Justin Bieber Speaks – “I Wanna Honestly Live Like Jesus”


Pop superstar Justin Bieber has opened up
about his faith, his past troubles and his new
desire to “live like Jesus.” The 21-year-old
gave a long interview to Complex magazine, and was frank about his lifestyle and the
controversy that has surrounded him for the
last few years because of his, at times, rowdy
behavior. He explained, “I could say it over
and over again, I’m changing and doing this
with my life” but said he knows that people need to “start seeing something tangible.” And
Bieber said that a major part of this change has
to do with his renewed Christian faith,

At this point, my faith has gotten me to
where I am. My faith has brought me to a
whole other level. I love talking about my
faith. I think that with Christians, they’ve
left such a bad taste in people’s mouths.
Just like, overly pushy with the subject, overly churchy and religious … You ever
flicked on a channel and a late-night
church show is on? Sometimes it’s like,
“You better do this or you gon’ die and
you gon’ burn in hell!” And you’re like, I
don’t want anything to do with this. I’m the same way. I’m not religious. I,
personally, love Jesus and that was my
salvation. I want to share what I’m going
through and what I’m feeling and I think
it shouldn’t be ostracized.

I just wanna honestly live like Jesus. Not
be Jesus—I could never—I don’t want
that to come across weird. He created a
pretty awesome template of how to love
people and how to be gracious and kind.
If you believe it, he died for our sins. Sometimes when I don’t feel like doing
something, but I know it’s right, I
remember, I’m pretty sure Jesus didn’t feel
like going to the cross and dying so that
we don’t have to feel what we should
have to feel … We have the greatest healer of all and his name is Jesus Christ. And he
really heals. This is it. It’s time that we all
share our voice. Whatever you believe.
Share it. I’m at a point where I’m not going
to hold this in.

He explained his, at times, conflicted
relationship with the Church, saying it’s
“fellowship, it’s relationship” but adding, “You
don’t need to go to church to be a Christian. If
you go to Taco Bell, that doesn’t make you a
taco.” The whole interview is incredibly transparent, and his thoughts about faith,
church and even creationism are surprisingly
candid. Even if you’re not a Bieber fan, it’s
interesting to read such unfiltered thoughts on
faith from such a prominent—and polarizing—
cultural figure.


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