The Living Eternal Truths Podcast
True Religion Revealed, Part 3

True Religion Revealed, Part 3

March 22, 2020

True Religion Revealed, Part 3

1 hour 19 minutes 36 seconds long

Host Brother Dave, a Jesusonian

 

Samples in this podcast:

The Urantia Book, public domain   [my added comments are in these brackets]

 

2. ATTITUDE OF THE PEOPLE

149:2.4 #2. ...We [the Revelators] would not belittle the place of the person of Jesus in a religion which might bear his name, but we would not permit such consideration to eclipse his inspired life or to supplant his saving message: the [loving] fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man. [All humans are now Divinely beloved sons of God, thanks to the Gifts of the Universal Father and the Universe Creator Son and the Universe Creative Holy Spirit here upon all and within all Truth lovers !]

5. THE DISCOURSE ON TRUE RELIGION [a summary of Jesus' teaching]

155:5.9 The acceptance of the traditional religions of authority presents the easy way out for man’s urge to seek satisfaction for the longings of his spiritual nature. The settled, crystallized, and established religions of authority afford a ready refuge to which the distracted and distraught soul of man may flee when harassed by fear and tormented by uncertainty. Such a religion requires of its devotees, as the price to be paid for its satisfactions and assurances, only a passive and purely intellectual assent.

155:5.10 And for a long time there will live on earth those timid, fearful, and hesitant individuals who will prefer thus to secure their religious consolations, even though, in so casting their lot with the religions of authority, they compromise the sovereignty of personality, debase the dignity of self-respect, and utterly surrender the right to participate in that most thrilling and inspiring of all possible human experiences: the personal quest for truth, the exhilaration of facing the perils of intellectual discovery, the determination to explore the realities of personal religious experience, the supreme satisfaction of experiencing the personal triumph of the actual realization of the victory of spiritual faith over intellectual doubt as it is honestly won in the supreme adventure of all human existence—man seeking God, for himself and as himself, and finding him.

6. THE SECOND DISCOURSE ON RELIGION [a summary of Jesus' teaching]

155:6.3 I have called upon you to be born again, to be born of the spirit. I have called you out of the darkness of authority and the lethargy of tradition into the transcendent light of the realization of the possibility of making for yourselves the greatest discovery possible for the human soul to make—the supernal experience of finding God for yourself, in yourself, and of yourself, and of doing all this as a fact in your own personal experience. And so may you pass from death to life, from the authority of tradition to the experience of knowing God; thus will you pass from darkness to light, from a racial faith inherited to a personal faith achieved by actual experience; and thereby will you progress from a theology of mind handed down by your ancestors to a true religion of spirit which shall be built up in your souls as an eternal endowment.

155:6.7 I admonish you to give up the practice of always quoting the prophets of old and praising the heroes of Israel, and instead aspire to become living prophets of the Most High and spiritual heroes of the coming kingdom. To honor the God-knowing leaders of the past may indeed be worth while, but why, in so doing, should you sacrifice the supreme experience of human existence: finding God for yourselves and knowing him in your own souls?

155:6.8 Every race of mankind has its own mental outlook upon human existence; therefore must the religion of the mind ever run true to these various racial viewpoints. Never can the religions of authority come to unification. Human unity and mortal brotherhood can be achieved only by and through the superendowment of the religion of the spirit. Racial minds may differ, but all mankind is indwelt by the same divine and eternal spirit. The hope of human brotherhood can only be realized when, and as, the divergent mind religions of authority become impregnated with, and overshadowed by, the unifying and ennobling religion of the spirit—the religion of personal spiritual experience.

155:6.9 The religions of authority can only divide men and set them in conscientious array against each other; the religion of the spirit will progressively draw men together and cause them to become understandingly sympathetic with one another. The religions of authority require of men uniformity in belief, but this is impossible of realization in the present state of the world. The religion of the spirit requires only unity of experience—uniformity of destiny—making full allowance for diversity of belief. The religion of the spirit requires only uniformity of insight, not uniformity of viewpoint and outlook. The religion of the spirit does not demand uniformity of intellectual views, only unity of spirit feeling. The religions of authority crystallize into lifeless creeds; the religion of the spirit grows into the increasing joy and liberty of ennobling deeds of loving service and merciful ministration.

3. INSTRUCTION FOR TEACHERS AND BELIEVERS [a summary of Jesus' teaching]

159:3.10 You shall not portray your teacher as a man of sorrows. Future generations shall know also the radiance of our joy, the buoyance of our good will, and the inspiration of our good humor. We proclaim a message of good news which is infectious in its transforming power. Our religion is throbbing with new life and new meanings. Those who accept this teaching are filled with joy and in their hearts are constrained to rejoice evermore. Increasing happiness is always the experience of all who are certain about God.

159:3.12 When my children once become self-conscious of the assurance of the divine presence, such a faith will expand the mind, ennoble the soul, reinforce the personality, augment the happiness, deepen the spirit perception, and enhance the power to love and be loved.

159:3.13 Teach all believers that those who enter the kingdom are not thereby rendered immune to the accidents of time or to the ordinary catastrophes of nature. Believing the gospel will not prevent getting into trouble, but it will insure that you shall be unafraid when trouble does overtake you. If you dare to believe in me and wholeheartedly proceed to follow after me, you shall most certainly by so doing enter upon the sure pathway to trouble. I do not promise to deliver you from the waters of adversity, but I do promise to go with you through all of them.

 

Truth-seekers and Truth-finders should find interesting facts, higher meanings, and spiritual values in our shows.

Please visit my large website http://www.PureChristians.org/ or (same website) http://www.LedByJesus.org/

There, scroll about 30% down that page and you may read, download and share my ALWAYS FREE 100 page .pdf of spiritual highlights in my books on the nature, life and teachings of our Sovereign Savior Jesus Christ ! Profound Theology and spirituality to share !

