Let me give you a principle: When Satan is going to deceive a believer, he first makes it religious.  There are a lot of Christians who think that because someone quotes Bible verses and looks religious, it’s of God.  That’s not true.  The truth is that the most spiritual person you know probably isn’t and the least spiritual person could be a servant of God… sent to get you to be a little less religious.  I hate religion and God does too.  Religion is our effort to please God and find him.  The Christian faith is God’s effort to get to us and tell us that, because of his Son, he is already pleased.  The only people who made Jesus angry were not the winebibbers, the prostitutes and sinners.  He was angry at the religious folks…

-Steve Brown

    

A question I have heard over the years goes something along the lines of Did Jesus come to introduce a new religion?  The answer isn’t as tough as we might think.

The old adage If it ain’t broke don’t fix it couldn’t be more appropriate when it comes to religion.  There are a good number of folks who are indifferent to religion and others who vehemently hate it.  And then there who those so unfortunate to be addicted to it’s lure and happy within it’s confines and spell—these are the very kinds of folks who hung Jesus on the Cross (seeing that Jesus wasn’t an advocate for their religion).   

Religion isn’t only broken—it’s condemned and never will be fixed. 

Whatever your affection or disdain for religion—the truth is, religion has been broken from it’s inception.  We make a mistake of mass calculations by assuming that Jesus came to reform or modify—replace—add to—or even offer an alternative to religion.  He did nothing of the sort.  

 Now, in these last sentences, I want to emphasize in the bold scrawls of my personal handwriting the immense importance of what I have written to you. These people who are attempting to force the ways of circumcision on you have only one motive: They want an easy way to look good before others, lacking the courage to live by a faith that shares Christ’s suffering and death. All their talk about the law is gas. They themselves don’t keep the law! And they are highly selective in the laws they do observe. They only want you to be circumcised so they can boast of their success in recruiting you to their side. That is contemptible!   (Galatians 6:11-13, The Message Bible)

God sent us Jesus to introduce himself whereas religion gives us hell.

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