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Fri, September 02, 2016

The Adventure Called Death

By TruthBook Staff

What better opening for a Urantia Book student than this article titled: What happens when we die? by Vince Hatt? Urantia Book reader/students are given the most complete, satisfying, and comforting details on life afte death that can be found anywhere! See our blog below, but first, here are a few snips from this very good article (which I highly recommend!)

"I am now in the fourth quarter of life. I do not expect it to go into overtime. And I wonder what happens to me after I die?

"I have friends who believe there is nothing after death. They say, "Try to live a decent life here and let go. The end." Actually, I am becoming OK with this, although I may be underestimating my survival instinct and the unwillingness of my ego to let go at the time of death.

"Did Jesus die and was raised? That is the question that every Christian must answer. My answer is yes.

"Gospel means "good news." The good news for Christians is that the risen Christ promises life everlasting to his faithful followers."

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A couple of important ideas are discussed in this article: The FACT of resurrection for all people, and what HAPPENS after we are resurrected.

The FACT of resurrection

As horrible as it was, Jesus of Nazareth died a natural death, as would any other human in those circumstances. In fact thousands died in just the same maner in those days. And when we understand that, we understand that Jesus was, indeed, a human being with a human body.

And when Jesus resurrected on the third day, he resurrected as will all mortals. The only difference being that we will resurrect on a better world, not on earth. Jesus had his reasons for resurrecting here, and he appeared to many people before he finally ascended into heaven.

What evidence is there?

From The Urantia Book:

189:2.9 The true evidences of the resurrection of Michael are spiritual in nature, albeit this teaching is corroborated by the testimony of many mortals of the realm who met, recognized, and communed with the resurrected morontia Master. He became a part of the personal experience of almost one thousand human beings before he finally took leave of Urantia.
188:3.11 In the vast court of the resurrection halls of the first mansion world of Satania, there may now be observed a magnificent material-morontia structure known as the "Michael Memorial," now bearing the seal of Gabriel. This memorial was created shortly after Michael departed from this world, and it bears this inscription: "In commemoration of the mortal transit of Jesus of Nazareth on Urantia."
188:4.6 Jesus lived and died for a whole universe, not just for the races of this one world. While the mortals of the realms had salvation even before Jesus lived and died on Urantia, it is nevertheless a fact that his bestowal on this world greatly illuminated the way of salvation; his death did much to make forever plain the certainty of mortal survival after death in the flesh.

Why did Mary not recognize Jesus at first?

Jesus' body was not part of his resurrection, and our physical bodies will not be a part of our resurrection either.

190:0.3 The mortals of the realms will arise in the morning of the resurrection with the same type of transition or morontia body that Jesus had when he arose from the tomb on this Sunday morning. These bodies do not have circulating blood, and such beings do not partake of ordinary material food; nevertheless, these morontia forms are real. When the various believers saw Jesus after his resurrection, they really saw him; they were not the self-deceived victims of visions or hallucinations.

What is Morontia?

Please see The Morontia Life, in which we read:

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.
48:0.2 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.
48:0.3 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.

Further,

30:4.11 All mortals of survival status, in the custody of personal guardians of destiny, pass through the portals of natural death and, on the third period, personalize on the mansion worlds.

But what about our personality? Our mind? Do they resurrect too?

30:4.15 The physical body of mortal flesh is not a part of the reassembly of the sleeping survivor; the physical body has returned to dust. The seraphim of assignment sponsors the new body, the morontia form, as the new life vehicle for the immortal soul and for the indwelling of the returned Adjuster. The Adjuster is the custodian of the spirit transcript of the mind of the sleeping survivor. The assigned seraphim is the keeper of the surviving identity—the immortal soul—as far as it has evolved. And when these two, the Adjuster and the seraphim, reunite their personality trusts, the new individual constitutes the resurrection of the old personality, the survival of the evolving morontia identity of the soul. Such a reassociation of soul and Adjuster is quite properly called a resurrection, a reassembly of personality factors...
112:5.15 During the transit of surviving mortals from the world of origin to the mansion worlds, whether they experience personality reassembly on the third period or ascend at the time of a group resurrection, the record of personality constitution is faithfully preserved by the archangels on their worlds of special activities. These beings are not the custodians of personality (as the guardian seraphim are of the soul), but it is nonetheless true that every identifiable factor of personality is effectually safeguarded in the custody of these dependable trustees of mortal survival. As to the exact whereabouts of mortal personality during the time intervening between death and survival, we do not know.

For more information, please see The Phenomenon of Death and

Survival of the human self

Where do we go?

Remember when Jesus told us about the Father's many mansions?

180:3.4 "Let not your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; continue to believe also in me. Even though I must leave you, I will not be far from you. I have already told you that in my Father's universe there are many tarrying-places. If this were not true, I would not have repeatedly told you about them. I am going to return to these worlds of light, stations in the Father's heaven to which you shall sometime ascend. From these places I came into this world, and the hour is now at hand when I must return to my Father's work in the spheres on high.
30:4.17 Sometimes all training worlds of mortal residence are called universe "mansions," and it was to such spheres that Jesus alluded when he said: "In my Father's house are many mansions." From here on, within a given group of spheres like the mansion worlds, ascenders will progress individually from one sphere to another and from one phase of life to another, but they will always advance from one stage of universe study to another in class formation.

Please see: The Mansion Worlds for much more information...like this:

47:3.1 On the mansion worlds the resurrected mortal survivors resume their lives just where they left off when overtaken by death. When you go from Urantia to the first mansion world, you will notice considerable change, but if you had come from a more normal and progressive sphere of time, you would hardly notice the difference except for the fact that you were in possession of a different body; the tabernacle of flesh and blood has been left behind on the world of nativity.
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.

For an enjoyable and comforting explanation of the life after death, we invite you to have a look at our short flash movie called "After You Die." It is a condenstion of Urantia Book teachings about this adventure that awaits all of us.

And - please visit our TruthBook page called "Heaven," where you can explore many more teachings about life after death, including our online magazine called "There Is Life After Death," which goes into much more detail about the journey ahead.

Jesus showed us the way - not only the way to live as a child of God, but the way that we will survive after death, as he did. Remember, while Jesus was a Divine Son of God, he was also a mortal human and the circumstances of his resurrection are a vital part of his whole revelation of the Father to his universe. What was true for Jesus is true for us, too! He showed us the way...

And for the real, true, complete story of Jesus, please see Part IV of The Uantia Book, the Life and Teachings of Jesus

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Fri, August 19, 2016

Did Jesus Preach Here?

By TruthBook Staff

It is exciting to think that more evidence is being discovered that coroborates not only Biblical stories, but corresponding Urantia Book stories, too. This new article: Archaeologists in Galilee unearth synagogue from Jesus's time by Stuart Winer is very promising. See our blog below, but here are some compelling details from the article:

"Israeli archaeologists in northern Israel have uncovered the ruins of a rural synagogue that dates back some 2,000 years.

"The remains of the synagogue were found during an archaeological dig at Tel Rekhesh, near Mount Tabor in the lower Galilee, in what was an ancient Jewish village.

"The site is 17 km (10 miles) as crow flies east of Nazareth, and 12 km from Nin (Naim), and although we don't have its name in the New Testament, it is in the area in which Jesus acted," said Aviam."

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Did Jesus and the apostles preach in Nain, the area where the temple was found?

146:0.1 THE FIRST PUBLIC preaching tour of Galilee began on Sunday, January 18, A.D. 28, and continued for about two months, ending with the return to Capernaum on March 17. On this tour Jesus and the twelve apostles, assisted by the former apostles of John, preached the gospel and baptized believers in Rimmon, Jotapata, Ramah, Zebulun, Iron, Gischala, Chorazin, Madon, Cana, Nain, and Endor, In these cities they tarried and taught, while in many other smaller towns they proclaimed the gospel of the kingdom as they passed through.

Nain, of course, is well known to both Bible students and Urantia Book students as the site where Jesus apparently healed the widow's son.

How many other such structures might be discovered?

This passage suggests that there were numerous synagogues in both Galilee and Judea. Is this new discovery one of them?

146:4.1 At Iron, as in many of even the smaller cities of Galilee and Judea, [italics by ed.] there was a synagogue, and during the earlier times of Jesus' ministry it was his custom to speak in these synagogues on the Sabbath day. Sometimes he would speak at the morning service, and Peter or one of the other apostles would preach at the afternoon hour. Jesus and the apostles would also often teach and preach at the weekday evening assemblies at the synagogue. Although the religious leaders at Jerusalem became increasingly antagonistic toward Jesus, they exercised no direct control over the synagogues outside of that city. It was not until later in Jesus' public ministry that they were able to create such a widespread sentiment against him as to bring about the almost universal closing of the synagogues to his teaching. At this time all the synagogues of Galilee and Judea were open to him.