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True Religion Revealed, Part 2

True Religion Revealed, Part 2

February 19, 2020

True Religion Revealed, Part 2

1 hour 15 minutes 57 seconds long

Host Brother Dave, a Jesusonian

 

Samples in this podcast:

The Urantia Book, public domain   [my added comments are in these brackets]

PAPER 100. Religion in Human Experience

6. Marks Of Religious Living

100:6.5 But true religion is a living love, a life of service. The religionist's detachment from much that is purely temporal and trivial never leads to social isolation, and it should not destroy the sense of humor. Genuine religion takes nothing away from human existence, but it does add new meanings to all of life; it generates new types of enthusiasm, zeal, and courage. It may even engender the spirit of the crusader, which is more than dangerous if not controlled by spiritual insight and loyal devotion to the commonplace social obligations of human loyalties.

PAPER 101. The Real Nature of Religion

Introduction

101:0.3 Religion, the conviction-faith of the personality, can always triumph over the superficially contradictory logic of despair born in the unbelieving material mind. There really is a true and genuine inner voice, that " true light which lights every man who comes into the world." And this spirit leading is distinct from the ethical prompting of human conscience. The feeling of religious assurance is more than an emotional feeling. The assurance of religion transcends the reason of the mind, even the logic of philosophy. Religion is faith, trust, and assurance.

1. TRUE RELIGION

101:1.5 While religion is not the product of the rationalistic speculations of a material cosmology, it is, nonetheless, the creation of a wholly rational insight which originates in man's mind-experience. Religion is born neither of mystic meditations nor of isolated contemplations, albeit it is ever more or less mysterious and always indefinable and inexplicable in terms of purely intellectual reason and philosophic logic. The germs of true religion originate in the domain of man's moral consciousness, and they are revealed in the growth of man's spiritual insight, that faculty of human personality which accrues as a consequence of the presence of the God-revealing Thought Adjuster [the pure spirit Essence of God within each moral human, the will of God, your eternal Integrity: the future spirit-perfected You !] in the God-hungry mortal mind.

101:1.6 Faith unites moral insight with conscientious discriminations of values, and the pre-existent evolutionary sense of duty completes the ancestry of true religion. The experience of religion eventually results in the certain consciousness of God and in the undoubted assurance of the survival of the believing personality.

10. Religion as Man’s Liberator

101:10.5 The purpose of religion is not to satisfy curiosity about God but rather to afford intellectual constancy and philosophic security, to stabilize and enrich human living by blending the mortal with the divine, the partial with the perfect, man and God. It is through religious experience that man's concepts of ideality are endowed with reality.

PAPER 102. The Foundations of Religious Faith

6. The Certainty of Religious Faith

102:6.1 The philosophic elimination of religious fear and the steady progress of science add greatly to the mortality of false gods; and even though these casualties of man-made deities may momentarily befog the spiritual vision, they eventually destroy that ignorance and superstition which so long obscured the living God of eternal love. The relation between the creature and the Creator is a living experience, a dynamic religious faith, which is not subject to precise definition. To isolate part of life and call it religion is to disintegrate life and to distort religion. And this is just why the God of worship claims all allegiance or none.

Part IV. The Life and Teachings of Jesus

PAPER 140. The Ordination of the Twelve

4. You Are the Salt of the Earth

140:4.7 "By their fruits you shall know them." Personality is basically changeless; that which changes -- grows -- is the moral character. The major error of modern religions is negativism. The tree which bears no fruit is "hewn down and cast into the fire." Moral worth cannot be derived from mere repression -- obeying the injunction "Thou shalt not." Fear and shame are unworthy motivations for religious living. Religion is valid only when it reveals the fatherhood of God and enhances the brotherhood of men. [The True and Living Gospel of Jesus Christ !]

5. Fatherly and Brotherly Love

140:5.13 To see God — by faith — means to acquire true spiritual insight. And spiritual insight enhances Adjuster guidance, and these in the end augment God-consciousness. And when you know the Father, you are confirmed in the assurance of divine sonship, and you can increasingly love each of your brothers in the flesh, not only as a brother — with brotherly love — but also as a father — with fatherly affection.

 

Truth-seekers and Truth-finders should find interesting facts, higher meanings, and spiritual values in our shows.

Please visit my large website http://www.PureChristians.org/ or (same website) http://www.LedByJesus.org/

There, scroll about 30% down that page and you may read, download and share my ALWAYS FREE 100 page .pdf of spiritual highlights in my books on the nature, life and teachings of our Sovereign Savior Jesus Christ ! Profound Theology and spirituality to share !

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True Religion Revealed, Part 1

True Religion Revealed, Part 1

January 8, 2020

True Religion Revealed, Part 1

57 minutes, 52 seconds long

Host Brother Dave, a Jesusonian

 

Samples in this podcast:

The Urantia Book, public domain   [my added comments are in these brackets]

PAPER 1. The Universal Father

5. Personality of the Universal Father

1:5.10 The idea of the personality of the Universal Father is an enlarged and truer concept of God which has come to mankind chiefly through revelation. Reason, wisdom, and religious experience all infer and imply the personality of God, but they do not altogether validate it. Even the indwelling Thought Adjuster [the will of God within; the future Spirit-perfected you !] is prepersonal. The truth and maturity of any religion is directly proportional to its concept of the infinite personality of God and to its grasp of the absolute unity of Deity. The idea of a personal Deity becomes, then, the measure of religious maturity after religion has first formulated the concept of the unity of God.

