Response to YouTube video “Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus”

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This is almost a year old, but I hope that the main points I made in response to the popular YouTube hit “Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus” still hold up:

1) Jesus never said that he wanted people to shun organized worship or live primarily by their own free interpretation of the Scriptures. He opposed religious legalism among those who used their external observance of the exact precepts of Mosaic law as an excuse for ignoring its inner meaning by not caring about the poor or downtrodden.

2) Rather than abolish religion, Christ repeatedly proclaims Himself as God Incarnate, Son of the Father and Lord of the world, proclaiming that salvation comes only through knowledge of Him who is God from all eternity. He endows His apostles with authority to forgive sins in His name and He promises that He will always protect His Church.

3) Anyone belonging to any group or belief system can act hypocritically. Christians and other people of faith don’t have a monopoly on hypocrisy. Look at how the core tenets of all major faiths inspire people to live in peace.