Who needs religions? Can’t sand it!!!
I hope all people get fed up with religions, trying to please God by their own self-righteousness!
All religions looking up trying to gain God’s acceptance or approval by doing religious things or good deeds.
Religion is about what others and myself think of me.
True Christianity (relationship with God through Jesus Christ) is what God thinks of me!
True Christianity is about God in Christ reconciling us to Himself! For He made Him (Jesus Christ) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
True Christianity is God who reached down to the lower pit of sin and death and reconciled us to Himself! And it is not us reaching up trying to gain His approval!
Reconciling: Reuniting, joining. Making us in right standing with Himself.
The self-righteous (the proud) relies on himself for salvation.
The Humble relies on God's gift (Jesus Christ) for salvation.
True humility is so attractive! It’s like a magnet that pulls you in.
Pride is so disgusting! It drives you away.
That's way God’s word says “he resists the proud but gives grace to the humble”
We are new creation in Christ!
2 Corinthians 5:So from now on we regard no one from a human point of view [according to worldly standards and values]. Though we have known Christ from a human point of view, now we no longer know Him in this way. Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life]. But all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ [making us acceptable to Him] and gave us the ministry of reconciliation [so that by our example we might bring others to Him], that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting people’s sins against them [but canceling them]. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation [that is, restoration to favor with God].
So we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His appeal through us; we [as Christ’s representatives] plead with you on behalf of Christ to be reconciled to God. He made Christ who knew no sin to [judicially] be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we would become the righteousness of God [that is, we would be made acceptable to Him and placed in a right relationship with Him by His gracious loving-kindness].
The Pharisee and the Tax Collector
The Religious and sinnersLuke 18:9 He also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves and were confident that they were righteous [posing outwardly as upright and in right standing with God], and who viewed others with contempt:“Two men went up into the temple [enclosure] to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood [ostentatiously] and began praying to himself [in a self-righteous way, saying]: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like the rest of men—swindlers, unjust (dishonest), adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing at a distance, would not even raise his eyes toward heaven, but was striking his chest[in humility and repentance], saying, ‘God, be merciful and gracious to me, the [especially wicked] sinner [that I am]!’ I tell you, this man went to his home justified [forgiven of the guilt of sin and placed in right standing with God] rather than the other man; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself [forsaking self-righteous pride] will be exalted.”
The humble and the proud
1 Peter 5:Likewise, you younger men [of lesser rank and experience], be subject to your elders [seek their counsel]; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another [tie on the servant’s apron], for God is opposed to the proud [the disdainful, the presumptuous, and He defeats them], but He gives grace to the humble.
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God [set aside self-righteous pride], so that He may exalt you [to a place of honour in His service] at the appropriate time, casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].