PAPER 2. The Nature of God

6. The Goodness Of God

2:6.1 In the physical universe we may see the divine beauty, in the intellectual world we may discern eternal truth, but the goodness of God is found only in the spiritual world of personal religious experience. In its true essence, religion is a faith-trust in the goodness of God. God could be great and absolute, somehow even intelligent and personal, in philosophy, but in religion God must also be moral; he must be good. Man might fear a great God, but he trusts and loves only a good God. This goodness of God is a part of the personality of God, and its full revelation appears only in the personal religious experience of the believing sons of God.

PAPER 5. God's Relation to the Individual

4. God In Religion

5:4.6 The Hebrews based their religion on goodness; the Greeks on beauty; both religions sought truth. Jesus revealed a God of love, and love is all-embracing of truth, beauty, and goodness.

PAPER 92. The Later Evolution of Religion

4. The Gift of Revelation

92:4.3 Evolutionary religion is sentimental, not logical. It is man's reaction to belief in a hypothetical ghost-spirit world -- the human belief-reflex, excited by the realization and fear of the unknown. Revelatory religion is propounded by the real spiritual world; it is the response of the superintellectual cosmos to the mortal hunger to believe in, and depend upon, the universal Deities. [The Paradise Trinity] Evolutionary religion pictures the circuitous [roundabout, indirect] gropings of humanity in quest of truth; revelatory religion is that very truth.

PAPER 99. The Social Problems of Religion

4. Transition Difficulties

99:4.3 True religion is a meaningful way of living dynamically face to face with the commonplace realities of everyday life. But if religion is to stimulate individual development of character and augment integration of personality, it must not be standardized. If it is to stimulate evaluation of experience and serve as a value-lure, it must not be stereotyped. If religion is to promote supreme loyalties, it must not be formalized. [The good goal is each reflective human living in personal God-consciousness at all times and at all places worldwide !]

99:4.4 No matter what upheavals may attend the social and economic growth of civilization, religion is genuine and worth while if it fosters in the individual an experience in which the sovereignty of truth, beauty, and goodness prevails, for such is the true spiritual concept of supreme reality. And through love and worship this becomes meaningful as fellowship with man and sonship with God.

5. Social Aspects Of Religion

99:5.2 [very important !] Always keep in mind: True religion is to know God as your Father and man as your brother. Religion is not a slavish belief in threats of punishment or magical promises of future mystical rewards.

99:5.3 The religion of Jesus is the most dynamic influence ever to activate the human race. Jesus shattered tradition, destroyed dogma, and called mankind to the achievement of its highest ideals in time and eternity -- to be perfect, even as the Father in heaven is perfect.

99:5.7 Just as certainly as men share their religious beliefs, they create a religious group of some sort which eventually creates common goals. Someday religionists will get together and actually effect co-operation on the basis of unity of ideals and purposes rather than attempting to do so on the basis of psychological opinions and theological beliefs. Goals rather than creeds should unify religionists. Since true religion is a matter of personal spiritual experience, it is inevitable that each individual religionist must have his own and personal interpretation of the realization of that spiritual experience. Let the term "faith" stand for the individual's relation to God rather than for the creedal formulation of what some group of mortals have been able to agree upon as a common religious attitude. "Have you faith? Then have it to yourself."

PAPER 100. Religion in Human Experience

3. Concepts Of Supreme Value

100:3.1 Religion is not a technique for attaining a static and blissful peace of mind; it is an impulse for organizing the soul for dynamic service. It is the enlistment of the totality of selfhood in the loyal service of loving God and serving man. Religion pays any price essential to the attainment of the supreme goal, the eternal prize. There is a consecrated completeness in religious loyalty which is superbly sublime. And these loyalties are socially effective and spiritually progressive.

 

Truth-seekers and Truth-finders should find interesting facts, higher meanings, and spiritual values in our shows.

Please visit my large website http://www.PureChristians.org/ or (same website) http://www.LedByJesus.org/

There, scroll about 30% down that page and you may read, download and share my ALWAYS FREE 100 page .pdf of spiritual highlights in my books on the nature, life and teachings of our Sovereign Savior Jesus Christ ! Profound Theology and spirituality to share !

Love, peace and sure progress in Spirit and in Truth ! 

The Spirits of God Within You

The Spirits of God Within You

December 14, 2019

The Spirits of God Within You

19 minutes, 50 seconds long

Host Brother Dave, a Jesusonian

 

Samples in this podcast:

The Urantia Book, public domain   [my added comments are in these brackets]

Paper 34 THE LOCAL UNIVERSE MOTHER SPIRIT

5. THE MINISTRY OF THE SPIRIT

Page 379A (34:5.1) The Divine Minister [our Holy Creative Spirit] co-operates with the Creator Son [our Christ Michael] in the formulation of life and the creation of new orders of beings up to the time of his Seventh Bestowal [as Jesus, Son of Man and Son of God] and, subsequently, after his elevation to the full Sovereignty of the universe, continues to collaborate with the Son and the Son's bestowed Spirit [of Truth] in the further work of world ministry and planetary progression.

380A (34:5.6) The presence of the Holy Spirit of the Universe Daughter of the Infinite Spirit, of the Spirit of Truth of the Universe Son of the Eternal Son, and of the Adjuster-spirit of the Paradise Father in or with an evolutionary mortal, denotes symmetry of spiritual endowment and ministry and qualifies such a mortal consciously to realize the faith-fact of sonship with God. [In and with our Holy Father-Son-Spirit of Truth here ! Now, and just as and just where you are ! In the Universal Family of God in Jesus and in Spirit !]

6. THE SPIRIT IN MAN

380B (34:6.1) With the advancing evolution of an inhabited planet and the further spiritualization of its inhabitants, additional spiritual influences may be received by such mature personalities. As mortals progress in mind control and spirit perception, these multiple spirit ministries become more and more co-ordinate in function; they become increasingly blended with the overministry of the Paradise Trinity. [We have One Holy Father-Son-Spirit of Truth here, upon all and also within all human faith sons of God, in addition to the prepersonal pure spirit will of God within your mind now, called the Thought Adjuster or the Mystery Monitor or the Divine Pilot Light.]

