Religion vs Gospel

Oh, my,, my,, from where to where! I almost slipped into the religion mode once again in spite of knowing the truth so closely. Who would like being religious? NOT ME, know what? I found many others as well, there is no life in there.  I agree with all those who don’t like religion thing, whatever it is. I wonder how many of my dear friends and family would still be trapped into that box religion. Its my sincere prayer that all will come to know the truth  the truth will set all free!-John 8:32

FAQ: What is religion? What is the Gospel?

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I know many of us are confused with the above two questions not able to make a distinctive differences.

I hope this answers clearly…..Religion emphasizes the importance of sacrifices,devotion, ritual, and how much i should do for God(Get2work). BUT the Gospel emphasizes the importance of the sacrifice and the work of Jesus Christ(It is finished). Christianity is not about religion, it is about relationship. Relationship with God and one another. Jesus never preached religion, in fact he dint like the religious people so religious leaders were against him (Matthew 12.) What about today’s religious people? For you to answer or we can discuss on the comment below. Lets evaluate with the following whether you are Gospel driven or Religion driven.

Religion Gospel
“I obey, therefore I am accepted.” “I am accepted therefore I obey.”
Motivation based on fear and insecurity. Motivation based on grateful joy.
I obey God in order to get things from God. I obey God to get God-to delight and resemble him
When circumstances in my life go wrong, I am angry at God or myself, since I believe, like Job’s friends, that anyone who is good deserve a comfortable life. When circumstances in my life go wrong, I struggle, but I know all my punishment fell on Jesus and that while he may allow this for my training, he will exercise his Fatherly love within my trial.
When I am criticized I am furious or devastated because it is critical that I think of myself as a ‘good person.’ Threats to that self-image must be destroyed at all cost. When I am criticized I struggle, but it is not critical for me to think of myself as a ‘good person.’ My identity is not built on my record or my performance but on God’s love for me in Christ. I can take criticism. That’s how I became Christian.
My prayer consists largely of petition, and it only heats up when I am in a time of need. My main purpose in prayer is control of the environment. My self-view swings between two poles. If and when I am living up to my standards, I feel confident, but then I am prone to be proud and unsympathetic to failing people if and when I am not living up to standards, I feel humble but not confident-I feel like failure. My prayer life consists of generous stretches of praise and adoration. My main purpose is fellowship with him. My self-view is not based on a view of myself as a moral achiever. In Christ I am simultaneously sinful lost yet accepted in Christ. I am so bad he had to die for me, and I am so loved he was glad to die for me. This leads me to deeper and deeper humility and confidence at the same time-neither swaggering nor sniveling.
My identity and self-worth are based on mainly on how hard I work, or how moral I am—and so I must look down on those I perceive as lazy or immoral. I disdain and feel superior to ‘the other.’ My identity and self-worth is centered on the one who died for his enemies, who was excluded from the city for me. I am saved by sheer grace. So I can’t  look down on those who believe or practice something different from me. Only by grace I am what I am. I’ve no inner need to win arguments.
Since I look my own pedigree or performance for my spiritual acceptability, my heart manufactures idols. It may be talents, my moral record, my personal discipline, my social status, etc. I absolutely have to have them so they serve as my main hope, meaning, happiness, security, and significance, whatever I may say I believe about God. I have many good things in my life—family, work, spiritual disciplines, etc. but none of these good things are ultimate things to me. None of them are things I absolutely have to have them, so there is a limit to how much anxiety, bitterness, and despondency they can inflict on me when they are threatened and lost. -Tim keller Gospel DNA.

How do you like it? Let me know what you like the most.
May be if you wish, could you write your view on: What about today’s religious people? (Please read the blog for the context.)

 

1 thought on “Religion vs Gospel

  1. swarnim Reply

    makes sense. “I obey, therefore I am accepted.” vs “I am accepted therefore I obey.”/ I obey God in order to get things from God vs I obey God to get God-to delight and resemble him—> couldn’t agree more!

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