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Fri, February 17, 2017

First-Person Peter

By TruthBook Staff

Here is a unique treatment of one the most beloved of Jesus' apostles called: A First Person Sermon (Amanda Hecht) by Scot McKnight. In the article, a sermon given by Amanda Hecht is reproduced by the author of the article. Amanda delivers her sermon, speaking as if she were Peter. In our blog (below) we will expand on the subject of Simon Peter as taught in The Urantia Book, but first, here is a short opening snip from the article:

"You have probably heard of me. My name was Cephas/Simon; but Jesus liked to call me Peter – the rock. Which is laughable, really. Because, if you put together the pieces of my story, I am anything but rock-like. I am more like the weather on the Sea of Galilee that I know so well, having spent so much of my young life as a fisherman there – unpredictable. Sometimes things go perfectly, and I get it oh so right. But, other times, sometimes even the very next moment it seems, things flip, and I get it oh so wrong. You know that by the end of my life I was one of the leaders, the pillars, we were sometimes loftily called, of the followers of Jesus, the Christ-ones, the "Christians", the "little-Christs" that carried on to tell the world about him when he went up into heaven. And, to be sure, I dedicated everything I had in me to the community of Jesus Christ, just as I had dedicated everything I had in me to Jesus when he walked the earth. The thing is, if you continue to read my story, as much as Peter the Rock has in ways achieved a legendary status as a saint and leader of the church, you will also know that this leader definitely has feet of clay. I was far from perfect; I will be the first to admit it. You have all heard the story of how I denied my Lord, my God, my best friend, when he was on trial, just before he was condemned to die upon that cross. He was on trial inside, and I was outside more concerned with trying to save my own neck. It doesn't get much worse (sic) that than!"

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In The Urantia Book, not only Peter, but all of the apostles are treated with fairly extensive biographies; in addition, we learn quite a bit about them as the story of Jesus' ministry with the apostles unfolds throughout the Jesus Papers.

Peter is indeed, one of the most famous and enduring personalities to be associated with Jesus; and for good reason. Few people have ever heard the whole story of Peter; his family, his home, his personality strengths and weaknesses, his background, his travels after Jesus' death, and what he loved most about Jesus (hint: it has a lot to do with Peter's denial of the Master). The accounts of this apostle's life in Scripture are scanty to say the least. We reproduce the Urantia Book bio of Peter here:

Simon Peter

When Simon joined the apostles, he was thirty years of age. He was married, had three children, and lived at Bethsaida, near Capernaum. His brother, Andrew, and his wife's mother lived with him. Both Peter and Andrew were fisher partners of the sons of Zebedee.

The Master had known Simon for some time before Andrew presented him as the second of the apostles. When Jesus gave Simon the name Peter, he did it with a smile; it was to be a sort of nickname. Simon was well known to all his friends as an erratic and impulsive fellow. True, later on, Jesus did attach a new and significant import to this lightly bestowed nickname.

Simon Peter was a man of impulse, an optimist. He had grown up permitting himself freely to indulge strong feelings; he was constantly getting into difficulties because he persisted in speaking without thinking. This sort of thoughtlessness also made incessant trouble for all of his friends and associates and was the cause of his receiving many mild rebukes from his Master. The only reason Peter did not get into more trouble because of his thoughtless speaking was that he very early learned to talk over many of his plans and schemes with his brother, Andrew, before he ventured to make public proposals.

Peter was a fluent speaker, eloquent and dramatic. He was also a natural and inspirational leader of men, a quick thinker but not a deep reasoner. He asked many questions, more than all the apostles put together, and while the majority of these questions were good and relevant, many of them were thoughtless and foolish. Peter did not have a deep mind, but he knew his mind fairly well. He was therefore a man of quick decision and sudden action. While others talked in their astonishment at seeing Jesus on the beach, Peter jumped in and swam ashore to meet the Master.

The one trait which Peter most admired in Jesus was his supernal tenderness. Peter never grew weary of contemplating Jesus' forbearance. He never forgot the lesson about forgiving the wrongdoer, not only seven times but seventy times and seven. He thought much about these impressions of the Master's forgiving character during those dark and dismal days immediately following his thoughtless and unintended denial of Jesus in the high priest's courtyard.

Simon Peter was distressingly vacillating; he would suddenly swing from one extreme to the other. First he refused to let Jesus wash his feet and then, on hearing the Master's reply, begged to be washed all over. But, after all, Jesus knew that Peter's faults were of the head and not of the heart. He was one of the most inexplicable combinations of courage and cowardice that ever lived on earth. His great strength of character was loyalty, friendship. Peter really and truly loved Jesus. And yet despite this towering strength of devotion he was so unstable and inconstant that he permitted a servant girl to tease him into denying his Lord and Master. Peter could withstand persecution and any other form of direct assault, but he withered and shrank before ridicule. He was a brave soldier when facing a frontal attack, but he was a fear-cringing coward when surprised with an assault from the rear.

Peter was the first of Jesus' apostles to come forward to defend the work of Philip among the Samaritans and Paul among the gentiles; yet later on at Antioch he reversed himself when confronted by ridiculing Judaizers, temporarily withdrawing from the gentiles only to bring down upon his head the fearless denunciation of Paul.

He was the first one of the apostles to make wholehearted confession of Jesus' combined humanity and divinity and the first— save Judas— to deny him. Peter was not so much of a dreamer, but he disliked to descend from the clouds of ecstasy and the enthusiasm of dramatic indulgence to the plain and matter-of-fact world of reality.

In following Jesus, literally and figuratively, he was either leading the procession or else trailing behind— "following afar off." But he was the outstanding preacher of the twelve; he did more than any other one man, aside from Paul, to establish the kingdom and send its messengers to the four corners of the earth in one generation.

After his rash denials of the Master he found himself, and with Andrew's sympathetic and understanding guidance he again led the way back to the fish nets while the apostles tarried to find out what was to happen after the crucifixion. When he was fully assured that Jesus had forgiven him and knew he had been received back into the Master's fold, the fires of the kingdom burned so brightly within his soul that he became a great and saving light to thousands who sat in darkness.

After leaving Jerusalem and before Paul became the leading spirit among the gentile Christian churches, Peter traveled extensively, visiting all the churches from Babylon to Corinth. He even visited and ministered to many of the churches which had been raised up by Paul. Although Peter and Paul differed much in temperament and education, even in theology, they worked together harmoniously for the upbuilding of the churches during their later years.

Something of Peter's style and teaching is shown in the sermons partially recorded by Luke and in the Gospel of Mark. His vigorous style was better shown in his letter known as the First Epistle of Peter; at least this was true before it was subsequently altered by a disciple of Paul.

But Peter persisted in making the mistake of trying to convince the Jews that Jesus was, after all, really and truly the Jewish Messiah. Right up to the day of his death, Simon Peter continued to suffer confusion in his mind between the concepts of Jesus as the Jewish Messiah, Christ as the world's redeemer, and the Son of Man as the revelation of God, the loving Father of all mankind.

Peter's wife was a very able woman. For years she labored acceptably as a member of the women's corps, and when Peter was driven out of Jerusalem, she accompanied him upon all his journeys to the churches as well as on all his missionary excursions. And the day her illustrious husband yielded up his life, she was thrown to the wild beasts in the arena at Rome.

And so this man Peter, an intimate of Jesus, one of the inner circle, went forth from Jerusalem proclaiming the glad tidings of the kingdom with power and glory until the fullness of his ministry had been accomplished; and he regarded himself as the recipient of high honors when his captors informed him that he must die as his Master had died— on the cross. And thus was Simon Peter crucified in Rome.

More Apostle Resources

One entire paper of The Urantia Book is devoted to the apostles. Each member of this special apostolic party is given a thorough biography; it is indeed fascinating reading!

In addition, we have created a special page dedicated to the apostles HERE that contains extra stories about Jesus and the apostles that may be of interest to you.

This is yet another reason that seekers after Jesus or seekers after the truth will find that their search has been satisfied when they discover The Urantia Book. Will you be one of them?

For the complete story of Jesus please see PART IV of The Urantia Book: The Life and Teachings of Jesus

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Thu, February 09, 2017

Jesus: brother, father, family man

By TruthBook Staff

Articles that speculate about Jesus and his family are often a perfect opportunity to introduce readers of this blog to the wonderful stories in The Urantia Book on that subject; Bible stories are also good, as in this article from 2016 that prompted the blog: Jesus' family's values by Elijah Zehyoue. They're very scanty, but this is all the world had had about this subject for over 200 centuries.

The article is sweet, as it illustrates the easy way some of us can be with our families - so comfortable that we can really be our true selves. And then the article shares the stories we have from the Bible about Jesus' family; but of course, there is really only Mary and Joseph, Jesus' parents, in the Bible.

In our blog below, we're going to expand on Jesus' family as it is revealed to us in The Urantia Book; but frst a snip from the article:

"If being around our respective families could teach my wife and me so much about each other, I wonder what we could learn of Jesus if we got to know his family better. So often in our practice of the Christian faith we treat Jesus as if he was born and raised unto himself and changed the world simply because of his will or relationship with God. Too often we read the stories about the life of Jesus in our western individualist context in which it is all about him and say nothing about the community which formed him and instilled values into him to help make him the liberating king he needed to be."

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Let's get to know Jesus and his family!

Even though Jesus never married and he never engendered his own children, he did nonetheless, have a rich family experience - even to the point where he became the head-of-household to seven siblings! The world has never really known about Jesus having brothers and sisters - and in fact very little about any of his early years, aside from his birth and infancy. But the details were carefully recorded and have been carefully preserved for this time, wen The Urantia Book is in printed form for all the world to read.

