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Mon, January 26, 2015

Jesus belongs to people of all faiths

By By TruthBook staff

The revelation of Jesus to other faiths By Sharon Rosell

This article presents a viewpoint that needs to be heard. Urantia Book readers will not find it surprising, but in the world of partisanship, polarization, and religious elitism, the idea that Jesus is the savior for people of ALL religions mght not sit so well. It is a good article, full of compassion for the faithful of many religions - religions that, while they may not recognize Jesus as the Son of God - still revere and respect him and his teachings. The author states:

"Even those who do not see Jesus as their Lord and Savior, who do not have a personal fulfilling relationship with him, can be guided by his teachings, his love and compassion for everyone and his character. He came to Earth for all people to lead us the way to the Father."

We couldn't agree more...

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Urantia Book readers are well-aware of Jesus' primary mission - that of portraying to this world - and this universe - the accurate nature of God. And this is indeed how he meant to lead all of us on the way to the Father - by showing the invisible Father to the eyes of material people

Jesus - the Savior for ALL

Even though Christianity may claim him, his incarnation was meant to inform and inspire ALL peoples ... those of his times, and every generation that followed, whether Christian or not. Jesus did not create the Christian church - he was not a Christian. His incarnation transcends all earthly religions...

140:8.29 The teaching of Jesus is a religion for everybody ... [Jesus'] religion never became crystallized (during his day) into creeds and theological laws; he left not a line of writing behind him. His life and teachings were bequeathed the universe as an inspirational and idealistic inheritance suitable for the spiritual guidance and moral instruction of all ages on all worlds. And even today, Jesus' teaching stands apart from all religions, as such, albeit it is the living hope of every one of them.

Jesus' religion, Jesus' gospel

Over the centuries since Jesus walked this earth, the meaning of his mission has been dominated by the facts of his death and resurrection; his original mission, the religion he practiced, the gospel he preached, and the primary purposes of his incarnation have been eclipsed by the dramatic and overwhelming events during the last weeks of his life.

Jesus' life was spent living as a mortal of the earth, realizing his divinity, and then proclaiming the very good news that mankind can realize, by faith, the Fatherhood of God and the very real fact that they are the spirit children of that good God.

Not only that, but Jesus actually LIVED a dynamic, purposeful and effective religion that gives anyone who wishes to try it, valuable PROOF ... EXPERIENCE that will remove all doubt as to the Father's love for them. And this religion of Jesus - the religion of personal spiritual experience - is effective for people of ANY faith

94:12.7 All Urantia is waiting for the proclamation of the ennobling message of Michael, unencumbered by the accumulated doctrines and dogmas of nineteen centuries of contact with the religions of evolutionary origin. The hour is striking for presenting to Buddhism, to Christianity, to Hinduism, even to the peoples of all faiths, not the gospel about Jesus, but the living, spiritual reality of the gospel of Jesus.

What did Jesus say about his mission?

While Jesus was here, he made many statements concerning his God-revealing mission to this world-and to this universe of his making. Here are a few:

142:2.2 "…I come in the flesh to reveal the Father in new glory and to show forth his love and mercy to all men on all worlds. As the gospel of this kingdom shall spread over the world with its message of good cheer and good will to all men, there will grow up improved and better relations among the families of all nations. As time passes, fathers and their children will love each other more, and thus will be brought about a better understanding of the love of the Father in heaven for his children on earth. Remember…that a good and true father not only loves his family as a whole—as a family—but he also truly loves and affectionately cares for each individual member."
143:1.4 "I have come into this world to do the will of my Father and to reveal his loving character to all mankind. That, my brethren, is my mission. And this one thing I will do, regardless of the misunderstanding of my teachings by Jews or gentiles of this day or of another generation.
165:3.8 "…I came into this world to reveal the Father to you and to lead you to the Father. The first I have done, but the last I may not do without your consent; the Father never compels any man to enter the kingdom. The invitation ever has been and always will be: Whosoever will, let him come and freely partake of the water of life."
149:6.2 "…I have come to reveal the Father's love so that you will be attracted to the worship of the Eternal by the drawing of a son's affectionate recognition and reciprocation of the Father's profound and perfect love. I would deliver you from the bondage of driving yourselves through slavish fear to the irksome service of a jealous and wrathful King-God. I would instruct you in the Father-son relationship of God and man so that you may be joyfully led into that sublime and supernal free worship of a loving, just, and merciful Father-God.

Click to read more about Jesus' mission - in his own words

Click to read about Jesus' religion of personal spiritual experience

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Fri, January 16, 2015

Did Jesus Teach Belief in Hell?

By By TruthBook staff

This article really got my attention! It's amazing to me that any Christian - most especially a Christian leader - should have gotten this so WRONG! It only goes to show you that our deep-seated fear of God is alive and well - and unfortunately being promoted in some Christian churches.

Jerry Falwell, I could imagine:

"Jesus said more about Hell than Heaven." — Jerry Falwell, "Heaven and Hell"

but - Rick Warren?

"Obviously I do believe in hell. Jesus spoke more about hell than heaven." — Rick Warren, interview with John Piper

And there are a handful of others...

As unfortunate as those quotes are, the author of the article is far more temperate when assessing Jesus' preaching of the fires of hell vs the joys of heaven, and I applaud him for that.

He states:

"Jesus did not, in fact, speak more about hell than heaven. But many people who should know better still seem hell-bent on insisting that He did."

