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"No matter what my heart will be Yours forever and I will fight till the day I see You again. 愛是生命的動力!!! 信心!謙卑!希望! Love is the driving force of life!!! Confidence! Humility! Hope! "Love complete my life of living! The Spirit of Love never fails, and miracles happen when you have the faith to believe in love! Be true to what God has put in your heart and don't look to the left or to the right. Stay focused on what God says! Be calm and stable, but passionate with enthusiasm!

Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus !!!

What if I told you, Jesus came to abolish religion?
What if I told you getting you to vote republican, really wasn’t his mission?
Because religious right doesn’t automatically mean Christian,
And just because you call some people blind, doesn’t automatically give you vision.
I mean if religion is so great, why has it started so many wars?
Why does it build huge churches, but fails to feed the poor?
Tells single moms God doesn’t love them if they’ve ever been divorced
Yet God in the Old Testament actually calls the religious people whores
Religion might preach grace, but another thing they practice,
Tend to ridicule Gods people, they did it to John the Baptist,
Cant fix their problems, so they try to mask it,
Not realizing that’s just like spraying perfume on a casket
Because the problem with religion is that it never gets to the core,
It’s just behavior modification, like a long list of chores.
Let’s dress up the outside, make things look nice and neat,
Its funny that’s what they do to mummies, while the corpse rots underneath,
Now I ain’t judging I’m just saying be careful of putting on a fake look,
Because there’s a problem if people only know that you’re a Christian by your Facebook
In every other aspect of life you know that logins unworthy
Its like saying you play for the lakes just because you bought a jersey
But see I played this game too; no one seemed to be on to me,
I was acting like church kid, while addicted to pornography.
I’d go to church on Sunday, but on Saturday getting faded,
Acting as if I was simply created to have sex and get wasted.
Spend my whole life putting on this facade of neatness,
But now that I know Jesus, I boast in my weakness. If grace is water, then the church should
be an ocean, Cuz its not a museum for good people, it’s
a hospital for the broken I no longer have to hide my failures I don’t
have to hide my sin, Because my salvation doesn’t depend on me,
it depends on him. because when I was Gods enemy and certainly
not a fan, God looked down on me and said, “I want
that man!” Which is so different from religious people,
and why Jesus called em fools Don’t you see hes so much better than just
following some rules? Now let me clarify, I love the church, I love
the bible, and I believe in sin But my question, is if Jesus were here today,
would your church let Him in? Remember He was called a drunkard and a glutton
by “religious men” The Son of God not supported self-righteousness,
not now, not then.
Now back to the topic, one thing I think is vital to mention,
How Jesus and religion are on opposite spectrums, One is the work of God one is a man made invention,
One is the cure and one is the infection. Because Religion says do, Jesus says done.
Religion says slave, Jesus says son, Religion puts you in shackles but Jesus sets
you free. Religion makes you blind, but Jesus lets you
see.
This is what makes religion and Jesus two different clans,
Religion is man searching for God, but Christianity is God searching for man.
Which is why salvation is freely mine, forgiveness is my own,
Not based on my efforts, but Christ’s obedience alone.
Because he took the crown of thorns, and blood that dripped down his face
He took what we all deserved, that’s why we call it grace.
While being murdered he yelled “father forgive them, they know not what they do”,
Because when he was dangling on that cross, he was thinking of you
He paid for all your sin, and then buried it in the tomb,
Which is why im kneeling at the cross now saying come on there’s room
So know I hate religion, in fact I literally resent it,
Because when Jesus cried It is finished, I believe He meant it.

教會不是建築物,而是人。
教會不是無生命的空間,而是活生生的有機體。

讀到作者傑弗森‧貝斯齊所寫這本《耶穌比宗教大》書中的話,很快使我想起有一年我參加所屬長老教會總會,用很長時間在討論「甚麼是『教會』」這個議題。之所以會討論這個議案,是因為當時每年從神學院畢業的傳道者少,而卻有許多機構,包括學校、醫院、社服機構、校園學生團契等都需要專任傳道者投入,但礙於總會有明確規定:傳道師需要至少在「地方教會」牧養兩年以上,且通過「牧師」資格考試之後才可以到機構去服務。有些教會代表希望能修改這條規定,因此提案到總會年會來討論,結果是討論了大半天,都是繞在「教會」這個名詞的解釋上。

