Keep ‘Em Coming Kanye

I think it is so great that Kanye West’s new movie Jesus is King is being promoted and is supposed do very well (it’s even in Imax!). 

The thing is, today Jesus gets a bad rap. I mean, he is very controversial these days, at least from folks who feel a little riled up if you bring up Jesus, or whatever. Right?
In general, I think people do not feel comfortable talking about religion. Perhaps among similar minds there is religious discussion, but in general, we keep things to ourselves, and for the exact reason that we don’t want to rock the boat on specifics of what we believe.

My own experience is that even among very close friends, religion is like the least talked about subject. I think that is why when someone like Kanye, who is not exactly the poster boy for Christian virtues, goes to this length to express his Christian beliefs, I feel encouraged. I think Justin Bieber is trying to do the same thing. Young people could use a dose of Jesus. They grew up not ever hearing about him from their parents, who didn’t think it was cool to be a Christian in the sixties. 

The young kids today have been thoroughly secularized by the mainstream media. Religion, if depicted or portrayed, is usually in the negative light, or an adjunct to some social right being denied to someone because religious people are supposedly intolerant.In other words, mostly younger people today don’t know about the positive aspects of faith, the part where you feel connected to a greater cause, that there are statements that provoke deep and satisfying thinking, that spirituality is inspiring and ennobling. That faith gives us courage.

Congratulations to Kanye and keep ’em coming. 


Why We Fear Climate

by James Watkins

If you said that we have religion because we have the bad weather, you would be partially correct. Man first began negotiating with the gods when there was thunder, lightening, hurricanes, even full moons and an occasional volcano, all which triggered the same reaction in man: we must do something. So we prayed, offered sacrifices and demanded something be done.

Sound familiar?


You hear it all of the time from climate change folks. We need to ‘do something.’ We need our leaders to do something, anything, to make sure the weather doesn’t harm us.

During the later part of the Mayan Empire, we know that they experienced a harsh drought. It was warm and dry from 800 to 1000 A.D. in Central America. We also know that these people were so desperate for rain they would try all kinds of things to sway the gods into bringing rain, even if it meant decapitating its citizens one by one (in reality it was a great way for the rulers to eliminate extra mouths to feed).


And when certain Mayan rulers figured out by calculation when periodic solar eclipses would come they used this knowledgae to manipulate a desperate society, by creating these grand spectacles and festivals, ceremonies really, in which the rulers and the people would sit and watch human sacrafice to get relief from climate change.

And when the sun went dark the ceremonies came to their thrilling climax. The sacrifices ended and all was at peace, except for the fact that the rains never came.

It was one of the reason the Spaniards were able to conquer what remained of this once great empire. They had grown weak, defenseless and stupid.

We also know that, about five-thousand years ago there was a tremendous flood in Mesopotamia.

The story in Genesis and the story of Noah, while a matter of faith to be sure, is most likely based on a real flood that occurred during this period of prehistoric history. Millions died. Most cultures speak of a “great flood that destroyed mankind.” Even back then we had climate change, and even back then, we cried for God to “do something!”

As mans’ nature would have it, early Hebrew writings explained it was God’s punishment for sin. It was man being reconciled by God for being evil (stemming from the fall of Adam and Eve).


In reality, though it was climate change; a combination of the Mediterranean sea floors sinking while regional mountain ranges rose, bring more rain in increasing amounts to the flood plains of north Syria and along the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. It was a flood of epic proportions, and man blamed himself, just as we do today.

From the very beginning of man’s recorded history we see this belief has been embraced when the weather effects humanity, we a) are the cause of it, and b) we must also be the ones who must change it by changing our behavior (or confessing our sins).

Flash forward to today. Today, there is vast energy. We are awash in cheap crude oil, natural gas and coal.

And this is a great thing.

Most of our activity is powered by cheap energy. Lives have vastly improved globally, mostly because cheap energy is so plentiful. This past week, when a Saudi oil refinery was bombed, thankfully, America could step in and keep the supply flowing. This is a testament of our ability to harness the earth’s energy and improve our living standards. 40 years ago gas prices would have shot up and people would have panicked.

Do you suppose that many in our society just feel guilty for having it so good, that we must somehow pay for our good graces? I think so, and it’s why so many people feel a need to atone for their guilt. What better way to do so that to blame something we don’t understand on ourselves, especially if there is a way to make money and seize control doing so.

Let’s agree on two things:

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1) The climate is always changing, something we have NO control over, and

2) We do have a POLLUTION program, of which we can control.


