There are things that are boring about religion, but nothing that is boring about Jesus Christ. Religion gets boring when people make is some expression of the knowledge of good and evil. Or a program of moralism. Or an entity that is separate from life. There are kinds of religion that can ruin your life – mainly legalistic religion and ‘other gospels’.
RELIGION’S BAD WRAP
God seems boring when it is thought that God is too holy to be alive in things that excite us or too holy to pollute Himself with the things of everyday life. Even though God Himself came as Jesus Christ to walk the dusty streets of Nazareth and go to wedding parties it is still held by the pious that God is not one with the surfer or the wife hanging out the washing. God is whole and holy and will enter your circumstances to give you unlimited life if you are teachable enough to respond. Your sins and sinning cannot separate you from God. But religiosity can insulate you from God.
It’s difficult to inspire people for God if your faith is an ideology. Moralism is not all that interesting. The hub of Jesus’ Message is that in Him people have life without limit. Not a constricted life and not a life that is separated from living. He turns water into wine and He ignites bushed into flame. Oneness with God means that you are in-dwelt with One who is never boring and who make a joy out of the ordinary.
God is not boring. But people often are. If our being is rooted in the law it will be unlikely that we will speak revelation and uncommon to speak words of spirit and life. When Christ is our life we are one with God which means we are one with life itself. The bottom line is that life is Jesus Christ and more. Life is the trinity.
ADAM’S DUALISTIC TREE
A dualism of God spaces and secular spaces pervades much religion. It’s an artificial dichotomy common to a Christian life imprisoned in Adam’s knowledge of good and evil. It comes from the attempt to assign goodness and badness to things and behaviours. The reality is that evil is separation from God. Separation from God is the result of the lie. Sin is the fruit of a life that is not in Jesus. But Christ your life is God’s union with Father being your union with Father. The truth of the tree of life is that you are God’s life because you have become a son in spirit and in truth.
CHRIST DRAWS ALL THINGS INTO HIMSELF
Separationism is not a part of God or of God’s life and as such is not part of the Christian life and the Kingdom of God. Adam and our separation from God and from life was undone by Jesus’ cross. To agree with Jesus, to eat Jesus is to be His life as yourself. This is the way of an adventurous life and the living way to wholeness and holiness.
ONE SUBSTANCE/INFINITE LIFE
“In the language of the Nicene Fathers it is he [Jesus] who came down from heaven and was made man for us and our salvation who is acknowledged to be of one and the same Being as God the Father, that is of the same equal Being as the eternal Father, while nevertheless distinct (ἄλλος) from him as his only begotten Son. The incarnate Son, Jesus who was born of the Virgin Mary and crucified under Pontius Pilate, is none other than the eternal Son of God – the eternal Son of God, he who was begotten of the Father before all time, is none other than the incarnate Son, Jesus who was born of the Virgin Mary and crucified under Pontius Pilate.” (1)
INCARNATED IN YOU
Thanks to Jesus Christ, God is with us and in us. God is in the ordinary affairs of life as well as occasions of celebration. But God is not more in church than God is at the BBQ or more on a Sabbath than He is on Wednesday. God is incarnated in you and the world as attested by the Lord’s Table that celebrates that we are one substance with Jesus. This is the real meaning of the Body of Christ. You have a Sabbath life and your life in Christ is itself a sacrament lived out as His life incarnated in you.
This is the difference between piety and holiness, between religion and spirit and life.
‘The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to
you--they are full of the Spirit and life. ... It is the spirit which gives Life’ John 6.63 NIV.
(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Christian Doctrine of God, One Being Three Persons (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (pp. 143-144). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.