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Won’t You Be My Neighbor (6 of 8)
Series: Why Jesus Hates Religion
Reverend: All right. So in Luke 10, this ancient story that teaches about this radical love that God expects that really God believes we can change the world with. Luke 10:25. “One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking Him this question. Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?” This guy’s an expert in the law. What’s important to know about him is that he’s very high on the social stratus. He’s a combination of three people because there wasn’t a difference between secular and sacred so he was a political leader combined with like a university professor and a pastor all in one thing and so this person was very respected.
And he stands up, which is a symbol of respect to Jesus. He calls Jesus teacher, which would’ve been a symbol of respect. But he has an agenda and we know he has an agenda because the text tells us that he wanted to test Jesus. And the testing of Jesus, does he want to disqualify Him? Does he want to disprove Him? Does he want to show that He’s not valid? We’re not quite sure at this point but we know that he wants to test Him. And he asks Him a question and the question that he asks Jesus is, ‘What should I do to inherit eternal life.’ Same question that rich young ruler asked and what’s ironic about this question, because it’s a religious question, is it always has this confusion in it because it’s what must I do – because religion is always about doing – to inherit eternal life?
What do you do to inherit something? Nothing. Inheritance is a gift. You’re born into a family, adopted into a family, and it’s given to you as a gift. But the problem with religion is that it’s moralistic at its core and it’s saying, what must I do? Because the assumption of religion is there is a good God who lives in a good place and only good people get to go there. And so religion is about being? Come on. Get caffeinated or snap up. All r ...
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