It’s been said that if there’s one thing that unites every human being on the planet, it’s love. But, in reality it’s pain. Everybody feels pain, not everyone (sadly) will experience love. And so the question arises from our heart, churns in our mind and sometimes, comes out of our mouth; “If there is a God he’s either unloving or not powerful enough. Because if he loved me and had the power to stop my suffering, surely he would! I'm still suffering, so he doesn't care or is unable to help – or he’s not there at all.”
Part 02. God Doesn't Care About My Suffering, Otherwise He'd Stop it
Twisted: Caricatures of Christianity
October 30, 2016 • Marcus Tutt
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?