The difference between "Religion" and Biblical Christianity
What's the difference between "Religion" and Biblical Christianity? Tim Keller, in his book Center Church, has a helpful comparison summarized below.
|"I obey, therefore I'm accepted."||"I'm accepted; therefore I obey."|
|I obey God in order to get things from God.||I obey God to get God - to delight and resemble him.|
|When circumstances in my life go wrong, I am angry at God, since I believe that anyone who is good deserves a comfortable life||When circumstances in my life go wrong, I struggle, but I know that while God may allow this for my training, he will exercise his fatherly love within my trial.|
|My prayer life consists largely of petition and only heats up when I am in need. My main purpose in prayer is to control circumstances.||My prayer life consists of generous stretches of priase and adoration. My main purpose is fellowship with him.|
|My identity and self-worth are based mainly on how hard I work or how moral I am, so I must look down on those I perceive as lazy or immoral. I disdain and feel superior to others.||
My identity and self-worth are centered on the One who died for his enemies, including me. Only by sheer grace am I what I am, so I can't look down on those who believe or practice something different from me. I have no inner need to win arguments.