Reflect on these words from Paul Tillich; they carry a powerful message that all Christians and non-Christians must come to realize.
“We are all permanently in danger of abusing Jesus by stating that He is the founder of a new religion, and [hence] the bringer of another, more refined and more enslaving law…we call Jesus the Christ not because He brought a ‘new religion’, but because He is the end of religion, above religion and irreligion, above Christianity and non-Christianity. We spread His call because it is the call to every person in every period to receive the New Being, that hidden saving power in our existence, which takes from us labor and burden, and gives rest to our souls.”
Why are you worshipping Christ? Is it because He gave us “Christianity” (a man made perception of Jesus’ life) or because of Jesus? As Tillich points out, Jesus is above Christianity and institutions – the sooner you can realize this, the sooner you can give rest to your soul.
Consider what James Anderson (co-found of the Alban Institute) has to say:
“Much of the criticism of Christianity is correct. We are the makers of religion and we have made a very heavy burden. The Old Testament prophets called this process idolatry, a message never well received, then or now. Isaiah said those who make idols ‘feed on ashes’ led astray by a deluded mind.” (Isaiah 44:20)
Relating back to Tillich, we see that the burden Jesus wanted to take from us is the burden of religion. It appears that sometimes our man-made institutions miss the point.