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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Christianity as an Idol

How might Christianity itself end up being an idol? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1021).

It is instructive to view how the scribes and Pharisees made an idol of their religion—and how virtually all religions do so.  The key movement in this direction is when religion ceases to be a pathway to righteousness and instead becomes a drudge of self-righteousness.  Anytime someone becomes religious to be better than someone else, the road to perdition is underway.  For righteousness never seeks to feel itself better than another, but is keenly aware of its own weaknesses and its identity with imperfection. 

Christianity becomes an idol as soon as it becomes a shibboleth signifying entry into an exclusive club of the superior few.  Jesus railed against self-righteous above all else.

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