I have sometimes heard the claims that ‘Christianity isn’t a religion, it’s a philosophy’ or ‘Christianity is a relationship with God, not a religion,’ and I can see why people do this. The term ‘religion’ comes with a lot of meanings, and is infamous for corruption, blind faith and other negative values, so it would make sense for people to want do distance Christianity from other religions that require the same amount of blind faith.
The goal of setting apart Christianity from other belief systems would mean to hold the position that it is different, more reliable, perhaps. But this effort is in vain.
The claim that Christianity is not a religion is rather stupid. And I will show you why. Using the standard dictionary definitions, a religion is:
“the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods”
Or more specifically “an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or a group of gods”
Christianity has a Holy book, it has a system of beliefs, it has ceremonies and rules, and it has a deity. Christianity meets all of the criteria, so that makes it classified as a religion.
Whether Christianity has some philosophical values or not, and whether it is some sort of ‘relationship’ with God or Jesus doesn’t matter. Christianity is classified as a religion by every single credible definition of what a religion is.
And if you really want Christianity to not be a religion, you can start by paying taxes.