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For Fapstronauts who are disciples of Christ
I suggest you to listen Jackie Hill perry, I Feel like you will like her.
That's one way of looking at it but not the only way. There are other places where other gods are mentioned and even God talks to them.
How about the Happy Heretic Hour podcast then? I used to listen to that but found it annoying so I stopped. Lol! A lot of the ideas about there being other gods on Almost Heretical have come from Tim Mackie and The Bible Project. Tim Mackie is a highly respected bible scholar who's work has been endorsed by Michael S. Heiser who is hardly a liberal.
You suggest wrong. I take the Bible very seriously and want to understand it. I'm not avoiding things that make me feel uncomfortable, I want to know what's true. To me it makes no sense in believing something that doesn't seem to be true. What I found is after studying the Bible there were contradictions. The c word freaks a lot of Christians out but that's what I found. Asked my old church leaders about these contradictions and I was told to not ask such questions and what I thought wasn't true. Everyone in my church was scared of what I was thinking and didn't really want to discuss such things. There were Christians online whom I would listen to who would try to engage with the issues but their answer didn't satisfy me yup until I listen to what progressive Christians were saying. So where I am now has nothing to do with being more palatable to world. It isn't about having an easy life. All my friends were in the church and as soon as they realised I no longer believe what they believe they didn't want anything to do with me. So as a result I have no friends in real life. Sure I have found communities online that have people who are in similar places as me but it's not the same being able to meet up with people face to face. It would have it so much easier if I went along pretending to believe what my church taught but my mind couldn't let me. I half expect Christians to jump on my back when I say stuff on this forum. It would easier if I was a conservative Christian but I don't want to be fake.
Sure, I have a western mind and as far as I can tell so do you, since you appear to live in the western world as well. I want to get into the mindset of the biblical writers but I have a western way of thinking that is hard to shake.
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This is true, obviously there are many ways of looking at things. That doesn't make any of them right or accurate. An opinion isn't valid simply because it seems new.
What does having a Western mind have to do with it? If the Bible is truth, then it is truth for all cultures and all worldviews. If the Bible isn't truth, then we might as well declare it worthless.
1) You're not the first person in history to wrestle with things that appear contradictory in scripture.
2) Where there are things that appear to be contradictions, scripture generally reconciles them when seen through a broader context. What are the contradictions that seemed so insurmountable to you?
3) Your old church leaders clearly weren't very educated in answering hard questions.
Christianity is a monotheistic faith--full stop. One God, zero others.
If I see a man praying to an idol and if someone were to ask me what the man was doing, I might say, "oh, he's just praying to his god," but I would not be endorsing the idea that his god is actually real. I'd just be explaining what the man is doing. When the Israelites defeated other peoples and God commanded them to "destroy the altars of their gods", God wasn't conceding the existence of other deities. He was just explaining what the Israelites should do.
The more than one "gods" thing is talking about henotheism. Whether there are "gods" is a matter of semantics(definitions). For example, if "god" merely means a powerful supernatural being, then it is probably fair to say that some angels are "gods". Micheal Heiser doesn't enorse polytheism or paganish understandings, he argues that the hebrews believed in what we would call angels or demons, and that those angels were given some authority over certain areas God is utterly different and superior. They(henotheists) are talking about "angels/elohim", not what we would consider deities. My understanding is that "elohim" means something along the lines of "spiritual being"(which would include God, angels, or even demons). Calling all spiritual beings "gods" is simply an edgier way of saying it that probably results in more confusion than good. I would call Micheal Heiser a monotheist, I am not sure if he would call himself a henotheist but it is a matter of semantics, he doesn't believe in abominable pluralism or worshiping beings other than God or so on. I think he probably agrees with Paul that at least some of the idols were actually demons. He is not pushing new-age/pagan crap, he actually spends a lot of his time responding to new age and also paranormal claims(refuting them mostly). Here is a quick 3 minute explanation that should clarify it Micheal Heiser seems pretty credible to me, I don't know about the other guys mentioned.
My favorite preacher(not counting Jesus or the apostles or my grandpas! ) would easily be George MacDonald. His "Unspoken Sermons" are probably the reason that I am still Christian and also helped me to start making real progress against my porn problem. He was apparently a big inspiration to C.S. Lewis if you are a C.S. Lewis fan(he was even made into a character in The Great Divorce). Reading/hearing his sermons took my trust and admiration and reverence of God to a whole new level.
Peter Hiett would be second(and you have probably never heard of him but his sermons can be found on the internet).
I must say Paul Washer as intense as he is can deliver a great message.
Then Andrew Farley gave the best explanation on predestination that I have ever heard.
I am very careful to whom I listen to as there are so many false teachers out there. I recently had to get out of my church of after almost 20 years. God really opened my eyes to the false preaching's of prosperity gospel and word of faith teachers.
But this is a long discussion that can go into arguments that I really don't want to go into.
As long as a preacher delivers the Word of God and the Gospel without twisting it and taking it out of context, he is a great preacher!!!
I have been helped along the way greatly by Dallas Willard, Sam Williamson, Wayne Jacobsen, Neil Cole, Frank Viola, Watchman Nee, Brother Lawrence, C.S. Lewis, and many others. I don't agree with any of these 100%, but I love the heart that each displays(ed) for God, and I have learned a great deal about God from each one.
The authors who help me when I prepare a preaching are Myer Pearlman, A.T. Robertson, Vine, Scofield
Just watched a documentary about C.S Lewis, he is really one of my models
Mike Todd, because he taught me to use my story of pornography addiction as a means to overcome it. Carry your testimony. Rev 12:11. He is also open about his own previous p addiction. I love that about him! Very rare because most pastors act too good and don't wanna me real (or HOT)