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f God is real and Christianity is true, then they should conform to objective logic and reason. That is the premise of the Faith By Reason blog, which has been systematically examining Christian Philosophy since 2010. The Faith By Reason podcast is an extension of the blog, providing additional exposition and analysis (as well as my snide sense of humor). Nothing is taken for granted, no topic is too "sacred" to examine, and no question is off limits. Get ready for an adventure! www.faithbyreason.net

f God is real and Christianity is true, then they should conform to objective logic and reason. That is the premise of the Faith By Reason blog, which has been systematically examining Christian Philosophy since 2010. The Faith By Reason podcast is an extension of the blog, providing additional exposition and analysis (as well as my snide sense of humor). Nothing is taken for granted, no topic is too "sacred" to examine, and no question is off limits. Get ready for an adventure! www.faithbyreason.net
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f God is real and Christianity is true, then they should conform to objective logic and reason. That is the premise of the Faith By Reason blog, which has been systematically examining Christian Philosophy since 2010. The Faith By Reason podcast is an extension of the blog, providing additional exposition and analysis (as well as my snide sense of humor). Nothing is taken for granted, no topic is too "sacred" to examine, and no question is off limits. Get ready for an adventure! www.faithbyreason.net

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Are All Religions the Same? The Origin of Organized Religion: FBR Podcast #39

4/5/2018
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Are all religions the same? Many people think so. And it's almost understandable when you look at the fact that most religions share the same themes of "god(s)", creation narratives, the fall and redemption of man, supernatural intervention, and apocalyptic judgment. Some of them even feature a "virgin birth", and the death of a "god" in order to save mankind. Furthermore, many of these various religious texts predate the Bible by hundreds of years. So is the Bible just a collection of...

Duration:00:38:08

The Tower of Babel and the Gateway to God – FBR Podcast #38

3/29/2018
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The Tower of Babel was not built because the post-Flood generation thought that God "lived in the sky" and if they make a structure tall enough, they could reach Him. Granted, that idea is the orthodox viewpoint, but if you have the supernatural worldview that we talked about during the last podcast, you understand that there is much more going on here. Bab-El literally means "gateway to God". And that is exactly what the people of this dispensation were actually trying to do - build a...

Duration:00:39:04

The Supernatural Worldview: The Key to Understanding Scripture – FBR Podcast #37

3/21/2018
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Having a Supernatural Worldview is vital to understanding many of the more challenging and difficult passages in the Bible. If you do not embrace a supernatural worldview, you will miss out on much of the richness of the scriptures and you will never fully understand the Bible. The supernatural worldview is: 1. The understanding that there exists an unseen spiritual world alongside our own, inhabited by intelligent and powerful entities (God and Angels) who interact with our physical...

Duration:00:38:43

The Sons of God in Genesis 6: Fallen Angels or “Holy” Skirt Chasers? – FBR Podcast #36

2/27/2018
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The Sons of God in Genesis 6 were NOT the "sons of Seth". They weren’t even human! They were fallen angels who had intercourse with women to produce strange hybrids called Nephilim Giants. This view is HIGHLY controversial, but it is Biblically and logically accurate. And while the “sons of Seth” theory is accepted Christian orthodoxy, it is illogical, unbiblical, and downright silly. It also turns God into an unjust genocidal maniac for killing 99.9999% of humanity with the Great Flood...

Duration:00:47:27

Fear and Faith Preachers. The Dark Side of Faith – FBR Podcast #35

2/21/2018
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Fear and Faith are opposites, in that one hopes for good, while the other expects evil. In this podcast, we will explore the dark side of faith, include so-called "Word faith" preachers who corrupt biblical faith to enrich themselves and mislead God's people (and why I think they are the most committed atheists on earth). God commands us not to fear anything except Him. Fear, like faith, can be rational or irrational. Rational fear is healthy, but irrational fear leads to destruction. The...

