Galatians: Religion Ruins Everything

Religion ruins everything. Big statement, right?

It’s one belief that the late atheist Christopher Hitchens and the apostle Paul had in common. Paul believed so fervently that religion and works-based righteousness tainted everything that he wrote an entire letter to the church at Galatia warning them about it. In the book of Galatians, Paul writes with increasing angst and intensity to warn the Galatians of the poison and detriment caused by believing that works of the law can make a person right before God.

Specifically, works-righteousness creates self-righteousness and self-righteousness is one of the most destructive mindsets that exists. It creates a pride in self and a judgmental, condescending attitude towards others who don’t “measure up.”

But Paul doesn’t conclude by simply bashing religion. He gives an alternative to religion: the gospel of Jesus. The gospel declares that we are simultaneously more sinful than we could imagine and more loved, through the cross and resurrection, than we could ever hope for. The gospel eliminates both arrogance and self-pity.

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May 26, 2013 Galatians | Why We Choose Religion
series: Galatians: Religion Ruins Everything by Jon Ludovina at Main Street
May 26, 2013 Galatians | Why We Choose Religion
series: Galatians: Religion Ruins Everything by Jon Ludovina at Devine Street
May 19, 2013 Galatians | Walk Together in the Spirit
series: Galatians: Religion Ruins Everything by Adam Gibson at Main Street
May 19, 2013 Galatians | Walk Together in the Spirit
series: Galatians: Religion Ruins Everything by Adam Gibson at Devine Street
May 12, 2013 Galatians | How to Grow Good Fruit
series: Galatians: Religion Ruins Everything by Michael Bailey at Main Street
May 12, 2013 Galatians | How to Grow Good Fruit
series: Galatians: Religion Ruins Everything by Michael Bailey at Devine Street
May 5, 2013 Galatians | Loving Someone Other Than Yourself
series: Galatians: Religion Ruins Everything by Adam Gibson at Main Street
May 5, 2013 Galatians | Loving Someone Other Than Yourself
series: Galatians: Religion Ruins Everything by Adam Gibson at Devine Street
April 28, 2013 Galatians | Jesus + Anything Ruins Everything
series: Galatians: Religion Ruins Everything by Jon Ludovina at Main Street
April 28, 2013 Galatians | Jesus + Anything Ruins Everything
series: Galatians: Religion Ruins Everything by Adam Gibson at Devine Street
April 21, 2013 Galatians | You Don't Have to be Strong
series: Galatians: Religion Ruins Everything by Kent Bateman at Main Street
April 21, 2013 Galatians | You Don't Have to be Strong
series: Galatians: Religion Ruins Everything by Kent Bateman at Devine Street
April 14, 2013 Galatians | True Family & Tough Love
series: Galatians: Religion Ruins Everything by Allen Tipping at Main Street
April 14, 2013 Galatians | True Family & Tough Love
series: Galatians: Religion Ruins Everything by Adam Gibson at Devine Street
April 7, 2013 Galatians | Justification by Church Attendance
series: Galatians: Religion Ruins Everything by Adam Gibson at Main Street
April 7, 2013 Galatians | Justification by Church Attendance
series: Galatians: Religion Ruins Everything by Adam Gibson at Devine Street
March 3, 2013 Galatians | Sons, Not Slaves
series: Galatians: Religion Ruins Everything by Jon Ludovina at Main Street
March 3, 2013 Galatians | Sons, Not Slaves
series: Galatians: Religion Ruins Everything by Jon Ludovina at Devine Street
February 24, 2013 Galatians | The Purpose of the Law
series: Galatians: Religion Ruins Everything by Jon Ludovina at Main Street
February 24, 2013 Galatians | The Purpose of the Law
series: Galatians: Religion Ruins Everything by Adam Gibson at Devine Street
February 17, 2013 Galatians | Curses and the Cross
series: Galatians: Religion Ruins Everything by Jon Ludovina at Main Street
February 17, 2013 Galatians | Curses and the Cross
series: Galatians: Religion Ruins Everything by Jon Ludovina at Devine Street
February 10, 2013 Galatians | True Justification
series: Galatians: Religion Ruins Everything by Chet Phillips at Main Street
February 10, 2013 Galatians | True Justification
series: Galatians: Religion Ruins Everything by Adam Gibson at Devine Street
February 3, 2013 Galatians | When Peter Gets it Wrong
series: Galatians: Religion Ruins Everything by Thor Sawin at Devine Street
January 27, 2013 Galatians | The Sermon Religious People Hate
series: Galatians: Religion Ruins Everything by Jon Ludovina at Main Street
January 27, 2013 Galatians | The Sermon Religious People Hate
series: Galatians: Religion Ruins Everything by Adam Gibson at Devine Street
January 20, 2013 Galatians | Lessons from a Murderer Turned Preacher
series: Galatians: Religion Ruins Everything by Jon Ludovina at Main Street
January 20, 2013 Galatians | Lessons from a Murderer Turned Preacher
series: Galatians: Religion Ruins Everything by Adam Gibson at Devine Street
January 13, 2013 Galatians | You Have to Get the Gospel Right
series: Galatians: Religion Ruins Everything by Jon Ludovina at Main Street
January 13, 2013 Galatians | You Have to Get the Gospel Right
series: Galatians: Religion Ruins Everything by Adam Gibson at Devine Street