Brad Pitt Loses His Religion, but Picks up the Oldest One in the Book

Pitt sums it up nicely in this article,

When I got untethered from the comfort of religion, it wasn’t a loss of faith for me, it was a discovery of self…I had faith that I’m capable enough to handle any situation

Isn’t faith in oneself a form of religion?

“I observe that you are very religious in all respects…”pitt.jpg

The most striking thing about this piece is when Pitt describes his philanthropy,

I do it because I’m a member of the human race. In Africa you see people on the street dying from AIDS, children left without parents. We’re all cells of one body, with the same emotions and desires for our families–for a little dignity and a chance for a better life. Let’s focus on that! I believe in the founding principles of America. I want to fight for that. I know most Americans feel the same way.

It’s striking because Adam and Eve’s “discovery of self” is the cause for AIDS, orphans, and all the ills Pitt is trying to erase.

CS Lewis explains it very eloquently,

The moment you have a self at all, there is a possibility of putting yourself first–wanting to be the centre–wanting to be God, in fact. That was the sin of Satan: and that was the sin he taught the human race…

What Satan put into the heads of our remote ancestors was the idea that they could ‘be like gods’–could set up on their own as if they had created themselves–be their own masters–invent some sort of happiness for themselves outside God, apart from God.

And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human history–money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery–the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.

And out of that hopeless attempt (the original version of Brad Pitt’s so-called “discovery of self”) has come all the things which Pitt is trying to do away with. I cannot think of a more fruitless endeavor than someone making the same error which brought about the very things he is trying to fix.

Truly the blind do not have eyes to see, may we pray for those in darkness that they may come to repentance and faith in Christ.

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13 Responses to Brad Pitt Loses His Religion, but Picks up the Oldest One in the Book

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  2. Laz says:

    Robert,
    Having watched Se7en, Snatch, Oceans 11, and other films of his, I most definitely agree with your assessment of his acting skills.

    As far as him being on display, I do not wish that on anybody but celebrities know what they’re getting into. That is not to say the rabidness of the paparazzi is warranted or justified.

    As for him being a decent enough guy, well I cannot truly say since I do not know the man personally.

    Thanks for reading.

  3. I think it’s very sad that you think Brad Pitt is misguided. He is helping children in a poor country who are dying and have no means of escaping their situation. Regardless of what kind of religion he believes in, don’t you think Christ would be happy that he’s helping someone incapable of helping themselves? That seems like a very Christian thing to do, don’t you think?
    Felipe

  4. Cliff says:

    Attacking a man who helps the worse-off people on Earth because you disagree with his faith? Get a life.

  5. Laz says:

    Thanks travelman and Cliff for your comments.

    Travelman,
    He can feed every mouth on earth and still be misguided. Anyone who rejects Christ is misguided, well I should say deceived. I know because I’ve been there before and after conversion one’s eyes are opened to Reality. Take it or leave it, it is what it is and it has little to do with religion.

    As for Christ’s “happiness”, He gives us the ability and resources (in Pitt’s case considerable resources.) to aid our felllow man. In the case of His followers it is an expectation that we do so, not a suggestion (He said “when you give to the poor” not “If you give…”).

    Yet when we get off our rear ends to do what OUGHT to be done, the last thing to think is that somehow we have curried God’s favor, put Him in our debt. How ridiculous. It would be like receiving a gift for your birthday and expecting the person who gave you the gift to thank YOU for opening it.

    According to you, what is the “Christian thing to do?” And where do you get that idea from?

    Cliff,
    I’m not attacking him, sorry you missed the point of the post. Perhaps you should read it more carefully.

    Thank you once again for your input.

  6. healtheland says:

    Laz: You attract a shockingly high percentage of hostile rejoinders. I envy you.

  7. Thanks for the post.

    Although it’s sad when anybody rejects Christ (the end result being hell), it’s even sadder, IMO, when the people out there that seem to be trying to do the right thing end up being misguided.

    I don’t like it when anybody rejects God. I even prayed for Sadaam to have a death-row conversion in the hour before he was executed, knowing that what awaited him was truly horrifying and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy (which he probably qualified in that category). But when there are people out there with compassion for other people, that go around trying to do good, and seem like good people, but they remain blind to salvation, that is even sadder. Oprah is another good-hearted person that comes to mind.

  8. I honestly have to fight the urge to be intolerant right now. My only point is, there are many different paths in this world. Christianity is ONE path. You are focusing on the one thing you think is “misguided” in Brad Pitt or anyone else who doesn’t believe in Christianity. That very mindset, that exclusiveness, or feeling of superiority, is the cause of so much tension and strife in the world. If our religions adapted to our modern time, there would be no wars. We are a global community now, and we have GOT to figure out a way to co-exist without killing each other for our beliefs.
    Felipe

  9. JT says:

    STM, I appreciate your posts, however I don’t think that following Christ has caused any wars.

    I realize that there have been terrible things done “in the name of God”, but some of the most horrendous wars our young country (US) has gone through hasn’t had a thing to do with accepting Jesus Christ as Savior.

    Civil War? Obviously there was a lot of complex issues with this one, not the least being state rights and slavery, however I have never read a history book stating that followers of Jesus Christ were a reason (or any religious reasons as well).

    World War 2? The Nazi-Socialist party rejected faith all together, and they were one of the most educated countries in the history of the world.

    I could go on, including Vietnam and the current Iraq conflict.

    I love history, and here are a amateur’s ideas on what causes war: Greed for Power, Greed for Resources, ethnocentrism, racism, and retaliation, defense. I think a lot of people forget these in their argument where Christianity is a major cause of all things wrong. I also believe that things have been done under the guise of Christianity that were really for the first three real reasons I listed.

