Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus

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4 Responses to Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus

  1. Robbie P.

    I would completely agree with this if religion was completely defined as going to church and making oneself to look good on the outside by doing good works without realizing that Jesus does it all and that love is what truly matters. If religion was only going to church to cover up the sins that we do, making us look better, then I would condemn it too.

    But true religion is not any of this. Unfortunately, this makes up a good part of man’s idea of religion because of where humanity has distorted it. Religion, however, as defined in the dictionary is:
    1. The belief in and worship up a superhuman controlling power, esp. of a personal God or gods.
    2. Details of belief as taught or discussed.
    3. A particular system of faith and worship.

    The belief in God as someone far greater than us and the worship of Him is not in any way against Jesus.

    The details that Jesus gave us to understand as what religion should be give some of the greatest power to what He stood for. The details of belief that Jesus gave us in the Bible were not being abolished by Him. Details add clarity and purpose to a message of belief. If Jesus came to abolish religion, then why did he say, “Therefore whatever they [the scribes and Pharisses] tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do,” (Matthew 23:3)? He wasn’t against religion but their version of what they called religion and how they used it. Instead of coming to rid the world of religion, we should probably say that Jesus came to redefine religion and straighten out the warped details of belief imposed on the people by the Pharisees.

    It is the particular system of worship and faith in which most find a problem. However, a system of faith based on the love of Jesus and His teachings in the Bible, based on the salvation through His grace is what we are wanting. The problem with most of what we call religion is that they let their private interpretations and prejudices cover up what true religion is supposed to be about. It also often provides a way for people to try to get a quick fix in God’s glory, where they come to church and think that that is going to get them into heaven.

    The points mentioned in the video are very good points. Using a superficial attempt at religion to make oneself look good and to cover up sins by works is entirely self-righteous and against God. Jesus died for us and we can have righteousness ONLY through faith in Him. And “faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead,” (James 2:17) tells us that this faith that Jesus saved us will give us hope for righteousness through what God gives us, for righteous works to be done through us by God. Jesus and religion, however, should not be put on opposite spectrums; Jesus should be our religion. We, therefore, must have the goal of abolishing human misconceptions that lead to warped views of God and redefining religion to be what it was meant to be.

    “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.” James 1:27

  2. Richard Alva

    I agree with .almost. everything he says in this video.

    I do not believe that Jesus and religion are at opposite spectrums.

    I do not believe that religion is an infection.

    “The thing is, people use ‘religion’ as an all-purpose word to express things like ‘hypocrisy’ and ‘judgmentalism.’ They’re different. ‘Religion’ is about having some sort of belief system about God. You can’t have a relationship with God when you have no belief system about who He is. But people like to re-create God in an image they like, so they don’t have to answer to Him for how they live their lives, etc.”

    “The strengths in this poem are the strengths I see in many young Christians—a passionate faith, a focus on Jesus, a love for grace, and a hatred for anything phony or self-righteous. The weaknesses here can be the weaknesses of my generation (and younger)—not enough talk of repentance and sanctification, a tendency to underestimate the importance of obedience in the Christian life, a one-dimensional view of grace, little awareness that our heavenly Father might ever discipline his children or be grieved by their continued transgression, and a penchant for sloganeering instead of careful nuance.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foJ-rmwlJBM

  3. Adrian D. Riojas

    Watched this the other day. Great way of putting things.

  4. Robbie P.

    Check this link out. It shows a reply to the video which is both kind and correcting. Not many replies to the clip have been able to capture both of those. There’s also a link in the link that leads to a follow up post of a reply from Bethke to the writer of the reply blog. Check that out too. It really clears up after reading all of it.

    http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevindeyoung/2012/01/13/does-jesus-hate-religion-kinda-sorta-not-really/

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