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Br. Samuel Babu, Believers Brethren Assembly, (BBA), Majlis - Bahrain For the last few days, we have been relentlessly praying for Br. Samuel Babu, who suffered Cardiac Problems and was admitted in Salmaniya Medical Complex, Bahrain. It was well pleasing for our Lord to call HIS child to the Eternal Home, where there is no pain, no sorrow, no tears, no sickness and no death. He went to be with the LORD around 10:30 PM Bahrain Time today (Friday 23rd 2015). Let us uphold the grieving family members to the Throne of Grace. May the Lord bestow upon them heavenly Grace, Peace and strength and console them with the word of God.
 
 
 
GENERAL

CHRISTIANITY IS NOT A RELIGIION!!!!

 

Bro. Job Thomas Joy

 

 

 

Christianity has mistakenly been defined and described as a religion. It’s not true! Of course there is a religion called "Christian", which does not have any relationship with Christ or Bible. It doesn't require God in Christ for the "Christian religion" to function; just man and money! Actually religion and Christianity are as different as night and day, death and life, fiction and truth. Jesus Christ didn't found any religion. The so called "Christian religion" was made later by somebody else for their own benefit. Jesus is not just the historical founder of a "Christian religion"; rather He is the vital spiritual essence of Christianity which is His dynamic ontological function within receptive humanity.

 

The purpose of Jesus' coming was not to "bind us" to anything or any one. Jesus clearly indicates that He came to set us free, free to be functional humanity in the fullest sense, by allowing God to function through us to His glory. He said, "You shall know the truth and truth shall make you free"(John 8:32) and He himself is the truth (John 14:6).

 

Jesus didn't say, "I came that you might have religion. And practice it more faithfully" but He said, "I came that you might have life, and have it more abundantly" (John 10:10).

 

The religions of the world have some fine teachings, but they lack the person and life of Jesus Christ; the dynamic presence of God in man. Christianity is unique. It is one of a kind. It is the singular reality of God's activity to restore mankind from their fallen condition through His Son, Jesus Christ. Christianity is not the propagation of a philosophy. It is not the performance of religious procedures. But Christianity is the reception of a person, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, God himself, into one's being and behavior.

 

Religion emphasizes precepts, propositions, performance, production, programs, promotions, percentages etc. Christianity emphasizes the person of Jesus Christ; and his life lived out through the respective Christian believer. Religion has to do with form, formalism and formulas; ritual, rules, regulations and rites; legalism, laws and laboring. The "good news" of Christianity is that it is not what we do or perform, but what Jesus has done and is doing in us.

 

Christianity is not religion! Christianity is Christ! Christianity is "Christ-in-you-ity". Jesus Christ didn't found a religion to remember and reiterate His teaching. Christianity is the personal, spiritual presence of the risen and living Lord Jesus Christ, manifesting His life and character in Christians, i.e. "Christ-ones". Christianity is not a book-religion! Christianity is Christ functioning as the expressive Word of God in man. Christianity is not a religion that imposes a particular morality with specific ethical behavior. (The "Christian religion" has faked the world into believing that such is the essence of Christianity.)

 

Christianity asserts that God alone is autonomous, independent and self-existent. Everything and everyone else is dependent and derivative. Christianity, Christian living, is the life of Jesus Christ lived out through us. Christianity is not just another religion propagating an ideology. Christianity is not just another religion remembering the teaching of its founder. Christianity is not just another religion reiterating the propositional tenets of its founder's teaching and calling such "truth". Christianity is not just another religion demanding conformity to a particular "belief-system" or database of doctrine.

 

The essence of Christianity is Jesus Christ. All of Christianity is inherent in Jesus, His person and His continuing activity. Christianity functions only by the dynamic of the risen and living Lord Jesus. Christianity is the function of the Spirit of Christ as He continues to live in Christians.

 

Jesus didn't come to bring new information about God, about salvation, about love and about eternal life; but He came to be Life to all mankind. He came as God, as Salvation, as Love. He came to restore mankind to what God intended in creation, and that by functioning as God in man, the spiritual dynamic of life.

 

The Christian gospel is not an ideological option alongside many others. Rather, the Christian gospel is the good news of the singular source of spiritual life in Jesus Christ, in contrast to spiritual death presently and in the hereafter. Exclusivity or inclusivity of ideological options is not the issue. The issue is life or death! Mankind has been offered an either-or, "yes" or "no" choice of whether we will accept spiritual and eternal life in Christ, or reject Him. "He who has the Son (Jesus) has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life" (I john 5:12).

 

Christianity, as differentiated from "Christian religion", is not a role playing! The Christian identifies in spiritual solidarity with Jesus Christ, who becomes his/her life and the basis of their new identity as a "Christ-one", a Christian. "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; old things have passed away, behold all things have become new". (II Cor. 5:17).

 

Christianity is not "make-believe". It is real-believe. Faith involves the receptivity of the activity of the life of Jesus Christ in me. It is the receptivity of divine reality; the Being of Christ expressed in our behavior.

 

Christianity is alive with the living expression of the life of the risen Lord Jesus. Christianity is the ontological dynamic of Jesus who is "alive and well" in Christians today. He can't be bound up in the religion of ideology, behavior, procedures or instructions. He is free to express His divinity in our humanity. Christianity is the proclamation of the end of religion, not of a new religion, or not even of the best of all religions. Christianity is not a premise, proposition, program or procedure to be applied to the problems of the fallen world. The "good news" of Christianity is the living person of Jesus Christ, rather than a packed solution to an identifiable social or personal problem. Jesus Christ did not come to be a remedy to problems, but to be the Redeemer of mankind. Christianity is not problem-solving! Christianity is the life of Jesus Christ lived out in the midst of present problems, evidencing His sufficiency in all situations. The main idea of Christianity is that it presents the redemption, the perfection, the consummation of all finite being in union with God. The central truth of Christianity is that the Holy Spirit brings to bear on our heart and lives the presence and power of the living Christ, and thereby links together the Christ of History and the Christ of Faith. Thus the work of the Holy Spirit in relation to Christ is the very heart of Christianity.

 

Christian living is not generated, produced or manufactured by the Christian in response to, or appreciation of, Christ's redemptive work or spiritual presence. But the Christian life is enacted by the dynamic expression or the life of Jesus Christ through the Christian. Jesus Christ himself creates the Christian life in our souls by the action of His Spirit. Christian life is not an imitation of Jesus' life; but the manifestation of His life and being in our behavior.

 

The affirmation that Christianity is Christ, that "Christianity is the divine", is not merely advocacy of another variant epistemological ideology or defense of a more precise orthodox belief-system. This is a call to return to the reality of the risen and living Lord Jesus Christ as the ontological essence and behavioral expression of Christianity. May God bless you!

 

Courtesy: Christianity is not Religion by James A. Fowler

 

 

                                                                                                    

 

                                                                     

 

 
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