Sunday, April 06, 2008

I finished reading the book The End of Religion by Bruxy Cavey while I was at the conference in Reno.

Some stuff from the book...

"At the same time, Jesus never taught that people could experience true spirituality simply by stopping those same religious rituals. Please understand -- and this is important -- becoming a religion drop-out does not by itself make you more spiritual... (Jesus) didn't just want people to stop licking the cup -- he wanted them to drink!"

"So when someone says to me, 'I'm spiritual but not religious', I imagine Jesus sighing with relief."

"This is, by the way, why I strongly believe in sticking closely to what the Bible teachings -- not to be an oppressive legalist, but to avoid oppressive legalism. Remember that in Christian circles, legalism is usually the result of human tradition being added to the Bible and passed off as Scriptural teaching."

"So offering forgiveness to sinners directly was, in a way, both a creative and destructive gesture. Creative for the human spirit; destructive for the religious system. At the same moment he was building people up, Jesus was also tearing religion down."

Wow! Good stuff man! Have a great week.



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