5 Things Everyone Wants To Know

What five astonishing things people want to believe are true and are disclosed in the Urantia Book?

Consider the following:


1. Life on other worlds is common, we are not alone


2. The universe is administered to by highly spiritual and loving beings whom we we will meet someday, including those loved ones who passed on.


3. We, as a society, are supposed to be progressing towards universal peace and goodwill, it is our destiny as a species because we are indwelt by Deity for that purpose. Hence the mandate in the Bible, “Be your perfect even as I am perfect.”


4. That Jesus really was a high order Son – the literal Son of God, who came to live as a mortal man for the specific and planned purpose of revealing new truth to humanity about God’s nature, but that his message got absorbed by a lot of different religions that pushed his teachings into several different directions. But that his entire life is of record – and is now accessible.


5. That there is an afterlife and each of us have equal standing in being able to be a part of that afterlife, but that our choices here now, do matter, not so much with our survival, which we receive through faith, but with our own inner growth.

The Horrible Feeling of Non-Belief

by James R. Watkins

Non-Belief is a horrible place.

I am a rare person. I have been a faithful believer in God since I was about 7. I just knew there was a God and I spoke with him frequently and as casually as I would speak to you if I saw you in person.

I didn’t listen for God to talk back to me because I knew he was probably getting messages from everywhere. I trusted he would hear me but I did not need to hear from him in that moment. It was that trust that saved me from a life of disaster. You hear people say it all of the time, God saved me from myself.

Most people either start out believing because they were raised with religious teachings, or are not raised with religion and convert at some point because of a revelation or event that pushes them towards needing spiritual answers.

Or there are people who just don’t connect with religion for a number of reasons.

And I want to talk to about the people who do not find religion, and the effect it can have on a person’s life, even if they don’t realize it.

I also want to add to all of this what the Urantia Book has taught me about non-belief and the toxic effect it has on a society when religion (or faith) loses its influence.

Is it not true that at our core, most people would like to believe in the following things?:

That there is meaning in life, that life is not just an accident.
That our own life has meaning, that we are here for a purpose.
That there is a higher power who cares about me and I am loved.

Now, perhaps you are the kind of person who doesn’t care about these things. You accept that life is about none of these things and instead, is about what you make it, and the only thing that matters is your legacy, what you leave behind.

On some level this is probably satisfying enough. I know many people who are satisfied with this world view. It is a safe place because it requires no commitment to faith in something that cannot be proven by physical means.

But let me tell you what I have seen, and you tell me if you have seen this also:

People who do not believe in spiritual values, or spirit realities like the afterlife, or Deity, or worship, prayer, submission to a greater higher purpose, are toxically anxious, depressed or bitter, continuously pre-occupied by other people’s business, as many of them have no idea what is missing in their own lives.

Not all non-believers are like this, mind you, but many.

People who are antagonistic about religion or the church (usually because of a bad experience, or for selfish reasons) are among the most hateful, depressed and bitter of people you will meet. Many who are not faithful oftentimes never engage in altruism or service; they have an overriding superior belief that life owes them something.

Many who turn their backs on religious faith live life without hope, they give in to nihilism, the belief that there is no belief, only superstition.

To the faithful there is everlasting hope, And with this faith comes the understanding of purpose that is not in vain, one that allows us to serve with greater purpose.

Faith, not nihilism, takes courage, and it is this saving courage that transforms millions of people from giving in to the seemingly futile nature of human life into agents of positive living.

Hope allowed me to keep my sanity during the many dark times of living, it kept me sane.

I fear that as more people lose religious faith and lose hope, societal structure will start to break down just as the individual starts to break down when he or she loses hope and faith in that greater purpose in living.

I fear that someday, Mental Health Institutes will determine that religion is a disorder and must be treated, when it is in fact, the exact opposite which is the true.

Faith and spiritual conviction most likely PREVENTS or cures many forms of mental illness.

The rise in mental illness is most likely a result of, and inversely proportional to, our cultural distancing from the agelong antidotal effect of religious faith. Our faith is intrinsic to oue mind; it is part of who we are as human beings of will dignity. We are not orphans to a purposeless universe.

Meanwhile, there are leaders who want to diminish or marginalize religious institutions, and believe churches must be forced to adopt secular social policies or face legal action. Catholic services are being forced to adhere to secular law when there are spiritual conflicts such as nurses who are Catholic being forced to perform abortions; churches who wish to remain tax-exempt must provide gender neutral bathrooms despite the teachings of those who attend that church; bibles and other religious literature have been removed from public school libraries because some administrators (and atheist parents) hold that Bibles promote “hate-speech,” by not being “inclusive” of LGBTQ lifestyles.

