Christianity is not a religion–it is a lifestyle.
It is based upon the human example left behind by Jesus of Nazareth. Any attempt to build the Kingdom of God on doctrines, practices, rituals, worship, attendance, prayer, Bible study or fasting will flail, because the Kingdom of God is within us.
In other words, until we tap ourselves–our passions, our errors and get our questions answered–there really is no Kingdom of God.
Or maybe better stated, it’s a theory.
To emphasize this, Jesus told us that God is our Father.
Once we realize that He is our Daddy and not the smoke at the top of the mountain, an angry disciplinarian, the Force, or just karma, we can then predict what God’s reaction will be in situations due to His paternal instincts.
- As a Father, He is certainly not going to plan our lives for us. Any dad who would do that would be considered a first-class asshole.
- As a Father, He’s not going to give up on us, disown us, or throw us out in the desert with a canteen.
- But as a Father, He will institute chores for us to perform–and by our faithfulness, evaluate our present mindset.
Jesus came to show us the Father.
We should be studying the life, ideas, tendencies and predilections of the Nazarene. Instead we focus on His arrest, trial and death.
In doing so, we attempt to divert the Christian message from being a revelation of the Father to a pre-destined, pre-ordained human execution in order to acquire blood atonement.
Actually, the crucifixion makes so much more sense when you realize that the Father was hoping his children would be more receptive–but still made a pathway of salvation for all of us through the courage and sacrifice of our elder brother, Jesus.
It is not that dissimilar to the story of Joseph in the Old Testament, who is thrown into a pit by his brothers, left for dead, only to redeem those same brethren in Egypt after he gained power, rescuing them from destitution.
Nothing good happens in the Christian church until we realize that the entire ministry of Jesus was about showing us the Father.
Even in the midst of the agony of the cross, he said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
So if you’re wondering why religion is leaving you flat, and church seems redundant and meaningless, it’s because invented ideas have been passed along and given primary importance, while the congregation thirsts for the relationship with their Father promised to them by Jesus.
It is time for us to show Jesus to the community–so he can reveal the Father to all of us.