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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.

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“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. Andy

    I love Hitler but not Nazism.

    January 20, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • Biff

      This analogy is inaccurate. It was impossible to have Nazism without Hitler. It is not impossible to have God without religion. Religion is organized by man, not God.

      January 20, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
    • Andy

      Ah yes. I can love God but I merely rely on the books the religion says are accurate. Okay then.

      January 20, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
    • Biff

      The Bible is a compilation of ancient stories written by the apostles of Jesus and other followers, some which were written decades after Jesus died. Specific stories were added to the Bible while others were purposely left out or destroyed. The reasoning for this was to create a religion that biased a specific point of view, mostly in favor of the human male. All of these actions were done by man, not God.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
    • Andy

      Why would an all-capable, all-knowing God allow so many people to be misled by these corrupted works?

      January 20, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
  2. Reality

    Only for the "newbies":

    Summarizing with a prayer:

    The Apostles' Creed 2011: (updated by yours truly based on the studies of NT historians and theologians of the past 200 years)

    Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
    and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
    human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven?????

    I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
    preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
    named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
    girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

    Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
    the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

    He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
    a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of
    Jerusalem.

    Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
    many semi-fiction writers. A bodily resurrection and
    ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
    Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
    grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
    and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
    called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

    Amen
    (references used are available upon request)

    January 20, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • Will

      Comment on this statement, God is a learned behavior and it can be unlearned.

      January 20, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • Michael

      Unfortunately I do not think the editors will allow your gospel into the Bible. So yours will go on a shelf over here next to the Gospel of Thomas, and Mary, and all the other that didn't make the cut.

      January 20, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
  3. AC

    I failed to see what the video has anything to do with atheist. Seems like a trolling opening statement.

    By the way his point of view isn't too different from Anne Rice's reason why she quit religion.

    January 20, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
    • Michael

      I hate Christmas but I love Santa Claus

      January 20, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
    • Biff

      Your Santa Clause analogy is invalid. You are essentially saying Christmas cannot exist unless there is Santa Clause. But we all know Santa Clause is imaginary. You only reinforce the irrationality of religion.

      January 20, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
  4. Michael

    This kid is doing nothing more but causing yet another splintering of Christianity. But at the end of the day, it's still Christianity. However, this is a great sociology experiment, "How quickly can I herd a bunch of sheep?"
    Or maybe he just finished watching Dogma...

    January 20, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
    • Richard Aberdeen

      This video is on the right track, but it confuses Christianity with Jesus, so he does't go far enough. Christianity has nothing in common with either Jesus or any author of the Bible. God doesn't need a religion; creation and the words and deeds of Jesus speak for God.

      More information can be found at http://www.RichardAberdeen.com

      January 20, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • Michael

      Christianity and god/jesus/creation are inseparable. If you believe in a Sky Man, then you are Christian, or Jewish, or Muslim. Deal with it. The label comes with the belief, not where you choose to spend your sundays.

      January 20, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
  5. JackSprat

    While I have known many who claimed to be either Agnostic or Athiest, They all seem to change their minds when they are near death's door.
    Wonder Why?

    January 20, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
    • Jim

      Really? Name one.

      January 20, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • Jimmy-James

      The same reason the belief of an afterlife came about in the first place: fear of death - not the fear of Hell. Nothing more. Nothing less.

      January 20, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
    • Will

      What are you talking about, site some examples? Is it Russell's teapot?

      January 20, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
    • JEEBUS

      Jack You my friend are in for a big surprise when you reach death's door.

      January 20, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
    • joel

      fear if mortality?

      January 20, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • Biff

      Was it while you were killing them because they were non-believers? Threaten to kill somebody and they'll tell you anything you want to hear.

      January 20, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
    • Richard Aberdeen

      Note how in these several replies, atheists just blindly assume all manner of nonsense. 1) There is no evidence for magically appearing universes; 2) Aheists who have not died have no idea what is behind death's door and 3) Atheism is the opposite of science; the universe is evidence for God, there is no evidence for a conclusion of atheism. And no, atheism is not the "default" position. The default position of ALL correct science is "best explanation until proven otherwise".

      January 20, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
    • Chris

      Fear, say fear of death, can make someone make irrational or illogical choices and/or decitions.

      January 20, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • ed galbraith

      Sorry JackSprat. Your assertion that you have known "many" atheists and that "they all" switch near death is a patent lie. It's simply more bogus christian crap...ever get tired of it?

