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The Reason for God - What Is The Gospel?

The Reason for God - What Is The Gospel?

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Our main problem is sin (building our identity on anything but God). But why must the solution be Christianity? All religions teach us to do good and if I live a better life, isn’t that good enough? The paradox is that unconditional grace demands that the recipient give up control of his or her life. Actually we are not in control but enslaved by what ever we are living for. Grace is only a threat to the illusion tat we are free, autonomous and living life as we choose.
The Christian faith is not religion or irreligion. It is something else altogether.
Our main problem is sin (building our identity on anything but God). But why must the solution be Christianity? All religions teach us to do good and if I live a better life, isn’t that good enough? The paradox is that unconditional grace demands that the recipient give up control of his or her life. Actually we are not in control but enslaved by what ever we are living for. Grace is only a threat to the illusion tat we are free, autonomous and living life as we choose.
The Christian faith is not religion or irreligion. It is something else altogether.

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The Reason for God:
 Religion and the Gospel 
 
Our main problem is sin (building our identity on anything but God). But why must thesolution be Christianity? All religions teach us to do good and if I live a better life, isn’tthat good enough?The Christian faith is much more radical than that. The problem is not that we don’t knowstealing, lust, hatred, attachment to worldly things, selfishness, cruelty is wrong or sinful.The problem is we already know it but we still do it. We want to do good but at the sametime, we also find another desire to do exactly the opposite. So just getting religious adviceand teachings, laws and regulations, do’s and don’ts is not the solution. The diagnosis hasto be much deeper than that. All other religions have founders who show the way tosalvation, but only Jesus claims to actually be the way of salvation himself.The story of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde? When Dr Jekyll realizes that he is this livingcontradiction of good and evil, he decided to do all he can to get rid of selfishness and pride from his heart. He devoted himself to charity and good works, to drown his selfishnature with acts of kindness and sacrifice and pay for the wrongs he had done before. Andit worked! He became the most moral and kind person, and stopped taking the potion atnight to become Mr Hyde.Then one fine day Dr Jekyll thinks of all the good that he has achieved, and how much better a person he was compared to others. He says, “I can say with total honesty that mydecision to do good has produced great results. You know how much hard work I spent tohelp suffering people… But as I smiled, comparing myself with others, comparing my actsof goodness with their lazy, cruel neglect to do good… at that very moment, a horriblefeeling came over me and I looked down… I was once again Mr Hyde”. At that moment, just when he has achieved his standard of being good and righteous, Jekyll transformedinto Hyde again, this time without drinking any potion at all. Unable to control histransformations any longer, Jekyll killed himself.The moral of the story is this: Covering up our selfishness and pride with lots of goodworks and kind deeds won’t make us less self centered. Instead they only feed into our  pride and self righteousness. Jekyll becomes Hyde, not because he is bad, but precisely because he is good. If you define the purpose of your existence in terms of performance,you do good deeds motivated by self-interest (in order to get to heaven, escape from hell or to feel good about yourself, to meet expectation of others). In the end, the ultimate motiveis still ‘yourself”. If you achieve it, you end up with self righteousness and pride. If you failto achieve it, you will end up with despair and fear. Either way you still end up becomingMr or Miss Hyde.There are two ways to run away from God and be your own Savior: Be bad and break allthe rules and be good and keep all the rules. Religion says: “Do good, obey the rules – thenI will be accepted by God”. The Good News: “I am accepted by God because of what Jesushas done – therefore I obey”.1

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