Click to read the entire article.

Urantia Book readers know a very different Jesus, when it comes to this idea of heaven and hell. Even aside from Jesus, The Urantia Book's teachings finally put the end to belief in

1) a vengeful God who would damn an erring child to eternal hell-fire, and

2) the need for such a place as hell in the universe scheme of things

Once we are introduced to the new revelation of the true nature of God, we can never again believe that he would ever create such a place, or ever condemn a soul to such a terrible fate.

This does not mean that there is no recourse or consequence for a person who rejects God and his mercy. But the "punishment" is far more simple and far less vengeful than believing in hell. If someone deliberately and willfully rejects God, that person is "extinguished," as a candle flame might be. The light goes out and is never relit. God has no need to punish that soul for eternity.

The Urantia Book puts much-needed sanity on the subject of hell. We learn how the concept of hell originated here:

"Early man entertained no ideas of hell or future punishment. The savage looked upon the future life as just like this one, minus all ill luck. Later on, a separate destiny for good ghosts and bad ghosts — heaven and hell — was conceived. 86:4.7

"The habitual violation of a taboo became a vice; primitive law made vice a crime; religion made it a sin. Among the early tribes the violation of a taboo was a combined crime and sin. Community calamity was always regarded as punishment for tribal sin. To those who believed that prosperity and righteousness went together, the apparent prosperity of the wicked occasioned so much worry that it was necessary to invent hells for the punishment of taboo violators; the numbers of these places of future punishment have varied from one to five." 89:2.4

Jesus came to our world to reveal the loving heavenly Father. The idea of hell is clearly misguided, a remnant of our primitive past, and our primitive ideas of God.

Once we received God, incarnated as Jesus, all seekers of the truth should be thrilled to know that God does not act that way:

"Mortal man was never the property of the archdeceivers. Jesus did not die to ransom man from the clutch of the apostate rulers and fallen princes of the spheres. The Father in heaven never conceived of such crass injustice as damning a mortal soul because of the evil-doing of his ancestors. Neither was the Master's death on the cross a sacrifice which consisted in an effort to pay God a debt which the race of mankind had come to owe him.

"Before Jesus lived on earth, you might possibly have been justified in believing in such a God, but not since the Master lived and died among your fellow mortals. Moses taught the dignity and justice of a Creator God; but Jesus portrayed the love and mercy of a heavenly Father." 188:4.3

As for Jesus, he never taught such error as hell. Instead, he taught:

"My Father does not sit in heaven laughing in derision at the heathen. He is not wrathful in his great displeasure...you who have lived with me well know that anger and wrath are not a part of the establishment of the kingdom of heaven in the hearts of men." 155:1.2

(Remember, Jesus is actually God speaking to us)

"...it is not the will of my Father in heaven that one of these little ones should go astray, much less that they should perish. In your religion God may receive repentant sinners; in the gospel of the kingdom the Father goes forth to find them even before they have seriously thought of repentance." 159:1.2

PART IV of The Urantia Book is itself a revelation of Jesus' life on our world

Click to read more about HELL

Many people have written to us here at TruthBook over the years, asking about the existence of hell. Here is a sampling of those Q+A:

What about hell and judgment day?

Is Hell real?

Is there a hell?

Is there a place called hell?

Enjoy our After You Die video

Also, enjoy our "You Can Live Forever" video

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Sun, January 11, 2015

Why Jesus Was Baptized

By By TruthBook Staff

Why was Jesus baptized?

Here's an article that caught my eye, and seems like a good attempt, from a Catholic perspective, to explain just why Jesus was baptised. As we know, Jesus was without sin; the Catholic--and Christian--concept of water baptism is as a ritualistic cleansing of the sin from the believer's soul and the rebrth of that soul into communion with God. So, this article is an understandable treatise on the mystery of it all. The author tells us that the reason is simple...and complex.

Click to read the entire article by MSGR. JOSEPH PRIOR

From the perspective of Urantia Book readers, the simplicity of Jesus' decision to submit to John's baptism in the Jordan far outweighs any overarching complexity of it, even though we do learn that it was truly a spiritually significant event in the earth life of Jesus:

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

Jesus is baptized

The Urantia Book teaches us that Jesus was baptized on Monday, January 14, A.D. 26.

From The Urantia Book:

135:8.4 John had just begun baptizing the candidates for the day. Scores of repentants were standing in line awaiting their turn when Jesus and his two brothers took up their positions in this line of earnest men and women who had become believers in John's preaching of the coming kingdom. John had been inquiring about Jesus of Zebedee's sons. He had heard of Jesus' remarks concerning his preaching, and he was day by day expecting to see him arrive on the scene, but he had not expected to greet him in the line of baptismal candidates.
Being engrossed with the details of rapidly baptizing such a large number of converts, John did not look up to see Jesus until the Son of Man stood in his immediate presence. When John recognized Jesus, the ceremonies were halted for a moment while he greeted his cousin in the flesh and asked, "But why do you come down into the water to greet me?" And Jesus answered, "To be subject to your baptism." John replied: "But I have need to be baptized by you. Why do you come to me?" And Jesus whispered to John: "Bear with me now, for it becomes us to set this example for my brothers standing here with me, and that the people may know that my hour has come."
There was a tone of finality and authority in Jesus' voice. John was atremble with emotion as he made ready to baptize Jesus of Nazareth in the Jordan at noon on Monday, January 14, A.D. 26. Thus did John baptize Jesus and his two brothers James and Jude. And when John had baptized these three, he dismissed the others for the day, announcing that he would resume baptisms at noon the next day. As the people were departing, the four men still standing in the water heard a strange sound, and presently there appeared for a moment an apparition immediately over the head of Jesus, and they heard a voice saying, "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased." A great change came over the countenance of Jesus, and coming up out of the water in silence he took leave of them, going toward the hills to the east. And no man saw Jesus again for forty days.

