Why Jesus Hates Religion: Part 8 – Works and the Wisdom of Men Replace the Spirit

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Fruit vs. Root

As Christians (either reborn believers or Christians in name only), we often make the mistake of striving to replicate or copy fruit (works) rather than the seeking the root (the Holy Spirit) of those works.*

We take the fruit (some good, some bad) of our forefathers – writings, ideas, theology, creeds, and church practices – the fruit of ancient men and women – and try to copy-paste these things into our lives today. We create doctrines and precepts and rules out of these ancient fruits or good works, neglecting to pursue the heart behind that fruit, a heart which is one with the Spirit of God.

Rather than sitting at the feet of God, we sit at the feet of theologians, Bible commentators, and famous orators. We trust their interpretation of God’s voice more than we trust or listen for God’s own voice. We look to…

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Why Jesus Hates Religion: Part 1 – Are You Religious?

First piece in the series “Why Jesus Hates Religion” from my blog, thebleedingblogger.com

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Are You a Religious Person?

I always cringe inside when people ask me if I’m religious.

No…I’m not.

I mean…wait…yes…in the sense that I’m a Christian, a Christ-follower. But no…”religious” really doesn’t describe it at all.

I have a dynamic, living, breathing relationship with the living God – with Jesus. I’ve been reborn – restored from the power of my sins – through the blood of Christ. Christ’s Holy Spirit – the fire of God – lives in me and equips me to love others and gradually become more like Christ.

But my walk is not (or at least shouldn’t be) about STRIVING to love or to change. It’s about SURRENDERING to the One who can and does change me over time. The Source of Love.

It’s about letting the current of the Holy Spirit chip away at the unpolished edges of the rocks, gradually making them smoother.

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