“Religion is man searching for God; Christianity is God seeking man, manifesting Himself to him, drawing Himself to man.” –Martin Lloyd Jones
Years ago, I had a frustrating discussion with a ‘non-Christian’ work colleague in which, I tried to point out that I was not “Religious.” He had been raised in one of the more ‘fundamentalist’ denominations here in Northern Ireland.
It wasn’t until long after this encounter that I started to better understand why ‘Religion’ is bad and why it is the enemy of the Gospel.
If you have been raised in ‘the Church’ then you have definitely been influenced by ‘religion.’ If you have left ‘the Church’ or been negatively affected by people within ‘the Church,’ it’s probably because of ‘religion’ and not the Gospel or Jesus!
And at 33 years old it continues to influence me even when I don’t think it is!
But what happens when we have questions? What happens if we suddenly find ourselves surrounded by ‘religion’ with questions and frustrations and a desire to smash it to one side and grasp faith more fully?
Or, what if you are still confused by the blurred lines between ‘faith + religion?’
Thats what these posts will be about…….I hope
More coming soon…..