Monthly Archives: August 2018

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.

For a transcript of this podcast, click here.

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.

For a transcript of this podcast, click here.

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.

For a transcript of this podcast, click here.

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.

For a transcript of this podcast, click here.

Pain and Suffering in the Natural World

The natural world is full of horrible things. Animals rip other animals apart and eat them. The same thing happens in the oceans. The same thing happens in the insect world. The natural world is full of pain, horror, suffering, and death.

Did a good God create things this way? If not, why are things this way?

We look at these questions and discover an answer completely different than the answer traditionally given by Christianity.

For a transcript of this podcast, click here.