Quick, think of the most Jesus-like person you know of. You said Justin Bieber, didn't you? No? Well, maybe you will soon. "I just wanna honestly live like Jesus," the Biebs says in a new Complex cover story, explaining how Jesus has helped him redeem himself after years of behavior like this and this. "Not be Jesus—I could never—I don't want that to come across weird," Bieber continues. "He created a pretty awesome template of how to love people and how to be gracious and kind. 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 ... We have the greatest healer of all, and his name is Jesus Christ. ... 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."
Though he's a Christian, he says he's "not religious" and thinks there's "a lot of really weird stuff going on at churches. 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!'" But "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," he says. "Christians leave such a bad taste in people’s mouths, even myself. 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 also takes on science: "I’m the type of dude who always wants to figure it out. 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." Full interview here. (Read more Justin Bieber stories.)