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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2011 in review — How fun is this?

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people.  This blog was viewed about 5,100 times in 2011.  If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

In 2011, there were 135 new posts, not bad for the first six months! There were 96 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 199mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was June 30th with 153 views. The most popular post that day was Experiment: Laundry.

 

How did they find you?

The top referring sites in 2011 were:

Some visitors came searching, mostly for wood halloween cut out decorations, crayon glue gun, chemically inclined, and michele reed 9 11.

 

// Most visitors came from The United States. Canada & The United Kingdom were not far behind.

 

Who were they?

Your most commented on post in 2011 was The Marrying Kind

These were your 5 most active commenters:

THANK YOU SO MUCH LADIES!! I have had so much fun blogging these last 6 months and I know it is because of all of you! You mean the world to me!!!

 

Attractions in 2011

These are the posts that got the most views in 2011.

 

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4 Truths 1 Lie: Final Reveal

Alright ladies and gentlemen today is the day you have ALL been waiting for (or at least in my mind it is!)

There are only 2 choices left and by telling you the truth I will also reveal the lie! So are we ready??

I feel like I need a drum roll… but I don’t know how to type that out.

TRUTH: My favorite animal is the otter.

More specifically, the river otter. I worked with them at The Zoo and that further solidified my love for them. Seriously, how can you not?

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So those of you that picked “My favorite color is purple” are correct!! My favorite color is actually green. I like purple, it’s just not the best in my opinion.

Thanks for playing along everyone! I am returning to some more serious material next week after this silly break! In the line up I have a series on tap water, the sweater I made Ade (and am very proud of!) and the first finished project from my first Top Ten post. (Oh, and a new top ten because in the stressfull-ness of my life I stopped doing those as well!)

Have an awesome evening everyone!

4 Truths 1 Lie: Day 4

Third truth reveal: I was listed in “Who’s Who Among High School Students” for 3 out of 4 years of highschool.

There isn’t much to explain for this one. It is a program that you were nominated for by a staff/faculty member. As I mentioned in a comment on the very first day of this game it no longer exists. They received a lot of criticism towards the end of the awards life because they would encourage familys of those who received the award to purchase a book with their child’s name listed in it (along with all the other students who had received the awards). The book was rather expensive, however you did not have to purchase the book in order to be recognized.

Anyways, my senior year my family moved from Indiana to Kansas. Because of the move I was no longer eligible to be nominated for the award from my previous school and either my new school did not participate in the program or the staff/faculty was not familiar enough with me to nominate me.

And that is why I received it 3 out of 4 years!

Okay, only two left! Good luck to those still left in the running! If your answer has been taken out please vote again!

 

4 Truths and 1 Lie: Day 2

First truth reveal: I have never broken/fractured a bone.

I have ‘jammed’ my fingers a number of times, but never broken. One time while I was an intern at our local zoo I was attacked by a pronghorn.

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Fierce looking right? Well I was trying to give him a vaccination so you can’t really blame him. Anyway, he did some damage (mostly bruising and a left leg muscle contusion) but no broken or fractured bones!

My husband on the other hand has broken the same bone THREE times. He doesn’t even know how many times total he has fractured/broken one of his bones.

Exact opposites? Why yes we are!

Okay, here’s the poll again. For those of you who voted for “I have never broken/fractured a bone” please choose again!

A Flashback to my Childhood

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Bran and I took Ade to the local park last night were I rediscovered one of my long-lost loves. The swing. Bran had Ade on his lap, so I was left by myself in a swing. I felt kind of silly honestly, at least at first.

Turns out, you can’t out grow loving the swing. I started swinging higher and higher and with the sound of my daughters laughter in the background I was in heaven. Flying through the air, eyes closed with the best music playing in the world. It doesn’t get much better than that.

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With the cool crisp air blowing through my hair, memories started to flood back to me. I remember being on the playground with friends and competing with to see who could swing the highest, jump out the farthest, and do the neatest upside down swing tricks. From around 1st grade until 5th grade the swing was the most awesome thing in my world. Well, maybe not the most, but pretty darn close. My friends and I loved the swing set, and I really hope that Ade and her friends will be able to experience this (as opposed to a Nintendo DS).

What was one of your favorite outside things to do with your friends when you were younger?

Monday Moo

Today’s question: What blogs do you tend to visit daily?  Share their links and let us know why they inspire you!!

    4 Little Fergusons: Check out some of Tonya’s mommy posts and fabulous recipes!

   We Are THAT Family: Check out her recent trip to Africa, so inspirational. She also hosts WFMWs.

   Jenni From The Blog: Go meet her beautiful children and her hilarious posts!

    A Book for My Daughter: I love the purpose behind her blog and she is a magnificent writer.

   Chasing Chalk: She has great ideas and activities too!

Now a question for you!! What things keep you coming back to visit a blog and what things instantly makes it a favorite of yours?