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January 19th, 2012
05:27 PM ET

'Hate religion, love Jesus' video goes viral

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - With so many atheists coming out of the closet, it’s not difficult to imagine a video decrying religion racking up millions of hits on YouTube.

But a video along those lines has been viewed 15 million times and liked more than a quarter-million times since it was posted on January 10, featuring an enthusiastic young Christian from Washington state.

[youtube= http://youtu.be/1IAhDGYlpqY]

“What if I told you Jesus came to abolish religion?” 22-year-old Jefferson Bethke says in the video, reciting a spoken word poem he wrote. “What if I told you getting you to vote Republican really wasn’t his mission?”

“I mean if religion is so great, why has it started so many wars?” he says later. “Why does it build huge churches but fail to feed the poor?”

Bethke's video is emerging as a symbol for many young evangelical Christians who are calling themselves “followers of Jesus” rather than overtly identifying with institutional Christianity. Many of the country's fastest-growing churches are nondenominational.

“Religion is man-centered,” Bethke writes in a post accompanying his YouTube video. “Jesus is God-centered.”

In the video, Bethke talks about what he calls his own spiritual rebirth, saying he went from being a self-righteous religious person to an admittedly deeply broken believer.

The video has provoked an avalanche of response, including other YouTube videos, like "Why I hate religion but love Jesus, Muslim Version" and "Why I Dislike Your Poem, But Love God," which includes these lines:

I see where you’re coming from but there’s insanity in your vision
You overlook the fact that Christianity is religion
You’re like the van who claims to hate diets
Or astrophysicists who reject laws of science.

That response video has itself been viewed 390,000 times. Not bad.

Many religious bloggers echoed that video’s criticism on Bethke, alleging he’s trumpeting tenets of Christianity while purporting to blast organized religion. Critics called Bethke’s take on religion overly simplistic and dangerous.

“Anyone who does just a little digging on Bethke's YouTube channel or on Google will quickly learn that this young poet is a conservative Christian and member of the Mars Hill Church led by controversial pastor Mark Driscoll,” writes Patheos blogger Brian Kirk, a Missouri-based pastor. “All this seems to me an odd résumé for one who lambastes organized religion.”

Yet Kirk marvels at the national conversation that Bethke has provoked around deep questions:

Certainly one can agree or disagree with Bethke's take on religion but it's difficult not to admire the way he has stirred up those of us who may have been slumbering comfortably in our own faith without really thinking about why we do what we do. Some times the best way to wake up a sleeping giant is to poke it with a stick and Bethke has done just that.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Christianity

soundoff (3,716 Responses)
  1. Anatomically Bombed

    The article should really have been called "Hate religion, love your fellow man" which is what your Christ was trying to teach you in the first place. Instead Christians hijacked his message and used it in the exact opposite way intended by forcing people at the point of the sword to convert. Few modern day Christians are as violent as their past has been, though they now use new tactics to bend their neighbors to their will, such as trying to pass Christian based moral laws on everyone else around them, bullying and slandering any who oppose them. The Christ of the bible would no doubt vomit in his mouth at the sight of modern day Christianity and what they have done in his name.

    January 20, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
    • Rich

      Ironically, according to the common Christian belief, loving your fellow man is not only falling short of what God expects, it makes you worse than Satan. Think about it. God expelled Satan and gave him his own domain to rule. If you do wonderful things all your life – a life most would call a "saint" – but do not believe in God, you go to Hell, where Satan rules over you with no hope of redemption. Therefore, you are worse than Satan in the eyes of God. Just shows you how crazy the whole nonsense is.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • Justin

      @Rich
      I'm an atheist, but I'm familiar with the bible. According to Revelation, Satan doesn't have dominion over hell. He's actually cast into the lake of fire. So we're technically equals of Satan, rather than subservient to Satan. That is at least according to the Bible. However, its of course all for nought because not a word of it is true.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
    • Rich

      @Justin: An interesting piece of information, but it doesn't really hold water with the rest of the Bible, of course. It portrays Satan as someone who has the power to leave Hell to tempt Jesus in the desert, for instance, or Eve with the apple. If you look at a more secular view, churches regularly tell people that Satan will punish them in Hell and so on. Clearly Satan is in charge of Hell. He has been allowed more power than anyone else there, he tempts people to try to get them there – clearly he has dominion over people there, according to the text. So, that circles back to everyone in Hell being considered worse than Satan, because God has chosen to give Satan power over those people. Even if you take a more literal view and assume Hell is a place where no one is capable of having power, still Satan gets to leave Hell and no one else does, retaining that uh... inequality among Hell's inhabitants and elevating Satan to an enviable position among such inhabitants. This very discussion just shows how ludicrous it all is. Glad to hear you're among those who came to your senses, BTW.

