Religion Today

Issues of faith and spirituality that matter to LDS, Mormons, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Episodes

  • January 16, 2022

    2022-01-16 Religion Today - Understanding Strange, Odd and Difficult Stories in the Bible - Part 1

    In the first of a series of shows, host Martin Tanner describes ways to understand difficult to grasp and understand Bible stories that seem strange, odd, bazaar and are difficult to understand.  These include the following:  How could Eve be created from Adam's rib?  How could a serpent or snake talk and tempt Adam and Eve?  Did sons of God (deity) come to earth and have children with human women as Genesis 6 describes?  Were they giants?  How could a bush burn but not be burned up, when Moses saw God of God's angel in Exodus?  These and other strange Bible versus are discussed.

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  • January 9, 2022

    2022-01-09 Religion Today - A Brief Introduction to the Old Testament and Some Tips for Understanding It

    The Old Testament is as relevant today as it ever has been.  In this episode of Religion Today, host Martin Tanner explains why it is still relevant and gives tips on how to more easily understand it.  "Genesis" comes from a Greek word meaning "beginning."  Genesis describes the beginning of the earth, heaven, sun, moon, stars, the human race, plants, animals, evil, Israel (God's people), the Jewish religion and many other beginnings.  Understanding Genesis and the other Old Testament books is much easier using the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) or Martin's favorite, the Contemporary English Version (CEV).  Do not look at Genesis as a scientific text-book, but instead a description of the model the Jews had to understand the beginning of everything.

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  • January 1, 2022

    2022-01-02 Religion Today - The Future, Ideas for 2022 Resolutions, in Religion and Politics

    Now in its 32nd year Religion Today begins 2022 with host Martin Tanner quoting the Apostle Paul about evil in the Last Days.  Brigham Young is quoted from the Journal of Discourses.  Ideas for New Year's resolutions are presented; and, about acquiring knowledge before being zealous in religion and politics.

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  • December 24, 2021

    2021-12-26 Religion Today - Jesus Birth Date and Birth Year, Messiah, Son of Man

    Host Martin Tanner corrects an error from his prior podcast, then describes why there was a Jewish community or colony in Egypt when Joseph, Mary and Jesus fled there to escape the wrath of Herod.  The Star of Bethlehem was likely a comet, seen and noted in 5 BC.  The phrase in Matthew 2:9 the star "stood over" was used exclusively to describe comets in the ancient world.  "Jesus" (from the Hebrew) also transliterated "Joshua" or "Yeshua" literally means "YHWH saves".  "Christ" (from the Greek) "kristos" is a translation of the Hebrew word "Meshia" or "Messiah" literally means "smeared, or anointed with oil."  Jesus was thus "Jehovah who saves, the anointed or chosen Savior." 

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  • December 19, 2021

    2021-12-19 Religion Today - The Magi The Star and the Birth of Jesus

    Religion Today host Martin Tanner explains the "Wise Men" or "Magi" (the root word for magician" in English may have been Zoroastrian Priests traveling from the east, near or at Babylon.  The Star of Bethleham could have been a comet, a super-nova or perhaps a super-natural event.  Jesus was likely born in 4 BC or earlier because King Harod, who spoke with the Magi, died in 4 BC.  These and other details of the traditional Christmas Story of the Birth of our Savior are described in this episode of Religion Today.

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  • December 12, 2021

    2021-12-12 Religion Today - The Widespread Belief in Angels

    Belief in angels is widespread.  Would it surprise you to learn more people believe in angels than believe in global warming or climate change?  In this episode of Religion Today, host Martin Tanner explains what or who angels are, where they come from and what their purpose is.  Many people, even some who do not consider themselves to be religious, say they have seen an angel who gave them direction, help or a warning.  Belief in angels is far more common than most people imaging.  Well over half the population in the United States, for example, believe in angels.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • December 4, 2021

    2021-12-05 Religion Today - Read the Gospel of Mark For Christmas and it Will Enhance Your Understanding of Our Savior

    In this episode of Religion Today, host Martin Tanner suggests that during the Christmas Season, reading the Gospel of Mark, all at once, which will take about 1 1/2 hours, will enhance your understanding of our Savior.  It was the first Gospel written, and it was written in "first person."  For example God says "I love you and am so pleased with you my own dear Son" in Mark.  In other Gospels God says "This is my beloved son, with whom I'm well pleased" seemingly talking to others.  Mark has details like Jesus holding a child in the "crook" of his arm; and, how Jesus fell asleep on the "rower's cushion" before calming the sea.  Mark is Peter's Gospel.  John Mark, its author, was Peter's missionary companion.  Try reading Mark in the "Contemporary English Version" or the "New Revised Standard Version" both available free online.

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  • December 4, 2021

    2021-11-27 Religion Today - Polygamy in the Old and New Testaments, in the LDS Faith in the 1800, and in Christianity Today

    In this Religion Today episode, host Martin Tanner puts polygamy in perspective.  At least 40 men in the Old Testament were polygamists, including Abraham, Moses, Jacob, Esau, David and Solomon.  What is less known is that polygamy was practiced in Judaism into the third and fourth centuries AD, according to Josephus, St. Augustine, Justin and other reliable sources.  Martin Luther stated he could find no Biblical prohibition of polygamy and he specifically authorized it a few times.  Popes and other Christian leaders actually required it at times.  Today, if a convert is already married to more than one wife, in the Lutheran, Presbyterian, Baptist and other denominations, polygamy is allowed.  But not in the LDS faith.  Misconceptions about Joseph Smith, Brigham Young and polygamy are also dispelled.

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  • November 21, 2021

    2021-11-21 Religion Today - Love and Gratitude and Thanksgiving are the Ways to Find Happiness During Life's Trials

    In this Thanksgiving episode, host Martin Tanner provides real life experiences, scriptures and other insights into how to find happiness during difficult times in one's life, and during troubles times in the world. 

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  • November 13, 2021

    2021-11-14 Religion Today - Prof. Kerry Muhlestein on his new Isaiah Commentary and Guide

    In this Religion Today episode, host Martin Tanner interviews Professor Kerry Muhlestein, MA, Ancient Near-Eastern Studies, PhD, Egyptology, past Visiting Fellow at Oxford, and current Director of the BYU Egypt Excavation Project.  Prof. Muhlestein has just published an excellent book on Isaiah "Learning to Love Isaiah."  The 2022 Come Follow Me is the Old Testament.  "Learning to Love Isaiah" is a practical guide-book for beginner through scholar on the meaning, message, and past, present and future fulfillment of Isaiah's prophecies.  

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  • November 6, 2021

    2021-11-07 Religion Today - How to Persuade Atheists and Agnostics in the Existence of God.Part 2

    In this second of a two part series, host Martin Tanner explains in easy to understand ways, some of the scientific evidence for God, including the astronomical odds against the finding water, oxygen, the right temperature range, the right gravitational pull, needed carbon and other nutrients, for the existence of life.  In addition, even the most simple one celled life has DNA, which is digital code, like computer code to tell the cell how to operate. The only known source for digital code is a guiding intelligence.  Stated another way, the existence of life can only be explained by, intelligent design; and, the intelligent designer is God.

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  • October 31, 2021

    2021-10-31 Religion Today - How to Persuade Atheists and Agnostics in the Existence of God

    Believers in God often try to persuade atheists or agnostics God exists by using scriptures such as the Bible or Book of Mormon.  Typically, arguments of faith do not work with atheists and agnostics, who see scriptures as faith based.  In this episode of Religion Today, host Martin Tanner provides an overview of some of the most persuasive arguments for the existence of God, specifically for atheists and agnostics, based on science, mathematics, probabilities and physics.  After these, arguments of faith may be persuasive too.

