AN ERA OF ANTI-RELIGION: NO NEED FOR RELIGION

It seems that more people are realizing that religion has no real connection with God.  Religion is just men trying to connect with God through carnal ways. However, they forget the important part of the equation, and that’s, Jesus Christ.  (John 14:6) There is no need for religion, because Jesus Christ provided the path to once again connect with God. I don’t apologize for what I’m about to write – religion is harming the world. It’s useless. It does no good. I hate it. I love the grace that I have through Jesus Christ, and not man created laws through religion. I’m happy to see that a lot more people are getting away from religion to get close to Jesus Christ, and partake in a relationship with God that is rooted in unconditional-love.

You have probably seen this video already on Youtube, but if you haven’t, please watch it:

According to Jefferson Bethke, the person seen in the video spitting up anti-religious words while replacing them with pro-Jesus words, was trying 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!” says Bethke.

With 2,408,992 views and certainly counting, it’s a video that has gone viral. But like always, there is opposition, take Mary at Young and Catholic, for example, she states “There’s a reason the doctor prescribes medicine, just like there is a reason God gave us the rules of religion.” Not to tear apart your article Mary, but God never gave us law, he gave us grace and unconditional-love. God’s children are no longer under law, but grace. That doesn’t mean we  can continue to live a life of sin, of course not, we now have the ability to do good through Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is our righteousness, which enables us to reign in life.  One’s religiosity does not play role.   (Galatians 3:24-25, Ephesians 2:8, Romans 5:1-2, Galatians 3, 4, 5.)

If Jesus were alive today he would never support any of the religions we have today, because it goes against the very words he boldly addressed:

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6 (NIV)

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  1. You live on earth, silly!

    • Jesus wasn’t referring to actually passing of earth and heaven, or what we call the end time. He was simply talking about end of an age where mankind no longer has to live by law, but lives by grace. And God’s spiritual kingdom now reigns in earth within God’s children. I could send you a chapter of a book I wrote that further explains this if you want?

      • Sure! youngncatholic@gmail.com. If you could, take the time to read what the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches on the New Law of the Gospel. It’s really not so far off from what you are saying. “The Law of the Gospel fulfills the commandments of the Law. the Lord’s Sermon on the Mount, far from abolishing or devaluing the moral prescriptions of the Old Law, releases their hidden potential and has new demands arise from them: it reveals their entire divine and human truth.”

        http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/__P6W.HTM

      • Alright. I’ll send it to you soon. I’ll give it a read, but I’m tell you now, any other teaching that goes against what the Bible says is false. In other words, any teaching that says we live by law, it’s false, and against God’s grace. Plain and simple, it’s false. The bible is clear, we do not live by law, we live by God’s grace.

      • The Church that compiled the Bible for us in the first place (i.e. The Catholic Church) does not contradict it :)

      • You can’t be serious?! If you read the Bible, you know you can’t say something like that. If anything, Roman Catholics at the time ruined a lot of stuff than “complied” anything in Bible.

      • It’s an historical fact that the Catholic Church first compiled the Bible. This isn’t controversial…any serious Biblical scholar (Catholic or Protestant) will tell you that.

      • What a lot of people don’t know is that the Catholic Church complied the Bible with their own ideas, not the sound ideas God inspired to those who wrote the Holy Bible. Therefore, one should not consider/and or give the Catholic Church the first prize trophy for putting the Bible together, because in reality they didn’t – they put together their own ideas within the Holy Bible that was complied by God. Biblical scholars… yeah, some of them don’t have an idea of what their talking about when it comes to deep Biblical sound truths. And more thing… the “Catholic Church” was is that about? Somehow you guys are a church of your own? Sorry. There is only one church, one universal church, and that is, the Body of Christ, which consists of all God’s children. Above that, Christ is the head, unlike the Catholic Church, the Pope is the head. That alone is being contradictory to what the Bible actually states. (1 Corinthians 12:12-13, Ephesians 4:4-6)

      • So then who decided what went in the Bible? You’re obviously trusting in the authority of some human or group of humans who compiled the “correct” Bible.

      • I am trusting in God who inspired those who wrote the Bible to compile the way God wanted the Bible to be put together. Basically, God decided. And it certainly was not the Roman Catholics. Man cannot choose how the word can go, that’s a power that no man, no group, no organization, can have.

      • Me too! He did it through the Magisterium of the Church back in the 4th century. A group of men, from the apostolic line of the twelve apostles, praying for the Holy Spirit to guide them to know what books were inspired by God and which were not. Seriously. Go deeper. Yes God gave us the Bible, but how? Did it drop from the sky?

      • Magisterium church, a teaching authority within the Roman Catholic Church that was made up of bishops of the Church in union with the Pope, led by the Bishop of Rome (the Pope), who has authority over the bishops, individually and as a body, as well as over each and every Catholic directly. You know “Magisterium” in Latin means office of a president, chief, director, superintendent, etc. The Apostles were not in that teaching authority. Yup, it fell from the sky, and hit some random dude, and he was like “THE HOLY BIBLE!” No, in all seriousness, God is the one who complied the Bible with those who he selected to put Bible together, and all God’s children recognize the Word of God. It comes God, and we recognize it as a sound word from God, not from man.