      January 20, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  2. Jim

    this is great... pretend to love Jesus and God in this video and hate the church, once the church is gone then hate Jesus and God. Then we're left will the ultimate freedom that this generation wants. Nothing to say anything we do is wrong, because you cannot criticize deviant behavior as sin,,, then it's all good. The devil plays a dirty game and the fools that follow.

    January 20, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
    • Joe T.

      I know several people who have never gone to church in their life. They are some of the kindest, warmest, and loving people you will ever meet. They didn't need a religion to tell them to be like that. I think people who behave only out of fear of punishment are worse than any atheist.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • bnb42

      With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • Anatomically Bombed

      Note to all ignorant Christians who think religion = morality: You have been lied to and decieved!! Morality is not a top down system where we recieved a moral code from on high, but a bottom up system where our empathy allows us to feel and experience what another person is going through and thus make choices based on those experiences. If we see another human in need, hungry, cold or victimized in some way, we are able to imagine ourselves going through the same things and we make choices based upon those experiences. If we see someone who has worked hard for something only to have it stolen from them, we feel empathy and put ourselves in his shoes and thus deem theft as immoral. If morality was a top down system then there would not have been any of it till your supposed God handed it to Moses in the wilderness, and yet the code of hamurabi and other ancient law books unrelated to your God contained almost all of the main moral laws Moses pens. It's interesting to note that Moses had been taught and raised as a Prince of Egypt and would have been taught the Egytian laws that were based on the code of hamurabi among other ancient laws. Funny how so much of it shows up while he's writing his great epic while wandering around the desert for 40 years.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • Rich

      If I were this "Devil' fellow, I'd enact a plan to convince people they're doing God's fine work by chest-beating and declaring how awesome God is while actually doing little to nothing that resembles a work in the name of God, like helping their fellow man. So, if the Devil were real, he'd be mighty proud of today's crop of Christians.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • Hello

      a first step to religions FREEDOM..

      http://caesarsmessiahdoc.com/Radio/radio.html?utm_source=Caesar%27s+Messiah+List&utm_campaign=6ca09a7fb4-NewYear2012&utm_medium=email

      January 20, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  3. Emily

    I believe in God. I don't, however, believe myself to be Christian. I have a completely different worldview than most religious people in this country today. I am pro-choice, a strong supporter of LGBT rights, and I would place myself under the category of "Libertarian". I believe people should be able to do/believe whatever they like so long as it doesn't hurt anybody else. I understand why Atheists have problems with Christians; they are the reason abortion is a big issue. Same with LGBT rights and legalization of certain substances. But when I see comments saying something along the lines of "Stop living in a fantasy, there's no man in the sky", it's really upsetting. Now you are just stepping on someone else's beliefs, just like Christians do to you. It's fire with fire and I think it should all just stop.

    January 20, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
    • HeyMan

      Look,
      Don't take it personally. It is the belief that is being scrutinized, not you. If you have good reasons to believe what you believe, then you should not be afraid to discuss them.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • Peter

      You've no time for politics of any strip. Your soul is in peril. Don't leave this world without Jesus. There is no salvation in politics.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • yeahalright

      When someone tells you there are magic gnomes in the back yard, do you accord that patently ridiculous belief any level of respect? Why should you? When something is absurd on its face (a man in the sky watching and judging your every move), it deserves to be called absurd. Sorry. Ridiculous unprovable assertions don't deserve respect.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • John

      How do you reconcile your belief with god with your belief in pro-choice and your belief and not harming others? Does god other instill the soul within the fetus upon birth?

      January 20, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • John

      You are a hypocrite. "as long as it doesn't hurt anyone"= abortion hurts someone.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
    • Rich

      John: People have different ideas about when a fetus becomes a "someone" and when it reaches a point where it can feel pain that has significance over the pain that any other animal feels. The problem with the whole abortion debate is that people can't seem to understand that there is legitimate debate about when an unborn human should be something we need to be concerned about in our legislation. Opinions vary from BEFORE conception, onward. If you consider how many different denominations exist because of different opinions on what the Bible's texts mean, it's easy to understand the disagreement without even getting into the science of it all. Perhaps Christians should get their own laws sorted out before they try to affect the laws of non-Christians.

