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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?

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Unhappy With Yourself

Many people are unhappy with themselves.  They look themselves in the mirror in the mornings, and they don’t like what they see.  I’m not talking about physical appearance.  It ‘s that they don’t like the person looking back at them.

That is one of the main reasons for the epidemic of unhappiness in the United States today.  People don’t like the kind of person they are.

In this podcast, we examine the reasons for that.


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Roadblocks to Belief

More and more Americans are rejecting Christianity.  They are deciding Christianity is not for them, and they’re leaving.  It’s not just that they’re leaving church.  They’re leaving Christianity.

Why is that so?

There are three main roadblocks to belief that are causing more and more Americans to reject Christianity.  Two of those come from Christianity itself; the other comes from society.

In this podcast, we examine those three roadblocks to belief.  They are:  the belief that God is absolutely powerful and is the ruler of all, the belief that God created everything, and what I like to call the “scientificazation” of society.  Those are the main reasons people today reject Christianity.

How are those roadblocks to belief, and, most importantly, what do we say in the face of those?

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