The Myth of a Christian Religion: Losing Your Religion for by Gregory A. Boyd

By Gregory A. Boyd

The dominion of God is a gorgeous revolution. Marked via the unconventional existence, love, servanthood, and humility of Jesus, it stands in stark distinction to the values and methods of the realm. unfortunately, many that profess to stick with Christ have acquired into the world's equipment, trying to impose a type of Christianized moral state via politics and keep watch over. during this illuminating sequel to his bestselling ebook the parable of a Christian state, Dr. Gregory Boyd issues us to a greater way---a manner of seeing and dwelling that's in keeping with the gospel of Jesus and his nation. among the extremes of passivity at the one hand and political holy warfare at the different lies the novel, progressive direction of imitating Jesus. In twelve components starting from racial and social concerns to stewardship of the planet, this ebook will persuade and encourage you to reside a Christlike lifetime of insurrection and beauty---and it's going to assist you reach a pragmatic way of life of nation effect.

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Nor am I suggesting that faithfulness to the Kingdom requires followers 60 / THE MY TH OF A CHRISTIAN RELIGION of Jesus to revolt against any particular Christian doctrines (or even reject true things they find in other religions, for that matter). The Kingdom’s revolt against religion, including the Christian religion, is on a totally different level. It is a revolt against all at­ tempts to get Life from particular beliefs — including true ones. For where God truly reigns over an individual or a community, their only source of Life is God, not the rightness of their beliefs.

Every single judgmental thought I had toward others as I sat THE REVOLT AGAINST JUDGMENT / 53 in the mall that day prevented me from doing the one thing I was supposed to be doing as a Kingdom person. Instead of getting my whole worth from God, I was trying to get worth from the idol of my judgment. And instead of submitting to God and agreeing with him that every person I saw had unsurpassable worth, I was rebel­ liously disagreeing with him and detracting worth from others to idolatrously ascribe worth to myself.

At the same time, Jesus confronts the lie that there’s something humans need to do, and can do, to acquire Life on our own. The fact that God himself became a human and died for our sin reveals that we can’t find Life on our own. If we had the ability to save our­ selves, it wouldn’t have been necessary for God to go to this radical extreme to save us. But the fact that God did this out of love reveals we don’t need to try to find Life on our own. Jesus reveals that, despite our sin, God remained desperately in love with us and as a result opened up the way for us to enter into the eternal relation­ ship with him that he’s always wanted.

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