      January 20, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • Hello

      does that god you believe in a male or female?
      looking for someone to tell me why "The GOD" is always male...given the male gender.

      Why would a being in space need a p1n1s?

      January 20, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  4. Randall

    Great video, he speaks it clearly...

    January 20, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  5. Joe T.

    If you grew up in the religion that I was raised in, you would see how horrible organized religion is.

    January 20, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
    • Peter

      Forget religion. If you're not of the Kingdom of God you're of the very kingdom of darkness you condemn.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • Joe T.

      So if I was born in India and knew nothing about Christianity, I would be doomed? Quit being so judgmental.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • Hello

      your religion is usually the first myth that that is crammed into your brain...usually by your parents or geographic culture.

      January 20, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
    • Hello

      I don't believe in kingdoms...kingdoms are for fools and slaves.

      January 20, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  6. loathstheright

    Being an atheist, I think Jesus' teaching of love and caring for your fellow human was the ultimate goal of fulfilling mans greatest achivement. But, where I work, it is the Conservative Christians who are always wanting war and cheering on the death penalty, I don't think any of them come even close to being like Jesus.

    January 20, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • Mbane18

      You mean Evangelicals, right? Christians would never do that.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
    • Joe T.

      I disagree about the death penalty. Jesus and his dad are always looking to punish people.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
    • Jim

      right, because the fight to pro life Christians fight for doesn't mean the value life.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • Peter

      Being an atheist, I'd say you hardly qualify to relay what Jesus taught. He preached and taught the glad tidings of the Kingdom of God. Something atheists reject out of hand. Jesus taught many (souls) many things. How to worship God, how not to worship God. How to fish. How to clean yourself up. How to look after others. How to love your neighbor. Don't pick one of his many graces and make that his message, because none of these were given outside of the context of his Fathers Kingdom.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • Hello

      learn why the Roman created the Christian myth with a pacifist savior from the Jewish myth.

      http://caesarsmessiahdoc.com/Radio/radio.html?utm_source=Caesar%27s+Messiah+List&utm_campaign=6ca09a7fb4-NewYear2012&utm_medium=email

      January 20, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  7. Cannon

    Sounds like a confused young man who read John Shelby Spong's twelve points, but didn't understand them.

    January 20, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
  8. Bad Religion

    The world would be a better place w/o religion. All you crazy people believing in some divine magical sky daddy that for whatever reason cares about our insignificant planet, or your little insignificant lives with your little insignificant problems is absurd. I don't believe in any one god or organized religion and I live just as much if not more moral of a life than most self professing Christians and even better, without the hypocrisy. I give to charity, volunteer my time, given food to the homeless, taken in stray animals, and have housed friends going through hard times with unemployment. You don't need god to tell you what is right and wrong you just need have compassion, empathy, and a little patience and BAM! you're on your way to living a moral and fulfilling life free from the bs some sunday morning child molester says and hell of a lot cheaper than giving them some portion of your pay check to afore mentioned child molester.

    January 20, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      "The world would be a better place w/o religion."

      An opinion based on no facts whatsoever.
      No better than the religious ppl you claim to be better than.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
    • Follower of paul

      if you do not believe then why do you care what is said or written,. So many rant and rave, about what someone has wriitten about their belief in jesus, and others write how foolish it all is. If they do not care or belive, why even argue a point that they do not believe. Sounds like to me they just need to argue to themselves a truth, that they beieve but want admit.. Their truth or belief is theirs, but they want everyone else to belive what they think, they want you to agree with them that there is no God so they can be right. They argue that point so much, that they argue it to much, to be right.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
    • Smokeee

      considering the middle east and terrorists are grounded in their religions to do the acts they do thinking they're going to meet Allah, and the extremists even in the U.S. have been as well like the OKC bombing suspects, or even abortion clinic bombers, religion is DEFINITELY the catalyst to most extremists justifications. Religious people don't use logic though, they quote scripture as if its proof even to non believers, but it goes to show how poor their ability to logically think and reason is. Scripture means absolutely nothing to a non believer and pretending to use that to prove an argument to them is as ignorant as it gets...

