Religion is a filthy dung pile of self-effort in the sight of God’s Holiness because it is mankind’s idolatrous attempt to earn God’s favor through the energy of his rebellious nature & the imagination of his wicked mind. In order to understand why God hates religion, we must come face to face with who Jesus Christ really is.
The Bible teaches that He is the Creator & Savior. He is 100% God & 100% Man-the God-Man. Jesus is the Holy God as the second Person of the Tri-une Godhead & the Perfect Man because He does not have a sin nature & therefore does not have any sin. C.S. Lewis famously said that a man who said the kinds of things that Christ said would not just be a good moral teacher but would logically have to be a liar, lunatic, or Lord & God just as He claimed to be.
The Bible teaches that God created mankind in His image with a special purpose to magnify & enjoy the Creator through a love relationship. The religion of evolutionary scientism teaches that people evolved through random processes over millions of years from slime, to fish, to apes, to modern man. The first man, Adam, was created highly intelligent from the beginning but chose to disobey God’s command & the entire human race was plunged into sin & death because of his rebellion. Every one of us has a wicked heart full of sin & despises God’s almighty authority over our lives. Man’s rebellion against God’s Word is manifest in history by the ways that he has “worshipped” Him or a false god of his own imagination. We must come to God on His terms & there is a coming day when His undiluted wrath will justly explode upon the ungodly in eternal hell-fire because of their wickedness.
It has been said that, “When man reaches up to God, it’s called religion. When God reaches down to man, it’s called grace.” Religion is like slapping a can of white paint on a dilapidated out-building & saying, “Voila, the Taj Majal!” All it does is dress up the outside through external conformity to rites, rules, & tradition. Biblical Christianity is vastly different because God in His grace transforms the heart & life from the inside-out. It is an internal reality through a personal relationship with Christ when God Himself takes up residence in the heart. God did for us what we could not do for ourselves & offers to us the results of His finished work as a gift. Jesus hates religion because it says that what He did at Calvary is not enough. The Bible teaches that God’s grace is free because Christ paid the price with His blood & is alive today. Have you experienced the miracle of grace by placing your faith & trust in Christ to save you from hell by believing that He is the God-Man who died for our sins, was buried, & rose again? If you have, then live like you really believe that what you believe is really real.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8,9
*Published in the A-F Times-Reporter, March 2015