Here is a thought provoking quote by N.T. Wright in his latest book, After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters (2010):
And, tellingly, people often suggested, or even simply assumed, that one of the main things Jesus came to do was to tell us more clearly what the rules were and to give us a wonderful example of how to keep them. . . .
. . . Which then runs into difficulties, because people quickly discover that they can’t keep them, and so a different mode breaks in: Jesus came to bring forgiveness for one’s rule breaking; but once we’ve grasped that, we have to go back to rule keeping again. That is the broad framework within which many people in today’s Western world have come to think of the gospel of Jesus Christ” (44).
Do you feel trapped in this kind of gospel?