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26 Jul How The Bible Can Be Dangerous (And Why Many Christians Don’t See It) | Audiobook

 

Here’s a free chapter on “The Bible” from my audiobook So You Thought You Knew.

 

I started reading the Bible at a very young age. I was told what to think about it and also what to assume about it as well. This book has helped me in so many different ways as I was growing up. But to be honest, there were some things I didn’t understand. So what did I do? I kept many of my inner thoughts/questions to myself.

 

But everything changed once I began to question it out loud. This is my journey.

 

Here are a couple things that will get you thinking by listening to this audio:

 

• Is the Bible true (inerrant)?

• Why do so many believers love it, while so many unbelievers detest it?

• Have you ever read the Bible from cover to cover?

• Is the Bible the “Word of God”?

• Does God speak apart from the Bible?

 

If this audio helps you in any way, please share it with others.

 

*For the complete version of the book (paperback, kindle, audio), you can order it here:

 

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If you end up purchasing the complete book, I’d really appreciate it if you can RATE and REVIEW it. It only takes a few minutes. And it seriously helps a lot by allowing more people to discover the book as well.

 

Thanks again. And I hope this encourages you today.

 

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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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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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27 Jun Listen to “So You Thought You Knew.” Yup, it’s now an Audiobook!

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Are you not much of a reader? Do you prefer LISTENING to a book instead?

 

Well, I have some exciting news for you!!

 

Yup, that’s right, “So You Thought You Knew” is now available as an audiobook!!

 

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD: So You Thought You Knew Audiobook

 

So WHO is the one reading it? YOURS TRULY!

 

I’ve had so many people tell me that they love listening to audiobooks as they drive or while they’re doing things around the house. So I thought, “Josh, it’s about time you made one!”

 

Remy and I purchased some equipment and did the recording in our own home. We did it suuuuper late at night (or should I say morning) for several days (from 12am-4am) because we had to wait for the noise of the cars driving by our place to die down! LOL!
 

During the recording, I felt strong emotions as I read my own personal stories. What an experience!! But a good one indeed!! You’ll actually get to HEAR my heart on topics such as God, the Bible, grace, hell, the devil, church, and other topics that are important for religious folks to think about.

 

The audiobook was just released on Audible.com today. And it’ll eventually be available on Amazon, iTunes, as well as their global partner sites, within a couple of days.
 

If you’d like to purchase the paperback or kindle version of the book, click here: So You Thought You Knew

 

Happy reading…errr…I mean LISTENING! (Or both!) Thanks for all the love and support.

 

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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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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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