Are you interested in knowing the details of Jesus' ministry in the synagogues of his day? There are many, and we have compiled a collection of Urantia Book teachings about these many appearances of the Master in synagogues as well as temples. Most are appearances in Jerusalem and Capernaum, athough some are chronicled in Nazareth and Philadelphia, too.

See our study on Jesus in the Synagogue

Want more of Jesus? More stories like this one?

Only in The Urantia Book can the truthseeker find the complete story of Jesus. Yes, Jesus' life is chronicled in the Bible; but the Bible stories comprise only a fraction of the years that Jesus spent with us here. Even in his ministry years, the stories that one finds in The Urantia Book are more complete, more varied, more detailed than in Scripture, such as the one above, which tells us clearly about the towns in which Jesus and his apostles taught and preached. Nain was one such town, and Nain is in close proximity to the new discovery reported in the article that began this blog.

But, as interesting as this discovery is, as exciting as it is to have this new evidence of the truth of Jesus' life, nothing can compare with appreciating the whole Life and Teachings of Jesus that comprise PART IV of The Urantia Book. If you're looking for more of Jesus, you'll find your search satisfied HERE.

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Thu, August 11, 2016

Jesus, God and Man

By truthbook staff

This is such an interesting - and touching - article. It's called: An Inquisitive Christian's guide to reconciling Jesus as God by Rabbi Marc Gellman. Yes. you read it right - a Christian sent a question to the Rabbi about reconciling the belief that Jesus was both God and man. Our blog on that subject begins below...but first:

I was touched by the sympathetic and inclusive manner in which the rabbi answered this inquiry. Among other things, he wrote:

"For Christians, Jesus must be God because only God could die to atone for the sins of humanity. The task of a prophet is to speak God's words of moral caution to a sinful world. The task of a Messiah is to redeem those sins and that world. The death and resurrection of Jesus accomplishes that salvific task.

"God is invisible and cannot appear in human form so, according to Christian belief, God assumes human form in order to die and live again. This offers to humanity a path to salvation that is simply impossible through unaided acts of human atonement and forgiveness.

He goes on to say:

"I don't want to be spooky or incomprehensible here, and as I said, there is a limit of how close I can get you to responding to this mystery. What I want you to try to understand is that there is no easy way to comprehend Jesus as God but to be a Christian you just have to get there.

"You need to believe that Jesus is God. The notion that God created the Earth is a good belief but it is not good enough to make you a Christian.

"I hope you can get to the place where believing that Jesus is God is not such a stretch. However — if it does not work out, just remember that Rosh Hashanah is Oct. 3."

LOL!

The rabbi has a great sense of humor, too! I recommend reading this article, if only to witness the rabbi's wonderful, unifying tone with this Christian seeker, even though he himself is not a believer.

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Jesus' Dual Nature

Setting aside the additional issue of the atonement doctrine, which is also addressed in the article above, coming to grips with the fact of the dual nature of Jesus is a stretch for anyone. Even the revelators admit that they do not understand, and cannot explain this mystery; in truth, no one can, nor will anyone EVER be able to explain it:

119:7.5 Joshua ben Joseph, the Jewish baby, was conceived and was born into the world just as all other babies before and since except that this particular baby was the incarnation of Michael of Nebadon, a divine Son of Paradise and the creator of all this local universe of things and beings. And this mystery of the incarnation of Deity within the human form of Jesus, otherwise of natural origin on the world, will forever remain unsolved. Even in eternity you will never know the technique and method of the incarnation of the Creator in the form and likeness of his creatures. Such mysteries are the exclusive possession of those divine Sons who have passed through the bestowal experience.

And from "The Incarnation - Making Two One", we read the following:

But make no mistake; Christ Michael, while truly a dual-origin being, was not a double personality. He was not God in association with man but, rather, God incarnate in man. And he was always just that combined being. The only progressive factor in such a nonunderstandable relationship was the progressive self-conscious realization and recognition (by the human mind) of this fact of being God and man.
Jesus was God and man—always and even forevermore. And this God and this man were, and now are, one, even as the Paradise Trinity of three beings is in reality one Deity.
Never lose sight of the fact that the supreme spiritual purpose of the Michael bestowal was to enhance the revelation of God.
Urantia mortals have varying concepts of the miraculous, but to us who live as citizens of the local universe there are few miracles, and of these by far the most intriguing are the incarnational bestowals of the Paradise Sons. The appearance in and on your world, by apparently natural processes, of a divine Son, we regard as a miracle—the operation of universal laws beyond our understanding. Jesus of Nazareth was a miraculous person.
In and through all this extraordinary experience, God the Father chose to manifest himself as he always does—in the usual way—in the normal, natural, and dependable way of divine acting.

How is Michael connected to Jesus?

You'll notice that I've supplied a link to our topical study on Michael of Nebadon above, which explains who Jesus really was before he incarnated here on earth. "Christ Michael" is a title - a very special title for a very special Creator Son of God. From our study:

"Michael Sons are on the order of a Creator Son, which is actually a Son of the second person of the Trinity, God the Son. It is an accepted theory that Jesus is the "only-begotten" Son of God, but this is not the case; instead, Jesus is one of many Michael Sons, personalities of the Eternal, or Original Son, who creates as does the Father, as did Michael in the creation of this universe in which Urantia (Earth) exists."

Having said that, the revelators also explain that for us, Jesus IS the only "only-begotten" Son, and the only one we will ever know, for it is he who created this universe and forever will he be Sovereign over it.

33:1.1 Our Creator Son is the personification of the 611,121st original concept of infinite identity of simultaneous origin in the Universal Father and the Eternal Son. The Michael of Nebadon is the "only-begotten Son" personalizing this 611,121st universal concept of divinity and infinity. His headquarters is in the threefold mansion of light on Salvington. And this dwelling is so ordered because Michael has experienced the living of all three phases of intelligent creature existence: spiritual, morontial, and material. Because of the name associated with his seventh and final bestowal on Urantia, he is sometimes spoken of as Christ Michael.

When we open our minds to receive the details of this new revelation of God to mankind that is contained in The Urantia Book, we understand Jesus and his dual human and divine nature so much better, we understand the Divine plan so much better, we understand Jesus' mission to our world so much better, and we understand why our little, lowly world has become a "sentimental shrine" for countless celestial personalities who watched and marveled and mourned at the incarnation so long ago.

Part IV of The Urantia Book then goes on to give us the complete story - the true story - of Jesus' life here on earth and shows us in detail how this God/man grew through infancy, childhood, adolescence, youth, and manhood to accept his role as savior to the world and revealer of the Father's love and will to humanity and the whole universe of his making.

Want to know more about Jesus? More about how he gradually became aware of who he was? More about how he carefully crafted his mission to the world? More about how he really lived his daily life? More about his true mission? Click the link!

And you might also like to see an informative timeline of the Master's life here

Why Don't the Jews Accept Jesus' Dual Nature?

As an aside, but an important aside...here is a passage from The Urantia Book that might help explain why the rabbi in the article above - and possibly all Jews then and now - find the concept of Jesus' dual nature even harder to grasp than most:

136:1.6 There was one feature of the bestowal of Michael which was utterly foreign to the Jewish conception of the Messiah, and that was the union of the two natures, the human and the divine. The Jews had variously conceived of the Messiah as perfected human, superhuman, and even as divine, but they never entertained the concept of the union of the human and the divine. And this was the great stumbling block of Jesus' early disciples. They grasped the human concept of the Messiah as the son of David, as presented by the earlier prophets; as the Son of Man, the superhuman idea of Daniel and some of the later prophets; and even as the Son of God, as depicted by the author of the Book of Enoch and by certain of his contemporaries; but never had they for a single moment entertained the true concept of the union in one earth personality of the two natures, the human and the divine. The incarnation of the Creator in the form of the creature had not been revealed beforehand. It was revealed only in Jesus; the world knew nothing of such things until the Creator Son was made flesh and dwelt among the mortals of the realm.

The Urantia Book is a revelation - a true, modern-day revelation of God to mankind. It is for you...but you have to read it to believe it!

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Tue, August 02, 2016

Parallel Stories in The Bible and The Urantia Book

By truthbook staff

Urantia Book reader/students are accustomed to having a much more expanded narrative of the life of Jesus than that of the Bible ... and so, when we see these articles that reference certain stories in the Bible - like this one titled: Jairus, his daughter and a sick woman: How Jesus redefined holiness by Mark Woods, it is extrememly tempting to share the Urantia Book account in our blog with our readers ... and we do just that, below.

