Hating Religion

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.

Religion – (defined by Miriam-Webster here and dictionary.com here) for reference sake includes…

“a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices”

Jesus, was a rabbi. Jesus celebrated Passover. Jesus prayed to God. Based on that definition Jesus was religious and so are YOU.

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.

Jesus TAUGHT us religious attitudes! Jesus TAUGHT us beliefs! Jesus TAUGHT us practices…

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.

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6 responses to “Hating Religion

  1. Interesting perspective. I think you bring up some valid points. Still, I think in today’s culture religion is defined vaguely and without any sort of depth. When bringing up church or my activities I have been asked before, “Oh, so you’re religious?” I think that’s what you have to keep in mind. To some, religion is some foreign concept about a belief in someone they don’t understand or know. To some, religion means laws and rules. To some, religion is the reason they have been judged. To you, it means something different. Also for those of us who see Jesus for who He is in the Bible. He did teach us the things you mention but how do we portray those things to people looking in — the people who only see the “religion” and not the “relationship.” It’s a thought-provoking topic. 🙂 See, you got me thinking!

    • 1a. Glad you are thinking!
      1b. Think about religion’s definition not as “vague” but as “broad” – lacking depth does not mean it lacks clarity
      2. My reply to the second portion of your comment took a lot of different turns as I attempted to craft a response short enough, but also deep enough to answer your question adequately… I settled on another post (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+17&version=NIV) I know it is long, but it is the best I could do to offer justice to my opinion.

  2. Howdy just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know a few of the images aren’t loading properly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different internet browsers and both show the same results.

  3. It’s onerous to seek out educated people on this subject, however you sound like you know what you’re speaking about! Thanks

  4. I searched deep inside myself when reading your content and it touched me deeply. Thank you

  5. Pingback: Jesus didn’t save you because he loves you… | lukewarmdisciple

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