Adam and Eve tried to cover themselves with fig leaves to hide their sin. This was essentially the first act of religiosity - religion. Thus, religion is an attempt to cover sin. It is man's attempt to redeem him/herself and that is not possible. Its not possible and that is why 'religion' is always a failure in this respect.
I heard Dr. Chuck Missler say that the most anti-religious person was Jesus Christ. Now, for some of you that might be horrifying; but it is the truth. Jesus gave people the Good News, fed them for coming to see Him and then He sent them away. "A total of four thousand men were fed, in addition to women and children. After having dismissed the crowds, Jesus got into a boat and went to Magadan..." ~ Matthew 15:39."
Why did Jesus send the people away? Jesus sent the people away in order that the Good News was not made into 'religion' which causes works not of Him but of men. It is by grace that we are saved so that no one can boast ~ Ephesians 2:8-9.
Think about it. The work of men can do nothing. When Adam and Eve sinned and tried to cover themselves with fig leaves to hide their sin; this was work (s). God replaced it with an animal skin to show them that they can do nothing. God instructed them that only the Blood of the Lamb can now redeem man's sin. It is Christ's blood shed on the cross that redeems. Neither a man nor woman 'mankind' can do any 'good' works to redeem him/herself. Jesus Christ did it all on the cross, by His Stripes we are healed.
came to proclaim the Good News (the Word of God) to mankind! And, what
was/is mankind's condition? Mankind's condition then and now is being:
poor, captive, blind and oppressed! Poor in spirit - lacking the Word
'Light of the World' and the Blessings
in it that are only of the Kingdom of God, being captive in sin, being
blind to his/her own condition, and oppressed by the powers of evil. Who
can deliver us, who can do/did the Work that needs to be done in this
case? Jesus Christ! What works are we to be known for ~ Praising the
Lord Jesus Christ for all His Good Works for mankind- human beings!
When it comes to 'works', know that as Christians we work only for the Lord, we do not work
for people ~ Col 3:23. Do only as Jesus did, proclaim the Good News which is that only Jesus Christ is the Bread of Life, the Creator of all things seen and unseen, the Light of the World and our Redeemer ~ John 6:35, Col 1:16, John 8:12 and Isaiah 44:6.
"This is what the LORD says-- Israel's King and Redeemer, the LORD
Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no
God ~ Isaiah 44:6