Our Mental Health industry, fueled by enormous profits, disregards the role of faith in mental health care to the tune of billions of dollars a year in mental health “management.”

But isn’t it more likely that the lack of spiritual faith is a precursor to poor mental health? What is depression, anxiety, loneliness and nihilism? these could be signs of a restless human soule who doesn’t know where he fits in life because he or she has been convinced he has no soul, that only the physical world matters, that there are no eternal meanings, only present meanings? Millions of lost souls have been convinced that there is no God, through our education and media, that there is no afterlife, there is no real purpose other than the here and now, and that this world view is the only reasonable worldview; anything that deviates from this world view must be recognized as a disorder.

I feel like I am watching a scene from the 1950’s moving Inasion of the Body snatchers were society becomes soulless and the few remaining people are hunted down and converted to this nihilistic worldview.

The Urantia Book says that secularism supposes that man does not need God, Recently, such attitudes have become more aggressive, almost antagonistic towards Deity. Marxism and communism provide fair examples of the secular world view being embraced on a global scale.

In our education and media we see that religion has become a politically charged word, which means it is one step away from being regulated as hate speech. the word God, may one day be regarded as the G word, a word that causes great stress when uttered to those who are “deity-neutral.”

The Urantia Book also warns that a society without God cannot last, quote, “any more than a solar system could be supported without gravity,” paper 195.

What does a world without God look like?

Mental illness, lax morality, gender confusion, the celebration of vice as virtue, the promotion of fetishism in place of character-building, the pursuits of self in place of service, breakdown of family life, a general debasement of culture, crime, drug use, youth violence, religious persecution and oppression.

Non-belief requires no commitment on the part of the self, no skin in the game, no emotional commitment, no real pursuit of character building. Non belief requires nothing on the part of the believer. Non-belief leads to little or no truth discernment or even the pursuit. of truth itself, except as expressed in physical reality.

Only a belief in a supreme being or external force greater than himself enabled mankind to grasp eternal realities that sustain civilization from one generation to another,” but if this generation no longer values the past truths, or the religious heritage that is the result of thousands of generations of truth seekers who produced vast wealths of knowledge and wisdom, then what happens when that society loses or destroys such wealth of wisdom?

What happens to a society that prioritizes present truth, while disregarding the past, because it is relative only to immediate needs? What happens is we are truly one step away of global tyranny if this trend continues.

It is feasible that there may be yet another religious underground, people who must hide their faith or face persecution, as is already the case for a1.4 billion people.

These are my words, gained from what I have learned from the Urantia Book and from Christian beliefs in general. As a Jesusonian, one who believes in the divinity of Jesus and also follows his teachings, the pocket of believers is getting smaller as the world’s troubles increase.

This is best exhibited in the friend I spoke of earlier. 

There comes a point in a person life where they have the make decision as to whether they accept the divine plan of perfection attainment, or as our Christian friends tell us, growing in grace and doing the Father’s will, or reject that plan. And we all know that sometimes you have to hit rock bottom before you can make that decision.

I believe the world has not yet hit rock bottom, and it won’t as long as people still hold on to faith.

Without it, we are lost.

And this is why we do Urantia Radio, to tell people there is something fantastic waiting for them, but it starts with one simple thing. Faith.

Right now the greatest challenge os for people of faith to unite and pushback against social policies that advocate religious persecution. Social Justice warriors will use social advocacy to merit a legal defense against religious institutions. We must push back by calling people out when this happens.

And in our personal lives, don’t be afraid to talk about the value of faith in ones life. People always hear about treatment by medical means,but no one talks about treating mental anguish with a spiritual approach, and that just means pray, get down on your knees and ask for help.

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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

The Great Ideological Struggle


by James R. Watkins

August 19, 2019

The great ideological struggle of the modern age is between Faith and Secularism, between those who “hold these truths to be self-evident,” and those who believe the world is what we make it, that we are simply human beings whose rights come from the society in which we live, that scientific materialism is where we derive reality from; that there is no such thing as eternal truth, but rather, relative truth that serves the moment at hand.

At the root of Western society is the idea that individuals have liberties such as the right of self-expression, the free exchange of ideas, to congregate and protest, freedom of movement. freedom to own property. But in secularism, we serve the State, the Party, or the greater good as determined by those who are in power.

At the root of communism is secularism. Communism could never exist in a society of deeply religious people because people who have faith would never submit to the State, only to God.

This is why China doesn’t allow formal religion, it usurps authority away from the State.

Socialism, an offspring of secularism, leads to communism because in essence, the State must govern for the greater good. The individual only matters in proportion to the group.

