People like Richard Dawkins and others have a mantra: religion is pernicious, destructive and dangerous. Obviously they include belief in the God of the Bible as ‘religion.’ Today people associate belief in God, Allah, Buddha, the Mormon’s god, the millions of gods of the Hindus, et cetera, as part of ‘religion.’ Yet there is a stark difference between the Bible and all other religious books. So our question is, why is it lumped with the ‘religions?’ Let us look at some of the differences:
1. The Bible is filled with history
The Bible comes with a history and a country. It abounds in historical details. For example, the history of Israel. Anybody who visits Israel today will see the Jews, the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who live there. Such verified facts are completely absent from religious books like the Koran, Book of Mormon, Christian Science, the Upanishads of the Buddhists, et cetera. This makes the Bible a unique book without any comparison among the ‘religions.’
2. The Bible is about an eternal Kingdom
In Genesis 1 God describes how He made the universe, and everything in it, in six days. God outlines through the history of the Bible His grand plan for man, a wonderful future Kingdom of Peace and Happiness. The Bible begins with creation and ends with a new creation (the new heavens and earth). There is no other religious book that shows us the whole panorama from the beginning to the end of this creation, and beyond into the future. The Bible is about this life and the coming eternal life.
3. The Bible has an enemy that wars against it.
God calls people to join His Family who will eventually live on the new earth in peace and happiness. God, as most worldly rulers, has an enemy who continually opposes Him. This incessant war against the Bible is not some ‘religious’ thing, but it happens in every day life. Look at the ban on prayer in schools. At universities it is dangerous to talk about Jesus in class. Yet atheist professors can deride God and the Bible without fear of persecution. God’s active enemy doesn’t waste his time with ‘religion.’ He targets the reality of God’s Kingdom.
As you can see in these few unique aspects of the Bible, it is not on the same level as the books of religions. It is not about ‘religion’ but about reality.