Last week in class we tried to answer the question, "What is religion?" Trying to define religion is harder than you may think. What it boils down to is that we may not be able to define it, but we know it when we see it. So in class we explored the nature of religion and why it matters.
Feel free to follow along with the class audio, presentation notes, and video clips below.
This past week (10/11) we dove into the last of the big five worldview questions: Where Are We Going? Where is all this headed? Are we really going to "hell in a hand basket"? Are we believers just supposed to jump ship? or bide our time until Jesus comes back to destroy everything and take us to heaven?
It's been said that some people are so heavenly focused that they are no earthly good. This comes from a misunderstanding of what Jesus meant by the Kingdom of Heaven. Our modern misconceptions about heaven/the afterlife/eternal life are more representative of Islam, Buddhism, and even the Greek understanding of Hades/Elysium and present a less than accurate conception of heaven as revealed in the Scriptures.
So buckle up, because we're all on a trip going somewhere. Click the box below to listen to the audio from class, and follow along with the presentation notes. I've added a few more videos than we had time to get to in class. So be sure to check these out, too!
Last week (10/4) we discussed the fourth big worldview question: What's the Solution? We can all agree that the world is full of problems. We can maybe even agree that there may be one or two main causes to all the other smaller, more specific problems in our lives, like sin, corruption, rebellion against God/the gods, etc.
But have you noticed that we can look at the same problem and come up with completely opposite solutions? And if we can't even agree on a solution to a specific *lower case problem on our own, then what makes us think that we can even come close to solving The *upper case PROBLEM of sin and death on our own? We must look to something/someone outside of the Problem in order to find a solution. That's where Jesus comes in.
Feel free to listen to the class audio - there's a chunk that I cut out for the sake of time and flow - and follow along with the presentation notes & videos.