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A series that reconstrues and retells key ideas, insights, and stories in Christianity for the skeptics who want to understand religion, Christians with questions about their own beliefs, and everyone in between. I am Paul Seungoh Chung, the author of God at the Crossroads of Worldviews, a university lecturer, and a pastor. I invite you to explore with me the world shared by 2.4 billion people--one that inspired our ideals, imaginations, and intellect, for better or for worse. (Note: later e ...
 
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I'm back for 2023, and here is an extra episode to update what is being worked on. Next episode, "Risking belief to keep your faith" will air around mid-February. In the meanwhile, you can listen to this unscripted episode--if are so inclined--as I bemoan my troubles, trying to figure out which publisher would be appropriate for my book, and figure…
 
Many people are surprised that the name of the people of God, "Israel," means to "wrestle with God". But, that was the name God gives to Jacob, who is a character full of faults and failures, and that became the name of everyone who are called God's people in the Bible ( Christians are called "new Israel" in the New Testament). So, in this episode,…
 
We're back with part 1 of the two-episode exploration of Jacob's life. What does it mean to be blessed by God? What is it about Jacob and his life that Genesis identifies him as the spiritual ancestor and representative of the people that God personally speaks with--people who journeys with God? After all, Jacob is an unlikely figure for a hero of …
 
Isaac is the promised child of Abraham and Sarah. Yet, his life as described in Genesis seems, well, uninteresting. But, there is a very interesting idea behind what happens--or rather, what doesn't happen--in Isaac's life, and it has to do with to how humanity's relation to God develops through multiple generations, according to the Bible. Coming …
 
A bonus, unscripted(!) episode. We'll see how this episode turns out. So, we've been exploring "ideas, insights, and stories in Christianity." But, where am I in all this? Have I ever experienced some of the things I describe in this series, especially in the third season--God speaking personally to people, making promises, and unfolding miracles? …
 
Why did God call Abraham to offer his son, Isaac, as a burnt offering? The story of the "Binding of Isaac," is not simply about a story of a man obeying God to the point that he will sacrifice his own son. It is about a call that everyone who speaks with God eventually hears. And we hear this call because all of humanity has been waging a one-sided…
 
What is faith? What is a miracle? And how are the themes of promise, time, and ambiguity related to all of that? Has God truly been speaking with us? Is Reality personal? Christians believe God speaks to them and walks with them, but what we’ve explored so far still remains open to the question on whether this is merely one possible way to relate t…
 
Moral teachings in the Bible, especially in the Hebrew portion (the Christian Old Testament) pose a problem. There are rules and regulations that do not seem very important to us, while there are practices, such as slavery, God either seems to ignore, or even condone. And we're not even getting to the laws that God commands that seem too harsh or e…
 
Is God good? And if God is good, why are moral laws and commands in the Bible, sometimes not so good? And of course, why do bad things happen, if God is good? But, before we can ask those questions, we should've asked this more basic question: Why would you think that God is good? What does it mean to say that God is "good"? We will begin to explor…
 
For ages, people have ascribed personality to their deities. What was their reasoning? And what would be the personality of God that speaks forth all things? How should we start thinking about this? And what about Abram, Sarai, and their family? What was the personality of God that spoke to them? How did they begin to learn Who God was in their liv…
 
The first extra episode for Season 3; the next main episode (S3E5) will go live early July. (update: there were more delays, so I couldn't complete the new episode by the end of June as I had originally planned. I apologize for the delay!) This episode addresses the more "meta" question about this series that I wanted to go over before releasing th…
 
To hear God speak to you, is to be presented with truth; they are the same thing. And God speaking to you often begins with uncertainty, because we don't know whether what is being presented to us really is true. Abram and Sarai hears God speak to them in how they are moved, or inspired, to follow an inner call. "Something" guides them, and that "s…
 
The Genesis account of Abraham, Sarah, and their children, invites its readers to follow in their path, and continue their journey toward God. There's one, big problem: it doesn't tell us how to start. Their journey begins with God speaking to Abraham (Abram), but Genesis does not describe how God first spoke to Abram, and how Abram heard God for t…
 
Abraham, Sarah, and their family--are they "historical" figures? The simple answer? No... and Yes. (Ok, so it's not a simple answer) Another answer is the actual title of this episode: "Historical in/significance of Abraham's story" This odd title can refer to four things. 1) The "insignificance" of Abraham as a "historical figure" for historians 2…
 
What does it mean to say, “There’s no God?” What it means for us today, to say, “there’s no God,” is quite different from what it meant for people living just several centuries ago, to say, “there’s no God.” That's because people back then did not merely believe that God exists. They perceived God in their world. Then, some time ago, God disappeare…
 
A short prologue to the 3rd Season of What do you mean God speaks? - "Those who wrestle with God. 1st main episode of Season 3 is scheduled to go live next week. Music : "True Genesis" by Tenacious Orchestra - Licensed from PremiumBeat.com Support the show Please leave a review or rate this series on Apple Podcast and other platforms!…
 