We all recognize there is a problem with waste, overconsumption, and destruction of our immediate environment. Remember the 80’s when you would buy a CD that came in this big, hard plastic container? We waste raw materials, and we also pollute our waters.

I argue that, instead of trying to lower the global temperature, which we cannot do, we should instead, harness our efforts towards cleaning up the planet of the mess we have made, which is what I think is at the core of climate change activism anyway.

Most of us are old enough to remember that Earth Day used to about ending pollution, curbing oil spills and conserve because it s smart policy. Earth Day and climate activism has morphed into a very expensive notion that we are a primary driver of the earth’s environment. The current fear of climate change is also a reminder of how man has always feared nature because he fails to really understand the process, or predict it.

Almost every predictor of global warming is based on models that are premised on a calculation that ties global mean temperatures to carbon output. It sounds reasonable, except when you consider that the earth produces 97% of the global carbon all by itself. Man is only responsible for 3% of carbon output.


Look, we may not feel like we have to negotiate with the Gods like we used to when we have bad weather, but we also need to stop feeling guilt or fear every time there is a bad weather event. People are being scared into feeling personally responsible every time there is a hurricane, a flood, or a drought. Our kids have this tremendous nihilism instilled in them because they feel hopeless that they can’t change the world to make it less frightening.

And that’s when our leaders, just like the Mayan kings and princes did before, will use our ignorance and fear against us, to rule over us even more, and the more we scream “do something,” the more they control our behavior and use political control because they know we would be willing to ‘do anything’ to feel safe.

They won’t tell us they don’t have the answers,  but they do tell us we need to pay ‘for our sins’ by giving them more money, power, or both.

Pollution is the problem. If we just take care of pollution in our backyard, then that is something we we can get all get behind – and should.

But when you start talking about charging carbon tax dollars and having rolling blackouts to “save the planet,” then you know you are being hoodwinked. When “doing something” just means making energy more expensive and not having any impact on the environment, then you know we are being played for fools.

Yes, the climate is changing. We are in a warm period, just like in the a thousand years, and before that, around 100 b.c. to the 4th century a.d., which was also a very warm period.

We do have to prepare for things like more rain, floods, and perhaps a few more hurricanes, all normal weather events when the earth is warmer, just like blizzards, glaciers and frozen crops are the result of global cooling, which by the way, usually kills more people than warm periods.

Pause to consider the  great plague of 1347 which destroyed one third of the entire European continent, and the London Plague of 1666, and even the Potato Famine of 1845 in Ireland, all a result of global cooling).

Don’t believe me. Check the books.

Mankind has always look to the gods when it came to things he couldn’t control because we are fearful. Today is no different, and our leaders know this. 
F

ear is a great motivator and we all need to be diligent in making sure fear isn’t used to get us to do stupid things, like accept without question, when a 16 year old girl becomes the poster child for climate change, as she tells our elected leaders to “do something.”

Believe me, they will. Heads will roll.


Casting Pearls Before Swine

You want to know what I think about the Urantia Book? I think the world is crying out for this book and they don’t even know it.

I think people in this world are lost and hopeless, and the ones who have great comforts are not bothered by it so much because they are distracted by things, but the overall trajectory of humanity, based on current events, does not look good, and it has nothing to do with climate change or political corruption, or illicit moral decadence. These are symptoms of a greater disease, which is global nihilism.

The Urantia Book is telling us, “hey, don’t you realize you are part of a much larger universe, an ecosystem, if you will, than you even realize?”

And here we are, sitting in darkness.

Evil really does rule the day, and there is rampant evil increasing, but not only evil, but an almost cultish embrace of selfish and exalted humanism that stands to strip every single soul from the bodies in whom they are possessed.

There is less harmony among us. It is even more dire when you consider the rise in the tyranny of oppressive governments and regimes who enslave people, either by ideology or by restrictions of liberty, where we have hundreds of millions of people dying or being deprived right now of basic human needs every single day

“The complete secularization of science, education, industry, and society can lead only to disaster. … And this is only the beginning of the dire harvest of materialism and secularism; still more terrible destruction is yet to come.” (UB 195:8:13)

On the one hand we have excelled in science, The arts, technology and communications, but on the other hand, people are lonely and sick, hungry, for food, and for truth, and here you have this wonderful book that contains the entire picture of reality—truth in beautiful form.

The Urantia Book puts forth thousands of spiritual concepts that provide real human insight into the cause and purpose of our existence.