380C (34:6.4) Spiritual forces unerringly seek and attain their own original levels. Having gone out from the Eternal, they are certain to return thereto, bringing with them all those children of time and space who have espoused the leading and teaching of the indwelling Adjuster, those who have been truly "born of the Spirit," the faith sons of God. [Our Adjusters within are a Sacred Gift directly from God the Father-Infinite I AM on Paradise; now you know more of our Glorious Final Destiny ! These Adjusters were only universally bestowed after A.D.30 when Jesus and the Father, as One, lovingly poured out the Spirit of Truth upon all flesh ! Read about He the Spirit of Truth in Paper 194 in the public domain "The Urantia Book" and in John chapters 16 and 17 in the Bible also. Especially note John 16:7-16 and the last 3 or 4 paragraphs in John chapter 17. The science genius Blaise Pascal was reading and deeply comprehending the last paragraphs in John 17 when he was suddenly granted the sacred Vision of God the Universal Father and God our Universe Creator Son Jesus Christ as One here in Their Combined Spirits our Creative Holy Mother Spirit. Reading Pascal's books is worthwhile, especially "Pensees" -- Thoughts in the French language. A powerful Christian Apology.]

381A (34:6.7) Those who have received and recognized the indwelling of God have been born of the Spirit. "You are the temple of God, and the Spirit of God dwells in you." It is not enough that this Spirit be poured out upon you; the divine Spirit must dominate and control every phase of human experience.

381D (34:6.13) The consciousness of the Spirit domination of a human life is presently attended by an increasing exhibition of the characteristics of the Spirit in the life reactions of such a Spirit-led mortal, "for the fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance." Such Spirit-guided and divinely illuminated mortals, while they yet tread the lowly paths of toil and in human faithfulness perform the duties of their earthly assignments, have already begun to discern the Lights of eternal life as they glimmer on the faraway shores of another world; already have they begun to comprehend the reality of that inspiring and comforting truth, "The kingdom of God is not meat and drink but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit." And throughout every trial and in the presence of every hardship, Spirit-Born souls are sustained by that hope which transcends all fear because the love of God is shed abroad in all hearts by the presence of the divine Spirit. [! Our Holy Father-Son-Spirit's Glorious and Transforming Presence to us !]

7. THE SPIRIT AND THE FLESH

383B (34:7.8) [Powerful spiritual encouragement !!] Having started out on the way of life everlasting, having accepted the assignment and received your orders to advance, do not fear the dangers of human forgetfulness and mortal inconstancy, do not be troubled with doubts of failure or by perplexing confusion, do not falter and question your status and standing, for in every dark hour, at every crossroad in the forward struggle, the Spirit of Truth [Jesus here with us !!] will always speak, saying, "This is the way." [Thank You, our Good Master Jesus here with us in Spirit !!]

Truth-seekers and Truth-finders should find interesting facts, higher meanings, and spiritual values in our shows.

Please visit my large website http://www.PureChristians.org/ or (same website) http://www.LedByJesus.org/

There, scroll about 30% down that page and you may read, download and share my ALWAYS FREE 100 page .pdf of spiritual highlights in my books on the nature, life and teachings of our Sovereign Savior Jesus Christ ! Profound Theology and spirituality to share !

Love, peace and sure progress in Spirit and in Truth ! 

Worship, in Great Detail, Part 11 of 11

Worship, in Great Detail, Part 11 of 11

December 3, 2019

Worship, in Great Detail, Part 11 of 11

47 minutes, 23 seconds long

Host Brother Dave, a Jesusonian

 

Samples in this podcast:

The Urantia Book, public domain   [my added comments are in these brackets]

 

 

PAPER 156. The Sojourn at Tyre and Sidon

5. Jesus' Teaching at Tyre

156:5.12 (1739.7) [a restatement of Jesus' teaching] Kingdom believers should possess an implicit faith, a whole-souled belief, in the certain triumph of righteousness. Kingdom builders must be undoubting of the truth of the gospel of eternal salvation. Believers must increasingly learn how to step aside from the rush of life — escape the harassments of material existence — while they refresh the soul, inspire the mind, and renew the spirit by worshipful communion.

PAPER 169. Last Teaching at Pella

4. The Father and His Kingdom

169:4.13 (1857.4) [Powerful Spirit Truths !] Jesus is the spiritual lens in human likeness which makes visible to the material creature Him who is invisible. He is your elder brother who, in the flesh, makes known to you a Being of infinite attributes whom not even the celestial hosts can presume fully to understand. But all of this must consist in the personal experience of the individual believer. God who is spirit can be known only as a spiritual experience. God can be revealed to the finite sons of the material worlds, by the divine Son of the spiritual realms, only as a Father. You can know the Eternal as a Father; you can worship him as the God of universes, the infinite Creator of all existences. [And Jesus is our local universe Creator Father who creates all humans in our universe, in Spirit Partnership with our Holy Creative Mother Spirit.]

PAPER 180. The Farewell Discourse

5. The Spirit of Truth

[Jesus Christ is always here in his universe and on earth as The Spirit of Truth !]

180:5.12 (1951.1) And all this clearly indicates the difference between the old religion and the new. The old religion taught self-sacrifice; the new religion teaches only self-forgetfulness, enhanced self-realization in conjoined social service and universe comprehension. The old religion was motivated by fear-consciousness; the new gospel of the kingdom is dominated by truth-conviction, the spirit of eternal and universal truth. And no amount of piety or creedal loyalty can compensate for the absence in the life experience of kingdom believers of that spontaneous, generous, and sincere friendliness which characterizes the spirit-born sons of the living God. Neither tradition nor a ceremonial system of formal worship can atone for the lack of genuine compassion for one’s fellows.

