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Sat, November 14, 2015

Cocreation With God

By TruthBook Staff

What Jesus and I did today by Rev. Dan Safarik

Folks, this is an absolutely charming article using sweet little stories to get across the idea that when we team up with God, we can accomplish great things! See my blog below for an expansion of the story of Jesus' feeding of the 5,000. Here's the snippet with that story from the article:

"The third story relates to a special miracle in the Bible. It's recorded in the gospel of John, chapter 6, verses one to 14. There we find the story of Jesus' feeding of the 5,000. He uses five barley loaves and two fish provided by a little boy, to miraculously feed that vast multitude of people. One legend connected to the story tells that after the miracle, the little boy who provided the five loaves and two fish made his way home, ran into his house shouting: "Mama! Mama! You'll never guess what Jesus and I did today!"

Of course, the thread that runs through these three stories is the fact that when we join forces with a greater strength ... together we can indeed do incredible things."

It's a good, short read: Click to read the whole article


Now, Urantia Book readers will be more than familiar with this amazing story from the Life and Teachings of Jesus. It is a beloved story for Christians and UB students alike, as it tells the incredible story of the time when Jesus miraculously multiplied the loaves and fishes to feed the multitudes that had followed him.

That "little boy" from the article above is none other than John Mark; he wasn't really a little boy, but he was a young teenager - younger than the apostles. You can read all about John Mark HERE

In the story, we read about John, and this is the first time he is mentioned in The Urantia Book:

152:2.7 Jesus turned to Andrew and Philip, saying: "I do not want to send these people away. Here they are, like sheep without a shepherd. I would like to feed them. What food have we with us?" While Philip was conversing with Matthew and Judas, Andrew sought out the Mark lad to ascertain how much was left of their store of provisions. He returned to Jesus, saying: "The lad has left only five barley loaves and two dried fishes"—and Peter promptly added, "We have yet to eat this evening."

Continuing the story:

152:2.8 For a moment Jesus stood in silence. There was a faraway look in his eyes. The apostles said nothing. Jesus turned suddenly to Andrew and said, "Bring me the loaves and fishes." And when Andrew had brought the basket to Jesus, the Master said: "Direct the people to sit down on the grass in companies of one hundred and appoint a leader over each group while you bring all of the evangelists here with us."
152:2.9 Jesus took up the loaves in his hands, and after he had given thanks, he broke the bread and gave to his apostles, who passed it on to their associates, who in turn carried it to the multitude. Jesus in like manner broke and distributed the fishes. And this multitude did eat and were filled. And when they had finished eating, Jesus said to the disciples: "Gather up the broken pieces that remain over so that nothing will be lost." And when they had finished gathering up the fragments, they had twelve basketfuls. They who ate of this extraordinary feast numbered about five thousand men, women, and children.
152:2.10 And this is the first and only nature miracle which Jesus performed as a result of his conscious preplanning. It is true that his disciples were disposed to call many things miracles which were not, but this was a genuine supernatural ministration. In this case, so we were taught, Michael multiplied food elements as he always does except for the elimination of the time factor and the visible life channel.

We read not only the familiar story, but numerous details never before known about it. Check it out!

Click to read the entire account of the Feeding of the Five Thousand from The Urantia Book

When Jesus was on earth as a mortal man, he demonstrated he process of joining forces with God to produce great deeds. We may not have the same power to manifest the kinds of material miracles that Jesus performed, but we can certainly link up our minds and hearts to the power of God within us to effect mighty change in ourselves and influence our world. The Urantia Book calls this reality of God-within the Thought Adjuster

108:0.2 Nothing in the entire universe can substitute for the fact of experience on nonexistential levels. The infinite God is, as always, replete and complete, infinitely inclusive of all things except evil and creature experience. God cannot do wrong; he is infallible. God cannot experientially know what he has never personally experienced; God's preknowledge is existential. Therefore does the spirit of the Father descend from Paradise to participate with finite mortals in every bona fide experience of the ascending career; it is only by such a method that the existential God could become in truth and in fact man's experiential Father. The infinity of the eternal God encompasses the potential for finite experience, which indeed becomes actual in the ministry of the Adjuster fragments that actually share the life vicissitude experiences of human beings.
116:4.8 The local universes are the starting points of true evolution, the spawning grounds of bona fide imperfect personalities endowed with the freewill choice of becoming cocreators of themselves as they are to be.

