Dave Mustaine: 'I Don't Believe in Religion, I Have a Personal Relationship With God'

"I don't push my faith on anybody - it's private," says Megadeth frontman.

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Megadeth mastermind Dave Mustaine recently touched on the subject of his faith, saying he doesn't in fact believe in religion. The singer/guitarist also stressed it's a private matter he doesn't want to push on anyone.

"I don't think that my faith has anything to do with my lyrics," he told Nashville Scene. "I try and keep religion out of it. Frankly, for me, I don't believe in religion. I have a personal relationship with God and with Christ, and that's it. I don't push that on anybody; it's private. I kind of leave it there. Dave [Ellefson]'s real open about it.

Bassist Dave Ellefson then commented that Mustaine's childhood was very different and more turbulent than his. "I do know that there's a proverb that says if you raise your children in the instruction of the Lord, if they stray, they will return," the bassist explained.

During the rest of the chat, the frontman also discussed politics, pointing out that he considers all politicians as "the same monsters."

"You've got all these politicians saying that they're your friends, and they're not," Dave said while explaining "Dance in the Rain" track off "Super Colider." "Republican, Democrat, whoever they are, they're all the same monsters, and they don't care about us. When they passed that bill exempting them off of Obamacare, that was the cherry on top of the cupcake for me. All I have to say is, 'I told you so.'"

As the fourteenth Megadeth studio effort, "Super Collider" saw its release on June 4 through Tradecraft.

