33. Resurrection or Reincarnation?

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Many religions teach that the soul is eternal and that it passes on from one life to the next, being incarnate in a new body each time.  This teaching is called reincarnation.  It contradicts the teaching of resurrection that says this life is the only life humans have before a bodily resurrection of all the dead at the final judgment of the Lord.

Mike Shreve of Shreve Ministries shares why he used to believe in reincarnation, how he used to teach others about reincarnation, how the Lord saved him and brought him to embrace the resurrection of Christ and the future bodily resurrection of all the dead, and how he explains that reincarnation isn’t logically consistent.

Show Links:

Shreve Ministries

Free Download of Mike’s Testimony: Encountering God

Website for Mike’s Book, In Search of the True Light: The True Light

25. A Christian Response to Yoga

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Reconnect Episode 25Did you know that yoga is integrally linked to Hinduism?

If you didn’t know this, do you think you should know more about it before practicing it if you are a Christian?

If you did know this, can yoga be stripped from its Hindu meaning and origins as it is commonly practiced in the West?

Is it appropriate to “Christianize” yoga?

Are some yoga classes recruitment grounds for Hinduism and the New Age Movement?

Have you ever been to a yoga class that has everyone say “Namaste”?  Do you know what this means?  Is this an appropriate word for Christians to use with others?

Is it permissible for Christians to practice yoga?  Is this a strong brother/weak brother situation that Paul addresses in Romans 14?

When Christians practice yoga what message are they conveying to Hindus and those of the New Age worldview?

Mary Eady of TruthXchange answers all of these questions in this episode of Reconnect!

She has written a booklet entitled, Letter to a Friend: Yoga.  It’s currently being repackaged for a new round of publishing, so I can’t share a link to it at the time of releasing this episode.  It is one letter in a series by TruthXchange intended to guide Christians in sharing the truth of Scripture in a winsome way with their friends when addressing difficult practices and beliefs that are commonly accepted in our culture and even at times the Church, yet are in conflict with what God has revealed to us in his word.

Show Links:

Judge Decides Yoga can be Taught Encinitas Schools (CBS8)

Should Yoga be Allowed in Public School (The Week)

TruthXchange Store (Hopefully Mary Eady’s letter will be available soon)

Holy Yoga (Listen to this episode and then surf this site)

Reconnect 14. Hinduism/Christianity – Compare and Contrast

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How does Hinduism compare to Christianity?  Do they have any similarities?  What about their differences?  Two bright high school seniors (that graduated a few days after this recording) from Crean Lutheran High School tackle these questions as Andy leads them through a free Contradict Movement discussion guide.

Episode links:

“What do Hindus Believe and What is OM?” Video

Hinduism/Christianity – Compare and Contrast Participant’s Guide

Hinduism/Christianity – Compare and Contrast Leader’s Guide

Hinduism Blog Posts Andy Wrote on his OC Apologist Blog

Hinduism Blog Posts at andywrasman.com

Reconnect Episode 4: Jesus vs. Zeus

Avengers meme that confuses God and god.  There is a difference.
Avengers meme that confuses God and god. There is a difference.

Jay Clair has been a very active member on my Contradict – They Can’t All Be True Facebook page.  

I discovered that he had a blog called Blue Eyed Shy Guy.  The blog stood out to me because I am a fan of Mario 2 for the NES, and to my knowledge it was the only Mario game that featured the Shy Guy characters.  Jay explains the name of his blog at the start of the podcast.  For this show we discuss one of his blog posts that really stood out to me: “What is Meant by God?”.

The blog post originated as a reply to an Avengers meme that his brother sent him.  Many people compare belief in Jesus to belief in Zeus, basically saying, they’re both mythological gods.  Yet, Jay responds with a break down of the difference between God with a capital G and god with a lower case g.  Doing such shows that belief in Jesus is nowhere near the same as belief in Zeus.  His work also shows that there isn’t as many proposed Gods to consider if someone is evaluating the world’s religions for truth.

