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Christianity By Comparison June 22, 2011

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Matthew 7:21-23
Christianity is not a religion first of all, it is a relationship we have God through Jesus.
Christianity is not based upon comparisons. One cannot be more righteous than another based upon some invented system of comparisons. We are not righteous because of what we ‘don’t’ do any more than we are righteous because of what we ‘do’ do. And, it is certainly not based upon what we do or not in comparison to other people. We cannot say, “Well, at least I don’t…” and think that will win us any points with God. If we were to make a comparison, it would have to be with us as compared to Jesus. He was and is the holy, sinless and perfect Son of God that saves us from our sins. He is the standard by which we measure ourselves. Anything less than pure perfection falls short. Anything less than absolute sinlessness leaves us short of entering the gates of heaven.
How then do we get there? Only by trusting in Jesus. Jesus said of Himself that He is, “The Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father but by Him.” Seems pretty simple to me.
First of all, if there were any other way to make it to heaven but by Jesus, then He died for nothing. All the torment and pain that He endured through His passion would have been for naught were there any other way. I just can’t see that. All that He did; all that He suffered was for us. If we could reason our way to heaven or discover some higher knowledge, then He did not need to die.
Second of all, we cannot earn our way to heaven. That in itself would be “another way.” The Bible calls all our best efforts, all our attempted righteousness “filthy rags.” We cannot give enough, do enough, work and serve and evangelize or whatever enough to earn our way into heaven. It cannot be done. So what on earth gives us the thought in our heads that we could somehow be more righteous than someone else based upon a comparison of our actions to theirs? It just doesn’t make any sense.
Live by the righteousness the Spirit has instructed you in and not by some self conceived comparison with other, fallible people. Our only comparison is with perfection. The only way to heaven is through how we relate to Jesus and not how we relate to others.
If you have questions or comments about something you read here today or on another post, feel free to contact me by email : t_watsup@yahoo.com

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1. Jackie - June 22, 2011

What a wonderful understanding. So true so sad that it us so hard for some to grasp. Have a wonderful day.


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