Sadly, millions of people prefer this social construct because it removes responsibility from the individual and moves it to the collective; the individual no longer needs to apply judgement, he merely agrees with the social order, only needs to agree that it is “best for the greater good of society.” This why the Chinese government can remove any citizen who is deemed “an enemy of the State.” Human rights do not come from God, they come from the State.

If you asked our political leaders (who endorse socialism) what they think of religion, they might be dismissive or they will probably give it light mention. To the secularist, as to the communist, Religion is an opiate, and psychological safe space, a distraction.

Sooner or later, as we have seen, the State requires 100% submission.

But here is the danger.

In the West secularism is eating away at religion. Our educational system is completely secularized, advocacy groups are going to extremes to remove religious symbols and history from State and federal buildings, holidays that were once rooted in religious culture have been secularized: Easter has become ‘spring break,’ Christmas is now ‘winter holiday,’ even Thanksgiving has been thoroughly secularized and commercialized.

Secularistic science tells us that such concepts are myths based on a need for man to explain things, and in doing so science disregards the fact of the reality of existence of God, asserting therefore that we exist as a result of random causation, simple cause and effect; that our existence has no discernable divine hand; that good and evil are just relative values we invented mere labels we use to assign people who are bad or good as just being disabled or suffering from mental illness. People of faith, in this system are labeled intolerant, weak-minded, prejudiced, unscientific, homophobic, racist. Religion is marginalized.

Modern society struggles with religion because we are now several generations deep into a culture that has accepted the notion Science explains everything – and that religion is nothing more than a custom of old belief systems that developed long before science started answering all of our questions about life.

And yet, there it is. People have faith, they believe in God, they pray, they worship. They follow Jesus as their lord and do wonderful things. They pray to allah and submit to his grace, they live the law and have faith in the mercy of God, the most high, the Lord God of Israel.

History tells us that religion is not only good for society because it instills and upholds morals and ethics from one generation to another, but because it more importantly instills family-values which lie at the cornerstone of any solid society. But wait, there is more, and this is key.

The idea that maybe there is – now hold on – such a thing as salvation, a furtherance of existence beyond our mortal shell, an idea so foreign to main street and western culture that it is not even talked about, not in public, not in private, except as some sort of myth unworthy of a truly reasonable mind.
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Paper 195, section 6, 7 and 8 talks about the dangers of secularism, it warns us that a society based only on securlistic ideals cannot survive, that without God, our society will eventually disintegrate, that secularism betrays man because he goes from being a slave to the church to being a slave to government and to politically tyranny, which we are now seeing.

In 1935 it warns us that more “terrible destruction to come.” And then we remember that the Urantia Book was written just a few years before World War 2, and of course, the hundred or so million people who died in Russia under Stalin and in China under Mao, secularist regimes that rule under tyranny, the offspring of secularism.

The great ideological struggle is between attaining a society that is based on enduring spiritual principles that give value to the individual human spirit, who we believe is self-evident as being a child of God, or we adhere to humanistic, materialistic principles that give no regard to such ideas such as human rights, only of “universal rights,” or social rights and social justice. When you hear those words you’ll know who is speaking.

I know a lot of people who simply don’t believe in religion, they don’t get it. I understand. But I’m warning them, don’t be fooled into believing that God doesn’t matter in a society just because you feel that way, or that faith doesn’t matter in a society because you don’t have faith.

You don’t want a global society that turns its back on spiritual ideals and truth. That’s China, a total surveillance society where anyone who dissents is put to death or taken off and put away in a labor camp.

Say goodbye to freedom of thought, freedom of expression, of freedom itself. These are spiritual principles because they give account to enduring principles of fairness for the individual.


God and the preservation of the rights of the individual vs. Man and the emphasis on group rights as determined by government. This is the great ideological struggle of our times.

The point of all of this is that I believe this current ideological struggle is being waged now, as we speak. We see it being played out in China between the Hong Kong protestors and the dictatorial Chinese government; in America we see it being played out between the progressive and atheistic Left and the Conservative and sometimes religious right who are vying for political power; in Europe between the globalists and the nationalists who are losing rights “for the greater good,” even in some countries in the Middle East between those who want islamic reform, like Saudi Arabia and Iran, and the oppressive regimes that still march to the medieval trumpet blasts of religious tyranny not unlike we saw in the early Christian Church.

The great ideological struggle is all around us.

It is stated that “crisis comes before destruction as well as growth.”

Which outcome will we choose?


Why Does God Allow Bad Things to Happen?