      January 20, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
    • lolwut

      I hate Greek Mythology, but I love Hercules.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • Lycidas

      @Smokee- "Religious people don't use logic though,"

      Incorrect.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  9. TRooseveltFan01

    We should keep in mind that non-denomination evangelical Protestants are the modern day epitome of organized religion.

    January 20, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • Cannon

      No, they are the epitome of organized POLITICS

      January 20, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  10. Smokeee

    I wouldn't even have a problem with organized religion if the religious didn't try to ram it down everyones throat. Take Santorum for example, he wants to make laws based on his beliefs that govern our country. Many evangelicals have been trying to turn the U.S. into the Christian version of the Taliban. The Religious Right wing are the most ignorant voter base in our country, and are constantly behind candidates that are pushing Christianity on everyone where i think many spite it because of that. They think they're persecuted even though they dominate religion iin the United States, and make up a huge voter base in the Republican party that has way too much control over who becomes the Republican candidate for President, and its just everything wrong with the freedoms our country was built on. Freedom of religion is becoming less of a reality, pretty soon we'll all be governed under Christian doctrines.

    January 20, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • Mbane18

      Most of Europe is Christian and they don't act like the so called Christians (Evangelicals) we have here. There's a reason why they weren't wanted there and crossed the ocean to come here.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • Hello

      most of Europe is Atheist... they have evolved from myth... except from the invading muzzys..

      January 20, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  11. JustTrying

    Matthew 5:17: (Jesus speaking) – “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them."

    The term "Religion" has been vilified by the weak and narrowminded. It is not on the opposite side of the spectrum as a relationship with Jesus/God. It is part and parcel/one and the same. Jesus didn't hate "religion". To say that he did is just another of many clever catch phrases meant to distract you into thinking about your relationship (or lack thereof) with God/Jesus. Whether sincerely delivered or not. For those who follow the Christian Bible – As noted in the scripture above...Jesus isn't about that. He came to do what he came to do. Call it whatever your want – or call it not – it doesn't change the truth of His purpose. For everyone – Figure out what you believe in, what you think is right and do it. Lead by example. Make a positive difference in the world.

    January 20, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • The Witness Elijah

      Amen brother. And peace be upon you.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • Bad Religion

      Yeah and quoting outdated and irrelevant scripture passages and knowing nothing else about the world around you isn't narrow minded or ignorant??? Right!? Shut your mouth and open a book about the history of Christianity, it's not bread and roses and for the most part is full death, despair, deceit, and war. It has been constantly about trying to assert itself as the ONLY religion and would kill or oppress others who didn't believe and to some degree still does to this day. So before you go casting narrow minded stones do a little research into your own back ground.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  12. Befuddled

    Despite my beliefs in a higher power, that doesn't take away from the fact that I can apply common sense and know that anything that man has had a say-so over the years is going to change. This is a fact with religion, not so much with spirituality. Man does has a tendency to "sway" thing's to satisfy his own needs. Example: I really don't think God wants me to donate 10% of my paycheck in order to ensure a spot in blissful eternity.

    I've seen a lot of good come from churches. But on the other hand, I've seen a lot of bad come from them as well. My church is in my heart, not in a building. We had one of those "mega churches" go up a couple of towns over. Everyone talking about how "cool" it is with it's own recording studio and amphitheater. I'm sorry, but I don't think God expects such thing's from a church. How can that possibly reinforce ones faith.

    To thy own self be true. That's all I worry about. Peace. 🙂

    January 20, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
  13. Anchorite

    THANK you Bethke. I always said the church has no place in Christianity. Adam and Eve had no church, Moses had no church, Jesus had no church. If you follow the teachings of Jesus and do your best to help your fellow MAN you are a Christian. God is immortal and all-powerful, he wants us to treasure his creation, not himself. If all you do is talk about the Bible and how Jesus died for your sins, give money to a nonprofit known as the First Baptist Whatever, and then go out and act pro-war and anti-gay and holier-than-thou, you are not a Christian, you are just a cheap knockoff of one. If you wear it on the inside, there is no need to wear it on the outside.

    January 20, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • Anon

      It's all desert myths. What's the point of following ancient nonsensical myths.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • Test

      @Anon

      "It's all desert myths. What's the point of following ancient nonsensical myths."

      Broken record.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • Anon

      Are you retarded?

      January 20, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • Test

      @Anon

      Are you relying on Childish Slams?

