“What if I told you Jesus came to abolish religion? … And just because you call some people blind doesn’t automatically give you vision? … I mean if religion is so great, why has it started so many wars? Why does it build huge churches, but fails to feed the poor?”

These lines are from Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus, a slickly produced YouTube video that has gone viral in Biblical proportions.

The previously unknown creator of the video is a 22-year-old born-again Christian with a party boy past named Jefferson Bethke, of Puyallup, Wash. The controversial rap has been viewed more than 18 million times in just weeks, while singlehandedly igniting a modern debate of an age-old question: What does it mean to be Christian?

Asked if he saw a lot of hypocrisy in organized religion, Bethke told ABC News correspondent Neal Karlinsky, “I see a lot hypocrisy in the world.”

“My generation desires authenticity,” Bethke went on. “We want someone to tell the truth and live it out, because we’re kind of sick of the typical person held up on a pedestal that then six months later has a sex scandal.”

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