Religion Today

Issues of faith and spirituality that matter to LDS, Mormons, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
2021-01-24 Religion Today – New Archaeology Shows More of the Bible and Book of Mormon to be Historical – 4   (20:00) January 24, 2021
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, […]
2021-01-17 Religion Today – Four New Testament Verses Showing the Need for a Restoration – 3   (19:59) January 17, 2021
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 […]
2021-01-10 Religion Today – The Torah and LDS Book of Moses – 2   (20:00) January 10, 2021
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 […]
2021-01-03 Religion Today – The Meaning and Explanations of the Miracles of Jesus – 1   (20:00) January 02, 2021
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 […]
2020-12-27 Religion Today – The Second Coming and Why We Should Not Fear the Future   (20:00) December 27, 2020
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 […]
2020-12-20 Religion Today – The Birth of Jesus from the New Testament – Good News Translation   (19:59) December 19, 2020
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.
2020-12-13 Religion Today – What Did Jesus Look Like During His Ministry On Earth   (19:59) December 12, 2020
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 […]
2020-12-06 Religion Today – What Was the Star of Bethlehem and Who Were the Wise Men   (19:59) December 06, 2020
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 […]
2020-11-29 Religion Today – The Power of Your Words on Others   (20:00) November 29, 2020
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 […]
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   (19:58) November 20, 2020
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.
2020-11-15 Religion Today – The future of the United States, the Constitution and the LDS Church   (20:00) November 15, 2020
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.
2020-10-18 Religion Today – Revelation – What is It and How to Get It   (20:00) October 18, 2020
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.  […]
2020-10-11 Religion Today – An Account of the Lost 116 Pages of The Book of Mormon   (19:59) October 11, 2020
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 […]
2020-10-04 Religion Today – God and Jesus Say We May Become Like Them   (20:00) October 04, 2020
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 […]
David Herard’s Near-death Experience in Vietnam   (20:00) September 27, 2020
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 […]
2020-09-20 Religion Today – How Joseph Smith Translated the Book of Mormon.Part 2   (20:00) September 20, 2020
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 […]
How Joseph Smith Translated the Book of Mormon.Part 1   (20:00) September 12, 2020
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 […]
2020-09-06 Religion Today – Book of Mormon Geography Evidence   (20:01) September 06, 2020
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 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 […]
2020-08-30 Religion Today – Sayings of Jesus from The Nag Hammadi Library   (20:00) August 30, 2020
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 […]
2020-08-23 Religion Today – Misconceptions About Women in Early Christianity   (20:00) August 22, 2020
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 […]