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傑弗森.貝斯齊(Jefferson Bethke)
小名傑夫,他不是牧師、神學家或諮商師,只是一個想要活出生命意義的美國年輕人。

2012 年,當時 23 歲的傑夫寫了一首熱情而強烈的詩〈為何我討厭宗教卻熱愛耶穌〉,他和朋友把這首詩的影片上傳到YouTube,沒想到短短 48 小時之內竟然吸引了 700 萬個人點閱,一年的點閱人數更高達2300百萬以上!影片內容掀起廣而深的宗教文化討論,吸引了以年輕人為主的網路世代,不分教徒和非教徒,從無神論者到宗教界各方領袖都認真關注和回應。喜愛寫作的他以此為主題,寫成《耶穌比宗教大》這本書。

貝斯齊目前與妻子、愛犬住在華盛頓州的塔科馬,擁有一家蠟燭工廠,希望藉由燭光照亮社會。

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【影片內容】
假如我告訴你:耶穌是來廢除宗教的;
祂的使命不是叫你去投共和黨;
共和黨不等於基督徒;
你說人盲目,並無法讓你得到光明;那麼,你會怎麼想?

我想問的是:如果宗教這麼偉大,為什麼它引發這麼多戰爭?
為什麼它能蓋巨型教堂,卻無法餵養窮人?
為什麼只因為離婚成了單親媽媽,它就說上帝不愛她們?
而且舊約裡,神還說宗教人士是娼妓呢!

宗教也許談到了恩典,做的卻是另一套
他們嘲諷神的兒女,正像當年嘲諷施洗約翰一樣
他們沒法解決自己的問題,所以乾脆掩蓋起來
不知道這樣跟在棺木上灑香水沒兩樣
發現宗教出了什麼問題嗎?它根本沒觸及核心!
只是調整外在行為,列一長串「應做事項」
只管衣著光鮮,外形乾淨體面
這跟把會腐爛的屍體做成木乃伊有什麼兩樣嗎?
我不想論斷什麼,只希望大家能拿下假面具
只是在臉書的宗教欄打勾,並不等於你是基督徒
這種邏輯根本不通,我們也不會用這種方式面對人生其祂面向
就像買了件湖人隊球衣,並不等於你是湖人隊球員
老實說,我以前也是這種人,但沒人因此批評過我
我表現得像個教會乖寶寶,私下卻沉溺色情
我禮拜天上教堂,禮拜六卻胡天胡地
好像我受造的目的就是為了性與享樂
並建立一個整齊、體面的偽裝
但我現在認識了耶穌,所以我反而大聲宣告我的軟弱

如果恩典是水,教會就該是海洋
教會不是好人好事博物館,而是破碎之人的醫院
所以我不必隱瞞失敗,也不必隱瞞罪過
因為我依靠的不是自己,而是祂
因為在我與上帝為敵、不想接近祂時
祂往下望著我說:我‧要‧那‧個‧人
所以耶穌討厭宗教,叫那些宗教人士傻瓜
你不覺得這比死守規則好得多嗎?
我想講清楚:我喜愛教會、喜愛聖經,我也相信原罪
但若耶穌去你教會,他們會讓祂進去嗎?
宗教人士曾說祂好吃、貪杯
但上帝之子從不自命清高,過去不會,現在也是

回到正題,有件事一定得說:
耶穌和宗教相去甚遠
一個是上主天工,一個是人為發明
一個是治療,一個是感染
宗教要你做一些事,耶穌則是把這些事都做了
宗教把你當奴隸,耶穌把你當兒女
宗教給你束縛,耶穌放你自由
宗教使你盲目,耶穌讓你看見
所以,宗教與耶穌根本毫不相同

