Chris Pratt, who recently starred in the movie Jurassic World Dominion, told the publication that he believes the criticism he has received over his Christian beliefs stems from his speech at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards.

At the time, after accepting the Generation Award, Pratt delivered a speech urging the audience to follow God.

“God is real. God loves you, God wants the best for you,” he said during the speech. “Believe that; I do,” he added.

Pratt later told Men’s Health that he’s not sure if his statements affected anyone. He went on to say that, although believing in God, he does not consider himself religious.

“Perhaps it was hubris on my part to stand on the stage and utter the things I said. “I’m not sure I touched anyone,” he said. “For a long time, religion has been oppressive as f***.”

“I had no idea I’d become the face of religion when I’m not a religious person,” Pratt concluded.

Pratt went on to say that there is a distinction between organized religion and having a relationship with God, according to Faithwire.

“I believe there is a difference between being religious — following to man-made conventions, frequently taking the awe meant for who I believe is a very real God — and using it to dominate people, take money from people, harm children, steal land, and justify hatred.” “Whatever it is,” Pratt clarified.

“The evil that is in every man’s heart has clung to the back of religion and come along for the ride.”

Pratt also denied attending Hillsong Church, which has been at the heart of controversy for some years due to its stance on same-sex marriage. The 43-year-old revealed that he attends Zoe Church in Los Angeles, California, which is pastored by Chad Veach, and that he had went a Catholic church for the christening of his daughter, Lyla.

During an interview with Men’s Health, Pratt expressed his disappointment with the reaction to an Instagram post he published in November 2021 in which he complemented his wife, Katherine Schwarzenegger.”I told her, ‘Find someone who looks at you the way my wife looks at me.'” ‘But I love you,’ I said after giving her some s*** in the thing. I’m grateful to my wife for giving me a lovely, healthy daughter.’ Then a slew of pieces came out saying, ‘That’s so cringeworthy.’ I can’t believe Chris Pratt would express gratitude to her for a healthy daughter“And I’m like, that is f***** up. My son’s gonna read that one day. He’s nine. And it’s etched in digital stone,” Pratt continued. “It really f****** bothered me, dude. I cried about it. I was like, I hate that these blessings in my life are – to the people close to me – a real burden.”

when his first child was delivered prematurely. “That’s such a dig at his ex-wife,” he remembered.