And so, we see, from this passage that Jesus' initial reason for submitting to baptism was simple. He said to John:

"Bear with me now, for it becomes us to set this example for my brothers standing here with me, and that the people may know that my hour has come."

Jesus did not repent of anything

Further, we learn that:

136:2.6 When Jesus was baptized, he repented of no misdeeds; he made no confession of sin. His was the baptism of consecration to the performance of the will of the heavenly Father. At his baptism he heard the unmistakable call of his Father, the final summons to be about his Father's business, and he went away into private seclusion for forty days to think over these manifold problems. In thus retiring for a season from active personality contact with his earthly associates, Jesus, as he was and on Urantia, was following the very procedure that obtains on the morontia worlds whenever an ascending mortal fuses with the inner presence of the Universal Father.
This day of baptism ended the purely human life of Jesus. The divine Son has found his Father, the Universal Father has found his incarnated Son, and they speak the one to the other.

How Jesus' teachings differed from John's

Jesus never taught the doctrine of original sin; he never preached that man needed this kind of outward ritual to cleanse his soul. But, the thrust of John's message was to REPENT!...:

136:0.2 When John preached the coming kingdom, the burden of his message was: Repent! flee from the wrath to come. When Jesus began to preach, there remained the exhortation to repentance, but such a message was always followed by the gospel, the good tidings of the joy and liberty of the new kingdom.
135:6.4 There was still another and a new feature about the work of this Nazarite preacher: He baptized every one of his believers in the Jordan "for the remission of sins." Although baptism was not a new ceremony among the Jews, they had never seen it employed as John now made use of it. It had long been the practice thus to baptize the gentile proselytes into the fellowship of the outer court of the temple, but never had the Jews themselves been asked to submit to the baptism of repentance. Only fifteen months intervened between the time John began to preach and baptize and his arrest and imprisonment at the instigation of Herod Antipas, but in this short time he baptized considerably over one hundred thousand penitents.

Even though Jesus did not intend to teach the doctrine of original sin, he also had no intention of thwarting John's work; and this is one of the main reasons that he submitted to baptism. He wanted a smooth transition from the work of John to his own public ministry, which was so soon to be inaugurated. To submit to John's baptism would give onlookers the assurance that Jesus was in alignment with John's basic teachings.

Click to read more about John, Jesus, and the baptism in the Jordan

Click to read an in-depth exploration of Jesus' baptism, and the 40 days that Jesus spent in isolation following that pivotal event.

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Mon, January 05, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: ‘A Different Jesus’

By By TruthBook Staff

'A Different Jesus' by Jan Linn questions Christianity's foundation

More and more in the popular press, writers and other thinkers are asking questions about Jesus and his mission to our world. The search for the real Jesus goes on...

The subject of this article is a new book called A Different Jesus by Jan Linn. The article contains this information about Linn's book:

"Linn's book begins with a statement of faith, the opening paragraph declaring: 'This book is written for Christians who believe in Jesus but have serious questions about the meaning of his being the savior of the world. They want to be Christian without believing that God rejects everyone who is not. Ironically, surveys suggest these Christians are actually a majority now, but they don't know that.' "

That caught my attention, and maybe it's interesting to you, too.

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Urantia Book reader/students hold this view as well...why? Because in The Urantia Book, we learn not only the truth of Jesus' mission to our world, but we also learn the nature and personality of God.

The Urantia Book's revelations about God and his loving nature are unlike anything that the average Christian has been taught from the descriptions of God that are found in the Bible. In the pages of The Urantia Book, we are introduced to a loving, tolerant, forgiving God who"delights in the practice of mercy"- a God who is, first and foremost, a PERSON. And this person loves us - each of us - not LIKE a Father, but AS a Father.

Jesus IS God for us

Jesus was, and IS, our most accurate picture of God, and so even if we cannot fully grasp the revelations about God in Part I of The Urantia Book, we can certainly grasp the reality of the person that was Jesus. From studying Jesus' life in Part IV of The Urantia Book, we glean an important and comforting picture of our heavenly Father.

Jesus said: "He who has seen me has seen the Father." It doesn't get any plainer than that...so, when we discover Jesus - the way he lived, how he treated people, the kind of religion that he himself practiced, we are seeing infinite God in action in the finite mortal life of Jesus.

Jesus is such a fascinating person, isn't he? To think that he is not only a real human being, just like you and me...and yet, he is also the incarnation of God. He lived a full life - not only the few years of his public ministry. He was a child, an adolescent, a young man who thought deeply, loved deeply, and served God with undying devotion. He had friends, "he went about doing good" ... "as he passed by." He wished for people to be able to love the Father as he did - he wished for us to get to know God...