Nevertheless, the commentary of the author on this story is definitely worthwhile - the valuable lesson that the author gleans from the story is that Jesus is re-defining holiness for that generation - and succeeding generations, who are encouraged to look past physical infirmity, sickness, disease...and see the person who needs the help and ministry of a God-knowing believer. Here's a snippet:

"So Jesus here was redefining holiness. When the women touches him and makes him ritually unclean, he has every right to be angry. Instead, he calls her "daughter" and tells her to go in peace. When he arrives at Jairus' house, he walks over to the dead girl and takes her by the hand, deliberately making himself unclean by touching a corpse. But instead of her transmitting the contamination of death to him, he transmits the joy of life to her.

"If we're Christians, we don't feel quite the same about ritual contamination. But we still face the same temptation to avoid people or situations that make us uncomfortable or that we feel might compromise our faith. There might be people whose lifestyles or opinions we disapprove of. We might feel we need to put some distance between us and them. But Jesus never did that.

"So this is a story about the way Jesus redefines holiness. It's not about keeping away from challenging people or challenging situations, because they might contaminate you. It's about deliberately touching them, because your hope, faith and trust will infect them with the grace of God."

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A Simple Comparison - read the Bible account from Mark

Here's the story from Mark 5:21-41

21When Jesus had crossed over again in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered around Him; and so He stayed by the seashore. 22One of the synagogue officials named Jairus came up, and on seeing Him, fell at His feet 23and implored Him earnestly, saying, "My little daughter is at the point of death; please come and lay Your hands on her, so that she will get well and live." 24And He went off with him; and a large crowd was following Him and pressing in on Him.

25A woman who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years, 26and had endured much at the hands of many physicians, and had spent all that she had and was not helped at all, but rather had grown worse— 27after hearing about Jesus, she came up in the crowd behind Him and touched His cloak. 28For she thought, "If I just touch His garments, I will get well." 29Immediately the flow of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction. 30Immediately Jesus, perceiving in Himself that the power proceeding from Him had gone forth, turned around in the crowd and said, "Who touched My garments?" 31And His disciples said to Him, "You see the crowd pressing in on You, and You say, 'Who touched Me?'" 32And He looked around to see the woman who had done this. 33But the woman fearing and trembling, aware of what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. 34And He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace and be healed of your affliction."

35While He was still speaking, they came from the house of the synagogue official, saying, "Your daughter has died; why trouble the Teacher anymore?" 36But Jesus, overhearing what was being spoken, said to the synagogue official, "Do not be afraid any longer, only believe." 37And He allowed no one to accompany Him, except Peter and James and John the brother of James. 38They came to the house of the synagogue official; and He saw a commotion, and people loudly weeping and wailing. 39And entering in, He said to them, "Why make a commotion and weep? The child has not died, but is asleep." 40They began laughing at Him. But putting them all out, He took along the child's father and mother and His own companions, and entered the room where the child was. 41Taking the child by the hand, He said to her, "Talitha kum!" (which translated means, "Little girl, I say to you, get up!"). 42Immediately the girl got up and began to walk, for she was twelve years old. And immediately they were completely astounded. 43And He gave them strict orders that no one should know about this, and He said that something should be given her to eat.

Here is the same story with details revealed in The Urantia Book.

THE STORY OF the cure of Amos, the Kheresa lunatic, had already reached Bethsaida and Capernaum, so that a great crowd was waiting for Jesus when his boat landed that Tuesday forenoon. Among this throng were the new observers from the Jerusalem Sanhedrin who had come down to Capernaum to find cause for the Master's apprehension and conviction. As Jesus spoke with those who had assembled to greet him, Jairus, one of the rulers of the synagogue, made his way through the crowd and, falling down at his feet, took him by the hand and besought that he would hasten away with him, saying: "Master, my little daughter, an only child, lies in my home at the point of death. I pray that you will come and heal her." When Jesus heard the request of this father, he said: "I will go with you."
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." 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.
1. AT JAIRUS'S HOUSE
Jairus was, of course, terribly impatient of this delay in reaching his home; so they now hastened on at quickened pace. Even before they entered the ruler's yard, one of his servants came out, saying: "Trouble not the Master; your daughter is dead." But Jesus seemed not to heed the servant's words, for, taking with him Peter, James, and John, he turned and said to the grief-stricken father: "Fear not; only believe." When he entered the house, he found the flute-players already there with the mourners, who were making an unseemly tumult; already were the relatives engaged in weeping and wailing. And when he had put all the mourners out of the room, he went in with the father and mother and his three apostles. He had told the mourners that the damsel was not dead, but they laughed him to scorn. Jesus now turned to the mother, saying: "Your daughter is not dead; she is only asleep." And when the house had quieted down, Jesus, going up to where the child lay, took her by the hand and said, "Daughter, I say to you, awake and arise!" And when the girl heard these words, she immediately rose up and walked across the room. And presently, after she had recovered from her daze, Jesus directed that they should give her something to eat, for she had been a long time without food.
vvvvSince 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.
When he came out of Jairus's house, two blind men led by a dumb boy followed him and cried out for healing. About this time Jesus' reputation as a healer was at its very height. Everywhere he went the sick and the afflicted were waiting for him. The Master now looked much worn, and all of his friends were becoming concerned lest he continue his work of teaching and healing to the point of actual collapse.
Jesus' apostles, let alone the common people, could not understand the nature and attributes of this God-man. Neither has any subsequent generation been able to evaluate what took place on earth in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. And there can never occur an opportunity for either science or religion to check up on these remarkable events for the simple reason that such an extraordinary situation can never again occur, either on this world or on any other world in Nebadon. Never again, on any world in this entire universe, will a being appear in the likeness of mortal flesh, at the same time embodying all the attributes of creative energy combined with spiritual endowments which transcend time and most other material limitations.
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.

Judge for yourself...

And this is only one of hundred of stories that are expanded and illuminated as bnever before in The Urantia Book. Nearly every story that you'll find in the Bible, you'll find in Part IV of The Urantia Book - The Life and Teachings of Jesus. If you are a Bible lover, look at the Table of Contents and see how many stories you might recognize ... then check out the story in The Urantia Book and compare with the same story in your Bible.

If you are looking for more of Jesus - MUCH more - please accept this invitation to explore the revelation of his life as you've never before seen it. You won't be disappointed!

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Thu, July 14, 2016

5 Important people from the life of Jesus

By truthbook staff

There are many similarities between the Bible and The Urantia Book: similarities in stories about Jesus especially. And among these stories we find information about many of the personalities that are beloved by generations of Christians. So, when I saw this article - 5 Bible figures aside from Jesus that serve as good role models for us to follow by JB Cachila - I went in search of these figures in The Urantia Book in order to offer to the reader an updated, more detailed picture of each of these historical and spiritual personalities. From the article:

"The Bible presents to us many characters to emulate and learn from. And while the best person to desire to be like is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, there are other Bible figures that we can use as our role models. Here are but some of them."

1. Paul

2. Peter

3. Stephen

4. Joseph

5. John the Baptist

Click to read descriptions in the article from the Biblical perspective

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The article is good - as far as it goes - but after reading the Urantia Book descriptions and insights into these personalities, we come away with fresh understanding of each of their roles in the life and teachings of Jesus. Put them side-by-side, and you'll see what I mean!

NOTE: For ease of research, please feel free to use TruthBook's excellent search engine HERE in order to find all of the references to these important people in the Master's life and times.

Let's get started with:

1. Paul

There are nearly 70 references to Paul in The Urantia Book. He was indeed, a mighty preacher and champion of Jesus, even though he never met him in the flesh. Here are but a few:

195:1.1 The Hellenization of Christianity started in earnest on that eventful day when the Apostle Paul stood before the council of the Areopagus in Athens and told the Athenians about "the Unknown God." There, under the shadow of the Acropolis, this Roman citizen proclaimed to these Greeks his version of the new religion which had taken origin in the Jewish land of Galilee. And there was something strangely alike in Greek philosophy and many of the teachings of Jesus. They had a common goal—both aimed at the emergence of the individual. The Greek, at social and political emergence; Jesus, at moral and spiritual emergence. The Greek taught intellectual liberalism leading to political freedom; Jesus taught spiritual liberalism leading to religious liberty. These two ideas put together constituted a new and mighty charter for human freedom; they presaged man's social, political, and spiritual liberty.

