Life Before Birth

Did some part of you exist before you were born? Most Christians would immediately answer “no.” We are told the Christian belief is that nothing about you existed before you were born.

However, that hasn’t always been the belief in Christianity. A segment of ancient Christianity believed that a part of you has existed since before God made the universe. A segment of ancient Christianity also believed in reincarnation. Those beliefs, though, were snuffed out 1500 years ago by The Church.

In this last segment of our three-part series on the soul, we look at what it really means to say that human beings have a spiritual part to them. We try to come up with some kind of understanding that goes beyond the dogma of institutional Christianity.

In doing so, we find a completely different version of what Christianity is all about, what human beings really are, and what God is like.

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The Soul, Consciousness, and the Nature of Reality

For part of this podcast, we go outside Christianity and consider an idea from cutting-edge science. For all the hoopla surrounding modern science, there are many questions science cannot answer. These are questions about the “why?” in addition to questions about the “how?” They are some of the deepest questions of life, questions people really want answers to. But science doesn’t have those answers. And so, it ignores the questions. As a result, science has brought us no closer to answers to the deepest questions of life than people were two or three thousand years ago.

In this podcast, we consider a theory that does not ignore the deepest questions of life–the theory of Biocentrism. This theory is directly opposite one of the main assumptions of modern science–that life began from the physical, that the physical came first and then life developed from the physical elements. This is one of the unquestioned assumptions on which modern science is based.

Biocentrism, though, says that life was first, and that the physical develops from life. A fascinating concept to explore!

Then, we look at some of the things Jesus said in the Gospels. We find that they fit very well with the idea of Biocentrism.

So what do we do with that?

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The Soul (part one)

This is the first in a two-part series on the soul.

But in the scientific age, and in the age where Christianity is increasingly focused on our lives here on earth, talking about the soul seems so outdated! Why would anyone waste time talking about old-fashioned notions like the soul?

Actually, the soul is the key to understanding what Christianity is really all about, and no, I’m not talking about getting your sins forgiven!

In this podcast, we look at the concept of the soul. What is the soul? Do we really have a soul? What actually is the soul?

We look at life, how science has no definition of what life is and really doesn’t know what life is.

Finally, we come up with an overall definition of what the soul is.

That prepares us for part two of this series on the soul, where we will look at the nature of reality itself and a fascinating intersection of Christianity and cutting-edge science.

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End of Life Decisions

Death is a part of life, and everyone will face it. Many times, when a person’s life is nearing its end, they have to make what are called “end of life decisions.” Do they want feeding tubes, kidney dialysis, ventilators, and other life support measures? If so, which ones? Under what circumstances? At what time do they want life support discontinued, or do they want it continued indefinitely?

And then there are various medical treatments. How do you decide which treatments you want and how far to go with the treatments? If you have cancer, do you want the entire gamut of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, immunotherapy, and experimental treatments? At what point do you stop treatments? Do you have to have treatments at all, or is it OK to reject treatments?

These are questions many people will have to face. Unfortunately, people often don’t consider questions like this beforehand. As a result, they often have to make them on-the-spot, under pressure, during a very emotional time, and without having the time or clarity of mind to really consider them. Or, what’s even worse, perhaps family members have to make those decisions, not knowing what their loved one would want.

No matter what your age and no matter how healthy you are, now is the time to consider end of life issues. This podcast considers end of life issues from a Christian perspective. What is the Christian perspective on life support, rejecting or accepting treatments, and other issues people face as their life draws to a close?

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Why Should I Believe Christianity?

There are many religions in the world other than Christianity. The followers of those religions are just as convinced that their religions are true as the followers of Christianity are convinced that theirs is true.

But even if you’re not interested in religion, there are many different philosophies of life that can substitute for religion. The followers of each of those are also convinced that their particular philosophy of life is true.

Given all that, given this wide range of competing religions and philosophies of life, why should anyone believe Christianity? If it’s just one among many, how can anyone really believe it?

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Where Is God?

You don’t have to accept what churches and organized Christianity say in order to be a Christian! You can break free of all that, go beyond the mess organized Christianity has made of things, and find what Christianity is really all about! Our podcasts help you do just that.

This podcast considers the question, “Where Is God?” The most popular way Christians today think of God is that God is off up in heaven. Some Christians believe God never does anything in the world, is never involved in the world at all. He just sits up in heaven doing nothing here in the world. He might have a feeling of “love” for us, but that’s it. Other Christians, though, believe God controls everything in the world, pulls the strings and controls every single move every person in the world makes. Both of these ideas share a view of God that says God is distant from us, removed from us. Even Christians who believe God pulls all the strings and controls everything believe He does it remotely, from way off up in heaven.

This leads most Christians to see a separation between us and God–we’re here on earth, God’s somewhere else.

That’s how The Church and organized Christianity tell us we’re supposed to look at God.

But of course, we don’t have to do what The Church and organized Christianity say. In this podcast, we look at the question, “Where Is God?”, starting not with what organized Christianity tells us, but starting with what we find in Jesus. When we do that, we find a very different way of looking at God.

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Does God Do Things in the World?

Nothing has caused more trouble for Christianity over the past 300 years or so than science. Science came on the scene and completely shattered the way Christianity looked at everything. Christians were left wondering: Does God really do anything in the world? Is God just the one who set everything up? Those questions even influenced the principles on which this country was founded.

In this podcast, we look at a belief called Deism–the idea that God created everything, set everything up, and then withdrew, having no further contact or interaction with the world. Doesn’t sound like there would be many Christians holding such a belief, but surprisingly enough, that belief is in the background of much of mainline Christianity in the United States. Yet another reason why more and more people are rejecting Christianity today.

Let’s consider an alternative, one that you won’t hear from either mainline Christianity or evangelical Christianity.

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Why Does God Give People Cancer?

Cancer is probably the disease people fear most. Many Christians believe “God has a plan for your cancer” and that God either actively causes some people to get cancer of at least allows them to get it. Many Christians believe that God gives people cancer to punish them.

Those beliefs can be upsetting, especially if you or a loved one has cancer. Why did God bring this on you? Why did He allow it? Why doesn’t He stop it?

In this podcast, we examine the belief that God either causes or allows cancer. We start where Christians should always start–with the things Jesus said and did in the Gospels.

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What Is God Like?

Our picture of God, what we think God is like, comes from what we believe about God.

The picture many Christians have of God is as the Great Rule Maker. God makes the rules and demands that we live by His rules. God marks down every time we break the rules, keeps account of it all, and one day He will use that against us.

Is that really what God is like? In this podcast, we look at that view of God. It is the way most Christians have been taught to think of God. But then we look at a completely different view of God, a view that says God is not the Great Rule Maker but is the One who wants the best for us. In fact, we consider that maybe what God wants most of all, above everything else, is the best for us.

This is a completely different way of looking at God’s commandments, and it paints a completely different picture of God.

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The Need for Rest

A look at the concept of the Sabbath. The Sabbath was originally intended as a day of rest. But then, religions bureaucrats got involved, in both Christianity and Judaism, and made it into something else. Especially during the Protestant Reformation, the concept of the Sabbath was completely changed.

In this podcast, we look at all that, all the changes made to the Sabbath over the years. Then, we consider the importance of the Sabbath as originally conceived. Finally, in doing that, we discover the most important thing in this entire podcast–a completely different way of looking at God’s commandments, one which most people have never thought of.

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