A few weeks back I wrote a blog The Difference between Religion and Christianity. It highlighted the difference between Jesus and false religion. In the scriptures Jesus received the most opposition from the most religious people of his day. At it’s core Jesus’ gospel and the good news of the Cross is in pure opposition to self-righteousness/self-justification. Religion is man centered, Jesus is God-centered.
Amazingly this poem by Jefferson Bethke helped highlight my journey to discover this truth. Religion either ends in pride or despair. Pride because you make a list and can do it and act better than everyone, or despair because you can’t do your own list of rules and feel “not good enough” for God. With Jesus though you have humble confident joy because He represents you, you don’t represent yourself and His sacrifice is perfect putting us in perfect standing with God the Father.
Recently Jeff’s poem has sparked a lot of talk on nation talk/radio shows. And now there are even Spoken Word Battle replies, similar is in Hip Hop. I fell it great in the sense people are reading the word of God,. And its promote a healthy discussion. These are views and opinions, of two difference sides. And it does not mean that you must agree with either? I believe that If someone wants to defend their views and beliefs please do so, and not to try and embarrass someone else!
I struggled with whether I should even upload this videos or not, but I prayed about it, and you obviously can see the outcome of that.
Below are the dueling videos from a young Muslim and a young Christian poet. Apparently, the Muslim’s video launched first, and the Christian responded with the support of Alpha & Omega Ministries. One thing should be abundantly clear from the videos: Christians and Muslims do not worship the same God. That should have been obvious, but sometimes people need it stated. It’s creatively stated here:
*Resources: Dr. Harrell Rhome, Jeff Bethke, and Alpha & Omega Ministries