What if I told you Jesus came to abolish religion

from Jefferson Bethke – Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus (Spoken Word) on Rap Genius

Meaning

During Jesus' time, the Pharisees and the Sadducees (the religious rulers of the two sects of Judaism) were so entrenched in perfectly performing the required rituals and rules that they considered themselves righteous before God. Jesus came to declare that righteousness cannot be obtained merely by following certain rules.

Righteousness is a state of being that can only be obtained by first understanding that God is not impressed by man’s ability to follow a bunch of rules in a particular order WHEN there is not faith and love for Him behind them

However, Jesus' indictment was of religious legalism as practiced by Pharisees and Sadducees, not religion as a whole; he himself was a practicing member of the Jewish faith, who worshipped at synagogues, observed Passover, etc.

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