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Week 14 of our study of religion, brings us to a new Urantia Paper, Paper 102, The Foundations of Religious Faith.
Please join Paula, André, Chuck and Marvin as we start our exploration of a brand new Urantia Paper on religion, written by an amazing Melchizedek, our universe brother and friend.
Faith stimulates the realization that values can be translated from the material to the spiritual, from the human to the divine, from time into eternity. The certainties of science proceed from the intellect; but the certainties of religion spring from the entire personality. The indwelling fragment of God promotes a hunger for perfection that can be satisfied only by communion with God.
Religious experience requires spiritual growth, intellectual expansion, factual enlargement, and social service. No real religious growth can be accomplished without a highly active personality. Lazy people may seek to escape the rigors of religious activities by retreating to the false shelter of religious dogmas; poorly disciplined souls may use religion as an escape from the demands of living; but the true mission of religion is to prepare religionists to bravely face the vicissitudes of life. True religion must act.
Consider: Human things must be known in order to be loved, but divine things must be loved in order to be known. (102:1.1)
This saving faith has its birth in the human heart when the moral consciousness of man realizes that human values may be translated in mortal experience from the material to the spiritual, from the human to the divine, from time to eternity. (102:0.3)
As always, many great cross references will enhance our study,
We hope you can join us on The Cosmic Citizen as we continue this exploration on how The Urantia Book defines the meaning, purpose and value of true religion and the significance of living faith.