Monthly Archives: June 2018

Suicide: Why Are Americans So Unhappy?

Why Are Americans so Unhappy?

Various measures of happiness all point to the same thing—Americans are among the most unhappy people in the world, and they are getting even more unhappy.  The unhappiness epidemic affects all sectors of American society.  If affects the religiously devout as well as those who claim no religion.

Why is that so?

This podcast examines various measures of happiness in the United States.  We go behind the survey numbers and take them apart in an attempt to find what people are looking for that is so elusive.  We find we can nail it down to one thing, the one thing that people lack most of all.

That is something Christianity should provide, but yet it doesn’t.

How can we find that which makes for true happiness?  In thinking about that question, we stumble upon what Christianity is really all about.

 

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Suicide and Christianity

The suicide rate is increasing among all sectors of society in the United States.  Two recent suicides of celebrities have brought the issue of suicide into the limelight.

Suicide is most often seen as a mental health issue.  But is that what it really is?  Is lack of mental health treatment what’s causing the growing suicide problem in the United States?

In this podcast, the first of a two-part series, we look at suicide from a Christian perspective.  First, we look to see what the Bible says about suicide.  Then, we look at suicide from the perspective of self-murder.

We look at what determines whether any certain killing constitutes murder.  We look at how murder can be defined in Christianity, and in conjunction with that, we look at the concept of justified killing in Christianity.  We then consider the reasons so many Americans commit suicide.

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The Role of Fathers in Families

The idea of God as being like a father is unique to Christianity.  No other major religion has that image of God.  It originated with Jesus.  Jesus told people to think of God as being like a father.

The image of God as being like a father should play a major role in Christianity.  Unfortunately it doesn’t because it was obscured, overshadowed, and spoiled by the doctrine of the Trinity.  But, if we’re going to start over with Christianity, we need to recover the idea Jesus introduced of thinking of God as being like a father.

That’s hard to do in today’s world, though, because fathers aren’t seen as being important.

Why is that?

Are fathers truly unimportant?  Are they dispensable, except as a source of child support and an occasional week-end visit?  If not, what is the importance of fathers?  Has replacing fathers with others served the interests of society?

To think about those questions, we go a roundabout way that includes an interesting look at American society over the past 200 years.  Along the way we encounter a possibility you may not have thought about.  But if you’re open to considering it, you may find it explains a lot about the world we live in today.

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Why Do Things Happen the Way They Do?

Are events that happen in the world random occurrences due to chance?

Some Christians would answer, “No, God controls and directs everything.”  Other Christians might not be so fast to blame God for all the world’s problems.

In this podcast, we don’t look at the Bible and Christian beliefs to answer the question if things that happen in the world are the result of random occurrences due to chance.  We go outside the Bible and Christian beliefs entirely and use the scientific method to find an answer.

 

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Is God Omnipotent?

Many Christians believe that God is omnipotent, that God has the power to do anything He wants to do.  If that’s true, then God could, right now, at this moment, stop all the bad things that happen in the world.

So why doesn’t He?

Why does God allow so much evil, so much heartbreak, and so many bad things to happen in the world, if He has the power to stop it all in an instant?

In this podcast, we examine the idea that God has the power to do anything.  Does the Bible tell us that?  Or is that an idea that people have developed?

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