195:1.2 Christianity came into existence and triumphed over all contending religions primarily because of two things:

1. The Greek mind was willing to borrow new and good ideas even from the Jews.

2. Paul and his successors were willing but shrewd and sagacious compromisers; they were keen theologic traders.
195:1.5 At the time Paul stood up in Athens preaching "Christ and Him Crucified," the Greeks were spiritually hungry; they were inquiring, interested, and actually looking for spiritual truth. Never forget that at first the Romans fought Christianity, while the Greeks embraced it, and that it was the Greeks who literally forced the Romans subsequently to accept this new religion, as then modified, as a part of Greek culture.
196:2.1 Some day a reformation in the Christian church may strike deep enough to get back to the unadulterated religious teachings of Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. You may preach a religion about Jesus, but, perforce, you must live the religion of Jesus. In the enthusiasm of Pentecost, Peter unintentionally inaugurated a new religion, the religion of the risen and glorified Christ. The Apostle Paul later on transformed this new gospel into Christianity, a religion embodying his own theologic views and portraying his own personal experience with the Jesus of the Damascus road. The gospel of the kingdom is founded on the personal religious experience of the Jesus of Galilee; Christianity is founded almost exclusively on the personal religious experience of the Apostle Paul. Almost the whole of the New Testament is devoted, not to the portrayal of the significant and inspiring religious life of Jesus, but to a discussion of Paul's religious experience and to a portrayal of his personal religious convictions. The only notable exceptions to this statement, aside from certain parts of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, are the Book of Hebrews and the Epistle of James. Even Peter, in his writing, only once reverted to the personal religious life of his Master. The New Testament is a superb Christian document, but it is only meagerly Jesusonian
149:2.2 The Apostle Paul, in his efforts to bring the teachings of Jesus to the favorable notice of certain groups in his day, wrote many letters of instruction and admonition. Other teachers of Jesus' gospel did likewise, but none of them realized that some of these writings would subsequently be brought together by those who would set them forth as the embodiment of the teachings of Jesus. And so, while so-called Christianity does contain more of the Master's gospel than any other religion, it does also contain much that Jesus did not teach.

2. Peter

With over 300 reference to Peter in The Urantia Book, it is difficult to choose, but the following biography of this influential and important Apostle contains valuable insights into Simon Peter's personality. The entire biography can be found HERE, but here are few snippets from that section:

139:2.1 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.
139:2.2 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.
139:2.6 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.<

3. Stephen

Jesus was 23 years-old when he first met Stephen. Jesus had taken his younger brother Simon to Passover in Jerusalem, and while there he met a number of people...from The Urantia Book:

128:3.5 Perhaps the most notable of all these contacts was the one with a young Hellenist named Stephen. This young man was on his first visit to Jerusalem and chanced to meet Jesus on Thursday afternoon of Passover week. While they both strolled about viewing the Asmonean palace, Jesus began the casual conversation that resulted in their becoming interested in each other, and which led to a four-hour discussion of the way of life and the true God and his worship. Stephen was tremendously impressed with what Jesus said; he never forgot his words.
128:3.6 And this was the same Stephen who subsequently became a believer in the teachings of Jesus, and whose boldness in preaching this early gospel resulted in his being stoned to death by irate Jews. Some of Stephen's extraordinary boldness in proclaiming his view of the new gospel was the direct result of this earlier interview with Jesus. But Stephen never even faintly surmised that the Galilean he had talked with some fifteen years previously was the very same person whom he later proclaimed the world's Savior, and for whom he was so soon to die, thus becoming the first martyr of the newly evolving Christian faith. When Stephen yielded up his life as the price of his attack upon the Jewish temple and its traditional practices, there stood by one named Saul, a citizen of Tarsus. And when Saul saw how this Greek could die for his faith, there were aroused in his heart those emotions which eventually led him to espouse the cause for which Stephen died; later on he became the aggressive and indomitable Paul, the philosopher, if not the sole founder, of the Christian religion.

4. Joseph

Joseph, the earth-father of Jesus is traditionally a misunderstood personage. Little is known about him in Biblical literature, and it has always been assumed that he was an older man, because he disappears from the literature early in Jesus' life. There are 34 references to Joseph in The Urantia Book; here is a study of Urantia Book teachings that we put together at TruthBook about this wonderful man.

122:1.1 Joseph, the human father of Jesus ( Joshua ben Joseph, was a Hebrew of the Hebrews, albeit he carried many non-Jewish racial strains which had been added to his ancestral tree from time to time by the female lines of his progenitors. The ancestry of the father of Jesus went back to the days of Abraham and through this venerable patriarch to the earlier lines of inheritance leading to the Sumerians and Nodites and, through the southern tribes of the ancient blue man, to Andon and Fonta. David and Solomon were not in the direct line of Joseph's ancestry, neither did Joseph's lineage go directly back to Adam. Joseph's immediate ancestors were mechanics—builders, carpenters, masons, and smiths. Joseph himself was a carpenter and later a contractor. His family belonged to a long and illustrious line of the nobility of the common people, accentuated ever and anon by the appearance of unusual individuals who had distinguished themselves in connection with the evolution of religion on Urantia..

And, the reason that Joseph suddenly disappears from the Bible is becaue he suffered an untimely eath when Jesus was 14 years-old. Here's that story:

126:2.1 All did go well until that fateful day of Tuesday, September 25, when a runner from Sepphoris brought to this Nazareth home the tragic news that Joseph had been severely injured by the falling of a derrick while at work on the governor's residence. The messenger from Sepphoris had stopped at the shop on the way to Joseph's home, informing Jesus of his father's accident, and they went together to the house to break the sad news to Mary. Jesus desired to go immediately to his father, but Mary would hear to nothing but that she must hasten to her husband's side. She directed that James, then ten years of age, should accompany her to Sepphoris while Jesus remained home with the younger children until she should return, as she did not know how seriously Joseph had been injured. But Joseph died of his injuries before Mary arrived. They brought him to Nazareth, and on the following day he was laid to rest with his fathers.

5. John the Baptist

There are 34 reference to John the Baptist in The Urantia Book, but many more, if one uses just the word John in a search - but of course, these are mixed in with other "Johns." Here's a reference to Paper 135, a stunning and lengthy narration all about this herald of Jesus' mission to earth. And here are but a few passages from that paper:

135:0.1 JOHN THE BAPTIST was born March 25, 7 B.C., in accordance with the promise that Gabriel made to Elizabeth in June of the previous year. For five months Elizabeth kept secret Gabriel's visitation; and when she told her husband, Zacharias, he was greatly troubled and fully believed her narrative only after he had an unusual dream about six weeks before the birth of John. Excepting the visit of Gabriel to Elizabeth and the dream of Zacharias, there was nothing unusual or supernatural connected with the birth of John the Baptist.
135:1.1 John had no school from which to graduate at the age of fourteen, but his parents had selected this as the appropriate year for him to take the formal Nazarite vow. Accordingly, Zacharias and Elizabeth took their son to Engedi, down by the Dead Sea. This was the southern headquarters of the Nazarite brotherhood, and there the lad was duly and solemnly inducted into this order for life. After these ceremonies and the making of the vows to abstain from all intoxicating drinks, to let the hair grow, and to refrain from touching the dead, the family proceeded to Jerusalem, where, before the temple, John completed the making of the offerings which were required of those taking Nazarite vows.
135:3.3 John was never able completely to rise above the confusion produced by what he had heard from his parents concerning Jesus and by these passages which he read in the Scriptures. In Daniel he read: "I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of Man came with the clouds of heaven, and there was given him dominion and glory and a kingdom." But these words of the prophet did not harmonize with what his parents had taught him. Neither did his talk with Jesus, at the time of his visit when he was eighteen years old, correspond with these statements of the Scriptures. Notwithstanding this confusion, throughout all of his perplexity his mother assured him that his distant cousin, Jesus of Nazareth, was the true Messiah, that he had come to sit on the throne of David, and that he (John) was to become his advance herald and chief support.

Are there others?

The Urantia Book is a modern-day re-statement of the Life and Teachings of Jesus - a narrative that covers ALL of the Master's life; and this narrative is replete with information, not only about Jesus, but about the people with whom Jesus walked - those who influenced his ministry, and those who were part of his earthly family, too.

PART IV of The Urantia Book is a gift to humanity; in safekeeping by the angels and sent in a time when it will receive the greatest worldwide exposure, it is the real story - with more detail that can be found anywhere else - of Jesus' life. Do you have a favorite figure from Jesus' life that you'd like to know more about? Check them out in our search (top right of any TruthBook page) - you may be delighted by what you find!

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Wed, June 29, 2016

Jesus - The Center

By truthbook staff jesus, jesus centered bible, urantia book, jesus in the Urantia Book

We at TruthBook feel that there is nothing more important than lifting Jesus higher, and so we are delighted to see this review of a new Bible titled: Jesus-Centered Bible Receives Christian Retailing Best Award on The Christian News Wire.

If you are unfamiliar with this new approach to Bible publishing, here's a snippet from the article:

The 'Jesus-Centered Bible' released in September 2015 and highlights all of the ways Jesus shows up in the Bible, including more than 600 passages in the Old Testament. Featuring distinctive blue letters, each passage is designed to point readers to Jesus, from Genesis through Revelation. The Bible also carries the classic red letters in the New Testament.

In addition, the Bible magnifies the ways Jesus answers life's essential questions, including "What's my purpose in life?" and "Why do bad things happen?"

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Again, at TruthBook, we are Jesus-centered and Jesus-pointed - always. And we rejoice when we see such an enlightened approach to enliven these age-old Bible books to show how Jesus has always been the glue; when we seek Jesus, we seek everything.