From The Urantia Book:

Jesus made it plain that he had come to establish personal and eternal relations with men which should forever take precedence over all other human relationships. And he emphasized that this intimate spiritual fellowship was to be extended to all men of all ages and of all social conditions among all peoples. The only reward which he held out for his children was: in this world—spiritual joy and divine communion; in the next world—eternal life in the progress of the divine spirit realities of the Paradise Father. ~ (141:7.5)
"This bread of life which I give to all who will receive is my own living and combined nature. The Father in the Son and the Son one with the Father—that is my life-giving revelation to the world and my saving gift to all nations." ~ 153:2.12

Are you a Christian believer?

To any Christian believer/seeker who reads this blog, the invitation is there to make a discovery about a "different" Jesus - a Jesus that you may not have learned about, but that you may have suspected...that Jesus was far more than a savior for us; Jesus IS God to us, and for us. When we see and study the life of the Master, we can never again fully be comfortable with the intimidating teachings about God we may have been expected to accept in our churches. Jesus' true mission was to REVEAL GOD to mortals. Here's what he said about that:

"I have come into this world to do the will of my Father and to reveal his loving character to all mankind. That, my brethren, is my mission. And this one thing I will do, regardless of the misunderstanding of my teachings by Jews or gentiles of this day or of another generation ... I declare to you that my Father in Paradise does rule a universe of universes by the compelling power of his love. Love is the greatest of all spirit realities. Truth is a liberating revelation, but love is the supreme relationship. And no matter what blunders your fellow men make in their world management of today, in an age to come the gospel which I declare to you will rule this very world. The ultimate goal of human progress is the reverent recognition of the fatherhood of God and the loving materialization of the brotherhood of man." ~ 143:1.4

Jesus was not a Christian. He did not establish an earthly church that has exclusivity rights to pass judgment on this or that seeker; his was a spiritual kingdom, not an earthly church. Nevertheless, Christianity comes the closest to Jesus teachings in most respects. The good news is that you can be both a Christian and a person who seeks a truly personal relationship with God that can harmonize, but transcend, any earthly church or its teachings.

It's nice to think that there are a lot of us thinking along these lines, finally. The time is ripe for this new understanding and this new connection to God, and anyone can have it. Follow any of the links above to find out more about Jesus, about God, and about The Urantia Book...

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Tue, December 23, 2014

A Christmas Tale: Sorting the Facts

By By TruthBook Staff

It's all so familiar: Mary and Joseph, the trip to Bethlehem, no room at the inn, Jesus' birth in a stable, the visitation by the Magi, and the guiding star in the heavens that led them to the infant king...

But now, 2000+ years after the birth of Jesus, people are not satisfied with the stories. Historical documentation is lacking, and this seems to be a big stumbling block for those minds who want PROOF! Here's an article in the popular press that addresses the issues for a skeptical public

Click to read the article

Of course, Urantia Book readers have no such misgivings. Those of us who have read The Urantia Book know a story that is presented in rich detail about those long-ago events, details that, while not all that different from the popularly accepted story, finally make good sense of it all. And the Urantia Book story contains that unmistakable "ring of truth" that truthseekers always report when talking about this amazing revelation.

Let's take the points in the article, one at a time:

#1: "Most scholars agree that Jesus probably wasn't born in A.D. 1."

"Likewise, almost no one thinks Dec. 25 was Jesus' actual birthday."

The Urantia Book pinpoints Jesus birthdate as August 21, 7, B.C.

Click here to read more about that date that we are given in The Urantia Book. Written by a Urantia Book scholar, it is a great treatise on this important subject, and will appeal to truthseekers who really want to know when Jesus was actually born.

#2: "...no historical records attest to such trips by any Magi..."

#3: "For 2,000 years, countless people have tried to find astronomical anomalies that correspond to the Star of Bethlehem."

Click to read about the "priests from Ur," and also about the striking astronomical conjunctions of planets that occurred around that time, and how these events became connected in the minds of the poeple of the time. Remember, these people had no written documents, but instead passed information on through word-of-mouth alone.

#4: "no historian mentions the "slaughter of the innocents," in which Herod allegedly killed all boy babies under age 2 in Bethlehem..."

Click to read about the massacre of the infants, which actually numbered 16.

#5: "Historians tend to agree that Joseph and Mary were unmarried at the time of Jesus's conception – a key point for those who believe in the Virgin Birth. "

Click to read about the marriage of Mary and Joseph.

Finally,

CLICK HERE For the complete story of all the events and the personalities involved in the momentous bestowal of the Creator Son of God into our world.

And this is but the first chapter of the complete Life and Teachings of Jesus that is found in Part IV of The Urantia Book. Written by celestial personalities who drew upon eyewitness accounts of beings who were present during Jesus' life, Part IV of The Urantia Book is a must-read for anyone who desires a fuller, more accurate picture of Jesus and his amazing life.

And it's not only the nativity story that is covered in such detail. Read, and be amazed; read, and be inspired; read, and get to know Jesus as you've never seen him before.

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Sun, December 21, 2014

The True Childhood of Jesus

By By TruthBook Staff

Here's an article in the popular press about Jesus as a baby called Was Jesus a Holy Terror? by Candida Moss; it might be amusing to those of you who read The Urantia Book. It was kind of amusing to me, because the article makes baby Jesus - and the later childhood of Jesus - out to be truly a "holy terror." It's amusing on one level, but on a higher level...what a shame! Fortunately, these writings have never received any really serious consideration, but still, it is pitiful that anyone could have written - and might believe such awful things about Jesus.

