“As well-intentioned as it might be, you know that religious machinery can chew up people!” Jesus said. “An awful lot of what is done in my name has nothing to do with me and is often, even if unintentional, very contrary to my purposes.”

“You’re not too fond of religion and institutions?”  Mack said, not sure if he was asking a question or making an observation.

“I don’t create institutions–never have, never will.”

“What about the institution of marriage?”

“Marriage is not an institution.  It’s a relationship.”  Jesus paused, his voice steady and patient.  “Like I said, I don’t create institutions; that’s an occupation for those who want to play God.  So no, I’m not too big on religion,”  Jesus said a little sarcastically, “and not very fond of politics or economics either.”  Jesus’ visage darkened noticeably.  “And why should I be?  They are the man-created trinity of terrors that ravages the earth and deceives those I care about.  What mental turmoil and anxiety does any human face that is not related to one of those three?”

“Put simply, these terrors are tools that many use to prop up illusions of security and control.  People are afraid of uncertainty, afraid of the future.  These institutions, these structures and ideologies, are all a vain effort to create some sense of certainty and security where there isn’t any.  It’s all false!  Systems cannot provide you security; only I can.”

The Shack

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