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  • October 24, 2021

    2021-10-24 Religion Today - The Impact of Anti-Mormon and Anti-Joseph Smith Publications on Joseph Smith and The Restored Church of Jesus Christ

    During the type-setting of the Book of Mormon, continuously to the time of his death Joseph Smith was faced with anti-Mormon and Anti-Joseph Smith publications, from newspaper publications, to pamphlets, to books.  In this episode of Religion Today, host Martin Tanner gives an over-view of the extraordinary opposition Joseph Smith faced and overcame during his lifetime.

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  • October 16, 2021

    2021-10-17 Religion Today - How to Answer Difficult Gospel Questions - Martin Tanner's Debate with a Former Latter-day Saint as an Illustration

    How do you find answers to difficult Gospel Questions?  In this episode of Religion Today Host Martin Tanner uses his 2018 debate with a former Latter-day Saint who left the Church over questions he could not answer in the Book of Mormon, to show how to be patient and how to look to find answers to difficult questions.  Specifically, Martin discusses how steel mentioned in the Book of Ether in about 2,500 to 2,000 BC is a question with an answer.  Martin gives other answers and describes an approach to finding answers.

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  • October 10, 2021

    2021-10-10 Religion Today - God Loves You No Matter Your Flaws and Imperfections - God's Love is Always There for You No Matter What

    Many people have the idea, and have even been taught, that God's love is conditional; that God loves the righteous more than the unrighteous; that he loves people with problems less and good people more.  In this episode of Religion Today, host Martin Tanner explains from the experiences of Joseph Smith, the teachings of Church Leaders and from near-death experiences he heard first hand, that God's love is ALWAYS there, for EVERYONE, no matter how good or bad they are.  This does not mean God doesn't care if you're good or bad.  It does mean he loves you no matter what.  God's love is always there for you, no matter what you've done, no matter how imperfect you are.

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  • October 3, 2021

    2021-10-03 Religion Today - Was there Baptism Before Christianity - Is Baptism in the Book of Mormon Before Christianity aa Error

    What was John the Baptist doing when he baptized people?  His baptism was not a Christian ritual.  After all, he was baptizing before Jesus' ministry began.  Is Baptism in the Book of Mormon before the time of Christ an error and proof it is not of God?  In this episode of Religion Today, host Martin Tanner explains that "baptism" then called "washing" was performed with anointing and clothing in clean garments, and is described in Exodus in connection with Moses' Tabernacle, the Ark of the Covenant and in Psalms.  Pre-Christian immersion fonts are described in the Dead Sea Scrolls and were excavated at Qumran.  Hence the Book of Mormon's pre-Christian mention of baptism is not an anomaly, but fits correctly within pre-Christian Judaism.

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  • September 25, 2021

    2021-09-26 Religion Today - Touching Near-Death Experiences from a 6 year old boy and a 14 year old girl

    The near-death experiences of a 6-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl are shared by host Martin Tanner in this touching episode.  Both saw Jesus and one saw Heavenly Father.  Both experiences will help listeners understand how all are loved by God, how all can be forgiven, what is important in life, and that the Second Coming will happen.

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  • September 19, 2021

    2021-09-19 Religion Today - Race in Judaism, Christianity, and in the LDS Faith

    Several critics emailed to ask whether host Martin Tanner believes Brigham Young was racist.  In this broadcast, Martin Tanner answers and responds to a broader question by explaining why neither The LDS Church and Joseph Smith were ahead of their time in having Blacks, Native Americans and others treated like all other visitors and members, without segregation, calling them to positions of authority and giving them the Priesthood.  Brigham Young, after giving praise to Black Elders in the LDS Faith changed policy in 1859, disallowing Blacks to be ordained to the Priesthood.  This was likely done to quell many threats against the Church for treating minorities the same as other members.  Over all, Martin Tanner explains why the LDS Faith has an excellent history of welcoming and treating minorities well.  More than half of all Church members today do not speak English as their native language.

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  • September 12, 2021

    2021-09-12 Religion Today - Radical Islamic Religious Beliefs Caused 9-11, Not Western Politics or Foreign Policy

    The day after the 20th anniversary of 9-11, Religion Today Host Martin Tanner explains why the interpretation of 109 verses in the Quran by Radical Muslims, like the Taliban, ISIS, Al Quada, etc. caused 9-11, not U.S. foreign policy or U.S. involvement in the Middle-East, as some erroneously claim.  Learn why 99% of all terrorist attacks in the world are done in the name of one religious movement, Radical Islam, which believes that to be a good Muslim, one must fight against and kill infidels (non-Muslims).  This idea comes from teachings in the Quran.  Islamic terrorism has been going on in the form of the Barbary Coast Pirates (Muslim extremists of the 1700 and 1800s, and before, continuously to the present.

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  • September 5, 2021

    2021-09-05 Religion Today - The Church Will Not be Led Astray, is Not Off Track, or In a State of Apostasy

    Recently Religion Today Show host Martin Tanner has received many emails concerned about the future:  Is the Constitution hanging by a threat?  Is the Church off track?  Is there a need for yet another restoration?  In this episode of Religion Today Martin Tanner explains from the Old and New Testaments, in clear language, why there will not be another restoration, why the LDS Church is not off track or in a state of apostasy and why the future looks bright.  His message is one of comfort and peace, that all will be well.

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  • August 28, 2021

    2021-08-29 Religion Today - Responding to Those Who Say Latter-day Saints Should Not be Considered Real Christians

    Religion Today host Martin Tanner explains how to respond to claims that members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe in a different God, a different Jesus and have a different view of salvation that is found in the New Testament.

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  • August 21, 2021

    2021-08-22 Religion Today - Humor in the Bible - Does God Have a Sense of Humor

    Have you wondered whether God and Jesus have a sense of humor?  In this episode of Religion Today, host Martin Tanner give some examples of the hundreds of places in the Bible where humor is appropriately used by God, Jesus, the Apostle Paul, Prophet Elijah and others to make an appropriate point.  Because we read scriptures with a serious mind set, because we do not recognize humor in 410 year old King James Bible English, we miss much of the humor it contains.  Humor in the Bible is not gratuitous, it is done to make a point.  Once you learn how to spot humor in the Bible, it will open up new ways to understand certain episodes.

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  • August 14, 2021

    2021-08-15 Religion Today - The Greek Septuagint Bible, and How Jesus, the New Testament Writers and Early Christians Used It

    Did you know that Jesus, the Apostles and New Testament writers all read the scriptures the Greek (the Septuagint version of the Bible)?  In this episode of Religion Today, the host Martin Tanner explains why Jesus, the Apostles and Early Christians all read the Old Testament in Greek (the Septuagint Bible) and quotes from it.  The Apostle Paul, in his NT writings, quotes over 100 times from the Septuagint.  The Septuagint is often from an earlier, better version of Hebrew, than existing Hebrew Bibles today.  For example, the Septuagint says the Messiah would be born to a virgin.  The Hebrew Bible says the Messiah would be born to a young woman.  The differences have a profound effect on Christian doctrine.

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  • August 7, 2021

    2021-08-08 Religion Today - Prayer, How to Overcome Doubts About it and How to Make it More Effective

    Prayer is communication with Heavenly Father.  If God knows all, why should we pray?  How can we overcome doubts about prayer and whether God listens?  In this Religion Today episode, host Martin Tanner answers these and other questions about prayer.  Prayer is important for everyone.,  If points us in the right direction, by re-orienting our life.  Prayer is indispensable when done as Jesus instructed.  It is alright to pray in public as well as in private.

