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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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Biblical Arguments Resolved – Multiple Resolutions! FBR Podcast #63

5/25/2019
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Biblical arguments abound when Christians (and non-Christians) see passages and doctrines that conflict with, or seem to contradict one another. These conflicts lead to destructive and divisive arguments that split up churches and even families. Like all conflicts of this kind, Biblical arguments are rooted in comparative thinking (pride) - you try to prove yourselves right, and/or prove the other person wrong. But Jesus commanded Christians to love one another and walk in fellowship. How...

Duration:00:37:02

Blindness of the Pharisees – FBR Podcast #62

4/20/2019
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The Pharisees were experts on the books of the Law and the Prophets (Old Testament). They knew all of the hundreds of prophecies of the Messiah. As such, they should have been Jesus’’ greatest advocates and His most loyal disciples. Instead, they were His greatest earthly enemies. They opposed Him as every turn, and conspired to have Jesus killed. Why? Because the Pharisees were religious Mystics and comparative thinkers. Comparative thinking leads to brain damage. Over the years, they...

Duration:00:36:58

Temptations of Jesus: Satan’s FAIL – FBR Podcast #61

4/11/2019
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The temptations of Jesus are well known. After a 40 day fast in the wilderness, Jesus was at the point of severe starvation. Satan chose to confront Him when He was at His weakest point (because Satan is a jerk). Of course, Jesus did not succumb to the temptations, but there is more to the story. The Bible says that the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness INTENTIONALLY so that Satan could tempt Him! Why was that necessary? The Bible also says Jesus was tempted at all points, just like...

Duration:00:26:11

Myths About the Birth of Jesus – FBR Podcast #60

3/28/2019
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Myths about the birth of Jesus are almost as common as the facts. Secularists and followers of false religions spread myths about the advent of Jesus in an attempt to disprove or disparage Christianity. Such myths include comparing pagan myths that are superficially similar to the birth of Jesus narrative in order to perpetuate the idea that Christianity “stole” the Nativity story from earlier religions. But there are also myths about the Nativity that are commonly taught or accepted in...

Duration:00:52:25

Satan’s Failures: The Great Invasion Part 1 – FBR Podcast #59

3/12/2019
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Satan's failures are implicit throughout the Bible, but perhaps his biggest failure was preventing the advent of the Redeemer – Jesus of Nazareth. From the moment God declared war on Satan in Genesis chapter 3, his attempts to thwart the coming on the redeemer are numerous, as he loses EVERY battle against God every time. In this week’s podcast, we begin looking at the advent of Jesus from Satan’s perspective and document his many failures along the way. Related links War Games (blog post)...

Duration:00:35:23

Was Jesus Fully Man and Fully God? FBR Podcast #58

2/19/2019
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How was Jesus fully man and fully God? Was it because He was half man (through Mary) and half God? That would only make Him 50% God and 50% man. Was it because He started as a man and grew into Godhood? That would mean that at any point in His life, He was partially man and partially God. The only way Jesus could be fully man and fully God would be for Him to have BOTH the nature of God AND the nature of man at the SAME TIME. In this podcast, we will show how that is possible Related Links...

Duration:00:30:58

Is the Church Under the Law? Sabbath and Tithe: FBR Podcast #56

1/25/2019
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Is the Church under the Law? Is the Levitical Law applicable to us in this era? Do we have to Tithe? The answer should actually be pretty simple and straightforward. Since we established an objective and non-contradictory definition for what it means to be under the Law, and since we know the purposes of the Law, all we have to do is look to see if our current reality fits those purposes, and we’ll have the answer. However, as usual, religious people muddy the waters with their ridiculous...

Duration:00:41:26

Why Does God Demand Sacrifice? FBR Podcast #55

1/19/2019
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Why does God demand sacrifice? The Levitical Law is full or commandments to give sacrificial offerings for sin, guilt, restoration, ect. It also demands many other seemingly odd and arcane liturgical practices. Its important to note that God does NOT demand sacrifice because He is a petty cosmic dictator who likes the smell of burnt animals. Nor it is because God has some kind of insecurity complex that is satisfied by our worship. In fact, God’s demand for sacrifice is not for His benefit...

Duration:00:34:10

Sex in the Bible: Sex is Worship! FBR Podcast #54

1/9/2019
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Sex in the Bible is a controversial subject. Religious people lead us to think that God is a prude who frowns on sexual enjoyment. But the truth is that Sex is worship! Every time you have sex (with your spouse) you are worshipping God! Another reason that sex in the Bible is a difficult subject, is because of all the rules and guidelines God gives in the Levitical Law. But those rules are not meant to limit our pleasure, but rather to enhance it! God was intentional when he made sex feel...

Duration:00:47:14

The Purpose of Levitical Law – FBR Podcast #53

1/2/2019
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The purpose of Levitical law was not to introduce arbitrary and oppressive religious rules onto the people of Israel, nor was the purpose of Levitical law to stroke God’s ego with intensive worship requirements. No, the purpose of Levitical Law was to give mankind a definitive definition for sin, sanctify the nation of Israel, and usher in the advent of the Redeemer – the One who would provide the means for man to fulfill God’s will. In this week’s podcast, we will do an overview of the 5th...

