Sunday, January 29, 2012

I love religion and Jesus

A nice Sunday afternoon seems like an appropriate time to discuss a religious topic, so here goes. I'm certain many, if not most, have already seen the obviously popular (17M hits), yet disturbingly misleading video entitled, "Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus"

This young man's skewed, misinformed and hostile message is so off base on so many fronts, it's hard to know where to begin. At the core of the Christian faith, he doesn't understand that the Church is the living body of Jesus Christ. Yes, there are from time to time men who lead the Church improperly, but that should not be the basis of taking aggressions against religion.  That's an extreme irrationality. And on a more mundane level, once again, we have a liberalized individual of a younger generation come forth to dispel all the knowledge of history and the experience of generations past, because he's figured it all out.

One could go on and on and on, but let's take a 'road less traveled' approach, leading to a video with fewer hits, yet a much more appropriate rebuttal...

A young Anglican priest once told me that the wasteland of "just me and Jesus spirituality" or rather, the nonreligious, have been duped into thinking that we can just launch out into the wilderness to survive on what the untamed landscape will produce for us, without true shepherds leading us to green pastures and still waters. He's correct...that wasn't Christ's plan set forth.

"And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." ~ Matthew 16:18


h/t Fr. Chris

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