30 results for tag: religion
Q&R – Which Religion is Right? – by Greg Albrecht
Question: How can we know which religion is right, and further—if Christianity is the only right “religion”—will only Christians go to heaven? Response: In our postmodern society, it seems that every belief system is afforded equal weight. Well-meaning wishful thinkers like to point out that world religions share many things in common—and if everyone would just focus on these commonalities, perhaps we could “all just get along.” Yet even a brief survey of world religions reveals huge contrasts and contradictions. How can so many contradicting ideas, philosophies and doctrines all be right? Of course, logically, they ...
Jesus Cleans Up Toxic Religious Trash
Our society knows that physical garbage is toxic, but is often blissfully unaware of the negative spiritual impact of religious trash spewed into our culture. The good news is that Jesus picks up that trash, and disposes of it! https://www.ptm.org/mp3/FreeDwnld/RCWR310.mp3
We Don’t Need No Stinking Religion
As we continue our study in Philippians we learn that when all is said and done, what matters most in our lives is Jesus. Religious customs, ceremonies, traditions and religious trappings don't even come close to the "surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord" (Phil. 3:8). https://www.ptm.org/mp3/FreeDwnld/RCWR309.mp3
Don’t Let Religion Suck All the Joy Out of Life
There are many messages from a variety of places which tell us that we aren't good enough or doing enough or trying hard enough. In this first of a three-part series based on the book of Philippians we are warned of one of the dangers of religion - it can suck all the joy out of life! https://www.ptm.org/mp3/FreeDwnld/RCWR308.mp3
The Gathering Storm of Fundamentalism – by Greg Albrecht
It is one of the most explosive issues facing our world in the early years of this 21st century. Political and religious agendas around the world are bullied and coerced, reacting to a virus-like spiritual plague of religious fundamentalism. The Islamic fundamentalist reaction to Western imperialism and decadence is said to be a counter-attack on the "great Satan's" of our culture (materialism, immorality, secularism, humanism, science and technology), all of which are blamed for taking our world to hell in a hand-basket. Though the eyes of the world are currently focused on Islamic fundamentalism, the seeds of radical religious fundamentalism are ...
What’s So Bad About Religion? – by Greg Albrecht
Some of our readers and listeners can't bring themselves to believe that religion is as bad as we say it is. They say things like, "you spend too much time talking about the negative things and too little about the good things." One person said, "What's so bad about religion? If you had more grace you wouldn't harp on religion so much." If you have ever visited a prison, you walk away realizing it's a horrible thing to be incarcerated. When you are locked up, you are a slave, you have no freedom. If you know anything about institutionalized incarceration you will also know that inmates learn to depend on and work the system. The system gives them ...
What’s So Bad About Religion? – by Greg Albrecht
Some of our readers and listeners can't bring themselves to believe that religion is as bad as we say it is. They say things like, "you spend too much time talking about the negative things and too little about the good things." One person said, "What's so bad about religion? If you had more grace you wouldn't harp on religion so much." If you have ever visited a prison, you walk away realizing it's a horrible thing to be incarcerated. When you are locked up, you are a slave, you have no freedom. If you know anything about institutionalized incarceration you will also know that inmates ...
The Real Beginning – Greg Albrecht
It's here! The end of another year. What a year this has been! The grumps, the curmudgeons, the gloom and doom prognosticators, the fear mongers and the Jeremiad prophecy buffs have been selling their wares. Thankfully, the vast majority of the party poopers who scream and shout within Christendom agree on one thing—only Jesus Christ can clean up this mess! It does take Jesus, doesn't it? As we end a year of endless varieties of Christ-less promotion and hype in his name, it might be helpful to compare and contrast the understated way the good news first came into our world. Jesus' birth passed with little fanfare. Books about his first coming ...
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Hypocrisy to Reality
Do you sometimes feel like you're playing a religious game? Do you do things that you think will appease God and then other times try to cover up other things you've done so God won't discover you? This program will help you "get real." https://www.ptm.org/mp3/FreeDwnld/PTR0377.mp3
Rules and Religion
In this tongue in cheek program Greg tells you how you can start a religion -- after all, many others have. In this talk Greg illustrates the pitfalls and potholes of religion for authentic Christians. https://www.ptm.org/mp3/FreeDwnld/PTR0376.mp3
Spiritual — Religious — or Christian?
Paper or plastic? The answer boils down to personal preference. Many seeing the shortcomings of Christianity say, "I'm spiritual, but I'm not religious and I'm not Christian." Is being spiritual good enough? Is it the same kind of personal preference as "Paper or Plastic?" https://www.ptm.org/mp3/FreeDwnld/PTR0329.mp3
Religion is Not Enough – Part 2
Can you find spirituality in religion? Can you find the answer in religion? Can religion save you? Can religion answer your deepest needs. https://www.ptm.org/mp3/FreeDwnld/PTR0379.mp3
Religion is a Destructive Cover Up – Part 1
Good news and bad news. North Americans are becoming more aware of their spiritual needs. The bad news is that religion is thriving. Greg talks about how religion can be a destructive coverup in this first program in a 2 program series. https://www.ptm.org/mp3/FreeDwnld/PTR0378.mp3
Getting Caught Up In a Religious Show
All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God's grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need. Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means "son of encouragement"), sold a field he owned and brought the ...