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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

Faithless Worship Songs: ABIDE WITH ME by Matt Redman

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Faith is an activity of the soul.  It’s when your soul chooses to put its trust in a concept regardless of whether or not that concept can be confirmed through sensual data (see Faith Development: Basic Mechanics).  Because we’re used to relying on our senses to guide us in our relationships with other humans and in our interactions with the physical world we live in, we find relying on faith to be very challenging—especially when incoming sensual data seems to be contradicting the facts which our souls are trying to cling to.  If God feels far away to our emotions, does that mean that He really is?  If we can’t see, hear, or touch God, does that mean that He is not present with us? Read more of this post

Beyond Atonement: Understanding the True Purpose of the Cross

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Because the Church as a whole downplays the Old Testament—so much so that we often throw it out altogether and publish the New Testament alone—Christians have ended up with a very warped view of the cross. When it comes to answering the question “Why did Jesus die on the cross for our sins?”, the common answer is “Because He loved us.” Well, this answer simply doesn’t work. You see, Jesus has always loved us and as God Almighty, Jesus has been around forever. So why did He all of a sudden decide to show up on earth in human form and go through the whole crucifixion event? 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