Sunday, April 22, 2012

Phillips: Christianity is not a religion

Sunday, April 22, 2012
    [Jesus:] “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
    —Matthew 5:48 (NIV)
    Suppose Christianity is not a religion at all but a way of life, a falling in love with God, and through Him, a falling in love with our fellows. Of course such a way is hard and costly, but it is also joyous and rewarding even in the here-and-now. People who follow that Way know beyond all possible argument that they are in harmony with the Purpose of God, that Christ is with them and in them as they set about His work in our disordered world.
    If anyone thinks this is perilous and revolutionary teaching, so much the better. That is exactly what they thought of the teaching of Jesus Christ. The light He brought to bear upon human affairs is almost unbearably brilliant, but it is the light of Truth, and in that light human problems can be solved.
    ... J. B. Phillips (1906-1982), When God was Man, London: Lutterworth Press:, 1954, p. 26 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your word is a revolution in my life.
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