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Andy Balaam tries to understand and sit with different ideas like "What if God exists?" and "What if God does not exist?".

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Andy Balaam tries to understand and sit with different ideas like "What if God exists?" and "What if God does not exist?".

    13. What if there is no hell?

    13. What if there is no hell?

    So maybe we can’t understand the idea of hell, and throw it out. What was all
    that stuff in the Bible about it for? Why is it so important to behave well?
    Why did god put us on the earth at all? Andy sits with the lack of hell for a
    bit, and tries to understand what a world like that would be like.








    Words: by Andy Balaam, released under CC-BY-SA.


    Music: dazed by airtone (c)
    copyright 2012 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial
    (3.0) license.

    • 17 min
    12. What if there is a hell?

    12. What if there is a hell?

    What if there were an eternal fire where people you love were tortured forever?
    What would that be like, how can we sit with that idea and inhabit it? Andy
    has great difficulty, and is compelled to continue sitting with the idea of
    god’s goodness.








    Words: by Andy Balaam, released under CC-BY-SA.


    Music: Toward Isolation by
    onlymeith (c) copyright 2012 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
    license.

    • 17 min
    11. What if Jesus was not just a man?

    11. What if Jesus was not just a man?

    If the actual god came to earth and walked around, how do we deal with this
    idea? Can it even make sense? How does it feel when we sit with this idea
    and try to figure out what it means?








    Words: by Andy Balaam, released under CC-BY-SA.


    Music: Relaxed Artifacts by
    Super_Sigil (c) copyright 2012 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial
    (3.0) license.

    • 15 min
    10. What if Jesus was just a man?

    10. What if Jesus was just a man?

    People often call Jesus a good man - does this make sense? Andy thinks through
    what it would be like if Jesus was just a man. Would it make sense to call
    yourself a Christian? Sitting with the idea, is there anything left for a
    Christian if the magic of Jesus is removed?








    Words: by Andy Balaam, released under CC-BY-SA.


    Music: Parametaphoriquement by gmz
    (c) copyright 2009 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
    license. Ft: Morusque

    • 17 min
    9. What if everything is determined?

    9. What if everything is determined?

    If time steps forward like clockwork and everything is determined before it
    happens, can we really exist at all? What are we if we are machines? How
    does it feel to inhabit that idea and sit with it for a while?








    Words: by Andy Balaam, released under CC-BY-SA.


    Music: Dark Clouds by
    onlymeith (c) copyright 2013 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial
    (3.0) license. Ft: FFGreen Mu (FFGreen)

    • 20 min
    8. What if justice does not exist?

    8. What if justice does not exist?

    If the horrible things we see in this world are all there is, and there is no
    final reckoning, how do we feel? What would we do? Will we look for more
    justice in this world, or will we give up on the idea?








    Words: by Andy Balaam, released under CC-BY-SA.


    Music: Passage of Time (Duet) by
    Martijn de Boer (NiGiD) (c) copyright 2016 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial
    (3.0) license. Ft: Doxent Zsigmond

    • 14 min

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