In PART IV of The Urantia Book the story of Jesus parenting experience is one of the highlights of Jesus youth and young manhood. There are many years of Jesus' life that are not covered at all in Scripture, for example, the years between his birth and infancy and the flight to Egypt, and the time that Jesus was left in the temple at age thirteen. It might interest the reader to know that, during those years, Mary and Joseph had seven more children. And when Jesus was 14, his mother had yet one more child who was conceived before Joseph died, but who was not born until after that sad day.

Jesus was a truly human person - as well as a divine Son of God - and he was born the eldest son of Mary and Joseph. But Mary and Joseph were a happily married couple, living a happily married life which produced children in regular order during the years that they were together. They are, in birth order: James, Miriam, Joseph, Simon, Martha, Jude, Amos, and Ruth.

Here's when the brothers and sisters of Jesus were born

Here's some info from the book about when Jesus' brothers and sisters were born, and how old Jesus was on those dates:

When Jesus was 4:

The next important event in the life of this Nazareth family was the birth of the second child, James, in the early morning hours of April 2, 3 B.C. Jesus was thrilled by the thought of having a baby brother, and he would stand around by the hour just to observe the baby's early activities.

When Jesus was 5:

In this year, 2 B.C., a little more than one month before his fifth birthday anniversary, Jesus was made very happy by the coming of his sister Miriam, who was born on the night of July 11. During the evening of the following day Jesus had a long talk with his father concerning the manner in which various groups of living things are born into the world as separate individuals.

Since returning to Nazareth, theirs had been a busy household, and Joseph had been unusually occupied building his new shop and getting his business started again. So fully was he occupied that he had found no time to build a cradle for James, but this was corrected long before Miriam came, so that she had a very comfortable crib in which to nestle while the family admired her. And the child Jesus heartily entered into all these natural and normal home experiences. He greatly enjoyed his little brother and his baby sister and was of great help to Mary in their care.

When Jesus was 7:

The fourth member of the Nazareth family, Joseph, was born Wednesday morning, March 16, A.D. 1.

When Jesus was 8:

His third brother, Simon, was born on Friday evening, April 14, of this year, A.D. 2.

When Jesus was 9:

Jesus' second sister, Martha, was born Thursday night, September 13. [AD. 3]

When Jesus was 11:

On Wednesday evening, June 24, A.D. 5, Jude was born. Complications attended the birth of this, the seventh child.

When Jesus was 13:

On Sunday night, January 9, A.D. 7, his baby brother, Amos, was born.

Following the untimely death of Joseph, Jesus - just 14 years-old - became the head of his father Joseph's family. He became father-brother to all the siblings. And then more stress on top of sadness:

When Jesus was 15:

On Wednesday evening, April 17, A.D. 9, Ruth, the baby of the family, was born, and to the best of his ability Jesus endeavored to take the place of his father in comforting and ministering to his mother during this trying and peculiarly sad ordeal. For almost a score of years (until he began his public ministry) no father could have loved and nurtured his daughter any more affectionately and faithfully than Jesus cared for little Ruth. And he was an equally good father to all the other members of his family.

When Jesus was 18 years-old, there was a terrible day when they lost one of the children to a sudden illness. Here's what happened:

On Saturday afternoon, December 3, [A.D. 12] of this year, death for the second time struck at this Nazareth family. Little Amos, their baby brother [Age 5], died after a week's illness with a high fever. After passing through this time of sorrow with her first-born son as her only support, Mary at last and in the fullest sense recognized Jesus as the real head of the family; and he was truly a worthy head.

Read much more about Jesus and his siblings

Even though it was caused by such sad events, it really does make so much sense, and seems very appropriate that Jesus should have had this experience of parenting. Although Jesus never married, circumstances conspired to provide him with an experience of guiding these younger ones through childhood, adolescence, and into adulthood as any good father would do. He endured difficulty with day-to-day living, just situations as face all parents.

Jesus' hardship were compounded by the poverty that resulted from losing Joseph as breadwinner. At age fourteen, he had to wrestle with many challenges, but by age 19, he had developed quite a successful parenting style.

And through this experience, he then could demonstrate with increasing clarity the Fatherhood of God himself, whose love and tender care he came to personify. And he learned to do this in increasing measure through these trials of living in his tender, adolesecent years of life - even before, and as, he was becoming aware of his true identity and his true mission to the world. .

Let Jesus help you be a better parent - and a better human being!

If you ever want guidance in your own parenting skills, you can't do any better than this:

Jesus' Parenting Style - Jesus' 19th Year

Again, we discover in The Urantia Book the rich life that Jesus lived; in this case, the details of his youth that are virtually unknown in the world. And the rest of his life is detailed in much the same way - in an almost daily chronicle of the trials and triumphs experienced by Jesus - the son of man and the Son of God.

Through this amazing narrative - what the book calls a "restatement" - we come to know Jesus in a way that is astounding, compelling, and completely believable. Like the stories of Jesus and his siblings, each and every stage of the Master's life is replete with lessons for living, lessons for loving, lessons that all mortals would do well to study. The Urantia Book authors state very clearly the importance of doing so:

2:0.2 The nature of God can be studied in a revelation of supreme ideas, the divine character can be envisaged as a portrayal of supernal ideals, but the most enlightening and spiritually edifying of all revelations of the divine nature is to be found in the comprehension of the religious life of Jesus of Nazareth, both before and after his attainment of full consciousness of divinity.

196:1.3 To "follow Jesus" means to personally share his religious faith and to enter into the spirit of the Master's life of unselfish service for man. One of the most important things in human living is to find out what Jesus believed, to discover his ideals, and to strive for the achievement of his exalted life purpose. Of all human knowledge, that which is of greatest value is to know the religious life of Jesus and how he lived it.

Here's where to get started!

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Tue, February 07, 2017

Jesus Died...So Will We

By TruthBook Staff

This simple, stark title caught my eye: Jesus Died by Jeff Hood; turns out that the article is itself, pretty stark, too, but full of hope.

Please see our blog below, where we'll expand upon the idea of death and what The Urantia Book teaches us about it, but first, here's a small snip from the article:

"Yesterday, my son and I were coming home from his preschool. In the midst of our ride, I got a message. Someone I'd known for a long time had passed away. After processing the news, I expressed my sadness. In the midst of my grief, my son spoke up and said, 'Dad, don't you remember that Jesus died.' In his mind, the fact that Jesus died makes death ok."

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IS Death Okay?

The simple statement by the author's child that: 'Dad, don't you remember that Jesus died" and that this fact made death seem okay to him was very heartwarming to me. Out of the mouths of children come amazing truths sometimes...

Whether we believe that death is okay or not, the fact is that all of us on on our way to dying; from the day we are born, we are progressing towards death. In our modern Western culture, we tend to deny the reality of death; our medical establishment tries to help us avoid it and when death does overtake a patient, there is a feeling that science has failed, that medicine has failed, that death itself is a failure.

The Urantia Book helps us so much when we consider the subject of death; we learn that it is something that must be in place as a "technique of escape from the material life in the flesh."

The life and teachings of Jesus contain clues that death is not only okay, but that it contains the promise of a new life AFTER death.

Jesus himself died, of course, but after three days, he rose in a new form from the sleep of death. Before that, Jesus demonstrated that death had no hold on mortals when he resurrected Lazarus from death.

As we approach Holy Week in April, it might be helpful to remember that even for Jesus, death was inevitable. As a true human being, he had to have a death experience; it was not necessary that he be killed in the way that he was, but it was necessary that he die, just as all humans do. But as a human, he did show us that death is far from the end of life.

Why do we fear death?

It could be that we learn our fear of death from our culture; it could be that humans just naturally fear the unknown - and death is certainly THE great unknown. No one that we know - except Lazarus and Jesus - has returned from death, and so we have no concrete evidence of life after death from anyone we've ever known.The stories of Jesus' resurrection and of Lazarus restoration are stories that we may believe, but when it comes to our PERSONAL feelings, we may still be wary and anxious when we think about dying.

Again, the teachings of The Urantia Book help us to expand our perspective and to stretch our comprehension of death, so that our faith is ignited and our fears lessened.

What awaits us?

Many of us may have somewhat confused or murky ideas of life after death. We may expect streets of gold, angelic choirs, or a life of carefree existence. The facts as revealed in The Urantia Book are quite different.

Remember Jesus' counsel about the Fathers "many mansions?" These mansions are real - not edifices of brick and mortar, but architectural worlds that have been specially created and manufactured - worlds that lie outside of our view from earth, but within the universe we live in. They are called, appropriately enough, Mansion Worlds, and about them, The Urantia Book teaches:

47:0.1 The Creator Son [aka Jesus], when on Urantia, spoke of the "many mansions in the Father's universe." In a certain sense, all fifty-six of the encircling worlds of Jerusem are devoted to the transitional culture of ascending mortals, but the seven satellites of world number one are more specifically known as the mansion worlds.

Beginning with Mansion World #1, The Mansion Worlds are the stopping places for mortals when they die; on these worlds, we gradually shed the vestiges of material life. We receive new bodies that accurately reflect our spiritual essence; we are able to reconcile the handicaps under which we labored while in our earthly life ... handicaps of heredity, of health, of misadaptation:

47:3.7 On mansion world number one (or another in case of advanced status) you will resume your intellectual training and spiritual development at the exact level whereon they were interrupted by death. Between the time of planetary death or translation and resurrection on the mansion world, mortal man gains absolutely nothing aside from experiencing the fact of survival. You begin over there right where you leave off down here.

47:3.8 Almost the entire experience of mansion world number one pertains to deficiency ministry. Survivors arriving on this first of the detention spheres present so many and such varied defects of creature character and deficiencies of mortal experience that the major activities of the realm are occupied with the correction and cure of these manifold legacies of the life in the flesh on the material evolutionary worlds of time and space.