If you are a Christian believer, we welcome you to our pages, and invite you to add The Urantia Book to your study of the Jesus-centered Bible. You'll find Jesus as you may never have known him before, and reading his life and teachings as presented in The Urantia Book will add to your enjoyment and appreciation of the Bible as never before.

The Urantia Book is not now, nor has it ever been, designed as a replacement for Scripture; The Urantia Book stands alone in its revelations about the Heavenly Father, details about the hosts of heaven, and important knowledge that fills in all the missing gaps in our knowledge of ourselves and our world and the history that has brought us to where we stand today.

But the most thrilling and detailed part of the book is Part IV, The Life and Teachings of Jesus. It too, stands alone, and yet it has a comforting, familiar ring to it, as many of the stories of the Master's life - and many of his teachings - are included. Anyone who knows Jesus from the Bible must be aware that there was far more to his life than the three or four years that are covered within its pages. The Urantia Book fills in all of those gaps, too, adding additional stories, context, color, depth, richness, and consistency to his life-narrative. And these are not just figments of someone's imagination; these are the actual records of Jesus' momentous incarnation preserved by celestial eyewitnesses of these events. Only since the publication of The Urantia Book in 1955 have these records been made increasingly available to the whole world.

Like the new Jesus-centered Bible, The Urantia Book contains references to Jesus from the first paper to the last. In The Urantia Book, Jesus is the one consistent link that connects all of creation for us. And this connection is finally and beautifully shown in this last part of the book.

We never suggest that anyone give up the Bible in order to read and enjoy The Urantia Book; quite the contrary, these mighty sources of inspiration and knowledge can be enjoyed together, one illuminating the other, one enhancing the appreciation of the other.

From The Urantia 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.

We take this mandate seriously; we hope you do, too. To that end, we again invite you to see for yourself the restatement of the life and teachings of Jesus in The Urantia Book. See Jesus as a youth, see him as he ministered to all sorts of people during his trip to Rome, see him as father-brother experiencing family life as so many of us do, read his teachings about affliction, see him as a devoted, selfless God/man whose entire life was dedicated to living and doing the will of the Father. And see him as the inspiring "Acme of Religious Living." that Urantia Book readers have come to love

Even more than the new Jesus-centered Bible, The Urantia Book is the most Jesus-centered book you will ever read!

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Thu, June 16, 2016

Managing Temptation

By truthbook staff

Good heavens! Could Jesus really have said that? This article, titled: Did Jesus really want us to chop our hands off? Dealing with temptation by Mark Woods, points out two "quotes" that Jesus is said to have spoken. One is echoed in The Urantia Book and the other one is, too...sort of.

Any Urantia Book reader can tell you that Jesus never advised mutilating our bodies in order to deal with temptation, and reason tells us that this is an idea that is quite inconsistent with the Jesus we discover in the pages of the Urantia revelation. Jesus had far more practical and reasonable advice than is ascribed to him in Scripture. Please see our blog below for the details...but first, as is usually the case, the author of this article does a good job getting to the real heart of the matter:

"Some Christians have taken him quite literally and thought he was saying that parts of the body that tempt overwhelmingly to sin should be cut off. One of the early Church fathers, Origen, was believed to have had himself emasculated because of this. A Russian Christian sect, the Skoptsy, had the same practice.

"But there are two big problems with this. One is that mutilating the body like this is profoundly unChristian. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. When we damage them we are despising the gift of God. Bodies are not neutral; they aren't just houses for souls. We are our bodies as we are our spirits.

"Second, though, it doesn't really deal with the problem. Someone who is tempted to steal might not be able to do so if their hand was removed, but it wouldn't change their heart. The desire for what doesn't belong to them would still be there


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Those who read/study The Urantia Book - and especially the Life and Teachings of Jesus in Part IV of The Urantia Book have found a portrayal of the Master that is altogether reasonable - altogether believable and consistent of a being who said that he had "come from the Father." Those who know Jesus through The Urantia Book find him kind, approachable, and non-threatening. And the same can be said for God, whose loving nature is amazingly detailed in The Urantia Book as well

In the life of Jesus we find a man who claimed: "he who has seen me has seen the Father." And if one reads the Urantia Book narrative of Jesus' life, one will find only graciousness, kindness, forgiveness, tolerance, and love coming from him. Jesus never gives ultimatums or advice that is frightening, like this advice to cut off body parts if they cause one to sin. Instead, Jesus always gives advice that people can live with - advice that lifts up and inspires, never advice that causes fear. Likewise, we can glean from this understanding that God the Father himself demonstrates all of these loving qualities as well.

What about the millstones around the neck?

Yes, Jesus did warn against causing children to "stumble" - and I take this to mean that we all must carefully nurture not only the physical beings of children, but also the spiritual growth of children - to always tell them the truth and foster their highest ideals - to help them find worthy heroes and role models - and to always try to BE good role models for our kids - and other people's kids, too.

But what he said next is far more befitting a man who claims to have come from God than the portrayal of Jesus as he is seen in Matthew 18:8-9 - a man whose whole life was a testiment to the goodness of God and the loving, Fatherly affection of God for his children. Here's the full text from The Urantia Book:

158:8.1 Entering Capernaum at twilight, they went by unfrequented thoroughfares directly to the home of Simon Peter for their evening meal. While David Zebedee made ready to take them across the lake, they lingered at Simon's house, and Jesus, looking up at Peter and the other apostles, asked: "As you walked along together this afternoon, what was it that you talked about so earnestly among yourselves?" The apostles held their peace because many of them had continued the discussion begun at Mount Hermon as to what positions they were to have in the coming kingdom; who should be the greatest, and so on. Jesus, knowing what it was that occupied their thoughts that day, beckoned to one of Peter's little ones and, setting the child down among them, said: "Verily, verily, I say to you, except you turn about and become more like this child, you will make little progress in the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever shall humble himself and become as this little one, the same shall become greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso receives such a little one receives me. And they who receive me receive also Him who sent me. If you would be first in the kingdom, seek to minister these good truths to your brethren in the flesh. But whosoever causes one of these little ones to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hanged about his neck and he were cast into the sea. If the things you do with your hands, or the things you see with your eyes give offense in the progress of the kingdom, sacrifice these cherished idols, for it is better to enter the kingdom minus many of the beloved things of life rather than to cling to these idols and find yourself shut out of the kingdom. But most of all, see that you despise not one of these little ones, for their angels do always behold the faces of the heavenly hosts."

But what about temptation?

Yes, Jesus does help us deal with temptation...here is a great Jesus story that you wil not find in the Bible, but it is an altogether reasonable and believable story that anyone could profit from.

Here it is in it's entirety:

156:5.3 On the evening of this same day Nathaniel asked Jesus: "Master, why do we pray that God will lead us not into temptation when we well know from your revelation of the Father that he never does such things?" Jesus answered Nathaniel:
"It is not strange that you ask such questions seeing that you are beginning to know the Father as I know him, and not as the early Hebrew prophets so dimly saw him. You well know how our forefathers were disposed to see God in almost everything that happened. They looked for the hand of God in all natural occurrences and in every unusual episode of human experience. They connected God with both good and evil. They thought he softened the heart of Moses and hardened the heart of Pharaoh. When man had a strong urge to do something, good or evil, he was in the habit of accounting for these unusual emotions by remarking: `The Lord spoke to me saying, do thus and so, or go here and there.' Accordingly, since men so often and so violently ran into temptation, it became the habit of our forefathers to believe that God led them thither for testing, punishing, or strengthening. But you, indeed, now know better. You know that men are all too often led into temptation by the urge of their own selfishness and by the impulses of their animal natures. When you are in this way tempted, I admonish you that, while you recognize temptation honestly and sincerely for just what it is, you intelligently redirect the energies of spirit, mind, and body, which are seeking expression, into higher channels and toward more idealistic goals. In this way may you transform your temptations into the highest types of uplifting mortal ministry while you almost wholly avoid these wasteful and weakening conflicts between the animal and spiritual natures.
"But let me warn you against the folly of undertaking to surmount temptation by the effort of supplanting one desire by another and supposedly superior desire through the mere force of the human will. If you would be truly triumphant over the temptations of the lesser and lower nature, you must come to that place of spiritual advantage where you have really and truly developed an actual interest in, and love for, those higher and more idealistic forms of conduct which your mind is desirous of substituting for these lower and less idealistic habits of behavior that you recognize as temptation. You will in this way be delivered through spiritual transformation rather than be increasingly overburdened with the deceptive suppression of mortal desires. The old and the inferior will be forgotten in the love for the new and the superior. Beauty is always triumphant over ugliness in the hearts of all who are illuminated by the love of truth. There is mighty power in the expulsive energy of a new and sincere spiritual affection. And again I say to you, be not overcome by evil but rather overcome evil with good."

