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Each Tuesday, a broadcast focused on science, religion, and philosophy, based on the unifying concepts of The Urantia Book. Broadcasts begin 9:00 PM ET(worldtimezone.com for local start time). Co-hosted by Dr. Chris Halvorson, Andrea Barnes, Kermit Anderson, and Brad Garner. Artwork compliments of www.rassouli.com.
 
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144:0.1 (1617.1) SEPTEMBER and October were spent in retirement at a secluded camp upon the slopes of Mount Gilboa. The month of September Jesus spent here alone with his apostles, teaching and instructing them in the truths of the kingdom.144:0.2 (1617.2) There were a number of reasons why Jesus and his apostles were in retirement at this time on …
 
There is but one uncaused Cause in the whole universe; God is truly omnipotent. But he is not omnificent: he does not personally do all that is done. To advocate the omnificence of primal Deity would be equal to disenfranchising well-nigh a million Creator Sons of Paradise, not to mention the innumerable hosts of various other orders of concurring …
 
Martin Tanner answers listener questions on why the Book of Abraham has not been disproven by Egyptologists, how archaeology supports the Book of Mormon like it supports the Bible, evidence for something like the Temple Endowment during Jesus' lifetime, how near-death experiences support Joseph Smith's account of The First Vision, and other questio…
 
Many of the theologic difficulties and the metaphysical dilemmas of mortal man are due to man’s mislocation of Deity personality and consequent assignment of infinite and absolute attributes to subordinate Divinity and to evolutionary Deity. You must not forget that, while there is indeed a true First Cause, there are also a host of co-ordinate and…
 
Martin Tanner provides scriptures, prophetic statements and other information about the future of the United States, the U.S. Constitution, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Time may be difficult, but the future looks bright if we will read the Constitution, understand it, teach it, and seek freedom rather than security. See omny…
 
Truth is inconcussible—forever exempt from all transient vicissitudes, albeit never dead and formal, always vibrant and adaptable—radiantly alive. But when truth becomes linked with fact, then both time and space condition its meanings and correlate its values. Such realities of truth wedded to fact become concepts and are accordingly relegated to …
 
The "Sermon on the Mount" gets its name from the Latin Vulgate Bible's heading for Matthew 5 "Sermo in Monte." Perhaps it should be called the hill-side sermon. According to tradition, it was given on a hill-side at the North-West end of the Lake Galilee. Delivered early in Jesus' ministry, this sermon contains the essence of the Christian message.…
 
The Gospels tell us almost nothing of Jesus life from when his mother and step-father lost track of him, when he was talking with the elders in the temple. We do know he was a "craftsman" or tekton in Greek. Carpenter is too narrow a definition. We can surmise he had known the future Apostles for many years, as they all lived in a small town. Matth…
 
The time unit of maturity is proportioned so to reveal the co-ordinate relationship of past-present-future that the self begins to gain insight into the wholeness of events, begins to view the landscape of time from the panoramic perspective of broadened horizons, begins perhaps to suspect the nonbeginning, nonending eternal continuum, the fragment…
 
The Archko Volume, the Book of Jasher, and Urantia Book are all available online and at many book stores. The problem is the Archko Volume and Book of Jasher are forgeries and Urantia Book is a fake (made up, and not what it purports to be). In this episode of Religion Today, Martin Tanner explains why these books, often passed off as genuine, are …
 
The Supreme and the Ultimate constitute the basic association of subabsolute and derived Deity. It is helpful to man’s cosmic orientation to attain all possible comprehension of Deity’s relation to the cosmos. While absolute Deity is eternal in nature, the Gods are related to time as an experience in eternity. In the evolutionary universes eternity…
 
What is Revelation? How does one get Revelation? How do you know if you have received Revelation? How do you know your prayers are being answered? The short answer is this: If you have prepared, studied, done what you can, but still lack knowledge, wisdom or ability, prayer is how to get help from God. Perfection, even goodness, is not a pre-requis…
 
When ascenders are admitted to the Mortal Finaliter Corps of Paradise, they take an oath of allegiance to the Paradise Trinity. Subsequently, as the finaliter companies function throughout the evolving universes, they are solely amenable to the mandates of Paradise origin until a local universe is settled in light and life, only then acknowledging …
 
An account of how the first 116 pages of The Book of Mormon manuscript were lost. When lost, Joseph Smith finished the translation, through the end of the Book of Moroni. Only then did he re-translate the same events that had been lost, originally translated from the Book of Lehi, replaced with an account on the small plates of Nephi. The lost and …
 
As a finite being, you will personally find the Father, the Son, and the Spirit, but not the Supreme; nevertheless, the Paradise ascent and subsequent universe career will gradually create in your consciousness the recognition of the universe presence and the cosmic action of the God of all experience. The fruits of the spirit are the substance of …
 
General Authorities of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are wise, good, kind and loving. They desire that everyone reach the full measure of their creation or abilities, which is to become like our Savior Jesus, and our Father in Heaven. Joseph Smith expressed the same idea in his last Conference address, on April 7, 1844, less than …
 