PAPER 193. Final Appearances and Ascension

1. The Appearance at Sychar

193:1.2 (2053.4) [Jesus:] “Peace be upon you. You rejoice to know that I am the resurrection and the life, but this will avail you nothing unless you are first born of the eternal spirit, thereby coming to possess, by faith, the gift of eternal life. If you are the faith sons of my Father, you shall never die; you shall not perish. The gospel of the kingdom has taught you that all men are the sons of God. And this good news concerning the love of the heavenly Father for his children on earth must be carried to all the world. The time has come when you worship God neither on Gerizim nor at Jerusalem, but where you are, as you are, in spirit and in truth. It is your faith that saves your souls. Salvation is the gift of God to all who believe they are his sons. But be not deceived; while salvation is the free gift of God and is bestowed upon all who accept it by faith, there follows the experience of bearing the fruits of this spirit life as it is lived in the flesh. The acceptance of the doctrine of the fatherhood of God implies that you also freely accept the associated truth of the brotherhood of man. And if man is your brother, he is even more than your neighbor, whom the Father requires you to love as yourself. Your brother, being of your own family, you will not only love with a family affection, but you will also serve as you would serve yourself. And you will thus love and serve your brother because you, being my brethren, have been thus loved and served by me. Go, then, into all the world telling this good news to all creatures of every race, tribe, and nation. My spirit shall go before you, and I will be with you always.”

PAPER 196. The Faith of Jesus

3. The Supremacy of Religion

196:3.9 (2094.8) 3. Spiritual evaluation of life — worship. Only the spirit-indwelt man can realize the divine presence and seek to attain a fuller experience in and with this foretaste of divinity.

196:3.18 (2095.2) This profound experience of the reality of the divine indwelling forever transcends the crude materialistic technique of the physical sciences. You cannot put spiritual joy under a microscope; you cannot weigh love in a balance; you cannot measure moral values; neither can you estimate the quality of spiritual worship.

196:3.21 (2095.5) The exquisite and transcendent experience of loving and being loved is not just a psychic illusion because it is so purely subjective. The one truly divine and objective reality that is associated with mortal beings, the Thought Adjuster, [the pure Spirit will of God indwelling you] functions to human observation apparently as an exclusively subjective phenomenon. Man’s contact with the highest objective reality, God, is only through the purely subjective experience of knowing him, of worshiping him, of realizing sonship with him. [All humans are spiritually classified as sons of God; the many types of angels are the daughters of God.]

196:3.22 (2095.6) True religious worship is not a futile monologue of self-deception. Worship is a personal communion with that which is divinely real, with that which is the very source of reality. Man aspires by worship to be better and thereby eventually attains the best.

 

Truth-seekers and Truth-finders should find interesting facts, higher meanings, and spiritual values in our shows.

Please visit my large website http://www.PureChristians.org/ or (same website) http://www.LedByJesus.org/

There, scroll about 30% down that page and you may read, download and share my ALWAYS FREE 100 page .pdf of spiritual highlights in my books on the nature, life and teachings of our Sovereign Savior Jesus Christ ! Profound Theology and spirituality to share !

Love, peace and sure progress in Spirit and in Truth ! 

Thanking our loving Creator Father and merciful Eternal Friend Jesus Christ

Thanking our loving Creator Father and merciful Eternal Friend Jesus Christ

November 22, 2019

 

 Thanking our loving Creator Father and
merciful Eternal Friend Jesus Christ 

14 minutes, 41 seconds long

Host Brother Dave, a Jesusonian

 

Samples in this podcast:

The Urantia Book, public domain   [my added comments are in these brackets]

PAPER 146. First Preaching Tour of Galilee

2. At Jotapata

146:2.1 While the common people of Jotapata heard Jesus and his apostles gladly and many accepted the gospel of the kingdom, it was the discourse of Jesus to the twenty-four on the second evening of their sojourn in this small town that distinguishes the Jotapata mission. Nathaniel was confused in his mind about the Master’s teachings concerning prayer, thanksgiving, and worship, and in response to his question Jesus spoke at great length in further explanation of his teaching. Summarized in modern phraseology, this discourse may be presented as emphasizing the following points:

146:2.12 #11. Many resort to prayer only when in trouble. Such a practice is thoughtless and misleading. True, you do well to pray when harassed, but you should also be mindful to speak as a son to your Father even when all goes well with your soul. Let your real petitions always be in secret. Do not let men hear your personal prayers. Prayers of thanksgiving are appropriate for groups of worshipers, but the prayer of the soul is a personal matter. There is but one form of prayer which is appropriate for all God’s children, and that is: “Nevertheless, your will be done.”

146:2.15 #14. Jesus warned his followers against thinking that their prayers would be rendered more efficacious by ornate repetitions, eloquent phraseology, fasting, penance, or sacrifices. But he did exhort his believers to employ prayer as a means of leading up through thanksgiving to true worship. Jesus deplored that so little of the spirit of thanksgiving was to be found in the prayers and worship of his followers. He quoted from the Scriptures on this occasion, saying: “It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord and to sing praises to the name of the Most High, to acknowledge his loving-kindness every morning and his faithfulness every night, for God has made me glad through his work. In everything I will give thanks according to the will of God.”

146:2.16 #15. And then Jesus said: “Be not constantly overanxious about your common needs. Be not apprehensive concerning the problems of your earthly existence, but in all these things by prayer and supplication, with the spirit of sincere thanksgiving, let your needs be spread out before your Father who is in heaven.” Then he quoted from the Scriptures: “I will praise the name of God with a song and will magnify him with thanksgiving. And this will please the Lord better than the sacrifice of an ox or bullock with horns and hoofs.”