宗教要人尋求神,基督信仰則說是神尋找人
因此救贖是我白白得到的,寬恕早就與我同在
那不是靠我自己爭取,而是靠耶穌的順服
因為祂戴上荊棘之冠,鮮血一滴滴流下祂的臉
祂帶走了原本該由我們承擔的苦果,所以這叫做「恩典」
祂被人類謀殺,卻放聲吶喊:
「父親哪,赦免他們,因為他們不曉得自己在做甚麼。」
當祂被釘上十字架時,心中想的是你
祂帶走你一切的罪,把它們帶進墳墓
因此我跪在十字架前邀你過來,這裡還有位子
因此我討厭宗教,實在有夠不喜歡
因為當耶穌說「成了」的時候,我相信祂說的是真的

【英文原文】
What if I told you Jesus came to abolish religion
What if I told you voting Republican really wasn't His mission?
What if I told you republican doesn't automatically mean Christian
And just because you call some people blind doesn't automatically give you vision

I mean if religion is so great, why has it started so many wars
Why does it build huge churches, but fails to feed the poor
Tells single moms God doesn't love them if they've ever had a divorce
But in the Old Testament, God actually calls religious people whores

Religion might preach grace, but another thing they practice
Tend to ridicule God's people, they did it to John The Baptist
They can't fix their problems, and so they just mask it
Not realizing religion's like spraying perfume on a casket
See the problem with religion, is it never gets to the core
It's just behavior modification, like a long list of chores
Like let's dress up the outside make it look nice and neat
But it's funny that's what they use to do to mummies while the corpse rots underneath
Now I ain't judging, I'm just saying quit putting on a fake look
Cause there's a problem if people only know you're a Christian by your Facebook
I mean in every other aspect of life, you know that logic's unworthy
It's like saying you play for the Lakers just because you bought a jersey
You see this was me too, but no one seemed to be on to me
Acting like a church kid, while addicted to pornography
See on Sunday I'd go to church, but Saturday getting faded
Acting if I was simply created just to have sex and get wasted
See I spent my whole life building this facade of neatness
But now that I know Jesus, I boast in my weakness

Because if grace is water, then the church should be an ocean
It's not a museum for good people, it's a hospital for the broken
Which means I don't have to hide my failure, I don't have to hide my sin
Because it doesn't depend on me it depends on him
See because when I was God's enemy and certainly not a fan
He looked down and said I want, that, man
Which is why Jesus hated religion, and for it he called them fools
Don't you see so much better than just following some rules
Now let me clarify, I love the church, I love the Bible, and yes I believe in sin
But if Jesus came to your church would they actually let him in
See remember he was called a glutton, and a drunkard by religious men
But the son of God never supports self righteousness not now, not then

Now back to the point, one thing is vital to mention
How Jesus and religion are on opposite spectrum
See one's the work of God, but one's a man made invention
See one is the cure, but the other's the infection
See because religion says do, Jesus says done
Religion says slave, Jesus says son
Religion puts you in bondage, while Jesus sets you free
Religion makes you blind, but Jesus makes you see
And that's why religion and Jesus are two different clans

Religion is man searching for God, Christianity is God searching for man
Which is why salvation is freely mine, and forgiveness is my own
Not based on my merits but Jesus's obedience alone
Because he took the crown of thorns, and the blood dripped down his face
He took what we all deserved, I guess that's why you call it grace
And while being murdered he yelled
"Father forgive them they know not what they do."
Because when he was dangling on that cross, he was thinking of you
And he absorbed all of your sin, and buried it in the tomb
Which is why I'm kneeling at the cross, saying come on there's room
So for religion, no I hate it, in fact I literally resent it
Because when Jesus said it is finished, I believe he meant it

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《耶穌比宗教大:我熱愛耶穌,為什麼卻討厭宗教?》
Jesus Religion:Why He Is So Much Better Than Trying Harder, Doing More, and Being Good Enough
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  • leo822991
  • 似乎是本好書:)
  • 訪客
  • 其实,耶稣确实说他要建立他啊教会(玛16:18), 当时他批判的是败坏的司祭和经师们。
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  • 耶穌救了你,你就信耶穌啦,我想問你,你如何愛番耶穌,如何取悅祂呢?你從聖經中多認識祂,你會找到答案。
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