allowing anybody and everybody to see. What I'm trying to say is that some of the stuff you wrote in your profile is far too 'open' and who knows who might be reading it. I am a mother (and a grandmother too lol) so I feel that I should warn you against giving out so much personal information about yourself and where you live, etc. Please go back over it and see if there's things that you might not want some awful person to know about you. There are some horrible people in this world and you should use safety precautions as to just how much information you're providing to them. Sorry, I'm not trying to scold you, I just want you to be safe! Thanks for listening. Have a great week at school! Take care :)
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Thanks! ill take down some stuff!
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Christianity is not a religion on it's own, many religions believe in Christ. Believing in Jesus is Christianity which is FAITH that gave birth to many religions. Catholicism, Baptist, Protestant, etc. are all religions based on Christianity.

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