The Meaning of Messiah

Christians sometimes call Jesus “The Messiah.” But what does the term “messiah” mean? Is the idea of a messiah exclusive to Christianity, or do other religions also have the concept of a messish?

In this podcast, we look at several major world religions to see if any of them have a concept of a messiah. Then we look specifically at the Christian concept of a messiah.

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The Second Coming of Jesus

Things in the world don’t work like they should. The wrong wins, and the right loses. But that’s not how it should be. The right should prevail, and the wrong should fail.

In Christianity, that issue is addressed in the Second Coming of Jesus.

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Fast-Track History of Christianity

Christianity is divided into four major groups: Oriental Orthodox, Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant. These groups are the result of three big splits in Christianity. Each split was the result of the same process: Society changed, and Christianity was reinterpreted to fit the new conditions of society. Each split happened at a turning point in history, when the world was changing in a major way.

The history of Christianity shows us that as society changes, Christianity is always reinterpreted to remain in line with society at that point in time.

What does that tell us about the situation within Christianity today?

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Original Sin

The Doctrine of Original Sin says that what people are at the core of their being is filthy, disgusting sinners. The most basic fact about you is that you are a piece of filth, rotten to the core. You are so rotten that you nauseate God.

Why are you that way? Is it because you choose to sin? No. You are that way because God made you so that you could do nothing but sin. But even though God made you so that you could not help but sin, God still holds you accountable for sin and wants to burn you in hell for it.

That, believe it or not, is the foundation on which Protestant and Roman Catholic beliefs are based. All of Protestant and Roman Catholic Christianity start with that one belief, the belief upon which everything else is based. That’s where both start.

But that leads to a horrible picture of God. It also leads us to have a horrible picture of ourselves, and it leads us to have a horrible picture of others.

Let’s leave all that behind and consider something different!

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The Trinity

The idea of the Trinity prevents Christians from seeing God the way Jesus taught us to see God—as being like the best human fathers. It’s interesting to go back in Christian history and see how and why the idea of the Trinity developed, and what it was originally intended to mean. Ancient Christians were struggling to come up with an understanding of exactly who Jesus was. The idea of the Trinity emerged from that.

Although Western Christianity does not realize this, their view of the Trinity eventually morphed into the belief that there are three separate Gods. But are there really three separate Gods? Does the main God, the Father, want to burn us in hell but can’t because His Son Jesus stands in the way?

This podcast offers you an opportunity to rethink what you’ve heard about the Trinity and also rethink the picture of God the Trinity paints.

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Jesus and Social Problems

Why did Jesus not address the social injustices and inequities of His time? Slavery, the relegation of women to second-class status, cruel and inhumane punishments, just to name a few—all these things were common in Jesus’ day, yet He did not criticize them. Jesus reserved practically all of his criticism for the religious leaders. Why did He ignore the societal injustices and go on a campaign against the religious leaders?

Christians have given various answers to that, none of which are satisfactory. And so we must look at this question in a different light. When we do that, we’ll find something that has implications for how we live our daily lives–the things you do make who you are, and who you are will follow you for all eternity.

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Living in Today’s World

It’s hard not to get disgusted with the political circus going on in Washington, D. C. It’s also hard not to wring your hands over the state of things in the world.

Let’s put all that into perspective. The way we’ll do that is to consider a Christian belief that’s not talked about a lot—Jesus sitting at the right hand of God.

We won’t look at it like most Christian do, as God and God’s assistant sitting on their separate thrones. We’ll look at it in an entirely different way.

If your mind is open enough to consider this, you can have an entirely different perspective on life.

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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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