BIBLE VERSE FOR THURSDAY
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
MORE JESUS, LESS RELIGION
According to the strictest sect of our religion I lived (as) a Pharisee
Stephen Arterburn and Jack Felton wrote a book with an interesting title More Jesus, Less Religion. Their point. "It was Karl Marx who said. "Religion is the opiate of the people" Religion, with all its rituals and trappings, can indeed be hypnotic. When all you do is jump through hoops to try to get to God, it is easy to give up or to get weird trying to earn God's favor.
Christianity is not a religion: it's the life-transforming relationship with Christ. Religion represents our efforts to find God. Christianity is God's effort to seek, and to save us. He said: "I have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore with loving kindness I have drawn you.."
When we come to God through Christ, we observe behaviors that we establish into remain consistent in our worship and obedience to Him, like church attendance and daily prayer.But we shouldn't think of these actions as religion procedures but as personal joys. "We don;t need more religion" wrote Arterburn. "What we need, what we must have, is more of Jesus."
Thank you Spark Friends for coming to my blog and posting your comments. Sending God's richest blessings to you and your families so He will show out His Ultimate Love, Compassion and Comfort in good times and in times of trouble. God will never leave you nor forsake you and will continue to walk with you, leading you down paths of righteousness until you come to be with Him in heaven. God bless you. I am praying for you and your families in Jesus's Most Precious Name. Amen.