Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
-James 1:27

I find this verse fascinating as its one of the very few times the word “religion” appears in the christian bible… and that too in the new testament AFTER Jesus.

If christianity teaches that one can be saved by merely believing that Jesus died for everybodys sins., then….

Why is it that “pure religion” is defined as visiting the “fatherless” and “widows in their affliction”..,?
According to what christianity teaches, the bit about pure religion should read as : “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, accepting that Jesus died for our sins”. But that is not the case.

Also notice that the entire book of James does not speak of “crucifixion” or “original sin” or anything else pertaining to christian theology.

Why is it that christians would rather believe popular christian theology….that they have a “get-out-of-hell-free” card via an innocent mans death, instead of adhering to what James 1:27 teaches? Is it because believing in Jesus sacrifice is easier than getting off your backside and helping those in need?


As before, I would appreciate if Christians responses are more than just scriptural quotes/personal interpretations that do not address the OP.
Thank you