Jesus Vs. Religion Debate Heats Up

PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) – One of the most popular videos on the internet takes aim at a sensitive and unlikely target, Christian churches.

More than 16 million people have seen the video called “Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus.”

The video was posted by a young Christian man who delivers a three minute rhyming rant about how churches have strayed from the teachings of Jesus.

The video blames churches and organized religion for wars and intolerance.  Despite that, some influential pastors are okay with its message.

“I think there’s a lot of churches that are just full of religion and very little about Jesus. Its really saying that institutional religion is not a good thing if doesn’t come from the authenticity its really important for a new generation of believers to be authentic to be real,” says Dr. Jack Graham, pastor of Plano’s Prestonwood Baptist Church.

But other churches call the video harmful and dangerous to their mission.

“In the video he says Jesus came to abolish religion and that is false, he came to abolish bad religion,” says John Cravens, First United Methodist Church of Plano Youth Minister.

Some Christians worry the video will discourage people from attending church.
“At first I was really uncomfortable with it,” says Audra DeVantier an 18-year-old Plano East Senior High School student, “It makes people who go to church look like they are just there to condemn you.”

Video responses continue to pop up online fueling a heated debate within the Christian faith about whether churches are spreading a different message from their messenger.

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One Comment

  1. L. Champion says:

    First, hate is to strong a word, because what he is really saying is “I don’t like religion. Neither do I.

    However Christianity is not a religion. Some would disagree but the following defination will explain why.

    Religion defined is “Man” trying to bring God down to man. Therefore God is man size. Man Kind has always worshipped something–Nature or things of his own making.

    Christianity, on the other hand, exisit to bring “Man” to “God”, and it was made so when He so Love the world, that He gave his only begotten son that all who believe in Him and receive Him will become God Child.

    May this make a difference in your life if you cholse to read and believe!

  2. FSM says:

    @ Champion,

    You just explained why we hate religion and religious people.

  3. dust says:

    This is the best response to the video by far:

  4. Rev. Phil Frye says:

    Even Jesus disliked religious people and the Church of that day. 7 Churches in Asia Minior are mentioned in Revelation with only 1 being commended for the work they were doing. Jesus told them to repent. However, this young man is seriously wrong to condemn the Church after all Jesus called the church HIs Bride. Jesus doesnt hate the church so this man needs to find Jesus is real and very real in our Church. By the way, men start wars not the church.

  5. Gary S. says:

    If the particularly public Christians (politicians, for example) behaved as if they actually accepted and believed the teachings of Christ, as opposed to the teachings of Paul, this video would not be necessary and even unbelievers such as myself could admire them. However, I have found admirable Christians to be few and far between, though I do admit they exist and should be held up as examples for people of all faiths (and no fath).

    1. Gary S. says:

      (and no faith). I know know what fath might be.

  6. Michael McManus says:

    All religions are man made story,s , And if people thought deep and hard they would know this, How would a loving god create things that kill . Like disease.s,

  7. Denise Metten says:

    I can understand the question of “How could a loving God create things that kill?”, however the answer is simple, yet we humans can make it difficult. God didn’t create anything bad/evil, but we live in a fallen world and even make choices of our own that have consequences. Once the fall of man happened, God’s creation became tainted and yes, bad things happen. However, God is much bigger and uses this to bring us closer to HIm if we choose that route. God is Love… totally and completely, but what humans see as “love” can be distorted from God’s definition of love. His ways and thoughts are so much higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8,9), but if we absorb His words (the Bible),surrender to HIm, and seek Him, we can get a glimpse into His realm of love and have a completely different perspective on this life and all that if offers (good and bad).
    This brings a peace that transcends all understanding! My prayers are with you!

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