You hear it after every tragedy, “If there is a God, why does he allow bad things to happen?” Of late, it is actually turned more antagonistic. Celebrities, and even some political leaders, have declared prayers are now worthless; government must act to prevent these mass shootings.

We see death, mayhem, and we want answers.

One great quote is from the film Murder by Decree, where Christopher Plummer, as Sherlock Holmes, declares, with tragedy “we look to God for answers and when we get none, we blame the devil.” The devil in this case, is too many guns and not enough regulation. What isn’t discussed is our culture and how we have marginalized violence.

It takes a village.

I would draw your attention to two paragraphs from Paper 56  in the Urantia Book (pertaining to the problems of the evil and why it occurs) that discusses tragedy, about shared responsibility in any system where free will exists, as these points best illustrate our need to stand back and look at the whole picture of why mass shootings happen in society, why seemingly meaningless tragedy strikes us with no discernible reason.

In these excerpts, the Revelators give us pause in explaining how it is that sin, rebellion and evil are allowed to exist:

54:6.3 If an affectionate father of a large family chooses to show mercy to one of his children guilty of grievous wrongdoing, it may well be that the extension of mercy to this misbehaving child will work a temporary hardship upon all the other and well-behaved children. Such eventualities are inevitable; such a risk is inseparable from the reality situation of having a loving parent and of being a member of a family group. Each member of a family profits by the righteous conduct of every other member; likewise must each member suffer the immediate time-consequences of the misconduct of every other member. Families, groups, nations, races, worlds, systems, constellations, and universes are relationships of association which possess individuality; and therefore does every member of any such group, large or small, reap the benefits and suffer the consequences of the rightdoing and the wrongdoing of all other members of the group concerned.

54:6.4 But one thing should be made clear: If you are made to suffer the evil consequences of the sin of some member of your family, some fellow citizen or fellow mortal, even rebellion in the system or elsewhere—no matter what you may have to endure because of the wrongdoing of your associates, fellows, or superiors—you may rest secure in the eternal assurance that such tribulations are transient afflictions. 

These excerpts may not lessen the grief, but it is a reminder than in life, even in tragedy, there is divine wisdom at play. Only an Infinite personality can know “why”. Finite beings such as ourselves must await time to provide this insight as to why these things happen.

And yes, we should continue to pray. Prayer will help us gain insight into God’s mercy and Gods wisdom, that is if we are open to it and willing to change as individuals and as a society.


To My Fellow Humanist, No Thanks

by Jim Watkins

A group called Good Without God wanted its city to remove a cross that was erected to honor a World War I veteran.

The case, like many, seeks to uphold the seperation of Church and State, with which I firmly agree. The State should never foster or inhibit religion, it’s in our Constitution, and it is relevant because no government should ever pick sides on which faith it supports.

But by the same token, Good without God is a misnomer. How can good without God be real? Good comes from God, good is God in action, his three personality traits are Truth, Beauty and Goodness. God is the source of all that is good, for goodness would not be possible unless human beings could percieve such a divine attribute; as spiritual beings we observe good, therfore, Good Without God contradicts reality.

I understand there are people who choose to believe there is no such thing as God. To many the idea is slavish, unreasonable and archaic. Humanism is exalted as altogether reasonable; hence it becomes defacto materialistic to assume that since no one can prove God exists, such a belief is unreasonable.

But Humanists miss the point. To assume there is no deity is to profess ignorance of origins. We have no idea why human will creatures have evolved, Science can tell us how, but not why.

Only a belief in a first or original source personality can explain why there is personality. If all things material have a source point of origin, then where does individual perception, personality interpretation find its beginnings?

The ‘why’ is God’s purpose.

If one chooses to believe there is no ‘why’ or purpose to the existence to life, then that is a belief system, a postulate that is also unverified.

An argument could be made that any Athiest group who demands the removal of religious symbols is asking for the prohibtion of religion – which is unconstitutional – and is asking the government to assert on one specific belief system or the other. In this case a non-believer is asserting his/her non-belief as factual, but unverifiable, over another who does believe in deity purpose, a belief which is also yet unverifiable.

Here’s the irony. That such sons of God should debate the ethics of governing is in and of itself, proof of mans’ desire to be godly and more perfect in his governorship, a spiritual principle.

To the Humanist, no thanks. I’ll stick with my belief system until you can prove to me that God does not exist.

The BIG Lie of Atheism

   I’m going to bang this out in five minutes because it has been on my mind. 

   I am sick and tired of being reminded how people are just not into religion anymore. Or worse, we have an entire generation of young adults who have absolutely no idea what real religion is, so I need to Godsplain a few things. That’s why we have this wonderful site, so people who are completely in the dark about religion, God, life itself and its underlying meaning, can come and learn – free of dogma and free of ritual.

