Legalism is carnal. Religion is worldly. These manifestations of the natural mind imitate, or masquerade as spirituality, but remember the men who crucified Jesus were all pillars of their community.
"Christianity" has become such a broad, generic term that it barely describes faith in Christ any more. Depending what "brand" of Christianity a person supports, their definition of "Christianity" may veer way off the road Jesus described as the narrow path, which in my opinion is love.
The idea that man is born deserving hell, eternal torment, annihilation, or whatever is, in my opininon, ridiculous. There is no hell.Only Sheol, the place of the dead and Gehenna, the garbage incinerator. Eternal torment never entered the mind of God. For a creator to foreordain annihilation, for a created person, seems a senseless exercise in sadism to me.
" Arent I Wise and Mighty and Inscrutable. I created billions of beings, men, women and orders of angels, to inhabit time! I control every thing. Plan out each destiny so that the great majotiry of them will suffer forever in agony. What a Benevolent God I am- I shall give a small percentage of them eternal life, so that there will be some few who appreciate what they escaped! Oh how they shall love Me!. I will revel in their praise even as I remind the wicked that their torment has no end, that they were created for destruction, and they deserved before they were born even though I chose them for it and mapped out their paths to eternal pain!"
All of the contortions that you have to go through to justify such a philosophy produce all these intricate creations of man's mind, systematic theology. Yet we who have been set free from that core dilusion often still give all these doctrines and systems of the dead churches way too much respect.
All we can do is love the Lord, love one another, love the people who God brings across our path, and seek to walk in the Spirit and in the process of sanctification.
As we seek the truth it must "play out" in our hearts and "bear witness" in the hearts of others that we are of God. Trying to work it out on the "broad plain"
of organized Christianity and systematic theology is like trying to win the final conflict in the valley of Armegeddo with a popgun full of holy water and a Pharisee's phylactery for a shield. :o)
Only the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ can clear that valley of combatants.