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Chapter 7: Have Mercy and Not Sacrifice

Matthew 9

9 And as Jesus passed forth from thence,
he saw a man, named Matthew,
sitting at the receipt of custom:
and he saith unto him,
“Follow me.”
And he arose, and followed him.

10 And it came to pass,
as Jesus sat at meat in the house,
behold, many publicans and sinners
came and sat down with him
and his disciples.

11 And when the Pharisees saw it,
they said unto his disciples,
“Why eateth your Master
with publicans and sinners?”

12 But when Jesus heard that,
he said unto them,
“They that be whole need not a physician,
but they that are sick.”

13 “But go ye and learn what that meaneth,
I will have mercy, and not sacrifice:
for I am not come to call the righteous,
but sinners to repentance.”

Luke 9

23 And he said to them all,
“If any man will come after me,
let him deny himself, and take up
his cross daily, and follow me.”

24 “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it:
but whosoever will lose his life for my sake,
the same shall save it.”

25 “For what is a man advantaged,
if he gain the whole world,
and lose himself, or be cast away?”

Religion is basically, essentially, a rebellion. It is not is not conformity, it is not belonging to any organization, society, church, because all belonging comes out of fear - and religion is freedom. There is fear in being alone. One likes to belong - to a nation, to a church, to a society, because when you belong to the crowd you forget your loneliness. It does not disappear, but you become oblivious to it. You deceive yourself, you create a dream around you, as if you are not alone. You remain alone all the same; this is just an intoxicant.

Religion is not an intoxicant. It does not give you unconsciousness, it gives you awareness. And awareness is rebellious. When you become aware, you cannot belong to any society, to any nation, to any church, because when you become aware you become aware of the austere beauty of aloneness. You become aware of the music that is continuously happening within your soul.but you have never allowed yourself to be alone to hear it, to be in rapport with it, to be one with it.

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