COMEDIAN Russell Brand says the teachings of Jesus are more relevant than ever before. The star explained how he has turned his back on his bad boy reputation and has now been free from drug and alcohol addiction for 15 years.
He said: “My personal feeling is the teachings of Christ are more relevant now than they’ve ever
been. When stripped of the cultural inflection of the time when it was first written and is variously being
translated, there is an undeniable truth.
Because I come from a Christian culture, a lot of the language of prayer that I use is Christian. I say
the Lord’s Prayer every day.
“I try to connect to what those words mean. I connect to what the Father means. I connect to what wholeness means to me. I think about the relationship between forgiveness and being forgiven and the impossibility of redemption until you are willing to forgive and
Recovery started for Brand when he realised that something in his life needed to change. He agreed to go on what is known as ‘The 12-step programme’, based largely on Christian principles.
He added: “I’ve been in recovery from drugs and alcohol for 14 and a half years. “The longer I’ve been clean from drugs and alcohol, the more I’ve noticed that our own addiction, and perhaps addiction in general, is affecting our behaviour in ways that we wouldn’t previously have assumed.
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