And on we go, through all seven of these worlds, until finally, we achieve "graduation" as true morontia beings before moving on to the next phase of our eternal lives:

47:10.7 Mortal death is a technique of escape from the material life in the flesh; and the mansonia experience of progressive life through seven worlds of corrective training and cultural education represents the introduction of mortal survivors to the morontia career, the transition life which intervenes between the evolutionary material existence and the higher spirit attainment of the ascenders of time who are destined to achieve the portals of eternity.

What is Morontia?

Morontia is a revealed term, unique to The Urantia Book. Here's how it is explained to us:

48:0.1 The Gods cannot—at least they do not—transform a creature of gross animal nature into a perfected spirit by some mysterious act of creative magic. When the Creators desire to produce perfect beings, they do so by direct and original creation, but they never undertake to convert animal-origin and material creatures into beings of perfection in a single step.

The morontia life, extending as it does over the various stages of the local universe career, is the only possible approach whereby material mortals could attain the threshold of the spirit world. What magic could death, the natural dissolution of the material body, hold that such a simple step should instantly transform the mortal and material mind into an immortal and perfected spirit? Such beliefs are but ignorant superstitions and pleasing fables.

Always this morontia transition intervenes between the mortal estate and the subsequent spirit status of surviving human beings. This intermediate state of universe progress differs markedly in the various local creations, but in intent and purpose they are all quite similar. The arrangement of the mansion and higher morontia worlds in Nebadon is fairly typical of the morontia transition regimes in this part of Orvonton.

Read all about the Morontia Life in The Urantia Book

And after that...?

We have an amazing journey ahead of us. The Father has a plan of ascension that actually begins here on earth and that spans a near-eternity of experiences; beginning with the seven Mansion Worlds, we progress through seven more stages of transformation until we at last stand in the presence of God and the perfect worlds of the central Universe.

And even then, we are not finished, for we have a thrilling destiny after achieveing the Father as Finaliters in endless service to the now-forming universes in the outer space levels.

Click to read about the Father's Acsension Plan

Click to see a chart of the Ascension Career

Click to read about the Corps of the Finality

So, in the end, the little boy who saw death as benign because "Jesus died," was absolutely right. Death need hold no fear for us. Once we understand how loving, how complete the Father's plan for each of his children is, we can certainly understand and gain comfort from the Urantia Book passage that states:

14:5.10 Love of adventure, curiosity, and dread of monotony—these traits inherent in evolving human nature—were not put there just to aggravate and annoy you during your short sojourn on earth, but rather to suggest to you that death is only the beginning of an endless career of adventure, an everlasting life of anticipation, an eternal voyage of discovery.

Curiosity—the spirit of investigation, the urge of discovery, the drive of exploration—is a part of the inborn and divine endowment of evolutionary space creatures. These natural impulses were not given you merely to be frustrated and repressed. True, these ambitious urges must frequently be restrained during your short life on earth, disappointment must be often experienced, but they are to be fully realized and gloriously gratified during the long ages to come.

Click to read a compilation of inspiring Urantia Book teachings about Death

 

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Tue, January 24, 2017

A Tragic Missed Meeting of Jesus and His Family

By TruthBook Staff

When I saw this article I just knew I wanted to share it with you...it is truly one of the most dramatic scenes from Jesus' life and in the life of his earth family. It's contained in this article: Jesus and his Family in the Manilla Bulletin. See our blog below, where we explore this poignant and important story, but here in this article, the entire story of this event from the Bible is presented; As you can see, it's a very short story that has come down to us in the Bible:

"Mark 3:31-35: The mother of Jesus and his brothers arrived. Standing outside they sent word to him and called him. A crowd seated around him told him, "Your mother and your brothers and your sisters are outside asking for you." But he said to them in reply, "Who are my mother and my brothers?" And looking around at those seated in the circle he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother."

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We never want to underestimate or denigrate the Bible, or the good that it has done for centuries; nonetheless, Part IV of The Urantia Book - the Life and Teachings of Jesus provides the world with a complete restatement of events in Jesus' life that so far expands and improves the Bible stories that the comparison is striking, to say the least. And who wrote this account of Jesus life? It is from an eyewitness record that has been in safekeeping for centuries, awaiting the time when it could be delivered to a waiting world in ts entirety. That time is now, and all of mankind are the beneficiaries.

Urantia Book readers get "the rest of the story."

Here's a little background from The Urantia Book:

154:5.1 May 22 [29, AD] was an eventful day in the life of Jesus. On this Sunday morning, before daybreak, one of David's messengers arrived in great haste from Tiberias, bringing the word that Herod had authorized, or was about to authorize, the arrest of Jesus by the officers of the Sanhedrin. The receipt of the news of this impending danger caused David Zebedee to arouse his messengers and send them out to all the local groups of disciples, summoning them for an emergency council at seven o'clock that morning. When the sister-in-law of Jude (Jesus' brother) heard this alarming report, she hastened word to all of Jesus' family who dwelt near by, summoning them forthwith to assemble at Zebedee's house. And in response to this hasty call, presently there were assembled Mary [the mother of Jesus], James, Joseph, Jude, and Ruth [Jesus' siblings].

About 7:30 this morning Jesus began his parting address to almost one hundred believers who had crowded indoors to hear him. This was a solemn occasion for all present, but Jesus seemed unusually cheerful; he was once more like his normal self. The seriousness of weeks had gone, and he inspired all of them with his words of faith, hope, and courage.

Not long before this day, Jesus had delivered an "epochal sermon" that had inflamed the Pharisees and others, even leading them to accuse Jesus of being in league with devils. And in the week or so that followed, plans for the Master's impending arrest were made know to the apostolic party, necessitating a hasty retreat from the area.

The Tragic Missed Meeting

If you are a Urantia Book reader, you will recall that Mary and Jesus had developed a somewhat estranged relationship over the years; Mary had a hard time understanding her first-born son, and despite the visitation by Gabriel while she was carrying him, the years and their troubles had made it fade. So that now, as danger gathered around Jesus, she and the few siblings of Jesus who accompanied her, hoped to talk to Jesus and convince him to come home with them and stop his provocative behavior. And they were prssured by the authorities to do just that.

And so, the stage is set for one of the most dramatic and heartrending scenes involving Jesus and his earth family. Thiere was a rushed attempt to allow Jesus family to see him and talk to him before he had to leave in order to escape the impending arrest.

But, here's how it played out...note in the opening paragraph the addition of explantion regarding Mary's feeling towards Jesus in light of the Pharisees' attempts to persuade her to stop her "demented" son.:

JESUS' FAMILY ARRIVES

It was about eight o'clock on this Sunday morning when five members of Jesus' earth family arrived on the scene in response to the urgent summons of Jude's sister-in-law. Of all his family in the flesh, only one, Ruth, believed wholeheartedly and continuously in the divinity of his mission on earth. Jude and James, and even Joseph, still retained much of their faith in Jesus, but they had permitted pride to interfere with their better judgment and real spiritual inclinations. Mary was likewise torn between love and fear, between mother love and family pride. Though she was harassed by doubts, she could never quite forget the visit of Gabriel ere Jesus was born. The Pharisees had been laboring to persuade Mary that Jesus was beside himself, demented. They urged her to go with her sons and seek to dissuade him from further efforts at public teaching. They assured Mary that soon Jesus' health would break, and that only dishonor and disgrace could come upon the entire family as a result of allowing him to go on. And so, when the word came from Jude's sister-in-law, all five of them started at once for Zebedee's house, having been together at Mary's home, where they had met with the Pharisees the evening before. They had talked with the Jerusalem leaders long into the night, and all were more or less convinced that Jesus was acting strangely, that he had acted strangely for some time. While Ruth could not explain all of his conduct, she insisted that he had always treated his family fairly and refused to agree to the program of trying to dissuade him from further work.

On the way to Zebedee's house they talked these things over and agreed among themselves to try to persuade Jesus to come home with them, for, said Mary: "I know I could influence my son if he would only come home and listen to me." James and Jude had heard rumors concerning the plans to arrest Jesus and take him to Jerusalem for trial. They also feared for their own safety. As long as Jesus was a popular figure in the public eye, his family allowed matters to drift along, but now that the people of Capernaum and the leaders at Jerusalem had suddenly turned against him, they began keenly to feel the pressure of the supposed disgrace of their embarrassing position.

They had expected to meet Jesus, take him aside, and urge him to go home with them. They had thought to assure him that they would forget his neglect of them—they would forgive and forget—if he would only give up the foolishness of trying to preach a new religion which could bring only trouble to himself and dishonor upon his family. To all of this Ruth would say only: "I will tell my brother that I think he is a man of God, and that I hope he would be willing to die before he would allow these wicked Pharisees to stop his preaching." Joseph promised to keep Ruth quiet while the others labored with Jesus.

When they reached the Zebedee house, Jesus was in the very midst of delivering his parting address to the disciples. They sought to gain entrance to the house, but it was crowded to overflowing. Finally they established themselves on the back porch and had word passed in to Jesus, from person to person, so that it finally was whispered to him by Simon Peter, who interrupted his talking for the purpose, and who said: "Behold, your mother and your brothers are outside, and they are very anxious to speak with you." Now it did not occur to his mother how important was the giving of this parting message to his followers, neither did she know that his address was likely to be terminated any moment by the arrival of his apprehenders. She really thought, after so long an apparent estrangement, in view of the fact that she and his brothers had shown the grace actually to come to him, that Jesus would cease speaking and come to them the moment he received word they were waiting.

It was just another of those instances in which his earth family could not comprehend that he must be about his Father's business. And so Mary and his brothers were deeply hurt when, notwithstanding that he paused in his speaking to receive the message, instead of his rushing out to greet them, they heard his musical voice speak with increased volume: "Say to my mother and my brothers that they should have no fear for me. The Father who sent me into the world will not forsake me; neither shall any harm come upon my family. Bid them be of good courage and put their trust in the Father of the kingdom. But, after all, who is my mother and who are my brothers?" And stretching forth his hands toward all of his disciples assembled in the room, he said: "I have no mother; I have no brothers. Behold my mother and behold my brethren! For whosoever does the will of my Father who is in heaven, the same is my mother, my brother, and my sister."

