Originally Posted by Mr Majestyk
Religion is a gift from God...
I disagree w/ you here. Religion is an idea of man's based on rules/laws and whatnot. God said agree w/ me that you're a sinner, accept my Son's sacrifice for your sins and let me do the rest.
Ephesians 2:8-10 (Amplified Bible)
8For it is by free grace (God's unmerited favor) that you are saved ([a]delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ's salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God;
9Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law's demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.]
10For we are God's [own] handiwork (His workmanship), [b]recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].
Ephesians 2:8-10 (New Living Translation)
New Living Translation (NLT)
8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you canít take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are Godís masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.