      January 20, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • Hello

      Moses was not a christian.. dummy.. he was a Jewish mythic character..

      http://caesarsmessiahdoc.com/Radio/radio.html?utm_source=Caesar%27s+Messiah+List&utm_campaign=6ca09a7fb4-NewYear2012&utm_medium=email

      January 20, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  14. bnb42

    I'd like to introduce you all to my religion "The faith of the invisible pink unicorn" Like all religions it's based on both faith and logic... We have faith that they are pink, and we logically know she's invisible since we can't see them..

    January 20, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • Befuddled

      Air is invisible too. What's your point? And a word to the wise......mistaking ones' opinion for fact is the trait of a feeble mind. Just sayin'.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
    • pt6071

      lol

      January 20, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
    • pt6071

      Exactly. Some people have an opinion that Jesus exists but there's no evidence so it's not a fact.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • bnb42

      Befuddled:
      I think your sarcasm meter should be adjusted... after reading my post it should have registered 'Highly sarcastic'....

      January 20, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • Hello

      ahhh an old time Atheist.. who remembers the wondrous IPU... Her royal beautiful pinkness...I remember her well..

      January 20, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  15. matt

    After reading some posts it is clear that the path is narrow and few will find it. Faith is the key, believing in something not seen. It usually takes people out of their comfort zone. Good luck to all once your dead you can't go back and change your choices. Myself included.

    January 20, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • Anchorite

      Deeds are the key. What good is glorifying God if you leave your fellow men to suffer and die in pain? Faith has nothing to do with religion. If God exists, great, if not, you shouldn't believe in Him, you believe in the truth, but it doesn't give you license to start breaking laws and being selfish just because there is nobody to punish you.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • Rich

      Heaven's gonna be an awful lonely place, if so. I hope your definition of paradise includes watching some of the people you loved most in eternal torment in Hell. Sounds wonderful, doesn't it? And you get to watch that FOREVER! Whoo!

      January 20, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
    • Jeff

      Faith is not exclusive to religion. Science relies on faith as well. Although we tend to call it a hypothesis. I rely on faith when I go through the drive that I'm not about to get screwed. People, regardless of religious leanings or the lac of them, rely on faith everyday.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
  16. Johnny

    I laugh at the people who hate religion so much, they need to expend a deep energy at expressing it, just like sociopaths do about everything else.
    If you aren't religious, fine. But keep your hate to yourself. You make yourself look petty and childish.

    January 20, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • Johnny

      You mean like the Westboro Baptist Church? They don't hate!

      January 20, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • Johnny

      You are talking about ONE headline-grabbing sect of a few people, mr doppleganger.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • deadxmen

      The same should be said for all, regardless if you believe or not. Believe what you want, don't push it on anyone else. I do not berate others for their religious or non-religious beliefs. No one should cast that first stone for no one is perfect and without "sin".

      January 20, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • Rich

      It's been the other way around. I had to de-friend someone on Facebook I've known for many years yesterday because his anti-atheist rants kept amplifying until finally he was posting things like an article claiming atheists are doomed to become pedophiles because they don't have God to stop them. I have to tell you that of the large number of people who participate in comments on his Facebook, he himself is one of the most tame/friendly of them.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • Jeff

      Seems odd to say that when religious people tend to expend the same force trying to convert those that believe differently. You will always find people fighting to right the wrongs they perceive. That desire to right those wrongs is not exclusive to those against religion or the religious.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • Johnny

      Rich – sorry to hear that about your friend. But the vast majority of us who attend church see it as a personal affair. Even within the church itself, I know that my reasons for attending and participating are not the same reasons as others who, obviously, share something in common with me as we are attending Catholic mass.
      I also don't leave mass and march up to people talking to them about God and Jesus. Even if you don't attend and see it for yourself and just watch people leaving church after mass, you won't see a bunch of crazies rushing out of the front doors to accost every athiest pedestrian they can find. However, this is how hate-crazy athiests characterize those of us who attend.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
    • yeahalright

      Hah! You're the ones who believe in a different version of santa claus and we're childish?!

      January 20, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • QR

      Well Johnny, maybe when you nuts can keep to your own knitting and stop trying to pass laws that shove your beliefs down the throats of those that don't think like then the "non-believers" will keep quite.

