How would you define religion? I suppose there are many ways it could be defined. Some might describe it as belief in a god or group of gods. To others it might be an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used in the worship of a god. There is nothing inherently wrong with these definitions. The one I like best, however, is provided by Bruxy Cavey in his book The End of Religion. Bruxy writes,
“Religion is exposed as our attempts to reach God.” 1
That sums it up nicely. But where did that start? I believe we can find the beginning of religion within the first few pages of God’s story.
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Here is something to think about…
Unmerited favour (grace) is being completely unlovely yet being totally and completely loved by a Holy God who is Love.
Ponder that as you go about your day living in the Reign.
The other night my wife and I went to see the recently released movie version of Les Misérables. While I had been looking forward to seeing it, it turned out to be better than I ever imagined. Based on Victor Hugo’s sweeping novel, it is a film of epic proportions that tells a story loaded with Kingdom values.
Picture taken from the film website.