PAPER 194. Bestowal of the Spirit of Truth

3. What Happened at Pentecost

194:3.14 Before the teachings of Jesus which culminated in Pentecost, women had little or no spiritual standing in the tenets of the older religions. After Pentecost, in the brotherhood of the kingdom woman stood before God on an equality with man. Among the one hundred and twenty who received this special visitation of the spirit were many of the women disciples, and they shared these blessings equally with the men believers. No longer can man presume to monopolize the ministry of religious service. The Pharisee might go on thanking God that he was “not born a woman, a leper, or a gentile,” but among the followers of Jesus woman has been forever set free from all religious discriminations based on sex. Pentecost obliterated all religious discrimination founded on racial distinction, cultural differences, social caste, or sex prejudice. No wonder these believers in the new religion would cry out, “Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”

 

 

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Worship, in Great Detail, Part 10

Worship, in Great Detail, Part 10

November 11, 2019

Worship, in Great Detail, Part 10

50 minutes, 10 seconds long

Host Brother Dave, a Jesusonian

 

Samples in this podcast:

The Urantia Book, public domain   [my added comments are in these brackets]

PAPER 143. Going Through Samaria

5. The Woman of Sychar [Nalda, at the well]

143:5.6 Jesus perceived the attempt of the woman’s soul to avoid direct and searching contact with its Maker, but he also saw that there was present in her soul a desire to know the better way of life. After all, there was in Nalda’s heart a true thirst for the living water; therefore he dealt patiently with her, saying: “Woman, let me say to you that the day is soon coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. But now you worship that which you know not, a mixture of the religion of many pagan gods and gentile philosophies. The Jews at least know whom they worship; they have removed all confusion by concentrating their worship upon one God, Yahweh. But you should believe me when I say that the hour will soon come — even now is — when all sincere worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for it is just such worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and they who worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. [Father-Son United Eternal Truth !] Your salvation comes not from knowing how others should worship or where but by receiving into your own heart this living water which I am offering you even now.”

7. Teachings [of Jesus] About Prayer and Worship

143:7.2 True religion is the act of an individual soul in its self-conscious relations with the Creator; organized religion is man’s attempt to socialize the worship of individual religionists.

143:7.7 Prayer is self-reminding — sublime thinking; worship is self-forgetting — superthinking. Worship is effortless attention, true and ideal soul rest, a form of restful spiritual exertion.

143:7.8 Worship is the act of a part identifying itself with the Whole; the finite with the Infinite; the son with the Father; time in the act of striking step with eternity. Worship is the act of the son’s personal communion with the divine Father, the assumption of refreshing, creative, fraternal, and romantic attitudes by the human soul-spirit.

PAPER 144. At Gilboa and in the Decapolis

4. More about Prayer

144:4.7 Prayer is the breath of the spirit life in the midst of the material civilization of the races of mankind. Worship is salvation for the pleasure-seeking generations of mortals.

144:4.8 As prayer may be likened to recharging the spiritual batteries of the soul, so worship may be compared to the act of tuning in the soul to catch the universe broadcasts of the infinite spirit of the Universal Father.

PAPER 146. First Preaching Tour of Galilee

2. At Jotapata

146:2.17 #16.Jesus taught his followers that, when they had made their prayers to the Father, they should remain for a time in silent receptivity to afford the indwelling spirit the better opportunity to speak to the listening soul. The spirit of the Father speaks best to man when the human mind is in an attitude of true worship. We worship God by the aid of the Father’s indwelling spirit and by the illumination of the human mind through the ministry of truth. Worship, taught Jesus, makes one increasingly like the being who is worshiped. Worship is a transforming experience whereby the finite gradually approaches and ultimately attains the presence of the Infinite. [The Universal Eternal Father-Infinite I AM]

3. The Stop at Ramah

146:3.6 “While you cannot observe the divine spirit at work in your minds, [called your Thought Adjuster, Mystery Monitor, Divine Pilot Light, God's will indwelling your mind and co-creating with your will the higher soul you who may survive physical death.] there is a practical method of discovering the degree to which you have yielded the control of your soul powers to the teaching and guidance of this indwelling spirit of the heavenly Father, and that is the degree of your love for your fellow men. This spirit of the Father partakes of the love of the Father, and as it dominates man, it unfailingly leads in the directions of divine worship and loving regard for one’s fellows. At first you believe that you are sons of God because my teaching has made you more conscious of the inner leadings of our Father’s indwelling presence; but presently the [Father-Son Union] Spirit of Truth shall be poured out upon all flesh, and it will live among men and teach all men, even as I now live among you and speak to you the words of truth. And this Spirit of Truth, speaking for the spiritual endowments of your souls, will help you to know that you are the sons of God. It will unfailingly bear witness with the Father’s indwelling presence, your spirit, then dwelling in ALL men as it now dwells in some, telling you that you are in reality the sons of God." [See John chapters 16 and 17, and then Paper 194. Bestowal of the Spirit of Truth]

 

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Becoming Evermore Godlike

Becoming Evermore Godlike

October 30, 2019

Becoming Evermore Godlike

37 minutes, 48 seconds long

Host Brother Dave, a Jesusonian

 

Samples in this podcast:

The Urantia Book, public domain   [my added comments are in these brackets]

PAPER 102. The Foundations of Religious Faith

3. Knowledge, Wisdom, and Insight

102:3.14 In evolution, religion often leads to man’s creating his concepts of God; revelation exhibits the phenomenon of God’s evolving man himself, while in the earth life of [Jesus] Christ Michael we behold the phenomenon of God’s revealing himself to man. Evolution tends to make God manlike; revelation tends to make man Godlike. [Michael is a high Title of Jesus Christ that means: HE Who IS Just Like GOD.]