Click to read the article

I guess that back in the early centuries after Jesus' death, the world was hungry for more information about him...there was common knowledge about the miracles that he performed, and so, it appears that someone named "Thomas the Israelite" penned an accounting that ascribes all sorts of miraculous happenings to the child Jesus; and not merely miraculous, but spiteful and nasty happenings, too...like the world's biggest brat with supernatural powers! There's speculation that it just may have been a effort to discredit the popularity of Christianity, and indeed, it seems to be just that.

Even now, in this 21st century after Jesus bestowal, his life is still a hot topic. Hundreds of books have bee made - scores of movies - thousands of articles on the internet. And still, the world-at-large has not come to notice The Urantia Book, and its superb narrative of the life and teachings of Jesus.

For anyone who is unaware, the real, accurate, and complete story of the life of Jesus is contained in Part IV of The Urantia Book.

At TruthBook, we've culled all the great stories from Jesus' life and arranged them chronologicaly.

Click to read the true stories of Jesus' life from age 3 to age 13.

You won't find anything mean, anything spiteful, anything ungracious - even in the very young years of Jesus'life. He was raised as the eldest of nine children, and learned early-on how to be a good son to his parents, and a good sibling to his brothers and sisters.

It is a fascinating study, and contains the distinct "ring of truth" that will resonate with any who are searching for a bigger, truer picture of Jesus

2:0.2 The most enlightening and spiritually edifying of all revelations of the divine nature is to be found in the comprehension of the religious life of Jesus of Nazareth, both before and after his attainment of full consciousness of divinity.

Jesus WAS the revelation of God to mortals - to all of humanity, both here and on the worlds of a whole universe. Seeing how he grew form the infant of Bethlehem, to an adolescent rich in grace and knowledge is a beautiful thing to behold and grasp. Even as a young child, we see Jesus as he truly was...loving, lovable, kind, teachable, and above all, a person dedicated to God and the business of the Kingdom.

If you're looking for sensationalism, you won't find it here...but you will find that knowledge which the authors of The Urantia Book tells us is of greatest value - "the religious life of Jesus and how he lived it."

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Thu, December 18, 2014

Happy Holidays 2014

By By Truthbook Staff

I am the Light of the World

At this time of year, when so much of the world is thinking about the birth of Jesus, thousands of new visitors discover Truthbook.com and the story of Jesus as presented in The Urantia Book.

Our mission is to spread the word to searching Christians and others about the Urantia Book's remarkable telling of this story.

So throughout the season look for Quotes About Life, blogs, images, stories and videos focused on this joyous time of year.

 

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Sun, November 23, 2014

Jesus Films Old and New

By By TruthBook Staff

Here's an article about a 35 year-old movie about Jesus that completely took me by surprise. It's called The Jesus Film...I was surprised because I never heard of it before!

Maybe you've seen it...according to the article, it has had a truly global effect on MILLIONS (!) of people. In the article, you'll read about the diverse persons who have found Jesus through this film over those 35 years. I'd like to see it! I do realize though, that Jesus has an incredible drawing power - undiminished in over 2000+ years. Properly presented by filmmakers who really know him, Jesus can't help but transform lives.

Click to read the article

The search for Jesus is nothing new. It has been ongoing for centuries, and, even after the world discovers Jesus through The Urantia Book, the quest for MORE of Jesus will be ongoing. Why? Because Jesus - the divinely incarnated human man - truly was, and is God to us. And there's never an end to the quest for God. The Urantia Book teaches:

106:7.5 No matter how much you may grow in Father comprehension, your mind will always be staggered by the unrevealed infinity of the Father-I AM, the unexplored vastness of which will always remain unfathomable and incomprehensible throughout all the cycles of eternity. No matter how much of God you may attain, there will always remain much more of him, the existence of which you will not even suspect. And we believe that this is just as true on transcendental levels as it is in the domains of finite existence. The quest for God is endless!

Are you wanting to know more of Jesus?

There are many films out in the world that have done good jobs of helping us see Jesus' life depicted for us. It's expanding when we can see the familiar stories acted out. I am going to look this one up and see what everyone's talking about.

But I know there is a lot more to Jesus ' life because I am a Urantia Book reader...what a collection of movies could be made from the pages of The Urantia Book's Part IV - The Life and Teachings of Jesus! Those are the movies that I am anxious to see - the ones that will tell even more stories from the Master's life. As we discover more about Jesus and how he lived, we gain a real window into the character of God, and his loving nature.

Good News!

Happily, progress is actually being made by Urantian artists who understand the importance of getting the real story of Jesus out to the world, and there is one NEW project in particular - just recently completed - that I'd like to invite you to see.

Click here for the movie announcement and link

The producer/director is David Kantor, a long-time reader/student/server; his documentary covers the time just after the death of John the Baptist...Jesus' baptism in the Jordan, up until his entrance into Jerusalem in the last week of his life.

"Re-Imagining Jesus" tells the Urantia Book story of Jesus' public ministry with the apostles. This is an important, compelling, true story, and is a great glimpse into the mind of the Master as he prepared and executed his mission of bringing a new revelation of God to man. Many of the locations mentioned in The Urantia Book are explored as they are today...synagogues, temples, cities...Mount Hermon...

