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Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus


Incredible, moving video about why Jesus trumps religion.

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And here’s the text of the entire poem, copyright Jefferson Bethke. You can find more of his work and ministry at ChiselSeason.

What if I told you, Jesus came to abolish religion?
What if I told you getting you to vote republican, really wasn’t his mission?
Because republican doesn’t automatically mean Christian,
And just because you call some people blind, doesn’t automatically give you vision.
If religion is so great, why has it started so many wars?
Why does it build huge churches, but fails to feed the poor?
Tells single moms God doesn’t love them if they’ve ever been divorced
Yet God in the Old Testament actually calls the religious people whores
Religion preaches grace, but another thing they practice,
Tend to ridicule Gods people, they did it to John the Baptist,
Cant fix their problems, so they try to mask it,
Not realizing that’s just like sprayin perfume on a casket
Because the problem with religion is that it never gets to the core,
It’s just behavior modification, like a long list of chores.
Let’s dress up the outside, make things look nice and neat,
Its funny that’s what they do to mummies, while the corpse rots underneath,
Now I ain’t judging I’m just saying be careful of putting on a fake look,
Because there’s a problem if people only know that you’re a Christian by that little section on your facebook
In every other aspect of life you know that logics unworthy
Its like saying you play for the lakers just because you bought a jersey
But see I played this game too; no one seemed to be on to me,
I was acting like church kid, while addicted to pornography.
I’d go to church on Sunday, but on saturday getting faded,
Acting as if I was simply created to have sex and get wasted.
Spend my whole life putting on this façade of neatness,
But now that I know Jesus, I boast in my weakness.
If grace is water, then the church should be an ocean,
Cuz its not a museum for good people, it’s a hospital for the broken
I no longer have to hide my failures I don’t have to hide my sin,
Because my salvation doesn’t depend on me, it depends on him.
because when I was Gods enemy and certainly not a fan,
God looked down on me and said, “I want that man!”
Which is so different from religious people, and why Jesus called em fools
Don’t you see hes so much better than just following some rules?
Now let me clarify, I love the church, I love the bible, and I believe in sin
But my question, is if Jesus were here today, would your church let Him in?
Remember He was called a drunkard and a glutton by  “religious men”
The Son of God not supported self-righteousness, not now, not then.


Now back to the topic, one thing I think is vital to mention,
How Jesus and religion are on opposite spectrums,
One is the work of God one is a man made invention,
One is the cure and one is the infection.
Because Religion says do, Jesus says done.
Religion says slave, Jesus says son,
Religion puts you in shackles but Jesus sets you free.
Religion makes you blind, but Jesus lets you see.

This is what makes religion and Jesus two different clans,
Religion is man searching for God, but Christianity is God searching for man.
Which is why salvation is freely mine, forgiveness is my own,
Not based on my efforts, but Christ’s obedience alone.
Because he took the crown of thorns, and blood that dripped down his face
He took what we all deserved, that’s why we call it grace.
While being murdered he yelled “father forgive them, they know not what they do”,
Because when he was dangling on that cross, he was thinking of you
He paid for all your sin, and then buried it in the tomb,
Which is why im kneeling at the cross now saying come on there’s room
So know I hate religion, in fact I literally resent it,
Because when Jesus cried It is finished, I believe He meant it.

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Frank Stapleton

posted February 11, 2012 at 9:39 am

Sooner or later you will come to an impasse with Christianity. I call this, “The Big Paradoxical -Catch-22 Factor.” The Gospels verse the Epistles; verses modern-day Christianity. Which one are you going to embrace-The Jesus Christ in the gospels or the breaking up of Jesus’ body in the Epistles or today’s’ amended version of the early church?
The Body of Christ was broken up in such a way as to make sure that no one person could have a full measure of Jesus Christ gifts. This guaranteed that no one person could claim to be the Christ hence protecting the church from false Christ’s. And as much as I fear saying this, I think that this has hurt today’s church. The church has never been the same after the Apostles died. The gifts went into the grave with the Apostles and as a result Christianity’s figs withered up and died. The problem was that apostles were perfected but the Ecclesia was still in training and never got to the level of the apostles or if they did it never lasted very long. True, Christianity spread after they died but the question is what kind of Christianity? Christianity’s’ credibility rested on performing miracles, casting out demons, and raising people from the dead, but there are no verifiable miracles like that today. People wrongly think that they only need the bible to do the work of God hence there are few if any churches around that still believe in the supernatural gifts that Jesus Christ gave to his church.
By dividing the Body of Christ the way that he did, the apostle Paul made it almost impossible for Jesus Christ’s to be fully expressed unless the church was always functioning perfectly. Remember! Jesus Christ is perfect: He doesn’t have any flawed parts nor is He missing any vital parts like the Church is today. Paul seems to be taking it for granted that the Ecclesia will always be made up of perfect body parts hence collectively manifesting the fullness of Jesus Christ. But this would be extremely difficult for any group of people to do over the long haul.
The twelve Apostles used their gifts outside of the church individually and independently of their flocks. This is inconsistent with the way they set the church up. There is something fundamentally wrong with this paradigm unless the apostles believed that miracles would cease or proven vessels were always part of the package for every church in every generation. This is what I believe to be the answer.

