Monthly Archives: September 2018

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?

For a transcript of this podcast, click here.

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?

For a transcript of this podcast, click here.

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.

For a transcript of this podcast, click here.