Pop singer Justin Bieber shared some religious advice with his fans April 5.
Bieber posted a graphic on Instagram of a beach scene with a quote from Psalm 46:10 in the Bible: "Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."
He also added his own message: "remember there's a God that loves you and is for you. Be still in his presence he will give you true rest."
In February, Bieber posted a page from "Jesus Calling," a popular daily devotional by Sarah Young, on Instagram.
In addition to his religious proclamations, Bieber has been in the media for throwing a tantrum on TV, scolding his fans, outplaying small children in soccer, acting bratty during a deposition, urinating in a restaurant mop bucket, storming off a stage in Norway, walking out of a radio interview in Spain, spray painting the wall of a hotel in Brazil, and allegedly crashing a vehicle into a photographer's minivan in Canada.
Bieber told Complex magazine in 2015:
Science makes a lot of sense. Then I start thinking—wait, the “big bang.” For a “big bang” to create all this is more wild to think about than thinking about there being a God. Imagine putting a bunch of gold into a box, shaking up the box, and out comes a Rolex.
It’s so preposterous once people start saying it. 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.
The "Big Bang" theory isn't really how Bieber described it, but he added:
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 think that everybody should get their chance to share what they’re doing or where their journey is headed, whether they’re straight or gay or what they believe in. We’re in a place now in 2015 where people have gotta be open-minded. I actually feel better and more free now that I know what I can do and what I can’t do.
My voice, I’m not gonna let it not be heard anymore. I’m gonna use my voice for a reason. I think that people, as soon as they start hearing me saying I’m a Christian, they’re like, “Whoa Justin, back up, take a step back.” Also, I do not want to shove this down anyone’s throat. 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.
What Jesus did when he came to the cross was basically say, “You don’t have to feel any of that stuff.” We could take out all of our insecurities, we could take away all of the hurt, all the pain, all the fear, all the trauma. That doesn’t need to be there.
So all this healing that you’re trying to do, it’s unnecessary. 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.