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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Does Jesus Hate Religion?

Recently a Youtube video went viral with a catchy poem about Jesus and religion. Even today in church people were discussing it and considering the arguments that were presented.

I wanted to offer my comments but I could do no better than those made by Kevin DeYoung. You can view the video and his assessment of it here. I think he did an excellent job.

Here is one quote from his blog:
"We love the Jesus that hates religion. The only problem is, he didn’t. Jesus was a Jew. He went to services at the synagogue. He observed Jewish holy days. He did not come to abolish the Law or the Prophets, but to fulfill them (Matt. 5:17). He founded the church (Matt. 16:18). He established church discipline (Matt. 18:15-20). He instituted a ritual meal (Matt. 26:26-28). He told his disciples to baptize people and to teach others to obey everything he commanded (Matt. 28:19-20). He insisted that people believe in him and believe certain things about him (John 3:16-18; 8:24). If religion is characterized by doctrine, commands, rituals, and structure, then Jesus is not your go-to guy for hating religion."

Posted by Rick Jones

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