On Claiming Belief In God: Discussion with Dennis Prager

I talked with Dennis Prager at the Prager Summit in May in Santa Barbara. It’s really a discussion about two previous talks, for a collection of three. I would recommend watching them in the following order:

First, watch Who Dares Say He Believes in God? (https://youtu.be/MnUfXYGtT5Q). That lecture was part of my 12 Rules for Life tour, and took place in Sydney, Australia, Feb 26, 2019.

Second, watch the lecture I gave just before this discussion at the Prager summit: On Claiming Belief in God: Commentary (https://youtu.be/vwKCK5EhibM),.

Then watch this discussion.

The three presentations will make the most sense in that order, which is why I placed them in the same playlist, On (My) Belief in God: http://bit.ly/2I6g0hq

This discussion is also available at the PragerU YouTube Video Channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L47oJxwp6yg. Thanks to Prager U for the invitation and opportunity.

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  1. Ug. Prager is such a clown. Lectures everybody about how fundamental honesty is, and yet he's a rabid Trump supporter, And he's now best pals with fascist Candice Owens that wants to lock up every journalist that opposed Trump, Mueller, Comey, and long list of other people.

    WTF are you doing Peterson? These people are WAY beneath you. Either that, or you're not really the man you pretend to be.

  2. Interesting perspectives from non-christians. Peterson will not admit Jesus Christ ever existed let alone name him as his savior. Whereas Dennis Prager believes Jesus Christ is boiling in feces forever…

  3. "If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."

    Jordan, obviously you grasp the concept of human depravity–which is described 10 chapters before my quote. But without belief in the resurrection of Christ–and without declaring it with your mouth–you have no cause for hope.

    It is time for you to investigate grace. It is time for your suffering and sorrow to turn into transcendant joy.

  4. Hey Dr. Peterson, I have a question that has always baffled me (I figure this'll get lost in the comments, but why not give it a try). I have always had an affinity with villains both fictional and historical since I was very young (about 3 years old). I always love seeing villains such as Darth Vader and Thanos as they crush the heroes that oppose them. I also kind of admire the way Hitler was so deceptive with the German people in being elected. My question(s) is: where does this affinity for the "dark side", let's say, come from? How is this detrimental or beneficial to myself?

    Edit: I'd also like to add that I'm not a sadist. I believe in God and I try to follow His commandments, but I just have this question on my obsession with villains.

  5. Jesus said this to Nicodemus: "He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."

    Jesus Christ came to save sinners, of whom we all are. The question is what are we going to do with this knowledge? Accept and receive the gift. Or reject and perish in our sin.

  6. I wish YouTube would recommend this during the day, cause starting this stuff at night, I'm usually so tired that my brain shuts off. JP is so damn genuine, I can't imagine how drained I'd be, being that open all the time.

    Edit: Damn it, it's been like ten minutes and there's just something about the way these two talk that just makes me want to read more

  7. I have a goodness detector and a wicked detector bc of the toxic family that raised me. I wish I could really agree that JP IS GOOD. I thought so in the beginning but now I’m not so sure. I have valid reasons for this.looking forward to listening to this.

  8. Another great talk from a man who's found his purpose. I wish you well this Saturday and thank you Dr. Peterson it was a pleasure as always.

  9. Jordan sounds like he’s on the verge of tears all the time. I can’t tell if his voice is just odd and breaky, or if he’s actually fighting back tears constantly. Probably the first.

  10. Wow! This was great!? I feel like I finally understand his positions on God
    [having watched the Sam Harris events] and what motivated his crusade
    for the individual. Really blown away…

  11. There is no evidence for a God whatsoever. What else would you believe in without evidence?
    Where and how did this God come in to being? A God is way more complex than the Universe. So I don’t see how this is supposed to be an answer to anything.

  12. God exists. He is present in JP’s voice and in his heart. As a matter of fact. We have been exposed to so such hypocrisy and propaganda in this modern society. That some react and throw up a wall at the mention of God. We are interested in affecting lives, not ones speech or religious declarations. Whoever get the messages out. Bless them

  13. What an interesting perspective that has more truth than most are willing to admit. If god were presented before you then you would validly change but in merely believing, you don’t really fulfill what you would otherwise undertake.

  14. It is a good answer. Through faith all things are possible, aren't they supposed to be? Move mountains. Or even if one didn't expect miracles, how could such a vile thing be in the presence of God, how is one worthy? Both these questions were posed by the devil to Jesus and Buddha respectively. If Jesus really believed. then why wouldn't he just turn the stones to bread when hungry, or throw yourself off the temple for kicks, because you believe in God.

    Buddha was asked in his final what made him think that a lowly vile thing like him would be worthy of enlightenment? So he pointed to the earth, and it shuddered.

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