  10. Laz says:

    Felipe,
    My apologies for not using your name in my previous comment.

    My only point is, there are many different paths in this world.

    If I had a nickel every time I heard this… It’s not true, and if you really believe that then I wonder if you have really examined the claims Christ made or even the claims of other faiths.

    Please understand that just because Christ is the Only way to God does not mean that other religions are totally devoid of truth. Christianity does not teach that ONLY the Bible contains truth. It does affirm that the Bible is true and that everything that contradicts it is false, since contradictions cannot be true.

    Felipe, it’s not about feeling superior in fact it’s the total opposite. When we see God for who He really is we realize that we are nothing and our good works are like filthy rags. We cannot understand the Good News (Gospel) of Jesus Christ until we see us for what we are and see Him for who He is.

    After our eyes have been opened then telling others about the One who opened them is not done out of “feeling superior”.

    That very mindset, that exclusiveness, or feeling of superiority, is the cause of so much tension and strife in the world.

    Admittedly there are those who mistakenly (and against the will of God) assume that they are superior because they are Christians. This is ignorance (at best) and unbelief (at worst). How can anyone feel superior over a gift they have been given? It would be like a blind man feeling superior because the doctor has restored his sight.

    We are a global community now, and we have GOT to figure out a way to co-exist without killing each other for our beliefs.

    Sorry man but I’ve never killed anyone for “my beliefs”, nor do I plan to. This is not what Jesus commands, and a cursory reading of the Gospels would reveal that, if you actually take the time to read them.

    In the eyes of God we have always been a “global community”,

    There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. –Galatians 3:28

    What do you make of the claims Christ made while on earth?

    Adapting What a global community has to do with anything I don’t know but I would ask you to consider the words of the Apostle Paul,

  11. Ok, first off thank you for explaining where you are coming from. But let me also state for the record, if a Jew, a Muslim, a Buddhist said that the only way to salvation is through their god, I would be writing the same post. My only concern is the escalating tension in the middle east is caused because of intolerance of other’s beliefs,correct? An intolerance so fiercely guarded, that they kill and maim over their beliefs. I am by no means singling out one particular religion, as I feel so many religions are exemplifying the exclusiveness to the detriment of our world. This post has made me question many things, and I’ve asked to borrow my partner’s bible to read. Then I’m going to read the Qur’an, then the Bagavadgita…. Thanks for your side of the story.
    Felipe

  12. tom thompson says:

    wow, laz, i thought i had heard it all, but if u want to see someone that is really misguided, misinformed and obviously clueless of what’s going on in our world today and in the halls and offices of the Churches, Synogogues, the White House or on Capital Hill, then just read everything that the person that goes by Laz has written in these pages.

    You forgot mosques…I don’t go by “Laz” just in “these pages” but also in “real life”. I may be misguided etc. but if I am I hope I can be as misguided as the Apostle was when he wrote to the church in Corinth,

    If we are out of our mind, it is for the sake of God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

    i stumbled upon this as i was sending money to Brad Pitt’s organization, that really crazy one that is building homes for people that our government, or shall I say, this incompetent administration turned their back on,

    Mr. Thompson, you suggest later that I do research, yet the same ought to apply to you. I can’t say that I’m an all-out supporter of President Bush but you must give the man whatever credit you seem to be taking away from him, for example see the following story,
    “Popular in Africa: Bush has given more aid than any other US president”

    and am amazed that there actually are people like you who obviously have way too much time on their hands, considering the amount of rambling that you’ve posted on here, because anyone that works hard, cares for family and friends, donates time and money to the needy and maintains his spirituality (not religion, but spirituality!) would never have the time to do it.

    I wish (maybe not) I did have the time you seem to be ascribing to me. Spirituality, now that is a slippery word, would you care to elaborate on what you think it means?

    One has to wonder who you’ve helped today, what you have done for a fellow human being.

    Please understand that the post was not critiquing Mr. Pitt for his philantropy, a shining an example of civil virtue it might be. As for what I’ve done for a fellow human being I think I’ll leave ultimate judgment up to God.

    I picture you as either being a total fake eating cheatos (sp?) and drinking diet coke or some youngster manipulating people like myself in wasting time actually responding to such ridiculous words being spoken by another man.

    I detest Diet Coke and as for cheatos [sic] they’re not my favorite so your powers of assumption leave a lot to be desired but at least you left yourself an out with your second guess which is equally erroneous as your first.

    No need in responding, i won’t be back to read it, but laz, do some research, learn what’s really happening around you.

    Don’t worry you will, they always come back to read, it’s only human nature Mr. Thompson.

    Now, I have to make this donation and then go to the U.N. (I live in NYC) for a session on the atrocities being commited around the world. Today it’s Darfur. I hope some hapiness comes your way laz.

    No, Mr. Thompson it’s always been Darfur. Darfur is only a different key of the symphony of destruction (thank you Megadeath) that has been playing on planet Earth since our remote ancestors decided to set out without God, see the post above, which you didn’t read in its entirety given the emotional rant you decided to leave on here.

    Congratulations on living in NYC. Mr. Thompson, the U.N. is not the answer to the world’s problems. Jesus Christ is, sent by God to undo the deleterious effects of our disobedience. It is through Him that we can have true happiness, a happiness based on glorifying a Holy and Just God not a happiness based on emotion or good feelings of cutting checks to organizations that promise things they cannot deliver.

  13. katdish says:

    Whatever happened to the good old days when if you didn’t like what a person had to say, you could just leave a comment like, “you suck.”

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