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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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18 Apr Handling Critics (Especially Aggressive Ones)

 

Date: 3-22-14
Location: San Diego, CA

 

Ask yourself the question, “WHAT IF?”

 

Joshua was raised within the evangelical tradition. Throughout the years, he served as a teacher, pastor, and evangelist at several denominations such as: Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Southern Baptist, and Assemblies of God. He also served as a missionary to the Philippines after graduating from seminary.

 

Although Joshua was the type to always ask questions during his early adult years, he finally found the courage to really question some of his “fundamental” beliefs he held to as an evangelical Christian. He began questioning his understanding of God, the Bible (inerrancy), grace, the gospel, eternal hell, Satan, interfaith, and even church.

 

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

 

 

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04 Apr Joshua Tongol: Christian or Anti-Christ? | HuffPost and Examiner.com

 

In this exclusive interview for The Huffington Post and Examiner.com, bestselling author, Jeff Rivera (“Forever My Lady”), discusses Joshua’s controversial book “So You Thought You Knew.”

 

Throughout the hour, you’ll hear Joshua share his journey out of religion, and how he ended up questioning what many consider to be the “fundamentals” of Christianity.

 

Joshua discusses his personal views on religion, church, healing, satan, the Bible, and for the first time in public, homosexuality.

 

Enjoy the show!

 

 

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02 Apr A Very IMPORTANT (and Maybe UNCOMFORTABLE) Question | Joshua Tongol

 

Get Josh’s bestselling book “So You Thought You Knew: Letting Go of Religion”:

 

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00I3TTXPI

 

Date: 3-22-14
Location: San Diego, CA

 

Ask yourself the question, “WHAT IF?”

 

Joshua was raised within the evangelical tradition. Throughout the years, he served as a teacher, pastor, and evangelist at several denominations such as: Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Southern Baptist, and Assemblies of God. He also served as a missionary to the Philippines after graduating from seminary.

 

Although Joshua was the type to always ask questions during his early adult years, he finally found the courage to really question some of his “fundamental” beliefs he held to as an evangelical Christian. He began questioning his understanding of God, the Bible (inerrancy), grace, the gospel, eternal hell, Satan, interfaith, and even church.

 

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

 

 

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15 May Things You Never ASK in Church (MUST WATCH!!) – Part 2 (Q&A) – Joshua Tongol

 

Date: April 13, 2013
Location: El Paso, Texas

 

Part 2: Ask Me Anything

 

At this event, Joshua Tongol was asked not to “hold back” (which he did not!) but to share anything that was on his heart. He discussed the problems of fear-based religion and offered alternative ways to understand God and spirituality.

 

People were given opportunities to ask questions about God and religion that, in many places, religious people are too afraid to ask in church. (See Part 1: “THINGS YOU NEVER HEAR IN CHURCH”)

 

Most of the attendees are unchurched (or have left the institutional church) but who still have an interest in spirituality and in God. (Is that possible?)

 

Many people today are tired of institutionalized religion. But is there another way?

 

Topics and questions discussed:

 

-Is it OK to challenge tradition?
-If Jesus was physically alive today, how would the church view him?
-When one pursues truth, is it worth losing “friends”?
-Are men and women equal in the Bible?
-What about the violence in the Bible?
-Does our culture or location of birth determine our beliefs?
-She we consider every non-Christian “lost”?
-Should we be concerned about any “appearance of evil”?
-If all are reconciled, what is the role of faith?
-How “free” are we?
-What is our motivation to do good?
-What about God’s wrath and judgment?
-Is there truth in all religions?
-What are some reasons why people don’t believe in God?

 

Listen in as Joshua Tongol shares his heart and answers questions on this very subject. It might give you a different perspective on things.

 

 

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10 May Things You Never HEAR in Church (MUST WATCH!!) – Part 1 – Joshua Tongol

 

Date: April 13, 2013
Location: El Paso, Texas

 

At this event, Joshua Tongol was asked not to “hold back” (which he did not!) but to share anything that was on his heart. He discussed the problems of fear-based religion and offered alternative ways to understand God and spirituality.

 

People were given opportunities to ask questions about God and religion that, in many places, religious people are too afraid to ask in church. (See Part 2: “THINGS YOU DON’T ASK IN CHURCH”)

 

Most of the attendees are unchurched (or have left the institutional church) but who still have an interest in spirituality and in God. (Is that possible?)

 

Many people today are tired of institutionalized religion. But is there another way?

