Rodan of Alexandria






ON SUNDAY morning, September 18, Andrew announced that no work would be planned for the coming week. All of the apostles, except Nathaniel and Thomas, went home to visit their families or to sojourn with friends. This week Jesus enjoyed a period of almost complete rest, but Nathaniel and Thomas were very busy with their discussions with a certain Greek philosopher from Alexandria named Rodan. This Greek had recently become a disciple of Jesus through the teaching of one of Abner’s associates who had conducted a mission at Alexandria. Rodan was now earnestly engaged in the task of harmonizing his philosophy of life with Jesus’ new religious teachings, and he had come to Magadan hoping that the Master would talk these problems over with him. He also desired to secure a firsthand and authoritative version of the gospel from either Jesus or one of his apostles. Though the Master declined to enter into such a conference with Rodan, he did receive him graciously and immediately directed that Nathaniel and Thomas should listen to all he had to say and tell him about the gospel in return.





--Presented by the Midwayer Commission, from the Urantia Papers.





Rodan's Greek Philosophy
Early Monday morning, Rodan began a series of ten addresses to Nathaniel, Thomas, and a group of some two dozen believers who chanced to be at Magadan.


The Art of Living
There are just two ways in which mortals may live together: the material or animal way and the spiritual or human way.


The Lures of Maturity
The effort toward maturity necessitates work, and work requires energy.


The Balance of Maturity
The two major problems of life are: making a temporal living and the achievement of eternal survival.


The Religion of the Ideal
You have told me that your Master regards genuine human religion as the individual’s experience with spiritual realities.


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