      A question for ye: "The Bible" which has been around for 2012 years now, has not been touched or corrupted by kings, popes, others who had the power and opportunity to do so? Really? Even with proof that popes and kings who had influence and were proven corrupt..... they kept their hands off the bible?

      January 20, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • Rich

      Johnny, I accept that many – maybe even most – Christians are content to make it a personal affair they keep confined to a reasonable, appropriate space. I'd ask that you consider that many or most atheists and agnostics do the same, and that you may not be aware of it because most people you spend time with / talk to are not non-believers. I'd also like to say that many Christians who generally keep their faith as a personal matter tend to support laws that do not, and this is a sticking point for people who do not believe laws should mandate what can be done on a Sunday, for example.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • Johnny

      RIch – agreed with much of what you just posted.
      For the record, most of my friends are not Catholic nor regular attendees of any place of worship.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • Rich

      Johnny, most people I've met who identify as Christians do not actually regularly attend any church. That's not to say most of your friends call them Christians – I have no idea.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • Hello

      @ Johnny
      It s not about hating religion but about the reason it was created and its lies that is has caused so much torture on humanity.

      http://caesarsmessiahdoc.com/Radio/radio.html?utm_source=Caesar%27s+Messiah+List&utm_campaign=6ca09a7fb4-NewYear2012&utm_medium=email

      January 20, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  17. Mark

    Just another You Tuber wanting his 15 minutes of fame.

    January 20, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • Test

      replace "wanting"with, "obtaining". haha

      January 20, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  18. Into the fray

    I believe in God
    I believe that Jesus was an awesome teacher and a wonderful inspiration
    I believe in faith
    I believe in hope and love
    I believe in peace

    Organized religion is an arranged benefit for those who need or want it. Religion is not truth. Religion is not faith. Faith is something that comes from heart and soul, not a bunch of middle-aged anglo-saxon woman-belittling mentally-constipated males who always "know what Jesus thinks" and "know what Jesus wants" and "know what Jesus would do."

    January 20, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • Anon

      Jesus and everything related to that mo'fo (pun intended) is a complete farce.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • XYZ

      I believe what most people claim is faith, is actually hope. Faith is something that actually is not a very good to have. In every other aspect of our lives it is often called gullibility.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • Patriarchae

      So you claim to "believe in faith" (a complete logical fallacy by the way, you cannot "believe" in faith), yet nowhere on that list is "I believe in science." Sad. Very sad.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • Johnny

      You are right on faith, but wrong on religion – you obviously don't understand it. Religion is a community affair for those who choose to freely associate with others who share the same beliefs and want to reinforce those beliefs through a sharing of organized rituals as a form of expression.
      Those who hate religion and truly hate the community aspect of it, are sociopathically bent on seeking to impose a sharing of their hatred with others. However, not participating in the orgnization of religion and keeping that decision to yourself is simply disagreement – that's obviously unimpeachable. There is a difference between articulating disagreement in a calm, measured, and intelligent way, and attacking religion by insulting the people who choose to freely associate with it.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • Hello

      religions were created to control the masses.. to save the rulers not the slaves.

      http://caesarsmessiahdoc.com/Radio/radio.html?utm_source=Caesar%27s+Messiah+List&utm_campaign=6ca09a7fb4-NewYear2012&utm_medium=email

      January 20, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  19. svann

    I think the question of what authority a christian should follow is a good one. Should we follow:
    1. church leadership
    2. the bible
    3. direct prayer to God?

    January 20, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • Blinded by the light

      Your own mind?

      January 20, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • Anon

      Using critical thinking on your own religion would be a good start.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • bnb42

      Blindedbythe....

      Naw that would make to much sense....

      January 20, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • Shhh

      People don't realize that our mind's are always being influenced by something, someone, or another. There are very few free thinkers in the world. But a free mind is at the heart of Christianity. How many people don't really worry about getting sick, making money, or what they will eat, and are still able to survive with grace? Only the rich, or rich in spirit?

      Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus! ~ Philippians 2:5

      January 20, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • bnb42

      @Shhh...
      Trust in the LORD with all your heart, on your own intelligence rely not. Proverbs 3:5

      No thanks I rather rely on my own intelligence

      January 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  20. Caro

    Spirit is the part of God in which man is fashioned after. Man is a Spirit who has a Soul and live in a Body. I believe this was wonderfully put together. For religion is something that we do and practice on a continual basis. We are a spiritual being living in the natural world.

    January 20, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
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