   Now imagine if you were six years old and everyone told you that you have to go to school for 12 years and then you die and don’t live anymore.

   Or let’s say that your parents told you that you have to spend your entire life learning and then all of your knowledge simply goes away when you take your last breath! And then to make you feel better, they tell you, “but don’t feel bad because you will live on in your children,” or some crap like that. 

   Forget that! What is the point of that?

   Listen, folks, let me tell you, there is an afterlife, you are going to love it, but it isn’t just going to be sitting around eating ice cream and praising the Lord all day. What, are you foolish? who filled your mind with such rubbish? Of course there are others like you, where do you think all of the dead people go? Hello, we’re talking thousands of generations of dead people slowly filling up the vast, expansive universe. You think all of this was created for – just so you can live for 72 years and buy a house? What, are you stupid? Well, it’s not your fault, and it’s probably why religion has no appeal to you. On the other hand, don’t be so quick to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

   Listen, to those young folks in Millenia-world who are completely illiterate to religion, and faith, and life after death, and meaning of life stuff, the secularism and atheism you have been sold is a bill of goods. You should have read the bible more so at least you could get the basics of why God made this place.  I get it that the Bible is old fashion, but there’s truth in it, just like the truth I am sharing with you now. Take comfort in it because nothing else in life will, and that is why you are anxious all of the time. It’s why atheists are always taking pills, because they bought into the notion that life is like school for twelve years and then everyone just dies. Who came up with that lie? A stupid, arrogant and intensely hubris notion that gives no consideration to the fact that billions and billions of stars are out there working towards a fulfillment of a great purpose (of which we are a part of), but I don’t want to make your head explode, so we’ll stop there for now. 

   You will wake up after you die. Count on it. 

And you WILL remember your short life here on earth. 

   They say payback is a bitch. Well, it is, but that’s because when you wake up on the other side, and you do start to piece together your earth-life memories, you are going to realize how stupid you were, and you will remember how foolish you acted, and especially you are going to feel terrible because of how arrogant you were in your first “here-I-am-folks” life on planet Earth.

But don’t worry, we are all fools in the beginning, after all, this is our first go-around, so we are expected to act like fools.

   So there you go. Wake up! God didn’t give you this life so you can “pass it on to your kids.” He gave it to you to learn something so you can use it to make your life here, and the next world, and those around you in both, better.

Start there and start living.


Jeffrey Richards is a contributing editor and lives in Santa Barbara California. 


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Meet the Faithless: How Secularism Won the Millennial Mindset

I feel sad for Millennials. They do not know what they do not know.

They will never know, for example, what life was like without a smart phone, GPS, email, Snapchat or Facebook. In short, they will never experience life without being distracted by the constant need to “check in” with social media.

Millennials are also the first generation to be raised in a culture where religion, fundamentals of a faith-based worldview was deemphasized. Taught from an early age through television, music, liberal parenting, and in part from a public education system that completely stripped religious history from the classroom textbook, this generation of young men and women will face the future without the wisdom of the past to guide them, without knowing the value of religion and the value of faith.

Instead, Millennials have been taught to believe in “nothing” except pursuing social justice, earthly objectives and political or gender/raced based conflicts. The new religion of the American culture among Millennials is not a religion based on God, or even spiritual values (what are those?), but instead, on social activist causes and strictly temporal realities instead of the enduring eternal ones that great minds have been debating since the beginning of time.

Secularism is winning because it is the easier path, and the one with far less restrictions. Freedom it seems, means to be free of deep philosophy or meanings and values-exploration. Millennials have adopted secularism (or a hyped up version of moral relativism), a belief that there is no proof of God, or faith, eternal life or even TRUTH itself. No reason to take the risk of believing in something that can never be verified – at least not in this life.

So the current generation of young men and women will never know how to implement faith in everyday living, faith that there is a reason we are here (beyond just our short life), faith that there is a purpose to our existence, faith that spirit values have meaning, and most importantly, faith believing in something that you can only know is true – without physical evidence. 

Faith, or the use of it, instills good character, patience, forbearance, loyalty and humility; it is the acceptance that you don’t have all of the answers – but are willing to concede there are answers worth knowing.

Today, the general attitude of a Millennial is “no one can know for sure about anything, so why worry about it?”

Some would argue that the faith-test is the most valuable experience you can have as a human being. Without it, nihilism becomes the only other worldview, a belief that believing is pointless.

We are left only with a new generation of people do not know what faith means, nor do they care that they don’t know, and that is the most tragic thing of all.