      January 20, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • GodisNot

      You must be trying to convince yourself this is true, because the rest of us know it is nonsense.

      January 20, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • Will

      Richard, you my friend are retarded. First, don't lable any of us as Atheists. I'm a human being who does not believe in your witch craft. Sencond, we don't know what's out in the universe. So let's try and scientifically prove what's going on instead of throwing our hands up and saying that God did it. When are you going to realize the crap you are shovling?

      January 20, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
    • silliness

      Most religious people I know are afraid of dying. Wonder why? Isn't paradise waiting? Shouldn't you be all but longing for death?

      January 20, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  6. brian moore

    When you're young you have a right to be mush headed while at the same time thinking your clever and erudite. You go on there clever boy. In this age of empty thought and limited talent you're the champ. You are the champ.

    January 20, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • Biff

      But isn't that why people follow another's religion? Because they are empty of their own thoughts?

      January 20, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
  7. Alex Povolotski

    If you're ready to abolish Monarchy and don't believe that a king or a queen is a descendant of God to Earth or its messenger, then why do you keep up with the religion if it lied to you so much in the past, lies to you now and will undoubtedly lie in the future. How about the inquisition and the burning of heretics? We blame Muslims for its disposition of heretics but Christians did exactly the same thing. What about burning the guy who called the Earth round? The Church denied it till the very end.

    I perceive religion as a powerful mind and crowd control tool. Don't let yourself to be enveloped by this darkness. Seek the light...

    January 20, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
  8. Kenneth

    Religion is simply for gullible, mindless, brainwashed idiots. THe world would be better off without them.

    ...and we need to stand up to religious freaks and not elect them to office (ie: Santorum, Romney, Gingrich etc)

    January 20, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • Lorraine

      Obama is a self proclaimed Christian, goes to church, participates in prayers, etc. It is not as if we elected an atheist president. Just because someone holds a belief does not make them more or less able to do their duties in an elected position. (Not that I am defending the crazy Romney/Gingrich/Santorum, but I don't believe it is their religion that makes them crazy).

      January 20, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
    • Anon

      Yes it's you same exact religion. Stop ignoring that fact.

      January 21, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
  9. JEEBUS

    Jesus is dead. Jeebus $aves.

    January 20, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • Chris

      What about Grilled Cheesus?

      January 20, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
  10. Kiki

    Loved What he said...it;s not about religion but a relationship with God!!!

    January 20, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
  11. HatesReligion&Jesus

    favorite bible passage. ezekiel 23 19-20

    January 20, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • Anon

      Man that would make a great henta! scenario. :3

      January 20, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
    • bnb42

      Bible passage that confirms my atheism:

      Proverbs 3:5 (Thanks but I'd rather rely on my own intelligence)

      January 20, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • VanHagar

      You do understand that this verse is a metaphor for turning one's back on God. You do understand that this verse may be directed at you.

      January 20, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
    • fred

      VanHagar
      Thank you for your wonderful perspective and all your great posts.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • VanHagar

      @Fred...thanks for the affirmation.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
    • Anon

      Your imaginary desert god is a piece of crap.

      January 21, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
  12. Will

    Religion and god are learned behaviors and they can be unlearned.

    January 20, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • Richard Aberdeen

      Religion does not equal God, a common error in basic logic and historical reality consistently made by atheists and agnostics. If you don't believe in God, try coming up with a better explanation for the observable universal reality than "before Abraham was, I AM". And if you don't believe in sin, try doing what you think is good all of the time and, see how well you do. Now that you have demonstrated to yourself atheism and agnosticism are dishonest, you can freely admit you are a sinner who needs God's help, just like the rest of us.

      January 20, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
    • Dan, TX

      Is being gay a learned behavior, or are people born gay. There is pretty reasonable evidence and reason to think that people may be born with a genetic predisposition to believe in the supernatural. Evolution of populations with that susceptibility would foster development of strong group cohesion and loyalty to a 'religious' leader.

      January 20, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  13. Angel

    When you keep your eyes on christ everything will come into focus.

    January 20, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
    • VinoBianco

      jesus would roll over in his grave if he knew what people are doing/believing in his name these days. i bet you he never intended any of this.

      January 20, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • Anon

      Don't look too much towards the sun unless you want permanent blindness.

      January 20, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • Will

      you both have been brain-washed.