And when Mary heard these words, she collapsed in Jude's arms. They carried her out in the garden to revive her while Jesus spoke the concluding words of his parting message. He would then have gone out to confer with his mother and his brothers, but a messenger arrived in haste from Tiberias bringing word that the officers of the Sanhedrin were on their way with authority to arrest Jesus and carry him to Jerusalem. Andrew received this message and, interrupting Jesus, told it to him.

Andrew did not recall that David had posted some twenty-five sentinels about the Zebedee house, and that no one could take them by surprise; so he asked Jesus what should be done. The Master stood there in silence while his mother, having heard the words, "I have no mother," was recovering from the shock in the garden. It was at just this time that a woman in the room stood up and exclaimed, "Blessed is the womb that bore you and blessed are the breasts that nursed you." Jesus turned aside a moment from his conversation with Andrew to answer this woman by saying, "No, rather is the one blessed who hears the word of God and dares to obey it."

Further into the story, the authors of the Jesus Papers comment on the reality of the situation for Jesus:

Mary and Jesus' brothers thought that Jesus did not understand them, that he had lost interest in them, little realizing that it was they who failed to understand Jesus. Jesus fully understood how difficult it is for men to break with their past. He knew how human beings are swayed by the preacher's eloquence, and how the conscience responds to emotional appeal as the mind does to logic and reason, but he also knew how far more difficult it is to persuade men to disown the past.

It is forever true that all who may think they are misunderstood or not appreciated have in Jesus a sympathizing friend and an understanding counselor. He had warned his apostles that a man's foes may be they of his own household, but he had hardly realized how near this prediction would come to apply to his own experience. Jesus did not forsake his earth family to do his Father's work—they forsook him. Later on, after the Master's death and resurrection, when James became connected with the early Christian movement, he suffered immeasurably as a result of his failure to enjoy this earlier association with Jesus and his disciples.

In passing through these events, Jesus chose to be guided by the limited knowledge of his human mind. He desired to undergo the experience with his associates as a mere man. And it was in the human mind of Jesus to see his family before he left. He did not wish to stop in the midst of his discourse and thus render their first meeting after so long a separation such a public affair. He had intended to finish his address and then have a visit with them before leaving, but this plan was thwarted by the conspiracy of events which immediately followed.

The haste of their flight was augmented by the arrival of a party of David's messengers at the rear entrance of the Zebedee home. The commotion produced by these men frightened the apostles into thinking that these new arrivals might be their apprehenders, and in fear of immediate arrest, they hastened through the front entrance to the waiting boat. And all of this explains why Jesus did not see his family waiting on the back porch.

But he did say to David Zebedee as he entered the boat in hasty flight: "Tell my mother and my brothers that I appreciate their coming, and that I intended to see them. Admonish them to find no offense in me but rather to seek for a knowledge of the will of God and for grace and courage to do that will."

The Aftermath

154:7.1 And so it was on this Sunday morning, the twenty-second of May, in the year A.D. 29, that Jesus, with his twelve apostles and the twelve evangelists, engaged in this hasty flight from the Sanhedrin officers who were on their way to Bethsaida with authority from Herod Antipas to arrest him and take him to Jerusalem for trial on charges of blasphemy and other violations of the sacred laws of the Jews. It was almost half past eight this beautiful morning when this company of twenty-five manned the oars and pulled for the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee.

Jesus' family returned to their home in Capernaum and spent almost a week in talking, debating, and praying. They were filled with confusion and consternation. They enjoyed no peace of mind until Thursday afternoon, when Ruth returned from a visit to the Zebedee house, where she learned from David that her father-brother was safe and in good health and making his way toward the Phoenician coast.

More than just story-telling

This is a typical example of how the revelation of Jesus' real life in The Urantia Book splendidly improves and expands the limited knowledge that the Bible provides. In this story, as in so many others, the actual events are chronicled, the background is given, the context is provided...so that the reader understands all that happened, and why.

We are able to peer into the workings of Jesus' mind - to see why he did what he did, and also into the motivations and expectations of those around Jesus, too. We see throughout PART IV of The Urantia Book the religious life of Jesus and how he lived it for the benefit of the whole universe.

We see Jesus striving to fulfill his mission, even though he must split with the wishes of his earth family. It's easy to see how this event was so devastating to his mother, and it's also easy to see why it had to be that way. By this time, Jesus and his apostles had completed two preaching tours and were embarked on the third; he was well-known as a healer - thousands folowed him, and the authorities were determined to stop him.

As always we invite any who read this blog to explore The Uranrtia Book...if you are a lover of Jesus, if you are simply curious about Jesus, if you want to know what really happened all those centiuries ago, The Urantia Book will satisfy your search as nothng else can ... and will increase and cement your devotion to the Master

 

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Mon, January 23, 2017

Celebrating Jesus' Baptism

By TruthBook Staff

In January, the Christian world celebrates the baptism of Jesus by John in the Jordan River. Urantia Book reader/students do too! This article shows us a large group of pigrims in the water, and it looks like a great time is being had by all. We have a blog about this momentous event below (a rewrite of an earlier blog), but first, here's a snippet from the article.

Wadi al-Kharrar (Jordanie) (AFP) - Thousands of Catholic Christians attended a special mass Friday on the Jordanian side of the Jordan River in an annual pilgrimage to the site where many believe Jesus was baptised.

Wadi al-Kharrar, or Bethany Beyond the Jordan, is where biblical historians believe Jesus was baptised by his cousin, John the Baptist, and began his public ministry.

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Do you find the Bible story of Jesus' baptism exciting? Meaningful? There's the account of this momentous happening at Matthew 3:13-17...only four lines or so. We don't have any problem with this, but Urantia Book readers know that there is so much more to the story. It's not that the information is wrong, but that it is so paltry. Elsewhere, we've even read where this is believed to be the first instance where Jesus is said to have spoken. Of course, Urantia Book readers know otherwise. Jesus was saying plenty, from childhood on...

But the occasion of Jesus' baptism is indeed a momentous one, and it does mark Jesus' formal entrance into his public ministry. Adding the narrative from The Urantia Book to your understanding of this occasion will be mind-expanding. I'll guide you through it.

Where was Jesus before he came to John for baptism? He had completed the sojourn on Mt Hermon, where he finally and for all time vanquished the apostate Caligastia and Satan, Lucifer's emissary. This occasion is the one that the Bible terms the "Great Temptation." If you click on the link, you'll discover its real purpose in Jesus' life.

Following that, Jesus went back to Capernaum and to his work in Zebedee's boatshop, until he received word that John the Baptist was drawing very close to Capernaum in his mission of baptizing believers:

134:9.8 As time passed, rumors came to Capernaum of one John who was preaching while baptizing penitents in the Jordan, and John preached: “The kingdom of heaven is at hand; repent and be baptized.” Jesus listened to these reports as John slowly worked his way up the Jordan valley from the ford of the river nearest to Jerusalem. But Jesus worked on, making boats, until John had journeyed up the river to a point near Pella in the month of January of the next year, A.D. 26, when he laid down his tools, declaring, “My hour has come,” and presently presented himself to John for baptism.

But a great change had been coming over Jesus. Few of the people who had enjoyed his visits and ministrations as he had gone up and down in the land ever subsequently recognized in the public teacher the same person they had known and loved as a private individual in former years. And there was a reason for this failure of his early beneficiaries to recognize him in his later role of public and authoritative teacher. For long years this transformation of mind and spirit had been in progress, and it was finished during the eventful sojourn on Mount Hermon.

The Urantia Book dates Jesus' baptism to Monday January 14, A.D. 26:

Here is the section called Meeting of Jesus and John, where the actual baptism takes place. In it we read:

135:8.6 There was a tone of finality and authority in Jesus’ voice. John was atremble with emotion as he made ready to baptize Jesus of Nazareth in the Jordan at noon on Monday, January 14, A.D. 26. Thus did John baptize Jesus and his two brothers James and Jude. And when John had baptized these three, he dismissed the others for the day, announcing that he would resume baptisms at noon the next day. As the people were departing, the four men still standing in the water heard a strange sound, and presently there appeared for a moment an apparition immediately over the head of Jesus, and they heard a voice saying, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” A great change came over the countenance of Jesus, and coming up out of the water in silence he took leave of them, going toward the hills to the east. And no man saw Jesus again for forty days.

The entire next paper - Paper 136 - is devoted to Jesus' baptism and it's ramifications. You can read all about the profound meaning of the baptism HERE, wherein we read:

136:2.7 This day of baptism ended the purely human life of Jesus. The divine Son has found his Father, the Universal Father has found his incarnated Son, and they speak the one to the other.

And following the baptism, Jesus again went into seclusion in the hills of Mt Hermon for forty days in order to make final plans and decisions that would guide the public ministry upon which he was about to embark. About this event The Urantia Book teaches:

136:3.3 Jesus did not go into retirement for the purpose of fasting and for the affliction of his soul. He was not an ascetic, and he came forever to destroy all such notions regarding the approach to God. His reasons for seeking this retirement were entirely different from those which had actuated Moses and Elijah, and even John the Baptist. Jesus was then wholly self-conscious concerning his relation to the universe of his making and also to the universe of universes, supervised by the Paradise Father, his Father in heaven. He now fully recalled the bestowal charge and its instructions administered by his elder brother, Immanuel, ere he entered upon his Urantia incarnation. He now clearly and fully comprehended all these far-flung relationships, and he desired to be away for a season of quiet meditation so that he could think out the plans and decide upon the procedures for the prosecution of his public labors in behalf of this world and for all other worlds in his local universe.

