Earlier this year, Bieber encouraged his
followers to start reading the Christian
devotional Jesus Calling, which has sold more
than 15 million copies worldwide.
During an interview with Complex magazine last year, the 21-year-old stated: “I just wanna honestly live like Jesus. Not be
Jesus. … 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
Bieber admitted in the same interview,
however, that he has often rejected his faith and communion with other Christians.
“Christians leave such a bad taste in people’s
mouths. I was like, ‘I’m not gonna go to
church.’ I had these church friends and I was
like, ‘You guys are cool, I like you guys, but I’m
not going to church,'” he said.
Bieber rose to fame as a teen idol at 13, but by
2011 he was equally well known for his antics
— smoking marijuana, vandalizing his
neighbor’s property, using racial slurs and
drag racing. But since that time he’s been work
hard to transform his life.
Back in November, a Los Angeles Times reviewer described his experience at Bieber’s world tour as part pop concert, movie
premiere, skateboarding demonstration and a
“He talked about the importance of maintaining
a positive spirit and surrounding himself with
encouraging people. He credited his
connection with God for helping him to get
back on his feet after a string of widely
publicised tabloid troubles. And when a fan in the audience — one of a dozen or so selected
by the singer’s team for a question-and-
answer session — asked if he had any advice
on how to get through a romantic breakup, he
demurred, flashing a bit of the humility that
every religious leader knows is crucial in establishing a bond with one’s flock,” the