Religion Vs. Jesus

Religion Vs. Jesus
I know I have been posting a lot of videos lately, but I would really like to see what you thought about this one. Do you agree? Disagree? If any—what is your favorite line? If any—what line gives you pause? I would love to see a good dialogue on this one.

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  • Mariella

    This video has been all over facebook, and I was really suprised to see it become so popular among people who I didn’t even know cared about religion or Jesus. I think that this guys way of expressing his love for Jesus is inspirational, and alot of the messages he speaks resonanate with me, but I’m not so sure what he’s trying to say about the church, and organized religion. I love church, and think its a great way to learn about God! He is definetly really in tune with his own faith though, and I love how he presents his feelings.

  • Margaret

    I think the fact that he got more than 2 million views in 2 days – and counting – is really incredible. There are viral videos, but not too many go up that fast. The title is really interesting, and I think that’s what really got people clicking. If you saw some of his other videos, you can tell he is really dedicated to his faith and that’s something to admire, atheist or Christian.

  • Joshua

    First of all: I think the church is a manifestation of Christ’s message: to serve, support, worship and love, a meeting place for Christians to strengthen each other and their faith.

    Hebrews 10:25
    Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (NIV)

    1 Corinthians 12:14-23
    Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

    The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. (NIV)

    The Church represents the Body of Christ on Earth. Do I think that we are perfect? No, of course not. The Bible says we are not, and will never be until we either go to Heaven or Christ returns. Do I think some parts of the Church have become corrupt or hypocrites? Yes, I do. But Jesus formed Christianity. He instructed us to meet together, for he said God’s presence would be with us then.

    Matthew 19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

    I certainly do not believe that Jesus hates religion. I think that religion is a good way for us to stand together against sin.

    I think that organized religion has faults, like everything else on Earth does. But I also think that Jesus, like he does with people, forgives the faults and works on the good.

    I really admire this guys faith, and I agree with a lot of the things he says. I just don’t agree with his views about the church. I believe some of his points are valid, and that we, as the people of Christ, have a lot to work on. But I don’t agree with the extreme views that Jesus hates the Church. Who suddenly decided that religion was a separate entity from Christ? I think of religion as the act of meeting together and worshipping our Lord and Savior. Church is a place where we support and love each other. I’m not sure what this guy is suggesting. Should we cut ourselves off from each other, and seek our own “inner self”? That doesn’t sound very Christian to me.

    The power of Church really affects my faith. Every week I feel refreshed, ready to take on the challenges that follow. I learn new things, and meet new people to continue to assist me in my walk with Christ. Religion on a whole is not evil, or separate from Christ.

  • Matthew Kim

    I really think this video is dead on. I don’t think this speaker meant Jesus hates the Church when he said religion. If anything Jesus loves the Church!! But by religion I think he meant the independence that the Church tries to gain from Christ, when Jesus is the only reason there is a Church.

    “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” – Matthew 5:17

    The video says that Jesus came to abolish religion. I think it’s true because we try to take Jesus out of the equation when He’s the only one that completes it.

    The way we try to act good enough through deeds is like saying what Jesus did on the Cross wasn’t. Like we have to ‘earn’ salvation, ‘earn’ God’s favor. Even though we preach grace, we don’t live by it.

    “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9

    Ephesians tells us there’s not a thing we can do that’ll make us worthy of this free gift of redemption. We all fall short the glory of God (Romans 3:23) and we NEED a savior. When Jesus died on the cross he bore all of our sins past present and future.

    I think often times we get it all twisted. James talks a lot about deeds. He says faith without deeds is dead. That deeds is important!! But people think that deeds will get them faith when actually faith comes before deeds, and in Christ alone. If we believe deeds will make us faithful, then we’re really believing in ourselves, not the Good News of Jesus.

    I really think this is the reason why it’s up to the Spirit of God to change peoples hearts and that as a Church we should act like God does when we encourage people and spread the Gospel.

    “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness” – Galatians 5:22

    In 1 Corinthians 13 Paul talks about the importance of love. That even among faith and hope, love matters the most. That even the most faithful, without love gain nothing.

    “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God IS love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.” – 1 John 4:16

    I truly believe that if the Church depends more on Jesus as a wife depends on her husband, we will fully be enabled to be the vessel of God’s love in shining HIS light unto this broken earth. There’s hope in JESUS and him alone!!

  • Geraldine Ilano Santos Mehra

    Almost 8 million views from just 3 yesterday!!! Benjamin is so passionate and real. You can see he loves Jesus so much and so thankful for his transformed life because of Him. Hope Jesus touched/opened up a lot of hearts. Showed it to my 6 year old who loves knowing about God and the bible and he said…”yeah mom Jesus died for all of us.” And by the way, i love your blog!!

  • Anonymous

    What a great video. I’m glad God wants me and wants me to live a life after His own heart. Which is free from being a religious freak.

  • Barry Hill

    Thanks for your comments and encouragements on the blog! It really gave me a boost! Benjamin definitely hit a few buttons to have almost 16 million views to this point, huh? I love that your 6 year old was able to pull that out of the video! That’s a great story! Thanks again for your comment and servant heart!