Finally, what did Jesus say about "water baptism?"

141:6.5 The apostles made great progress during the sojourn at Amathus. But they were very much disappointed that Jesus would give them no suggestions about dealing with John’s disciples. Even in the important matter of baptism, all that Jesus said was: “John did indeed baptize with water, but when you enter the kingdom of heaven, you shall be baptized with the Spirit.”

And about the "baptism of the Spirit," Jesus said:

148:4.8 Men are, indeed, by nature evil, but not necessarily sinful. The new birth — the baptism of the spirit — is essential to deliverance from evil and necessary for entrance into the kingdom of heaven, but none of this detracts from the fact that man is the son of God. Neither does this inherent presence of potential evil mean that man is in some mysterious way estranged from the Father in heaven so that, as an alien, foreigner, or stepchild, he must in some manner seek for legal adoption by the Father. All such notions are born, first, of your misunderstanding of the Father and, second, of your ignorance of the origin, nature, and destiny of man.

So, there you have it. We here at TruthBook love the Bible - we respect it and its teachings, and yet, we are committed to exposing as many believers as possible to the greatly expanded and faithfully restated life and teachings of Jesus as presented in The Urantia Book. It is time for the world to be aware of Jesus' life as it was, and the purposes of his mission.

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Mon, January 23, 2017

JesusThe Faith Healer

By TruthBook Staff

Here's a good article in the popular Christian press about the healing of the woman with the scourging hemorrhage - a healing which is followed closely by the raising of Jairus' daughter from what appeared to be the sleep of death. The article is called: Jesus loves you, doesn't want you to suffer by Charles Placker. In both the Bible and The Urantia Book, these two stories are presented together, the first leading into the second. Jairus had implored Jesus to heal his daughter, and while on the way to Jairus' house, Jesus encounters the afflicted woman, who touches the hem of his robe and is healed of her infirmity. Please see our blog below, but first, here's a snip from the article, which presents a unique view of it all...a good view:

"As the boat comes toward the shore, the clear air from the storm the night before has brought a crowd to see which boats have weathered the storm. The people of Capernium are watching as they see the boat carrying the popular Rabbi who is said to perform miracles.

"As the boat comes to land, the leader of the synagogue named Jairus pleads with Jesus to come to his sick daughter's bed. As Jesus walks with Jairus, suddenly he stopped.

"At this point, Mark tells a whole new story. As they walked Jesus stopped in the midst of the crowd and said, "Someone touched me." A woman steps forth. She has had a flow of blood for 12 years and now that she has touched the Rabbi, she is cured.

"In our hurry to have Jesus reach the dying girl, we somehow see this story as less significant. The disciples did also, and the father of the sick child, especially. But to Jesus, this woman is important. He touches people where they are.

"She had been to all the doctors and suffered from the remedies as much as her ailment. They have taken her money and given no help in return. Her life has been on hold for 12 years. She was not only unclean physically, she was also ritually. Her life was on hold, and she was dying a little every day. Still, we tend to want Jesus to get on to the sick child. This woman was unclean with her disease, yet somehow, no one but Jesus cares."

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Unexplained Healing Phenomena

Yes, the woman with the scourging emorrhage is a fascinating story - in The Urantia Book and in the Bible, it is explained as a healing resulting from the woman's faith. And as the writer of the article points out, it seems almost a side-story while we wait to find out about Jairus' daughter. But, far from a side-story, here we present an interesting commentary by the Urantia Book authors of the Jesus Papers regarding the amazing number of healings that took place when Jesus was present during this period of his life:

149:1.2 There began to appear about the time of this mission—and continued throughout the remainder of Jesus' life on earth—a peculiar and unexplained series of healing phenomena. In the course of this three months' tour more than one hundred men, women, and children from Judea, Idumea, Galilee, Syria, Tyre, and Sidon, and from beyond the Jordan were beneficiaries of this unconscious healing by Jesus and, returning to their homes, added to the enlargement of Jesus' fame. And they did this notwithstanding that Jesus would, every time he observed one of these cases of spontaneous healing, directly charge the beneficiary to "tell no man."

It was never revealed to us just what occurred in these cases of spontaneous or unconscious healing. The Master never explained to his apostles how these healings were effected, other than that on several occasions he merely said, "I perceive that power has gone forth from me." On one occasion he remarked when touched by an ailing child, "I perceive that life has gone forth from me."

In fact, the Master declared a similar thing when the woman with the hemorrhage touched his robe:

152:0.2 As Jesus went along with Jairus, the large crowd which had heard the father's request followed on to see what would happen. Shortly before they reached the ruler's house, as they hastened through a narrow street and as the throng jostled him, Jesus suddenly stopped, exclaiming, "Someone touched me." And when those who were near him denied that they had touched him, Peter spoke up: "Master, you can see that this crowd presses you, threatening to crush us, and yet you say `someone has touched me.' What do you mean?" Then Jesus said: "I asked who touched me, for I perceived that living energy had gone forth from me."

And of course, we know the rest of the story, presented here in its entirety from The Urantia Book:

As Jesus looked about him, his eyes fell upon a near-by woman, who, coming forward, knelt at his feet and said: "For years I have been afflicted with a scourging hemorrhage. I have suffered many things from many physicians; I have spent all my substance, but none could cure me. Then I heard of you, and I thought if I may but touch the hem of his garment, I shall certainly be made whole. And so I pressed forward with the crowd as it moved along until, standing near you, Master, I touched the border of your garment, and I was made whole; I know that I have been healed of my affliction."

When Jesus heard this, he took the woman by the hand and, lifting her up, said: "Daughter, your faith has made you whole; go in peace." It was her faith and not her touch that made her whole. And this case is a good illustration of many apparently miraculous cures which attended upon Jesus' earth career, but which he in no sense consciously willed. The passing of time demonstrated that this woman was really cured of her malady. Her faith was of the sort that laid direct hold upon the creative power resident in the Master's person. With the faith she had, it was only necessary to approach the Master's person. It was not at all necessary to touch his garment; that was merely the superstitious part of her belief. Jesus called this woman, Veronica of Caesarea Philippi, into his presence to correct two errors which might have lingered in her mind, or which might have persisted in the minds of those who witnessed this healing: He did not want Veronica to go away thinking that her fear in attempting to steal her cure had been honored, or that her superstition in associating the touch of his garment with her healing had been effective. He desired all to know that it was her pure and living faith that had wrought the cure.

How Did it Happen?

Here's more about this unusual healing phenomenon:

149:1.4 In the absence of direct word from the Master regarding the nature of these cases of spontaneous healing, it would be presuming on our part to undertake to explain how they were accomplished, but it will be permissible to record our opinion of all such healing phenomena. We believe that many of these apparent miracles of healing, as they occurred in the course of Jesus' earth ministry, were the result of the coexistence of the following three powerful, potent, and associated influences:

1. The presence of strong, dominant, and living faith in the heart of the human being who persistently sought healing, together with the fact that such healing was desired for its spiritual benefits rather than for purely physical restoration.

2. The existence, concomitant with such human faith, of the great sympathy and compassion of the incarnated and mercy-dominated Creator Son of God, who actually possessed in his person almost unlimited and timeless creative healing powers and prerogatives.

3. Along with the faith of the creature and the life of the Creator it should also be noted that this God-man was the personified expression of the Father's will. If, in the contact of the human need and the divine power to meet it, the Father did not will otherwise, the two became one, and the healing occurred unconsciously to the human Jesus but was immediately recognized by his divine nature. The explanation, then, of many of these cases of healing must be found in a great law which has long been known to us, namely, What the Creator Son desires and the eternal Father wills IS.

It is, then, our opinion that, in the personal presence of Jesus, certain forms of profound human faith were literally and truly compelling in the manifestation of healing by certain creative forces and personalities of the universe who were at that time so intimately associated with the Son of Man. It therefore becomes a fact of record that Jesus did frequently suffer men to heal themselves in his presence by their powerful, personal faith.

Were all the Cures Miraculous?

The Urantia Book helps us all to understand more about the healings that have been assumed to be miracles; some were, but many were not, as explained in the passages above, where we discover that hundreds of people were beneficiaries of "unconscious healing by Jesus." Many were simple a result of the sufferer's faith, coupled with the experience of being in the actual presence of Jesus. Can you imagine what that must have been like? It is mind-boggling, not to mention mightily inspiring!

The story continues with the raising of Jairus' daughter - again, not a miracle, but Jesus had a hard time explaining it away:

152:1.2 Since there was much agitation in Capernaum against Jesus, he called the family together and explained that the maiden had been in a state of coma following a long fever, and that he had merely aroused her, that he had not raised her from the dead. He likewise explained all this to his apostles, but it was futile; they all believed he had raised the little girl from the dead. What Jesus said in explanation of many of these apparent miracles had little effect on his followers. They were miracle-minded and lost no opportunity to ascribe another wonder to Jesus. Jesus and the apostles returned to Bethsaida after he had specifically charged all of them that they should tell no man.

The authors of Part IV of the Urantia Book comment:

152:1.5 Never before Jesus was on earth, nor since, has it been possible so directly and graphically to secure the results attendant upon the strong and living faith of mortal men and women. To repeat these phenomena, we would have to go into the immediate presence of Michael, the Creator, and find him as he was in those days—the Son of Man. Likewise, today, while his absence prevents such material manifestations, you should refrain from placing any sort of limitation on the possible exhibition of his spiritual power. Though the Master is absent as a material being, he is present as a spiritual influence in the hearts of men. By going away from the world, Jesus made it possible for his spirit to live alongside that of his Father which indwells the minds of all mankind.