PAPER 103. The Reality of Religious Experience

5. The Origin of Ideals

103:5.7 The pursuit of the ideal — the striving to be Godlike — is a continuous effort before death and after. The life after death is no different in the essentials than the mortal existence. Everything we do in this life which is good contributes directly to the enhancement of the future life. Real religion does not foster moral indolence and spiritual laziness by encouraging the vain hope of having all the virtues of a noble character bestowed upon one as a result of passing through the portals of natural death. True religion does not belittle man’s efforts to progress during the mortal lease on life. Every mortal gain is a direct contribution to the enrichment of the first stages of the immortal survival experience.

PAPER 118. Supreme and Ultimate—Time and Space

1. Time and Eternity

118:1.10 On the absolute and eternal level, potential reality is just as meaningful as actual reality. Only on the finite level and to time-bound creatures does there appear to be such a vast difference. To God, as absolute, an ascending mortal who has made the eternal decision is already a Paradise finaliter. [WOW ! Sincere, God-seeking humans on Earth can be granted trial trips into Paradise and really know the perfect Unity of God the Universal Father and Jesus our local universe Creator Father and Eternal Son of God and Son of Man !] But the Universal Father, through the indwelling Thought Adjuster, is not thus limited in awareness but can also know of, and participate in, every temporal struggle with the problems of the creature ascent from animallike to Godlike levels of existence.

PAPER 140. The Ordination of the Twelve

10. The Evening after the Consecration

140:10.9 John asked Jesus, “Master, what is the kingdom of heaven?” And Jesus answered: “The kingdom of heaven consists in these three essentials: first, recognition of the fact of the sovereignty of God; second, belief in the truth of sonship with God; and third, faith in the effectiveness of the supreme human desire to do the will of God — to be like God. And this is the good news of the gospel: that by faith every mortal may have all these essentials of salvation.”

PAPER 170. The Kingdom of Heaven

2. Jesus' Concept of the Kingdom

170:2.20 Jesus taught that, by faith, the believer enters the kingdom now. In the various discourses he taught that two things are essential to faith-entrance into the kingdom:

170:2.21 #1. Faith, sincerity. To come as a little child, to receive the bestowal of sonship as a gift; to submit to the doing of the Father’s will without questioning and in the full confidence and genuine trustfulness of the Father’s wisdom; to come into the kingdom free from prejudice and preconception; to be open-minded and teachable like an unspoiled child.

170:2.22 #2. Truth hunger. The thirst for righteousness, a change of mind, the acquirement of the motive to be like God and to find God.

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Worship, in Great Detail, Part 9

Worship, in Great Detail, Part 9

October 25, 2019

 

Worship, in Great Detail, Part 9

52 minutes, 32 seconds long

Host Brother Dave, a Jesusonian

 

Samples in this podcast:

The Urantia Book, public domain   [my added comments are in these brackets]

 

PAPER 131. The World's Religions

4. Hinduism

131:4.4 (1448.3) “With our hearts purged of all hate, let us worship the Eternal. Our God is the Lord of prayer; he hears the cry of his children. Let all men submit their wills to him, the Resolute. Let us delight in the liberality of the Lord of prayer. Make prayer your inmost friend and worship your soul’s support. ‘If you will but worship me in love,’ says the Eternal, ‘I will give you the wisdom to attain me, for my worship is the virtue common to all creatures.’ God is the illuminator of the gloomy and the power of those who are faint. Since God is our strong friend, we have no more fear. We praise the name of the never-conquered Conqueror. We worship him because he is man’s faithful and eternal helper. God is our sure leader and unfailing guide. He is the great parent of heaven and earth, possessed of unlimited energy and infinite wisdom. His splendor is sublime and his beauty divine. He is the supreme refuge of the universe and the changeless guardian of everlasting law. Our God is the Lord of life and the Comforter of all men; he is the lover of mankind and the helper of those who are distressed. He is our life giver and the Good Shepherd of the human flocks. God is our father, brother, and friend. And we long to know this God in our inner being."

5. Zoroastrianism

131:5.3 (1449.6) “Praise God by seeking the pleasure of the Wise One. Worship the God of light by joyfully walking in the paths ordained by his revealed religion. There is but one Supreme God, the Lord of Lights. We worship him who made the waters, plants, animals, the earth, and the heavens. Our God is Lord, most beneficent. We worship the most beauteous, the bountiful Immortal, endowed with eternal light. God is farthest from us and at the same time nearest to us in that he dwells within our souls. Our God is the divine and holiest Spirit of Paradise, and yet he is more friendly to man than the most friendly of all creatures. God is most helpful to us in this greatest of all businesses, the knowing of himself. God is our most adorable and righteous friend; he is our wisdom, life, and vigor of soul and body. Through our good thinking the wise Creator will enable us to do his will, thereby attaining the realization of all that is divinely perfect."

10. "Our Religion"

[Ganid was a young merchant from India who believed in Jesus, and worked with Jesus and others in Alexandria, Egypt at the library collecting the best verses from the major religions. Ganid summarized what he learned from Jesus' teachings.]

131:10.5 (1454.2) “I will no longer be satisfied to believe that God is the Father of all my people; I will henceforth believe that he is also my Father. Always will I try to worship God with the help of the Spirit of Truth, which is my helper when I have become really God-knowing. But first of all I am going to practice worshiping God by learning how to do the will of God on earth; that is, I am going to do my best to treat each of my fellow mortals just as I think God would like to have him treated. And when we live this sort of a life in the flesh, we may ask many things of God, and he will give us the desire of our hearts that we may be the better prepared to serve our fellows. And all of this loving service of the children of God enlarges our capacity to receive and experience the joys of heaven, the high pleasures of the ministry of the spirit of heaven."

PAPER 137. Tarrying Time in Galilee

8. Sermon on the Kingdom

137:8.6 (1536.3) [Jesus:] “I have come to proclaim the establishment of the Father’s kingdom. And this kingdom shall include the worshiping souls of Jew and Gentile, rich and poor, free and bond, for my Father is no respecter of persons; his love and his mercy are over all."

