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What Christianity Is All About

5/18/2018
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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. […]

Duration:00:21:21

Interpreting the Bible

5/11/2018
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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. […]

Duration:00:17:28

The Best Bible Translation

5/4/2018
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There are a number of different English versions of the Bible available. Which is the best Bible translation? Some English translations of the Bible try, in various degrees, to stay true to the manuscript text, while others take more leeway. Some English translations are really not translations at all but are re-wordings that express the […]

Duration:00:16:24

Translating the Bible

4/27/2018
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The Bible was not written in English. The earliest manuscripts we have of any books of the Bible are in a form of ancient Greek known as Koine Greek. If we want to read the Bible in English, someone must first translate it into English. But translation is not a simple process of substituting an […]

Duration:00:11:46

The Ten Commandments and the New Covenant

4/20/2018
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Most Christians know about the Ten Commandments. Many Christians feel obligated to follow the Ten Commandments, or at least certain interpretations of the Ten Commandments, in their daily lives. But in addition to the Ten Commandments, the Old Testament contains about 620 more commandments. Many of these were given at the exact same time as […]

Duration:00:18:26

Reincarnation in Christianity

4/13/2018
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Reincarnation is the belief that when a person’s physical body dies, the spirit begins life in another physical form on earth. Surveys indicate that approximately 25 % of Americans believe in some form of reincarnation. Christians believe in reincarnation in about the same proportions as the general society, as surveys also indicate that approximately 25% […]

Duration:00:20:16

Where Do Peoples’ Religious Beliefs Come From?

4/6/2018
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There is often a difference between what people say they believe about God and what they actually do believe about God deep in their hearts. When asked about their religious beliefs, most people will respond with the things they have been told they are supposed to believe. But actually, their true beliefs may be very […]

Duration:00:23:10

Marriage in the Bible: The New Testament

3/30/2018
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What is a biblical view of marriage? In last week’s episode, we saw that marriage in the Old Testament is totally different than how we think of marriage today. This week, we look at what the New Testament has to say about marriage. In the New Testament, we find what many Christians believe is the […]

Duration:00:16:58

Marriage in the Bible: The Old Testament

3/23/2018
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What does the Bible say about marriage? Is “one man/one woman” traditional marriage what the Bible promotes? In this first part of a two-part series, we look at what the Old Testament says about marriage. First, we look at what many Christians consider to be the biblical basis for marriage. Related to this, we next […]

Duration:00:19:02

How to Get Your Sins Forgiven

3/16/2018
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Many Christians believe the purpose of Christianity is to get your sins forgiven. This idea says God is a God of justice who demands payment for sin. Jesus paid the penalty for sin by His suffering and death on the cross, and now God is able to extend an offer of forgiveness. Jesus suffered and […]

Duration:00:17:58

Why Did Jesus Die on the Cross?

3/9/2018
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Christians commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus on Good Friday. Jesus was crucified because He was in conflict with the Jewish leaders and they wanted rid of Him. But Christianity has always seen a deeper meaning to the death of Jesus. Many Christians believe the deeper meaning is that Jesus died so we could get our […]

Duration:00:18:13

The Gospels: The Life of Jesus

3/2/2018
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The Gospels—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—are the first four books of the New Testament. They tell what happened to Jesus when He was on earth. The Gospels present Jesus healing people. Jesus did not do spiritual healings. All the healings of Jesus were of physical sickness and disease. Jesus was also a teacher. Major teachings […]

Duration:00:17:33

The Bible and Homosexuality

2/23/2018
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Homosexuality is accepted by an increasing number of people in society, and an increasing number of Christians accept homosexuality. There is a great divide in American Christianity today over homosexuality. In this episode, we look at what the Bible says about homosexuality, and then we examine the ways the different factions of Christianity interpret that. […]

Duration:00:23:30

Christianity and Jerusalem

2/16/2018
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Do Christians believe God wants modern-day Jews to hold the land of Palestine? This episode begins by examining how Christianity has traditionally interpreted God’s covenant with Abraham. Then we see how, in the 1800’s in Britain, a new idea arose that challenged not only that interpretation but also the basic Christian views of Jesus Himself. […]

Duration:00:24:48

Coptic Orthodox Christianity in Ethiopia

2/9/2018
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Coptic Christianity, also called Oriental Orthodox Christianity or Monophysite Christianity, is distinguished by the belief that there was only one nature in Jesus. Western Christianity, however, maintains that there were two separate natures in Jesus. Why does it matter? In this episode, we see that each belief leads in a completely different direction. Also in […]

Duration:00:33:58

The Only Way to Salvation

2/2/2018
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Some Christians believe that Jesus is the only way to salvation. Sometimes it’s used in the “my way or the highway” sense. In this episode, we look at a different way of looking at “Jesus is the only way to salvation,” one which concentrates on the concept of messiah. The concept of messiah is found […]

Duration:00:15:30

Why Christians Are Changing Morality

1/26/2018
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Virtually all Christians agree that morality is unchanging and universal. So why are so many Christians today changing their ideas about what’s right and what’s wrong?

Duration:00:31:09

Who Decides Morality?

1/20/2018
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Who decides whether something is right or wrong? Is God the Great Rulemaker In The Sky who makes the rules, tells us what He has decided, and them expects us to play the game by those rules? Or is there something else going on? For a transcript of this podcast, click here.

Duration:00:26:24

What Does It Mean to Believe?

1/12/2018
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There is a lot of emphasis in the New Testament on “believe.” Why is that emphasized so much? In this episode, we look at an ancient Jewish idea and, from that, consider the possibility the emphasis on believe in the New Testament is trying to tell us that our beliefs create reality. An interesting idea, […]

Duration:00:23:29

The Concept of Ages in the Bible

1/5/2018
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Most Christians assume the creation account in Genesis is a description of the beginning of everything. But what if it’s just a description of the beginning of this age? The concept of ages is found throughout the Bible but is obscured by English translation. In this episode, we examine some of the hundreds of times […]

Duration:00:25:27

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