Duration:00:47:44

Why is Faith Important to God? Can you Have Faith if You Never Heard of God? FBR Podcast #34

2/14/2018
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Why is faith important to God? The Bible says that without faith it is impossible to please God. Which means that WITH faith, it IS possible to please Him. But why does God desire our faith? Why does faith please Him? Also, if faith is a requirement of salvation, what about people in parts of the world that have never had a chance to hear about Jesus? Is it fair for God to condemn people to Hell if they never had a chance to hear the orthodox Gospel message? We'll address those topics on...

Duration:00:28:06

Faith in God – Illogical or Reasonable? FBR Podcast #33

1/22/2018
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Faith in God - Is it an irrational belief it something you can't see? Or are there instances where faith is logical and reasonable? Which kind of Faith does God expect from us? The truth is that we ALL live by faith whether you are Christian, religious, or atheist. No one has knowledge of EVERYTHING, therefore some measure of faith is required no matter what your worldview. Logical faith is based on knowledge and experience, while illogical faith is believing something in the ABSENCE of...

Duration:00:32:28

The Reality of The Flood and the Pre-Flood World – FBR Podcast #32

1/11/2018
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Did the Great Flood of Genesis 6 really happen? If so, was it world-wide or regional? And do we have any evidence? Also, what might the earth have been like before such a cataclysmic event? I discuss these questions on this week's podcast Related links: A Flood of Knowledge (blog post) Evidence for a world-wide flood The Antediluvian atmosphere Next Podcast: Is Faith in God Reasonable or Irrational?

Duration:00:43:59

Noah, The Flood, and the End of Knowledge: FBR Podcast #31

12/21/2017
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Noah and the Great Flood. Why did God flood the earth? Where Did Cain get his wife? Is the “Mark of Cain” racial? Why did pre-Flood people live so long? Is the Gospel Message hidden in Genesis chapter 5? Why did Noah and family escape judgment? What kept pre-Flood people from having faith. All these questions are answered in this week’s podcast! Related links A Flood of Knowledge (blog post) The Gospel in Genesis 5 Next podcast: A Deep Dive into the Flood (pun slightly intended)

Duration:00:30:16

Longing for Eden: the Key to All our Desires – FBR Podcast #30

11/28/2017
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Longing for Eden is at the core of all of our desires. In Eden, mankind had perfect government, perfect fellowship, and perfect provision. Humanity was made for the perfection of Eden and nothing short of that perfection will ever satisfy us. But since we are subject to the pride of our fallen state, all of us, religious AND atheist, seek to recreate that perfection WITHOUT God. Our efforts and failure to do so is the story of our tragic human history. Only by turning to God can we truly...

Duration:00:35:06

Forbidden Fruit: Death and Hope – FBR podcast #29

11/3/2017
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The Forbidden fruit was the catalyst for Original sin, death, and the curses God placed on Adam, Eve, and the Nachash (serpent). But what was the forbidden fruit? Was it an apple or a fig (short answer: neither). And why did eating it give Adam and Eve knowledge of good and evil? Also, why did God render the specific judgments of Genesis 3, and what are the deeper meanings? We’ll address those topics on this week’s podcast… Related Links: Eating Yourself to Death (blog post) Tragedy and...

Duration:00:41:28

Does God Need Evil? How Do We Fight Evil? FBR Podcast #28

10/14/2017
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Does God NEED evil? That question may sound sacrilegious, but when you think about it, the entire Biblical plan of redemption was predicated on the fall of man and the subsequent plan for salvation (through which God showed us His love in the form of the sacrifice of His Son). If there were no evil, there’d be no sin and no need for salvation. So is “evil” a necessary part of God’s plan? The obvious answer is no. In this podcast, I tell you why evil isn’t necessary, as well as the most...

