I often hear Christians say that it’s not about religion, it’s about relationship. Yes, I can understand where they are coming from. That was what I believed, too. But who, exactly, are Christians wanting to become personally intimate with?
When I first accepted Christ into my heart (as an adult), I went into the “relationship” smitten and curious. Although I was raised Catholic, I had never read or studied the Bible, and I was quite excited to get to know God through his word. At this point, everything I had learned about God was through others.
Since the Bible states that all scripture is “God-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16), and “God is love” (1 John 4:8), let’s interpret scripture in the light of scripture. Let’s compare the biblical god with the love chapter — 1 Corinthians 13: 4 – 8.