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  • July 31, 2021

    2021-08-01 Religion Today - Near-Death Experiences, LDS and other Religious Beliefs

    Religion Today host Martin Tanner explains why even though the first book on Near-death Experiences (NDEs) wasn't published until 1975, a careful study shows NDEs have been known much earlier:  (1) in the 1800s in the LDS Faith, (2) in the Middle Ages, (3) in the first millennium after Christ, (4) in the New Testament, (4) in the Book of Mormon, (5) Centuries before Christ, and, even earlier, (6) in the writings of Plato.  NDEs have many overlapping points with Latter-day Saint beliefs and doctrines which makes them especially acceptable to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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  • July 24, 2021

    2021-07-25 Religion Today - Baptism for the Dead in Early Christianity and as Restored in the LDS Faith

    In this episode of Religion Today host Martin Tanner explores the meaning of vicarious "Baptism for the Dead" by early Christians in Corinth as mentioned by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:29.  Harvard scholar and professor Krister Stendahl, later head of the Lutheran Church in Sweden, and the New English Translation of the Bible made by the Dallas Theological Seminary, suggest and acknowledge Paul was using Baptism for the Dead as an argument that the resurrection is real.  Stated another way, the early Christians in Corinth believed in Baptism for the Dead, but some had doubts about the resurrection.  Paul was trying to convince them the resurrection was real.

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  • July 17, 2021

    2021-07-18 Religion Today - To be an Apostle Must One See Jesus and Was This a Requirement to be an Ancient Apostle

    Was it a requirement to be an Ancient Apostle to see Jesus Christ before and after his resurrection?  To be a modern Apostle, must one see Jesus Christ?  Is is possible for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to fall away and the Gospel be restored yet again in the future?  Religion Today host Martin Tanner answers these and other questions.  Not all ancient nor all modern Apostles have seen Jesus.  But some have.  The calling of an Apostle, to be a special witness of Jesus as savior and that he was resurrected, is one based on divine calling, not whether a person has seen Jesus.  The D&C makes it clear that everyone who is worthy, regardless of calling, may have that wonderful, person experience.  Joseph Smith and others have said the Church as a whole will never fall away and the Gospel will not again be restored..

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  • July 11, 2021

    2021-07-11 Religion Today - The Joseph Smith Translation - What it is and How to Better Understand it

    What is the "Joseph Smith Translation" also known as the "Inspired Version"?  Was it ever finished?  What are the six kinds of changes Joseph Smith made to the Bible when he made the JST?  Which Bible translation did Joseph Smith use when making the JST?  In this episode of Religion Today, host Martin Tanner answers these answers and more.  If you have ever wanted to learn more about the Joseph Smith Translation, this episode of Religion Today is one to hear.

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  • July 3, 2021

    2021-07-04 Religion Today - The U.S., the Founding Fathers, freedom versus socialism, False Claims of Systemic Racism, etc

    Dr. Thomas Sowell, PhD, of the Stanford Hoover Institution, a black conservative, famously said blacks were not enslaved because they were black, but because they were available.  Whites have enslaved whites.  Asians have enslaved Asians.  Blacks have enslaved blacks.  The U.S. is not a racist country.  On the contrary, based on Christian values, European Christians who emigrated to the New World, fought to end slavery in the Colonies, England and the rest of the world.  By the time the U.S. Constitution was enacted, nine of the original 13 Colonies had abolished slavery, and the U.S. had made operating a slave ship a crime, subject to the death penalty.  A democratic republic provides for freedom.  Socialism removes freedom, puts the government in charge and takes away the incentive to work and succeed.  May God bless the U.S. and help us maintain a democratic-republic.

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  • June 26, 2021

    2021-06-27 Religion Today - What is in the Doctrine and Covenants, What is Not, and Why

    The Doctrine and Covenants was first published in 1835 as successor to the Book of Commandments.  The first title of the book "Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of the Latter Day Saints: Carefully Selected from the Revelations of God".  In this episode of Religion Today, host Martin Tanner explains the little known story of who selected the revelations included in the D&C and why.  Martin Tanner also explains how the D&C originally contained two parts, lectures describing basic church doctrine, followed by a selection of revelations containing covenants for Church members, hence the title "Doctrine and Covenants".

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  • June 19, 2021

    2021-06-20 Religion Today - How Men and Fathers Are Marginalized in Society and the Consequences

    In this Religion Today episode, broadcast on Fathers' Day, host Martin Tanner describes how men and fathers have been marginalized and in society.  TV commercials and shows, such as the Simpsons, often depict women, mothers and girls as bright, wise, honest and thoughtful, while depicting men, fathers and boys and dumb, lazy, dishonest and angry. The consequences for society of belittling men have been devastating.  Elevating women does not require devaluing men.  Thoughtful comments about the current role of men and fathers and how things could be improved, which would help children and society as a whole.

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  • June 12, 2021

    2021-06-13 Religion Today - Science and Religion, the Age of the Earth, Evolution, etc

    True science and true religion must be compatible, not incompatible. In this episode of Religion Today host Martin Tanner gives a few examples of problems found in the Bible and some religious traditions, along with ways to reconcile them.  He described misconceptions most people have regarding Doctrine and Covenants Section 77 and the age of the earth.  Martin also gives examples of problems with science, including current inconsistencies.  He concludes with near-death experiences as one area in which science and religion seem to be converging and compatible.

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  • June 5, 2021

    2021-06-03 Religion Today - Prof. Dan Peterson on the Interpreter Foundation's the Witnesses film

    The Interpreter Foundation's new film "Witnesses" is now playing in over 350 movie theaters in the United States.  Witnesses is about the original three witnesses, Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer and Martin Harris.  In this episode of Religion Today, host Martin Tanner explains how this film is an uplifting, yet complete film, including trials and doubts of the witnesses.  It portrays Oliver, David and Martin as true believers, but also as people with human frailties.  All three left the Church.  Two returned.  None ever denied they saw an angel and the golden plates.  Until their dying day, they affirmed they had truly seen an angel and had actually seen the plates from which the Book of Mormon was translated.  Martin Tanner suggests all who may be interested see the Witnesses film.  (Find theaters and show times online)

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  • May 29, 2021

    2021-05-30 Religion Today - Origins of Memorial Day, Resurrection Defined, and Hope in Jesus of Resurrection of All People

    In this episode of Religion Today host Martin Tanner describes the origins of Memorial Day.  He defines resurrection and how it is different from near-death experiences and revival from death.  Martin Tanner quotes from visions of resurrections and conveys the idea the First Resurrection has been on-going since the resurrection of Jesus.

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  • May 22, 2021

    2021-05-23 Religion Today - Earliest Writing, earliest Bible text, Dead Sea Scrolls, formation of the New Testament, etc

    In this episode, Martin Tanner discusses how the earliest known writing, which is inside ancient Egyptian Temples, date to nearly 4,000 BC, and are written in Egyptian Hieroglyphics.  "Hieroglyphics" means "words from God."  The Egyptians believed God gave them writing and language.  A similar idea is found in the Book of Moses 6:5-6. Martin Tanner also talks about the earliest known Bible verse, the order the New Testament Books were written and related topics.

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  • May 15, 2021

    2021-05-16 Religion Today - Near-Death Experiences, Prof. Bruce Greyson, MD, on his new book entitled After

    In this episode of Religion Today, host Martin Tanner interviews Bruce Greyson, MD, professor at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, researcher, author and co-founder of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS), about Prof. Greyson's new book entitled "After" which describes several near-death experiences and what can be learned from them, scientifically and otherwise, about life after physical death.

