Some people would say it’s about time we outgrew our belief in a divine being who rules the world and watches over our lives; that at best belief in God is delusional and at worse it’s dangerous. So is God a divine dictator, a benevolent granddad, an intolerant judge or none of the above? Is it time to jettison our childish beliefs or are there good reasons for faith? And quite frankly, why does it even matter?
Part 01. Belief in God is Out of Date and Old Fashioned
Twisted: Caricatures of Christianity
October 23, 2016 • Toby Skipper
Part 06. The God of the Bible is Bloodthirsty and Violent
Twisted: Caricatures of Christianity • December 4, 2016 • Toby Skipper
If you've ever opened a bible and read the Old Testament then it’s likely you've come across passages that are full of judgement and violence. God has been described by some as a bully in a playground who throws his weight around if he doesn't get his way. Are these ‘wars’ any different to ISIS and other extremist groups who use force to make you believe or murder you if you don’t? Does the God of the Old Testament really sanction war, violence and killing? How do we reconcile this with the words of Jesus who said ‘love your enemies’ not ‘kill them’?
Part 05. I Can Do What I Want and God Will Forgive Me
Twisted: Caricatures of Christianity • November 27, 2016 • Goff Hope
Does it really matter how we live our lives? If God’s as loving, forgiving and gracious as Christians say he is, then surely we can do what we want now and ask for forgiveness later? Is Gods grace really a licence to live like this? The bible asks this question in a letter that was written to a church in Rome, the author writes "So what shall we do? Keep on sinning so God can keep on forgiving?" (The Message Romans 6:1) How we answer that question really matters.
Part 04. Gentle Jesus Meek and Mild
Twisted: Caricatures of Christianity • November 20, 2016 • Toby Skipper
Was Jesus just a wishy washy, sandal wearing hippy who wouldn't harm a fly? Was he just a nice bloke who became a legend over time? The fact is, he’s one of (if not the) most famous person in human history. More books have been written, songs sung, debates had and lives affected by this one man’s short life than any other human who has walked the earth. He also wan't exactly P.C in everything he said. So who is he? Was he real? What was he like and does it really matter?