The soul of an evolving mortal is really the son of the Adjuster action of the Universal Father and the child of the cosmic reaction of the Universal Mother. The mother influence dominates the human personality throughout the local universe childhood of the growing soul. And as a finaliter, the mother inheritance of the Supreme seeks full finite sy…
 
Martin Tanner describes the Near-death Experience of his friend David Herard who passed away a few months ago. David was severely wounded in Vietnam. He went from agnostic or perhaps atheist, to believer in God and a Christian. David was horribly wounded when a Viet-Kong rocket landed about 20 feet behind him. David briefly visited the Spirit World…
 
Man does not unite with the Supreme, the cosmic oversoul, and submerge his personal identity; but the universe repercussions of the experience of all men do thus form a part of the divine experiencing of the Supreme. "The act is ours, the consequences God’s." The progressing personality leaves a trail of actualized reality as it passes through the …
 
The second of a two part series on how Joseph Smith translated The Book of Mormon. The translation was not by reading sentences or letters, but by literally seeing and comprehending the events described in The Book of Mormon, something like seeing a movie. Joseph Smith told Joseph Knight, Sr. the Nephite Interpreters or Urim and Thummim "were marve…
 
Will you fail the God of time, who is so dependent upon the decisions of the finite mind? will you fail the Supreme personality of the universes by the slothfulness of animalistic retrogression? will you fail the great brother of all creatures, who is so dependent on each creature? can you allow yourself to pass into the realm of the unrealized whe…
 
How precisely did Joseph Smith translate the Book of Mormon? We do not know every detail, but in this first of a two-part series, Martin Tanner explains what we do know. Translation could only have been accomplished with divine influence, as Joseph Smith at age 22-23 would not have been able to dictate, in virtually final form, a book about Ancient…
 
Mortal man is more than figuratively made in the image of God. From a physical standpoint this statement is hardly true, but with reference to certain universe potentialities it is an actual fact. Man, a volitional personality, becomes creative in liaison with an Adjuster, in the presence of the finite potentialities of the Supreme, and the result …
 
On January 29, 2019 the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued an official statement available at ChurchofJesusChrist.org on Book of Mormon geography which says there is no official Church position and there has never been any revelation on where the events in The Book of Mormon …
 
The Supreme is God-in-time; his is the secret of creature growth in time; his also is the conquest of the incomplete present and the consummation of the perfecting future. And the final fruits of all finite growth are: power controlled through mind by spirit by virtue of the unifying and creative presence of personality. The culminating consequence…
 
The Nag Hammadi Library, is a collection of 52 books bound into 13 volumes, which dates to the early 4th century AD. It was found in 1945 near the small town of Nag Hammadi, in Egypt. One of its books, the Gospel of Thomas, contains authentic sayings of Jesus, many of which are not found in the Bible. In this Religion Today broadcast, Martin Tanner…
 
God the Supreme, the Supreme Being, is the beauty of physical harmony, the truth of intellectual meaning, and the goodness of spiritual value. He is the sweetness of true success and the joy of everlasting achievement. He is the oversoul of the grand universe, the consciousness of the finite cosmos, the completion of finite reality, and the personi…
 
Women in Early Christianity owned about one-third third of all property, owned businesses, slaves, sometimes ruled the household and held positions of authority in the Early Christian Church. While it is true, as long as a woman's father was alive, she was subservient to him, the same is true of men. 1 Timothy 2:12 and 1 Corinthians 14:34 (let wome…
 
In a human being the mechanism of physical life is responsive, in part, to the dictates of (personal) mind. This very mind may, in turn, become dominated by the leadings of purposive spirit, and the result of such evolutionary development is the production of a new child of the Supreme, a new personal unification of the several kinds of cosmic real…
 
Two significant discoveries of the last century pertain to the 72 AD (or CE) Siege of Masada and the Secret Gospel of Mark. The Siege of Masada was previously known only through the Jewish-Roman historian Josephus. But a Jewish archaeological team, led by Yigeal Yadin, 1963-65, excavated Masada, and discovered, among other things, the lots cast by …
 
The struggle for perfection pertains not only to the intellectual and the spiritual levels but also to the physical level of energy and mass. The settlement of the seven superuniverses in light and life presupposes their attainment of physical stability. And it is conjectured that the final attainment of material equilibrium will signify the comple…
 
Critics claim the First Edition of the Book of Mormon contains "bad grammar" and hence cannot be from God, because God would not use bad grammar. Martin Tanner's guest, Stanford Carmack, Phd, J.D. Stanford University and PhD, U.C. Santa Barbara, a linguist and expert in Book of Mormon syntax demonstrates the supposed "bad grammar" in the Book of Mo…
 