      • Yes..but WHO are the people God selected to help Him compile the Bible? Youre avoiding the question.

      • Simple, the Apostles you read about in the Bible. Those are the ones who complied the Bible.

        This conversation has been great, I love peaceful dialogue. However, it’s clear that it won’t come to an end until one of us ends it, so I’m making this the last response I make regarding the topic we are discussing. I thank you for sharing your insight with me, and I encourage you to look more into this. Ask God to guide you correctly into the word. We might disagree on this, but let us unite with the understanding that God truly loves us, and that God sent his son Jesus Christ because loved the world. God Bless you Mary, and continue writing.

    • It’s a nice thought, but history disagrees with you. Honestly; this isn’t Catholic bias or anything. This is strictly historical fact. The Bible was first compiled through a number of synods (councils of the Catholic Church) in the 4th century; and then during the Reformation (wayyyy later), the canon of the Old Testament came into question and, as a result, Protestants can Catholics now have slightly different canons.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bible#Development_of_Christian_canons

      I praise God that we have both been saved through faith in Christ, and I pray that we will keep running the race and meet one day in the House of our Father. Praise God!

  2. Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy. God gave us plenty of Law in the Old Testament. And Jesus said He came not to abolish that Law, but to fulfill it. This post expands upon a lot more than mine did. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/badcatholic/2012/01/why-i-hate-religion-but-love-jesus-the-smackdow.html

    God Bless You! And you’re absolutely right. No one comes to the Father except through Jesus Christ. Amen! The Catholic religion in no way contradicts that. :)

    • You are correct, Jesus did say He came not to abolish the Law, but to fulfill it. He had to fulfill the law to complete what was prophesied by the prophets. Therefore, Jesus Christ took the law and replaced it with God’s grace. The law is no longer active. We live by grace now, and not by law. Religion is simply not needed, and a lot of people are realizing that, which I take joy in. Religion is becoming powerless, and God’s power through Jesus Christ is being finally noticed. God Bless You too!

      • I must have missed when Heaven and Earth passed away then. My bad :)

        “Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place” -Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:18)

      • That’s the thing… they have passed. Gasp!

    • Religion is not how God intended it to be. God intended for us to have a relationship with him, no sin. but since there was sin, He sent Jesus to give us a way to him. he forgives our sins, Thats it, thats all. we dont have to have rules and rituals to get to God. thats the point.

      YES! there are commandments God gave us. ie “You shall have no other God’s before me” and “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name”. We are to strive to live Christ-like, Jesus is our example. These rules are not meant to be the faith itself, they are there to teach us how to live like his son. and God forgives us when we mess up. Thus, He doesnt care so much about the rules (of course He wants us to follow them) but He wants us to carry our cross, follow Him, and glorify his name; fulfill his will. its about our heart (cliche? think about it– your heart, and the relationship you pursue, not the routinely followed rules)

      the problem is that religion mistakes God’s commandments as a faith. Meanwhile, it really is about surrendering our lives to God, and having an intimate relationship with Him

      • @ Kate, you hit the bull in the eye. I agree. We have to live a Christlike life. God wants us to have spiritual relationship with him, and to follow the example Jesus Christ left, and that’s all. A lot people have a problem with grace, because they think it’s a ticket to go out and sin. No! We live by grace, but we cannot use grace as a ticket to do wrong. There are natural consequences for what we do wrong, and we should avoid them. That’s why it’s harder to have relationship with God based on his grace and unconditional-love, because it’s all on you. You have to do it out of pure love for God, and not fear. Religion is serving God out of fear, and not love. Religion is just a easy way out in my opinion.

      • I think Religion becomes more about the mind, sometimes becomes ‘behaviour modification’, If we are talking about the ‘goodness’ of our lives, it really comes down to our heart, what is really deep down. and God searches the heart. Rules keep it surface. Relationship digs deeper, to what our intentions are, whether we are truly giving our life to God who gave it to us in the first place. It will come natural to follow Gods rules if we have a relationship with him, based purely on love, and a desire to glorify Him, which should be our desire if we claim to love Him.

      • Once again, Kate, you’re right on the money. Keep it up.

      • Thanks – I really hope someone gets something from this. They are God’s words.

        To clarify, I think that the video mentioned is pointing out that by devoting our lives to following religions and rules, the relationship tends to get lost, the part God created us for. It is not just in Catholicism and other religions, a faith can easily fall into a heartless repetition of rituals and routines, even on a smaller scale of making up our own rules and judgements of right and wrong. God takes anyone, wherever they are at, BECAUSE He designed the connection we have not to be a thing of impressing, or passing the test, but devoting our life to Him with nothing else in the way. These rules (And other details in religions ) do get in the way. I would like to say, that when God says “You shall have no other God’s before me”, He means it. Nothing. and Yes. Rules can become a God. that is what this video is saying is wrong. For me, not getting into the party scene in highschool was like a God, or an idol. Me not drinking became a rule I made for myself instead of something that I just didnt do because I had a relationship with God, which meant I should be set apart(“do not conform to the patterns of this world”). In this sense, Religion can become a God or an idol. You serve the rules, not (the one and only)God.

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