Institutional religion is worthless precisely because it promotes institutions instead of God. Another way of saying this is that organized religion promotes itself, not God.
This is not to say that religious institutions are devoid of truth. On the contrary, they often have truth (though to varying degrees). The problem is that they neither believe – nor obey – the truth they have to any significant degree. If they did, they would be trusting God instead the institution.
During biblical times, God used organized religion (the nation of ancient Israel) to establish and record His truth in the earth. Since the Bible was completed, however, He no longer needs institutional religion.
You can relate to God through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He is God Almighty and wants to have personal communication with you. He wants you to love Him as He loves you – which is to say, greatly!
Bible notes on this post.
The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus to those who want to hear about Him without having to join a group.