Trailer for the upcoming Season 3 of "What do you mean God speaks?" Those who wrestle with God. The trailer : "Monologue of the children of Abraham" Music : "True Genesis" by Tenacious Orchestra - Licensed from PremiumBeat.com Support the show Please leave a review or rate this series on Apple Podcast and other platforms!…
 
Post-season bonus episode; here I just go over some things I thought of while writing this second season, or other things I could have put into the episodes (or thought was interesting), but didn't. I also talk about new listeners, trouble with writing for people I can't see, and stuff like that. Also: at the end of the episode, I play the full len…
 
The finale of Season 2: Genesis. Please join me for the third Season! We think the story of Babel is about God punishing people for building a tower that reaches the sky; that is why God makes them speak in different languages. But, what if it’s much more than that? What if the Tower is not really God’s primary concern, and the goal of God making p…
 
What does the Flood that God speaks forth mean for those of us today? What is God speaking and promising when Noah and his family emerge from the Ark to a new world? What does it mean for God to make a covenant that the world will never unravel completely from the Flood? This is the conclusion of the second arc of this season, which spans between e…
 
When everything unravels into the Flood, what will save you from it? Make sure you've listened to "S2E10: ...so that Everything unravels into the Flood" before this episode. What does it mean for God to bring the Flood, while speaking to Noah to build the Ark? The Ark is more than just a means to escape destruction--God is, in a sense, telling Noah…
 
What does it mean for God to bring the Flood? Why does God bring the Flood? What is the Flood that brings an end to our world? (Genesis 4 ~ 6) Is our world unraveling into a flood? 2:16 Did the Great Flood happen? 9:53 What humanity makes of the world after Cain 16:38 How evil unravels our world into the Flood 27:05 Genesis introduces Noah --------…
 
What would it be like to be Cain? To rage at how your life is unfolding, then somehow, in some way hear God speak to you, and recognize those words as God speaking? And then, go against it? What was going on with him? What would lead him to do this? And how would this change the world afterward? Yourself, and your descendants? When Cain murdered hi…
 
From the Fall, Exile from Eden, to the first Murder What "death" did the Fall bring upon humanity? One way to answer is, "how do we live forever?" I'm not asking how do we avoid dying forever; rather, if we don't die, how do we live? Because after the Fall, Life has become our enemy. And Cain murders his brother because of it. (Genesis 3 ~ 4) 1:48 …
 
Several times in Genesis, God pronounces judgement and punishment on humanity, and some of those punishments seem rather strange, and some of them seem to outweigh the wrongs that were done. What's going on when God judges people? And are the accounts in Genesis 1 ~ 11 mythical? The two questions are kind of related. (Genesis 1 ~ 11) 0:52 Questions…
 
Hostile Partings - the Fall of Man What made humanity fall? What severed our relationship with God, with each other, and everything, and eventually led us into destruction? Genesis has a surprising answer; it was eating from the Tree of knowledge of good and evil. But, why would something so seemingly trivial have such dire consequences? (Genesis 3…
 
What would it have been like to be humanity before the Fall? What is the Garden of Eden, and what did it mean for the first humans to tend to this garden and eat its fruits? (Genesis 2 ~ 3) 1:50 Our God-given capabilities and responsibilities 6:52 Eden and its primordial Trees 12:28 Humanity is to tend to the Trees 17:47 Life in Eden before humanit…
 
What is the significance of humanity, according to Genesis? How Genesis describes humanity, or “Adam,” and our significance, is different from how we have sought to define our uniqueness. (Genesis 1 ~ 2) 2:12 The universe was not created for our sake 9:07 Our uniqueness is not in our origin 16:58 Human existence according to Genesis 19:04 The Image…
 
An extra episode, to cover the various topics that I wasn't able to in the main episodes in season two so far. Also: an announcement for the funding for this series. ----------------------------------------- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatdoyoumeangodspeaks/ website: https://whatdoyoumeangodspeaks.buzzsprout.com/ -------------------------…
 
What is the meaning of it all? Why did God create the universe? Did God create the universe, so that humanity could exist? What does the Genesis creation narrative say about the purpose of everything? Its answer may surprise us. (Genesis 1) - 01:40 - A recurring problem: our idea of God is too small . 08:40 - Is the Universe designed so that Life c…
 
The Creation narrative in Genesis, according to biblical scholars, is based on the ancient Middle Eastern cosmology held by the Hebrews when it was written. Then, how is Genesis true for us living in the modern age? In this first part of exploring the opening creation narrative of Genesis, we will consider how Genesis presents significant ideas tha…
 
The narratives told in the first 11 chapters of Genesis, especially the account of God creating the world, form the framework in which the Christian Bible and its message is set. However, many of us today are at a loss as to what these narratives mean for us. So, we will begin our second season by exploring the primeval history in Genesis. (Genesis…
 