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  • May 8, 2021

    2021-05-09 Religion Today - Four Amazing, Inspiring LDS Women's Stories for Mothers' Day

    For Mothers' Day, Religion Today Host Martin Tanner shares the stories of four amazing, inspiring Latter-day Saint women, Jane Elizabeth Manning James, African American mother who walked over 1,000 miles to join the Saints in Nauvoo; Torah Bright, world champion snowboarder from Australia; Hannah Clayson Smith, extraordinary First Amendment, religious rights attorney; and, Eliza Roxy Snow, abused and beaten by a mob in Missouri, yet became Relief Society President, penned lyrics to "O My Father" and many other LDS Hymns.  An inspiration to all.

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  • May 1, 2021

    2021-05-02 Religion Today - William Tyndale's Extrardinary Translation of the Bible into English

    William Tyndale translated the Bible from the earliest known manuscripts in Hebrew and Greek.  His translation was so extraordinary, that when the 54 King James Bible translators completed their translation, it was 83% word-for-word Tyndale's New Testament translation and 76% Tyndale's Old Testament translation.  In this episode of Religion Today, host Martin Tanner describes Tyndale's marvelous story.  How he developed his linguistic abilities at Oxford and Cambridge, and how he translated the Bible into English, making it, for the first time, available to ordinary people.  For this, the Church condemned Tyndale as a heretic, strangled him, burned his body to ashes, then threw the ashes into the river.

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  • April 25, 2021

    2021-04-25 Religion Today - Same-Sex Attraction, LGBTQI and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes marriage should be between a man and a woman; and, intimacy should not be outside marriage.  The Bible, Old and New Testament, and and LDS Church take the same position.  The apostle Paul made strong statements on these issues.  Paul also said he and the other apostles should be able to take their wife when they went proselyting.  Although some websites say Paul, the apostles and even Jesus were not married, and were or may have been gay, neither scripture nor other available information support that idea.  It seems certain Jesus, Paul, Peter and the other Apostles were married.  It is also certain that Paul's wife passed away and in his later life he was single.

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  • April 17, 2021

    2021-04-18 Religion Today - The War in Heaven, Freedom and the War Scroll of the Dead Sea Scrolls

    In this Religion Today show, Martin Tanner describes how the War in Heaven, in the pre-existence, described in Revelation 12:7-9 over free will, agency and freedom versus forced results, such as equity, cancel culture, forced compliance, socialism, communism, continues in the world today. The Dead Sea Scrolls, War Scroll, containing the battle of the Sons of Light Against the Sons of Darkness, also describes the same conflict, which will only be resolved in the final, last great battle. 

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  • April 10, 2021

    2021-04-11 Religion Today - How We Got the Book of Commandments D&C and Articles of Faith

    In this episode of Religion Today Martin Tanner describes where the Book of Commandments, Doctrine & Covenants, and Articles of Faith of the LDS Church came from.  Little know details, such as, before the Church officially adopted Joseph Smith's 13 Articles of Faith, various versions, some with as many as 16 articles were in circulation.  Also discussed is the committee that decided what to include in the Book of Commandments and D&C.  Not all of Joseph Smith's revelations were included in the Book of Commandments and D&C.

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  • April 4, 2021

    2021-04-04 Religion Today - Easter Sunday, Jesus' Resurrection and the Resurrection of Others

    In this Easter Sunday broadcast, Martin Tanner distinguishes between Biblical accounts of people brought back from the dead, like Lazarus, and resurrection accounts, like the New Testament accounts of Jesus' resurrection, the account in Matthew 27:52, and others.  He also gives an overview of Jesus' resurrection from the Gospels of Matthew and John.  He explains the import and meaning of details often overlooked, and explains why belief in resurrection and reincarnation are incompatible and one must choose between them. 

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  • March 28, 2021

    2021-03-28 Religion Today - Was God's Creation Out of Nothing or Out of Pre-Existing Matter and Energy - 13

    This week, as often happens, Religion Today host Martin Tanner received an email from an evangelical Christian ministry claiming Mormonism is heretical.  This time the evangelical ministry said Latter-day Saints are heretics for not believing God's creation in Genesis Chapter 1 was ex nihilo, out of nothing.  Hebrew linguists have known for hundreds of years that Genesis 1 says God created the earth out of existing matter.  The Big Bang theory is sometimes claimed to prove ex nihilo creation out of a "singularity" but for 40 years science has known the singularity idea, is demonstrably false.  In this episode of Religion Today learn why linguistically and scientifically, ex nihilo creation is impossible.  Ex nihilo creation also is not found in the Bible.     

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  • March 20, 2021

    2021-03-21 Religion Today - The Dead Sea Scrolls, John the Baptist, and Christianity - 12

    Several dozen new Dead Sea Scroll fragments, a 6,000 year old child's grave and a 10,500 year old woven basket have just been found (March 2021) in one of the Dead Sea Scrolls caves (the Cave of Horror).  In this episode of Religion Today, Host Martin Tanner explains how Essene Jews practiced baptism, how John the Baptist's baptism was connected to the Essenes' baptism and how both were connected to New Testament era Christian baptism.  

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  • March 14, 2021

    2021-03-14 Religion Today - Netflix Film Murder Among the Mormons - The Rest of the Story - 11

    The recent Netflix film "Murder Among the Mormons" about the murder and forger Mark Hofmann hits close to home for Martin Tanner, host of Religion Today.  Martin Tanner and Mark Hofmann never met, but had several mutual friends.  In this episode of Religion Today Martin Tanner describes the time-line of Mark Hofmann, his forgeries and murders, how Hofmann was an atheist and how The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was very open about the circumstances surrounding the notorious forger, Mark Hofmann.  If you want more of the facts about Mark Hofmann, in perspective, this episode is a must.

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  • March 7, 2021

    2021-03-07 Religion Today - Book of Mormon Prophets Zenos and Zenock in Ancient Literature - 10

    Critics of The Book of Mormon and LDS Faith say that since Zenos and Zenock, two supposed prophets, are not mentioned outside the Book of Mormon, it is not an authentic ancient book.  But the Teacher of Righteousness is an example of an ancient Jewish prophet unknown until 1947 when the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.  Also, the Dead Sea Scrolls Thanksgiving Hymns H and J parallel the thanksgiving hymn of Zenos, implying the Dead Sea Scrolls relied on  Zenos writings.  Biblical Antiquities, an ancient work by Pseudo-Philo (unavailable and unknown to Joseph Smith) has the writings of Cenez, Zenec or Zenez (depending on the manuscript), an apparent reference to Book of Mormon Prophet Zenos, making it likely that Kenaz (Joshua 15, Judges 1 and ! Chronicles 4) is the same prophet as Zenos in the Book of Mormon.  The Book of Mormon is vindicated regarding Zenos and Zenock.

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  • February 28, 2021

    2021-02-28 Religion Today - Why the Book of Mormon is Not Racist - 9

    The Book of Mormon has been called a racist book due to the reference in 2 Nephi 5:21 to a "skin of blackness[.]"  In this episode of Religion Today Martin Tanner explains why this reference is metaphorical rather than literal, citing 2 Nephi 26:33 which says "black and white, bond and free, male and female .  .  .  all are alike unto God[.]"  As evidence reference to black skin is often metaphorical, Martin Tanner cites examples, including then Presidential Candidate Joe Biden's comment to black commentator "Charlamagne tha God" on "The Breakfast Club" that if Charlamagne "ha[d] a problem figuring our whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black[.]" Thus in the Book of Mormon and elsewhere, "skin" and "black" references often refer to something other than race.