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    connorp_remed
    "What do you mean I don't believe in God? I talk to him everyday" - Dave Mustaine
    Minicaxotinho
    I always thought that he said "What do you mean I don't support your sister ..." instead of "system", until I read the lyrics
    Metal_Rich
    Chuckled. Rust In Peace... Polaris always sounds like "pillow" instead of "payload".
    SOAD94
    My favorite part of the week is when UG post an article about Dave.
    codyjt5150
    My favorite part of the week is when the comments b!tch about Dave. There is nothing wrong with Dave. He's a guitar legend.
    ripper992
    This. The whole thing's gone too far a while ago. He said a few crazier things, but the fad of of bashing him online made it look like he's a psychopath
    rokkit
    He says this, yet he refused to play at a festival once until the band Rotting Christ was taken off the schedule and not allowed to play.
    ripper992
    He said he doesn't push it on anyone, not that he won't oppose someone who's against it or promoting satanism
    JackovSlayer
    yeah, that's stupid.
    rcanders
    its not stupid...some lines are meant to be drawn...we all stand for something...he gave the promoters the choice for him to drop or the other...
    CharlesDickens
    Yes we know Dave, good for you.
    guitarist5477
    Someone asked him, and he answered...
    Dannym95
    "What shall we post an article about?" "A band we usually ignore - A band we usually igdore A band we usually igDave A band we Dave igmore A band we Dave igMorestaine A band we Dave igMustaine A dave we Mustaine A Dave Mustaine Dave Mustaine!"
    slash&angus
    Is there some logic behind changing letters? I can't find it
    Dannym95
    My comment represents how their mind shifts quickly from posting about something new to posting about Dave Mustaine.
    Reevo
    So someone said on another post recently "Better than the articles about Dave" Guess who was brought back for you
    AngryChad
    The word "Christ" is a reference to a specific religion.
    Flying Afros
    True, he is a Christian, but I think he meant he doesn't focus on one denomination over another, i.e. Methodist or Baptist, Catholic, etc. He probably doesn't go to some church every Sunday where they shove their own agenda down your throat. But I get what you're saying.
    guitarist5477
    I'm about the same way. I'm technically a Catholic by family, but I don't really think you need to go to church or kept to one denomination. A personal relationship is a more humble way to go about it, plus the church likes to make people think they need to go and throw them their money.
    dooncan
    People can have their own opinions on god and religion and whatnot, but I will never believe anyone who says they have ever "spoken" to god.
    fanA7X6661
    Can we stop with the Mustaine and Nugent posts about religion? I don't care what they believe as long as their music is good, I mean, they are musicians and not politicians.
    iommi600
    "pointing out that he considers all politicians as 'the same monsters.'" Glad to see that he's leaving McCarthyism behind and just falling into common sense... now all you gotta do is crack some books open, Dave.
    Senor_Homme
    The guy (or his label or his manager) sure is throwing a lot of money away to have 1-2 news per week.. I surely hope it helps, because if Dave had to count only on his latest releases he'd have to pray way ****in' more to get to the end of the month
    guitarist5477
    I think if he quit now he'd be financially fine.
    Senor_Homme
    True that, but only because he's lucky that metalheads turned out to be a more-than-loyal fan base than others.. I wouldn't keep buying albums/tickets for a band that lately has been that average
    !..!_Rock_!..!
    I saw Megadeth less than 2 weeks ago. They still have the same greatness. True, their recent songs aren't that awesome but their show is still amazing. Besides, no band puts out music with the same consistency they do in their peak. No one. Only one I think that still is just as good as their peak is Slayer.
    Eissari
    Believe in what ever you want Dave but we want more quality thrash alright?
    Eirien
    I have no doubt Dave speaks to god every day. It's rude to ignore your imaginary friends.
    We.Will.Remain
    That is so over used. If you decide to try and be offensive at least be somewhat clever about it.
    GMPX
    "I try and keep religion out of it" Yet he refuses to play some of his best songs like 'Black Friday', 'The Conjuring' because it's against what he believes in now.
    ripper992
    He keeps his religion out of his lyrics, so keeping satanic songs away from setlists actually makes sense, kinda. But yeah, it'd be awesome to have those back live
    eljono123
    What was the point of this article being posted on UG, besides to stir up flames and trolls?
    fjuricin
    He's going to need god when the metallica album stomps super collider.
    guitarist5477
    Its kinda gonna be a little after the fact, they'll probably have another album out in the vacinity of Metallica's next album.
    dudokrs_tdh
    Matthew 5:14-16 New International Version (NIV) 14 You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
    ironman316
    You can do that without forcing it on someone. If they don't want to hear it, don't talk to them about it. Simple as that.
    Shuei5
    He should just write a book like all other middle-aged rockstars. Why do we have to get a bit of his autobiography everyday? Write a book, people who care can buy it.
    BlackDeath92
    He has written a book. It's titled "Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir" in case you were interested.
    Shuei5
    He should write a book solely on his political and religious views, as it's those filling UG's articles, not his music. And nah, I don't like him or his music to be quite honest... He's allowed his opinion, I just think there's too much on him and his political views on UG.
    The_Dayman
    Not sure why this is downvoted lol. A book of Mustaine simply spouting off about his political gripes and religious views might not be awful. It would get some anger out, that's for sure. Maybe he wouldn't talk about it so frequently.
    iommi600
    "MURIKA: A Political Essay by Dave Mustaine" Chapter 1: Beware of Obama Chapter 2: Why Obama is a communist Chapter 3: Obamacare = communism Chapter 4: A man born in Kenya is running MURIKA Chapter 5: Ron Paul 2016/Thanks for Reading/Buy "Supercollider" I beg you
    Flying Afros
    His book is a pretty cool and quick read too. Lots of stories about managers on crack, stabbing people over sandwiches...
    ripper992
    Stabbing people over sandwiches lolwut?
    Flying Afros
    Yes. If I remember correctly, it was a between the Peace Sells and SFSGSW? period. I think he said that manager disappeared one day and never returned. If you enjoy Dave Mustaine antics, I definitely recommend his book. It's ridiculous.
    Megadeth2011
    Why do we hear about him so much? Because you're on UG, who post news about Dave constantly for some reason. If you don't like it, visit other sites.
    Northernmight
    Yea man! I like.. totally don't belive in religion man! Just the Christian God, whom i have a personal relationship with, and all the dogma attached! And of course i support every dimwit agenda the church comes up with! Yir, **** religion! This man, seriously. I am surprised he can figure out how to operate a doorknob. If UG does NOT just twist all his statement for comedic purposes, Mustaine has to be a solid nominee for the dumbest man on earth.
    BigMikeBDD
    Yeah, because the self proclaimed Satan worshiper is someone with brains! Moron.
    Metallilmeister
    Most "satan" worshipers don't actually believe in that stupid shit. They are only mocking the idiots who believe in god and satan. It is ****in stupid.
    postmortem2006
    Dave Mustaine being a hypocrite? Well I say, I am well and truly aghast. Almost as shocked as I am to see UG posting a Dave Mustaine article.
    ripper992
    He's not a hypocrite
    Abacus11
    Yes, yes he is. I've been a Megadeth fan for almost 25 years and I LOVE Dave's guitar playing but he absolutely IS a hypocrite. People grow and change and change their minds so in a way we're all hypocrites. That's why I'd rather listen to him play. As long as people are interested (the numbers are dwindling) he'll talk and talk and talk.
    eljono123
    every human on earth is a hypocrite. let whoever is without sin throw the first rock.
    ripper992
    True. Everyone at least once said something that made them a hypocrite, it's just that their words weren't quoted on a daily basis on music websites. Dave's got a few strange beliefs, but gets flamed way, way too much
    ewolf5150
    love megadeth but its really hard to like dave sometimes. doesn't he realize everyone thinks he is a nutjob but won't say it to his face? is this what happens when you get famous and you think you can say anything and the ppl will love it
    lets_get_rocked
    Buuullshit buddy, the only thing to come out of this guy, barring the shitty albums since The System Has Failed, is about he is born again...