At least once a week, I have the opportunity to share a simple overview of the difference between religion and Christianity with someone. I wrote about it in September, 2008, but the essence of it is:
Q. How do you spell religion?
A. D-O — Do this, do that, do the other thing. Your standing before God is/will be based on what you do.
Q. How do you spell Christianity?
A. D-O-N-E — It’s all been done for us. There is nothing we can do to earn it, it is the gift of God.
The response I’ve had to this over the years has always been positive — it shatters many false perceptions — and I’m grateful to the former YFC staff worker who introduced it to me over a decade ago.
Justin Buzzard, who blogs from California, has taken a look at Tim Keller‘s The Gospel in Life curriculum, and has extracted more detail on the contrast between religion and the Good News, and has put it in chart form on Buzzard Blog. (Check out the whole blog!) Here it is for your consideration: