Human nature is such that we prefer doing something that gives us a sense of achievement. We like the feeling that we have accomplished something; it gives us this “feel-good factor”. When one looks at religion, we see the proof of that so evident in Buddhism, Islam, and Hinduism. Most religions require one to perform certain rituals or do certain things to become holier or more spiritual.
However, this is contrary with Christianity, for it is a religion of Grace. You may say, “What about the requirements and laws within Christianity, such as fasting, reading your Bible, praying, and doing well?” This is not Christianity. Sadly—like those Pharisees and Sadducees in Jesus’ day—we burden people with heavy loads of “must do’s” and “must not do’s”. Christianity is the most difficult religion. It defies even to be called a religion, for it is not the person’s faith or worship that determines their spirituality, but Christ’s work on the Cross and living for Him.
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace. (Ephesians 1:7)
The apostle Paul was very clear that our works do not determine our status with God, or even how holy we think we can become. However, it is clear that it is Christ’s work and His alone. If you think it has something to do with you, then you have at least something to boast about.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8)
Christianity is not about doing something to attain salvation. This makes it the most difficult religion, for humanity loves to do. Even when people come to the saving faith of Christ, they want to do from fear of losing what has been freely given.
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)
So, if Christ lives in a believer, and the life that believer lives is by the faith of the Son of God, then why are believers under Law in Christendom? Why are leaders of churches killing the flock with heavy burdens of laws and regulations?
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:2)
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