Quotes From Jesus > Religion

“I hear a lot of people say that the fear of death and the fear of public speaking are two of the main fears in my generation, but I disagree. I think it’s the fear of silence. We return to turn off our computers, turn off our phones, log off Facebook, and just sit in silence, because in those moments, we might actually have to face up to who we really are.”

“For example, how come in Sunday school, Noah’s ark was always portrayed as this happy getaway, with the sun shining and rainbows everywhere? Why on earth did people put that event on paintings and hang them above their fireplaces? They made it look more like a Carnival cruise vacation than the outpouring of God’s wrath that it was. If someone were to portray the scene in a movie or painting accurately, it would probably be rated R.”

“In the book of Mark, Jesus is feeding four thousand people with only a few loaves of bread and some fish. You can imagine the crowd’s awe and enjoyment. Jesus was becoming a rock star. You better believe he would have had TMZ following him at this point. From there he goes and heals a man at Bethsaida. Everyone see’s Jesus’ power and wants more. So what does he do? Does he revel in the attention? Leverage his fame as an evangelistic tool? Ask people to bow their heads and close their eyes and raise their hands for him? He actually does the opposite. He says, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.'”

“During a commercial break, they did a fifteen-second spot about the station that consisted of kids laughing, happy music and the slogan, ‘Music you can trust, because it’s safe for the whole family!’I remember thinking, Safe for the whole family? Is Jesus really safe for the whole family? I realized we had created a Jesus who’s safe for the whole family. But if we were honest, we’d ask, how is a homeless dude who was murdered on a cross for saying he was God safe for the whole family? Not to mention that Paul told us if we choose to follow his example as a follower of Jesus, we will be treated the way he was. We’ve lost the real Jesus – or at least exchanged him for a newer, safer, sanitized, ineffectual one. We’ve created a Christian subculture that comes with its own set of customs, rules, rituals, paradigms, and products that are nowhere near the rugged, revolutionary faith of biblical Christianity. In our subculture Jesus would have never been crucified – he’s too nice.”

“Doesn’t that seem weird that all music is separate by genre except Christian music, which is separate by worldview? That’s an indictment on both the Christian and non-Christian: on the Christian because we like to retreat to our own subculture, and on the non-Christian because they don’t let Jesus followers have a voice in the industry at-large.”

“The biggest difference between religious people and gospel-loving people is that religious people see certain people as the enemies, when Jesus-followers see sin as the enemy.”

“Jesus wants to make it clear: he isn’t taking God’s moral law lightly. The only difference is, he didn’t come to crush us with it – which religious people do, like the leaders in John 8 – but rather, he came to fulfill it for us. When something is ‘fulfilled,’ it means it has reached its end or completion. That’s what Jesus said he was doing. He was fulfilling the righteous requirements of it, on our behalf, to give us perfect standing with God.”

“That fact is actually what led early Romans to consider the first Christians atheists. They’d ask ‘Where is your temple?’ to which the Christians would reply that hey didn’t have a building, and Jesus was their temple. So then they’d ask, ‘Well, who is your priest?’ To which they’d reply that they didn’t have a priest on earth, because Jesus was their ultimate priest in heaven. Finally they’d ask, ‘Who is your sacrifice?’ to which the early Christians would respond that they no longer offered sacrifices because Jesus’ sacrifice was one for all. That is what Jesus meant when he said ‘I have not come to abolish the Law or the Prophets but to fulfill them.'”

*All quotes are from Jesus > Religion: Why He Is So Much Better Than Trying Harder, Doing More, and Being Good Enough by Jefferson Bethke


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