The photography is superb and you'll feel like you are in a National Geographic film...it's that good.

It's very exciting to see this film make its debut into the world, and hope you will enjoy it and pass it on. The film will soon be out on DVD, and is now being translated into Spanish

Knowing this part of Jesus' life is to discover some of the choicest events of his life...and to discover that MORE of Jesus you've been craving.

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Mon, November 17, 2014

Was Jesus Married With Children?

By By TruthBook Staff

Well, we just have to wade in on this story - yet again. That's right, the story about Jesus having been married to Mary Magdalene is once again making the rounds, but this time he is said to have fathered two children, too!

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It seems that this story emerges from time to time - usually after some new piece of ancient writing is discovered. This one is more obscure than most, though. The names of the two people in the writings were Joseph and Aseneth, but the authors of the book claiming the marriage of Jesus say that these were names to disguise the true identities of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. These are actually two figures from the book of Genesis (41:50), and coincidentally, they had two sons. We say that is a pretty long stretch, to say the least! This approach may sell books, but it does not reflect reality.

What does The Urantia Book Say?

Readers of The Urantia Book smile indulgently-or clench their teeth-when they read these kinds of things because The Urantia Book dispels any notions of Jesus being married. And those who authored the Jesus Papers know what they're talking about, as many were eyewitnesses to all the events of Jesus' life, and were able to access all planetary records of those eventful days and years.

Jesus was a handsome and dynamic man. It should surprise no one that there were women who were interested in him; one, in particular, was Rebecca of Sepphoris. She wanted to marry Jesus when he was 19 years-old, but here's what happened:

127:5.4 Then began that eventful talk with Rebecca. Thus far in his life, Jesus had made little distinction in his association with boys and girls, with young men and young women. His mind had been altogether too much occupied with the pressing problems of practical earthly affairs and the intriguing contemplation of his eventual career "about his Father's business" ever to have given serious consideration to the consummation of personal love in human marriage. But now he was face to face with another of those problems which every average human being must confront and decide. Indeed was he "tested in all points like as you are."
"After listening attentively, he sincerely thanked Rebecca for her expressed admiration, adding, "it shall cheer and comfort me all the days of my life." He explained that he was not free to enter into relations with any woman other than those of simple brotherly regard and pure friendship. He made it clear that his first and paramount duty was the rearing of his father's family, that he could not consider marriage until that was accomplished; and then he added: "If I am a son of destiny, I must not assume obligations of lifelong duration until such a time as my destiny shall be made manifest."
"Rebecca was heartbroken. She refused to be comforted and importuned her father to leave Nazareth until he finally consented to move to Sepphoris. In after years, to the many men who sought her hand in marriage, Rebecca had but one answer. She lived for only one purpose—to await the hour when this, to her, the greatest man who ever lived would begin his career as a teacher of living truth. And she followed him devotedly through his eventful years of public labor, being present (unobserved by Jesus) that day when he rode triumphantly into Jerusalem; and she stood "among the other women" by the side of Mary on that fateful and tragic afternoon when the Son of Man hung upon the cross, to her, as well as to countless worlds on high, "the one altogether lovely and the greatest among ten thousand."

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Here is another passage about Jesus and marriage:

167:5.7 After Jesus had talked about marriage and divorce, later on that evening his apostles privately asked many additional questions, and his answers to these inquiries relieved their minds of many misconceptions. At the conclusion of this conference Jesus said: "Marriage is honorable and is to be desired by all men. The fact that the Son of Man pursues his earth mission alone is in no way a reflection on the desirability of marriage. That I should so work is the Father's will, but this same Father has directed the creation of male and female, and it is the divine will that men and women should find their highest service and consequent joy in the establishment of homes for the reception and training of children, in the creation of whom these parents become copartners with the Makers of heaven and earth. And for this cause shall a man leave his father and mother and shall cleave to his wife, and they two shall become as one.

He Left no Writings...And No Children

One reason people have to grope so much to find out about Jesus is that he deliberately refrained from leaving anything on the earth when he left that could have diluted his message - that could be idolized...

When Jesus (aka Michael) was entering into the incarnation process for his seventh and final time he chose our world as the place that he would fulfill this final mission to incarnate as a human being on Earth. Here, he is being advised by his elder brother, Immanuel prior to the incarnation:

0:3.7"6. To the end that you may not unnecessarily contribute to the creation of subsequent stereotyped systems of Urantia religious beliefs or other types of nonprogressive religious loyalties, we advise you still further: Leave no writings behind you on the planet. Refrain from all writing upon permanent materials; enjoin your associates to make no images or other likenesses of yourself in the flesh. See that nothing potentially idolatrous is left on the planet at the time of your departure.

Later in his life, when Jesus was about to enter on his public mission, he followed this advice

136:4.2 The first thing Jesus did, after thinking through the general plan of co-ordinating his program with John's movement, was to review in his mind the instructions of Immanuel. Carefully he thought over the advice given him concerning his methods of labor, and that he was to leave no permanent writing on the planet. Never again did Jesus write on anything except sand. On his next visit to Nazareth, much to the sorrow of his brother Joseph, Jesus destroyed all of his writing that was preserved on the boards about the carpenter shop, and which hung upon the walls of the old home. And Jesus pondered well over Immanuel's advice pertaining to his economic, social, and political attitude toward the world as he should find it.

