Two of the most unique and remarkable discourses of Jesus, in The Urantia Book, are his two discourses on Religion from Urantia Paper 155, Sections 5. The Discourse on True Religion and 6. The Second Discourse on Religion.
Nothing could speak more poignantly to the issues present in today's religious culture than these two amazing discourses on religion delivered by Jesus to his apostles. In addition, these two discourses are the perfect capstone for the series we just completed on personal religion.
Consider this from Jesus' first Discourse on Religion: Jesus said: "And now, which one of you would prefer to take this easy path of conformity to an established and fossilized religion, as defended by the Pharisees at Jerusalem, rather than to suffer the difficulties and persecutions attendant upon the mission of proclaiming a better way of salvation to men while you realize the satisfaction of discovering for yourselves the beauties of the realities of a living and personal experience in the eternal truths and supreme grandeurs of the kingdom of heaven? Are you fearful, soft, and ease-seeking? Are you afraid to trust your future in the hands of the God of truth, whose sons you are?"
Consider this from his Second Discourse: "While the religion of authority may impart a present feeling of settled security, you pay for such a transient satisfaction the price of the loss of your spiritual freedom and religious liberty. My Father does not require of you as the price of entering the kingdom of heaven that you should force yourself to subscribe to a belief in things which are spiritually repugnant, unholy, and untruthful. It is not required of you that your own sense of mercy, justice, and truth should be outraged by submission to an outworn system of religious forms and ceremonies."
Jesus, masterfully drives these truths home, please join this study!
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