      January 20, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • Kenneth

      You can take your imaginary deity and shove it up your a**.

      January 20, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
    • Michael

      If you don't keep your eyes on jesus everything will come into focus as well. It's crazy how that works.

      January 20, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
  14. Kent

    I think they are all kooks. Not one is any better than the other.

    January 20, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
  15. Bootyfunk

    when people say they love jesus, i always wonder how much of the bible they've read. he definitely said some wonderful things. but he also said some really terrible things.

    • Jesus tells us straight out his 2nd coming is about violence, not peace. Oh, and he’s here to make family members hate each other.
    Mathew 10:34-36
    34 "Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.
    35 "For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
    36 and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household."

    • Jesus says you must hate your family to be worthy of him. Cults often tell their followers that anyone outside the cult is an enemy, be they friends or family.
    Luke 14:26 (King James Version)
    26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

    • Jesus doesn’t let a man bury his father or another man say goodbye to his family, but says that preaching the gospel immediately is more important. Sounds like Jesus needs a lesson in compassion.
    Luke 9:59-62 (King James Version)
    59 And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.
    60 Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.
    61 And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.
    62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

    • Jesus approves of slavery. Want to go to heaven? Obey your master. In some bible versions, “slaves” has been replaced with “servants” to make it more palatable to our modern (and much improved since the bronze age) sense of ethics.
    Luke 12:37-38 (New American Standard Bible)
    37 "Blessed are those slaves whom the master will find on the alert when he comes; truly I say to you, that he will gird himself to serve, and have them recline at the table, and will come up and wait on them.
    38 "Whether he comes in the second watch, or even in the third, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.”

    • Jesus didn’t like foreigners. A Canaanite woman wants Jesus to heal her sick daughter. Jesus tells his disciples he only heals Jews. He calls the woman a dog and won’t heal her daughter until she agrees that she’s a dog. What a jerk.
    Mathew 15:21-28
    21 Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.
    22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”
    23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”
    24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”
    25 The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.
    26 He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”
    27 “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”
    28 Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.

    • Jesus is destined to murder almost everyone on earth, along with a great deal of animal and plant-life. He opens the seven seals, releasing a myriad of natural and unnatural disasters on earth. It is the “wrath of the Lamb.” Sound like a peaceful guy?
    Revalation 6:1-17
    6:1 I looked on when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a thunderous voice, “Come!”
    6:2 So I looked, and here came a white horse! The one who rode it had a bow, and he was given a crown, and as a conqueror he rode out to conquer.
    6:3 Then when the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come!”
    6:4 And another horse, fiery red, came out, and the one who rode it was granted permission to take peace from the earth, so that people would butcher one another, and he was given a huge sword.
    6:5 Then when the Lamb opened the third seal I heard the third living creature saying, “Come!” So I looked, and here came a black horse! The one who rode it had a balance scale in his hand.
    6:6 Then I heard something like a voice from among the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat will cost a day’s pay and three quarts of barley will cost a day’s pay. But do not damage the olive oil and the wine!”
    6:7 Then when the Lamb opened the fourth seal I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come!”
    6:8 So I looked and here came a pale green horse! The name of the one who rode it was Death, and Hades followed right behind. They were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill its population with the sword, famine, and disease, and by the wild animals of the earth.
    6:9 Now when the Lamb opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been violently killed because of the word of God and because of the testimony they had given.
    6:10 They cried out with a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Master, holy and true, before you judge those who live on the earth and avenge our blood?”
    6:11 Each of them was given a long white robe and they were told to rest for a little longer, until the full number was reached of both their fellow servants and their brothers who were going to be killed just as they had been.
    6:12 Then I looked when the Lamb opened the sixth seal, and a huge earthquake took place; the sun became as black as sackcloth made of hair, and the full moon became blood red;
    6:13 and the stars in the sky fell to the earth like a fig tree dropping its unripe figs when shaken by a fierce wind.
    6:14 The sky was split apart like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved from its place.
    6:15 Then the kings of the earth, the very important people, the generals, the rich, the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains.
    6:16 They said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of the one who is seated on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb,
    6:17 because the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to withstand it?”

    January 20, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
    • Pachecosita

      I completly agree with you and this is part why I left my christian religion. It doesn't make sence and promote hate in a very subtle way. I am so much happy now that I am understanding the planet and our reality. I truly feel love for all living things.

