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August 31, 2020

Ep.1141: Does Christianity Preach the Gospel?

Critically examining the basic principles of what the gospel teaches

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CHAPTERS

[00:13:33]
There are so many kinds of Christians. Can we agree on what the gospel teaches?


[00:36:52]
What is our role in the gospel message?


[00:49:39]
Was the gospel message described in the Old Testament?


Theme Scripture: Romans 10:15

Every Christian group proclaims what they believe to be the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as we all claim to follow his leading and his life. The problem arises when we compare our doctrine, principles and life objectives with one another. Simply stated, it all just does not line up. There are SO many variations of Christianity; it is safe to say that we can find disagreement on just about any aspect of what Christianity is. The age-old question is, who's right? How do I know that the view of Christianity I adhere to is sound? How do I know that what I stand for is truly a God-honoring belief system? The only way we can think to answer these questions is to look at Christianity solely based on Scripture. Let’s put aside tradition and try to eliminate our bias and see how God’s word describes the Gospel of Jesus!

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The gospel did not start with Jesus

While there is no question about his central role in it, the good news was put in place when sin entered. In proclaiming consequences for sin, God in a veiled way told Satan that the seed of the woman would destroy him. The New Testament book of Hebrews tells us that Jesus will do exactly that. The point is that God proclaimed the remedy for sin before Adam and Eve had a family. Because Adam sinned willfully and Jesus died for him, we can see that the unborn family of the sinful Adam was already under the blood of Jesus. There are MANY Scriptures supporting this concept. All of humanity will have a legitimate opportunity for life!

Traditions

Throughout the history of Christianity, traditions have grown. In many cases, they have replaced the core values of the original message. Facing this debacle presents two challenges.  First, we need to be courageous enough to willingly and thoroughly examine the original gospel. The Scriptures must be allowed to stand on their own message. Second, we need to be willing to let go of any teaching or tradition that according to Scripture we conclude is false. This is hard in light of Christianity’s long denominational history of belief systems.  Why would we even question their adherence to the gospel?

The most direct answer to this comes from the New Testament itself. Jesus, Paul and Peter, Jude and John all warned about the message being corrupted over time. They warned us to be diligent in our adherence to truth. Check out our August 31, 2020 podcast, “Does Christianity Preach the Gospel?” for more.  We examined and challenged several common Christian teachings in light of the Bible. Then we looked at things like speaking in tongues, healing and financial support.  Analyzing the way these things were exercised in the early church, we compared their use today. We also looked at the teachings of hell and prosperity, seeking the New Testament for clarity. Do you have the courage to examine such things? This journey is not for the faint of heart!

 

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February 01, 2021

Ep.1163: Has the Bible Been Mistranslated and Misunderstood? (Part V)

Uncovering the true meaning of love, God and the coming of Christ

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[00:17:46]
What translation issue about God and His name can help us understand Him better?


[00:31:31]
What is God's name and should we be using it?


[00:44:53]
What mistranslation hides the truth about the second coming of Christ?


Theme Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:16

“Words mean things” is a simple and powerful truism that certainly applies to our study of God’s word. In our mistranslation podcast series, we have endeavored to establish how much a text of Scripture can be changed by the mistranslation or misunderstanding of a single word. Every word of inspired Scripture can and should be scrutinized for its meaning. Mistranslations occur sometimes by accident, sometimes because of preconceived belief and sometimes to deliberately deceive. Confusion is the foundation of deception. Satan likes nothing better than planting seeds of error and seeing them called truth. But by God’s grace, we are blessed with all the needed tools to examine and clarify nearly all questions of mistranslation and misunderstanding. Of course, the holy spirit works with us in our continual search for the truth.

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Love, love, love

You would think that something as straightforward as the English word “love” in the Bible would not raise any mistranslation alarms. Sadly, this is not the case. It turns out that our one English word “love” is translated from several Greek words with very different meanings. These different Greek words can mean anything from a benevolent selfless love, to the fraternal affection of team members, to the love of a family. What kind of love does God have for Jesus or for the world of humanity? How about the kind of love Jesus had for those closest to him, or for us? What kind of love are we supposed to have for whom? All these questions can be easily answered when we look at the original words and their meanings. Knowing the answers to these questions dramatically changes our understanding of our Christian calling.

How about the word used for “God” in the Bible? Here again, you would think it would be easy and that the word god would mean “God in heaven,” and that would be it. Nothing is further from the truth. This word has many scriptural applications, some of which are surprising. As we begin to uncover its varied usage, our understanding of the descriptions of God can become more well-rounded. We begin to see how the Bible uses some concepts of royalty that were familiar to the people of the time to describe God himself.

God's name

This brings us to the name that God has given us by which to address Him. Even though this name appears over 6,000 times in the Bible, many translations hardly ever translate it! Why? What is there about God’s name that keeps it hidden?

Jesus' return

Check out our February 1, 2021 podcast, “Has the Bible been Mistranslated and Misunderstood? (Part V) for more. We clearly address these several questions regarding scriptural accuracy and meaning. We also delve into another mistranslation issue that changes everything about the major prophecy of Jesus’ return. What if the Christian world's current anticipation of Jesus’ return was based on a key mistranslation? Based on the original meaning of specific Greek words, what should our expectations of his return look like? Join us to find some unexpected answers!  If you missed the previous parts of this series, start with Part I to begin your study...

