Listen in as Michael, Clint and Carrie wrap up their series covering issues surrounding gender identity. Is gender determined by the individual? If not, and someone identifies with a gender other than what they are born with, what causes it? Is the root cause a psychological disorder? Or is it something deeper?
I have never seen, heard, smelt, tasted or empirically experienced God.I have groped for a sign of his presence, love, even his very existence! Angels, Jesus, a sound, or some type of miracle would be sufficient. I remember two years ago when I was going through my depression. . . . Wait. I am getting ahead of myself. . . .
Here is a question I got through an email a while back:
I have been a believer for quite sometime – since I was eight. It’s a miracle, however, that I believe at all. I grew up in a Oneness Pentecostal home that was very legalistic and rigid. Since then I have changed a great deal in regard to my beliefs. I very much believe in the Trinity, justification by faith, etc. So you could say I’m pretty much orthodox now.
But with all that said, I have been having a bit of trouble with my faith. I’m kinda having a hard time believing in God or praying to him because I just don’t see the point in it anymore because I feel like he doesn’t answer. In fact I feel as if it pointless because he isn’t here – right here, spatially – to speak with me. I dunno I just feel like with all that I have happening in my life a face to face relationship – a person to person conversation – is what I need from him. And I can’t have that. I mean it is as if God is a distant uncle to whom I send letters (prayers), and he sends a postcard. Is it enough to just say that God has spoken through his word so he doesn’t need to speak now? I don’t feel like it. Why couldn’t Jesus have just stayed here, albeit in a ubiquitous form? That way I could talk to him. I know he is the Father’s representative to man and for man so why not stay here where he can be physically accessible?
1. Your Problem is not Uncommon
Thanks so much for writing and for your honesty. Your thoughts, it might comfort you to know, are not uncommon. The problem you speak of is called the “hiddenness of God” in theological circles. Why is God so hidden? It is hard to know exactly why, but the fact of his hiddenness is something the Bible speaks to very clearly. In Acts 1 the angels say, “Why do you stare into heaven. . . He will come back just as you have seen him go.” In other words, you will not “see” him again until he comes back. Christ told his disciples in the upper room before his death that it is “better for you if I go because I will send the Comforter.” I often think “it is NOT better for you to go because I cannot see or hear the Holy Spirit.”
2. God is “Silent” in My Life
I believe that naked belief (i.e., without empirical experience) is what God calls on us to have right now. We do have to “limp” through this life without having seen God or Jesus, yet believe in him. I don’t have any perfectly sound theological reason why God is not more empirically evident in our lives (though I will give some thoughts below). My more charismatic friends would disagree, as you probably know. However, I have called and called to God to show himself to me. In my darkest times (and against my better theological judgement), I have groped for a sign of his presence, love, even his very existence! Angels, Jesus, a sound, or some type of miracle would be sufficient. I remember two years ago when I was going through my depression. I stayed up all night crying, sitting in my car in the garage yelling at God, asking him to just do something – anything! The silence at that time was deafening. It was painful. It hurt my feelings at a very deep level that the all-powerful God would not perform the simplest of tasks. I thought, “God, if you are so great and love me so much why are you so silent? Why now? Why when I am this depressed? Just do something!” Continue Reading →
Wrapping up the topic of science v. faith, Michael Patton, Clint Roberts and Carrie Hunter discuss if science, instead of conflicting with Christianity actually lends itself to supporting the truth of it. Ohhh it’s good. You’ll wanna listen.
In this episode, Michael Patton, Clint Roberts and Carrie Hunter delve further into addressing the [false] dichotomy between religion and faith. Also discussed, is the nature order an additional source of divinely inspired revelation? Ohhh… find out!
In our ongoing series addressing the objections people have with Christianity we use this episode to dive in to the charge that we as Christians are anti-science. Is it the case that science and faith conflict? Or is it rather there is something else in the mix that is incompatible with Christianity? Michael Patton, Clint Roberts and Carrie Hunter discuss this and more. Dive on in with us.
Join our hosts C. Michael Patton, Clint Roberts and Carrie Hunter as they continue their discussion surrounding potential problems with religion. Is Christianity, for example, a religion or a relationship? What does it even mean to be religious? See what they have to say!
In this initial episode we hear a chaotic discussion between the hosts, Michael Patton, Clint Roberts and Carrie Hunter, about the nature and direction of what exactly the podcast will be. This is the planning phase so be patient! We are testing the waters but we will get our sea legs eventually!