Saturday, 9 April 2016
Legalism is the bane of religion.
It is the habit of human beings to look for patterns.
And to make of these patterns universal laws.
And then to enforce these laws with rewards and punishments.
It is not at all certain, however, that these laws are universal or even correct.
But some people need certainty.
They think that God is all about rules and even if He's not then He should be.
This process is driven by fear.
Fear of the punishments they assume to be associated with these laws.
Their image of God is of a strict rule-maker, perhaps like a father or a personal authority figure.
They think that people should get what they deserve.
But this is not God's way.
God forgives our transgressions and restores us to health.
He loves and reconciles us.
His steadfast love is forever.
And it is His pleasure to put us in Heaven
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