Richard C. Halverson, though I never knew him, is a hero of mine. His work and words have impacted my life. As I remember him in this month of Thanksgiving, I thank God for him. I recently posted one of his devotionals from his bi-weekly devotional letter “Perspective”. I’d like to post another today. I only wish I could find the proper entity to get permission for using his work. My efforts at this have rendered nothing so far. Should you be aware of who I might contact, please inform me. I’d be indebted.
So good to remember that…
Jesus Christ transcends all religions! Judaism, Islam, Buddhism Hinduism…
He is greater than all these – including Christianity.
Religions are inventions of men. They may begin with a great leader in mind – Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha…
But human tradition soon reduces the original to a mere set of ethical standards and a dead letter of the law which no one can follow.
The original sin was not murder, adultery or any other action we call sin. The original sin was, and still is, the human choice to be one’s own god – to control one’s own life – to be in charge – to be religious!
Rising out of this choice evolves religion: man’s attempt to please god.
Jesus transcends religion because He is the incarnation of all that is true, good, loving, gentle, tender, thoughtful, caring, courteous and selfless.
Jesus does not want you to become a Christian. He wants you to become a new creation! There is a great difference between the two.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, He is a new creation: Old things are passed away; behold, all things are new.” (2 Corinthians 5:7)
From “Perspective” by Richard C. Halverson – August 12, 1996