Many have said the Urantia Book is arguably one of the best constructed documents on the planet, replete with scientific, philosophical and religious truths that stir the soul and imagination, but yet, owing to its unique nature and mysterious origins, remains unknown while life on earth continues to be a living hell for so many.

This book, the Urantia revelation, offers not only a much wider view of reality which gives relief to the complexity of life, but it also presents a living revelation of Jesus, the exhaustive and complete narrative of the life and teachings of Jesus that is destined to resurrect a resurgence in our curiosity of his actual, unabridged teachings.

“What a transcendent service if, through this revelation, the Son of Man should be recovered from the tomb of traditional theology and be presented as the living Jesus to the church that bears his name, and to all other religions! “ (UB 196:1:2)

I challenge you.

Pick it up, read it online.

Spend a half hour reading just one section of a paper in the Jesus section.

Put your preconceived notions aside. Be open to the idea of having something in your hands that has substance and value, and it will touch with its authenticity, as so many others have experienced when perusing the words.

The Urantia Book is a revelation no less important than Adam and Eve, Melchizedek and Jesus, in the sense of this fact: It comes from above.

Now, many of us modern humans scoff at that idea completely. We have accepted the fact that there is no “above.”

300 years of secularism has convinced most of us that belief in heaven and God, or eternal life is not rooted in science, so then you have to kind of ‘sort of believe,’ just because it might give you some comfort. This is how most of us approach religion, almost like a custom. It has become unimportant.

Many say that because we have lost faith we have lost hope.

But.

What if the question of the afterlife and of life in the universe could be satisfactorily answered?

Would that merit some interest?

So hete is the challenge.

You say the world deserves an answer from God, a new message, a new and clear idea of what is going on here, what is the meaning of our life – both here in the flesh and afterwards?

Then if you are sincerely looking for that answer, I strongly urge you to read the Urantia Book.

Not from the beginning, but from a part that interests you.

There are 196 papers, pick one.

It’s not fiction. Consider it God’s history book, the history of God and the future of God’s creation; our world and also a road map to the future.

If the world adopted this book, seriously, we would end wars because we would see the futility of them; we would end the sickness of modernity and the loneliness that comes with it, the moral ambiguity of it all, the feeling that no matter how hard we try, we fail.

We would begin to serve each other.

The Urantia Book reconnects you with a living God, and a living path that inspires you to get up in the morning because you know you are part of something eternal and meaningful.

This new spiritual infusion would provide new grace with accepting the creature-Creator kinship, and people would have hope again.

It would also go along way in preparing us for the next visit of great spiritual importance, whether it be the Son of Man or some other Divine being.

The Urantia Book says to expect this, even multiple times. It has been 20 centuries since people have heard this message.

Will it fall on deaf ears?

We are not alone, we never were.

The universe is filled with angels and ascended beings of all shapes and sizes. Right now there are at least 600 planets within 30- to 50 light years from us that have spawned life, and they too, have a spiritual yearning, and they too, have emerged from savagery, just like us, and we all ascend to be a part of God’s creation which is the expanding universe.

Read about all of this, and your life will be changed because you will know the truth about God’s plan, a real plan that makes sense and doesn’t ask you to give up your intellectual integrity in order to believe it. Faith will make sense, instead of making you feel apprehensive.

There is our challenge. Humanity wants a revelation? We got it.

Now what are we going to do?

James Watkins is the editor and creator of UrantiaRadio.net and the Urantia Radio Podcast

What Exactly Is A Urantian?

What is the difference between the Christian and Urantia Worldview?

By James R. Watkins

In that I was brought up in what I consider to be a typical Judeo-Christian culture, and having spent the better part of forty years studying the Urantia papers, I think I can offer some perspective on the differences between what a Christian believes and what a Urantian believes, as well as what similarities there are between a person who is Christian and a person who believes the Urantia Book is a divine revelation.

For example, most Urantians completely agree with the concept that Jesus was the Son of God, that he was sent here as a human being, and was and is the Lord Jesus Christ. Both Christians and Urantians’ believe that we all have eternal life, that Jesus is our savior, and that when Jesus taught about God, he was personally representing God the Father in the flesh. This is the bedrock of the Christian faith, and the Urantia Book, which declares that Jesus was a revelation of new spiritual truth to mankind.

Where we begin to differ, or separate our views are discussed below. It is also pertinent to the greater discussion that people in the future should probably know what exactly a Urantian is, so as to differentiate itself from mainline Christianity, so that people don’t think the Urantia Book is some off-shoot, or New Age fringe element of the Christian church.