And there's more

Dealing with temptation is something all of us are faced with, every day. Jesus understood mankind very, very well. And he really wanted to help us gain control over our animal natures. Here is more sage advice from the Master about "self-mastery."

143:2.4 "By the old way you seek to suppress, obey, and conform to the rules of living; by the new way you are first transformed by the Spirit of Truth and thereby strengthened in your inner soul by the constant spiritual renewing of your mind, and so are you endowed with the power of the certain and joyous performance of the gracious, acceptable, and perfect will of God. Forget not—it is your personal faith in the exceedingly great and precious promises of God that ensures your becoming partakers of the divine nature. Thus by your faith and the spirit's transformation, you become in reality the temples of God, and his spirit actually dwells within you. If, then, the spirit dwells within you, you are no longer bondslaves of the flesh but free and liberated sons of the spirit. The new law of the spirit endows you with the liberty of self-mastery in place of the old law of the fear of self-bondage and the slavery of self-denial.

And there's much more in this discourse in the way of solid, uplifting, ennobling advice. Read it all here

Part IV of The Urantia Book: The Life and Teachings of Jesus contain the whole life of Jesus - not just the few years at the end of his life that we have had for the centuries since he lived among us. These stories - all of the details - have been faithfully kept over the centuries by those who were actually present during Jesus' life. They have been preserved for the time when the world could receive them once again. And they have been presented to us now - in book form - so that all succeeding generations of believers can profit from them.

There's a reason that The Urantia Book had to wait until now. For one thing, the printing press was not invented until about 500 years ago - and for another thing, The Urantia Book arrived for us right before the dawn of the electronic age, making the dissemination of this amazing book far more possible.

It is a revelation for you, too. The entire text is available for free on our TruthBook.com site, so come and have a look! If you love Jesus in the Bible, you'll love him even more when you know the rest of the story!

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Tue, May 31, 2016

Jesus said we are salt and light

By truthbook staff salt and light, ordination sermon, beatitudes, Urantia Book, Jesus in the Urantia Book

So often, when I see titles like this in the popular press, I am inspired to write a little something; this one is called You are salt and light, said Jesus: but what did he really mean? by Mark Woods. It's the subject of our blog below; but first, here's a blurb from the article:

"We know the sayings very well – they're in Matthew 5:13-16. And perhaps we've thought about what they mean. Christians are meant to make a difference in the world. We're to stand up for what's right, we're to campaign for justice and righteousness, and we're to speak truth to power. It's about being prophetic voices in a world that doesn't acknowledge God; if we're called to be the light, it's because there's so much darkness all around.

"That may all be true. But perhaps we should go a bit further back. Why did Jesus, or why did Matthew, put these sayings here? Why immediately after the beatitudes in the first few verses of Matthew, the 'blessed ares' – "Blessed are the poor in spirit, the mourners, the merciful, the pure in heart?"

"A text without a context is a pretext. So what this seems to be saying is that the people who are the salt of the earth and the light of the world are the same as those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, who are peacemakers and who are persecuted.

"Being salt and light means being this kind of person. It's not so much about what you do; it's much more about what you are. It's about your character, and you are in your inner being."

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Context is Important

And this opinion is valuable - this article is worth a read. BUT - if we really want to know what is being said here, the real context will be quite illuminating, as the author of the article observes. And where do we find that proper context?

Urantia Book readers are very familiar with these wonderful sayings and this wonderful discourse of the Master. In The Urantia Book, we discover that it is, in actuality, the Ordination Sermon to the apostles

Here is that sermon, in its entirety:

140:3.1 Then Jesus spoke, saying: "Now that you are ambassadors of my Father's kingdom, you have thereby become a class of men separate and distinct from all other men on earth. You are not now as men among men but as the enlightened citizens of another and heavenly country among the ignorant creatures of this dark world. It is not enough that you live as you were before this hour, but henceforth must you live as those who have tasted the glories of a better life and have been sent back to earth as ambassadors of the Sovereign of that new and better world. Of the teacher more is expected than of the pupil; of the master more is exacted than of the servant. Of the citizens of the heavenly kingdom more is required than of the citizens of the earthly rule. Some of the things which I am about to say to you may seem hard, but you have elected to represent me in the world even as I now represent the Father; and as my agents on earth you will be obligated to abide by those teachings and practices which are reflective of my ideals of mortal living on the worlds of space, and which I exemplify in my earth life of revealing the Father who is in heaven.
140:3.2 "I send you forth to proclaim liberty to the spiritual captives, joy to those in the bondage of fear, and to heal the sick in accordance with the will of my Father in heaven. When you find my children in distress, speak encouragingly to them, saying:
"Happy are the poor in spirit, the humble, for theirs are the treasures of the kingdom of heaven.
"Happy are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.
"Happy are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
"Happy are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
"And even so speak to my children these further words of spiritual comfort and promise:
"Happy are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Happy are they who weep, for they shall receive the spirit of rejoicing.
"Happy are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
"Happy are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God.
"Happy are they who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Happy are you when men shall revile you and persecute you and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven.
140:3.12 "My brethren, as I send you forth, you are the salt of the earth, salt with a saving savor. But if this salt has lost its savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is henceforth good for nothing but to be cast out and trodden under foot of men.
140:3.13 "You are the light of the world. A city set upon a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and be led to glorify your Father who is in heaven.
140:3.14 "I am sending you out into the world to represent me and to act as ambassadors of my Father's kingdom, and as you go forth to proclaim the glad tidings, put your trust in the Father whose messengers you are. Do not forcibly resist injustice; put not your trust in the arm of the flesh. If your neighbor smites you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. Be willing to suffer injustice rather than to go to law among yourselves. In kindness and with mercy minister to all who are in distress and in need.
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.
140:3.16 "Your Father in heaven makes the sun to shine on the evil as well as upon the good; likewise he sends rain on the just and the unjust. You are the sons of God; even more, you are now the ambassadors of my Father's kingdom. Be merciful, even as God is merciful, and in the eternal future of the kingdom you shall be perfect even as your heavenly Father is perfect.
140:3.17 "You are commissioned to save men, not to judge them. At the end of your earth life you will all expect mercy; therefore do I require of you during your mortal life that you show mercy to all of your brethren in the flesh. Make not the mistake of trying to pluck a mote out of your brother's eye when there is a beam in your own eye. Having first cast the beam out of your own eye, you can the better see to cast the mote out of your brother's eye.
140:3.18 "Discern the truth clearly; live the righteous life fearlessly; and so shall you be my apostles and my Father's ambassadors. You have heard it said: `If the blind lead the blind, they both shall fall into the pit.' If you would guide others into the kingdom, you must yourselves walk in the clear light of living truth. In all the business of the kingdom I exhort you to show just judgment and keen wisdom. Present not that which is holy to dogs, neither cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample your gems under foot and turn to rend you.
140:3.19 "I warn you against false prophets who will come to you in sheep's clothing, while on the inside they are as ravening wolves. By their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes from thorns or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree brings forth good fruit, but the corrupt tree bears evil fruit. A good tree cannot yield evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bring forth good fruit is presently hewn down and cast into the fire. In gaining an entrance into the kingdom of heaven, it is the motive that counts. My Father looks into the hearts of men and judges by their inner longings and their sincere intentions.
140:3.20 "In the great day of the kingdom judgment, many will say to me, `Did we not prophesy in your name and by your name do many wonderful works?' But I will be compelled to say to them, `I never knew you; depart from me you who are false teachers.' But every one who hears this charge and sincerely executes his commission to represent me before men even as I have represented my Father to you, shall find an abundant entrance into my service and into the kingdom of the heavenly Father."
140:3.21 Never before had the apostles heard Jesus speak in this way, for he had talked to them as one having supreme authority. They came down from the mountain about sundown, but no man asked Jesus a question.

The Authors of The Urantia Book Comment

And not only is the ordination sermon itself given, but there follows this commentary on the points made in the sermon...in commentary made by the revelators of the book; for example, in expanding upon these two metaphors of salt and light, we read the following:

140:4.1 The so-called "Sermon on the Mount" is not the gospel of Jesus. It does contain much helpful instruction, but it was Jesus' ordination charge to the twelve apostles. It was the Master's personal commission to those who were to go on preaching the gospel and aspiring to represent him in the world of men even as he was so eloquently and perfectly representative of his Father.
140:4.2 "You are the salt of the earth, salt with a saving savor. But if this salt has lost its savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is henceforth good for nothing but to be cast out and trodden under foot of men."
140:4.3 In Jesus' time salt was precious. It was even used for money. The modern word "salary" is derived from salt. Salt not only flavors food, but it is also a preservative. It makes other things more tasty, and thus it serves by being spent.
140:4.4 "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and be led to glorify your Father who is in heaven."
140:4.5 While light dispels darkness, it can also be so "blinding" as to confuse and frustrate. We are admonished to let our light so shine that our fellows will be guided into new and godly paths of enhanced living. Our light should so shine as not to attract attention to self. Even one's vocation can be utilized as an effective "reflector" for the dissemination of this light of life.