While the authors of The Urantia Book instruct us that many of the cures and healings that happened around Jesus were not miracles, they certainly do instruct us about which ones WERE real miracles. You can read about all of these miracles and some of the other amazing events that only seemed miraculous HERE

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Sun, December 11, 2016

Jesus and His Personality

By TruthBook Staff

Does anyone remember the Meyers/Briggs Personality types? This analysis of type was pretty popular in recent years, so when I saw this article: What Was Jesus' Personality Type? by Gayle Weinraub I was interested to read it. Turns out that it's a great article about Jesus and how his personality stacks up according to the Meyers/Briggs ratings system of extroversion vs introverson, sensing vs intuition, thinking vs feeling, and judging vs perceiving. If you're a student of psychology you also might find this analysis of Jesus' pesonality pretty fascinating.

See our blog below about finding the REAL personality of Jesus through the revelation of The Urantia Book, but here's a snippet from the article to whet your appetite...in fact you might be inspired to determine your own personality type after you read it! :

"Do you ever wonder what Jesus Christ's personality was like? Have you felt curious at times about what he was like as a son, neighbor, friend, student, teacher? What kind of experience do you suppose it was to interact with him?

"The four Gospels in the New Testament show us how he acted and reacted in a number of different situations. But what was he really like, to those who knew him best and those encountering him for the first time? What were his type preferences?

"Of course, we can't know for sure since we can't ask him how he was energized (E or I), how he took in information (S or N) and used it to make decisions (T or F), or how he oriented himself to the outer world (J or P). We can get some ideas by reading about him in the Bible, but as with each of us, Jesus himself would have to be the final judge of what his personality preferences were.

Nonetheless it is interesting and informative to search the Gospels to see how he handled a variety of situations and for clues as to what his personality preferences might have been. The Gospel of Mark is the shortest and most concise, with a mere 26 pages in my Bible compared to 32 for John, 41 for Matthew and 45 for Luke. So Mark is the one I looked at the most to gather evidence about Jesus' type preferences.

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As the author states, she used Scripture to make her guesses about Jesus' personality; in fact she used the shortest of the Gospels to make her determinations. I wonder what she would decide if she had known and consulted The Urantia Book for her conclusions?

She does ask the questions though, that are easily answered by any student of The Urantia Book: She wonders what he was like as "a son, neighbor, friend, student, teacher?" She wonders, "What kind of experience do you suppose it was to interact with him?"

For detailed answers to each of these questions, we of course recommend that anyone who wants to know the real story to read the entire Life and Teachings of Jesus in Part IV of The Urantia Book. But even in this short space, we can give a beautiful thumbnail portrait of many important aspects of the Master's character and personality:

What Was Jesus Really Like?

From our topical study titled: Jesus of Nazareth - A Character Study

Jesus spread good cheer everywhere he went. He was full of grace and truth. His associates never ceased to wonder at the gracious words that proceeded out of his mouth. You can cultivate gracefulness, but graciousness is the aroma of friendliness which emanates from a love-saturated soul.

Jesus was never in a hurry. He had time to comfort his fellow men "as he passed by." And he always made his friends feel at ease. He was a charming listener. He never engaged in the meddlesome probing of the souls of his associates. As he comforted hungry minds and ministered to thirsty souls, the recipients of his mercy did not so much feel that they were confessing to him as that they were conferring with him. They had unbounded confidence in him because they saw he had so much faith in them.

He never seemed to be curious about people, and he never manifested a desire to direct, manage, or follow them up. He inspired profound self- confidence and robust courage in all who enjoyed his association. When he smiled on a man, that mortal experienced increased capacity for solving his manifold problems.

As Jesus mingled with the people, they found him entirely free from the superstitions of that day. He was free from religious prejudices; he was never intolerant. He had nothing in his heart resembling social antagonism. While he complied with the good in the religion of his fathers, he did not hesitate to disregard man-made traditions of superstition and bondage. He dared to teach that catastrophes of nature, accidents of time, and other calamitous happenings are not visitations of divine judgments or mysterious dispensations of Providence. He denounced slavish devotion to meaningless ceremonials and exposed the fallacy of materialistic worship. He boldly proclaimed man's spiritual freedom and dared to teach that mortals of the flesh are indeed and in truth sons of the living God.

On both friends and foes he exercised a strong and peculiarly fascinating influence. Multitudes would follow him for weeks, just to hear his gracious words and behold his simple life. Devoted men and women loved Jesus with a well-nigh superhuman affection. And the better they knew him the more they loved him. And all this is still true; even today and in all future ages, the more man comes to know this God-man, the more he will love and follow after him.

It was not so much what Jesus taught about the balanced character that impressed his associates as the fact that his own life was such an eloquent exemplification of his teaching. He lived in the midst of stress and storm, but he never wavered. His enemies continually laid snares for him, but they never entrapped him. The wise and learned endeavored to trip him, but he did not stumble. They sought to embroil him in debate, but his answers were always enlightening, dignified, and final. When he was interrupted in his discourses with multitudinous questions, his answers were always significant and conclusive. Never did he resort to ignoble tactics in meeting the continuous pressure of his enemies, who did not hesitate to employ every sort of false, unfair, and unrighteous mode of attack upon him.

Jesus of Nazareth was indeed a strong and forceful personality; he was an intellectual power and a spiritual stronghold. His personality not only appealed to the spiritually minded women among his followers, but also to the educated and intellectual Nicodemus and to the hardy Roman soldier, the captain stationed on guard at the cross, who, when he had finished watching the Master die, said, "Truly, this was a Son of God." And red- blooded, rugged Galilean fishermen called him Master.

The pictures of Jesus have been most unfortunate. These paintings of the Christ have exerted a deleterious influence on youth; the temple merchants would hardly have fled before Jesus if he had been such a man as your artists usually have depicted. His was a dignified manhood; he was good, but natural. Jesus did not pose as a mild, sweet, gentle, and kindly mystic. His teaching was thrillingly dynamic. He not only meant well, but he went about actually doing good.

The Son of Man was always a well-poised personality. Even his enemies maintained a wholesome respect for him; they even feared his presence. Jesus was unafraid. He was surcharged with divine enthusiasm, but he never became fanatical. He was emotionally active but never flighty. He was imaginative but always practical. He frankly faced the realities of life, but he was never dull or prosaic. He was courageous but never reckless; prudent but never cowardly. He was sympathetic but not sentimental; unique but not eccentric. He was pious but not sanctimonious. And he was so well-poised because he was so perfectly unified.

Jesus was an unusually cheerful person, but he was not a blind and unreasoning optimist. His constant word of exhortation was, "Be of good cheer." He could maintain this confident attitude because of his unswerving trust in God and his unshakable confidence in man. He was always touchingly considerate of all men because he loved them and believed in them. Still he was always true to his convictions and magnificently firm in his devotion to the doing of his Father's will.

Jesus was the perfectly unified human personality. And today, as in Galilee, he continues to unify mortal experience and to co- ordinate human endeavors. He unifies life, ennobles character, and simplifies experience. He enters the human mind to elevate, transform, and transfigure it. It is literally true: "If any man has Christ Jesus within him, he is a new creature; old things are passing away; behold, all things are becoming new."

Also of interest in this study is the narration of how each of the apostles viewed Jesus. It's really fascinating...check it out!

Explore it ALL! The most important knowledge...

Again, for the most thrilling and complete picture of Jesus and his personality, please explore PART IV of The Urantia Book. The authors of the book admonish us:

196:1.3 To "follow Jesus" means to personally share his religious faith and to enter into the spirit of the Master's life of unselfish service for man. One of the most important things in human living is to find out what Jesus believed, to discover his ideals, and to strive for the achievement of his exalted life purpose. Of all human knowledge, that which is of greatest value is to know the religious life of Jesus and how he lived it.

You can know all about that life and "the perfectly unified human personality" of Jesus - through reading The Urantia Book...!

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Mon, November 21, 2016

Jesus' Revolutionary Ideas

By TruthBook Staff

Here is another interesting and inspiring article about Jesus - how he revolutionized peoples' thinking in his day, and how that revolution in thought continues today, The article is called: 4 times Jesus changed the rules and what we can learn from them by Patrick Mabilog. We offer our blog below with a slight twist, but here are a few snippets from the article: It' a good read!

"Love your enemies. In a culture where it's often "me against the world," Jesus commanded in Matthew 5:43-44, "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." It's other worldly even today to even consider behaving in such a way that blesses not just those who do good to you, but even those who are out to malign or hurt you.

"Sabbath is for man, not man for sabbath. In a society previously influenced by the domineering and letter-following ways of Pharisees and Sadducees prior to Jesus initiating His ministry, everyone was used to blindly following traditions and laws just because they were told to. Jesus challenged that by getting people to ask "why?" and "how does this benefit me?"

"Conviction not condemnation. When Jesus stood up in front of the woman being accused of adultery and said "Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more," (John 8:11) people had seen something that they were not accustomed to- they saw mercy.

"Forgive always. Peter thought he was being a hot-shot by saying that he would forgive seven times instead of the standard three that common judiciary systems would have in that day, but Jesus challenges even that and says in Matthew 18:22 "I do not say to you seven times, but seventy- seven times."

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Revolutionary, indeed!

Here are corollary teachings from The Urantia Book, in reference to the stories mentioned above:

Love your enemies:

103:5.2 This idea-ideal of doing good to others—the impulse to deny the ego something for the benefit of one's neighbor—is very circumscribed at first. Primitive man regards as neighbor only those very close to him, those who treat him neighborly; as religious civilization advances, one's neighbor expands in concept to embrace the clan, the tribe, the nation. And then Jesus enlarged the neighbor scope to embrace the whole of humanity, even that we should love our enemies. And there is something inside of every normal human being that tells him this teaching is moral—right. Even those who practice this ideal least, admit that it is right in theory.
140:3.15 "I say to you: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who despitefully use you. And whatsoever you believe that I would do to men, do you also to them." (Jesus)
188:5.7 The cross makes a supreme appeal to the best in man because it discloses one who was willing to lay down his life in the service of his fellow men. Greater love no man can have than this: that he would be willing to lay down his life for his friends—and Jesus had such a love that he was willing to lay down his life for his enemies, a love greater than any which had hitherto been known on earth.

