Posted by steve | Posted in Christianity, Finances, Trust | 3 Comments »

One of our more “Christian” episodes, this episode focuses on the teachings of Jesus with regard to how we view the future.  In a world (this sounds like a movie trailer all of a sudden!) where fear drives many decisions, we offer a contrasting view of taking the words of Jesus literally.

We hope this will be an encouragement to those who listen, especially those who may be fearful of their economic situation right now.

 
 It's Really That Simple: Simplicity of Trusting God [30:52m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

3 Responses to “Simplicity of Trusting God”

  1. sidfaiwu Says:

    Hello Steve and Christy,

    Oh, don’t apologize for discussing religion. You always made it clear that your simplicity ideal includes your faith. It’s not like an episode like this is a surprise.

    And you know me. I always enjoy a good religious discussion. :)

    Taking literally the idea that if one trusts God, then one will be provided with food, clothing, etc. is morally problematic. Every true statement’s contrapositive is also true. The belief you hold to be true is:

    If one trusts God, then one will always have enough food.

    It’s contrapositive is:

    If one doesn’t not have enough food, then one does not trust God.

    It means that if someone starves or is starving, then it’s their own fault for not trusting God. It blames the victim. I’d imagine this is why so few people take this part of the Bible as literal truth.

    Secondly, I’d argue that such a belief is simply false. It suggests that Christians should never starve if they truly trust God. I would argue that of all the Christians who have died of starvation over the centuries, at least one of them trusted God in this way. She/He trusted God to provide and he failed to come through.

  2. Does a Concept of Faith Blame the Victim? » Theological Musings Says:

    […] (the podcast that my lovely wife Christy and I co-host), Christy and I talked about our thought of simplicity in trusting God.  If you have a half-hour free, I’d encourage you to go and listen to that episode, as it […]

  3. steve Says:

    Sorry it has taken so long to formulate my response to this, but I wanted to give it the serious treatment that it deserves. It was a very lengthy response, so I posted it on my Theological Musings blog:

    You can read it here.