And there's so much more...

Read all of Paper 140 - The Ordination of the Twelve

And this is another example of why Part IV of The Urantia Book - the Life and Teachings of Jesus - is such a valuable discovery for all those who want to know more about Jesus and his life. This amazing revelation of the details of the Master's life illuminate the previous records that have come to us primarily from Scripture. Those records - as inspiring as they are - are very incomplete in many instances. The Urantia Book's restatement of the life of Jesus fills in all the missing details - and provides the context for these familiar stories, as well as the context for a wide variety of other, heretofore unknown stories of Jesus' life...stories of Jesus' childhood, the missing years, the facts and strategies of his public and private ministry on earth, and the true purposes of Jesus' incarnation on this world.

The Ordination Sermon is just one instance. Read Part IV of The Urantia Book, and discover Jesus all over again! You'll be so glad you did...

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Tue, May 24, 2016

The Way to Pray

By truthbook staff Alt Tag

This plea, this cry for help, touches the heart; above all, people want to know that God hears their prayers. Urantia Book readers have many assurances about prayer that others do not; see our blog below, where we discuss prayer in The Urantia Book - but first, here's a few opening paragraphs from the featured article, Am I praying 'right'? by Patrick Mabilog"

"When it comes to prayer, believers are always on the lookout for the best way to commune with God and avoid practices that do not build up our relationship with Him. In all circumstances, we must know that our prayers are heard primarily because Jesus has made a way for us to the Father. That truth is the foundational basis upon which we pray.

"Many times in scripture, Jesus condemned pharisees for praying aloud. In Luke 20:46-47, Jesus said, 'Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, who devour widows' houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.' "

"What Jesus really condemns here is a heart that is arrogant, not necessarily a prayer said in front of others. But there are other things we can get confused about when it comes to prayer and whether or not we're 'doing it right'."

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Is there a "right" way to pray? What Does The Urantia Book Teach?

Here are some "Prayer is..." statements from our topical study on prayer that features teachings of The Urantia Book:

Prayer is not a technique of escape from conflict but rather a stimulus to growth in the very face of conflict. Pray only for values, not things; for growth, not for gratification. ~ The Urantia Book, (91:8.13)
Genuine prayer... is a spontaneous outburst of God-consciousness. ~ The Urantia Book, (91:8.10)
Prayer is designed to make man less thinking but more realizing; it is not designed to increase knowledge but rather to expand insight. ~ The Urantia Book, (143:7.4)
Prayer is self-reminding—sublime thinking; worship is self-forgetting—superthinking. Worship is effortless attention, true and ideal soul rest, a form of restful spiritual exertion. ~ The Urantia Book, (143:7.7)
Prayer is the breath of the spirit life in the midst of the material civilization of the races of mankind. Worship is salvation for the pleasure-seeking generations of mortals. ~ The Urantia Book, (144:4.7)
Prayer is the sincere and longing look of the child to its spirit Father; it is a psychologic process of exchanging the human will for the divine will. Prayer is a part of the divine plan for making over that which is into that which ought to be. ~ The Urantia Book, (144:4.9)
1. Prayer is an expression of the finite mind in an effort to approach the Infinite. The making of a prayer must, therefore, be limited by the knowledge, wisdom, and attributes of the finite; likewise must the answer be conditioned by the vision, aims, ideals, and prerogatives of the Infinite. There never can be observed an unbroken continuity of material phenomena between the making of a prayer and the reception of the full spiritual answer thereto.
2. When a prayer is apparently unanswered, the delay often betokens a better answer, although one which is for some good reason greatly delayed. When Jesus said that Lazarus's sickness was really not to the death, he had already been dead eleven hours. No sincere prayer is denied an answer except when the superior viewpoint of the spiritual world has devised a better answer, an answer which meets the petition of the spirit of man as contrasted with the prayer of the mere mind of man. ~ The Urantia Book, (168:4.4)
Prayer is the technique whereby, sooner or later, every religion becomes institutionalized. And in time prayer becomes associated with numerous secondary agencies, some helpful, others decidedly deleterious, such as priests, holy books, worship rituals, and ceremonials. ~ The Urantia Book, (91:5.6)

and at the end of Paper 91 - "The Evolution of Prayer," we read this:

91:9.1 If you would engage in effective praying, you should bear in mind the laws of prevailing petitions:
1. You must qualify as a potent prayer by sincerely and courageously facing the problems of universe reality. You must possess cosmic stamina.
2. You must have honestly exhausted the human capacity for human adjustment. You must have been industrious.
3. You must surrender every wish of mind and every craving of soul to the transforming embrace of spiritual growth. You must have experienced an enhancement of meanings and an elevation of values.
4. You must make a wholehearted choice of the divine will. You must obliterate the dead center of indecision.
5. You not only recognize the Father's will and choose to do it, but you have effected an unqualified consecration, and a dynamic dedication, to the actual doing of the Father's will.
6. Your prayer will be directed exclusively for divine wisdom to solve the specific human problems encountered in the Paradise ascension — the attainment of divine perfection.
7. And you must have faith—living faith.

But what did Jesus teach about prayer?

See Jesus' Discourse on Prayer, copied entirely here:

Jesus gave this lesson one afternoon in the third week of their sojourn on Mount Gilboa.
"John indeed taught you a simple form of prayer: `O Father, cleanse us from sin, show us your glory, reveal your love, and let your spirit sanctify our hearts forevermore, Amen!' He taught this prayer that you might have something to teach the multitude. He did not intend that you should use such a set and formal petition as the expression of your own souls in prayer.
"Prayer is entirely a personal and spontaneous expression of the attitude of the soul toward the spirit; prayer should be the communion of sonship and the expression of fellowship. Prayer, when indited by the spirit, leads to co-operative spiritual progress. The ideal prayer is a form of spiritual communion which leads to intelligent worship. True praying is the sincere attitude of reaching heavenward for the attainment of your ideals.
"Prayer is the breath of the soul and should lead you to be persistent in your attempt to ascertain the Father's will. If any one of you has a neighbor, and you go to him at midnight and say: `Friend, lend me three loaves, for a friend of mine on a journey has come to see me, and I have nothing to set before him'; and if your neighbor answers, `Trouble me not, for the door is now shut and the children and I are in bed; therefore I cannot rise and give you bread,' you will persist, explaining that your friend hungers, and that you have no food to offer him. I say to you, though your neighbor will not rise and give you bread because he is your friend, yet because of your importunity he will get up and give you as many loaves as you need. If, then, persistence will win favors even from mortal man, how much more will your persistence in the spirit win the bread of life for you from the willing hands of the Father in heaven. Again I say to you: Ask and it shall be given you; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you. For every one who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks the door of salvation will be opened.
"Which of you who is a father, if his son asks unwisely, would hesitate to give in accordance with parental wisdom rather than in the terms of the son's faulty petition? If the child needs a loaf, will you give him a stone just because he unwisely asks for it? If your son needs a fish, will you give him a watersnake just because it may chance to come up in the net with the fish and the child foolishly asks for the serpent? If you, then, being mortal and finite, know how to answer prayer and give good and appropriate gifts to your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the spirit and many additional blessings to those who ask him? Men ought always to pray and not become discouraged.
"Let me tell you the story of a certain judge who lived in a wicked city. This judge feared not God nor had respect for man. Now there was a needy widow in that city who came repeatedly to this unjust judge, saying, `Protect me from my adversary.' For some time he would not give ear to her, but presently he said to himself: `Though I fear not God nor have regard for man, yet because this widow ceases not to trouble me, I will vindicate her lest she wear me out by her continual coming.' These stories I tell you to encourage you to persist in praying and not to intimate that your petitions will change the just and righteous Father above. Your persistence, however, is not to win favor with God but to change your earth attitude and to enlarge your soul's capacity for spirit receptivity.
"But when you pray, you exercise so little faith. Genuine faith will remove mountains of material difficulty which may chance to lie in the path of soul expansion and spiritual progress."

And after teaching the apostles the believer's petition that later became "The Lord's Prayer," he taught them this:

144:3.17 Jesus taught that effective prayer must be:
1. Unselfish —not alone for oneself.
2. Believing—according to faith.
3. Sincere—honest of heart.
4. Intelligent—according to light.
5. Trustful—in submission to the Father's all-wise will.
144:3.23 When Jesus spent whole nights on the mountain in prayer, it was mainly for his disciples, particularly for the twelve. The Master prayed very little for himself, although he engaged in much worship of the nature of understanding communion with his Paradise Father.

Jesus gave another significant discourse on Prayer : HERE. Among the sixteen statements in that discourse Jesus said:

3. By opening the human end of the channel of the God-man communication, mortals make immediately available the ever-flowing stream of divine ministry to the creatures of the worlds. When man hears God's spirit speak within the human heart, inherent in such an experience is the fact that God simultaneously hears that man's prayer. Even the forgiveness of sin operates in this same unerring fashion. The Father in heaven has forgiven you even before you have thought to ask him, but such forgiveness is not available in your personal religious experience until such a time as you forgive your fellow men. God's forgiveness in fact is not conditioned upon your forgiving your fellows, but in experience it is exactly so conditioned. And this fact of the synchrony of divine and human forgiveness was thus recognized and linked together in the prayer which Jesus taught the apostles.
11. Many resort to prayer only when in trouble. Such a practice is thoughtless and misleading. True, you do well to pray when harassed, but you should also be mindful to speak as a son to your Father even when all goes well with your soul. Let your real petitions always be in secret. Do not let men hear your personal prayers. Prayers of thanksgiving are appropriate for groups of worshipers, but the prayer of the soul is a personal matter. There is but one form of prayer which is appropriate for all God's children, and that is: "Nevertheless, your will be done."
15. And then Jesus said: "Be not constantly overanxious about your common needs. Be not apprehensive concerning the problems of your earthly existence, but in all these things by prayer and supplication, with the spirit of sincere thanksgiving, let your needs be spread out before your Father who is in heaven." Then he quoted from the Scriptures: "I will praise the name of God with a song and will magnify him with thanksgiving. And this will please the Lord better than the sacrifice of an ox or bullock with horns and hoofs."

In addition, please see:

More about Prayer

Are you needing more assurance about YOUR prayers?

Once again, we see contained in the pages of The Urantia Book teachings of Jesus that cannot be found anywhere else. These teachings, and this thrilling revelation of the details of Jesus' life are available NOW, after being preserved for over 2000 years - until the world was once again ready to hear them and apply them to a 21st century world.

Read it for yourself; gain assurances that all Urantia Book readers find in its pages - not only assurances about prayer, but on many other topics - see PART IV of The Urantia Book - "The Life and Teachings of Jesus"

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Mon, May 16, 2016

Was Jesus Prejudiced?

By truthbook staff

The story of the Syrophoenician woman is one that pops up from time to time, as in this article in the recent Christian press: Learning from Jesus' Xenophobic Moment by Shea Watts; and there is always an attempt on the part of the writer or blogger to make excuses for Jesus' supposed xenophobia - his apparent prejudice and disdain for this woman who has asked him for healing for her daughter. After all, in this Biblical story, Jesus is supposed to have called the woman a "dog."

What I find fascinating is that even with such supposed bad behavior on the part of Jesus, that we are always ready to believe the best of him ... as it should be!

But, let's step back and regroup; in our blog below, we'll talk about what REALLY happened during this event in Jesus' life...and you'll find it much more consistent with the Jesus of love.

First, here's how our author turns Jesus into the hero here - and he IS the hero, always and forever. I really like this author's determination to find the good here and to give good advice for all of us to think about as well.

"Notice that Jesus makes a statement about the woman, but once he listens to her, he learns about her and his experience with her changes his mind. It is so easy to "other" those that are different than us - whether that be Syrian refugees, or those coming to America from Mexico - but how much time do we spend talking to them? How much time do we spend seeking to understand where they are coming from and the loss or grief or sadness that they have experienced? Have we heard their stories? Are we even open to listening?

"Jesus' xenophobic comments highlight his humanity. He was, after all, a man. He sweated and bled and cried. He spent his time and effort walking around to spread his message and recruit for his mission. And, from time to time, he got grumpy and sought to escape the crowds that followed. In this story, he let the pressures of his everyday life lead him to a moment that he learned from: he is initially wrong, but corrects his mistake.

"If Jesus can learn from his own xenophobia, it is time that we learn from his, first, and then hopefully learn from our own. Perhaps that is the point, after all?"

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If it seems too outrageous, it probably isn't true, anyway.

Urantia Book readers are quite familiar with this touching story; and every time I see a story like this in the popular press - when I think of all the people who wonder whether Jesus was really a closet hater, it makes me want to once again tell the real truth, as found in Part IV of The Urantia Book.

And in the case of the Syrian woman, the Biblical accounts are NOT TRUE. The repulsion and dismay we feel when we think that Jesus was so rude to a suffering woman is telling us that it just can't be true - and it isn't. The woman WAS called a dog, but not by Jesus; the one who was so rude to her was Simon Zelotes - the 11th apostle, and an "ardent Jewish nationalist!" This background makes Simon's response to the woman much more understandable ... not what we would hope from an apostle of Jesus, but nevertheless...

HERE'S the whole story, as revealed in The Urantia Book

THE SYRIAN WOMAN

There lived near the home of Karuska, where the Master lodged, a Syrian woman who had heard much of Jesus as a great healer and teacher, and on this Sabbath afternoon she came over, bringing her little daughter. The child, about twelve years old, was afflicted with a grievous nervous disorder characterized by convulsions and other distressing manifestations.
Jesus had charged his associates to tell no one of his presence at the home of Karuska, explaining that he desired to have a rest. While they had obeyed their Master's instructions, the servant of Karuska had gone over to the house of this Syrian woman, Norana, to inform her that Jesus lodged at the home of her mistress and had urged this anxious mother to bring her afflicted daughter for healing. This mother, of course, believed that her child was possessed by a demon, an unclean spirit.
When Norana arrived with her daughter, the Alpheus twins explained through an interpreter that the Master was resting and could not be disturbed; whereupon Norana replied that she and the child would remain right there until the Master had finished his rest. Peter also endeavored to reason with her and to persuade her to go home. He explained that Jesus was weary with much teaching and healing, and that he had come to Phoenicia for a period of quiet and rest. But it was futile; Norana would not leave. To Peter's entreaties she replied only: "I will not depart until I have seen your Master. I know he can cast the demon out of my child, and I will not go until the healer has looked upon my daughter."
Then Thomas sought to send the woman away but met only with failure. To him she said: "I have faith that your Master can cast out this demon which torments my child. I have heard of his mighty works in Galilee, and I believe in him. What has happened to you, his disciples, that you would send away those who come seeking your Master's help?" And when she had thus spoken, Thomas withdrew.
Then came forward Simon Zelotes to remonstrate with Norana. Said Simon: "Woman, you are a Greek -speaking gentile. It is not right that you should expect the Master to take the bread intended for the children of the favored household and cast it to the dogs." But Norana refused to take offense at Simon's thrust. She replied only: "Yes, teacher, I understand your words. I am only a dog in the eyes of the Jews, but as concerns your Master, I am a believing dog. I am determined that he shall see my daughter, for I am persuaded that, if he shall but look upon her, he will heal her. And even you, my good man, would not dare to deprive the dogs of the privilege of obtaining the crumbs which chance to fall from the children's table."
At just this time the little girl was seized with a violent convulsion before them all, and the mother cried out: "There, you can see that my child is possessed by an evil spirit. If our need does not impress you, it would appeal to your Master, who I have been told loves all men and dares even to heal the gentiles when they believe. You are not worthy to be his disciples. I will not go until my child has been cured."
Jesus, who had heard all of this conversation through an open window, now came outside, much to their surprise, and said: "O woman, great is your faith, so great that I cannot withhold that which you desire; go your way in peace. Your daughter already has been made whole." And the little girl was well from that hour. As Norana and the child took leave, Jesus entreated them to tell no one of this occurrence; and while his associates did comply with this request, the mother and the child ceased not to proclaim the fact of the little girl's healing throughout all the countryside and even in Sidon, so much so that Jesus found it advisable to change his lodgings within a few days.
The next day, as Jesus taught his apostles, commenting on the cure of the daughter of the Syrian woman, he said: "And so it has been all the way along; you see for yourselves how the gentiles are able to exercise saving faith in the teachings of the gospel of the kingdom of heaven. Verily, verily, I tell you that the Father's kingdom shall be taken by the gentiles if the children of Abraham are not minded to show faith enough to enter therein."

This wonderful story which corrects and details the erroneous account from the Bible is found in Paper 156, which you can read in its entirety by clicking on the link.

There's more in there...

Would you be interested in what else Jesus and the apostles were up to during that trip? Jesus did some teaching in Sidon about spiritual progression, and he delivered a significant teaching in Tyre, which will thrill and inspire anyone who is looking for spiritual truth and practical ways to maintain a good spiritual life.

The Urantia Book is a book about Jesus - Part IV of the book is the complete life and teachings of Jesus, restated for our 21st century times - it is a revelation of the true life that Jesus lived here and is probably the most important religious knowledge that any of us could have. And it belongs to YOU, too! Read and enjoy...

 

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