Sabbath is for man, not man for sabbath.

147:6.4 And then said Jesus to the accusers: "You are indeed zealous for the law, and you do well to remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy; but did you never read in the Scripture that, one day when David was hungry, he and they who were with him entered the house of God and ate the showbread, which it was not lawful for anyone to eat save the priests? and David also gave this bread to those who were with him. And have you not read in our law that it is lawful to do many needful things on the Sabbath day? And shall I not, before the day is finished, see you eat that which you have brought along for the needs of this day? My good men, you do well to be zealous for the Sabbath, but you would do better to guard the health and well-being of your fellows. I declare that the Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath. And if you are here present with us to watch my words, then will I openly proclaim that the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath."

Conviction not condemnation.

162:3.5 Jesus said: "Woman, where are your accusers? did no man remain to stone you?" And the woman, lifting up her eyes, answered, "No man, Lord." And then said Jesus: "I know about you; neither do I condemn you. Go your way in peace." And this woman, Hildana, forsook her wicked husband and joined herself to the disciples of the kingdom.

Forgive always.

Said Jesus:

159:1.3 "The Father in heaven loves his children, and therefore should you learn to love one another; the Father in heaven forgives you your sins; therefore should you learn to forgive one another."
159:1.5 "How can you come to God asking consideration for your shortcomings when you are wont to chastise your brethren for being guilty of these same human frailties? I say to all of you: Freely you have received the good things of the kingdom; therefore freely give to your fellows on earth."
170:2.23 "When you forgive your brother in the flesh, you thereby create the capacity in your own soul for the reception of the reality of God's forgiveness of your own misdeeds."

Jesus' Revolutionary Ideas

Yes, they were revolutionary then, and still are today.

When the world says it's all just about you, Jesus says it's all about loving and living for one another, even loving our enemies...

When the world says vengeance, Jesus says mercy...

When the world accuses, Jesus says look into the heart of the accused to understand the motive...

And when the world says get even, Jesus says forgive...

And I'd like to add: When the multitude of churches of the world say follow our rules and authority, Jesus says follow the absolute authority of God, who quite literally, dwells in your heart and mind

Wait, What?

If you are a Urantia Book reader, the sentence above will make perfect sense, but to a person who relies solely on the church that they belong to for spiritual guidance and truth, this can seem almost blasphemous.

Many of us were raised in the shadows (or the embrace) of institutionalized religion - meaning religions that are created by man and that are evolutionary in nature...in other words, the religions change over time, the rules change, the morals change, the leadership changes. Christianity is such a religion; Catholicism, the Jewish religion, Mormonism, Islam...all are evolutionary, earthly religions. And they are all GOOD, just to the extent that they bring a believer closer to God, and God to the believer.

Read more about institutionalized religion

But oftentimes, people can grow weary of church authority, especially when it may go against one's inner sense of reason and logic. Or it goes against one's sense of truth, rightness. There are always the sincere truthseekers, who sense there is "more to the story" than they know...maybe you're one of those?

This is the place

One of the greatest parts of The Urantia Book is the detailed revelation of "God-within," a phrase that we've all heard forever. But what does it really MEAN? And how does it work? The Urantia Book has many papers devoted to this very subject. These are some of the most thrilling papers of the book, believe me. If you are a sincere seeker, you will be kept rapt with attention.

It is that true fragment of God, what Jesus called the "true light that lights up the world," that was referred to above as the "authority of God." Every one of us has this fragment (called the Thought Adjuster in the Urantia Book) and everyone of us can choose to be a cocreator with that God-within by finding and doing the will of God. That fragment is a guide, the "still, small voice," the silent voice inside that helps us to think with God. And it is the part of God that is with us throughout eternity, always part of our lives.

See Urantia Book teachings on Thought Adjusters

Jesus did not establish Christianity. He came not to establish a church, but the invisible brotherhood, the Kingdom of Heaven within the hearts of mankind. He told us the the kingdom was within us, and it is...

See Jesus teachings on the Kingdom

Did Jesus have a religion that he followed?

In Jesus' experience, the best way for him to know who he was and how to accomplish his mission was to talk to the Father. Oftentimes he communed with his Father...many, many times in The Urantia Book, we see examples of Jeus practicing the religion of personal spiritual experience. Jesus sat at no man's feet. He did not learn religion from any priest, rabbi, or chazen. He learned his religion by being with God, and talking to him...having communion, in the highest sense.

Jesus had a Thought Adjuster, just as we have. His was somewhat special, owing to the nature of his divinity, but nonetheless, he had a Thought Adjuster; and that adjuster guided the human Jesus just as ours does with us today. It is personal experience with the Father that becomes our religion...the basis for our moral code of conduct, our dealings with others, our day-to-day growth of the fruits of the Spirit. Once we experience for a certain that God is guiding us, we grow more and more comfortable with it, until it becomes second nature to "have a little talk" with the Father in Heaven on a regular basis, just as we would converse with a good friend - just as Jesus did throughout his life

Read about the Religion of Jesus and Personal Spiritual Experience

For the most complete story of Jesus' life and his teachings, please see PART IV of The Urantia Book.

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Sat, November 19, 2016

Helping Children Know Jesus

By TruthBook Staff

If you are Catholic, you will enjoy this timely article about keeping Jesus alive for your kids: 7 Ways to Keep Your Kids Close to Jesus Christ by Amanda Evinger.

We would agreee that there's nothing more important than introducing your children to Jesus and keeping him and his teachings alive for them. See our blog below, where we'll explore this idea in greater detail with Urantia Book teachings, but first, here's a list of the seven ways, from the article cited:

#1. Know your enemy

#2. Fill your home with amazing Catholic materials of all kinds

#3. Make Christian music part of your daily life

#4. Use technology to your advantage

#5. Make faith a blast

#6. Love your kids like crazy, and make sure they know they are wanted

#7. Expose your children to the "real deals" of Catholicism

Click to read the entire article, which expands each of these ideas

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Here at TruthBook, we celebrate any effort to assist kids in developing a spiritual life. There is plenty of goodness to go around in many institutional religions, such as Catholicism and others. But we who love The Urantia Book and who love the picture of Jesus presented in its pages, know that there is even more that we can do to help our kids. And much of it has to do with our own conduct.

So, we've decided to add a few suggestuons to the ones in the article:

Model Jesusonian behavior for your kids

The Urantia Book teaches that children are only permanently impressed by the loyalties of their adult associates - parents, teachers and others. This makes it doubly important that we model for our children the religious, moral, and ethical beliefs that we cherish, and live by.

If you are a Urantia Book reader, your values and beliefs may differ somewhat from those of worldly religions, but as we know, they are no less valuable for the growth of spirit-minded children. In fact, they are likely even more valuable, as the teachings of The Urantia Book introduce children to a concept of Jesus that transcends traditional teachings...a concept that they can grasp and use from an early age. AND these are concepts that are expanding and growth producing, rather than guilt- or fear-producing

For the best way to learn what true "Jesusonian" conduct is, we urge all people, especially parents, to study the life of the Master. We are advised in the book:

196:1.3 To "follow Jesus" means to personally share his religious faith and to enter into the spirit of the Master's life of unselfish service for man. One of the most important things in human living is to find out what Jesus believed, to discover his ideals, and to strive for the achievement of his exalted life purpose. Of all human knowledge, that which is of greatest value is to know the religious life of Jesus and how he lived it.

Learn from your children

Jesus loved and esteemed children. He even told us that we should emulate our childrens' innocence and trust in order to really get a firm hold on the Kingdom of Heaven. So, it is very important to understand how children naturally are, and how we can help them develop their own innate sense of trust, justice, fairness, forgiveness, and tolerance. The teachings of Jesus contain the blueprint for all of those values, and more. Not church dogma, not theology, not endless rules and regulations that attempt to stifle normal spiritual development. No, loyalty to the teachings of Jesus - the real teachings, as presented in PART IV of The Urantia Book - will, if successfully translated into beneficial adult behavior, truly impress and inform your childrens' progress in the Kingdom.

140:5.14 Jesus taught, "In dealing with children, avoid all deception and refrain from suggesting suspicion. Wisely help them to choose their heroes and select their lifework."

And the greatest hero of all is Jesus. Is Jesus the most important force in your life?

Look into simplified Urantia Book teachings for your younger kids

Even a young child can appreciate the teachings of Jesus, and there are secondary works about The Urantia Book that may be of interest to you and your family. Here is one:

A Young Child's Guide to The Urantia Book. Download it for free!

Even very young children possess an indwelling Thought Adjuster. They have access to the same Spirit of Truth that informs all mankind, and has been doing so since Pentecost. They can hear truth and recognize truth when they hear it and see it, so give this book a look.

100:1.3 "Give every developing child a chance to grow his own religious experience; do not force a ready-made adult experience upon him. Remember, year-by-year progress through an established educational regime does not necessarily mean intellectual progress, much less spiritual growth. Enlargement of vocabulary does not signify development of character. Growth is not truly indicated by mere products but rather by progress. Real educational growth is indicated by enhancement of ideals, increased appreciation of values, new meanings of values, and augmented loyalty to supreme values."

Teach Kingdom values, not worldly values

In the world children see gross materialism...they are encouraged and enticed at a young age to consume, whether it is cereal or sneakers. They learn from the world that THINGS matter...that possessions matter...that money matters, and that getting is the most important thing. And if they see their parents and other adult associates complying with the world, they will go and do likewise. So, it is incumbent on parents, teachers, mentors of all kinds who interact with children to show them something better.