 

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August 31, 2020

Ep.1141: Does Christianity Preach the Gospel?

Critically examining the basic principles of what the gospel teaches

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Continue Reading

The gospel did not start with Jesus

While there is no question about his central role in it, the good news was put in place when sin entered. In proclaiming consequences for sin, God in a veiled way told Satan that the seed of the woman would destroy him. The New Testament book of Hebrews tells us that Jesus will do exactly that. The point is that God proclaimed the remedy for sin before Adam and Eve had a family. Because Adam sinned willfully and Jesus died for him, we can see that the unborn family of the sinful Adam was already under the blood of Jesus. There are MANY Scriptures supporting this concept. All of humanity will have a legitimate opportunity for life!

Traditions

Throughout the history of Christianity, traditions have grown. In many cases, they have replaced the core values of the original message. Facing this debacle presents two challenges.  First, we need to be courageous enough to willingly and thoroughly examine the original gospel. The Scriptures must be allowed to stand on their own message. Second, we need to be willing to let go of any teaching or tradition that according to Scripture we conclude is false. This is hard in light of Christianity’s long denominational history of belief systems.  Why would we even question their adherence to the gospel?

The most direct answer to this comes from the New Testament itself. Jesus, Paul and Peter, Jude and John all warned about the message being corrupted over time. They warned us to be diligent in our adherence to truth. Check out our August 31, 2020 podcast, “Does Christianity Preach the Gospel?” for more.  We examined and challenged several common Christian teachings in light of the Bible. Then we looked at things like speaking in tongues, healing and financial support.  Analyzing the way these things were exercised in the early church, we compared their use today. We also looked at the teachings of hell and prosperity, seeking the New Testament for clarity. Do you have the courage to examine such things? This journey is not for the faint of heart!

 

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Ep.1137: Is Faith Built On Reason or Is Reason Built On Faith?

Explaining how biblical faith and reason must work together

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Where does prophecy fit in to our faith?


Theme Scripture: Jude 1:3

Religious faith is widely accepted as contrary to reason.  It is assumed to be built upon mystical and even fantastical thinking.  It is thought that religious faith, when put to a test of reasoned criticism, would fail miserably. This conclusion may be true regarding many different religious systems in our world.  We can’t speak for any faith except Christianity and Judaism as taught in the Bible.  Regarding biblical faith, it is our firm stance that it will not only stand up to a reason test but is entirely dependent upon reason to exist. These conclusions are exactly opposite from what is generally accepted as true.  To support them we will begin a reasoned look at what biblical faith is, how it is meant to work and why it brings value to life.

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Mark Twain once said, “Faith is believing what you know ain’t so.”  For many, this statement sums up their perception of Christian faith.  It is basically saying, we understand that religion requires belief in what we all, deep down know is simply not real.  While this may be a widespread and popular perspective, it is also very flawed and unfortunate.  What people who are opposed to living a life of faith assume is not at all what the Bible describes as a faith-based life.

The problems begin with the definition of faith

A common English language definition of "faith" is believing in something without proof.  Contrarily, the Bible defines faith as to believe something because you have sufficient proof.  It is not fanciful, wishful or emotional; rather, it is a sound conclusion based on the weighing out of evidence.  It’s no wonder there is such a gap between the opposing sides of this argument.  We are talking about two completely different things!

Enter the concept of reason which includes duly weighing the facts and evidence of a matter. Those who see living by faith as foolishness conclude reason is in direct opposition to that lifestyle.  They see the engagement of logical fact-based analysis as a surefire way to rightfully destroy any perceived credibility of faith.  On the other hand, those who see faith as a basis for their daily life see reason as an integral part of the formula.  They see facts, logic and thoughtful conclusions as necessary ingredients to their faith structure.  Can both sides be true?

Check out our August 3, 2020 podcast, “Is Faith Built on Reason or is Reason Built on Faith?” for more.  Let's put faith and reason in perspective from a Christian perspective.  We examine how reason is traced through biblical commentary on things like the order and complexity of the universe.  Next, we look at the intricacy of the planet Earth and that of our physical being, documenting what the Bible reasons on these things.  Faith and reason need each other.  The Bible is specific as to how they work together in a Christian’s life.  Bible truth is built on reason and faith is built on Bible truth!

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October 08, 2018

VIDEO: How Does Faith Actually Work?

Faith brings life-changing trust. Faith is also a gift. There are three basic phases to Christian faith – what are they and how do they work? Watch this short vlog and then listen to the podcast of the same name.

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October 08, 2018

Ep.1042: How Does Faith Actually Work?

Defining, applying and tracking the growth of true Christian faith

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How does faith get started?


[00:35:40]
How do we really give faith a home?


[00:53:42]
What is the third phase of faith?


[01:11:56]
What does faith do for us?


