Ten Reasons to Believe Real Christians Can Look Like They’re Not

The course examines ten lines of evidences that can help clarify a confusing issue about the word hypocrite and skepticism toward a person's religious claims.


Hypocrites. The word carries with it a sneer and a skeptical view of a person’s religious claims. In fact, religious people are still only people; people who are flawed, weak, and sometimes failing. The question is, can someone experience times of spiritual failure and still truly be a person of faith? In this course, we will examine ten converging lines of evidence that can give clarity to a confusing issue, “Ten Reasons to Believe Real Christians Can Look Like They’re Not.”

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  1. To introduce students to the basic fundamentals of the Christian faith.
  2. To provide scholarly and historical evidence for the validity of Christianity.
  3. To encourage logical thinking in evaluating the authenticity of the teachings of Jesus and of the Bible.
  • Overall, this is a great course. It presents very applicable and useful information in a simple and straightforward manner, so anyone can easily utilize it immediately to their own life and situation. I highly recommend this course.

    — Helen, United States
  • I truly enjoyed this course, it was thought provoking and inspiring. It really challenged your spiritual mindset. Thank you, much appreciated.

    — Darlene, United States
  • The lectures were very informative. I have started teaching them and I found them very relevant.

    — Farai, South Africa
  • This course gave a very thorough explanation of the subject matter. I was drawn to this course to learn more about Christians who do not appear to be Christians and I feel much more equipped in my thinking on this issue.

    — Elizabeth, United States
  • I recently enrolled in ODBU for the first time because something in a daily devotional piqued my interest and lured me in. :) Since I had to pay to finish the course, I looked for other courses and this caught my eye. It's so good, I created a document for myself to allow for regular reflection. I am eager to share this with my home group as it's one of the best lessons on reaching non-believers and not looking like hypocrites. I very much liked the format, especially the lectures and "digging in" sections.

    — Julie, United States
  • I liked the video presentations. It seems to make it more real. I wanted to put my feet in the Lake of Galilee too. Very helpful course. Thank you.

    — Sidney, United States
  • This course is good for all Christians to take, in order to understand and be less judgemental of one another.

    — Evelyn, United States
  • Excellent course that I would recommend to my fellow brothers and sisters.

    — Cam, United States
  • Great reminder of what I need to work on in my walk with Christ and reaffirming my beliefs

    — Greer, United States
  • I liked that I didn't have to memorize a lot of verses - the information was direct and relatable.

    — Ann, United States
  • I've taken several ODBU courses, I found this one to be very relatable and applicable. Thank you!

    — Gwyn, United States
  • Very interesting material and opened my eyes to why certain believers behave the way they do.

    — Cory, United States
  • Packed full of a lot of practical and relatable content.

    — Dana, United States
  • I've already recommended this course to others. The readings were outstanding and meaningful, and very reinforcing to what I believe. Thank you so much for the opportunity to study this way. Just uplifting during these COVID times!

    — Roberta, United States
  • Thoroughly read this course, which exposes the weakness and self-centeredness and makes you examine yourself, if you are walking on God's path or your own path.

    — Peter, United States
  • Good information to keep pondering. All 10 reasons to believe courses are excellent.

    — Donald, United States
  • This was my first course under the certificate program. I was very pleased with it.

    — Nancy, United States
  • The opportunity for deeper study was wonderful. The questions for personal reflection had depth and a bit hard to answer. It was a course that definitely gave me some in-depth wisdom into the human race and how we think as individuals. I'm glad I took this course after completing 10 reasons to Believe the Bible. They seem to somewhat relate to one another. Excellent course. Glad I chose to take it.

    — Evon, United States
  • Interesting on what I knew and what I didn't know. Great study.

    — Susan, United States
  • Good use of my time off in the summer to dig a little deeper in my faith.

    — Kevin, United States
  • I love these courses, they not only help me learn but I love taking the quizzes to show me that I am learning and when I may have misunderstood.

    — Lainie, United States
  • Great! It is excellent...all of them are good lessons.

    — Them, United States

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Course Details

  • Medium Effort
  • 10 Lessons
  • 5 Min Average
  • 0.85 CEUs
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