Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Guy had a Religion Problem--Do You?

  • Religion does not produce spiritual life (v. 14-15). Numbers 21:4-9; 1 Corinthians 2:2; Galatians 6:14; John 8:28; John 12:32; 2 Kings 18:4
  • Religion does not rescue you from Gods righteous judgment (v. 17-18).
  • Religion prefers the darkness (v. 19).
    • Light and darkness are used in the Bible as a metaphor to represent goodness and evil.
    • Jesus refers to Himself as light. John 8:12
    • The nature of light:
      • The nearer we are to the source, the brighter the light appears.
      • The brighter the light, the more revealing it is.
      • Light reflects more clearly from a clean surface.
      • Light means little to the blind; they can neither see it nor appreciate it.
      • A person walking toward the light walks in the light
      • Light cannot dwell with darkness nor can darkness dwell with the light.
Religion imparts death … a relationship imparts life.
Religion is based on works … a relationship is based on faith.
Religion is grounded in uncertainty … a relationship is grounded in a promise.
Religion is external … a relationship is internal
Religion brings judgment … a relationship brings salvation.
Religion loves the darkness … a relationship loves the light.
Religion takes credit for salvation … a relationship gives God the credit.
Religion seeks personal glory … a relationship seeks God’s glory.

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