And about marriage, he was advised by Immanuel:

20:3.8"7. While you will live the normal and average social life of the planet, being a normal individual of the male sex, you will probably not enter the marriage relation, which relation would be wholly honorable and consistent with your bestowal; but I must remind you that one of the incarnation mandates of Sonarington forbids the leaving of human offspring behind on any planet by a bestowal Son of Paradise origin.

Click to read Immanuel's complete pre-bestowal statement to Jesus

The Life and Teachings of Jesus - A Must-Read

In the end, Jesus' life stands as his true legacy...his life and his teachings...teachings which are now restated for us in our 21st century world because we really, really need them. We really need to discover the whole story of Jesus and what kind of life he lived. What did he think? Did he follow a real religion, or was he primarily "spiritual?" How did he relate to the heavenly Father?

Jesus' religion of personal spiritual experience is really what can bridge any gap we may have between our understanding of the historical Jesus (and The Urantia Book supplies ample witness of the historical Jesus) and the desire to KNOW Jesus

140:8.29 The teaching of Jesus is a religion for everybody, not alone for weaklings and slaves. His religion never became crystallized (during his day) into creeds and theological laws; he left not a line of writing behind him. His life and teachings were bequeathed the universe as an inspirational and idealistic inheritance suitable for the spiritual guidance and moral instruction of all ages on all worlds. And even today, Jesus' teaching stands apart from all religions, as such, albeit it is the living hope of every one of them.

The revelation of the Life and Teachings of Jesus helps all seekers find Jesus - not only those who already know him, but also those who WANT to know him - who suspect that he is far more than a Christian symbol. And that is right. Jesus is for everyone - Christians, Jews, Mormons, Muslims, atheists and agnostics, too. In the pages of The Urantia Book, Jesus is lifted out of the traditional Christian context and is made available to all.

So, while so many are so desperate for Jesus that they'll grasp at any straw to find the truth, here it is for anyone who wants it. Read The Urantia Book, and find Jesus...

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Wed, October 29, 2014

Jesus Preached 'Original Innocence'

By By TruthBook Staff

Here's an article that will warm the hearts of all who love Jesus, and certainly it will appeal to all Urantia Book reader/students out there. It is titled:

"Sure, the Pharisees Preached Original Sin -- But Jesus Preached Original Innocence"

The article is a good read: Click to read the article

Original Sin - True?

The idea of original sin is such a distasteful and hopeless kind of doctrine. Many people grow up believing that they have been born under forfeit of original sin - that they are basically bad from the get-go; the churches teach, of course, that Jesus came as the ransomer, to save mankind from this forfeit and take all the blame on himself. This can leave the sincere believer in the position of feeling like a passive and undeserving recipient of God's graces - not really expected to DO anything, but just to accept their badness, and then accept that Jesus magically takes the badness away through his suffering. And somehow, we are expected to accept that this is the behavior of a loving heavenly Father.

One thing I really like about this article is this passage:

"Sin is not the default nature we are born with. If it were, then Jesus himself would have been a sinner simply because he was human, but the reality is actually the opposite. That is precisely why we shouldn't shun our humanity or the humanity of others, but rather embrace our humanity, including the quirky, complicated, and uniqueness of it all, so that we can be liberated to truly love. For we are all human, and in our humanity we were made in the image of God, and God is love. It is our core image."

Teachings of Jesus About Sin

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"Do not become discouraged by the discovery that you are human. Human nature may tend toward evil, but it is not inherently sinful. Be not downcast by your failure wholly to forget some of your regrettable experiences. The mistakes which you fail to forget in time will be forgotten in eternity. Lighten your burdens of soul by speedily acquiring a long-distance view of your destiny, a universe expansion of your career."

And this is from the section called Jesus' Teaching at Tyre, and that whole section is worth a read.

And this...Jesus is speaking to the apostle Thomas, and is from the section called Evil, Sin, And Iniquity:

"It was the habit of Jesus two evenings each week to hold special converse with individuals who desired to talk with him, in a certain secluded and sheltered corner of the Zebedee garden. At one of these evening conversations in private Thomas asked the Master this question: "Why is it necessary for men to be born of the spirit in order to enter the kingdom? Is rebirth necessary to escape the control of the evil one? Master, what is evil?" When Jesus heard these questions, he said to Thomas:
" 'Do not make the mistake of confusing evil with the evil one, more correctly the iniquitous one. He whom you call the evil one is the son of self-love, the high administrator who knowingly went into deliberate rebellion against the rule of my Father and his loyal Sons. But I have already vanquished these sinful rebels. Make clear in your mind these different attitudes toward the Father and his universe. Never forget these laws of relation to the Father's will:
" 'Evil is the unconscious or unintended transgression of the divine law, the Father's will. Evil is likewise the measure of the imperfectness of obedience to the Father's will.
" 'Sin is the conscious, knowing, and deliberate transgression of the divine law, the Father's will. Sin is the measure of unwillingness to be divinely led and spiritually directed.
" 'Iniquity is the willful, determined, and persistent transgression of the divine law, the Father's will. Iniquity is the measure of the continued rejection of the Father's loving plan of personality survival and the Sons' merciful ministry of salvation.
" 'By nature, before the rebirth of the spirit, mortal man is subject to inherent evil tendencies, but such natural imperfections of behavior are neither sin nor iniquity. Mortal man is just beginning his long ascent to the perfection of the Father in Paradise. To be imperfect or partial in natural endowment is not sinful. Man is indeed subject to evil, but he is in no sense the child of the evil one unless he has knowingly and deliberately chosen the paths of sin and the life of iniquity. Evil is inherent in the natural order of this world, but sin is an attitude of conscious rebellion which was brought to this world by those who fell from spiritual light into gross darkness.
" 'You are confused, Thomas, by the doctrines of the Greeks and the errors of the Persians. You do not understand the relationships of evil and sin because you view mankind as beginning on earth with a perfect Adam and rapidly degenerating, through sin, to man's present deplorable estate. But why do you refuse to comprehend the meaning of the record which discloses how Cain, the son of Adam, went over into the land of Nod and there got himself a wife? And why do you refuse to interpret the meaning of the record which portrays the sons of God finding wives for themselves among the daughters of men?
" 'Men are, indeed, by nature evil, but not necessarily sinful. The new birth—the baptism of the spirit—is essential to deliverance from evil and necessary for entrance into the kingdom of heaven, but none of this detracts from the fact that man is the son of God. Neither does this inherent presence of potential evil mean that man is in some mysterious way estranged from the Father in heaven so that, as an alien, foreigner, or stepchild, he must in some manner seek for legal adoption by the Father. All such notions are born, first, of your misunderstanding of the Father and, second, of your ignorance of the origin, nature, and destiny of man.
" 'The Greeks and others have taught you that man is descending from godly perfection steadily down toward oblivion or destruction; I have come to show that man, by entrance into the kingdom, is ascending certainly and surely up to God and divine perfection. Any being who in any manner falls short of the divine and spiritual ideals of the eternal Father's will is potentially evil, but such beings are in no sense sinful, much less iniquitous.'"

Sin Redefined

Here, Jesus redefines sin for us...he describes evil and iniquity, and outlines the differences between these three tendencies of mankind, but never does he say that man is inherently sinful.

This is information that the world needs to hear - the real teachings of Jesus as related in Part IV of The Urantia Book.

No more does man have to feel that he is a hopeless worm of the earth; instead, the religion of Jesus elevates and ennobles mankind through affirming that man is a child of God, and that he can proactively co-create his own destiny with God - a destiny of achievement, joy, adventure, and eventual union with God in Paradise. This is done by deliberate choosing - by actively pursuing truth, goodness and beauty in our everyday lives, and by growing in grace so that we begin to exhibit the fruits of spirit in our relations with others.

No more do we have to feel that we are worth-less. The religion of Jesus elevates the ordinary human being to an extraordinary child of God, able to realize daily the ennobling power of the love of God

Why Did Jesus Call Himself The "Son of Man?"

As an aside, I also want to comment on the author's question about why Jesus chose to refer to himself as the "Son of man..."

In The Urantia Book, we learn of the Master's WHOLE life - not just the Biblical stories that have been heretofore available. And so we learn that when Jesus was 15 years old, he decided upon this title for himself:

126:3.6 "In the course of this year Jesus found a passage in the so-called Book of Enoch which influenced him in the later adoption of the term "Son of Man" as a designation for his bestowal mission on Urantia. He had thoroughly considered the idea of the Jewish Messiah and was firmly convinced that he was not to be that Messiah. He longed to help his father's people, but he never expected to lead Jewish armies in overthrowing the foreign domination of Palestine. He knew he would never sit on the throne of David at Jerusalem. Neither did he believe that his mission was that of a spiritual deliverer or moral teacher solely to the Jewish people. In no sense, therefore, could his life mission be the fulfillment of the intense longings and supposed Messianic prophecies of the Hebrew scriptures; at least, not as the Jews understood these predictions of the prophets. Likewise he was certain he was never to appear as the Son of Man depicted by the Prophet Daniel.
"But when the time came for him to go forth as a world teacher, what would he call himself? What claim should he make concerning his mission? By what name would he be called by the people who would become believers in his teachings?
"While turning all these problems over in his mind, he found in the synagogue library at Nazareth, among the apocalyptic books which he had been studying, this manuscript called "The Book of Enoch"; and though he was certain that it had not been written by Enoch of old, it proved very intriguing to him, and he read and reread it many times. There was one passage which particularly impressed him, a passage in which this term "Son of Man" appeared. The writer of this so-called Book of Enoch went on to tell about this Son of Man, describing the work he would do on earth and explaining that this Son of Man, before coming down on this earth to bring salvation to mankind, had walked through the courts of heavenly glory with his Father, the Father of all; and that he had turned his back upon all this grandeur and glory to come down on earth to proclaim salvation to needy mortals. As Jesus would read these passages (well understanding that much of the Eastern mysticism which had become admixed with these teachings was erroneous), he responded in his heart and recognized in his mind that of all the Messianic predictions of the Hebrew scriptures and of all the theories about the Jewish deliverer, none was so near the truth as this story tucked away in this only partially accredited Book of Enoch; and he then and there decided to adopt as his inaugural title "the Son of Man." And this he did when he subsequently began his public work. Jesus had an unerring ability for the recognition of truth, and truth he never hesitated to embrace, no matter from what source it appeared to emanate. "

Important Information

You've heard it here before, but I want to say again that the religious life of Jesus and how he lived it is the most important knowledge that any of us can have. In The Urantia Book, we have this knowledge, and it's yours for the taking. It may just transform your life

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