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

By Jefferson Bethke

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Abandon useless, dry, rule-keeping and include the promise of being really recognized 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 style, legislations and love, functionality and peace, depression and desire. 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 life 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 standard, twenty-something who cried out for a existence more than the only for which he had settled. alongside his trip, Bethke chanced on the genuine Jesus, who beckoned him past the props of fake faith.

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He likens this rebellion to drinking saltwater. Have you ever tried to quench a thirst but realized you were at the wrong source? If so, describe what happened. 4. Why is the fear of silence the greatest fear for many in our culture, especially young adults? Have you ever interpreted the Bible as a love letter? Why or why not? Soon after he began to follow Jesus, Jeff realized he had been duped into following a safe, ineffectual Jesus—a Jesus of his own making—rather than the real one. Describe the real Jesus.

You will have to face up to who he is, what he has done, and what you will do about it. Be careful when you pursue truth, because you just might find him. indd 35 7/17/13 2:36 PM DISCUSSION QUESTIONS 1. Jeff describes the brokenness he witnessed while he was an RA, a brokenness that remained largely hidden. What drives us to keep our brokenness hidden from others, and what does that cost us? ” Do you agree with this assessment? Why or why not? Why do you think Christianity’s essence has devolved to “hates gays, can’t drink beer, and no tattoos” in the minds of so many?

But not in the way we might think. God does have a great plan for our lives, but it probably isn’t our plan. In the early years of Christianity, most Christians were enemies of the state, and some were used as food for the animals in the Roman gladiator games. So next time you quote those verses, remind yourself that they were just as true for the people having their flesh ripped apart by lions as they are for you. Would you be down with God if that was his plan for your welfare? Looking back, though, I realize I’d completely prostituted those verses and made them fit my feel-good Christianity.

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