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08 Dec LOSING FRIENDS After Religion (How to Move On)

 

What’s up, peeps!

 

For those of you who have questioned and challenged certain church traditions and dogma–or maybe even left religion altogether–what happened to your friends?

 

Are the friends who were there with you since the beginning of your “faith walk” still around?

 

You see, for many of us, we have lost some (or a lot of) our friends along this spiritual journey. In fact, it has even been quite painful (and lonely) at times.

 

BUT … (Click the video!)

 

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14 Nov Is HELL REAL or an Invention of the Church?

 

Throughout the years, many people have asked me if I still believe in “hell”.

 

Does hell exist?
Is it eternal?
Temporary?

 

Or is hell simply a fear-based invention of the church used to control people using fear?

 

In this video, I discuss some of the most common ideas about this “hot topic.”

 

Enjoy!

 

RECOMMENDED BOOKS:
So You Thought You Knew by Joshua Tongol
Her Gates Will Never Be Shut by Brad Jersak
Love Wins by Rob Bell
Raising Hell by Julie Ferwerda
Raizing Hell by Sharon Baker
The Evangelical Universalist by Robin Parry (aka Gregory MacDonald)

 

RECOMMENDED FILM:

Hellbound? by Kevin Miller

 

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17 Aug The Secret to Awesomeness Event (Seminar Highlights)

 

Hi peeps!

 

The Secret to Awesomeness event the other day turned out … awesome! It was great to finally meet many of you face-to-face. I feel so honored knowing that some of you came all the way from the US, Singapore, Tagaytay, Quezon City, etc., just to attend the event. (Despite the thunderstorm, too!)

 

Seeing the tears, hearing the laughter, and having people openly share their their deepest struggles (for the first time) … wow … it was like heaven on earth to me.

 

Some of you approached me and said, “I’ve been waiting for this day.” You know what? Me too. I want all of you to know that you inspire me as well. As I mentioned in the talk, you are people of COURAGE. And hearing your stories motivates me to keep doing what I’m doing here in the Philippines.

 

I’m not sure when the next event will be, but one thing’s for sure. I will cherish this day. Thank you for supporting my wife and I all these years.

 

Much Love and Peace to you all.

 

Joshua Tongol

 

**If you have any pictures of the event, please upload and tag me on Facebook. I’d love to include them in the album.**

 

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14 Dec Amit Goswami: Is God Dead? (What Quantum Physics Tells Us) | The Flipside Podcast #015

Amit Goswami The Flipside

 

 

Can the question of God’s existence be settled by scientific evidence? If so, Who or What is the “God” the new science is rediscovering?

 

Is it a Christian God, a Hindu God, a Muslim God, a Judaic God? Or none of them at all?

 

In this episode, I interview Theoretical Physicist Dr. Amit Goswami. He’s a pioneer of the new paradigm of science called “science within consciousness,” and has appeared in the movies What the Bleep do we know!?, Dalai Lama Renaissance, as well as the award winning documentary, The Quantum Activist. A prolific writer, teacher, and visionary, Dr. Goswami is the author of several books such as The Self-Aware Universe, Physics of the Soul, The Quantum Doctor, God is Not Dead, and Quantum Economics

 

IN THIS EPISODE, AMIT ANSWERS THE FOLLOWING:

 

• Who or What is God?
• Can the question of God’s existence be settled by scientific evidence?
• Is the new science rediscovering a Christian God, a Hindu God, a Muslim God, a Judaic God?
• Is God personal? Can we talk to God and have a personal relationship with God?
• What is reality? Don’t we live in a material world, as many skeptics claim?
• What is quantum non-locality? And how is it evidence for God?
• Doesn’t evolution demonstrate that there’s no need for a Creator or an Intelligent Designer?
• Why are you critical of biblical Creationism and the Intelligent Design movement.
• How does the fossil data support the idea of God’s existence?
• How do you deal with the materialist scientist, the Western philosopher, and the Christian theologian?
• How do we know God isn’t just some brain phenomenon?
• Doesn’t quantum physics only apply to the micro and not the macro world?
• What is consciousness? And what role does it play in our observation of things?
• What phenomena cannot be explained away by material causes alone?
• What are some of the questions materialists can’t answer?
• Is love a divine quality? Don’t atheists and agnostics know how to love without God?
• Isn’t it still possible to have meaning without God as some materialists claim?
• Are we separate from God?
• Are we God? If so, why do we have such a hard time manifesting godly qualities?
• Why did God create and evolve life?
• If God exists, is there life after death?

 

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LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

 

amitgoswami.org
quantumactivist.com
Amit’s  book God Is Not Dead
Amit’s  book Physics of the Soul
Amit on Facebook
Amit on Twitter

 

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Thanks for Listening!

 

Thanks for chillin’ with me again this week. Have a question or some feedback you’d like to share? Or you wanna just show some love? Leave a comment below!

 

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Also, I’d really appreciate it if you can leave me a REVIEW and RATING on iTunes by clicking here. It helps the podcast a lot and allows more people to discover it as well!

 

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Thanks again. Peace!

