You are not threatened by our differences, but You threaten them. You are not threatened by our semantic or doctrinal fragmentation of Christianity, but You are a huge threat to Christianity because what You stand for so far exceeds institutional religion.
The term “religion” has somehow grown to connote the sole means for man’s pursuit of spiritual truth – often becoming an end in itself. You were a threat in Your own time to that kind of thinking. That’s what killed You! If we judiciously examine what You taught we’d see the threat to the status quo it posed to the Jews. The challenge to change, to grow, to become new, threatened their comfort and, I fear, that same challenge is perceived as a threat today. Now, as then, we become anchored in a minimum risk brand of religion we form for our own comfort. It just may be that we’re killing You again.
To grow and flourish spiritually we must take Your challenge seriously. If we indeed conceive of You as a threat to our religion it is probably again in the sense of Your disrupting the status quo ; and hence there appears the message that our spiritual connection with God does not rest solely on religion – and that may appear threatening to us. It would certainly seem that this is the case with the current bastions of the traditional church. There is no question in my mind that if we take Your challenge seriously it is a threat to our religion.