Coordinated in the Sevenfold with the Master Spirits of the superuniverses are the triune rulers of these supercreations—the Ancients of Days. These personifications of Trinity justice-judgment in time and space are the field fulcrums for the mobilizing almighty power of the Supreme, serving as the sevenfold focal points for the evolution of trinit…
 
Joseph Smith's experience following James 1:5 which says God will answer your prayers, is instructional for all of us. My friend Lloyd, who passed away in 2012, had a similar experience with prayer. In a situation where his personal strength and intelligence were not enough, Lloyd prayed and received an answer in a way anyone can receive an answer …
 
The mind circuits emanating from the hierarchy of intelligence focuses represent the cosmic arena of creature choice. Mind is the flexible reality which creatures and Creators can so readily manipulate; it is the vital link connecting matter and spirit. The mind bestowal of the Third Source and Center unifies the spirit person of God the Supreme wi…
 
The first Christian meetings were held in homes of followers of Jesus, right after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Christianity was accepted when the Roman Emperor Constantine became a Christian. The split between the Orthodox and Catholic churches occurred over whether the Church at Rome had authority over all other branches; and, over …
 
God the Supreme is not the Paradise Trinity, neither is he any one or all of those superuniverse Creators whose functional activities actually synthesize his evolving almighty power. God the Supreme, while of origin in the Trinity, becomes manifest to evolutionary creatures as a personality of power only through the co-ordinated functions of the fi…
 
The earliest known writings are the Egyptian Temple Texts, which date to nearly 4,000 B.C.E. "Hieroglyphics" comes from the Greek "Herios" (God's) and "Glyphos" (inscriptions or writings). Hieroglyphics are thus literally the writings God gave to humans. Latter-day Saints have a similar idea in Moses 6:5-6. The earliest Bible texts are the Nash Pap…
 
Growth is the earmark of experiential Deity, and experiential growth implies creature-Creator partnership—God and man in association. The experience of every evolving creature personality is a phase of the experience of the Almighty Supreme. The intelligent subjugation of every physical segment of the superuniverses is a part of the growing control…
 
Christians see Jesus as the Savior, Messiah and Son of God. Jews see Jesus as a heretic. During his earthly ministry, the Apostles and his followers saw him as a Jewish reformer. Nearly two millennia later, Christians see Jesus as Savior, Son of God and a Christian, sometimes forgetting his Jewish roots. Many of Jesus' actions are only understood w…
 
The Supreme Being cannot be fully appreciated without taking into consideration source, function, and destiny: relationship to the originating Trinity, the universe of activity, and the Trinity Ultimate of immediate destiny. He is the indispensable focalizer, summarizer, and encompasser of evolutionary experience, effectively unifying the results o…
 
Doctrine and Covenants 101:80 says God established the U.S. Constitution by "wise men" whom God "raised up unto this very purpose[.]" Though flawed in some ways, as are we all, the Founding Fathers are among the most inspired and great men who have ever lived. Host Martin Tanner gives highlights of the lives of seven of the most important and influ…
 
The Supreme not only grows as the Creators and creatures of the evolving universes attain to Godlikeness, but this finite Deity also experiences growth as a result of the creature and Creator mastery of the finite possibilities of the grand universe. The motion of the Supreme is twofold: intensively toward Paradise and Deity and extensively toward …
 
Any consideration of the origins of God the Supreme must begin with the Paradise Trinity, for the Trinity is original Deity while the Supreme is derived Deity. Any consideration of the growth of the Supreme must give consideration to the existential triodities, for they encompass all absolute actuality and all infinite potentiality (in conjunction …
 
In the association of the Deity, Universal, and Unqualified Absolutes, potentiality is absolute while actuality is emergent; in the association of the Second, Third, and Paradise Sources and Centers, actuality is absolute while potentiality is emergent; in the originality of the First Source and Center, we cannot say that either actuality or potent…
 
Is the mention of "Reformed Egyptian" (Mormon 9:32) in the Book of Mormon, and the idea a spoken language can be written in another language (! Nephi 1:2) an anomaly? The idea was unknown and laughable in Joseph Smith lifetime. Since then, hundreds of examples have been found of Hebrew (or a Hebrew dialect like Aramaic) written in a form of Egyptia…
 
There is no language in the past, present, or future of our world, Urantia, adequate to express the reality of infinity or the infinity of reality. Man, a finite creature in an infinite cosmos, must content himself with distorted reflections and attenuated conceptions of that limitless, boundless, never-beginning, never-ending existence the compreh…
 
Is there a river that flows North that could be the River Sidon? The Mississippi and Missouri do not fit the Book of Mormon's description of a river with its head waters (or beginning) up in the South (implying it flows North). But the Grijalva River in Mesoamerica fits well. There are many descriptions of radio carbon dating confirmed horses in th…
 
Finite creatures, high and low, may propound theories, and have done so, as to the necessity of the finite in the cosmic economy, but in the last analysis it exists because God so willed. The universe cannot be explained, neither can a finite creature offer a rational reason for his own individual existence without appealing to the prior acts and p…
 
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