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The Trinity Doctrine: Its Origin & Absurdity

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The Church teaches you to believe in one Triune God–a God who is “three in one.”  And when this confuses you, she tells you to stop trying to figure out the mysteries of God and just go with it because it’s what the Bible teaches.

The Church has been lying to you.  Yahweh, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are not three separate Personalities of one Divine Being.  They are three separate and distinct Gods.  Now  before you get all upset, you need to take an honest look at your own behavior and realize that while you claim to be a monotheist (someone who believes in just one God), in practice, you’re an obvious polytheist (someone who believes in multiple Gods).  And that’s a good thing, because true Christianity is a polytheistic religion. Read more of this post

Understanding the Virgin Birth: Context & Mechanics

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The angel answered and said to Mary, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35)

Whenever our Gods do something miraculous—like causing a virgin woman to become pregnant—humans can be counted on to become so obsessed with trying to understand the mechanics of the miracle that they miss the important lessons.  To avoid getting sidetracked by miracles in your own life, here’s a good rule to go by:

When God does something miraculous, focus on the why, not the how, and ask Him to help you learn everything He wants to teach you from the experience.

If you abide by this rule, you’ll steer clear of all kinds of silliness—such as dickering about exactly how Mary became pregnant.  Read more of this post

Terrible Salvation Songs: BECAUSE HE LIVES (AMEN) by Matt Maher

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Rex is the proud father of two young children: Chris and Hannah.  Rex loves his kids very much and his favorite part of the day is when he gets home from work and sees them running to greet him and tell him all about their days.  Rex’s first wife died several years ago, and he just recently married another woman named Tina.  He’s anxious to see how his kids will adjust to having Tina being their new stay-at-home mom.  Well, one day when Rex comes home from work, he is concerned when he doesn’t see Chris and Hannah waving at him from the window.  When he goes in the front door, he is surprised to see them still playing with their toys on the living room floor, not even looking in his direction. Read more of this post

Problematic Worship Songs: THIS I BELIEVE (The Creed) by Hillsong

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In an attempt to steer souls away from lies and to educate them about what the most essential doctrines of Christianity are, human leaders in the early Church got together and invented a set of creeds which could be passed down from generation to generation.  Some of those creeds became forgotten over time, but the Apostles’ Creed  became extremely popular.  Making a song out of something is a good way to remember it, and over the years, different Christian songwriters have taken a stab at turning the main sentiments of the Apostles’ Creed  into a set of catchy lyrics.  Of course adjustments get made here and there, and songwriters sometimes tack on some extra concepts that the original creed doesn’t cover.  But the point is that all of these songs are trying to answer the question: “What does a true Christian believe?”  Read more of this post

Who raised Jesus from the dead?

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Who raised Jesus from the dead? Jesus said He raised Himself. But read through Acts and those New Testament epistles, and guess what? Jesus’ disciples say that Yahweh was the One who brought Jesus back to life. Is this a problem? It’s an enormous problem. Read more of this post

God’s Will vs. Human Choice Q&A

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1. IF GOD ALWAYS GETS WHAT HE WANTS, DOESN’T THAT MAKE OUR CHOICE INVALID?

No, because part of what God wants is for us to have choice. The key to understanding how God can have His way without turning us into automatons is to realize how limited our choices are and how many scenarios please Him. Suppose you’re going out to lunch with a friend. You say to her, “Do you want to go to Italian or Mexican?” You’re giving her a choice, but it’s limited. You could easily enjoy either food at the time you ask the question, so though you’re giving her some degree of choice, no matter what she chooses, you’re going to feel satisfied. Read more of this post

Change the Bible, Go to Hell: Debunking Christian Superstitions

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Suppose you go to the library and borrow two books. In Jane’s Guide to Antique Dolls, a woman named Jane offers tips to doll collectors. In Bob’s Big Sports Book, a man named Bob talks about great moments in sports history.

Now as you pick up Jane’s book, the first sentence of her introduction says: “Reading this book is going to save you a ton of money.” You read a few chapters of her book, then you set it down and pick up Bob’s book. A while later your friend comes over and is annoyed that you are too engrossed in your book to pay any attention to her.

“Why are you so into some guy’s guide to sports?” she asks. “You don’t even like sports.”

“Because reading this book is going to save me money,” you reply. Read more of this post

The Laying On of Hands

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Does God need someone to touch you before He can help you? Of course not, He’s God. So what’s this business about laying on of hands? Well, this is one of those things like fasting that we pick up from things we read about in the Bible. We pick it up and then we won’t let it go, because we think we’ve found a way to manipulate God. Read more of this post

What’s holy about holy water? (Understanding Labels in the Church)

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Let’s play a game. If you do everything I say, I’ll give you a million dollars. If you don’t, I’ll kill you. This is a game with high stakes.

Now the game starts with me sitting in a tent that I’ve put up. That tent is special. Why? Because I said so. In this game, I define what special is. Now I want you to bring me special gifts. Outside of my tent there’s a picnic table with ordinary things on it: bowls, cups, cooking utensils, water, food, etc.. I want you to bring me some of those things. You see, the way this game works, you have to bring me something special every 30 minutes. I won’t take just an ordinary object, it has to be special.

So what makes an object special? Well, if you hop up and down on your right leg ten times in a row and then you touch one of the items on that picnic table, that thing will become special. But you can only make one thing special at a time, so you’ll have to do a lot of hopping. The first thing I want you to bring me is a special cup. That means you have to hop up and down on your right leg ten times, touch a cup to make it special, then bring it to me in my special tent. Now you’d better not try to cut any corners because I’m watching you. If you get tired and decide to skip the leg hopping step and just bring an ordinary object into my special tent, I will shoot you. I have a gun in my tent and I won’t allow anything ordinary to come in here. I’m special, my tent is special, and everything you bring to me had better meet with my definition of special. So get hopping.

In this little game of ours, what determined whether something was special or ordinary? You going through some silly ritual. Did the physical properties of the objects that you made “special” ever change? Not at all. When you hopped up and down and then touched a cup, it was still just a cup. I was the only reason the cup was considered “special”, because I had made up these silly rules. This whole game is nothing more than me making you go through a bunch of meaningless motions just because I said so. It’s just a means of me bossing you around. I don’t really need you to bring me things in my tent, I just want to see you submitting to my authority. What’s your motivation for bothering to play such a strange game? In fact, why should you bother with doing anything that I say? Because if you don’t, I will kill you. Read more of this post

Did Jesus spend three days in Hell?

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After Jesus died on a cross, three days passed before He rose again from the grave. What happened during those three days? One popular theory is that He went to Hell. In fact this has been so widely accepted that we’ve worked it into the Apostle’s Creed:

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried;
He descended into Hell. On the third day He rose again; He ascended into Heaven,
He is seated at the right hand of the Father, and He will come again to judge the living and the dead. Read more of this post