How do we do that? At every opportunity, we must honor our kids' tendencies towards fairness, towards loyalty, towards altruism and kindness, towards sharing and tolerance - all of these are values derived from loyalty to the teachings of Jesus.

Herre is a section of TruthBook that may be new to you. I hope you will give it a look and adapt some of the suggestons in the articles to your own family:

Parenting and Family Life

It contains helpful articles created from Urantia Book teachings for parents/teachers such as:

Fuel Their Fire!

Story Telling

Teaching Truth

Altars

Celebrating Easter

Parenting Techniques

Helping Children Find & Use Their Abilities

Spiritual Parenting

Sharing Philosophy With Children

The Urantia Book On Family Life

The Urantia Book on Children

Children are our greatest asset as a civilization - they are the future. If we really want to change the world for the better, it is incumbent on all of us to begin with ourselves; to BE the change we want to see, and show our kids real values that will help them successfully navigate the turbulent waters of a materialistic and secular society. The teachings of Jesus will definitely help anyone who wishes to lead a good life. And when mom and dad teach and model the behaviors of Jesus, the world will become a kinder, gentler, and more progressive place by providing it with spirit-minded and moral future leaders and citizens.

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Mon, November 14, 2016

The Humanity of Jesus

By TruthBook Staff

Here's a great question! What Is the Significance of Jesus Being Fully Man? by Patrick Mabilog. Before The Urantia Book, it may have been difficult to really grasp the significance of Jesus' incarnation as a man of the realm - a human being in every respect - while also retaining his complete divinity. In this article, the author posits three implications of this amazing phenomenon. See our blog below, where we explore this question using Urantia Book teachings...but first here are some snippets from the article. I added the full statement to #3:

"Jesus was not a demigod—half-man, half-God. He was fully man in every way. But at the same time He existed as one of the facets of the Trinity as He walked this earth.

"It's hard to understand the implications of Jesus being human, but it's important for us.

"Here are three implications of Jesus being man that significantly affect how we live today.

"1. He Lived the Way We Should Live

"2. He Overcame What We Can Overcome

"3. He Identifies With Our Suffering

"Because Jesus was flesh on earth, He experienced everything we experience and we still have to experience.

"He knew what it was like to be sick, to be hungry, to be tired and even to die. With that Jesus empathises with our pain and suffering. He knows what it's like to go through the things we go through. He understands because He went through the same things that we go through now. More importantly, He has found and given a way for us to overcome and offers it freely if we put our faith in Him."

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In #3 above, I have added the author's conclusions about this important implication of Jesus' becoming fully human because they closely parallel Urantia Book teachings through which we learn much more about this all-important reason for the Creator to live - and die - as one of his creatures.

What The Urantia Book teaches

The person that we know as Jesus is the creator of the universe in which we live. Our universe is called "Nebadon." Jesus is a Creator Son of God, and is known in the universe as Michael of Nebadon, an esteemed title.

Long, long before Jesus incarnated on earth as the babe of Bethlehem, he embarked on a "bestowal adventure" in which he assumed the likeness of all seven orders of created beings in the universe - beings created by the Creator who live and thrive in the universe of his making. These bestowals began just as our world was taking on its present form, about one billion years ago. The purpose of these bestowals is experience. From Paper 119 in The Urantia Book:

The attribute of bestowal is inherent in the Paradise Sons of the Universal Father.
The purpose of these creature incarnations is to enable such Creators to become wise, sympathetic, just, and understanding sovereigns. These divine Sons are innately just, but they become understandingly merciful as a result of these successive bestowal experiences; they are naturally merciful, but these experiences make them merciful in new and additional ways. These bestowals are the last steps in their education and training for the sublime tasks of ruling the local universes in divine righteousness and by just judgment.
The Michael Sons begin their work of universe organization with a full and just sympathy for the various orders of beings whom they have created. They have vast stores of mercy for all these differing creatures, even pity for those who err and flounder in the selfish mire of their own production. But such endowments of justice and righteousness will not suffice in the estimate of the Ancients of Days. These triune rulers of the superuniverses will never certify a Creator Son as Universe Sovereign until he has really acquired the viewpoint of his own creatures by actual experience in the environment of their existence and as these very creatures themselves. In this way such Sons become intelligent and understanding rulers; they come to know the various groups over which they rule and exercise universe authority. By living experience they possess themselves of practical mercy, fair judgment, and the patience born of experiential creature existence.
The local universe of Nebadon is now ruled by a Creator Son who has completed his service of bestowal; he reigns in just and merciful supremacy over all the vast realms of his evolving and perfecting universe. Michael of Nebadon is the 611,121st bestowal of the Eternal Son upon the universes of time and space, and he began the organization of your local universe about four hundred billion years ago. Michael made ready for his first bestowal adventure about the time Urantia was taking on its present form, one billion years ago. His bestowals have occurred about one hundred and fifty million years apart, the last taking place on Urantia nineteen hundred years ago.

There are seven orders of beings in our universe. About these seven orders in relation to Michael (Jesus), we read:

Urantia [earth] is the sentimental shrine of all Nebadon, the chief of ten million inhabited worlds, the mortal home of Christ Michael, sovereign of all Nebadon, a Melchizedek minister to the realms, a system savior, an Adamic redeemer, a seraphic fellow, an associate of ascending spirits, a morontia progressor, a Son of Man in the likeness of mortal flesh, and the Planetary Prince of Urantia. And your record tells the truth when it says that this same Jesus has promised sometime to return to the world of his terminal bestowal, the World of the Cross.

Click to read about all of Jesus' bestowals

Isn't Jesus the only-begotten Son? The 2nd person of the Trinity?

The common belief that Jesus is "the only-begotten Son of God" is fully explored and explained in The Urantia Book. Far from being only one "only-begotten Son" who rules throughout the vast grand universe, God in his wisdom has ensured that each local universe (of which Nebadon is only one) will receive its own Son; and that Son IS, to us, the "only-begotten Son."

Following are some Urania Book teachings that will help us to distinguish the differences between "God the Son" (The Eternal Son) and the "only-begotten" Creator Sons of God

6:1.1 The Eternal Son is the original and only-begotten Son of God. He is God the Son, the Second Person of Deity and the associate creator of all things. As the Father is the First Great Source and Center, so the Eternal Son is the Second Great Source and Center.
21:0.1 The Creator Sons are the makers and rulers of the local universes of time and space. These universe creators and sovereigns are of dual origin, embodying the characteristics of God the Father and God the Son. But each Creator Son is different from every other; each is unique in nature as well as in personality; each is the "only-begotten Son" of the perfect deity ideal of his origin.
21:1.1 When the fullness of absolute spiritual ideation in the Eternal Son encounters the fullness of absolute personality concept in the Universal Father, when such a creative union is finally and fully attained, when such absolute identity of spirit and such infinite oneness of personality concept occur, then, right then and there, without the loss of anything of personality or prerogative by either of the infinite Deities, there flashes into full-fledged being a new and original Creator Son, the only-begotten Son of the perfect ideal and the powerful idea whose union produces this new creator personality of power and perfection.
21:1.2 Each Creator Son is the only-begotten and only-begettable offspring of the perfect union of the original concepts of the two infinite and eternal and perfect minds of the ever-existent Creators of the universe of universes. There never can be another such Son because each Creator Son is the unqualified, finished, and final expression and embodiment of all of every phase of every feature of every possibility of every divine reality that could, throughout all eternity, ever be found in, expressed by, or evolved from, those divine creative potentials which united to bring this Michael Son into existence. Each Creator Son is the absolute of the united deity concepts which constitute his divine origin.

Click to read more about the origins of Creator Sons

What does it mean for us?

The teachings of The Urantia Book present a stunning view of cosmology - a breathtaking panorama of the vastness of God's material creation. And it is vast. Within the creation of God are seven superuniverses, and within each of these superuniverses there are nearly 700,000 local systems with approximately 10,000,000 inhabitable worlds each. Nebadon - our local system - is just one of these local universes - the creation and the domain of Michael (Jesus).

Learning about the existence of so many systems and so many local universes, it makes sense to think that God would distribute himself through many different Sons who carry the truths of the Universal Father throughout his far-flung universe of universes.

And there is in place this amazing plan of bestowal, whereby each Creator Son becomes Sovereign of his creation through learning about and actually experiencing the lives of all of his creations. For us, this makes the bestowal of Christ Michael here as Jesus of Nazareth the most thrilling and even daring adventure of all. We have been the recipients of a bestowal of a Creator Son of God; a Creator Son whose mission it was to reveal to our creature eyes "he who is invisible." Because of his determination and devotion, we now possess the most understanding, the kindest, and the most compassionate ruler we could ever have.

21:4.5 It is of record that the divine Son of last appearance on your planet was a Paradise Creator Son who had completed six phases of his bestowal career; consequently, when he gave up the conscious grasp of the incarnated life on Urantia, he could, and did, truly say, "It is finished"— it was literally finished. His death on Urantia completed his bestowal career; it was the last step in fulfilling the sacred oath of a Paradise Creator Son. And when this experience has been acquired, such Sons are supreme universe sovereigns; no longer do they rule as vicegerents of the Father but in their own right and name as "King of Kings and Lord of Lords." With certain stated exceptions these sevenfold bestowal Sons are unqualifiedly supreme in the universes of their abode. Concerning his local universe, "all power in heaven and on earth " was relegated to this triumphant and enthroned Master Son.

Read all about the seven bestowals of Michael here

You'll never read anything more thrilling or inspiring as the account of just how the bestowal of Michael on our world came about, and the preparations that were takern preliminary to his conception and birth as the babe of Bethlehem. It is a story that has been waiting for 2000+ years to be told to the world!

Read about Michael's bestowal on our world

Finally, read the matchless life and teachings of Jesus - this same Creator Son made man - HERE.

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