Jesus > Religion: Why He Is So Much Better Than Trying by Jefferson Bethke

By Jefferson Bethke

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Abandon lifeless, dry, rule-keeping and include the promise of being really identified and deeply enjoyed.

Jefferson Bethke burst into the cultural dialog in 2012 with a passionate, provocative poem titled “Why I Hate faith, yet Love Jesus.” The 4-minute video actually turned an in a single day sensation, with 7 million YouTube perspectives in its first forty eight hours (and 23+ million in a year). The message blew up on social-media, triggering an avalanche of responses operating the gamut from inspired to enraged.

In Jesus > faith, Bethke unpacks comparable contrasts that he drew within the poem—highlighting the adaptation among the teeth gritting and beauty, legislations and love, functionality and peace, melancholy and wish. With fresh candor he delves into the inducement at the back of his message, starting with the unvarnished story of his personal plunge from the head of a works-based, fake-smile lifestyles that sapped his power and led him down a direction of damaging behavior.

Bethke is fast to recognize that he’s now not a pastor or theologian, yet easily a typical, twenty-something who cried out for a lifestyles more than the single for which he had settled. alongside his trip, Bethke found the true Jesus, who beckoned him past the props of fake faith.

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Characters of saints I need not give you; it hath been the main subject of the preaching in this kingdom for these forty years and upwards to describe them to you and to distinguish men from men.  Consider the trust God hath committed to you. You have the richest treasury that I know God hath above ground elsewhere on earth. The saints of England are the interest of England. Write this upon your walls to have it in your eye in all your consultations, never to swerve from it for any other interest whatsoever.

This “phoney war” has revealed itself as a total war which takes no account of national sovereignty or international conventions or human rights, and the conflagration spreads with such rapidity that no state is so strong or so remote that it can reckon on remaining isolated. Whatever the issue may be, it must affect the whole world and the future of every people and civilization. Much has been written on the war aims and the peace aims of the Allies, but the real issue is a very simple one: to check the power of the greatest military machine in the world before it conquers Europe and dominates the world.

The cause of God and the cause of man are one. Christians were justified in condemning the separation of the ideals of justice and liberty and reason from their foundations in Christian faith and practice. But these ideals are not empty abstractions. They are the foundations of human life; and when they are undermined, the whole edifice of civilization is dissolved in disintegration and chaos. 3 The Religious Origins of European Disunity The fundamental issue that lies behind the present war and has to a great extent produced it is that of the disintegration of Western culture.

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