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  • February 21, 2021

    2021-02-21 Religion Today - Witnesses Film Director Mark Goodman and Actor Lincoln Hoppe - 8

    The Interpreter Foundation's new film "Witnesses" premieres this Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at the LDS Film Festival.  This feature length film tells with precise accuracy the stories of the well known formal witnesses of the Book of Mormon plates, the Three Witnesses, and the Eight Witnesses, along with the little known stories the informal witnesses, whose accounts most have never heard.  In this episode of Religion Today, Martin Tanner interview Mark Goodman, the Director of the Witnesses film, and Actor Lincoln Hoope, who portrays Martin Harris. Information is provided about how to bring this excellent film to a theater venue near you.

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  • February 14, 2021

    2021-02-14 Religion Today - Understanding the Difficult Sayings of Jesus, Part 2 - 7

    Understanding the difficult to understand sayings of Jesus, part two.  In this episode of Religion Today, host Martin Tanner explains the likely meaning of Jesus' hard sayings, including "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into heaven" why Jesus said his followers are to purchase a sword, how can it be that Jesus tells us to "love our enemies" and also to hate our family members, and so forth.  Understanding the context and the meaning of the underlying Greek words is the key.

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  • February 7, 2021

    2021-02-07 Religion Today - Understanding the Difficult Sayings of Jesus - 6

    In this episode of Religion Today Martin Tanner explains the most likely meaning of some of the sayings of Jesus that are difficult to understand, such as why he came not for the righteous, but for sinners, how the Law of Moses is fulfilled yet Jesus says not a single jot or tittle (dot of an "i" or cross of a "t") in other words, none of the Law of Moses will be lost or forgotten, and other difficult to understand sayings of Jesus.

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  • January 31, 2021

    2021-01-31 Religion Today - God's Power Location and Knowledge, Omnipotence, Omnipresence and Omniscience - 5

    What is the nature of God's power, knowledge and location?  Is God Omnipotent, all-powerful?  In the strict sense he is not, because God self-limits his power in that he will not do evil.  Is God Omnipresent?  Many Christians say yes, God is everywhere.  Latter-day Saints say God is a glorified man, located at only one place at any given time.  However, his knowledge and influence, and the power of his spirit, are everywhere.  Is God Omniscient?  Many Christians say yes, God wills everything and causes everything.  Free will is an illusion.  LDS believe intelligences, other deity, matter, and law are co-equal with God, meaning God did not create them.  In this episode of Religion Today, Martin Tanner explores the differences among LDS themselves, and between other Christians in how they understand God's knowledge, presence and power.

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  • January 24, 2021

    2021-01-24 Religion Today - New Archaeology Shows More of the Bible and Book of Mormon to be Historical - 4

    Host Martin Tanner relates how a satellite helped archaeologists find Gath, the Biblical city where Goliath lived, how DNA solved the puzzle of where the Philistines came from (Europe), how the burial stone box of a crucified man shows feet of those crucified were nailed to the cross from the side, just below the ankles, Hezekiah's water tunnel shows how water could flow from under the Temple in Jerusalem, and other discoveries.  Martin then explains how some of these finds show the historical accuracy of parts of the Bible and Book of Mormon.

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  • January 17, 2021

    2021-01-17 Religion Today - Four New Testament Verses Showing the Need for a Restoration - 3

    Four New Testament versus (among many others) demonstrate an apostasy and restoration were foretold by all the Old Testament prophets and also in the New Testament.  Acts 3:21 says Jesus the Messiah will not return before a "restoration of all things" or a "universal restoration."  2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 says the Second Coming will not happen before an "apostasy" from the Greek "Apostasia" meaning to divorce, sever, obliterate, destroy or end.  Ephesians 5:5 demonstrates the loss of the idea expressed therein that one must be good, be righteous, to get into heaven.  Colossians 4:16 says one of Paul's letters is missing, the one to the Church in Laodicea.  The Gospel of Thomas, which has authentic saying of Jesus not found in the Bible also shows a loss of scripture. 

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  • January 10, 2021

    2021-01-10 Religion Today - The Torah and LDS Book of Moses - 2

    The word "Torah" does not mean "law" it means "teaching" or "instruction."  Thus Christians should not talk of the "law and the prophets" but of God's "teaching and the prophets."  Torah often refers to the first five books of the Bible.  Scholars question whether Moses had any input into them.  Conservative Jews and Christians believe Moses wrote every word. The LDS position is in the middle.  The "Book of Moses" in the Pearl of Great Price indicates Moses did receive a revelation from God.  Joseph Smith described his "translation" which is more accurately described as an inspired expansion is premised on the idea the writings of Moses were inaccurately transmitted and modified over the centuries. 

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  • January 2, 2021

    2021-01-03 Religion Today - The Meaning and Explanations of the Miracles of Jesus - 1

    Martin Tanner briefly describes the 39 miracles of Jesus in the New Testament.  A dozen or so others are found in extra-Biblical books of the first three centuries.  Martin Tanner asks, "What is a miracle?" and "Can something that can be explained still be a miracle?"  He suggests the miracles of Jesus helped those around him, and us today, identify him as the Messiah promised by Isaiah and other prophets.  Miracles still happen today, despite our having more available information to explain them.

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  • December 27, 2020

    2020-12-27 Religion Today - The Second Coming and Why We Should Not Fear the Future

    Martin Tanner explains why the future is bright, even though many fear for the future of the United States and the world because of Covid-19, government debt, socialism and communism, the rise of China, taxes and regulations and the loss of freedom.  We should not fear because according to prophecy, the United States will not be destroyed.  The world will be saved.  The Restoration will not be frustrated.  Ultimately, Jesus and Heavenly Father will not allow evil to prevail.

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  • December 19, 2020

    2020-12-20 Religion Today - The Birth of Jesus from the New Testament - Good News Translation

    Religion Today Show host Martin Tanner tells the traditional Christmas Story, in modern English, from the Good News Translation of the New Testament, with side-bar explanations of certain passages.  Email Martin Tanner for a free, no strings attached, transcript of the Christmas Story.

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  • December 12, 2020

    2020-12-13 Religion Today - What Did Jesus Look Like During His Ministry On Earth

    Today's popular artwork depicting Jesus is typically from the Byzantine or Renaissance showing him with handsome, idealized features, long hair past his shoulders, a beard and moustache, and a white, blue or red robe, to his wrists and ankles.  We know Jesus dressed as did other Jewish men, otherwise when Judas betrayed him, a hug and kiss would not have been needed.  Jewish and other men in the First century Roman Empire had short hair, were clean shaven and had knee length and elbow length robes.  This is in fact how Jesus was depicted in the earliest Christian artwork.  

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  • December 6, 2020

    2020-12-06 Religion Today - What Was the Star of Bethlehem and Who Were the Wise Men

    The only natural phenomenon that fits the description of the Star of Bethlehem in Matthew is a comet.  Comets travel in elliptical paths and move fast enough that they often appear to change direction.  The Star of Bethlehem was visible for about two months.  The Wise Men followed it from East to West, from Babylon to Jerusalem, then South to Bethlehem.   The Star of Bethlehem, if a comet, would have been seen traveling towards the Sun as the Wise Men traveled from near Babylon to Jerusalem, appearing in the night sky moving West.  Then, as it traveled away from the Sun, it would have appeared to change direction, moving South in the night sky, as the Wise Men traveled South from Jerusalem to Bethlehem.  The Wisemen knew about the prophecy of a Jewish Messiah, or King of the Jews, from Jews living in Babylon since the exile in 596 BC when Jerusalem was conquered by Babylon.

