Oct 16 – Religions

Proposed legislation in Quebec, if passed, would ban public employees from wearing visible religious symbols from turbans to skullcaps and large crosses. It is being strongly opposed. Wikipedia states that according to some estimates, there are roughly 4,200 religions in the world. But there are really only two religions- the “do” religion and the “done” religion. The “do” religion , adopted by most, teaches that by “doing” good works, joining a particular religion, giving to charitable causes, , we’ll impress God and have a better chance of making it into heaven in the next life. In stark contrast Jesus gave us what could be called the “done “ religion. While recognizing that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” we are told that it is “not by works of righteousness which we have done..” And Paul, a representative of the “done” religion wrote, “…by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works lest anyone should boast.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell