Religion Means Nothing if You’re Still a Jerk

Peace, please believe, that there’s a lot
of human need And a lot of hungry bellies that could do
without human greed And a lot of people packing churches looking
for a seed hoping for a higher love to patch up where
we all bleed they’re there to learn, it’s a perfect opportunity
to say hey we’re all God’s children and pump love and aid into the community
but what they get is politics, us and them, and judgement of the sick
and then we use God to hit each other, like God’s some kind of stick
religion means nothing if you’ve got it, but you’re still a jerk
for me, you, and the planet, buddy it doesn’t work
religion means nothing if you’ve got it, but you’re still a jerk
for me you and the planet, buddy it doesn’t work
Exhibit A: human ego, selfishness, and it strives
to subjugate, manipulate, and criticize other people and their lives
it’s got territory in each of us and it’s looking to rule
and if it’s in charge, religious concepts are just another tool
the way religions go to war, is the way countries go to war
it’s the way people go to war, for whatever they want to war for
the mentality and the method here are all the same, isn’t that odd?
it’s cause it’s the ego driving all of it, the religious covering is just a facade
religion means nothing if you’ve got it, but you’re still a jerk
for me, you, and the planet, buddy it doesn’t work
religion means nothing if you’ve got it, but you’re still a jerk
for me you and the planet, buddy it doesn’t work
you took faith over love, and that sticking to your interpretation of the plan
was higher on God’s priority list than the agony of your fellow man
why’s there so much anti-religion stuff on the message boards,
cause there’s a lot of really mean people out there saying “I know the Lord”
you say belonging to a club is the way, but love is the way
it’s not a ritual you do, it’s not some prayer that you say
the world has open hands, looking to you for wisdom, but they find none
let me remind you in a few lines, just how far you’ve fallen from
you were meant to tell us: that there is meaning in experience, an antidote
for the cold healing from our flaws, marriage of body and
soul a higher purpose, a message in the weather,
and a divine protector who can string these hearts and moments together
and how love in the eyes holds the potential, and eternity
the still small voice say take, come and learn from me
and yes, you’ll see them in a while again, they were never just the flesh
and I’ll hold and you smile again, as we watch the death of death
and kindness is not a weakness, it’s the holy core of life
blood and competition too will pass, as epiphanies grow from strife
and you were no accident, you are precious, and you’ll be fine
in short, the most beautiful things that you can tell a conscious mind
it’s not about doctrinal boxes or what you say or how you appear
but this: when you walk in do people say “oh thank God you’re here”
religion means nothing if you’ve got it, but you’re still a jerk
for me, you, and the planet, buddy it doesn’t work
religion means nothing if you’ve got it, but you’re still a jerk
for me you and the planet, buddy it doesn’t work

  1. Love the concept but I feel like the "if you got it, but you're still a jerk" ruins the tempo as it is. I think you could either shorten it or split it into two lines.

  2. 0-0b well said and nice video. Reminds me of this verse: If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.-1Corinthians 13:2  

  3. I love this . Put's into words exactly what I have always felt. I am trying to find the chord progression to make it sound right on the guitar. Awesome message and an awesome lyricist..

  4. Don't pour your hatred in religion, it depends on the person whether they apply their religious values in life or not. I'm going to be honest with you: Religion is vitally important.

  5. The peace symbol the symbol or the  antichrist Throughout the last 2,000 years this symbol has designated hatred of Christians. Nero, who despised Christians, crucified the Apostle Peter on a cross head downward. This hideous event resembled the Teutonic cross and became a popular pagan insignia of the day. Thereafter, this sign became known as the 'Neronic cross.'

  6. why is it  you profile pic. is one eye.  is that iluminati or not because i saw a video on youtube that one eye is iluminati but i love the video that you it

  7. damn this is so true, sometimes I wanna be good with the universe but my ego is so strong, but I know the difference of being kind and being religious
    … by the way, off the left eye is that symbolism for something, not like the illuminaty, but like, why LEFT? is that cus its sinester or not-right? just wondering

  8. here I am crying, the voices keep coming in of how worthless I am so I lash out and all I really needed was something like this to show me not everyone is so blind to life's biggest problem, human arrogance, ego and cruelty towards others. I wish someone would just show me that people are not all bad…

  9. +1 Hope for Humanity Point. I've been playing this game for a while and losing for some time, but I'm sure I'll rack up enough points to win in the end.

  10. 1 Corinthians 13 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,b but do not have love, I gain nothing.

  11. Amazing video, I wish more people understood this. I hate how people fight over such things. Thank you for posting this. Thank you for trying to help out instead of uselessly spouting the word of god.

  12. This is a nice video, but religion itself is not a bad thing.. Jesus did say that not everyone who calls him lord would enter heaven, but only those who do Gods will. (which is following Gods commands, and what Jesus taught) so people who hate, bully, are greedy, prideful, and so on.. probably have nothing to actually do with God. But, nice video.

  13. Its a very good song(specifically the message) but I wish the word JERK was pronounced louder and much clearer so my very religious uncle would hear/understand it when I play it when he's near, and hes a jerk as Satan, that's all, nothing more to say.

    I know its pretty easy to understand if you live in a native english speaking land

    Also, the crying of AWW or A AWW, is kinda "drowning" some of the lyrics,  its no problem for me but I think my uncle would not hear/understand the lyrics when I want him to hear this.

  14. I agree. I don't hate God, just religion. I don't think that religion is used to oppress and to shun. It is all about showing compassion and showing love to your fellow humans.
    I can honestly say that I am ashamed by how some people misuse the word of God to further their own selfish desires. In the process, a lot of wars are started and there is a lot of sanctimony. 
    offTheLeftEye, I needed this. Thank you. (Y)

  15. I had the interesting experience of having THIS video posted at me in an aggressive way, where the descriptor "jerk" seemed to be applied to me.  The person who was offended with me felt I was being judgmental, or maybe unloving.  I thought I was standing up for a very important true idea – so maybe "being a jerk" will always remain a little subjective.  People were fed to the lions and tortured for being Christian; people were tortured for being Jewish; people were persecuted for not being and for being Catholic.  
    Maybe the moral is that you have be willing to die for what you really believe to be true. But not die strapped to a bomb taking other innocent lives out with you…

  16. @btsororos Either you're lying or your failing. Because, I can't say but state something when I'm writing, idiot boy. Finally, learn proper grammar and spelling. Obviously your too stupid to have a debate with. Nothing you wrote made any sense. Nonsensical moron…. I hope you don't get a job with Nasa or Boeing. I wouldn't want to see people's lives at risk…

  17. We are in the days of The Final Tribulation, meaning the 2nd coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is near. There shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:  (KJV) Matthew 24:24 wonderfully, the elect will not be deceived.  Philippians 2:10-11 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. These are the words of God, and will come to pass on the day when the Lord Jesus return to pass judgement, to all who do not believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. They will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father, this they will do for mercy sake but it will be too late. In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:  Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power. In Hell all unsaved men will spend eternity tormented by Satan and his demons, there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.  God says that natural, unregenerate man trusts in every other rock, other than Christ Jesus, Who is the true “Rock”. And so, this is the character of natural man. They trust in lying words, and the false ideas of men, and every other thing that opposes the truth to protect them in times of trouble. How sad it will be for many on that great day when the Lord shall say depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.

  18. Im an atheist, but this is a really good song. If every religious person thought like this, this would be a much better world.

  19. – Yeah,yeah,yeah,BLAH,BLAAAAAH!

    Everyone that DOESN'T FOLLOW RELIGION or, that DOES FOLLOW RELIGION Are Both Jerks.

    THE SECRET IS having a relationship With,and In JESUS!

  20. "Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion." – Steven Weinberg.

