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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Rapping Priest Loves Jesus and Religion Too!...

About six months ago, a self proclaimed poet named Jeff Bethke posted a You Tube video titled, Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus, which went viral and has gotten over 21 million hits thus far.

It expresses the sentiments of many disenfranchised Christians, who are fed up with the doctrinal division between denominations (about 35 thousand Christian "churches" in the U.S. and counting, since start-up churches continue to pop up each week) and have turned their faith into a personal "Jesus and me" and or "The Bible and me" thing.

Unfortunately, as the old saying goes, "Truth is One.  Error is manifold."

Faith was never meant to be a "Bible and me" or "Jesus and me" thing.  If it would have been, the world would still be mostly pagan and there wouldn't even have been a Bible, since there would have been no authority to comprise it in the late 4th and early 5th centuries (when the cannon was established).  

Moreover, Jesus prayed for unity.  He wanted His disciples to be one, as He and the Father were one.  To paraphrase Catholic apologist, John Martignoni, in one of his talks, "Did the Father believe a different doctrine from the Son?  Did the Son believe a different doctrine from the Father?"

A young scholar priest from Indiana, named Fr. Claude (Dusty) Burns, who goes by the "stage name" of Fr. Pontifex on You Tube, made his own rendition of Bethke's poem, using a more sound theological perspective but with the same rapping style, visual effects and play on words.

Check it out:

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