Reconciliation Outreach

Paul and Nuala O'Higgins Teaching Ministry

Religion and Christianity Contrasted

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Religion
(Latin religare) to tie, (ligare to bind, obligate)

Man’s way of trying to please God:

  • Man’s way of trying to please God
  • External
  • Physical
  • Outward stimulation
  • Based on performance
  • Do!
  • Controls
  • Confines
  • Dominates
  • Conforms
  • Our appearance is important
  • We choose
  • Legal, law of rules and ordinances
  • Rules to keep
  • Joined
  • Organized
  • Officially members or adherents
  • Attend in body
  • Seeks to earn and deserve
  • Driven by duty
  • Uses guilt and shame
  • Something you are part of
  • Obligated
  • Ruled
  • Striving and Straining
  • Working for God
  • Outward form
  • We see ourselves as owners
  • Competitive
  • Must see results
  • Size, appearance, “many things”
  • Can use and abuse
  • Patronizing
  • Visible and obvious
  • Security in doing what’s “right”
  • Rely on leaders, works etc.
  • Hierarchy, clergy & laity
  • Using natural abilities
  • Knowledge of a holy book
  • Head based
  • Impersonal
  • Earthly
  • Dead

Christ

(Gk. christos anointed, Heb. mashiah anointed)

God’s Way and Satisfaction

  • Internal
  • Spiritual
  • Internal motivation
  • Based on what Christ has done
  • Done!
  • Releases
  • Empowers
  • Serves
  • Transforms
  • Our disappearance is important
  • We are chosen
  • Law of Love and Life
  • Relationship to treasure
  • Birthed
  • Organic
  • Unofficially inseparable
  • Joined as One in spirit
  • Earns nothing, receives everything
  • Moved by love
  • Accepted
  • Someone you are part of
  • Liberated
  • Loved
  • Resting and Rejoicing
  • Working from God
  • Inward truth
  • We see ourselves as stewards
  • Unwarranted approval
  • Unseen results
  • One thing is necessary
  • Loves and will not force
  • Paternal and familial
  • Invisible and often hidden
  • Being in the One Who is Right
  • Rely on Christ
  • Family, brothers and sisters
  • Availability to do all things
  • Knowing Christ (the Word of God)
  • Heart based
  • Intimately personal
  • Heavenly
  • Alive

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