      Religion always rules dark periods.

      January 20, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
    • Bootyfunk-debunk

      It is clear that you have read the Bible but you have not understood. Haven't you ever read something or viewed something and had one opinion on what it said to you, yet someone else has a different opinion? You are wrong. Just wrong.
      I will pray for your soul on the day you have to answer to God about your comments.

      January 20, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • jeffery curtis

      bootyfunk your and idiot because that passage in mathew 10 its a parrable he is trying to get people to realize that God needs to be the most important thing your life because with him you would not be period so to say that Jesus Christ the son of God is promoting volience is ridiculous, it tares me up that people like you take bit's and peices of the bible and make sound like you want it to if your going to read the Christian hand book then read it all dont take stuff out of contence just to suit your life style your truly and always be a devoute Christian

      January 20, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      Most religious people have no idea what it is they are worshiping. They only do it because its engrained in them. They have done it since birth and its all they know. To question their religion would be to question a lifetime of things they have taken for granted. It would be to question their respected authority figures and it would be to question their parents. It would be to risk being ostracized from the community they have not only been a part of but have identified with their entire lives. Thinking about the facts of their religion could be dangerous to their way of life, so they actively chose not to think about it. This in turn creates a lifestyle of simply not thinking, not only about religion, but about everything that’s around them: including differing viewpoints and so frequently, science. If it can call your world view into question, it’s bad.

      January 20, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • Richard Aberdeen

      You seem to have a problem understanding basic English, let alone Greek and Aramaic. Jesus told us what is true. He told us that his message of peace and goodwill would divide people, as they clearly have. Note this is also true of the message of Martin Luther King, Jr and anyone else who has tried to stand up for what is true. Perhaps you would prefer that nobody stands up for what is true and instead, we just all bow down to the war mongers of this earth.

      Revelations is clearly very accurate, clearly agreeing with moden science computer models regarding global warming predictions, what will happen when a large asteroid strikes (note the word "when") and many other things unknown to science prior to the 21st Century.

      Would you prefer that God didn't tell us what is true, didn't warn us of a coming day of judgment? Would you prefer instead that we just allow child molesters to move in next door to your children and prey on them whenever they feel the urge? After all, why should God juge anybody or why should there be any human judges or human rights... right?

      January 20, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
    • Shhh

      I'm impressed bootyfunk! I learn more about my savior from non believers than I do going to church, smh. However, I do know for myself that the Bible says Jesus took on the sins of the world, so it doesn't surprise me that he would be brutal, hateful, cold-hearted, possessive, demeaning, and vengeful in through the eyes of some. But imagine what he looks like in the eyes of that Canaanite lady's daughter, lazarus, mary, and other people who didn't stand a scientific chance, like me 😉

      January 20, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
  16. YBP

    New Testament Scholars tell us that there are only three historical facts that we can be certain of about Jesus: (a) Jesus was part of the Kingdom of God movement, the belief in the divine sovereignty of Israel, and the desire for the divine expulsion of the Romans, (b) when Jesus came to Jerusalem to advance this movement, he was crucified, a penalty reserved specifically for those who posed a political or financial threat to the Roman Peace, and (c) a sect of the Kingdom of God movement continued in Jesus' name and memory, which was active in Jerusalem, and which lasted until 70 CE when the city was sacked and all the many different Zealot sects there were put down. It's strictly a political story. It was history repeating itself, and it has played itself out again and again since then. The Gospel of Mark tells us that Jesus' theology was derived from the Book of Daniel, a second century BCE forgery that pretends to be from the sixth century BCE. He was therefore tragically misguided in that regard, and his religious beliefs should be disregarded completely out of hand. But he could be considered an important figure in the various Occupy movements of today.

    January 20, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
    • Anon

      There is ZERO evidence for a historical Jesus. ZIP, NADA!