 

Topics discussed:

 

-How has religion been used to control people?
-What motivates you to believe in God?
-Is religion based on fear?
-Is everything spiritual?
-Can we be real with one another?
-Is God “out there”?
-How should I view myself?
-How does God see us?
-Can we love someone more than we love God?
-Can we pray religiously?
-Does God get jealous of the things you love?
-Is God insecure?
-What about “Christianese”?
-Are your friendships based on ministry?
-Is Jesus like a costume that covers us filthy sinners?
-Should we really believe in an eternal hell?
-Is the Gospel we hear today really good news?
-Is God in everyone?
-Is our love greater than God’s love?
-Is God’s love conditional?
-What is the life of the church?
-Are you tired of church?
-Are you afraid to question your religious beliefs?
-How should we view others from different religions?
-Were we ever separated from God?
-How can we live in the moment?
-Are we all children of God?

 

Listen in as Joshua Tongol shares his heart and answers questions on this very subject. It might give you a different perspective on things.

 

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01 May aplacetotalk Podcast 2013 – A Chat with Joshua Tongol and Josh McDowell

 

Visit: http://aplacetotalk.net/weeklytalks/

 

From Josh McDowell’s podcast description: I’m blessed to get to talk to people like Joshua Tongol! I saw his first name and just decided to give him a call on the off chance that we would have similar hearts, and what do you know — WE DO!

 

Just kidding, I saw a few of Joshua’s You Tube videos and I felt certain that I would love to hear from him and I did.

 

As I heard Joshua’s story (there are many interesting and unique parts) I felt like I was hearing my story in a parallel universe. Our stories are unique, but we’re clearly talking to the same Father!

 

I hope you enjoy this chat!

 

Please visit Joshua’s website and support him anyway God leads you to!

 

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09 Apr What About God’s Wrath and Judgment? Q&A With Joshua Tongol and Andre Rabe

 

(Q&A Session)

 

Date: March 15, 2013
Location: Sausalito, CA

 

-Is God’s love and wrath in conflict with one another?
-Does God punish people?
-What does “fire” mean in the Bible?
-Is faith necessary for salvation?
-How should we approach the Bible?

 

Listen in as Joshua and Andre share their hearts and answer questions on these very subjects. It might give you a different perspective on things.

 

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30 Mar Is God a Moral Monster? | Making Sense of the Bible | Joshua Tongol

 

[The views shared in this video do not necessarily represent the views of the community]

 

In March 2013, Joshua Tongol was invited to speak to a community in Santa Cruz, CA. Aside from his preaching, he requested for intimate gatherings where people can discuss topics that are usually not brought up in the “church.”

 

Many questions came up. Nothing was too sacred to mention in this meeting. The purpose was to ask the “WHAT IF?” question and to also offer alternative explanations of certain ideas.

 

Whenever a “new” idea was proposed to the community, the question was asked, “IS IT POSSIBLE?” No one, including the speaker, claimed to have it all figured out. But all were invited to participate in the conversation.

 

Sadly, many religious fundamentalists (Christian and non-Christian) tend to be very dogmatic concerning certain theological doctrines. Yet there is much diversity among them. That being the case, IS IT OK TO QUESTION?

 

Questions to think about:

 

-What do you really believe?
-Why do you believe?
-Can your “truth” withstand scrutiny?
-Can you listen to a different opinion other than yours without being offended?
-Can you disagree with another person and still unite in love?
-Can you feel safe enough in a gathering to share your heart without having to feel judged or condemned?

 

Josh has always envisioned gatherings where people can come together–with all their differences–yet still unite in love.

 

As you watch these videos, try to have an open heart and mind. And no matter what you may have been taught about God and/or the Bible…don’t forget to THINK for yourself.

 

Bless you on your journey…

 

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29 Mar Are You Afraid to QUESTION Your Religious Beliefs? | Joshua Tongol

 

[The views shared in this video do not necessarily represent the views of the community]

 

In March 2013, Joshua Tongol was invited to speak to a community in Santa Cruz, CA. Aside from his preaching, he requested for intimate gatherings where people can discuss topics that are usually not brought up in the “church.”

 

Many questions came up. Nothing was too sacred to mention in this meeting. The purpose was to ask the “WHAT IF?” question and to also offer alternative explanations of certain ideas.

 

Whenever a “new” idea was proposed to the community, the question was asked, “IS IT POSSIBLE?” No one, including the speaker, claimed to have it all figured out. But all were invited to participate in the conversation.

 

Sadly, many religious fundamentalists (Christian and non-Christian) tend to be very dogmatic concerning certain theological doctrines. Yet there is much diversity among them. That being the case, IS IT OK TO QUESTION?

 

Questions to think about:

 

-What do you really believe?
-Why do you believe?
-Can your “truth” withstand scrutiny?
-Can you listen to a different opinion other than yours without being offended?
-Can you disagree with another person and still unite in love?
-Can you feel safe enough in a gathering to share your heart without having to feel judged or condemned?

 

Josh has always envisioned gatherings where people can come together–with all their differences–yet still unite in love.

 

As you watch these videos, try to have an open heart and mind. And no matter what you may have been taught about God and/or the Bible…don’t forget to THINK for yourself.

 

Bless you on your journey…

 

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