What was God doing before creating the Cosmos? This seemingly esoteric question reveals a key aspect of the idea of God. We can only know God who speaks. And God first speaks in Genesis. - 00:22 - Returning to previous unanswered questions . 05:24 - Difficulty of thinking about God before Genesis . 12:19 - Transcendence and Ultimate Reality . 19:58…
 
There is something Jesus never taught his disciples how to do. And Christians tried it anyway, and when they did, they found themselves playing the wrong game. 00:39 - When our beliefs lead us to perpetrate evil . 11:36 - What Jesus never taught his disciples how to do . 17:11 - The kind of power rejected by Christ . 25:00 - Christians playing the …
 
Is our success due to our merit or luck? We will explore how there is a larger perspective, centered around the idea of our responsibility before God, which will present a different answer to this question. (edit June 29: added a short section on the ideas of "gifts" and "calling" for one's responsibility, as alternative to the idea of merit) Also:…
 
Twenty years ago, I took a course titled, "Maps of Meaning," taught by Jordan Peterson, who has since become a very influential public intellectual ( ... though I thought this would happen earlier). In this extra episode, I present my preliminary thoughts on what seems to constitute his idea of God. ---------------------------------------- Instagra…
 
In this extra episode, I read a couple of selections from my book, "God at the Crossroads of Worldviews." You can find the description (and academic reviews) of the book in the University of Notre Dame Press website below. https://undpress.nd.edu/9780268100599/god-at-the-crossroads-of-worldviews/ Also: I had an interesting conversation with the kin…
 
Argue as if you're wrong! Especially if you believe in God. A post-season extra episode. ---------------------------------------- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatdoyoumeangodspeaks/ website: https://whatdoyoumeangodspeaks.buzzsprout.com/ Support the show Please leave a review or rate this series on Apple Podcast and other platforms!…
 
The hidden season finale. The history of the relationship between humanity and God can be described as humanity repeatedly silencing the voice of God. Yet, God still speaks. That is the story of Easter. ---------------------------------------- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatdoyoumeangodspeaks/ website: https://whatdoyoumeangodspeaks.buzzs…
 
The entire series is written as a whole, like a single book that is broken up into sequential episodes, with each building upon the previous ones. So, periodically, I release an extra episode that has a summary review for the previous episodes. This episode will explain what the first season was aiming for, and what episodes 7 to 12 is about. 0:00 …
 
What does it mean to say that the Bible is the “word of God”? For Christianity, the “Word of God,” refers to much more than just the Bible; literally everything that unfolds in History is God speaking, the Logos--the rational principle of the universe, is God speaking--every truth is God speaking, and Jesus Christ is the Word of God who became a hu…
 
a.k.a. How nightmare plagues every dream of God's Kingdom - Many evils have been perpetrated in the name of Christianity; even now, there seems to be many individuals who justify their bigotry, hatred, or violence, by appealing to Christianity. The same, of course, happens with other religions, and even non-religious and anti-religious ideologies. …
 
“Who am I? One name you might have for me is The World. Or you might call me the Universe. Or, perhaps God. Or the Truth. I am All, and I am One. And this also means that I am you.” Truth, from Full Metal Alchemist This is an extra episode that examines the question in episode 9 and episode 10 in greater depth. If God can speak from within, where i…
 
According to Christianity, every truth is God speaking. But, there is a difference between God speaking and God speaking to you. God is Reality; but, for Christians Reality is Who, not a what. And Reality is Who, because this Reality speaks to them personally. But, what is it like to experience God speaking to you? What would it have been like for …
 
What do you mean God speaks? What is it like to "hear" God speak? What did figures like Abraham, Moses, the prophets, the apostles experience when God spoke to them? Before we can answer this, we must first understand what it means for God to speak in general. In this episode, we will explore what it means to say that "God speaks," and how every hu…
 
The Christian idea of sin and judgment is more than just an idea that our moral wrong will be punished by God. It points to something more basic, of that relentless question in our hearts why our world, and our lives, are not better than what they are now, and the part we've played in it. And whether we answer the question or ignore it, there will …
 
This extra episode addresses a few points that may have been raised in the seventh episode: Why "God" is not "god." 1) If ancient Israelites weren't "monotheists" as we understand them today, does that mean their oldest religious beliefs (or oldest beliefs in general) were polytheistic? [ Short answer: Not really. ] 2) So, is the belief in "God" wi…
 
It is common to nowadays for people to think that God of Christianity is just another god--even if a very popular one that's supposedly all-powerful and all-knowing. Some may even say that Christians insist on the capital "G," for their "God" because they just want their god to be unique among others. But, that's not quite right. Christians would i…
 
The episodes for this series builds from the previous episodes, -and- the first season especially cover the more complicated ideas. So, periodically, I will release an extra episode that has a summary review for the previous episodes. This bonus episode will discuss what the first season is doing, and what each episode is about. 0:00 Introduction 0…
 
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