  21. I love this vid, the messenge in it is awesome. Im an atheist and ive been going through lot of hard stuff for a long time now and no matter how i asked for help from any kind of a diety nothing has happened and yes i do mean god and also what some people call the devil but nothing. No i see that this world is very boring but has a high chance of becoming more intresting in the future but i dont think i will be alive then and im allready to messed up to enjoy anything, having gone through all the things i have made me fall to despair but now just to make life little more intresting i make my own head go crazyer just to fall deeper in to desparity and see how far i can go and for how long.

  22. I'm atheist and i appreciate your song.
    Specially your comparison between religion and nationalism.
    There the same,we need more humanitarians,we need philanthropia "kindliness, humanity, benevolence, love to mankind". magnificent opinion brother

  23. I saw your point…and it is written James 2:26 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so FAITH APART from WORKS is DEAD.and 1 Corinthians 13:2 I may have the gift of prophecy; I may understand all the secret things of God and all knowledge; and I may have faith so great that I can move mountains. But even with all these things, if I DO NOT have LOVE, then I am NOTHING.

  24. I just think maybe if religion were really like this I would welcome it into society instead of running from it :/ thanks for reminding me that they aren't all crazy malicious egotists 🙂 #somefaithrestored


  26. do you realy knows whats the Jesus Christ stories means???? how much times you read the bible to undestand what works the evil have for you!!!! I m just asking

  27. Totally agree! Theres some ppl out there always talking how great god it is and want ppl doing some unreasonable behavior and they believe thats god wants them to do!

  28. this is so true. also i'm guessing that religion doesn't matter to a lot of ppl in the comments section

  29. As a atheist I clicked on this video because wanted to see if someone could spin religion in a way that if people followed what he was saying then it was more beneficial than harmful. I learn with most religious things I watch they almost all have the underlining tone that they are being persecuted or that they are the minority, and there needs to be a movement to get more people in the religion. That's obviously propaganda and a lot of these messages of not questioning things go directly to kids because parents continue to teach religion as absolute fact and that makes the kid believe anything religious and will go through life not trying to figure life out life like someone actualy has a plan for him like humans are important. the "mean" people on the internet are just trying to think speculatively and try to figure out things first before we call it fact. Science is not anti religious it is just the way that the facts are starting to lay out and atheist don't believe anything because believing in anything doesn't have much meaning to have meaning we need to know the thing in question is a fact first, and from what we've seen the bile is consisstant for being wrong (Ex. That god made light than the sun and the stars are only calendars created for us) Atheist are simply waiting to see what the true answer is and will not be have their perception skewed by some books from thousands of years ago because people are delusionally afraid of knowing that they are insignificant because they think that deflates the joy in life but it doesn't, I feel more excited about life and enjoy find the natural and physical sciences like astronomy and astrophysics: the actual study of the universe. a much better option then religion would be to go with what can be proven instead of what is belived by people.

  30. Ad for this page asked "What is religion to you?"  I decided to visit to answer that.
    To many Christians (etc), the gods the Greeks, Norse, etc are considered "mythology".  It was, for them, the way they made sense of world, weather, death, etc.  So…pretty much the same as what Christianity is for Christians.

    To me, religion is mythology. Hinduism, Judaism and Islam are just creation myths that happens to still be active.  Some Christians might concur with that.  But, to me, Christianity is the same.

  31. It's wonderful Curtis,Well done! And thank you, for the fine job you do bringing across the Swedenborg lessons. Its been a long time since anything has resonated so strong with me! I'm going to share it with my adult children. I think they might dig it….And then maybe Swedenborg. Thanks again!!

  32. This is so true! I would like to change that kind of people to get a better world…anyway, great video and message (:

  33. This has got 91K views, while Gangnam Style has got over 1.5B views. This is humanity people… This video is correct in any kind of form, and it's a good song. Great video!

