Beatles fans worldwide know all about John Lennon's contentious statement in the 1960s, expressing that their band was more popular than Jesus. Is it possible that this religious icon is exactly what he looked for to find meaning later in life?
Many are aware of John Lennon's spiritual path as he grew his beard, began to explore yoga and eastern faith, and dabbled in the world of psychedelics.
But, what many are not aware of are Pastor Greg Laurie's claims, found in his book, "Lennon, Dylan, Alice & Jesus: The Spiritual Biography of Rock and Roll," -- that this rock and roll legend began to believe in God near the end of his life.
The late John Lennon Beatles, at a press conference at Heathrow airport on his return from honeymoon with Yoko Ono. | Source: Getty Images
DID JOHN LENNON BELIEVE IN GOD
Lennon became infamous to some and famous to others over his statement that "The Beatles" were bigger than Jesus. But for all this talk, and even though he was a curious man reading boundary-pushing texts like Timothy Leary, Lennon was sometimes said not to be as controversial as many thought.
According to Paul McCartney, priests who felt the congregation was shrinking in Britain would visit the band backstage and speak to them about how they could get more people to attend. He said they were pro-church and that Lennon never pushed anti-religious rhetoric.
Yet, this idea of the iconic Lennon as separate from controversy appears almost foreign, with an account from a childhood friend challenging the notion. They claimed that the vocalist once took L.S.D only to proclaim that he was the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
But, according to Laurie's book, Lennon eventually found his way to God. Among many assertions, the pastor claims that the late singer was watching Billy Graham's sermons, which he did for entertainment.
But, this time, the televangelist said something that touched Lennon, leading to two weeks of a born-again Beatle.
On top of this, Laurie claimed that in one of Lennon's last significant interviews, he said that he was only now beginning to understand the Christian teachings he was educated on as a child.
The pastor also maintains that some songs the Beatle wrote nearer the end of his life related to Christianity. For one, the song "Amen," he claims, was a musical interpretation of "The Lord's Prayer."
Delving deeper into the philosophy behind his new book, Laurie expressed, "..new generations buy into this mythology of thinking success and fame will fill the hole in their heart. Only God can do that."
RINGO STARR'S RELIGIOUS AWAKENING
The loveable drummer of "The Beatles" Ringo Starr stated that he turned to religion after losing himself to drugs and alcohol when he was younger. He expressed:
'For me, God is in my life. I don't hide from that. I think the search has been on since the 1960s."
Making an appearance in the documentary "Oh My God," which covers religion on a global scale, the Beatle said, "God is Love."
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