Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus.

Posting for me, so I can find it easily when I want to view it. I hope that you all enjoy it as well if you haven’t already seen it.

By Jefferson Bethke

What if I told you Jesus came to abolish religion.
What if I told you voting Republican, really wasn’t His mission.
What if I told you Republican doesn’t automatically mean Christian
and just because you call some people blind,
doesn’t automatically give you vision.
I mean if religion is so great, why has it started so many wars?
Why does it build huge churches, but fail to feed the poor?
Tell single moms God doesn’t love them if they have ever had a divorce,
but in the old testament, God actually calls religious people whores.
Religion might preach grace, but another thing they practice. T
end to ridicule God’s people, they did it to John the Baptist.
They can’t fix their problems and so they mask it,
without realising it’s like spraying perfume on a casket.

See the problem with religion, is that it never gets to the core.
It’s just behaviour modification like a long list of chores.
Like let’s dress up the outside to make it look nice and neat,
but that’s funny cause that’s what they used to do to mummies
while the corpse rots underneath.
Now I ain’t judging, I’m just saying, quit putting on a fake look.
Cause it’s a problem if people only know you’re a Christian through your Facebook.
I mean in every other aspect of life, you know that logic is worthy.
It’s like saying you play for the Lakers, just because you bought their jersey.

See this was me too, but no one seemed to be on to me.
Acting like a church kid, but addicted to pornography.
See on Sunday I’d go to church but Saturday getting faded,
acting like I was simply created to have sex and get wasted.
See I spent my whole life building this facade of neatness,
But now that I know Jesus, I boost in my weakness.
Because if Grace is like water, then the church should be an ocean.
It’s not a museum for good people, it’s a hospital for broken.
Which means I don’t have to hide my failure I don’t have to hide my sin,
because it doesn’t depend on me, it depends on him.
See when I was God’s enemy, and certainly not a fan,
He looked down on and said “I want that man”.
Which is why Jesus hated religion and for it he called them fools.
Don’t you see so much better, then just following some rules?

Let me clarify, I love the church I love the bible and yes I believe in sin.
But if Jesus came to your church, would they actually let him in?
See he was called a glutton and a drunkard by religious man,
but the son of God never supported self-righteousness, not now, not than.
Now back to the point, one thing is vital to mention,
how Jesus and religion, are on opposite spectrums.
See one’s the work of God, and one’s a man-made invention.
See one is the cure, the other’s an infection.
Religion says do, Jesus says done.
Religion says slave, Jesus says son.
Religion puts you in bondage, Jesus sets you free.
Religion makes you blind, Jesus makes you see.
That’s why religion and Jesus, are two different clans.

Religion is man searching for God, Christianity is God searching for man.
Which is why salvation is freely mine, and forgiveness is my own.
Not based on my merits, but Jesus’ obedience alone.
Because he took the crown of thorns and the blood dripped down his face.
He took away all we deserved, I guess it’s why you call it grace.
While being murdered he yelled “Father forgive them, they know now what they do”,
because as he was dangling from that cross, he was thinking of YOU.
He absorbed all your sin, and He buried it in the tomb
that’s why I’m kneeling at the cross saying “come on, there’s room”.

So for religion, no I hate it. In fact I literally resent it.
Because when Jesus said “IT IS FINISHED”,
I believe he meant it.

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2 thoughts on “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus.

  1. Raised first Catholic, then Lutheran, then Episcopal….spanked by nuns, paddled by preachers, shamed by teachers….and after sitting through college level government and history classes….ie the Crusades etc, ya can’t help but doubt religion…..or rather, the people that make up the rules of the religions. I often wonder just how dissappointed Christ would be if he came to church with me one Sunday. We have great people….but a ton of RULES….Elders, Sessions, big budgets, little mission work. Love the message of the video! Thank you.

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