Jeremiah talks with his friend Phil about the ancient Greek concept of happiness, particularly as it applies to the biblical worldview. They explore the ideas that true happiness is about long-term fulfillment and growth, that God does not expect humans to be perfect, and that to remain happy we must exercise forgiveness and grace.
In this episode Jeremiah talks about how our relationships affect our identity. The hypothesis is that our search for meaning will go unfulfilled if we do not deepen our relationship with God and with others. The experiment is to find a greater sense of identity and purpose in God and in the relationships He has…
The hypothesis of this episode is that happiness, to a large degree, is dependent upon how we choose to relate to our circumstances. The experiment is to adopt a new perspective in life, which will lead to greater happiness.
Looking at the parable of the Prodigal Son, it is striking that the father of the story (who symbolizes God) goes so far out of his way to make his son happy. We are all God’s children, and God cares about your happiness.
The hypothesis of this episode is that thankfulness is a key component to a happy relationship with God. The experiment is to make a conscious effort to be thankful to God for everything in your life, whether seemingly good or bad.