Duration:00:35:06

Myths About Angels – FBR Podcast #52

12/14/2018
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Myths about angels abound in religious and secular society. We’ll wrap up our series on Satan, fallen angels, and demons by looking at Holy Angels, and the myths about angels. Do angels have wings? Do they wear robes? Do they do anything other than sing worship songs? Do we have guardian angels? One of the reasons we have so many questions about angels is because the Bible says relatively little about them – and for good reason! We’ll discuss that reason in the podcast. But we’ll start by...

Duration:00:42:13

Selling Your Soul to the Devil. Is it Real? FBR Podcast #51

11/30/2018
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Selling your soul to the Devil. It sounds like something out of Faustian legends or a horror movie. But the truth is that people willingly enter into agreements with evil spiritual entities in order to reap material rewards (fame and fortune) in exchange for furthering their evil agenda. Unfortunately, people can also enter into these agreements indirectly by exposing themselves to occult influence and opening themselves up to false spirituality. If you were to tell these people - you are...

Duration:00:45:21

Evil Angels – Rulers, Powers, and False Gods: FBR Podcast #50

11/2/2018
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YHWH Hu Akbar! Evil Angels (or Fallen Angels) influence our lives and the world around us. They wage an unseen war with the Holy Angels of God in the unseen realm. The evil angels oppose the will and plan of God, while the Holy Angles fight to carry out His will and minister to us. But we are not just bystanders in this conflict. Our prayers and obedience empower the Holy Angels, while our pride, false worship, and indifference can shift the battle in the favor of the evil angels. We'll...

Duration:00:47:38

What are Demons and Fallen Angels? FBR Podcast #49

10/11/2018
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What are Demons and Fallen Angels? Are they two terms for the same spiritual entities, or are they distinct creatures, differing greatly in power, position, and origin? The Bible makes it clear that demons and fallen angels are NOT the same. But what are they, and how do they interact with Satan? I discuss this in this week's podcast: Related links: Giving the Devil his Due (blog post) Angels and Demons (blog post) The Supernatural Worldview (podcast) Ranks of Fallen Angels Demons possessing...

Duration:00:33:00

Satan: god of Death – FBR Podcast #48

10/2/2018
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Satan is the god of Death. Part of the curse God pronounced on Satan in Genesis 3 was that "dust would be his food". We know from earlier in that passage, that "dust" denoted the physical death of men. Thus Satan was cursed to desire and "hunger" for man's death, while ALSO desiring man's worship! This contradiction in desire resulted in Satan's insanely twisted love/hate relationship with humanity. He is the god of Death because he wants to destroy us, but since he wants to be like God, he...

Duration:00:36:19

What Was Satan Like Before the Fall? FBR Podcast #47

8/30/2018
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What was Satan like before he fell from grace? Of course, we currently know him as the Enemy and the adversary of God’s plan, but was he created that way? It would be illogical and contradictory for God to create someone to thwart him, and the Bible makes it clear that Satan was originally a good Angel who bore the title of “Lucifer” – the light bearer. But what was Lucifer like? And why did he abandon his angelic station to become the evil entity we call Satan? We’ll examine these questions...

Duration:00:35:59

Is Satan Real? Spiritual Warfare Part 1 – FBR Podcast #46

8/8/2018
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Is Satan Real? This is actually a pertinent question in Christian philosophy because it remains somewhat controversial. The secular world believes the idea of "Satan" constitutes a fake "boogeyman" that Christians made up to excuse their bad behavior and account for the existence of pain and conflict in their theology. Even some Christian theologians dismiss the idea of a personal "Devil", seeing Satan as more of a general description of evil. But the Bible makes it clear that there is a...

Duration:00:33:37

Pharoah’s Hardened Heart, and the “gods” of Egypt – FBR Podcast #45

7/12/2018
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Pharoah's heart was hardened by God so the He could perform the signs and wonders of the 10 Plagues on the Egyptians. On the surface, this seems unfair. Did God take away Pharaoh's free will so that he would be defiant, allowing God to visit more suffering on the Egyptians? This can't be true, because we know that God is always and completely right and just. So what's the answer? The truth is that God did not initiate Pharaoh's hardened heart. It was a justified REACTION to what Pharoah did...

Duration:00:31:05

The Patriarchs, The Promise, and God’s Nation – FBR Podcast #44

6/21/2018
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The Patriarchs - Abraham, Issac, and Jacob, received the blessing and mandate from God that would frame the 4th Dispensation. With the world now divided into nations after Babel, God created His own nation (Israel) through which the world would interact with Him and His plan. If the nations blessed Israel, they would be blessed. This would hopefully lead them to chose to accept the plan of the God who blessed them. But if they cursed Israel, they nations would be cursed and the Dispensation...

Duration:00:37:27

Your Greatness, and Why Government Tries to Suppress It – FBR Podcast # 43

6/7/2018
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THE GOAL OF HUMAN GOVERNMENT Your greatness is a HUGE threat to human governments! So much so that governments are designed to suppress it. Greatness comes from uniqueness, and when you operate in your uniqueness, you have the capacity to be great! And since we are ALL unique, we can all be great! The problem is that by its nature, the human government can only function if greatness (including your greatness) is limited to the rulers. So the Mystics do everything in their power to homogenize...

Duration:00:51:00