Religion v. Christianity
Religion is based upon works…that is, one must work and earn God’s favor i.e. Judaism-Islam-Catholicism-SDA-Mormonism-Jehovah’s Witnesses-SDA on and on…and these will die in sin and die the “second death” in Hell because by works no flesh will be justified (Romans 3:20; Ephesians 2:8-9).
Christianity is based on the truism that God did the Work and destroyed the works of the devil for our benefit (1 John 3:8b) and that mankind can receive the perfection of God imputed into their life and enter into Covenant relationship by faith-believing in Jesus Christ as Lord and Messiah who died to pay their sin-debt (2 Corinthians 5:21; John 3:16).The difference between religion and Christianity is eternal.
3 What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”4 Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. 5 However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.