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Jesus is clear about using “religious language”. Don’t do it. I should be genuine. I should use contemporary and understandable terms to point people to God’s world.

God’s goal for me is to be able to be real and able to communicate in terms people understand. Religious language just makes me look religious not genuine. Religious Language

Jesus is clear that I shouldn’t say anything I don’t mean.  I only make things worse when I lay down a smoke screen of pious talk, saying, ‘I’ll pray for you,’ and never doing it, or saying, ‘God be with you,’ and not meaning it.

I don’t make my words true by embellishing them with religious lace. Jesus let’s me know that in making my speech sound more religious, it becomes less true.

Jesus wants me to just say ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ When I manipulate words to get my own way, I go wrong and miss God’s goal.

Here are some easy changes I can make:

  • Gospel = Good news
  • Sin = Missing God’s goal
  • Repent = Change your mind
  • Kingdom of God = God’s world or country
  • Christ = the Messiah as in Jesus the Messiah

What are others you would suggest?

“And don’t say anything you don’t mean. This counsel is embedded deep in our traditions. You only make things worse when you lay down a smoke screen of pious talk, saying, ‘I’ll pray for you,’ and never doing it, or saying, ‘God be with you,’ and not meaning it. You don’t make your words true by embellishing them with religious lace. In making your speech sound more religious, it becomes less true. Just say ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ When you manipulate words to get your own way, you go wrong.” ~Jesus 

Source: Matthew 5:33-37 The Message

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