Millions Chime in over Jesus vs. Religion Video

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A YouTube video titled "Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus" is spreading like wildfire on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter -- and reigniting the debate on what it means to be Christian.

The four minute, professionally produced video features a poem by Jeff Bethke, a young Christian who describes himself on Facebook as "just a messed up dude trying to make Him famous."

"What if I told you, Jesus came to abolish religion? What if I told you that voting Republican really wasn't His mission? What if I told you, Republican doesn't automatically mean Christian?" Bethke asks in the video.

"If religion is so great, why has it started so many wars?" he continues. "Why does it build huge churches, but fail to feed the poor?"

The poem highlights the difference between Jesus and what the author calls "false religion."

The issue is controversial and millions of Christians worldwide are now expressing their opinions.

"We need the fellowship of the church, but the real church is not the place we go to worship. It's the worldwide body of Christ," said viewer said in response to the video.

Another person agreed with the video saying, "Religion is about routine and habit, and not about faith."

"Religion says 'slave.' Jesus says 'son,'" Bethke goes on to recite. "Religion puts you in shackles, but Jesus sets you free. Religion makes you blind, but Jesus lets you see."

In only a few days, more than 6 million people have watched the video.

"I got goosebumps, because I was so excited the first time I saw it," Darcy wrote on CBN's Facebook page.

"Religion is not a bad thing as this man tries to make it out to be," another user named Larry wrote.

"So know I hate religion, in fact I literally resent it," Bethke concludes in his video. "Because when Jesus cried 'It is finished,' I believe He meant it."

*Originally aired on January 13, 2012. 

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