People walked away…

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People walked away from religion, feeling there was no chance of ever being enough for God.
People walked away from Jesus, feeling they were okay just the way they were.

People walked away from religion under the weight of being “sinners,” “filthy rags,” undeserving, unworthy, and perpetually falling short in God’s eyes.
People walked away from Jesus, feeling accepted and loved, and entertaining the possibility that maybe they weren’t so bad after all.

People walked away from religion with more rituals to observe, more rules to follow, more laws to keep, and more teachings to understand in order to get it right with God.
People walked away from Jesus, having done nothing more than just be themselves and yet somehow felt complete and whole, and felt something like joy and happiness welling up inside them.

People walked away from religion, carrying the burden of all the things they must do to carry out the plans, expectations and agenda of the religious establishment.
People walked away from Jesus, feeling they could simply live a life of love as he did, and that there was nothing more important than this.

People walked away from religion with a view of the world that divided up life into “sacred” and “secular,” and people into “us” and “them.”
People walked away from Jesus with new eyes seeing God in everything and everyone, including themselves.

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