Theme Scripture: James 2:20

Faith is awe-inspiring in its transformative power, reassuring in its calming ability and  provides powerful contentment as we apply it daily.  Faith is also one of the most misunderstood, misrepresented and maligned aspects in all Christianity.  It is too easily confused with ignorant hope, and as a result, is easily dismissed by its detractors as a little fantasy in the limited minds of those who are believers.  What is faith – really?  How does it work?  Is Christian faith the same as having trust in other people?  Does it equate to the kind of trust you would have in a doctor or an attorney to act in your best interest?  Are we given Christian faith as a gift or is it something that we have to develop?

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To see how it actually works, it is important to pause and consider what faith is not.  It is not gullibility.  It is not wishful thinking. It is not emotional euphoria, and it is not magically planted into one’s heart and mind.  These four things are what so many believe it to be, and they could not be further from the truth.  On the contrary, faith IS belief based on evidence - not wishful thinking - but evidence.  It does spur one on to hope based on that belief and is grounded on understanding and reason rather than emotion.  Faith brings trust, and trust changes lives.  There are Scriptures that tell us faith is a gift.  This seems to imply that you don’t have to do anything except receive this gift and let your life be transformed.  If only it was that easy!

There are three basic phases to its development.  The first phase is being acquainted, and this is where the gift comes into play.  Someone gives us the gift of introducing us to “the faith.” Our eyes can now be open to understanding the basics of the gospel.  This gift brings us to a place of thinking and questions, and it encourages us to pursue the answers.  This phase can be exciting, if acted upon, as the newness and broad message of love the gospel carries begins to be revealed. Here we have an opportunity to decide whether we are "pleased to make faith’s acquaintance" or would rather just move on in life without it.

There is a problem with faith.  It will not flourish unless it is provoked to grow beyond the acquaintance stage.  Unfortunately, many people who make faith's acquaintance end up living their Christian lives content to have been introduced and take it no further.  In this condition, faith more and more relies upon feelings to keep it relevant, and that is a formula for failure.  Check out our October 8, 2018 podcast, “How Does Faith Actually Work?”  As we mentioned earlier, there are three phases through which faith must grow for it to be the life-changing attribute it is capable of becoming.  Knowing these three phases can help us find the keys to living - truly living - our faith!

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September 01, 2018

VIDEO: How Do We Know God Exists When We Can’t See Him?

TRANSCRIPT:  How do we know God exists when we can’t see Him?
God is a spirit being, which means, like all spirit beings, He’s invisible.  However, we don’t need to see Him to know He’s there. We can’t see the wind, but we CAN see what the wind can do – we can see the wind blowing through the trees, and the wind affecting ripples on the water, too!  We are seeing the EFFECTS of the wind, but not the wind itself. We also can’t see electricity, but we know it’s there when we turn on the lights. It’s the same with our Heavenly Father. We know He’s there because we can see ALL of the amazing things He created. He made people, animals, trees, stars, and He even created something as intricate and unique a snowflake! You name it, He made it! We can also see and feel God in OUR lives by feeling his influence in our experiences, seeing how He guides our paths and seeing how He touches our hearts. All of these clues prove that God is real and He exists. Another big, important clue we use is the Bible. God gave us the Bible where He speaks to us and teaches about Himself and what He expects of us. The Bible tells us to treat others with love. God has also given us an idea of what will happen in the future through prophecies written in the Bible. We know God exists because we see God working in our lives and  prophecies in the Bible have come true. Even though we can’t see Him with our eyes, it’s pretty clear He exists. We are all so blessed to be able to know Him!

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August 06, 2018

VIDEO: How Do I Relight the Fire of My Christian Faith?

Sometimes we go along with everything running full steam ahead and we feel very close to the Lord. Other times, life gets in the way and our Christian world seems distant and less important. How do we get that zeal back? Watch this short vlog and then listen to the podcast of the same name to get that OOMPH back in your life!

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January 24, 2016

Ep.902 : So, Where Do I Start?

Basic focus points for a new Christian life

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You answer the invitation for a new life - what does that mean?


[00:31:50]
Inspiration is great - but what do I do with it?


[01:02:38]
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[01:19:28]
Are there things we should focus on NOT doing?


Theme Scripture: James 4:8

Time passes and that original drive and inspiration begin to fade.  It is kind of like the new toy you get for Christmas – after you use it for awhile, it ends up being just another toy to be tossed around.  But wait a minute!  This is your life we are talking about and NOT some toy!  How do you center yourself?  How do you keep that true Christian fire burning every day, every week and every year?

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We asked many of our own Christian Questions volunteers to give one important piece of advice for a new Christian.  What we got back was a series of comments and advice that can be truly game-changing.

The advice began with understanding that being a Christian is an invitation from God to you.  Now, when you receive a special invitation, what attitude do you take?  Do you treat it with complacency or do you feel special and honored?  The advice further focused on understanding the role that inspiration plays and the importance of finding what truly inspires YOU as an individual.  Another piece of advice focused on the importance of taking baby steps and how to make those steps really progress productively.  Still other pieces gave insight on learning, TV and socializing.  And there was so much more…

Check out “So, Where Do I Start?” our Christian Questions broadcast from January 24th, 2016, to gain insight into solid and practical ways to actually engage in the rewarding work of self-transformation, one day at a time!

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