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  • 00:11

    The Argument from Efficient Causality for the Existence of God

    in Religion

    The Reasons to Believe #42


    Our Reasons to Believe Scripture passage for today is 1 Peter 3:15. It reads, "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear." 


    Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from John MacArthur. He said, "Truth is never determined by looking at God’s Word and asking, “What does this mean to me?” Whenever I hear someone talk like that, I’m inclined to ask, “What did the Bible mean before you existed? What does God mean by what He says?” Those are the proper questions to be asking. Truth and meaning are not determined by our intuition, experience, or desire. The true meaning of Scripture—or anything else, for that matter—has already been determined and fixed by the mind of God. The task of the interpreter is to discern that meaning. And proper interpretation must precede application."


    Our Reason to Believe powerpoint today is titled "The Argument from Efficient Causality for the Existence of God" from "The Handbook of Christian Apologetics" by Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli:


    We notice that some things cause other things to be (to begin to be, to continue to be, or both). For example, a man playing the piano is causing the music we hear. If he stops, so does the music.


    Now ask yourself: Are all things caused to exist by other things right now? Suppose they are. That is, suppose there is no Uncaused Being, no God. Then nothing could exist right now. For remember, on the no-God hypothesis, all things need a present cause outside of themselves in order to exist...

  • 00:10

    The Argument from Efficient Causality for the Existence of God (Part 3)

    in Religion

    The Reasons to Believe #44


    Our Reasons to Believe Scripture passage for today is 1 Thessalonians 5:20-22. It reads, "Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil." 


    Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from John Lennox. He said, "We have only to see a few letters of the alphabet spelling our name in the sand to recognize at once the work of an intelligent agent. How much more likely, then is the existence of an intelligent Creator behind human DNA, the colossal biological database that contains no fewer than 3.5 billion "letters" - the longest "word" yet discovered?"


    Our Reason to Believe powerpoint today is titled "The Argument from Efficient Causality for the Existence of God" (part 3) from "The Handbook of Christian Apologetics" by Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli:


    Why not have an endless series of caused causes stretching backward into the past? Then everything would be made actual and would actually be --- even though their causes might no longer exist.


    First, if the kalam argument is right, there could not exist an endless series of causes stretching backward into the past. But suppose that such a series could exist. The argument is not concerned about the past, and would work whether the past is finite or infinite. It is concerned with what exists right now.


    Even as you read this, you are dependent on other things; you could not, right now exist without them. Suppose there are seven such things. If these seven things did not exist, neither would you. Now suppose that all seven of them depend for their existence right now on still other things. Without these, the seven you now depend on would not exist --- and neither would you...


     

  • 00:08

    The Argument from Efficient Causality for the Existence of God (Part 2)

    in Religion

    The Reasons to Believe #43


    Our Reasons to Believe Scripture passage for today is 2 Corinthians 10:5-6. It reads, "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled." 


    Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from Randy Alcorn. He said, "While Western atheists turn from belief in God because a tsunami in another part of the world caused great suffering, many brokenhearted survivors of that same tsunami found faith in God. This is one of the great paradoxes of suffering. Those who don't suffer much think suffering should keep people from God, while many who suffer a great deal turn to God, not from him."


    Our Reason to Believe powerpoint today is titled "The Argument from Efficient Causality for the Existence of God" (part 2) from "The Handbook of Christian Apologetics" by Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli:


    Why do we  need an uncaused cause? Why could there not simply be an endless series of things mutually keeping each other in being?


    This is an attractive hypothesis. Think of a single drunk. He could probably not stand up alone. But a group of drunks, all of them mutually supporting each other, might stand. They might even make their way along the street. But notice: Given so many drunks, and given the steady ground beneath them, we can understand how their stumblings might cancel each other out, and how the group of them could remain (relatively) upright. We could not understand their remaining upright if the ground did not support them --- if, for example, they were all suspended several feet above it. And of course, if there were no actual drunks, there would be nothing to understand.


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  • 01:05

    Q&A: Responsibility for a Child, Career without Aptitude, and More

    in Self Help

    Philosopher Dr. Diana Hsieh answered questions on responsibility for a child, career without aptitude, and more in this episode of Philosophy in Action Radio. 

    Question 1: When is a person responsible for an unexpected and unwanted child? 

    Question 2: Should I pursue a career that interests me even if I don't have much aptitude for it? 

    To download or feed a high-quality version of this episode, plus show notes and other details, visit its archive page. 

    For more from Dr. Diana Hsieh on the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life, visit PhilosophyInAction.com.

  • 01:02

    Q&A: Mindsets, Galt's Motor, Acting Rightly, and More

    in Self Help

    Philosopher Dr. Diana Hsieh answered questions on philosophical underpinnings of fixed versus growth mindsets, John Galt's motor, acting rightly, and more in this episode of Philosophy in Action Radio. 

    Question 1: What are the philosophical underpinnings of growth versus fixed mindsets? 

    Question 2: Was John Galt evil, wrong, or a jerk for not commercializing his motor? 

    Question 3: How can I learn to act on principles that I know to be true? 

