Reason Four:


Whenever someone tells me that they "got religion", I send them a sympathy card and a coupon for Pepto Bismol. Religion is the enemy of good digestion. This is not to mention what it does to your social life. First, religion takes away your fun, because you are certain God is watching your private thoughts on a giant screen. God can't believe how bad you are. You're an ill person. "A sicko," God remarks to a nearby angel. Then He shakes His white, hairy head, strokes His long, flowing beard, and wonders aloud to those at His right hand: "Where did I go wrong with (INSERT YOUR NAME HERE)?" 

Religion is man standing on his head for God. The truth is that God is standing on His head for man. But people in religions are too busy doing their thing to even notice that God is doing His.

Unless Jesus wore a robe, a beard, a name tag, and turned water into a non-alcoholic beverage, He would receive the right foot of fellowship in nearly every Christian church in America. 

"He has no stately form or majesty that we should look upon Him, nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him. He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face, He was despised and we did not esteem Him." (Isaiah 53:2-3)

Enter Jesus, with His big ugly nose and thin lips, His spindly hands and gangly stance. He comes to teach on His accomplishments at the cross. If the people could recover from His embarrassing appearance, they would certainly not tolerate His teaching. That would be the beginning of his slow death - His heralding of the cross and what it meant for all sinners. He would say, "God has allowed us to know the secret of his plan and it is this: He purposed long ago in his sovereign will that all human history should be consummated in Christ, that everything that exists in Heaven or earth should find its perfection and fulfillment in him."*

That would seal his fate, because Christians will not share their heaven with sinners. That's that, and their minds are made up. For Jesus, it would be just like in the old days, except the persecution would be cleaner. Larry would call Him into the pastor's office and say, We really don't want you coming here any more. 

*(Eph 1:9-10 JB Phillips) 

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