Thursday, April 3, 2008

Religion vs. the Gosple

From time to time I find discussions with friends turn to issues of faith, God and spirituality and invariably "religion" comes up as a key topic and often is a great source of confusion for most. That is, when asked what do I believe I'll say the "Gospel" to which they say yes but what religion are you; as if that is more important.

All religions are "man made" whereas the Gospel is the message, 'the good news of Christ'; a big difference. To that end I came across the following that was posted by Mark Driscoll and thought it did a pretty nifty job of further clarifying the sublte yet very important difference.

  • Religion says, if I obey, God will love me. Gospel says, because God loves me, I can obey.

  • Religion has good people & bad people. Gospel has only repentant and unrepentant people.

  • Religion values a birth family. Gospel values a new birth.

  • Religion depends on what I do. Gospel depends on what Jesus has done.

  • Religion claims that sanctification justifies me. Gospel claims that justification enables sanctification.

  • Religion has the goal to get from God. Gospel has the goal to get God.

  • Religion sees hardships as punishment for sin. Gospel sees hardship as sanctified affliction.

  • Religion is about me. Gospel is about Jesus.

  • Religion believes appearing as a good person is the key. Gospel believes that being honest is the key.

  • Religion has an uncertainty of standing before God. Gospel has certainty based upon Jesus' work.

  • Religion sees Jesus as the means. Gospel sees Jesus as the end.

  • Religion ends in pride or despair. Gospel ends in humble joy.


phil melnik said...

One of the difficult issues here is the definition of terms. I'm not sure why Mark Driscoll is so cynical in his take/definition--- " Religion is about me"
Here is Webster, " Main Entry: re·li·gion
Pronunciation: \ri-ˈli-jən\
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English religioun, from Anglo-French religiun, Latin religion-, religio supernatural constraint, sanction, religious practice, perhaps from religare to restrain, tie back — more at rely
Date: 13th century
1 a: the state of a religious nun b (1): the service and worship of God or the supernatural (2): commitment or devotion to religious faith or observance
2: a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices
3archaic : scrupulous conformity : conscientiousness
4: a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith

Anonymous said...

[b]poker software for sale, [url=]academic music software[/url]
[url=][/url] software selling tips buying microsoft software
softwares shop in [url=]discount mountain software[/url] wisconsin student discount software
[url=]download windows vista[/url] educational software discounts
[url=]free adobe photoshop cs4 user guide download[/url] windows vista style xp theme
office hours software [url=]computer software stores near[/b]

Anonymous said...

[b]adobe photoshop cs4 extended for mac serial number, [url=]2007 discount software[/url]
[url=][/url] Pro 10 Advanced Mac adobe photoshop cs4 extended for mac serial number
buy dreamweaver cs3 for [url=]eye candy 5 for mac photoshop cs[/url] office furniture software
[url=]physician office software[/url] oem software what is
[url=]game software for sale[/url] adobe acrobat 9 backward compatilbility
compare office software [url=]adobe software support[/b]

Anonymous said...

[b]how to price software as, [url=]store keeper software[/url]
[url=]cheap autocad software[/url] 7 Mac Poser 7 autocad cracked
discount software for non [url=]software canada review[/url] adobe software
[url=]nero burning rom 9 has stopped working at load[/url] buy ms office software
[url=]to sell a software[/url] cheap oem software review
nero 9 free trial [url=]oem software licenses[/b]