By March 19, 2014 7 Comments

religionCan there be faith after religion?

The following quotes were written to help you think about Jesus, faith, religion and you.

11 Thoughts To Think On

1. “Jesus did not come to offer an alternative religion but an alternative to religion. He did not call people to leave one lifeless shell for another but to live life beyond the borders of religious rules, regulations, rituals, and routines.”

2. “For too long, people have assumed that religion is how we connect with God and relationship is how we connect with people. The original lesson of the Bible is that our connection with God should be a lot more like our relationships with other people – intimate, unscripted, authentic.”

3. “The Jesus of the Bible lived by a simple philosophy: if love guides our hearts, rules become redundant. Love, embraced as a principles of other-centeredness, will always lead us to do the right thing.”

4. “Jesus’ message of God’s love was radically inclusive in a world where religions were anything but. … Jesus invited his own people to give up their claims of exclusivity and to join him in ushering in the universal sisterhood and brotherhood that faith can bring.”

5. “When any system of salvation or organization of belief becomes our conduit to God, it is not a large step for that system to become our God.”

6. “… the enemy is not tradition itself but the complete dependence upon tradition and routine to the point where we disengage from thoughtful, purposeful, intentional intimacy.”

7. “God’s light overcomes all darkness. But light also creates shadows… whenever we put obstacles, including ourselves, in the way of others.”

8. “In Jesus, God acts through his speech. And he speaks thru his actions. Nothing is wasted.”

9. “Jesus laid down his life FOR us, so he could give his life TO us, so he could change the world THROUGH us.”

10. “In the Gospel witness of Acts, Hell is never mentioned. The early Church helped people run toward someONE rather than away from someTHING.”

11. May we love as we have been loved…
EROS: All take.
PHILIA: Give & take.
AGAPE: All give.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son.


All quotes courtesy of Bruxy Cavey, teaching pastor of “The Meeting House,” including some from “The End Of Religion: Encountering the Subversive Spirituality of Jesus.”

QUESTION: Which quote(s) caught your attention?

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Join the discussion 7 Comments

  • Cynthia says:

    “Lent”- Fast ,give up
    “Fast from anger, Fast from judging others, Fast form discouragement ,Fast from complaining, Fast from bitterness, Fast from lavishness”.

  • adena lowry says:

    I like what Cynthia said about giving up. The best way to accomplish her fasting is to be “slow to anger and quick to listen.” Speak less, and listen more. Quote 7 reminds me that we need not be ashamed of our hurts and pains. The enemy would have us think that we need to hide our pain – in the darkness. But when we are open to share our hurts with a trusted friend, then the light breaks the hold that the enemy thought he had.

  • bob jones says:

    Great suggestions, Cynthia.

  • bob jones says:

    There is no shame in pain. We are only as sick as our secrets. Thanks, Adena.

  • bob jones says:

    There is no shame in pain. We are only as sick as our secrets. Thank you, Adena.

  • Carole Schlachta says:

    Number 7 jumped right out at me. I personally agree and don’t agree completely.
    God’s light overcomes darkness but it also produces shadows of obstacles, etc., etc., ……
    Einstein said “darkness cannot dispell light; but light dispels darkness.
    A wise pastor once said(and I have written this in the front of my bible)
    “Remember in the darkness, what God gave you in the light.”
    Therefore, to me Jesus’ light will dispell any type of darkness that obstacles, bad choices, mistakes, etc.
    His Holy Spirit in me convicts, teaches and comforts me so the darkness is gone completely in any decision I make and then I know I have forgiven. I thank God for some of the moments HE ALLOWS in my life, then I am not afraid and I know I am His child. Amen?

  • bob jones says:

    Wise words, Carole. Amen!

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