Aaron Rodgers’ family was reportedly bothered by the quarterback’s recent comments about religion.
Rodgers sat down with his girlfriend Danica Patrick for an interview on her “Pretty Intense” podcast. A video clip of Rodgers talking about his views on religion was posted to Patrick’s YouTube account on December 27.
In the interview, Rodgers talks about how religion was a big part of his life when he was younger and the structure within his community. However, he says he did not find a connection with his Christian upbringing, and that began to become clear when he was high school.
“Rules and regulations and binary systems don’t really resonate with me,” Rodgers said.
The Green Bay Packers quarterback says he didn’t find church very welcoming. He says you could only bring certain people to church and had to dress a certain way. He also said he views religion as a crutch for some.
“Religion can be a crutch. Religion can be something people have to have to make themselves feel better. Because it’s binary, it’s us and them; it’s saved and unsaved; it’s heaven and hell; it’s enlightened and heathen; it’s holy and righteous and sinner; and that makes a lot of people feel better about themselves — ‘I’ve got Jesus and I’m saved,'” Rodgers told Patrick.
Rodgers questioned the existence of God.
“I don’t know how you can believe in a God who wants to condemn most of the planet…to a fiery hell. What type of loving, sensitive, omnipresent, omnipotent being wants to condemn most of his beautiful creation to a fiery hell at the end of all this?”
Rodgers’ thoughts apparently did not sit well with his family.
“They were dismayed,” an insider reportedly told People. “The family is very dedicated to their Christian faith.”
“To them, his comments are basically a slap in the face to the fundamentals of who they are. It’s basically him turning his back on everything they have taught him.”
Rodgers has had a strained relationship with his family over the past six or so years. Going back to 2016, we heard about him having issues with his family. Rodgers’ brother even confirmed the issues two years ago. It would not be a leap to figure that Rodgers’ differing beliefs from his family, including those on religion, have contributed to the strained relationships.