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Title:
Jesus > religion : why He is so much better than trying harder, doing more, and being good enough
Author:
Bethke, Jefferson.
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Publication Information:
Nashville : Thomas Nelson, [2013]
Physical Description:
xix, 218 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
Most people are Christians by default. Bethke highlights the difference between teeth gritting and grace, law and love, performance and peace, despair and hope. He begins with the unvarnished tale of his own plunge from the pinnacle of a works-based, fake-smile existence that sapped his strength and led him down a path of destructive behavior. Crying out for a life greater than the one for which he had settled, Bethke discovered the real Jesus, who beckoned him beyond the props of false religion.
Language:
English
Contents:
Introduction: Why I hate religion but love Jesus -- Will the real Jesus please stand up? -- Why I still think Jesus hates religion (and you should too) -- Fundies, fakes, and other so-called Christians -- Religion makes enemies / Jesus makes friends -- With religion, there are good and bad people / With Jesus, there are only bad people in need of grace -- Religion is the means to get things from God / If we seek Jesus, we get God -- With religion, if you are suffering, God is punishing you / God already punished Jesus on your behalf, so suffering is His mercy -- Religion says, "God will love you if..." / Jesus says "God so loved..." -- Religion points to a dim future / Jesus points to a bright future -- Why Jesus loves the church (and you should too) -- Conclusion: Do you know Jesus?
ISBN:
9781400205394
Format :
Book

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Jefferson Bethke burst into the cultural conversation in 2012 with a passionate, provocative poem titled "Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus." The 4-minute video literally became an overnight sensation, with 7 million YouTube views in its first 48 hours (and 23+ million in a year). The message blew up on social-media, triggering an avalanche of responses running the gamut from encouraged to enraged.In Jesus > Religion, Bethke unpacks similar contrasts that he drew in the poem-highlighting the difference between teeth gritting and grace, law and love, performance and peace, despair and hope. With refreshing candor he delves into the motivation behind his message, beginning with the unvarnished tale of his own plunge from the pinnacle of a works-based, fake-smile existence that sapped his strength and led him down a path of destructive behavior.Bethke is quick to acknowledge that he's not a pastor or theologian, but simply a regular, twenty-something who cried out for a life greater than the one for which he had settled. Along his journey, Bethke discovered the real Jesus, who beckoned him beyond the props ofreligion.


Author Notes

Jefferson Bethke was born in Tacoma, WA with a BS in Politics & Government. He co-owns a company called Claro Candles.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Table of Contents

Author's Notep. xi
Forewordp. xiii
Introduction: Why I Hate Religion but Love Jesusp. xv
1 Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?p. 1
2 Why I Still Think Jesus Hates Religion (and You Should Too)p. 21
3 Fundies, Fakes, and Other So-Called Christiansp. 37
4 Religion Makes Enemies / Jesus Makes Friendsp. 59
5 With Religion, There Are Good and Bad People / With Jesus, There Are Only Bad People in Need of Gracep. 75
6 Religion Is the Means to Get Things from God / If We Seek Jesus, We Get Godp. 93
7 With Religion, If You Are Suffering, God Is Punishing You / God Already Punished Jesus on Your Behalf, So Suffering Is His Mercyp. 113
8 Religion Says, "God Will Love You If..."/ Jesus Says, "God So Loved..."p. 131
9 Religion Points to a Dim Future / Jesus Points to a Bright Futurep. 155
10 Why Jesus Loves the Church (and You Should Too)p. 181
Conclusion: Do You Know Jesus?p. 199
Acknowledgmentsp. 203
Notesp. 205
Recommended Readingp. 213
About the Authorp. 217

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