Wow! I was so amazed to learn the Latin root to the word religion.
Religion comes from the root "re" which means again and "ligare" which means to bind. Together, religion means a return to bondage. Isn't that so true? When we follow religion instead of a relationship with God, we focus our efforts on what WE do instead of what JESUS did. There is so much bondage that comes when we try to earn our righteousness and think we can do it better than Jesus. Another way of saying it would be that religion is a return to operating under the law. Thankfully, Jesus fulfilled the law and redeemed us from it therefore we don' have to operate that way any longer. After this, I know that I'll never look at the word "religion" the same again! :-)
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