Christianity With An Edge-With Scott E. Rokely
Freeing Christianity from nonsense
info_outline EPISODE 176-CENTERING PRAYER AND THE CLOUD OF UNKNOWING (PART 1) 01/11/2020
EPISODE 176-CENTERING PRAYER AND THE CLOUD OF UNKNOWING (PART 1) St. Augustine and the anonymous author of the classic 14th Century devotional book, "The Cloud of Unknowing" both recommend a type of prayer and intimacy with God which doesn't involve using words or thoughts. Listen as I discuss this revolutionary and life changing way to relate to God.
info_outline EPISODE 175-BUDDHISM VS. CHRISTIANITY? GUESS AGAIN. 01/04/2020
EPISODE 175-BUDDHISM VS. CHRISTIANITY? GUESS AGAIN. I begin working through the Dhammapada, a Buddhist scripture and compare and contrast it with my faith, which is Christianity. The ethical teachings are almost shockingly identical.
info_outline EPISODE 174-TAKEN ANY PRISONERS LATELY? 12/21/2019
EPISODE 174-TAKEN ANY PRISONERS LATELY? How exactly do you love God with your mind? Start taking some thoughts prisoner as St. Paul urges us to do. Listen as we talk about how to stop allowing the devil to rent space in your magnificent creation, the human mind.
info_outline EPISODE 173-MORE "ZINGERS" FROM THE LIPS OF JESUS. 12/14/2019
EPISODE 173-MORE "ZINGERS" FROM THE LIPS OF JESUS. Are non-resistance, non-attachment, and non-judgment Christian or "Eastern Religion"? Why not go to the ultimate source, Jesus the Christ to get the answer? And what about adversity, what is the point of it all? Listen to some more "zingers" from the lips of Jesus that hardly any Christians take seriously.
info_outline EPISODE 172-KEY TO LIFE="SELF ABANDONMENT TO DIVINE PROVIDENCE" 12/07/2019
EPISODE 172-KEY TO LIFE="SELF ABANDONMENT TO DIVINE PROVIDENCE" Why are the New Testament, Father Pierre de Caussade, Eckart Tolle, Buddha, and the Apostle Paul all saying pretty much the same thing? Find out as I discuss the classic Christian book, "Self Abandonment to Divine Providence," and how Eckart Tolle comes clean near the end of his marvelous book "A New Earth."
info_outline EPISODE 170-HEAVEN IS WITHIN YOU 11/23/2019
EPISODE 170-HEAVEN IS WITHIN YOU You can have a slice of Heaven right now, on this Earth. Listen as I discuss how everything in the Universe is constantly connected and communicating, a spiritual lesson I learned from an atheist, salvation is more collective than we have ever imagined, and the beautiful way the Holy Spirit endeavors to connect everything and everyone into unity.
info_outline EPISODE 169-SATAN WITHIN=THE EGO 11/16/2019
EPISODE 169-SATAN WITHIN=THE EGO Some say it's a demon, some call it the ego. But whatever you call it, it's evil and it's out to control your thoughts, speech, attitudes, and behavior. Listen as I discuss what the ego wants. At the end of the podcast I give a simple way to vanquish the ego, that actually works.
info_outline EPISODE 168-THE INCREDIBLE JIDDU KRISHNAMURTI 11/09/2019
EPISODE 168-THE INCREDIBLE JIDDU KRISHNAMURTI I take a brief glance at an incredibly unselfish and honest person, Jiddu Krishnamurti. I hope you are as inspired by him as I have been. How meditation is misunderstood in both West and East, praying without ceasing, non-reaction, the poison of unforgiveness, and how wonderful it is to have a friendship with God are all discussed.
info_outline EPISODE 167-ATTACK YOUR EGO? 11/02/2019
EPISODE 167-ATTACK YOUR EGO? Something has got to die. It's either going to be our ego, or it's going to be God's dream for us. Listen as I discuss: doing the unthinkable, how to avoid acting like a Pharisee, one way to attack your ego, and how St. Francis of Assisi handled his ego.
info_outline EPISODE 166-AN AMAZING SECRET OF LIFE 10/26/2019
EPISODE 166-AN AMAZING SECRET OF LIFE When you first hear it, you won't believe it's true. But as time goes on and you look at your life, you'll realize how true it is. The strangest secret of life, name calling, labeling others, finding the lie, undisciplined discipline, and observing the Ego are all discussed.
info_outline EPISODE 165-THE MONSTER INSIDE THAT TRIES TO TAKE YOU OVER 10/19/2019
EPISODE 165-THE MONSTER INSIDE THAT TRIES TO TAKE YOU OVER There are real monsters. Every single person has this monster inside of them. One of its names is = Ego. Eckhart Tolle calls it the Pain Body. The New Testament calls it the devil. But no matter what you call it, this monster is real and if you keep playing its game, you will suffer. Listen as I talk about the only sane way to deal with your Ego, and the Ego of others.
info_outline EPISODE 164-SEEING GOD IN EVERYTHING 10/12/2019
EPISODE 164-SEEING GOD IN EVERYTHING What would happen in your life if you began seeing God everywhere, and in everything? It's happening to me right now and I can tell you it's the most wonderful thing. Listen as I discuss a new way of seeing Christianity, and the World, and why going outside might be a quicker way into the Presence of God than going to a religious service. I also discuss Eckhart Tolle's book, "A New Earth."
