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What Is Our Purpose in Life?

Our purpose in life can be summarized in one word—success.  We should strive to be successful in our careers, to stand out from the crowd and be above the crowd.  With success comes the rewards of success—the finer things of life that make life worth living, and these are things that only those with money can enjoy.  Success brings financial security, and with financial security comes the ability to enjoy life.  If you’re looking for happiness, you’ll find it in one place only—success.

At least, that’s what we’re told.

And so people strive for success.  Some achieve it; others don’t.  Those who achieve it aren’t happy, and they don’t know why.  Those who don’t achieve it are convinced they’re unhappy because they aren’t successful enough.

We live in a society where achieving success is seen to be our purpose in life, and where success is seen as the path to happiness.  But yet Americans are among the most unhappy people in the world.  Americans say they find no meaning and purpose in life.  That must mean that Americans are among the most unsuccessful people in the world; Americans are total failures at achieving success.  It has to mean that, because if it doesn’t, then we’d have to question the belief that success is the purpose in life and the path to happiness.

And we just can’t do that, can we?

But what if we do?  What if we depart from what everyone’s saying in politics, Christianity, education, and whatever other field you might imagine, and dare to consider that the purpose in life and the path to happiness might lie in a completely different direction?

In this podcast, that’s exactly what we do.  We look at something from the Bible that Christians often either ignore or go to great lengths to try to explain away.  In doing that, we find a novel idea that Christianity hasn’t considered for a long, long time, an idea that, if we dare to, we might be able to consider as our real purpose in life.

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Searching for Happiness in America

Join us as we follow along with an American man for over 20 years as he searches for happiness in life.

Do you see yourself in there somewhere?

This is the third in our four-part series on suicide and unhappiness in the United States.  In the first episode, “Suicide and Christianity,” we looked at the increasing rate of suicide in the United States and Christian attitudes toward suicide.  In the second episode, “Suicide: Why Are Americans so Unhappy?,” we looked at how Americans are some of the most unhappy people in the world.  In this episode, we look at how people deal with unhappiness, at how people try to find happiness.

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Suicide: Why Are Americans So Unhappy?

Why Are Americans so Unhappy?

Various measures of happiness all point to the same thing—Americans are among the most unhappy people in the world, and they are getting even more unhappy.  The unhappiness epidemic affects all sectors of American society.  If affects the religiously devout as well as those who claim no religion.

Why is that so?

This podcast examines various measures of happiness in the United States.  We go behind the survey numbers and take them apart in an attempt to find what people are looking for that is so elusive.  We find we can nail it down to one thing, the one thing that people lack most of all.

That is something Christianity should provide, but yet it doesn’t.

How can we find that which makes for true happiness?  In thinking about that question, we stumble upon what Christianity is really all about.


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Suicide and Christianity

The suicide rate is increasing among all sectors of society in the United States.  Two recent suicides of celebrities have brought the issue of suicide into the limelight.

Suicide is most often seen as a mental health issue.  But is that what it really is?  Is lack of mental health treatment what’s causing the growing suicide problem in the United States?

In this podcast, the first of a two-part series, we look at suicide from a Christian perspective.  First, we look to see what the Bible says about suicide.  Then, we look at suicide from the perspective of self-murder.

We look at what determines whether any certain killing constitutes murder.  We look at how murder can be defined in Christianity, and in conjunction with that, we look at the concept of justified killing in Christianity.  We then consider the reasons so many Americans commit suicide.

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The Role of Fathers in Families

The idea of God as being like a father is unique to Christianity.  No other major religion has that image of God.  It originated with Jesus.  Jesus told people to think of God as being like a father.

The image of God as being like a father should play a major role in Christianity.  Unfortunately it doesn’t because it was obscured, overshadowed, and spoiled by the doctrine of the Trinity.  But, if we’re going to start over with Christianity, we need to recover the idea Jesus introduced of thinking of God as being like a father.

That’s hard to do in today’s world, though, because fathers aren’t seen as being important.

Why is that?

Are fathers truly unimportant?  Are they dispensable, except as a source of child support and an occasional week-end visit?  If not, what is the importance of fathers?  Has replacing fathers with others served the interests of society?

To think about those questions, we go a roundabout way that includes an interesting look at American society over the past 200 years.  Along the way we encounter a possibility you may not have thought about.  But if you’re open to considering it, you may find it explains a lot about the world we live in today.

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Why Do Things Happen the Way They Do?

Are events that happen in the world random occurrences due to chance?

Some Christians would answer, “No, God controls and directs everything.”  Other Christians might not be so fast to blame God for all the world’s problems.

In this podcast, we don’t look at the Bible and Christian beliefs to answer the question if things that happen in the world are the result of random occurrences due to chance.  We go outside the Bible and Christian beliefs entirely and use the scientific method to find an answer.


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Is God Omnipotent?

Many Christians believe that God is omnipotent, that God has the power to do anything He wants to do.  If that’s true, then God could, right now, at this moment, stop all the bad things that happen in the world.

So why doesn’t He?

Why does God allow so much evil, so much heartbreak, and so many bad things to happen in the world, if He has the power to stop it all in an instant?

In this podcast, we examine the idea that God has the power to do anything.  Does the Bible tell us that?  Or is that an idea that people have developed?

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Where Christianity Went Wrong

There is one belief traditional Christianity has that makes it impossible for Christianity to make sense.  This one belief backs Christianity into a corner, for it prevents Christianity from giving satisfactory answers to the deepest questions of life.  This belief also paints a horrible picture of God.

It is the belief that God created everything, absolutely everything.

In this podcast, we examine the belief that God created everything and also look at the insurmountable problems that creates for Christianity.  We then examine that belief and see if it is in fact supported by Christian scripture.  Finally, we look at an alternative to the belief that God created everything, see if it can be supported by Christian scripture, and see if it lets Christianity make more sense.


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What Christianity Is All About

What is the main thing, above everything else, that Christianity tells us?  At the most basic level, what is Christianity concerned with?

Many Christians would say that Christianity is all about getting your sins forgiven.  Other Christians would say that Christianity is all about living your life according to certain selected ethical teachings of Jesus.

In an effort to start over with Christianity, we’ll reject both of those in this episode.  We’ll consider something entirely different.  We’ll look at Christianity as a complete world view, an explanation of “the way things are” and “why things are the way they are.”

This way of looking at Christianity is nothing new; in fact, you could argue it was the way ancient Christianity first looked at things.  However, it does require acceptance of something that Christians today have a lot of trouble accepting.

But what are the results of not accepting it?

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Interpreting the Bible

Christian beliefs are derived from interpreting things in the Bible.  In general, Christian beliefs are not specifically stated in the Bible.  Every Christian belief is an interpretation of something in the Bible.

In this episode, we first look at how the majority of Christians interpret the Bible.  Then we ask if that process is valid.  Then we look at some of the problems involved with interpreting the Bible.  One problem is that Bible interpretation is a subjective process; that is, it is influenced by each person’s own feelings and opinions.  Different people interpret the Bible differently.

Given that, what is the “correct” interpretation of anything in the Bible?  Is there a single “correct” interpretation of anything the Bible says, or are there a variety of different interpretations that may be “correct” for different people?

If there is one “correct” interpretation, how do we know what it is?  Can we ever know?

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