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The Church of the Youtube Guy

re·li·gion/riˈlijən/

Noun:
  1. The belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, esp. a personal God or gods.
  2. Details of belief as taught or discussed.

This video currently has over six million views on youtube. I have a feeling that it has helped to form the opinions of at least some of those six million people, and that is a scary thought. Not that I disagree with everything the young man says, actually I agree with quite a bit of it, especially in the second half when he is talking about what Christ did for us even though we are not worthy.  A lot of it is very well thought out.  My problem is more with the “no religion” portion of the video.  It is fairly obvious that “religion” is a veiled reference to a specific church.

How do we know this? The line about religion telling divorced single mothers that God hates them. Hmmm, what church gets accused of this all the time?Isn’t it the Methodists? Then he gets really deep and says that religion pays for big beautiful churches yet fails to feed the poor. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people accuse the Lutherans of this. I’m constantly defending the Lutherans against these claims. At least he didn’t bash Catholics, I don’t think I would have been able to take it. What? You think he was talking about the Catholic Church? Dang it! I thought we got away clean on this one!

I don’t know this guy’s background. I don’t know if he wrote his masterpiece solo, or if it was the work of a larger non-denominational non-church. But, it’s obvious that he has a bone to pick with the Catholic Church. It’s also obvious that he is probably pretty appealing and persuasive to young people. Persuasive, but flawed. Where exactly did he get the idea that Jesus came to destroy religion? Didn’t Jesus tell his followers to obey the Jewish elders? Didn’t he appoint twelve apostles who he pretty specifically tell to “do this in memory of me”. I’m curious when and where this guy partakes in the body and blood of Christ. Didn’t Christ also give the apostles the ability to forgive and retain sins? Who does this guy confess his sins to?

I also have to come to the conclusion that since Jesus came to destroy religion, we can not use the Bible to learn what Christ has to say to us. After all, the Bible was assembled by a church, the Catholic Church. If Jesus wanted to destroy all religion then there would be no way that any one authority could assemble a Bible. We could just collect whatever writings we can find and make a personal decision to decide if it was the word of God or not. Or, should we just use some random guy on youtube to tell us what to believe? Since there is no religion and no Bible, where do we learn about Christ? Well, at least now we have the internet. I guess we just click around and find something that makes sense to us, and if we don’t find it maybe we just make our own video and tell others what to believe. Of course, they shouldn’t believe what I tell them because that would mean that I’m starting a religion of people following what I believe.

Actually, this is all getting to confusing to me. There’s no religion, therefore no Bible. I don’t know what to believe except for what I see on TV or the internet (or read, as long as it isn’t the church assembled bible), but if I follow the things I see then I’m again joining a religion. I think I’ll just stick with the Catholic Church, but thanks youtube guy for helping me come to that conclusion. But that wasn’t your intention, was it?

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  • Shannon says:

    As part of the most benevolent, charitable organization on the face of the planet (the Holy Catholic Church) I have learned through the “commandments” of Jesus Christ (they are numerous) and his Church,

    Only God is good; and no one gets to heaven for being nice.

    Apparently the young man in the video believes he can attain God’s grace without abiding in God’s house. It is most unfortunate that he doesn’t know what he doesn’t know.

    January 14, 2012 at 9:54 am

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