The Danger of Religion
The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us! —C.S. Lewis
The last week of Jesus life begins with His entry into Jerusalem the crowds walking alongside singing “Hosanna, praises to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of God” Jesus enters the temple, and drives out the money-changers and the dove sellers who have turned the holy place of worship and prayer into a market place. Immediately the blind and lame come Jesus heals them and rings of children circle round Him singing “Hosanna to the Son of David” Matthew 21:1-14
When the religious people arrive, see the upturned tables, walking paralytics and singing children they were shocked, indignant, angry, and . The danger of religion is exposed in this brief passage of scripture.
Jesus spoke of this when He said “You will know them by their fruit”.
If we were to compare the fruit produced by the pharisees and the scribes to the fruit produced by Jesus the conclusion is clear.
The compassion, grace and mercy offered by Jesus is replaced by
Indifference, condemnation, intolerance.
But the most dangerous fruit is lack of understanding.
Of who God is and His intention towards us. God will not love us because we are good, but will make us good because He loves us!