A friend of mine (G’day T!) sent me this link to a new book called God Without Religion by Andrew Farley (he’s pastor of a church in Lubbock, Buddy Holly’s home town). I think it’s worth a look. Here are some quotes from the article:
“First we have to define ‘religion,’ which I do on the first page of the book. The root of the word is the Latin re meaning ‘again’ and ligare meaning ‘to bind’. It essentially means a return to bondage…. That’s not what the New Testament is about.”
“The biggest problem with religion is that Christians can get caught up in obeying Old Testament laws instead of experiencing New Testament freedom.”
“Jesus said, ‘The truth will set us free,’ and, ‘My yoke is easy and my burden is light.’ Religion is essentially offering us the opposite.”
For a more complete discussion of christians and the Old Testament, see The Old Testament law and christians. For more on church, religion and Jesus, watch this space!