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A set of beliefs, a form of worship, ritual, prayer and a code of moral behaviour. True faith in God, moral standards and good works are important in relation to a biblical understanding of true religion, which is contrasted with the false religion of paganism.

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Hebrews 11:6 NASB95
And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
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Belief can easily be misdirected and become superstition:

; Belief by itself is insufficient for salvation.


Jonah 1:16 NASB95
Then the men feared the Lord greatly, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows.
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Mark 7:3–4 NASB95
(For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they carefully wash their hands, thus observing the traditions of the elders; and when they come from the market place, they do not eat unless they cleanse themselves; and there are many other things which they have received in order to observe, such as the washing of cups and pitchers and copper pots.)
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Isaiah 44:17 NASB95
But the rest of it he makes into a god, his graven image. He falls down before it and worships; he also prays to it and says, “Deliver me, for you are my god.”
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Code of behaviour

Nehemiah 9:13–14 NASB95
“Then You came down on Mount Sinai, And spoke with them from heaven; You gave them just ordinances and true laws, Good statutes and commandments. “So You made known to them Your holy sabbath, And laid down for them commandments, statutes and law, Through Your servant Moses.
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True religious practice

James 1:27 NASB95
Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

Moral standards

1 Corinthians 7:19 NASB95
Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but what matters is the keeping of the commandments of God.
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Good works

1 Timothy 5:4 NASB95
but if any widow has children or grandchildren, they must first learn to practice piety in regard to their own family and to make some return to their parents; for this is acceptable in the sight of God.
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