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  • November 29, 2020

    2020-11-29 Religion Today - The Power of Your Words on Others

    Our words can elevate and encourage others, or discourage, even crush them.  Our words have power, far beyond what we usually realize.  Pivotal points in your life likely were due to the words of love and encouragement or harsh criticisms of others.  Citing scriptures and examples, Martin Tanner encourages us to use our words for good and to choose them carefully.  In so doing, we can be a little bit like God and Jesus, helping others with our words.

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  • November 20, 2020

    2020-11-22 Religion Today - Answers to Listener's Questions about the Book of Abraham, LGBTQI, Book of Mormon Archaeology, temples and Near-death Experiences

    Martin Tanner answers listener questions on why the Book of Abraham has not been disproven by Egyptologists, how archaeology supports the Book of Mormon like it supports the Bible, evidence for something like the Temple Endowment during Jesus' lifetime, how near-death experiences support Joseph Smith's account of The First Vision, and other questions.

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  • November 15, 2020

    2020-11-15 Religion Today - The future of the United States, the Constitution and the LDS Church

    Martin Tanner provides scriptures, prophetic statements and other information about the future of the United States, the U.S. Constitution, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Time may be difficult, but the future looks bright if we will read the Constitution, understand it, teach it, and seek freedom rather than security.

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  • November 7, 2020

    2020-11-08 Religion Today - The Sermon on the Mount in Today's English

    The "Sermon on the Mount" gets its name from the Latin Vulgate Bible's heading for Matthew 5 "Sermo in Monte."  Perhaps it should be called the hill-side sermon.  According to tradition, it was given on a hill-side at the North-West end of the Lake Galilee.  Delivered early in Jesus' ministry, this sermon contains the essence of the Christian message.  In this episode of Religion Today, Martin Tanner delivers his own contemporary English translation of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, rendered in a way listeners will understand, and find compelling.

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  • October 31, 2020

    2020-11-01 Religion Today - The Early Life of Jesus, Calling the Apostles and Sermon on the Mount

    The Gospels tell us almost nothing of Jesus life from when his mother and step-father lost track of him, when he was talking with the elders in the temple.  We do know he was a "craftsman" or tekton in Greek.  Carpenter is too narrow a definition.  We can surmise he had known the future Apostles for many years, as they all lived in a small town.  Matthew 4:17 tells us Jesus taught before he called the Apostles.  The Sermon on the Mount has meaning often misunderstood, or at least not well understood.  In it Jesus tells his listeners what kind of people will be in the Kingdom of God.

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  • October 25, 2020

    2020-10-25 Religion Today - Three forgeries - the Archko Volume, Book of Jasher and Urantia Book

    The Archko Volume, the Book of Jasher, and Urantia Book are all available online and at many book stores.  The problem is the Archko Volume and Book of Jasher are forgeries and Urantia Book is a fake (made up, and not what it purports to be).  In this episode of Religion Today, Martin Tanner explains why these books, often passed off as genuine, are anything but genuine.

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  • October 18, 2020

    2020-10-18 Religion Today - Revelation - What is It and How to Get It

    What is Revelation?  How does one get Revelation?  How do you know if you have received Revelation?  How do you know your prayers are being answered?  The short answer is this:  If you have prepared, studied, done what you can, but still lack knowledge, wisdom or ability, prayer is how to get help from God.  Perfection, even goodness, is not a pre-requisite.  But a desire to be better is required.  Once that threshold is met, God will answer your prayers, but not is some grandiose way.  It will be in the least obtrusive way, typically a feeling, insight or knowledge.

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  • October 11, 2020

    2020-10-11 Religion Today - An Account of the Lost 116 Pages of The Book of Mormon

    An account of how the first 116 pages of The Book of Mormon manuscript were lost.  When lost, Joseph Smith finished the translation, through the end of the Book of Moroni.  Only then did he re-translate the same events that had been lost, originally translated from the Book of Lehi, replaced with an account on the small plates of Nephi.  The lost and replaced portion goes up to Chapter 3 of our Current Book of Mosiah.  Learn details of these events rarely described and little known, including Martin Harris' death-bed declaration about the Book of Mormon.

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  • October 4, 2020

    2020-10-04 Religion Today - God and Jesus Say We May Become Like Them

    General Authorities of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are wise, good, kind and loving.  They desire that everyone reach the full measure of their creation or abilities, which is to become like our Savior Jesus, and our Father in Heaven.  Joseph Smith expressed the same idea in his last Conference address, on April 7, 1844, less than three months before he was killed.  Apostles Matthew, Peter and Paul, and Luke the evangelist and physician, said the same thing.  In this Religion Today episode, Martin describes and quotes what they said about the ultimate destiny of the faithful.   

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  • September 27, 2020

    David Herard's Near-death Experience in Vietnam

    Martin Tanner describes the Near-death Experience of his friend David Herard who passed away a few months ago.  David was severely wounded in Vietnam.  He went from agnostic or perhaps atheist, to believer in God and a Christian.  David was horribly wounded when a Viet-Kong rocket landed about 20 feet behind him.  David briefly visited the Spirit World beyond, and came back to tell about it when God placed his hand on David's shoulder and told him it was not his time..

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  • September 20, 2020

    2020-09-20 Religion Today - How Joseph Smith Translated the Book of Mormon.Part 2

    The second of a two part series on how Joseph Smith translated The Book of Mormon.  The translation was not by reading sentences or letters, but by literally seeing and comprehending the events described in The Book of Mormon, something like seeing a movie.  Joseph Smith told Joseph Knight, Sr. the Nephite Interpreters or Urim and Thummim "were marvelous" and by looking in them he could "see anything."  Joseph Smith literally saw how the Early Christian Martyrs looked and led their lives through the use of the Urim and Thummim.  Ether Chapter 3  and Mosiah describe a "seer" meaning a "see-er" implying sight, describe the Urim and Thummim as something into which a seer sees the past, present and future. 

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  • September 12, 2020

    How Joseph Smith Translated the Book of Mormon.Part 1

    How precisely did Joseph Smith translate the Book of Mormon?  We do not know every detail, but in this first of a two-part series, Martin Tanner explains what we do know.  Translation could only have been accomplished with divine influence, as Joseph Smith at age 22-23 would not have been able to dictate, in virtually final form, a book about Ancient Jews, over 500 pages in length.

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  • September 6, 2020

    2020-09-06 Religion Today - Book of Mormon Geography Evidence

    On January 29, 2019 the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued an official statement available at ChurchofJesusChrist.org on Book of Mormon geography which says there is no official Church position and there has never been any revelation on where the events in The Book of Mormon took place.  But the text of The Book of Mormon is divinely inspired and has much to tell us about the geographical setting of The Book of Mormon. A brief survey of such information is found in this Religion Today episode.

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  • August 30, 2020

    2020-08-30 Religion Today - Sayings of Jesus from The Nag Hammadi Library

    The Nag Hammadi Library, is a collection of 52 books bound into 13 volumes, which dates to the early 4th century AD.  It was found in 1945 near the small town of Nag Hammadi, in Egypt.  One of its books, the Gospel of Thomas, contains authentic sayings of Jesus, many of which are not found in the Bible.  In this Religion Today broadcast, Martin Tanner shares some of the 114 sayings of Jesus from the Gospel of Thomas.

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  • August 22, 2020

    2020-08-23 Religion Today - Misconceptions About Women in Early Christianity

    Women in Early Christianity owned about one-third third of all property, owned businesses, slaves, sometimes ruled the household and held positions of authority in the Early Christian Church.  While it is true, as long as a woman's father was alive, she was subservient to him, the same is true of men.  1 Timothy 2:12 and 1 Corinthians 14:34 (let women be silent in the Churches) are not likely genuine Bible verses (according to Prof. Bart Ehrman and other NT scholars).  Learn the misconceptions about women in the Early Christian Church in this episode of Religion Today.

