Seeing as how this video has brought the topic of “Hating Religion and Loving Jesus” to the forefront of our global, youtube-connected, society I thought I would use the opportunity to voice personal frustrations regarding the topic.
“a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices”
If you engage in prayer, you are religious – if you believe Jesus will save you from your sins, you are religious – and if you treat other humans with love, care, and dignity because they are infinitely valuable based on the effort the creator went to to create them, then you are religious.
1. “Pray to the Father in this way”
2. “Tithe so that your left hand doesn’t know what your right is doing”
3. “If you have two coats give one to someone who has none”
4. etc. etc.
Jesus was religious and wanted us to be religious too! If he didn’t he wouldn’t have told us make disciples teaching them to OBEY everything he has COMMANDED us…
Now before you go off on a tirade about my misinterpretations or misunderstandings listen to where I am coming from. The difference between Jesus religious practices and the social construct of United States religious practices is the motivation behind them. THAT, in essence, is what Jesus was talking about when he got in the grills of all those pharisees!
Raise your hand if you remember the term “White-washed tombs.” What Jesus was talking about was giving the APPEARANCE of religious practices and JUDGING others by their LACK of appearance.
What Jesus desires is that we engage in these attitudes, beliefs, and practices for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven. To know God better, to align our own desires with his, and to experience JOY! Everlasting, soul-penetrating, outwardly projecting happiness.
Religion is a joyous occasion! The fact that Jesus taught us how to live is beautiful, challenging, and exciting!
No matter what you do in life you are engaging in a “personal set” of “attitudes, beliefs, and practices.” Because of this fact you will ALWAYS be religious, it is up to you to decide what sort of religion you wish to participate in; a good one or an evil one. To deny it or hate it won’t make it go away.
Let me use this moment to clarify that the purpose of this post was not to degrade or deface any of the material presented by Bball1989, but to encourage each other to be specific and detailed in our word usage, especially when using the word “hate.” Do not express hatred if you are not entirely sure what it IS that you hate… the tongue can be a wicked devil, or as James says a world of evil among the body parts.