Any leader of a flock of Jesus Christ should be as the Apostles were in that they should be a proven vessel of God. They should be able to perform miracles in the church and independently of a church-body just like the Apostles did or you shouldn’t follow them.

Frank Stapleton

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posted February 12, 2012 at 11:31 am

Great, kudos on you!

I do try to study Religions and the Church.

God and Jesus I do try to love.

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posted February 12, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Sad but true. I went to one church in my whole life that I ever felt the Lord’s presence–the pastor had an open mind that people could find Jesus meditating in nature, singing in the choir, teaching, preaching, serving, but most important find him in the way that you’re most comfortable. I studied the Bible, journaled it all the way thru in the Old & New Testaments while a member of that church. All other churches I have ever tried to belong and connect to (Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, Disciples of Christ) have been pretty much shrines for the saints instead of caring for the sinners!

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posted February 14, 2012 at 2:53 pm

This was awesome!It’s really sad how many people practice religion and say they live by it and their actions are totally the opposite. It really breaks my heart to see how many people don’t have a close relationship with God. They think going to church every Sunday is having a relationship with God and as soon as they walk out that church their hearts are still so contaminated. They follow a routine schedule. They don’t see it… how far they are from our Father.I love my Father and it brings tears to my eyes to know how many of us don’t know Him. We need to start cleaning our house… Our Hearts. and only through Him can we do it. He is coming and I just can’t wait to carry my cross and follow Him. Jesus Lives!

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Eileen Hirota

posted February 15, 2012 at 4:30 am

Christianity is a way of life that follows the footsteps of Jesus. Religion is what crucified HIM. Religion is ‘man made’ stuff.
Like your post.

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posted February 20, 2012 at 11:19 am

So True to me !!! I couldn’t of said it better.. My daughter and I both feel the same way !!!

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Monica faith zakka

posted February 23, 2012 at 4:11 am

U r undilutedly right sir!Christianity is nt a religion bt a kingdom relationship.Jesus did nt come form a religion bt a God-man,Father-son relationship bt religion has eaten so deeply in2 man dt many followers of Christ wil deny ds truth.AM A CHRISTIAN NT AS A RELIGION BT RELATIONSHIP.

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posted March 21, 2012 at 9:13 am

This young man has found the words I’ve been looking for most of my life.

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posted March 29, 2012 at 7:41 am

wonderful poem. couldn’t have said it better. explains why I haven’t sat in the pews of a church for 10 years. even the most open-minded church I went to had its politics and control issues that had nothing to do with Jesus and God and faith.

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David Brokaw

posted May 2, 2012 at 2:13 am

Yes very nice indeed.

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Nicholos Palmer

posted May 5, 2012 at 12:56 am

his poem is expressive,wonderful and ,above all, truthful.

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posted May 9, 2012 at 11:30 am

Wonderful, wonderful, every word! I was brought up Catholic but too much hell and damnation for me, my mother believed kids should be hit to keep them in order, as nuns and Jesuits used to (sometimes) – violent with their charges – to keep the devil out. Other friends who profess to be religious sprout do’s and don’ts lists all the time, to be part of the flock, you must follow. Jesus was a kind, loving man, gentle man he lived among and eate with all the down and outs every day, he never condemned, he never murdered in the name of the state or tortured as the Christian church did at times – the exact opposite in fact. Man misunderstands and makes God in his own image – violent and cruel, not the other way around. God is love, Jesus was a gent!

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posted May 10, 2012 at 1:14 am

I believewhat Pope Benedict said – “Through the Eucharist he (Jesus) binds us to himself;through his Church, he binds us to epach other!” Problem is,in many “religions”, people follow mere mortal men and women and their beliefs instead of following Jesus and the TRUE Church which HE established.

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posted May 15, 2012 at 3:46 am

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound!

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posted May 19, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Most folks don’t have a good working definition of religion. Here’s one – religion is the virtue of justice to God, i.e. fulfilling our obligation to serve Him as His children. This does not mean we do not need grace…our salvation is utterly dependent upon God’s grace, yet it remains to be worked out in fear and trembling as St. Paul said. Religion is performance of those acts of obedience without which Christ says we cannot say we love Him: Mercy towards others, acknowledging Him before others, and keeping His commandment to make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit. Love Religion = Love Jesus.

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