PAPER 141. Beginning the Public Work

5. Spiritual Unity

141:5.2 (1591.7) [Jesus:] “In this way you may experience a perfected unity of spirit purpose and spirit understanding growing out of the mutual consciousness of the identity of each of your indwelling Paradise spirits; and you may enjoy all of this profound spiritual unity in the very face of the utmost diversity of your individual attitudes of intellectual thinking, temperamental feeling, and social conduct. Your personalities may be refreshingly diverse and markedly different, while your spiritual natures and spirit fruits of divine worship and brotherly love may be so unified that all who behold your lives will of a surety take cognizance of this spirit identity and soul unity; they will recognize that you have been with me and have thereby learned, and acceptably, how to do the will of the Father in heaven. You can achieve the unity of the service of God even while you render such service in accordance with the technique of your own original endowments of mind, body, and soul."

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Spiritual Unity, not Theological Uniformity

Spiritual Unity, not Theological Uniformity

October 17, 2019

Spiritual Unity, not Theological Uniformity

29 minutes, 8 seconds long

Host Brother Dave, a Jesusonian

 

Samples in this podcast:

The Urantia Book, public domain   [my added comments are in these brackets]

 

Paper 103. The Reality of Religious Experience

1. Philosophy of Religion

[God's Spirit within each moral human being is the Source our spiritual unity !]

103:1.1 The unity of religious experience among a social or racial group derives from the identical nature of the God fragment indwelling the individual. [The pure will of God guiding all normal humans] It is this divine in man that gives origin to his unselfish interest in the welfare of other men. But since personality is unique — no two mortals being alike — it inevitably follows that no two human beings can similarly interpret the leadings and urges of the [uniform] spirit of divinity which lives within their minds. A group of mortals can experience spiritual unity, but they can never attain philosophic uniformity. And this diversity of the interpretation of religious thought and experience is shown by the fact that twentieth-century theologians and philosophers have formulated upward of five hundred different definitions of religion. In reality, every human being defines religion in the terms of his own experiential interpretation of the divine impulses emanating from the God Spirit that indwells him, and therefore must such an interpretation be unique and wholly different from the religious philosophy of all other human beings.

5. The Origin of Ideals

[Spiritual/Religious Liberty !]

103:5.12 When a member of a social religious group has complied with the requirements of such a group, he should be encouraged to enjoy religious liberty in the full expression of his own personal interpretation of the truths of religious belief and the facts of religious experience. The security of a religious group depends on spiritual unity, not on theological uniformity. A religious group should be able to enjoy the liberty of freethinking without having to become “freethinkers.” [Freethinkers include atheists, agnostics, secular humanists and rationalists; they tend to reject authority and religious truths] There is great hope for any church that worships the living God, validates the brotherhood of man, and dares to remove all creedal pressure from its members.

Paper 141. Beginning the Public Work

5. Spiritual Unity [with Spiritual Liberty]

141:5.1 One of the most eventful of all the evening conferences at Amathus [to the North, near Pella] was the session having to do with the discussion of spiritual unity. James Zebedee had asked, “Master, how shall we learn to see alike and thereby enjoy more harmony among ourselves?” When Jesus heard this question, he was stirred within his spirit, so much so that he replied: “James, James, when did I teach you that you should all see alike? I have come into the world to proclaim spiritual liberty to the end that mortals may be empowered to live individual lives of originality and freedom before God. I do not desire that social harmony and fraternal peace shall be purchased by the sacrifice of free personality and spiritual originality. What I require of you, my apostles, is spirit unity — and that you can experience in the joy of your united dedication to the wholehearted doing of the will of my Father in heaven. You do not have to see alike or feel alike or even think alike in order spiritually to be alike. Spiritual unity is derived from the consciousness that each of you is indwelt, and increasingly dominated, by the Spirit Gift of the heavenly Father. Your apostolic harmony must grow out of the fact that the spirit hope of each of you is identical in origin, nature, and destiny."

141:5.2 “In this way you may experience a perfected unity of spirit purpose and spirit understanding growing out of the mutual consciousness of the identity of each of your indwelling Paradise Spirits; and you may enjoy all of this profound spiritual unity in the very face of the utmost diversity of your individual attitudes of intellectual thinking, temperamental feeling, and social conduct. Your personalities may be refreshingly diverse and markedly different, while your spiritual natures and spirit fruits of divine worship and brotherly love may be so unified that all who behold your lives will of a surety take cognizance of this spirit identity and soul unity; they will recognize that you have been with me and have thereby learned, and acceptably, how to do the will of the Father in Heaven. You can achieve the unity of the service of God even while you render such service in accordance with the technique of your own original endowments of mind, body, and soul."

Paper 195. After Pentecost

10. The Future

[SERIOUS DIVISION NOW IN CHRISTIANITY ! Only the Living JESUS here in Spirit can possibly unify all Christians !]

195:10.11 [Important !] Christianity is seriously confronted with the doom embodied in one of its own slogans: “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” The non-Christian world will hardly capitulate to a sect-divided Christendom. [over 40,000 different Christian denominations and sects now, and still increasing.] The living Jesus is the only hope of a possible unification of Christianity. The true church — the Jesus brotherhood — is invisible, spiritual, and is characterized by unity, not necessarily by uniformity. Uniformity is the earmark of the physical world of mechanistic nature. Spiritual unity is the fruit of faith union with the living Jesus. The visible church should refuse longer to handicap the progress of the invisible and spiritual brotherhood of the kingdom of God. And this brotherhood is destined to become a living organism in contrast to an institutionalized social organization. It may well utilize such social organizations, but it must not be supplanted by them.

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