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Redefining Rituals (8 of 8)
Series: Why Jesus Hates Religion
Reverend: Well, if you’ll pull out your outlines, we are finishing our series on “Why Jesus Hates Religion,” and we spent a lot of time talking about why Jesus hates religion. Is it true? We started by saying, “Do all religions lead to the same place?” Yes, they do. The problem is that they don’t lead to God. So everybody who says, All religions lead to God,” they don’t; all religions lead to moralism. It’s about you making yourself a better person by what you do. It’s about you earning God’s love. It’s about being righteous. It’s about being performing. It’s about contract luck. The reason Jesus hates religion is because it makes you miss Jesus altogether. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day, the missed Jesus, they rejected Jesus, ultimately they killed Jesus because of their religion.
So we’ve been spending time with this and looking at it and we’re going to finish today. Tonight, at 6:00 here we’re going to have a question-and-answer time. Mike Erie’s going to be here with me, and we’re going to answer every question you have. You’ve been giving us questions and we’ve been doing it on a podcast but there’s other ones. So here’s three that we have, and then if you have others you’ll be able to give those to us as you think about them, but “If Jesus is inclusive, why does he send people to Hell that don’t accept him? That doesn’t seem very inclusive.” That’s one of your questions. “How is it possible to love your enemies, really? How is it possible.” “We’re talking about rituals today. Weren’t rituals and regulations and religious duties commanded by God in the Old Testament? Then why would he command us to do them if he hates them so much?”
Now you might have other questions, even as we you think about them as we go through this. You want to come tonight, 6:00, and we’ll answer all your questions. I’m very excited to see if this is something you like and if it works for you. If ...
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