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

 

Pope_Francis

 

 

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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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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19 Aug The Hidden Message Behind Religion | The Flipside Podcast #003

 

Mark_Driscoll_preaching_on_the_Ten_Commandments_at_Mars_Hill_Church

 

 

What is behind every message you hear?

 

In other words, what drives a person to share what they wanna share?

 

And once a person responds to a certain message, what motivates him or her to do what they do?

 

IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL HEAR:

 

• The sad (yet funny) story of when I was “left behind”
• How much of organized religion is running things
• The problem with the “good news”
• Why the so-called “unconditional” love of God is really conditional
• The different motivations for belief
• Why the “Christian” God is schizophrenic

 

Download this episode to your computer (right click and save)

 

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.

 

And if you believe in what I do and would like to support this podcast financially, consider becoming a patron today by going here: https://www.patreon.com/JoshuaTongol
 

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: Mark Driscoll preaching at Mars Hill Church, set against a large backdrop that reads “Ten Commandments: set free to live free” | Author: Ruthanne Reid)

 

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02 Jul This Message About GOD Will Change Your Life Forever (Very Liberating) | Audiobook

 

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

 

It’s a message for those who are feeling alone, questioning their faith, thinking God hates them, believing God is “far away,” frustrated with religion, struggling with guilt, etc.

 

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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I hope this encourages you today.

 

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16 May Is Jesus the ONLY Way? (THINK ABOUT IT!!)

 

-Is Jesus the only way? If so, what does that even mean?
-Jesus wasn’t a Christian, so what did he PREACH? Himself?
-Have Christians become distracted away from his MESSAGE?

 

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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29 Mar Who is the Cosmic Christ? | Beyond the Historical Jesus | 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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