Jesus > Religion: Why He Is So Much Better Than Trying Harder, Doing More, and Being Good Enough

Jefferson Bethke


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Abandon useless, dry, rule-keeping and include the promise of being actually recognized and deeply loved. 

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 working the gamut from inspired to enraged.

In Jesus > Religion, Bethke unpacks comparable contrasts that he drew within the poem—highlighting the adaptation among enamel gritting and beauty, legislations and love, functionality and peace, depression and desire. With clean 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 no longer a pastor or theologian, yet easily a typical, twenty-something who cried out for a existence more than the single for which he had settled. alongside his trip, Bethke found the real Jesus, who beckoned him past the props of fake religion.

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