Jesus Hates Religion: Finding Grace in a Works-Driven Culture - eBook
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Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2014
Alex Himaya writes for those who have been hurt by religious people who have been betrayed by religion because he too has been wounded. No longer content with pretending those things don't happen, pastor Himaya retreats with readers back to the Scriptures to see what Jesus thinks about man-made religion.
Himaya, a popular speaker and Bible teacher, draws upon years of pastoral experience, providing insight into the ways religion cripples the church. While it may seem reasonable to earn one's way to God through a works-based system, a religion of rules, Himaya warns readers of the danger of putting their faith in good deeds.
Jesus Hates Religion is not simply another book about Christianity, but a detour sign on the road of life. Himaya points readers away from himself, and towards Jesus saying, "Dont trust me. Trust God, and let Him speak for Himself."
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Edmond SanganyadoRiverside, CAAge: 25-34Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Great BookAugust 6, 2014Edmond SanganyadoRiverside, CAAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3Ever since the epic fall in paradise through yielding to the cunning devices of the accuser, people have attempted to carve ways of reinstating their former glory of constant communion with God. In the process, many people have constructed what Tim Keller rightfully calls counterfeit gods as a replacement or substitute for the eternal God, consciously or unconsciously. In the futility of their minds, they envisioned the strict demands of the counterfeit gods as the pathways to a relationship and fellowship with the Creator of heaven and earth.
The concept of religion is one of the main sticky issues among Christians today. Anyone who seems to craft expressions that bash religion or divorce Jesus Christ from Christianity as a religion is always warranted a voice by the public media. It is not surprising that this book, Jesus Hates Religion: Finding Grace in a Works-Driven Culture by Alex Himaya received attention from major news outlets.
If we allow to set aside the sketchy definition of religion and the misleading title, we unravel a gold mine that exposes the goodness of God through rebuffing counterfeit worship. Alex Himaya discusses in detail five false religions that are prevalent among Christians that often thwart our understanding of God. These false religions provide a false hope, fake faith and flimsy love. These are;
(i) Religion of self
(ii) Religion of legalism
(iii) Religion of inferiority
(iv) Religion of guilt
(v) Religion of works
Alex Himaya suggests that since Jesus was harassed by the religious leaders of the time, something most people relate to, that means Jesus hated religion. At least that is what the synopsis of the book says. Furthermore, in the book Alex Himaya wrote, In Jesus days, all religious leaders hated Christianity because it was not religious. This is a bold statement requiring sound biblical support, which the author did not provide. This statement is very misleading; this book is about man-made religion and not true religion. Alex Himaya defined religion as mans attempt to reach God, in other words the book is about counterfeit worship and not religion per se.
The book is preachy, a quick read, insightful, and full of stories that supports the argument well. Unfortunately, the book falls in the trap of the current charade of bashing religion without substantiated evidence, all in the name of grace. Grace is a gift of God; it is the person of Jesus Christ. In its strictest sense, religion is neutral, but a mere adherence to spiritual practices. James identified true religion as feeding the poor and the orphans, Jesus instituted the Holy Communion, the Apostles emphasized meeting of believers, Paul described the activities conducted in a meeting, all this makes up religion. The question then becomes; does Jesus hate that too? However, even though the title and the definition provided by the author are misleading, I recommend this book because it provides a great foundational teaching on understanding how the grace of God relives us from the futile performance based mentality.
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
lovesbooksOKAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Freedom!April 28, 2014lovesbooksOKAge: 35-44Gender: femaleI wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up this book, but I have been blown away with the truths found inside. If only I had discovered this freedom years ago.
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