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24 Mar Do People Really HEAR GOD or are They DELUSIONAL?

 

Does God speak today?

 

Well, many religious people around the world seem to think so. In fact, many of them even claim that He literally speaks through them.

 

But if that’s the case, why does “God” seem to be saying totally different things through different people–even to the point of contradicting Himself?

 

Let my latest video give you something to chew on.

 

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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

 

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

 

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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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09 Nov Why I No Longer Believes God Is Out There (Think About It!!)

 

Here’s an honest, straight-from-the-heart vlog.

 

Questions to consider:

 

• Where is God?

• Is God up in heaven?

• Why do people point up to the sky when thanking God?

• Where is God before He “shows up” to your religious meeting?

• Where is the Holy Spirit before a pastor says, “Holy Spirit come”?

• Do we need to reach out to God before He reaches out to us?

• Is God a deity apart (separate) from us?

• Where have you experienced God outside of “church”?

• Can you see and find God outside religion?

 

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03 Nov Why You Should Stop Believing in God (Real Talk)

 

Here’s an honest, straight-from-the-heart vlog.

 

Questions to consider:

 

• Why do you believe in God?

• Why do you not believe in God?

• Do you believe God is good?

• Is your belief in God making your life better? Worse?

• Is atheism the only alternative to rejecting a fundamentalist version of God?

• It’s one thing to believe in God, but do you even LIKE the God you believe in?

• Does what you were taught about God contradict what you believe in your hear about love?

• What’s the problem with believing in an angry and violent God?

 

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12 Oct A Message to All Christians – Don’t Be Afraid to Do This (MUST WATCH!!)

 

My name is Joshua Tongol.

 

I was raised a Christian.

 

For years I believed whatever I was taught by pastors, preachers and teachers. I was told what to believe, how to think, and how to live.

 

Honestly, I constantly struggled with my faith because, on the one hand, I believed in a God who supposedly “loved” me unconditionally, but, on the other hand, I also believed in a God who was hateful, exclusive, judgmental, and violent.

 

God, to me, seemed somewhat schizophrenic.

 

I had no security in God’s love whatsoever. His love and acceptance of me was based on what I believed and how “good” I was.

 

Thankfully, my life and views of God began to change (for the better) once I started to do what I’ll be sharing in this video.

 

Here are some things for you to think about:

 

*What if everything you were taught about Christianity (and religion) is wrong?

 

*Learn to think for yourself and don’t allow others to think for you

 

*Always be honest and true to yourself

 

*Are your religious beliefs creating a better you and helping make this world a better place?

 

*Do you have questions about your faith but are too afraid to ask them?

 

*Can you still be spiritual without having to be a Christian?

 

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03 Aug “God Outside the Box” 6 Day Event

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YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS!!

 
Join Joshua Tongol, Jeff Turner and Rafael Garcia for a 6 day event.

 

From September 8-13,  journey together into a deeper understanding of God, the puzzle we call life, and how we fit into this puzzle.

 

LOCATION:

Historic Wilderness Lodge Retreat & Inn (www.thewildernesslodge.com)

Bigfork, Minnesota
 
Expand your thinking through thought-provoking teachings, discussions, prayer, meditation, fellowship and family time.

 

Topics include: God, creation, imagination, intimacy, love, possibilities, creating, faith, reality, quantum physics, identity, inclusion, etc.

 

Register here: http://www.thewildernesslodge.com/events/
Call to reserve your spot: 218-743-3458

 

CHECK-IN: Sunday, Sept. 7, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
CHECK-OUT: Sunday, Sept. 14, 9:00 a.m.

 

TUITION:

$777 per person SPACE IS LIMITED TO 22
Includes: Shared accommodations in a luxury log cabin or Lodge room at historic Wilderness Lodge (max 6 per cabin/room), continental breakfast and delicious home cooked lunches and dinners, all teachings and event supplies, airport shuttle, lake tours, bonfires, activities, and 10% off any spa treatment at the Lake Escape Spa.
 
If you wish to attend one day, there is a daily fee of $75 that includes lunch and dinner.
 
DEPOSIT/CANCELLATION POLICY:

A $350 deposit is required to reserve your spot with the balance due upon arrival. Deposits are NOT refundable but may be transferred to another person. Save $50 when you pay the tuition in full at time of registration.
 
AIRPORTS:

Minneapolis/St Paul MSP (4 hrs. away) Duluth Int. DLH (2 hrs. away) We provide a FREE shuttle to/from Duluth Int. Airport. You must book your flights according to the shuttle schedule: Pick up Time – 5:00 p.m. Drop off Time – 1:00 p.m.
 
ACTIVITIES:

Boating, swimming, fishing, kayaking, hiking, bonfires, lake tours, sight seeing, shopping, music, cook outs, FUN, fellowship, onsite spa, private contemplation/prayer, rest, relaxation, restoration and rejuvenation

 

Register here: http://www.thewildernesslodge.com/events/

 

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01 Aug “No One Has the Truth! Everything’s Relative!” (Let’s Talk About It)

 
When it comes to discussing ideas, it’s commonly said that “everything is relative.” Many open-minded people conclude that, because there are so many differing views, there is no Truth.

 

But is truth relative? Can something be true for one person and not necessarily for another? Does everybody have their own “truth”?

 
Is morality merely a matter of taste? If so, would this belief be livable? Will the world succeed of we continue hurting others?

 

Yet, at the same time, is morality a rigid structure of dos and don’ts where it is always bad to make a certain choice? Can there be more than one [right] way to respond to any given situation?

 
Can there be, in a sense, an objectivity to human nature, which makes a successful and livable world?

 

Personal beliefs throughout history have definitely changed over time. And it does seem obvious, at least to me, that some things do evolve. But is everything subjective? And is “reality” always clear to individuals–especially in an evolving and creative quantum world?

 
G.K. Chesterton said, “Merely having an open mind is nothing. The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.”

 
But is anything really SOLID?

 
Listen in as Joshua shares his heart and answers questions on important subjects. It might give you a different perspective on things.

 

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