Ethics and Religion Talk

Ethics and Religion Talk: Who Needs Doctors When You have God?, part 1

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 10-25-2021 under OPINION

“I read something you talked about use of medicine. To me, God is able to heal without medicines. I live without any medicine and whenever I get sick, I pray to God and He answers my prayers, including a non-curable disease that He healed me...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Cost of Religion

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 10-18-2021 under OPINION

Kathleen asks, “There is clearly a cost of adhering to a religious tradition (in the Jewish tradition, the cost of keeping the dietary laws comes to mind). The question is how much should the economic cost of following one’s religious...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Violence and Religious Proselytization

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 10-11-2021 under OPINION

Fred Stella, the Pracharak (Outreach Minister) for the West Michigan Hindu Temple, responds: In 2005 I embarked on a lecture (and listening) tour of 4 states of India that have a significant Christian majority.  Many of these expressions of...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Does Money Solve Marital Problems?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 10-04-2021 under OPINION

Linda Knieriemen, Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Holland, responds: I would never counsel that money and grateful participation giving to charity will resolve issues— marital or otherwise. In fact, access to abundant money is...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Self-Awareness

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 09-27-2021 under OPINION

The Rev. Sandra Nikkel, head pastor of Conklin Reformed Church, responds: “This topic is very dear to my heart; but growing in self-awareness is not easy. What is easy is to avoid looking at our blind spots or pretending they’re not...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Why Have I Miscarried?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 09-20-2021 under OPINION

Jeff asks for a reaction to the following story: “A young woman has been living with her boyfriend for at least a year. The relationship is over three years in duration. She conceives. Though they weren't looking to have a child, they knew...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Religion can do Horrible Things

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 09-13-2021 under OPINION

The Rev. Steven W. Manskar, a retired United Methodist pastor, responds: “The Methodist Episcopal Church was established in this country in December 1784. Methodist congregations were in all thirteen colonies. The organizing conference stated...

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Passing the Mic: West Michigan Hindu Temple's Fred Stella answers, "What is the purpose of your life?"

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 09-10-2021 under VOICES

Rishi Singh, Sikh practitioner and interfaith outreach officer for the Sikh Society of West Michigan, previously asked Grand Rapids faith communities: "What is the purpose of your life? How can you live a spiritual life...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What is the Role of Clergy?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 09-07-2021 under OPINION

Rev. Ray Lanning, a retired minister of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, responds: “The first duty of a Presbyterian minister is the faithful preaching of God’s Word, and to instruct all church members, young and old,...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: According to Your Tradition, What is the Worst Sin?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 08-30-2021 under OPINION

Linda Knieriemen, Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Holland, responds: Idolatry, that is, giving allegiance to or worshiping anyone or anything other than God.  Hypocrisy is a close second, that is talking the talk without walking...

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