Credit to James Barron of http://seeinggrace.com –
Religion is of this world. Jesus is from heaven.
Religion tells us to do. Jesus tells us it is done.
Religion tells us to focus on sin in the flesh in order to modify our behavior. Jesus tells us to focus on Him in the Spirit in order to bring forth the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.
Religion says our heart as a believer is evil still. Jesus says our heart as a believer is new and good, with no evil.
Religion is all about the outward and seen. Jesus is all about the inward and unseen.
Religion tries to repair and fix the old creation. Jesus made us a New Creation!
Religion’s yoke is hard work. Jesus said His yoke was easy.
Religion uses fear to manipulate people to act. Jesus’ love compels people to act, with joy!
Religion is proud. Jesus is humble.
Religion says we must continually confess our sins to stay cleansed and righteous. Jesus says our sins have been taken away, past, present and future, and they are no longer being counted against us.
Religion says that sins are being counted against the believer. Jesus says His righteousness is being counted for the believer.
Religion is blind. Jesus gives us new eyes to see the unseen.
Religion is all about the knowledge of good and evil. Jesus is all about His Life in us.
Religion is boring. Jesus is an unexpected journey and adventure!
Religion is insecure. Jesus is confident and secure.
Religion is competitive and envious. Jesus is a rest.
Religion says we must love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength first. Jesus said He first loved us and that we are to believe first that He loves us with all His heart, soul, mind and strength.
Religion thinks itself wise. Jesus thinks Religion is foolish.
Religion is a dead end. Jesus is an open door to endless possibilities!
Religion is man-centered. Jesus is God-centered.
Religion wants to control other men. Jesus wants to set men free to live by Him.
Religion is death. Jesus is Life!
Religion is depressing. Jesus is joy unspeakable and full of glory!
Religion keeps people in a boat that is sinking. Jesus empowers people to walk out of the boat onto the water to Him!
Religion’s gospel is “fear the Lord and obey His commandments.” Jesus’ gospel is “believe on Me and fear not, for I give you my righteousness.”
Religion is about rules to keep. Jesus is about His love to receive.
Religion tries to get people to keep God’s laws so that the people will be righteous. Jesus tries to get people to see that He kept all the laws for them and they need only believe in Him to be righteous.
Religion is bondage. Jesus is freedom!
Religion needs money to exist. Jesus’ life needs no silver or gold to live and prosper.
Religion is mean to you when you do not agree with it. Jesus is kind even to those who nailed His hands and feet.
Religion says to change you must see your sin. Jesus says to change you must look away from your sin and see Him!
Religion is Satan’s tool. Jesus is God’s Son.