Jefferson Bethke: Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus

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on Jan 10, 2012

A poem I wrote to highlight the difference between Jesus and false religion. In the scriptures Jesus received the most opposition from the most religious people of his day. At it’s core Jesus’ gospel and the good news of the Cross is in pure opposition to self-righteousness/self-justification. Religion is man centered, Jesus is God-centered. This poem highlights my journey to discover this truth. Religion either ends in pride or despair. Pride because you make a list and can do it and act better than everyone, or despair because you can’t do your own list of rules and feel “not good enough” for God. With Jesus though you have humble confident joy because He represents you, you don’t represent yourself and His sacrifice is perfect putting us in perfect standing with God!


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from the archives:

The Gospel of the Penniless, Jobless, Marginalized and Despised by Chris Hedges

What Jesus Said About Who He Is, Life and Following Him

8 thoughts on “Jefferson Bethke: Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus

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  2. “This guy is not talking about religion but his relationship with the living Christ”

    Or his imagined “relationship ” with the living christ.

    • Hi Chris, just curious why you took time out to comment on this video post? Here is someone who has a relationship with God through His Son Jesus and you have to comment that it is “imagined”. How do you know that it is not real?

      Are you an equal-opportunity basher of all people who have a relationship to God or are religious but not Christians? Or is it Christians that you have such a problem with?

      What is your purpose and/or what do you gain by commenting here?

  3. The problem with all religions is the same across them; there are no “false” religions. Absent a Deity to actually drop by and sort out the mess, one person’s religion is as good as any other’s. Jim Jones’s “Christianity” was as legitimate as Pope Benedict’s is. Or Mother Teresa’s.

    • This guy is not talking about religion but his relationship with the living Christ . the fact is , ( and it is a fact for those who have had first hand contact ) ..this Deity you talk about has not only dropped by to sort out the mess , but has cleaned up the mess for those who are willing to get the hell off of their own inner thrones and self Lordship and let the Creator of the heavens and the Earth be the Lord of their lives.

      the problem is is that both secularity and religion are the same in their stubborness and resistence to the real Jesus who has risen from the dead and can clean up our inner mess. And ..might i add , no amount of whitewashing ourselves with so called moralizing and so called ethics can get to the root of our deep seated problems and uproot the ultimate tyranny –self . for as Karl Barth said ”it is the grace of God only that is the answer to all ethical questions ”. and that grace is found in Jesus , and our response to love him and others .

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