I don't really like having discussions about religion on my blog. It's a very sensitive subject. But I saw this video on YouTube and I said to myself that this is worth the share. It's a very powerful poem made by Jefferson Bethke, on the difference between God and religion.
"A poem I wrote to highlight the difference between Jesus and false religion. In the scriptures Jesus received the most opposition from the most religious people of his day. At it's core Jesus' gospel and the good news of the Cross is in pure opposition to self-righteousness/self-justification. Religion is man centered, Jesus is God-centered. This poem highlights my journey to discover this truth. Religion either ends in pride or despair. Pride because you make a list and can do it and act better than everyone, or despair because you can't do your own list of rules and feel "not good enough" for God. With Jesus though you have humble confident joy because He represents you, you don't represent yourself and His sacrifice is perfect putting us in perfect standing with God! - Jefferson Bethke
Of course, we have different opinions on things. I agree with Jefferson when he said that people sometimes build facades to mask their imperfections because their religion tells them that these sins make them unworthy. But I disagree with religion starting wars. I believe that it is the IGNORANCE of the people and total disrespect of religions that do start wars. And to say that Jesus hate religion..? I think "hate"is such a strong word.
Another poem was also written (and uploaded on YouTube, as well) as a response to the video.