Sep 072010

Many times I speak with people that say one or another church is the only true church. How can all of these statements be true? So what did Jesus say about religion and church?

To find out what Jesus taught about the church, look at John 4 with Jesus and the Samaritan woman:

John 4“My Samaritan ancestors worshiped God on this mountain, but you Jews say that Jerusalem is the place where we should worship God.”

Jesus said to her, “Believe me, woman, the time will come when people will not worship the Father either on this mountain or in Jerusalem. You Samaritans do not really know whom you worship; but we Jews know whom we worship, because it is from the Jews that salvation comes. But the time is coming and is already here, when by the power of God’s Spirit people will worship the Father as he really is, offering him the true worship that he wants. God is Spirit, and only by the power of his Spirit can people worship him as he really is.”

Looking at the teaching of Jesus, what did Jesus say about religion? Jesus was saying that neither the Jerusalem church or the Samaritan church is the true church.  God is seeking true worshipers! True worship comes from a personal relationship with Him from people who are seeking Him!

Jesus is not seeking a church but rather people who are humbly seeking Him.

  2 Responses to “What did Jesus Say About Religion?”

  1. First, I am genuinly seeking to believe, but have some reservations: One such problem is in how we perceive Jesus. For example, we are told to avoid anger, yet Jesus not only became angry, but used violence when upturning Temple tables of the money lenders. Now I know that you may suggestthat anger was an was understandble reaction, however, to actually ACT on the anger & use violence (made & used a whip)was surely not Godlike. This is a genuine question which I struggle with and I do not mean any offence. Thanks, Brian. I am happy for you to e/mail me.

  2. Where do we get the idea that any emotional action against wrong-doing is evil. I don’t think that all would say that Jesus did evil on that occasion by turning over the tables. Something needed to be done to correct an evil that the religious authorities were doing and approving of. They were cheating the people with the money-changing and selling of animals for the sacrifice. They weren’t helping the worshipers, but rather gaining economical advantage from the worship of the masses. Similarly it could be debated that if two younger men were attacking your elderly mother, would it be wrong for you to go and defend her emotionally and with “force” stop them. We do know one thing. Jesus did no wrong or sin. In defending righteousness, Jesus upheld law and order.

    God bless you, and do continue seeking truth, for our God will surely make Himself known to you.

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