The Bible and Homosexuality

Homosexuality is accepted by an increasing number of people in society, and an increasing number of Christians accept homosexuality.  There is a great divide in American Christianity today over homosexuality.  In this episode, we look at what the Bible says about homosexuality, and then we examine the ways the different factions of Christianity interpret that.

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Christianity and Jerusalem

Do Christians believe God wants modern-day Jews to hold the land of Palestine?  This episode begins by examining how Christianity has traditionally interpreted God’s covenant with Abraham.  Then we see how, in the 1800’s in Britain, a new idea arose that challenged not only that interpretation but also the basic Christian views of Jesus Himself.  Finally, we look at how that idea influenced some very vocal and influential Christian groups in the United States.

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Coptic Orthodox Christianity in Ethiopia

Coptic Christianity, also called Oriental Orthodox Christianity or Monophysite Christianity, is distinguished by the belief that there was only one nature in Jesus.  Western Christianity, however, maintains that there were two separate natures in Jesus.  Why does it matter?  In this episode, we see that each belief leads in a completely different direction.  Also in this episode, we take a look at possible connections between Ethiopia and the Old Testament, including Solomon having a son by the Queen of Ethiopia and the Ethiopian’s assertion that the Ark of the Covenant is in a church in Ethiopia.  Then we look at ancient Christianity in Ethiopia.

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The Only Way to Salvation

Some Christians believe that Jesus is the only way to salvation.  Sometimes it’s used in the “my way or the highway” sense.  In this episode, we look at a different way of looking at “Jesus is the only way to salvation,” one which concentrates on the concept of messiah.  The concept of messiah is found in many different religions, not just Christianity and Judaism, and in all religions, it says basically the same thing.  Understanding the concept of messiah in religion allows us to understand the true meaning of “Jesus is the only way to salvation.”

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Why Christians Are Changing Morality

Virtually all Christians agree that morality is unchanging and universal.  So why are so many Christians today changing their ideas about what’s right and what’s wrong?

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Who Decides Morality?

Who decides whether something is right or wrong?  Is God the Great Rulemaker In The Sky who makes the rules, tells us what He has decided, and them expects us to play the game by those rules?  Or is there something else going on?

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What Does It Mean to Believe?

There is a lot of emphasis in the New Testament on “believe.”  Why is that emphasized so much?  In this episode, we look at an ancient Jewish idea and, from that, consider the possibility the emphasis on believe in the New Testament is trying to tell us that our beliefs create reality.  An interesting idea, if you’re open-minded enough to consider it.

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The Concept of Ages in the Bible

Most Christians assume the creation account in Genesis is a description of the beginning of everything.  But what if it’s just a description of the beginning of this age?  The concept of ages is found throughout the Bible but is obscured by English translation.  In this episode, we examine some of the hundreds of times the concept of ages is found in the Bible, in both the Old and New Testaments, and consider a totally different interpretation of Genesis chapter 1 and a new perspective on Christianity.

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Dreams in Christianity

In the Bible, dreams are a way God communicates with individuals, and dreams are also used to predict the future.  In this episode, we’ll look at the importance of dreams in both the Old and New Testaments as well as the importance of dreams in early Christianity, and then we’ll talk about how and why dreams became unimportant in Christianity.

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Christian Meditation

Meditation is not a widely-accepted practice in Christianity.  In this episode, we examine the reasons for that and offer a suggestion for the practice of Christian Meditation.

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