      January 20, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
    • YBP

      Anon, I used to lean in that direction as well, and I've read a number of books about that, but there is a very good possibility that there was an historical Jesus. He was a misguided patriot and Zealot, like all Zealots, and like many of them, he was killed without a second thought. No plot. No pageantry. Just a plank of wood, two nails, and a number of carrion-scavengers. Today we would probably label Jesus an insurgent or a terrorist. It's not much of a stretch to imagine that such a man existed. Many many men like this existed. I say this with an understanding of the history and the politics of the ancient middle east, particularly from about 200 BCE to about 135 CE. I don't think the metaphysical Jesus that Paul claims to have encountered (in a vision) was real, or that he was the same Jesus known as Yeshua the Nazorean, and I don't think that there is any validity to the theology that Christians believe about Jesus, because those beliefs start with Paul and smack of the Gentile theology of that era. Theology is imaginary no matter where or when it manages to take hold. As much as I would like to say that there simply was no Jesus at all, I don't think that would be honest assessment of the information that we have about so many different religious movements that center around him. Sure he left no direct legacy. Sure, he wrote nothing, and was probabaly entirely illiterate. Sure, Josephus' and Tacitus' testimony is purely hearsay, but a historical reconstruction of events tends to lead us toward a real fleash-and-blood person.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
    • Bill

      if the book of daniel is such a forgery how could it have predicted the final kingdoms that woudl reign on earth. Research the Rabbinical curse for more truth.

      January 20, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
    • Anon

      That's all apologetic nonsense.
      Read Christ in Egypt: The Horus-Jesus Connection by D.M. Murdock.

      January 21, 2012 at 8:39 pm |
  17. cuso

    Be a good person and you will be ok. How about that.

    January 20, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • Richard Aberdeen

      If this is true, why do modern highly educated people create weapons of mass destruction, complex financial schemes to bilk the common people and otherwise enslave and run all over their neighbors? Is his because they are somehow "bad" people and you somehow, are a "good" person. What is it that makes you any better than me or anyone else? Your position lacks foundation in the known evidence of history and human behavioral science.

      January 20, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
    • DoUntoOthers

      I think what cuso is trying to say – that you completely misunderstood – is that everyone should just be good to eachother. Being a good person doesn't mean you're better than anyone else; it just means you're treat other people the way you want to be treated. If everyone lived their lives that way the world would be a much better place. But instead people are greedy, selfish, and treat strangers and even people they know like crap in an effort to get what they want. Its really sad, and I think religion was created to try and instill moral values into people like that by scaring them into thinking they'll be damned forever if they don't. But really, to me, it's just about how we live in the world now.

      If you are good to others, how can that possibly be a bad thing?? You don't need to go to church or whatever to learn what is right and what is wrong. If everyone just treated others the way you would want them to treat you, and all would be right in the world.

      January 20, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • Richard is an idiot

      Yeah, your right. Why are priests constantly caught molesting children then? Your position lacks foundation.

      January 20, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  18. There Are No Gods!

    No different than religious nutcases saying what they say. There are no gods, jesus never existed!

    January 20, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • jeffery curtis

      you are a moron there is all kinds of evidence you idiot his name is written in jewish history book's and roman history book some people

      January 20, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • Richard Aberdeen

      An atheist is like a tick on the ass of a miscoscopic leech with it's head buried in a tick turd, living inside of the intestines of a ivory tower educator, standing up on his tiny little soap box and pretending that people don't exist. Just how the hell do you know that there is no God. Do you have a better explanation for how the universe happens to exist, along with liars pretending nobody created them? Why should I believe you? What evidence do you have for magically appearing universes?

      January 20, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
    • Anon

      ^ A bible up the @$$ solves everything.

      January 21, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
  19. BB Gun

    I love God but not a fan of religion. My choice, no need for comments and degrading my decision. We all have choices and make your own. I choose to try to live, love, learn, and help my fellow man as much as possible. I may not be doing the best I can but I am on the right track. I enjoyed the video immensely and on a tangent, the video on "The Girl who Silenced the World for 5 Minutes" is another favorite. Check it out...

    January 20, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
    • VinoBianco

      don't you see that saying you "know god" enough to "love" him IS religion?? That's what religion does, pretends to know the unknowable. if you really hate religion, be agnostic. it's bey very definition the lack of religion and the acknowlegement that we don't know anything about "out there" or "afterlife".

      January 20, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
    • Lorraine

      "Religion" is a loaded word that makes people think about made up rules, pedophilia, and abuse of power. Yes, technically religion is believing in and loving God. But Christ based religion should be based on relationships, love, sacrifice, and discipleship. The Church (big C) has made it into traditions and rules, while the church (little c) is based on Christ's teachings. That is the distinguishment. The young man in this video is trying to escape from that loaded word and break down the stereotypes that go along with it.

      January 20, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  20. bob

    I hate religion, come to my church and I'll tell you all about it.

    January 20, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
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