A Closer Look at “Why I Hate Religion”

What if I told you Jesus came to abolish religion?

Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have not come to abolish, but to fulfill. –Matt. 5:17

For Christ is the end of the law unto righteousness to everyone who believes. –Rom. 10:4

Some have argued against the very first line of Jefferson Bethke’s Why I Hate Religion, but Love Jesus, and since it is the premise of the whole video it needs careful attention. Matthew 5:17 seems to lean one way on this issue while Romans 10:4 seems to lean the other way. These two verses are not contradictory. Since Bethke doesn’t define religion explicitly it’s left to everyone else to extrapolate. Although, the context makes it somewhat obvious what he is getting at.

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Why I Hate Religion, but Love Jesus

Why I Hate Religion, but Love Jesus

At 10,587,270 views at 11 pm on only the fifth day since it was posted, the “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus” YouTube video can officially be dubbed viral.

It’s amazing to me that 685 words with the right video editing and some perfectly timed musical swells can attract such a flash flood of attention. The entire video lasts but a brief 4 minutes and 4 seconds.

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