    To download or feed a high-quality version of this episode, plus show notes and other details, visit its archive page. 

    For more from Dr. Diana Hsieh on the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life, visit PhilosophyInAction.com.

  • 00:11

    The Argument from Efficient Causality for the Existence of God (Part 4)

    in Religion

    The Reasons to Believe #45


    Our Reasons to Believe Scripture passage for today is Isaiah 50:4. It reads, "The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned." 


    Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from Billy Graham. Someone once asked Billy Graham, "If Christianity is valid, why is there so much evil in the world?" To this the famous preacher replied, "With so much soap, why are there so many dirty people in the world? Christianity, like soap, must be personally applied if it is to make a difference in our lives."


    Our Reason to Believe powerpoint today is titled "The Argument from Time and Contingency for the Existence of God" (part 3) from "The Handbook of Christian Apologetics" by Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli:


    1. We notice around us things that come into being and go out of being. A tree, for example, grows from a tiny shoot, flowers brilliantly, then withers and dies. 


    2. Whatever comes into being or goes out of being does not have to be; its nonbeing is a real possibility.


    3. Suppose that nothing has to be; that is, that nonbeing is a real possibility for everything.


    4. Then right now nothing would exist. For


    5. If the universe began to exist, then all being must trace its origin to some past moment before which there existed --- literally --- nothing at all. But


    6. From nothing nothing comes. So


    7. The universe could not have begun.


    8. But suppose the universe never began. Then, for the infinitely long duration of cosmic history, all being had the built-in possibility not to be. But


    9. If in an infinite time that possibility was never realized, then it could not have been a real possibility at all. So


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  • 02:02

    Practical Knowledge for the Awakening - Entrainment

    in Spirituality

    Practical Knowledge for the Awakening - Entrianment


    This week: we discuss entrainment, the universal process of evolution, communication and information sharing. Information literally in-forms us, changing our identity and resulting behavior. All Creation uses the mechanisms described within entrainment, which is a synthesis of all 7 principles of Natural Law: Mentalism, Correspondence, Vibration, Polarity, Rhythm, Causality and Gender. The interconnectedness of all life works through and with the entrainment process. With these concepts in mind, we will be able to analyze the inner workings of the mind body spirit activities of personality attainment; evolution. 


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  • 01:13

    Karma – Way of Flow

    in Spirituality

    Join Sharon and Jim - Eaglewolf - for Healing Mirror Holders Radio on Sunday 2/1 at 1 PM MST, 3 PM EST, 8 PM London and 10 PM Israel time for the flow of the energy of Karma. We will discuss how to combine Karma with our everyday lives, since Karma is a huge mirror we need to hold up to ourselves if we choose to be healed and to mend the rifts with each other and our planet.


    Karma, according to ancient Sanskrit, means action, work or deed. It also refers to the principle of causality where intent and actions of an individual influence the future of that individual. Karma, is much more than a good fortune or a series of teachings, but a spiritual philosophy that provides a way of life and flow of energy and spirit.


    During our lives at some points, we feel anger for all the injustices in our world, and one of the directions our mind tells us to go is the path of revenge and pity. What Karma teaches us is the fact that we choose to feel this anger, we invite more of that energy upon ourselves. When we do this as groups we eventually will need to carry this negativity even as our spirits guide us to move forward together as one. This kind of energy can tear us apart from each other - not to mention how torn we might be deep inside individually.


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  • 01:00

    Synchronicity

    in Spirituality

    Synchronicity is the experience of two or more events as meaningfully related, where they are unlikely to be causally related. The subject sees it as a meaningful coincidence. The concept of synchronicity was first described by Carl Jung, a Swiss psychologist, in the 1920s.[1]

  • 02:01

    Melchizedek Gospel—Response in the Orient (Part 3)

    in Religion

    The karma principle of causality continuity has elements of truth, but it does not offer the individual religionist a future that is distinct from infinite Deity.  Brahmanic philosophy has approached numerous cosmic truths, but it has failed to recognize the essential personality of the Universal Father.  Nevertheless, Hinduism has proved to be the most adaptive religion to appear on Urantia.


    [NOTE: Archive page of symmetryofsoul.org includes referenced 'Sections' previously studied in The Urantia Book. Broadcast begins each Tuesday at 9:00 PM Eastern Time (02:00 GMT). Check worldtimezone.com for local time.]

  • 01:09

    Q&A: The Friend Zone, Hard Choices, Frivolous Lawsuits, and More

    in Self Help

    Philosopher Dr. Diana Hsieh answered questions on "the friend zone", making hard choices, frivolous lawsuits, and more in this episode of Philosophy in Action Radio. 

    Question 1: Is there any validity to the concept of 'the friend zone'? 

    Question 2: How can a person make better hard choices? 

    Question 3: Should judges refuse to hear cases from lawyers behind frivolous suits? 

    To download or feed a high-quality version of this episode, plus show notes and other details, visit its archive page. 

    For more from Dr. Diana Hsieh on the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life, visit PhilosophyInAction.com.