Good religion is always about seeing rightly. This is why a relationship with God can either be notional or a genuine relationship with God. Grace and truth is superior to grace by itself.
It is also why we need the Jesus lens and not the lens of Christianity to see clearly and recognise the truth.
God will not be known through religion and neither will you.
Bible reading will not portray God as He is unless we are in God, which is to say unless Jesus is our life. Even the words Christ our life, will not mean what they actually mean if we have an inferior epistemology * – as we will do if we are in any way attached to the law and its father, the knowledge of good and evil. The latter lens is a grave distortion of reality and a negation of life. Life can only be recognised and multiplied through life which is why Life came as Jesus and not as a religious system.
Life comes from persons – the persons of the trinity, which means that we can only see life and know it if we are in God - which means to be one in their fellowship. This is not our challenge. It’s already been done for us. Our challenge is to enter it and not accommodate ourselves to lesser forms of being and knowing. Richard Rohr writes,
“Good religion, however, is always about seeing rightly: “The lamp of the body is the eye; if your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light,” as Jesus says in Matthew 6:22. How you see is what you see. And to see rightly is to be able to be fully present — without fear, without bias, and without judgment. It is such hard work for the ego, for the emotions, and for the body, that I think most of us would simply prefer to go to church services.” (1)
Fullness of life is found in seeing properly, which is why ‘other gospels’ are a curse as Paul warns.
We can see rightly when we have entered what is ours; when we agree that our living is not about receiving Christ but about our having ALREADY BEEN RECEIVED INTO HIS LIFE. This avoids the embarrassment of working all our lives advancing something less than the Kingdom of God or enthusiastically promoting Holy Spirit without actually living in the Spirit.
* Epistemology: How do we know what we know?
(1) Rohr, Richard. The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See (p. 63). The Crossroad Publishing Company. Kindle Edition.