 

(Image Description: God Is Not Dead book cover & Amit Goswami from whatthebleep.com website)

 

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07 Dec Sharon Baker: Hell Revisited (Razing Hell, Executing God) The Flipside Podcast #014

Sharon Baker The Flipside

 

 

The idea of hell has haunted millions of people all over the world, and continues to do so.

 

But … what if the fiery image of an eternal torture chamber, which many religious people have been taught, isn’t true?

 

In this episode, I interview Sharon Baker. She’s an associate professor of theology and religion, and has written numerous articles on hell and nonviolent atonement. Sharon is the author of Razing Hell and Executing God. 

 

IN THIS EPISODE, SHARON ANSWERS THE FOLLOWING:

 

• When was the first time you found out you were going to hell?
• Is the idea of hell found in the Bible?
• Did any formal doctrine of hell exist in the early church?
• Where does the imagery of hell (fire, torture, screaming) come from? Did it develop over time?
• What does “fire” symbolize in the Bible?
• Doesn’t the Bible clearly teach ETERNAL punishment?
• Doesn’t the word “eternal” mean forever?
• Didn’t Jesus talk about hell more than heaven?
• Can there be a connection between a person’s understanding of the cross with hell?
• Did Jesus die to save people from hell?
• Why do so many Christians want to believe in hell?
• What does a person’s belief in eternal hell say about the kind of God they believe in?
• What about people like Hitler and Osama Bin Laden? Don’t they “deserve” an eternal hell?
• Can you go through some of the problems (“troubles”) surrounding the traditional view of hell?
• Does an eternal hell really solve the problem of evil?
• Respond to this: “God is love, but don’t forget that he’s also a God of wrath.”
• Respond to this: “God can send anyone to hell because everything God does is just and loving.”
• Respond to this: “It doesn’t matter how small your “sin” is, it’s who (God) you’re sinning against.”
• Respond to this: “God sends nobody to hell. People send themselves there.”
• What about the verse, “It’s appointed for a person to die once and then face judgment”?
• Doesn’t God allow people to suffer in hell so he won’t violate their free will?

 

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LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

 

Razing Hell book
Executing God book
Sharon on Facebook

 

SUPPORT THIS PODCAST TO HELP KEEP IT RUNNING!

 

Please Support This Podcast by Making a Donation (any amount helps!)

 

Thanks for Listening!

 

Thanks for chillin’ with me again this week. Have a question or some feedback you’d like to share? Or you wanna just show some love? Leave a comment below!

 

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post.

 

Also, I’d really appreciate it if you can leave me a REVIEW and RATING on iTunes by clicking here. It helps the podcast a lot and allows more people to discover it as well!

 

Then follow these steps:

 

1. Click “view in iTunes” button

2. Go to Ratings and Review.

 

Finally, don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the podcast on iTunes to get automatic updates so you’ll never miss a show!

 

Thanks again. Peace!

 

(Image Description: Razing Hell book cover & Sharon Baker)

 

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26 Aug The Real Reasons Why We Believe | The Flipside Podcast #004

 

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What do you believe?

 

Wait a minute, let me ask that question again. What do you really believe?

 

In other words, have you ever claimed to “believe” in a particular idea or creed, yet in your heart, you really didn’t believe?

 

Or have you ever tried to believe in something because you were supposed to believe in it, yet in your mind, it didn’t make any sense to you at all?

 

IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL HEAR:

 

• The senior project on “Christianity” that changed my life
• Some possible reasons why we believe
• Whether or not we choose our beliefs
• How to recognize our blind spots
• How our environment influences our beliefs?
• Two powerful factors that impact a person’s belief
• Is a God who demands you to “believe or burn” being unfair?

 

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LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

 

FREE audiobook download + 30 day free trial at Audible.com (any book of your choice!)

 • Become a Patron and help support this podcast to keep it going (any amount helps!)

 

Thanks for Listening!

 

Thanks for chillin’ with me again this week. Have a question or some feedback you’d like to share? Or you wanna just show some love? Leave a comment below!

 

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post.

 

Also, I’d really appreciate it if you can leave me a REVIEW and RATING on iTunes by clicking here. It helps the podcast a lot and allows more people to discover it as well!

 

Then follow these steps:

 

1. Click “view in iTunes” button

2. Go to Ratings and Review.

 

Finally, don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the podcast on iTunes to get automatic updates so you’ll never miss a show!

 

Thanks again. Peace!

 

(Image Description: Pope Francis among the people at St. Peter’s Square | Author: Edgar Jimenez)

 

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21 Dec Why The “Radical” Grace Message Isn’t Radical Enough

 

As someone who has helped pioneer and spread the “radical grace message” throughout the Philippines, some of my thoughts about it have changed. Listen as to why I believe the grace message hasn’t gone far enough.

 

(COPY AND PASTE THE LINKS BELOW)

 

Bookstore link: https://joshuatongol.com/store/

 

A Critique of Penal Substitution:

 

https://joshuatongol.com/was-jesus-punished-by-the-father-challenging-penal-substitution-joshua-tongol/

 

The problem with inerrancy (“Is God a Moral Monster?”):

 

https://joshuatongol.com/is-god-a-moral-monster-making-sense-of-the-bible-joshua-tongol/

 

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