The Day A Viral Video Helped Me Decide to Reject Religion

About 5 years ago, I was rediscovering what God’s grace really was and how it was supposed to be relevant in my life.

I questioned if grace was not just meant to get us out of hell and into heaven one day when we die, then how was it actually meant to be for my life on earth?

Then popped up a video on my Facebook news feed that impacted me so much, I still watch it every few months.

Jefferson Bethke’s “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus” was in the midst of going viral and boy, did it play a role in transforming my perspective of religion, grace and legalism.

The perception that the God of the Christians is one who put up more walls of separation when we sin, was one that was conveyed time and time again as I grew up in a conservative church.

BUT God’s grace covers a multitude of sins, bringing us CLOSER to him rather then further. His grace fulfils the law (yes, the bunch of “rules”) for what we cannot possibly settle on our own. So, when we do stumble He is there to catch us and say, “that’s been covered.”

I learned that choosing an on-going relationship with Jesus is far far better than just being a religious “Christian” and simply going through the motions of stuffy routines.

The ‘abundant life’ that Jesus talks about (John 10:10) can only happen when we lay down our imperfections for choose to accept perfect grace of a loving God – who is just.

That’s why we can live freely (not sinning simply… but living victoriously because of the freedom that’s been won).

Think about it. There’s nothing like a prisoner being set free. There just isn’t. We can live with our imperfections only because God in His grace sets us free and sees us and accepts us for who we are through Jesus – the perfect sacrifice for our salvation.

What a gift! Undeserved by us but yet, unreserved for us.

God’s love IS limitless and He initiated the best rescue plan to tear down our feeble attempts to reach Him with religion – so HE reached down to us!

So if you haven’t heard it yet today… let me tell you, “GOD LOVES YOU SO MUCH!

“…I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-29)

Presented in spoken word, almost every line in Jeff’s video broke down a superficial wall of religiosity.

Here’s my favourite part, explaining the difference between religion and the gospel (good news) that Jesus brings:

“Now back to the point—one thing is vital to mention
How Jesus and religion are on opposite spectrums
See, one’s the work of God, but one’s a man-made invention
See, one is the cure, but the other’s the infection
See, because religion says “do”; Jesus says “done”
Religion says “slave”; Jesus says “son”
Religion puts you in bondage, while Jesus sets you free
Religion makes you blind, but Jesus makes you see
And that’s why religion and Jesus are two different clans”

The video has gotten over 31 million views to date and will celebrate it’s 5th anniversary on the 10th of January, 2017. Watch it here…

— by Joel B. Mohan