“Why I hate Religion, But Love Jesus” is a controversial video. It has reached tens of millions of people around the world, but is the content line up with the word of God?
By: Miles Maggio
The video does a hard critique to anyone who has much vested interest in their religion. The key here is to make sure we know the definition of “religion” as it applies in the movie. Many people believe that their “religion” is simply the set of doctrines by which an individual adheres to-but is that the full story?
Online Webster Dictionary describes Religion in four parts:
- (b) is the “service” or “worship” of a God or supernatural. Notice how it says nothing about God’s service for us. In part (2) it goes on to describe an individual’s “commitment or devotion” to “faith or observance”. This half doesn’t even recognize God as necessarily being the center of praise. This definition demonstrates nothing about God Himself doing the work. We will get into why that is a problem in a moment.
- Notice here how the center of works and praise goes to the “personal” and “institutionalized system.” Again, there is no mention about God and His divine will.
- This one is more of being religious in the sense that the individual is conforming and or being conscientious.
- Of all definition listed, this one may be the what we are looking for. “A cause.. held to with ardor..” is very vague, but close. Ardor means relentlessly striving with passion and energy. It’s a funny way to describe a relationship.
Let’s say for a moment that your spouse/loved one/best friend can walking up to describing the way he described his/her relationship with you and he/she said, “A cause held to with ardor.” You would probably think he’s crazy (I would at least ask him/her if they were ok). On closer inspection you can pick out what it means. The things the person that cares about you does is a “cause” and they can sometimes (or at least would be good to be) in an ardor-like fashion. Even then, the person doing the ardor is the individual being in religion and not God. Even if an individual is being an ardor in the Word of God and in good works, they mean nothing without a true relationship with Jesus Christ.
You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is these that bear witness of Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me, that you may have life.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”
An all Holy God is coming into our lives and saved us by going through an excruciating death for our sins because he loves us. I can’t find anywhere in the definition of religion that that fits in. This is a gift from God, not man-made structures that we go through. More importantly and as indicated before, it is not even just reading a book but having a very personal, deep, and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.
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 fails to feed the poor?
Tells single moms God doesn’t love them if they’ve ever had a divorce?
But in the Old Testament God actually calls religious people “whores”
Religion might preach grace, but another thing they practice
Tend to ridicule God’s people, they did it to John the Baptist
They can’t fix their problems, and so they just mask it
Not realizing religion’s like spraying perfume on a casket
See, the problem with religion is it never gets to the core
It’s just behavior modification, like a long list of chores
Like, “Let’s dress up the outside, make it look nice and neat”
But it’s funny, that’s what they used to do to mummies while the corpse rots underneath
Now I ain’t judging, I’m just sayin’, “Quit puttin’ on a fake look”
’Cause there’s a problem if people only know that you’re a Christian by your Facebook
I mean, in every other aspect of life, you know that logic’s unworthy
It’s like saying you play for the Lakers just because you bought a jersey
See this was me, too, but no one seemed to be on to me
Actin’ like church kid while addicted to pornography
See, on Sunday I’d go to church, but Saturday gettin’ faded
Actin’ as if I was simply created to just have sex and get wasted
See, I spent my whole life buildin’ this façade of neatness
But now that I know Jesus, I boast in my weakness
Because if grace is water, then the church should be an ocean
It’s not a museum for good people; it’s a hospital for the broken
Which means I don’t have to hide my failure, I don’t have to hide my sin
’Cause it doesn’t depend on me; it depends on him
See, because when I was God’s enemy and certainly not a fan
He looked down and said, “I want that man!”
Which is why Jesus hated religion, and for it he called them fools
Don’t you see it’s so much better than just following some rules?
Now lemme 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, remember he was called a “glutton” and a “drunkard” by “religious men”
But the Son of God never supports self-righteousness; not now, not then
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, but one’s a man-made invention
See, one is the cure, but the other’s the infection
See, because religion says “do,” Jesus says “done”
Religion says “slave,” Jesus says “son”
Religion puts you in bondage while Jesus sets you free
Religion makes you blind, but Jesus makes you see
And 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 what we all deserved; I guess that’s why you call it “grace”
And 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
And he absorbed all your sin, and he buried it in the tomb
Which is 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.
Make sure to share this with everyone you need to know. As God indicated to be, these are the important issues that every Christian must wrestle with at least a little bit. In a lot of cases, religion can get in the way of realizing that we need not be far away from God anymore. We are called to get close enough to God in order to hear is very revelation. This is how God’s kingdom is expanded and not our own.