“In a sermon Dick Lucas once preached, he recounted an imaginary conversation between an early Christian and her neighbor in Rome.Of course there is the work of religion within followship of Jesus (James 1:27, etc), but even this distinguishes Christianity from all other religions. In Christianity, Jesus is the shape of salvation and good works are part of the "insides." In Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, LDS, what-have-you, good works are the shape and the substance. In this sense, Christianity is no religion at all.“Ah,” the neighbor says. “I hear you are religious! Great! Religion is a good thing. Where is your temple or holy place?”
“We don’t have a temple,” replies the Christian. “Jesus is our temple.”
“No temple? But where do your priests work and do their ritual?”
“We don’t have priests to mediate the presence of God,” replies the Christian. “Jesus is our priest.”
“No priests? But where do you offer your sacrifices to acquire the favor of your God?”
“We don’t need a sacrifice,” replies the Christian. “Jesus is our sacrifice.”
“What kind of religion is this?” sputters the pagan neighbor.
And the answer is, it’s no kind of religion at all.”
—- Tim Keller, King’s Cross: The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus, p. 48.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
No Kind of Religion At All
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Posted by Jared at 8:53 AM