後來主持會議的議長裁定停止討論,只有提議才可以發言。這時,有一位年輕的議員舉手提議說:「屋頂上有十字架的,就是『教會』。」當此議一出,隨即獲得甚多議員紛紛舉手表示「附議」。於是很快就通過了這議案。但就在議長宣佈要將表決結果列入記錄時,有位年老的長老突然舉手要求議長讓他針對此議講一句話。徵詢過所有議員的同意後,這位年長的長老站起來這樣說:「我同意『教會』就是屋頂上有十字架的。但這種房子『墓仔埔』最多。」

結果許多原本看似準備要離開議場的議員,都因這位年長議員的話而安靜地坐了下來,整個會場突然靜默不語,沒有人講話。這時議長宣佈:「議事錄暫且停止宣讀。大家今晚好好省思一下,明天才再來討論看怎樣做成決定。」然後他帶大家一起禱告後,宣告休會。

傑夫(作者的小名)在這本《耶穌比宗教大》書中,共計分成十章,主要在討論一個主軸問題:真實的基督信仰應該有的樣式。他從個人的信仰經歷述說開始,從他小時候上教會去,到離開信仰,然後重新回來認真追求,並且親身體會到真實信仰對他生命改造所帶來的影響和意義。書中提到許多現有基督教會扭曲了真實信仰意義的實例。就像他所說的:「我們確實是用自己發明的耶穌,取代了那個真實的耶穌。」從這句話就可以看出傑夫確實做了許多信仰反省,也批判了現有基督教會存在錯誤的信仰現象。

就像作者所說的,他不是神學家,也不是牧師,但書中一再舉出他對聖經的觀點和瞭解,而他的見解,比起我們身為傳道者的看法更貼近聖經的本意。就像他在書中提到的問題:「到底從什麼時候開始,『討厭同志』、『不喝酒』、『不刺青』等這些東西,竟然變成基督宗教的核心價值?」他強調這就是教會的錯!很有意思的是,例如他認為不應該把音樂、藝術、文學等這些作品特別給予歸類為屬於基督宗教的,應該要把「基督宗教」的字眼拿掉,在他的觀點裡,任何能感動人心的作品,都有上帝特別的用意在其中,那是上帝在對人啟示、講話的一種方式。但往往因為這些宗教字眼反而將上帝對人的啟示恩典給遮蓋了起來。

在這本書中,傑夫用極大篇幅在討論基督教會最大的癥結,就是把信仰給予「宗教化」,這樣反而讓人對基督信仰感受不到生命的真諦。特別是他在書中指出今天的基督教會就是因為已經「宗教化」了,才會想盡辦法為了要吸引更多人進入教會,卻教導出錯誤的信仰認知。他清楚地指出:

耶穌應許的不是世俗的成功,而是他自己;
耶穌應許的不是富裕,而是在他之內的富裕;
耶穌應許的不是一帆風順,而是與我們同在。

另一方面,他也指出今天基督教會真正的問題,是將耶穌「聖誕老人」化了,只想要向耶穌要東西,或是期待耶穌聽人祈禱之後,就會賞賜給人所需要的東西,而這種現象也是今天在台灣經常看見的現象,總讓人以為信耶穌,你的困難、欠缺都會得到滿足,就像有的基督教會告訴信徒有信心,就會撿到鑽石,或是生病時只要虔誠地向耶穌祈禱就會得到痊癒等等,其實,這是非常錯誤的信仰認知。就像他在書中結尾時所說的:

教會是讓人坦承脆弱的地方。
教會是讓人拿下面具的地方。
教會是讓你做自己的地方。

他說教會不應該是「一座好人博物館」,而應該是「一所收容破碎之人的醫院」,因為屬於耶穌的教會,並不是在「炫耀他出色的員工」,而是要「醫治受傷的兒女」。這也是我一再強調的,認識耶穌基督,應該是從人生命的苦難開始,若是沒有這樣的認識,就很難進入基督宗教信仰的門道。

這是一本認識基督宗教信仰的好書,特別用在教會小組或團契中,當作讀書分享、討論信仰的好教材。

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