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Religion and the Gospel

Amended from Tim Keller 

Religion says;
My self-view swings between two poles.  If and when I am living up to my standards, I feel confident, but then I am prone to be proud and unsympathetic to failing people.  If and when I am not living up to standards, I feel humble, but not confident - I feel like a failure.

The Gospel says;
My self-view is not based on a view of my self as a moral achiever.  In Christ I am simul iustus et peccator - simultaneously sinful and lost yet accepted in Christ.  I am so bad he had to die for me and I am so loved He was glad to die fro me.  This leads me to deeper and deeper humility and confidence at the same time.  Neither swaggering nor sniveling.  

“Religion and the Gospel”

  1. Blogger Keryn Says:

    So true