The Bible Never Said That Episodes
Episode 18: Half Truth - "God Would Want Me to Be Happy"
March 31, 2021 - 20 min
This is one of those half-truths. God wants us to be happy. He also wants us to be holy. It’s not an either/or, it’s a both/and. In this episode, Chara helps us understand how to think about our happiness and what God does and does not desire for us. Verses Referenced: Psalm 37:4, Galatians 5:16, 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, 1 John 2:17, Psalm 37:9-11, 1 John 2:17, Ephesians 1:7, Philippians 4:4, Romans 15:13, Psalm 16:8-9,11, Hebrews 11:24-25 Articles Referenced:
by Chara Donahue
by John Piper, Desiring God
Book Referenced: by Alia Joy
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Episode Image Credit: Getty/Nadia Bormotova
Episode 17: “My Truth Can Be Different Than Your Truth"
March 17, 2021 - 19 min
We struggle in a society where no absolute truth is acknowledged, where “your truth” and “my truth” can be completely opposite and yet somehow equally “true.” In an attempt to be tolerant, we have risked giving up the discernment needed to draw a line between what is true and false. We are settling for individualized truth rather than what is true. Jesus himself declared “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” This isn’t pride. This is sacred fact. In this episode, Chara takes us through Jesus’ trial in front of Pontius Pilate, and how Pontius’ rejection of absolute truth paved the road to the cross. The dangers of relative truth then, are still dangerous to us now. You can find Chara at:
Verses Referenced: John 14:6, John: 18 28-40, Matthew 7:15-20, John 6:60-69
Articles Referenced: By Ron Graham
Episode Image Credit: Getty/BRO Vector
Episode 16: "Cleanliness Is Next to Godliness"
March 02, 2021 - 17 min
This phrase is so popular that even Dictionary.com has an origin story for it. In this episode, we dive into why "cleanliness is next to Godliness" is problematic. Chara helps us understand why there were so many rules and regulations around cleanliness in the Old Testament, and what, if anything, we can and should take from that today. Scripture Referenced in This Episode: John 13:21, 1 Corinthians 14:40, Matthew 15, Luke 15, Leviticus 13:45-46, 2 Kings 5, Luke 5:12-15, 1 Corinthians 6:7-11, 1 John 1:7-9, Hebrews 9: 11-15, Psalm 51 Website Referenced:
by Chara Donahue
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Episode Image Credit: Getty/Nuthawut Somsuk
Episode 15: "Love Is Blind"
February 16, 2021 - 19 min
Too many people explain away the toxicity in their relationships with this saying. What does the Bible say about love? It says: love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. In this episode, Chara looks specifically at how love keeps no records of wrongs and does not delight in evil. She looks at the story of Samson as an example of what happens to someone who lives by the notion that love is blind. Verses Referenced: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, Hebrews 5:13-14, Philippians 1:9-10, Judges 13-16, Ephesians 5:11-16, Genesis 16 Books Referenced:
by Leslie Vernick
Articles Referenced: by Kara Williams
Episode Image Credit: Getty/mightyisland
Episode 14: "Ignorance Is Bliss"
February 02, 2021 - 23 min
Is there any merit to the notion that “ignorance is bliss?” Chara unpacks this idea and looks at it through the lens of the Bible. We look at the story of Apollos to see how God interrupted his ignorance so that the gospel could spread. Articles Referenced:
Verses Referenced: Deuteronomy 32:4, Acts 18: 18-28, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 1 John 5:14, Proverbs 15:14, Proverbs 1:7, Romans 1:20, Judges 2:10
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Episode Image Credit: Getty/Vaselena
Episode 13: "Life Is All About Balance"
January 19, 2021 - 18 min
When people evaluate their lives, they see the need to evaluate their priorities. It is wise to assess how we spend our time, but to say life is all about balance is placing too much stock in an abstract idea. For the Christian life, it can only ever be all about Christ. Finding balance seems like a sound way to operate in life. But we break down why this can be a problematic framework for our walk with Christ. Verses Referenced: Job 31:6, Colossians 3:4, Colossians 3:17, Matthew 6, Hebrews 12:2, Articles Referenced: Thirteen Practical Steps to Kill Sin by John Piper https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/thirteen-practical-steps-to-kill-sin A Week of Prayers for When You Feel Spiritually Dry by Chara Donahue https://www.ibelieve.com/faith/a-week-of-prayers-for-when-you-feel-spiritually-dry.html You can find Chara at:
Episode Image Credit: Getty/Nuthawut_Somsuk
Episode 12: "People Don't Really Change"
December 29, 2020 - 15 min
We can’t just discover bad habits and sin patterns and shrug our shoulders, saying, well, no one can change. Nope. That is not what the Bible says about putting off the old self. Verses Referenced: 2 Corinthians 5:17; Acts 4-15; Acts 9:26-28; Mark 14:51–52; Corinthians 9:6; 2 Timothy 4:11; Colossians 2:13-14; John 10:27-29 Articles Referenced:
by Chara Donahue
by A.W. Tozer
by Timothy Lane
Episode Image Credit: Getty/Klaus Vedfelt
Episode 11: “Time Heals All Wounds”
December 15, 2020 - 17 min
There is a hope more powerful than time. That hope is Jesus. But how do we find healing when days might be hard to face, when each step is a struggle? Verses Referenced: Genesis 6-9, James 4:7, Psalm 46, Romans 12:2, John 1:3-4, Isaiah 61, Psalm 6, 1 John 4:16, 1 Peter 5:7, Hebrews 4:13 Articles Referenced:
by American Psychological Association
Books Referenced: by Stephen Viars
Chara Donahue is a co-author of the Bible study 1, 2 & 3 John: Experiencing Transformation and is working on her next book. She is an adjunct professor at her local university, holds an MSEd, and is passionate about seeing people set free through God's truths. She is the founder and editor of Anchored Voices.
Episode Image Credit: Getty/Elena Shlyapnikova
Episode 10: “Relationships Are 50/50”
December 08, 2020 - 19 min
This is a sneaky little lie that tells us relationships can function well on a 50/50 bargain. But as Jesus followers, we look to a higher standard, one where we strive to outdo one another in showing honor and love. Verses Referenced: 1 John 3:16, John 15:13, 1 Peter 4:10, 2 Samuel 17:27-29, 2 Samuel 19:31-39, 1 Corinthians 15:33, Psalm 1:1-3, Genesis 1:1-4, Mark 12, Mark 10:35-45, Articles Referenced:
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Chara Donahue is a co-author of the Bible study and is working on her next book. She is an adjunct professor at her local university, holds an MSEd, and is passionate about seeing people set free through God's truths. She is the founder and editor of , and host of the podcast , which you can listen to on . Get in touch with her on or .
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Episode 9: "Better Safe Than Sorry"
December 01, 2020 - 19 min
Verses Referenced: Psalm 46:1; Exodus 20:18-22; 2 Corinthians 11:25-31; Hebrews 11:32-38 Book Referenced: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis: https://amzn.to/3qgnDpt Radical by David Platt: http://lfwy.co/3mvKTxe The Insanity of Obedience by Nik Ripkin: http://lfwy.co/2I2HUxy Articles Referenced: 10 Popular Statements that Are Theologically Unsound by Chara Donahue: https://bit.ly/3qkxkmy