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  • August 16, 2020

    2020-08-16 Religion Today - Siege of Masada and The Secret Gospel of Mark

    Two significant discoveries of the last century pertain to the 72 AD (or CE) Siege of Masada and the Secret Gospel of Mark.  The Siege of Masada was previously known only through the Jewish-Roman historian Josephus.  But a Jewish archaeological team, led by Yigeal Yadin, 1963-65, excavated Masada, and discovered, among other things, the lots cast by the Jews at Masada, supporting Josephus' account of the heroic Jews who gave their lives rather than be captured by the Romans.  Another great discovery was in 1958 by Professor Morton Smith, of Columbia Univ., who discovered as the Mar Saba Monastery near Jerusalem, a fragment of the "Secret Gospel of Mark" which describes Jesus giving Lazarus something like the initiatory work and endowment found in Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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  • August 8, 2020

    2020-08-09 Religion Today - Was Bad Grammar in The First Edition of The Book of Mormon

    Critics claim the First Edition of the Book of Mormon contains "bad grammar" and hence cannot be from God, because God would not use bad grammar.  Martin Tanner's guest, Stanford Carmack, Phd, J.D. Stanford University and PhD, U.C. Santa Barbara, a linguist and expert in Book of Mormon syntax demonstrates the supposed "bad grammar" in the Book of Mormon, First Edition, was standard Old English, and is found in William Tyndale's Bible, The Great Bible, the original 1611 King James Bible and other authoritative texts from about 1500 - 1700 AD.  This disproves the claim the Book of Mormon originally had "bad grammar."

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  • August 2, 2020

    2020-08-02 Religion Today - God Will Answer Your Prayers

    Joseph Smith's experience following James 1:5 which says God will answer your prayers, is instructional for all of us.  My friend Lloyd, who passed away in 2012, had a similar experience with prayer.  In a situation where his personal strength and intelligence were not enough, Lloyd prayed and received an answer in a way anyone can receive an answer to a prayer.  You don't need to be without sin to have your prayers answered.  God knows people with sins and other problems are often the ones who need their prayers answered the most.

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  • July 26, 2020

    2020-07-26 Religion Today - History of Christianity

    The first Christian meetings were held in homes of followers of Jesus, right after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Christianity was accepted when the Roman Emperor Constantine became a Christian.  The split between the Orthodox and Catholic churches occurred over whether the Church at Rome had authority over all other branches; and, over whether the Holy Spirit came forth from the Father (Orthodox position) or equally from the Father and Son (Catholic position).  The Protestant split came about with Martin Luther's 95 Theses or differences with the Church, chiefly over indulgences, but also over whether salvation was solely by faith or whether some degree of works was required. 

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  • July 19, 2020

    2020-07-19 Religion Today - Earliest Writing, Bible and Other Religious Texts

    The earliest known writings are the Egyptian Temple Texts, which date to nearly 4,000 B.C.E.  "Hieroglyphics" comes from the Greek "Herios" (God's) and "Glyphos" (inscriptions or writings).  Hieroglyphics are thus literally the writings God gave to humans.  Latter-day Saints have a similar idea in Moses 6:5-6.  The earliest Bible texts are the Nash Papyrus, the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Ketef Himnon amulet, all discussed in more detail in this episode of Martin Tanner's Religion Today Show.

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  • July 11, 2020

    2020-07-12 Religion Today - Jesus as Jew, Christian, Reformer and Messiah

    Christians see Jesus as the Savior, Messiah and Son of God.  Jews see Jesus as a heretic.  During his earthly ministry, the Apostles and his followers saw him as a Jewish reformer.  Nearly two millennia later, Christians see Jesus as Savior, Son of God and a Christian, sometimes forgetting his Jewish roots.  Many of Jesus' actions are only understood when we view Jesus as Jewish.  For example, in the Gospel of John, at 20:17, the newly Resurrected Jesus tells Mary not to give him a hug ("touch me not" in KJV), but soon after tells Thomas to touch his side ("thrust your fingers into my wound").  Why the difference?  Jesus, as a Jewish High Priest, must keep himself ritually pure by touching no earthly thing or person (Mary included) before attending to his official duties of ascending to his Father in Heaven.  After his duties in Heaven were concluded, he could then tell Thomas to put his fingers in his wound and, presumably, get a nice hug from Mary.

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  • July 4, 2020

    2020-07-05 Religion Today - The Constitution, Founding Fathers and Religion in the U.S

    Doctrine and Covenants 101:80 says God established the U.S. Constitution by "wise men" whom God "raised up unto this very purpose[.]"  Though flawed in some ways, as are we all, the Founding Fathers are among the most inspired and great men who have ever lived.  Host Martin Tanner gives highlights of the lives of seven of the most important and influential Founding Fathers.  He discuses why we should be proud of and honor the United States, not be ashamed of it.  The prophecy or prediction of Joseph Smith that the Constitution would hang by a thread is also discussed.

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  • June 20, 2020

    2020-06-21 Religion Today - God as Our Father - Fathers' Day Message

    Fathers' Day Message - God as Our Father, His Qualities and Attributes, from Joseph Smith, Jewish sources, George Ritchie, MD, and scripture.

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  • June 13, 2020

    2020-06-14 Religion Today - Is Reformed Egyptian in The Book of Mormon an Anomaly

    Is the mention of "Reformed Egyptian" (Mormon 9:32) in the Book of Mormon, and the idea a spoken language can be written in another language (! Nephi 1:2) an anomaly?  The idea was unknown and laughable in Joseph Smith lifetime.  Since then, hundreds of examples have been found of Hebrew (or a Hebrew dialect like Aramaic) written in a form of Egyptian.  For example Papyrus Amherst 63, contains three Hebrew psalms, written in Demotic Egyptian.  This is what The Book of Mormon describes in 1 Nephi 1:2 and Moroni 9:32.  Reformed Egyptian in The Book of Mormon is not an anomaly.

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  • June 7, 2020

    2020-06-07 Religion Today - Evidences for the River Sidon and Horses in the Book of Mormon

    Is there a river that flows North that could be the River Sidon?  The Mississippi and Missouri do not fit the Book of Mormon's description of a river with its head waters (or beginning) up in the South (implying it flows North).  But the Grijalva River in Mesoamerica fits well.  There are many descriptions of radio carbon dating confirmed horses in the Americas well after the last ice age (about 10,000 BC), during Book of Mormon times (600 BCE to 400 CE)..

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  • May 24, 2020

    2020-05-24 Religion Today - God Jesus & Afterlife in Rock Music

    Two major areas where generations often do not see eye to eye are religion and music.  Some are quite surprised to learn unlikely rock bands sometimes have songs about God, Jesus and the afterlife.  In this episode, Martin Tanner gives examples of this, including from the bands Depeche Mode, ZZ Top, the Doobie Brothers, Black Sabbath, Sufjan Stevens, Norman Greenbaum, Kelley Stoltz, Bruce Springsteen Don McLean, and others.  Black Sabbath bass player Geezer Butler, raised a strict Catholic, wrote the song "After Forever" suggesting you shouldn't be afraid to let people know you believe in God.  Bruce Springsteen in "Jesus Was an Only Son" says there is a trace of divinity within us.

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  • May 17, 2020

    2020-05-17 Religion Today - Answering Atheists

    How do you answer an atheist?  Learn to identify their arguments which include:  ad hominem, illogical, flawed and inconsistent assertions.  No one has the ability to test every scientific theory.  Scientists, just like religious believers, place their faith in people, publications and other sources they trust, based on logic and experience.  As a believer in God, I encourage you to read and understand the writings of past atheists such as Nietzsche, Freud and Marx, as well as the new atheists, like Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens.  They have a faith of their own, even though they are loath to call it that.  When you hear their ideas, you will see some of them are accurate, but some are flawed, just as the ideas of many religious individuals.

