Are we confusing ourselves? Or are we shooting ourselves in the foot? As Christians we regularly hear phrases like, “It’s not about religion, it’s about relationship,” or as Youtube spoken word poet Jeff Bethke says, “I hate religion, but love Jesus.”
Many of us are still going to church where we hear these words, even while we meet in a building, and have an arranged ceremony celebrating God. Perhaps we even go to extra curricular gatherings, such as homegroups, Bible studies, and the like. Somebody has to “organize” these things. How do our brains handle this apparent contradiction?