Saturday, February 23, 2008

THIS IS NOT ABOUT RELIGION

In Christ, God descends and walks with us. Religion is the exact opposite. It leaves us attempting to get to where he is.

6 comments:

Sue said...

Well, that sums it up, doesn't it? We can stop talking now :) Hehe

In Christ, God comes down to us and says, "Do not fear". In religion, Man says God says "If you don't do it my way, I'm gonna fry you forever".

Kent said...

Sue, I was reading some Ellul stuff tonight and these thoughts emerged from that reading.

Your spin on it is so true and so tragic.

I found another Ellul book I want to read now; Prespectives on Our Age. The parts I read were connecting with on a deep level. I have never read anyone that describes freedom in Christ like Ellul does. He has been such a helpful brother to walk with in this season of my life.

Sue said...

Okay, Kentster, that's it. I'm gonna go order me some cheap Ellul

This is how I buy my books these days. Buy a secondhand copy for a dollar, and then have it shipped over from The States.

Hallelujah for the internet. Hallelujah hallelujah :)

Tina said...

I think this quote has finally got me hooked now, too. Powerful stuff! I've been reading Ellul only through you, Kent. It has seemd really cerebral, so hopefully I'm smart enough to get through it! This quote touched me spiritually, so that's what I'll be hoping for.

Kent said...

Tina, Ellul's writing is a bit tough but from what I hear it is mostly due to the difficulty of translating from French to English. I've also heard it said that if you can read French he is actually very assessable.

I would suggest that if you give some of his books a go that you give yourself time to become accustomed to how he thinks. Don't get frustrated and give up too easily. You will most certainly run across words that make you go Huh? I did a lot of google word searches when I first began reading him. Today I don't have to do it so much.

Tina said...

Kent, thanks for the advice. Too bad I can't read French! I'll give it a try, though. I have found the same to be true of other authors. Once you are accustomed to their style, it becomes easier.