So what are the primary differences between what a Christian believes and what a Urantian believes? Before we answer this question, let me first share the commonalities between Christians and Urantian faith, and they are:

  1. The belief in the divinity of Jesus
  2. The belief that there is a God, a father of all creation, that life – and our existence – is part of God’s plan
  3. The belief in an eternal life where we become spirit beings who continue to worship God in the afterlife
  4. That the Jewish people were chosen to introduce monotheism into the world, and they were the first to recognize the one true God above all other Gods
  5. That there is sin and evil
  6. That Adam and Eve were real
  7. People possess souls

Where we differ would require volumes of text, but in a nutshell, here are the primary differences between what Christians believe and what Urantians do not believe:

  1. That you have to accept Jesus as your savior in order to be “saved”
  2. That there is a hell
  3. That Jesus was the only Son of God
  4. That Adam and Eve were the first humans
  5. That evolution is false
  6. That the Bible is the “Word of God,” thereby the final spiritual authority in book form.
  7. That no other writings or revelations can be added to Scripture
  8. That all other religions are false
  9. That Jesus had to die in order for our sins to be forgiven by God
  10. That the Church is the mediator between God and Man
  11. That Mary was a virgin
  12. That the Devil is the creator of sin in our world
  13. That man “fell” from Grace because of the knowledge of eating the forbidden fruit
  14. That Eve was the mother of sin and her sin cursed humanity

Here the basic tenets of the Urantia faith, or ideology:

  1. That God is a spiritual creator of all spirit-indwelt human beings
  2. That everyone has soul-potential
  3. That Jesus came to show us a new revelation of God the Father
  4. The Atonement Doctrine (the belief of Jesus dying for our sins) is wrong
  5. That there are angels and other spiritual beings who co-exist with us, but that we are limited by material vision so we don’t’ see them, though they do see us and try to minister to us
  6. That as long as you have some level of belief, you will survive mortal death and be given a new body in which to continue on (and that you will remember your life and your fellows from this world when you get to the next)
  7. That there are trillions of worlds just like ours, filled with beings like ourselves who also have the same spirit in them
  8. That evolution is the technique God uses for life to progress
  9. That the Urantia Revelation was not written by humans, but really did come from spiritual beings who were given the task of introducing new spiritual truth to mankind
  10. . That Science and Religion should co-exist. One measures facts, the other, truth.

Now when you compare something like this to biblical teachings and “the sacred history” of the last few thousand years, you begin to appreciate the vast gulf that exists between what the Urantia Book presents and what Christianity presents in its present form.

Comparing the Bible to the Urantia Book is like comparing Aesops Fables with Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity.

The Bible, written between 800 BC and 400 AD, had a fixed viewpoint on reality, one extremely limited by the lack of scientific knowledge, and produced mostly by men who were searching for God and spiritual truth, but were still vastly backward in their understanding of the universe at large, not to mention the ignorance of their own history.

This is not to take away from the spiritual truths of the Bible, and there are thousands of them; the Bible represents the history of man searching for God, and finding him, and also captures enough of the essence of Jesus‘ teachings to immortalize it.

But the Urantia Book brings those truths and many other relevant concepts into much clearer focus by declaring, first and foremost, that God is at the center of all things, but also that scienctific discovery of the great truths of reality is not contradictory to the premise that the universe is a spiritual enterprise, and not random.

The Urantia Book teaches us something of the nature and growth of the Supreme creator and preaches truth, beauty and goodness as beings Gods nature.

Most religions avoid Science, the Urantia Book embraces it.

Most religions focus on tradition and cultural inheritances and practices. The Urantia Book clarifies where those traditions came from, and the purpose they served in helping to develop man’s spiritual quest.

Most religions represent man’s desire for knowledge and truth, The Urantia Book tells us what that truth is and why we desire it.

Not a bad thing at all. But Christians makes a huge mistake when they declares its supremacy over all spiritual truths, even to not recognizing when new truth has been revealed, as in the case of The Urantia Book.

Some have said the Urantia Book is to the New Testament what the New Testament is to the Old Testament, a fulfillment of the ages, a confirmation that the truths in the Bible are in fact, based on an essential truth, which is we are divinely endowed and that life has real spiritual purpose, even beyond the flesh.

And so this statement is really a declaration of my hope that someday, future Christians will begin to see that Urantians’ are really fighting the same fight, which is to reveal God to our brothers and sisters so that they can rejoice in the realization that they too, are citizens of this new reality that encompasses not just our planet, but the entirety of creation.

Think about that the next time you are sitting alone at night gazing up at the stars, that is creation, and you are a part of it.