Duration:00:29:15

Create Good, Destroy Evil – FBR podcast #27

9/29/2017
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To create is good, to destroy is evil. When Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, they obviously gained knowledge of good and evil. But what does that mean? Our definitions of good and evil are often subjective and contradictory. The Bible links “good” to creation, and “evil” to destruction. But the Bible also says that God can do evil (destruction). How can that be if God is good. As with most topics, we’ll need to look a little deeper to get the full...

Duration:00:29:49

Blood and Words: The Cure for Death – FBR podcast #26

9/12/2017
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Blood is the conduit of physical life according to the Bible. And Jesus stated that Words (thoughts) are the source of spiritual life. We are born dead spiritually and we are dying physically because the blood and thoughts that are meant to nourish and repair us are corrupted due to our imperfect fellowship with God. But if we had access to perfect blood and perfect thoughts, we could “cure death” and have eternal life! In this week’s podcast: How is blood essential to life? Why it’s so...

Duration:00:21:20

Alive and Well, or Dead and Dying – FBR Podcast #25

8/31/2017
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Being alive has to be more than just “not being dead”. Jesus said that He would make you “more alive” and give you abundant life. Those ideas would be impossible if life and death were just binary states of being. So what are the Biblical definitions of life and death? If eating the forbidden fruit meant death, then why didn’t Adam and Eve drop dead right after they ate it? In this week’s podcast: The definition of death Why death doesn’t actually exist on its own The definition of life...

Duration:00:33:28

Religious Hypocrisy and the “Nice” Jesus – FBR Podcast#24

7/28/2017
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Hypocrisy from religious Christians is one of the main reasons that unbelievers are reluctant to embrace the Faith. Tragically, that hypocrisy comes from religious people trying (and failing) to be “nicer” than Jesus!! These attempts not only warp the image of Christians, they corrupt the message of the Gospels, AND they result in Idolatry! In this week’s podcast: The root of religious hypocrisy. How religion robbed us of God’s true Name. Why the “Jesus” promoted by religious people bears...

Duration:00:35:20

Religious Brain Damage: Secular and Spiritual – FBR Podcast#23

7/16/2017
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Brain damage is the hallmark of a highly religious thought process - and I’m not just speaking figuratively. Religion can cause actual physical damage to the chemical receptors in your mind! And don’t think you’re immune to this malady if you’re secular. ALL people practice religion to varying degrees because we ALL promote the ideas of absolute righteousness and justice (GOD) in our pursuits (and of course trying to be right and just WITHOUT God is the definition of religion). In this...

Duration:00:28:15

Religious Pride: The Path Away From God – FBR Podcast #22

6/28/2017
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Religious acts you perform are not about God. They are actually all about YOU! God hates religion because religion is based on pride. When Jesus was on earth, the only people He had a problem with were the religion peddlers (Pharisees). So what is religion? Why do we perform it? And why do we think it's from God? In this week's podcast: The definition of religion The "benevolent" reason why we get religious Why you can't get to heaven by "being good" How religion is self-delusion When you...

Duration:00:22:54

Guilt, Justification, and God’s Mercy – FBR Podcast # 21

6/17/2017
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Guilt is what our subconscious mind makes us feel when we do an injustice. We don’t like feeling guilt, so we seek some kind of justification in order to settle the guilt-debt. But did you know that this thought process demonstrates God’s mercy for our sins? In this week’s podcast: What is Justification and why do we need it? Why do we feel guilt? How our subconscious mind is like a computer Do you justify God, or yourself? Why the guilt/justify cycle is proof of God’s mercy The WORST form...

Duration:00:28:56

Original Sin: Naked and Ashamed – FBR Podcast #20

6/10/2017
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Original Sin is usually defined as the eating of the Forbidden Fruit by Adam and Eve. But I would contend that what happened immediately AFTER they ate the fruit is much more important. Why? God did not immediately judge Adam and Eve after they ate the fruit. Instead, He asked them questions! Their responses to God’s questions were the determining factor in the success or Failure of this Dispensation and Original Sin. In this week’s podcast: Why were Adam and Eve ashamed to be naked?...

Duration:00:34:33

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