info_outline EPISODE 162-TRIBALISM PART 1: ORIGINAL BLESSING OR ORIGINAL SIN? 09/14/2019
EPISODE 162-TRIBALISM PART 1: ORIGINAL BLESSING OR ORIGINAL SIN? After God created the world, he looked at it and declared that it was "very good." And this original goodness which God has continually blessed must be the starting point for spirituality, not original sin or the so called fall of humankind. Because what happens when you focus on the negative is tribalism on steroids. And tribalism is destroying human society, as it always has.
info_outline EPISODE 161-WOULD YOU LIKE THE UNIVERSE TO WORK FOR YOU OR AGAINST YOU? 08/31/2019
EPISODE 161-WOULD YOU LIKE THE UNIVERSE TO WORK FOR YOU OR AGAINST YOU? Wouldn't it be nice if the powerful forces of the Universe worked for you as opposed to against you? I discuss something I've discovered that has helped me tremendously, and I believe it will help you too.
info_outline EPISODE 160-DOES SATAN REALLY EXIST? 08/24/2019
EPISODE 160-DOES SATAN REALLY EXIST? I talk about Father Gary Thomas who spends many hours a month performing exorcisms. The accuracy of the movie- "The Rite," is discussed as well as the close connection between Father Thomas and this movie. Ouija boards, the occult, exorcisms, a time I had a brush with the occult, and the Roman Catholic Church's exorcism school in Rome are all discussed.
info_outline EPISODE 159-DESIRE KILLS 08/18/2019
EPISODE 159-DESIRE KILLS Kills your soul, that is. Listen as I discuss how both Jesus the Christ and the Buddha warn us of the dangers of human desires. The reason desire is so dangerous is because it replaces God's Law of Perfect Love with another law, which is the law of "I want what I want right now!" Love, compassion, desire, selfishness, and the amazing similarities between the thoughts of Jesus the Christ and Buddha are all discussed.
info_outline EPISODE 158-THE DISEASE OF "MORE"-ITIS 08/10/2019
EPISODE 158-THE DISEASE OF "MORE"-ITIS The problem is, nothing satisfies us for long. Listen as I discuss the disease of "More"-itis, what both Christ and Buddha had to say about this, and then as I discuss the satisfaction that never ends. American culture, politics, Thomas Merton, Nirvana, Heaven, Zen Buddhism compared to Christ's teaching, and the empty place inside all of us are all discussed.
info_outline EPISODE 157-WHY SOME OF JESUS' WORDS ARE SO MISINTERPRETED BY FUNDAMENTALISTS 08/03/2019
EPISODE 157-WHY SOME OF JESUS' WORDS ARE SO MISINTERPRETED BY FUNDAMENTALISTS Jesus words were for all people because they all came from the pre-existent Universal Spirit of Christ who made the entire Universe, and everything and everyone in it is filled with this Spirit. As Jesus himself said several times, he himself had nothing to say. Listen as I explain why some of Jesus' words, for example John 14:6, are so badly misinterpreted by some. Guys, this isn't hype: this understanding can change your life!
info_outline EPISODE 156-THE UNIVERSAL CHRIST BEFORE JESUS 07/27/2019
EPISODE 156-THE UNIVERSAL CHRIST BEFORE JESUS Up to this point in history, the Christian Church has pretty much ignored the concept of a Pre-existent Universal Christ which is plainly taught all throughout the New Testament. Listen as I discuss an exciting way to rethink Christianity.
info_outline EPISODE 155-CHRIST IS A LOT BIGGER THAN JESUS OF NAZARETH 07/20/2019
EPISODE 155-CHRIST IS A LOT BIGGER THAN JESUS OF NAZARETH The Christ existed before the Universe. Jesus of Nazareth existed starting around 0 A.D. The Christ created the Universe, and fills everything. Jesus of Nazareth did not create the Universe, but the Christ Spirit in him did. Listen as I talk about the drastic differences between "The Christ" and "Jesus of Nazareth." These differences have life changing global implications. And this is all easily provable by many verses in the New Testament.
info_outline EPISODE 153-OPEN YOUR HEART 07/06/2019
EPISODE 153-OPEN YOUR HEART In our own strength it is extremely difficult to open our heart to people outside of our own family. But with the help of the Spirit of Christ, you will be able to see others from God's perspective, and you will be able to meet every twist and turn of life with the overwhelming strength of God, not just your own resources.
info_outline EPISODE 152-GIVING TO GET? JESUS IS NOT IMPRESSED 06/29/2019
EPISODE 152-GIVING TO GET? JESUS IS NOT IMPRESSED Yes, if you give, you will get. But such giving has never impressed Jesus. Listen as I talk about God's preferred motivation for giving, one that really impressed Jesus. Selfish Christian ministry fundraising, so called "Christian TV," and the Giving To Get Gospel are all discussed.
info_outline EPISODE 150-DO CHRISTIANS HAVE TO BE PASSIVE DOORMATS? 06/15/2019
EPISODE 150-DO CHRISTIANS HAVE TO BE PASSIVE DOORMATS? Didn't Jesus tell us to "turn the other cheek?" Yes, he did. But in his own life and ministry even a casual reading of the gospels reveals a person who is feisty, who regularly defended himself from verbal attacks, who seemed to prefer to turn other people's cheeks rather than his own, who was verbally assertive and even aggressive with people who opposed him, and who on one occasion used physical violence against those who were hurting other people. How do we sort all of this out? I offer one way.
info_outline EPISODE 149-TRANSFORMATION OR WAR? 06/08/2019
EPISODE 149-TRANSFORMATION OR WAR? General George Patton once famously said, "War is Hell." But almost everyone gets caught up in fighting our own mental wars with others in our minds. And the result of all this war mentality such as unforgiveness, hatred, impatience, prejudice, and constant criticism and judgment of others is HELL.