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  • May 10, 2020

    2020-05-10 Religion Today - Great Women in the Bible

    In honor of mothers and women everywhere, stories of great women in the Bible on Mothers' Day, some well known, some obscure.  But all with inspirational messages for women and men.  Stories of Abigail, Deborah, Esther, Hannah, Jael, Judith, Leah, Rahab and the Shulammite young woman.

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  • May 2, 2020

    2020-05-03 Religion Today - Temple Poetry of Judge Thomas L. Kay

    With Temples of The Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints closed world-wide due to Covid-19 many miss attending the Temple.  Judge Thomas L. Kay, a Utah District Court Judge, Temple Worker, poet and friend, shares some of his poetry about the Temple.

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  • April 26, 2020

    2020-04-26 Religion Today - William Tyndale and Bad Grammer Claimed to be in The Book of Mormon

    There is a wonderful article at mormoninterpreter.com written by Stanford Carmack, JD, PhD, entitled "Bad Grammar in the Book of Mormon Found in Early English Bibles."  It has long been claimed the first edition of The Book of Mormon has many examples of really bad grammar.  That claim must be reconsidered because early English Bibles, including William Tyndale's masterpiece translation of the Bible, have the same kinds of "bad grammar" as found in the first edition of The Book of Mormon.  Yet Tyndale's Bible influenced Shakespeare, the King James translation and many other Bible translations.  Perhaps the grammar in the first edition of The Book of Mormon is not really bad after all.  

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  • April 19, 2020

    2020-04-19 Religion Today - Mark Herre - Facebook Page & Group - CFM Challenge

    Martin Tanner interviews Mark Herre, founder of the highly successful, and, in the opinion of many, the best LDS Facebook page and group supporting the Come Follow Me Curriculum of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Called the "Come Follow Me Challenge" Facebook group and page, learn what it has to offer and how to join from Mark Herre, its founder and a Facebook genius.

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  • April 12, 2020

    2020-04-12 Religion Today - Descriptions of Jesus for Easter Sunday

    Especially for Easter Sunday:  Eyewitness accounts of encounters with Jesus, which describe his appearance, love and other attributes.

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  • April 12, 2020

    2020-04-12 Religion Today - Descriptions of Jesus for Easter Sunday

    Especially for Easter Sunday:  Accounts of eyewitness encounters with Jesus Christ, which describe his appearance, personality, purpose, love and other attributes of our Lord and Savior.

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  • April 4, 2020

    2020-04-05 Religion Today - The First Vision With More Detail

    Joseph Smith's First Vision likely happened on Sunday, March 26, 1820, which was Palm Sunday.  There are nine currently known first-person accounts of the First Vision.  Most contain one or more details not in the other accounts:  The Father and Son look almost exactly alike and are the same height.  Their robes went over only one shoulder.  Joseph Smith thought he would be burned up when the light or fire came down from Heaven.  But instead he felt love when the light touched him.  He prayed in the grove next to a tree stump, where he had stuck his ax when he left work the day before.. Joseph Smith saw many angels, as well as God and Jesus in the First Vision.

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  • March 29, 2020

    2020-03-29 Religion Today - Fasting Hope Faith Prayer & Visions

    President Russell M. Nelson called for today, Sunday, March 29, 2020, to be a day of fasting and prayer for relief from the Coronavirus, Covid-19.  We live in a turbulent time.  People everywhere are worried about loved ones, friends, co-workers, neighbors and others; also, about the economic future of the country and their own financial future.  Yet Heavenly Father is in charge.  The words of those inspired by God, visions, dreams, near-death experiences, and other spiritual experiences, should reassure us that all will be well.  

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  • March 22, 2020

    2020-03-22 Religion Today - Another Look at The Book of Mormon Witnesses

    In this episode of Religion Today, Martin Tanner takes another look at the Book of Mormon Witnesses, the Three, the Eight and other informal witnesses like William Smith, Emma Smith, and others.  The implications of the combined testimony of these witnesses is considerable.  It would be impossible to concoct a conspiracy, and then over the ensuing decades have none retract.  The only logical alternative is the testimony of the witnesses is true.

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  • March 22, 2020

    2020-03-15 Religion Today - Arius and the Trinitarian Concept of God

    Is the Trinitarian concept of God Biblical?  The answer is no.  The Trinitarian concept of God is, the Father, Son and Holy Ghost are one God, comprised of three separate persons, of one undivided substance, in Greek "homoousious."  The concept was first created in 325 AD to combat the perceived heresy of Arius, who believed Jesus was begotten, hence created, hence a creature, not an eternal God.  The Trinitarian concept of God was also a convenient way for Christians to say they only believed in one God, and so were not polytheists.

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  • March 7, 2020

    2020-03-08 Religion Today - Did the Nephites Have Priesthood Authority

    In only a few places do we read in the Book of Mormon about Priesthood authority being received.  Critics ask, if Lehi and Nephi had Priesthood authority, from where did it come, since the Book of Mormon is silent on the subject?  The answer is Lehi brought Priesthood authority from Jerusalem and is was properly and validly transmitted from generation to generation, even though we have no specific record of it, any more than there is a record in the New Testament of precisely when, where and how the original Apostles of Jesus received their Priesthood authority.

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  • February 29, 2020

    2020-03-01 Religion Today - As God is Now, We May Become

    What is salvation for faithful Christians?  What is their ultimate destiny? Many of today's Christian denominations believe God is limited in what he has in store for the faithful.  But Catholics, the Orthodox faith, some protestant denominations, the Early Christian Church Fathers, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, believe, based on Bible scriptures, that humans can become deified, in essence, become gods, below God the Father and Jesus.   2 Peter 1:2-4 God's "divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life . . . .  Through these he has given us very great and precious promises, so that through them you might participate in the divine nature[.]"

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  • February 23, 2020

    2020-02-23 Book of Mormon Witnesses Versus Their Critics

    Any thoughtful critic of the Book of Mormon is forced to take a position on the Book of Mormon Witnesses.  Were they conscious frauds, delusional or perhaps hypnotized or otherwise misled?  The Three Witnesses described seeing an angel and viewing the plates, together.  The Eight Witnesses described handling the plates, turning the pages and seeing the engravings.  Other witnesses, like Emma Smith, described picking up the plates, while covered with a linen cloth, feeling the pages, making them rustle.  William Smith, another witness, lifted them and moved the pages through the linen cloth cover.  Three of the five five physical senses, sight, touch and hearing, are used by the witnesses. Critics, including Grant Palmer and Dan Vogel, who claim some kind of delusion, hypnosis-like event or vision, are taking a position contrary to the actual, consistent testimony of the witnesses, whose testimony is based on three physical senses.

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  • February 16, 2020

    2020-02-16 Religion Today - In Defense of Anthropomorphism

    Anthropomorphism mean "attributing human-like qualities to God."  Vestiges of the ancient Jewish belief God is a glorified man are found in Genesis 3:8 (God walking the the Garden of Eden); Genesis 32:22-31 (Jacob physically wrestles with God); Genesis 18:1-33 (YHWH is a man who eats a meal with Abraham.  Similarly the New Testament also contains the idea, especially in Hebrews 1:1-3.  LDS have believed the idea since the beginning.  Joseph Smith's First Vision describes God and his Son Jesus as both appearing as glorified men, who almost exactly resemble each other in their features and likenesses. 

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