I Hate Religion

I Hate Religion

I hate religion.

Religion can best be summed up as “do something to get something.”

Throughout the history of mankind we’ve created thousands of variations of this formula.

  • Pray 5 times a day
  • Go to church once a week
  • Give money to the temple
  • Sacrifice your first born
  • Be a good person
  • Forgive to be forgiven

It doesn’t matter how little or big the transaction is there is still that core formula:

Do something -> Get something.

But Jesus came to reveal we had everything upside down.

God is not demanding payment from us before He gives good things.

No, God is the giver of all good things regardless of who we are!

God’s love and forgiveness are unconditional.

He gives us all things.

And from that place we are perfectly positioned to do the same!

Not doing in order to please God.

But doing as an overflow of who we are.

The question is will we embrace this message Jesus came to bring us?

Or will we stubbornly stay in religion… Whatever it might look like to us.

I don’t know about you but I’m done with the constant rat-race of trying to please God.

I’m going to trust what Jesus says and rest in His good pleasure.

What about you?

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9 Comments

  1. I don’t think the church knows what the implications of this are. You have to first question the theology of heaven and hell. If one still believes in the concept: that in some way our actions (and I mean any action, including believing or not believing something) can lead us to being sent to hell, then you will remain in what you define as religion. Because you’re always going to be trying to get that something of “not going to hell”.

  2. Phil, you might want the following edit change:
    “No God is the giver of all good things regardless…” to “No, God is the giver of all good things regardless…” Otherwise it is kind of the antithesis of what you are saying :).

  3. Is forgiveness really unconditional?
    Matt 6:14-15 “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

  4. Beautifully said, religion is a root word “seeking” God is not lost you are the lost race. Until now 2014 no one is projecting the King, you are an ambassador and only you represent His Kingdom. Never give advise to anyone or your personal interest only to direct people back to His word (Bible). To understand His Kingdom you must study Kingship/Rulership/Government system/Law/Protocol/Blue print and finally Love. God’s Kingdom enforces His Love but other kingdoms can only enforces oppression. The one who can reveal the Kingdom is the Governor (Holy Spirit) not man. Be bless

  5. Hi Phil – I love your stuff. Very thought provoking!

    I thought that I had seen an article that you wrote about the Bible — however I can’t find it. Do you have a “search” on this site?

  6. ‘God is not demanding payment from us before He gives good things’. But does he not require something (which is not payment) before he will give good things. God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. God requires our contrition and humility before him. Now this humbling is also a gift that God gives freely. Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God. (1 Peter 5 5-6), that he may exalt you in due time. So we need to do something to receive God’s exaltation (a good thing). We need to respond to God’s humbling by humbling ourselves. This response is NOT payment but is necessary for God to exalt us. God’s exalting us (a good thing) is therefore not unconditional but is conditional on our humbling ourselves under His hand.

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