God Doesn’t Want You Chasing After Rules (Rules)
God does not want you chasing after knowledge of good and evil.
Adam and Eve had one rule. They were called not to eat from the tree of “knowledge of good and evil”.
On the surface, it sounds ominous to chase after this knowledge. But why didn’t God want them to do that?
Why doesn’t God want us chasing after the law? And instead, why does he want us to chase after grace?
Consider this. A Buddhist can chase after good and morality. So can a Muslim. So can an Athirst. Anyone who rejects Jesus and the one true God can chase after this knowledge of good and evil. Anyone can put forth the effort to avoid being evil.
Do you see the problem there? We are trying to be made right with God by doing the same thing that every Atheist on the planet is doing.
The problem is we are trying to find life in a system of rules. Do this. Don’t do that. A system of effort.
The life we need can only be found in Jesus. Not a system of rules and laws.
The goal is not to work hard to avoid sin. That may sound good in a long religious sermon, but it’s not of God. The goal is knowing Jesus and letting Him live through us.
So anyone who is pushing law-based righteousness is literally violating the very first rule God gave Adam and Eve. They are literally STILL eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
In the garden, there was one tree that God wanted his people to eat from. The tree of life. Today we discover that that tree is symbolic for Jesus.
Today we have one of two ways we can apply to get right with God.
1-Jesus (tree of life)
2-Effort/Law (tree of Knowledge of Good And Evil)
Which tree are you eating from?
Author: Mike Cynar
Mike Cynar was raised in a church setting where he frequently noticed that many attendees would eventually drift away. The church labeled these individuals as ‘back sliders’ or ‘fake Christians’ just looking for ‘fire insurance’. However, Mike realized the issue was rarely with these individuals but instead with the church’s message itself. The teachings heavily emphasized behavior improvement and one’s flaws, with only a fleeting mention of one’s identity in Christ. It felt as though every sermon was tailored to the church of Corinth, who as we know or committing sins that even unbelievers don’t partake in. This trend was noticeable not just in one denomination, but across Baptist, Catholic, Pentecostal, and many other churches. Upon understanding the true essence of the gospel – that our righteousness comes from Jesus’ actions, not our own – Mike was inspired to liberate believers from lifeless sermons and reconnect them with the genuine teachings of Jesus. He believes that one can nurture a vibrant and growing bond with Jesus, unhindered by rigid religious practices. And thus, “Jesus Without Religion” was born.
It turns out that it is grace that leads to repentance. And if our heart is to get others to walk in the Spirit and live a godly life, then the best approach is not a beat down sermon, but rather to remind other that it is only when we understand our true identity in Christ that we will live it out. Yes, it’s true, if you’re convinced that God thinks you’re a dirty sinner, you will ultimately continue a lifestyle that mirrors that view, but if you truly believe that even on your worst day, you are called holy, sanctified, justified, and will be presented blameless in the end, well, it turns out this is the secret to living out on the outside what has been worked in to the inside.