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G220 Radio – Contradict: They Can’t All Be True

I was just on a padcast show called G220 Radio.  The name comes from Galatians 2:20.  You should look that verse up, here. The show is hosted by Ricky Gantz.  He has followed the Contradict – They Can’t All Be True Facebook page for quite awhile.  He recently launched this podcast and he has a lot of great topics that I think anyone who likes this blog would be interested in hearing discussed.  The show before the Contradict episode was on Jehovah’s Witnesses and the show that will be aired next week is on interracial relationships and marriages – you know from the Bible.  I hope they address the insane idea that dark skinned people came from the descendents of Ham, because Ham was cursed to have children born to slavery.  If you want to see where people get that idea, go to Genesis 9.

For the G220 Radio episode I was on as the guest, I love that Ricky focused on Chapter 2 of Contradict – They Can’t All Be True.  Chapter 2 teaches the basic history, beliefs, and practices of the world’s five major religions via 20 key terms for each.  So 100 terms in total.  Ricky went through each of the five religions and asked me to speak on some of those terms for each religion.  I like that he did this because I took it upon myself to compare and contrast the teachings with what the Bible teaches us.  I also was able to give some good points for where the Gospel could be interjected into the teachings of other religions – in other words points at which adherents of these other religions would find the Gospel to be truly Good News for them!

Ricky also got to share some experiences he has had using Contradict in evangelism.

Give it a listen and share it far and wide.  G220 Radio: Contradict They Can’t All Be True!

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Charles Colson – Against the Night #1 – The Ideas that Brought the New Dark Ages

I started reading the late Charles Colson‘s book Against the Night: Living in the New Dark Ages.  This book was written in 1989, and I’m sure Colson would have far more to say if it were written today.  He writes about the setting sunset and our entrance into the “new dark ages.”  What makes our times dark?  It’s moral decay!  We’ve lost the fundamental truths upon which absolute morality is established.  The age of relativism is bringing down Western society as we know it.

In the first chapter of my soon to be published book, Contradict – They Can’t All Be True, I address this same problem, but my focus is on religious pluralism more so than moral relativism, but the two go hand in hand.  I trace the origin of this “new dark age” in the West from its religious origins of Hinduism’s influence on Western culture from the transcendentalist movement that began in 19th century through authors such as Whitman, Emerson, and Thoreau. Colson begins earlier in 1610 with the French philosopher Rene Descartes.  Descartes came to the conclusion that the one thing he knew was certain was the fact that he doubted.  He could not doubt that he doubted, which led to his classic statement, “I think, therefore I am.”

Colson sees this teaching as the root of our current age of moral decline and loss of truth:

Descartes’s now-famous postulate led to a whole new premise for philosophic thought: man, rather than God, became the fixed point around which everything else revolved; human reason became the foundation upon which a structure of knowledge could be built; and doubt became the highest intellectual virtue. … Men and women could not order their lives according to what they could see for themselves through reason, and the fetters of faith and tradition fell away.  … For centuries people had established their moral standards according to the discerned will of God or by appealing to Aristotelian concepts of virtue.  Now Enlightened thinkers sought to root morality not within a transcendent authority or classical conceptions of virtue, but within the mind and heart of man.  Moral judgments would be measured by what men and women could know or feel for themselves.

René Descartes
René Descartes – Is this the man we can blame for our current state of moral decay and loss of the belief absolute truth within our culture?

I find it interesting that Colson traces the problem back to a philosophy that ultimately strips God from the picture and makes Man the end all, be all of determining reality, and I traced the problem back to a religion that says everything is divine and thus each of us is God!  The two go hand in hand.  One reached the mind through philosophy and the other spoke to the heart through an Eastern religion that is experiential.  The one, two punch combo that has knocked us down.  Are we going to get up?  Are you we going to fight back?  We must reclaim absolute truth, not for ourselves, but for all of mankind who needs a saving relationship with God.

2 Peter 3:9 – “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promises.  He is patient!  He desires that no one perishes, but that everyone comes to eternal life through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.”