  34. THIS JUST SAYS IT ALL!!!!!!!!!!  NICE WORK CURTIS!!!!!! (Like the sound track too – I'm all for raw and quirky)

  35. I am agnostic with many years and debates and books that got me here, but this video is one of the absolute closest thing I've seen in a long time to what Christians call Holy that I've seen in decades. I support the journey so many take on the road to spiritual truth and the folks responsible for this magic video should be at the pulpit of every church or mosque or synagogue on the planet!!! Destroy religion and free our souls!!! Beautiful!!!!

  36. The funny thing is that this is what the "moderates wants us to think religion stands for, when there are entirely different much worse and horrific things in the "holy" scriptures. You can be nice, like eachother e.t.c without religion. Moderates basically cherrypick what they like and don't like in their "holy" books, fundamentalists are the people the bible for example really want you to be.

  37. the base of the message is accurate and true, what you have missed in my opinion is the individual person.  you have grouped us all including yourself into one group and sung against the one group…although the group is massive cause we is all human and therefore all hypocrytical at some point there are people who do well at their faith and their practice of living and loving….

  38. At the end of the day: There are Psychopaths and their hard to weed out of the rest- and Religion doesn't just give them "Material" control.. it gives them EVERYTHING- so comparing Religious wars/conflicts to material problems isn't equivalent.

    You've got a good "message" but people will Always have egos, mental, and psychical problems. People will always be angry, get mad, have social / biological issues that Prayer isn't going to solve… and allowing them to contuine WILL then end up effecting everything else (and your religion) in the long run.

    What I'm saying is: We've come way past Religion, we do NOT need it because it's a moral booster for the hard times and that's about it. It now causes MUCH more social/family and personal mental health issues (and promotes hate, bigotry AND terrorist activities) It also promotes people's ideas that God is real and actually telling them to go murder a innocent family and gut their kids because- Well GOD said so and you can't talk them down from it.
    Oh God isn't evil? Well tell them that- It doesn't work… it never WILL work, it WILL fail.

    Which is why we need to educate everyone, at the best we can. If you won't accept it, well you'll die- and nothing will happen. Your religion WILL eventually come to a brutal, bloody, and abrupt end. I bet a majority of the followers will commit hateful crimes, to terroristic crimes to "fulfill" some sort of bullshit in their silly book… Which only backs paranoia not to trust you sons of bitches with guns in the first place.

    So you better reevaluate the situation, tho you can't teach a stupid dog new tricks.

  39. first it starts with the church pumping love to the community when all I see is making us go against each other with all the lies in the bible then he starts talking like if the human ego is something out to get people when in reality all people have been selfish sometimes

  40. sometimes it could get frustrating talking to people who are so biased on the religion that they think belongs to them, those great beings that started the tradition would weep if they knew how teachings been twisted and used like this

  41. i really think the vids u guys made are awesome, this should be translated to diff languages to spread the message, starting with Chinese, theres a saying that goes like this, with wisdom comes choices, please do consider having the website translated!!!

  42. I do not like Rap Music, but I love this song because it is exactly what our Minister Jeremy Simons said in Church today, "one of the great pitfalls of organized religion is that religious people do not always practice the good behavior that religion teaches".  I like that this video expresses the need to help the Poor and to have Love for others. Nicely done:)!!

  43. I love the reference about using God as a stick, which is true for a lot of us, but we need to use our hearts, it can be hard when our hearts have been hardened, but we need to all remember that love is always the answer.

  44. Put this on iTunes….reach and enlighten more people (Useful), make the foundation a million (World), and make you the man for a minute, (Self)

  45. I threw all my weight behind taking this viral. Which means you got like 4 more views! I LOVE it! I'm gonna get four more folks to watch it. 😀

  46. no podeis ver la realidad? son diferentes los daños que causais a la raza humana seo o no intencionado
    , no a la difusion de un ser todopoderoso, no a predicar en casas particulares .. quedaros en vuestras asambleas si os place

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