And Jesus himself is present with us also, as the Spirit of Truth - that "good Spirit," the "comforter" that Jesus sent to take his place after he ascended to the Father. This indwelling Spirit of Jesus also is a chance for us to hook up with Divine power for our benefit and the benefit of the world:

178:1.6 Jesus taught: In the gospel of the kingdom there resides the mighty Spirit of Truth, and presently I will pour out this same spirit upon all flesh. The fruits of the spirit, your sincere and loving service, are the mighty social lever to uplift the races of darkness, and this Spirit of Truth will become your power-multiplying fulcrum.

Read more about God Within

As so well stated in the article above: "God can take our little and make it much! If we simply offer him what we have (humble though it may be), God can use it in amazing ways!"

By deliberately joining forces with the powers of goodness that are constantly with us, we have the potential to become more than we are - immortal.

117:4.14 God first loves man and confers upon him the potential of immortality —eternal reality. And as man loves God, so does man become eternal in actuality. And here is mystery: The more closely man approaches God through love, the greater the reality—actuality—of that man. When man consecrates his will to the doing of the Father's will, when man gives God all that he has, then does God make that man more than he is.

While we may not always be able to do miraculous works, we certainly CAN become mighty forces for good on earth if we simply consecrate our whole being to the doing of the will of God , as Jesus did. Then, we can celebrate our victories with Jesus as we realize how powerful we can be when we offer our small selves to God and allow him to have his way with us - for our good and the good of all the world!

Stay close to Jesus, love much, listen for guidance, and act courageously on behalf of the good, the true and the beautiful so that God will do mighty works THROUGH us!

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Tue, October 13, 2015

Is the Bible the word of God?

By TruthBook Staff

Myth: The Bible is the Word of God

This is a GREAT article, thoughtful, and well worth the read. I say: RIGHT-ON! See our blog below...

Here's the author's opening shot:

"Conservative Christianity affirms the idea of "Biblical Inerrancy;" that is, the Bible is the literal, Divinely-inspired Word of God. Whether or not they accept the scholarly consensuses on authorship of specific books (and some do not) they do believe that these authors' pens were guided by the hand of God, and thus the bible is in a sense perfect. This can be expressed in two nonexclusive ways: 1.) that the bible is without error, and 2.) that the bible does not affirm anything that is not true.

"If the Bible is perfect, how can it contradict itself so much? Some may look at these and other examples and shrug, grunting something about "God working in mysterious ways." For the rational-minded among us, this answer will not suffice."

Click to read the entire article


As any Urantia Book reader/student knows, it's quite a challenge to speak to some Christians about the supposed inerrancy of the Bible. Even in Jesus' day, there was a prevailing belief in the sacred nature of the Scriptures, so this is an issue that has been in the forefront of religion since day one.

The truth is, there's a lot in the Bible that is downright horrible...anyone who has read the whole Bible knows this. There's unkindness, vengeance, murder, stonings...and God is made to seem to distant and angry much of the time. There's definitely a disconnect between the God of the Old Testament and the God that Jesus represented...and that's not all.

But, what has the world had up until now? The Bible and the Scriptures have nurtured the idea of God, and presented Jesus to the world for the past 2000 years, so we can't just throw it away, or suddenly decide that, just because it is not 100% inspired, that we need to ignore it. The Urantia Book teaches:

"Do not overlook the value of your spiritual heritage, the river of truth running down through the centuries..." And that surely includes the Bible, warts and all.

How Jesus Used Scripture

Jesus was raised in Scripture and he used Scripture liberally in his ministry. But he was wise about it. He came to earth to reveal a new kind of understanding of God to mankind...a new revelation of God's kindness, his mercy, his Fatherhood, and his abundant LOVE for mankind. And so, when he was introducing Kingdom ideas and brotherhood ideas, he was wise to use only the parts of Scripture that would support those ideas.

Here's a story from The Urantia Book that illustrates that wisdom...we would be wise to take heed:

159:5.1 At Philadelphia, where James was working, Jesus taught the disciples about the positive nature of the gospel of the kingdom. When, in the course of his remarks, he intimated that some parts of the Scripture were more truth-containing than others and admonished his hearers to feed their souls upon the best of the spiritual food, James interrupted the Master, asking: "Would you be good enough, Master, to suggest to us how we may choose the better passages from the Scriptures for our personal edification?" And Jesus replied: "Yes, James, when you read the Scriptures look for those eternally true and divinely beautiful teachings, such as:
"Create in me a clean heart, O Lord.
"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
"You should love your neighbor as yourself.
"For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying, fear not; I will help you.
"Neither shall the nations learn war any more."
And this is illustrative of the way Jesus, day by day, appropriated the cream of the Hebrew scriptures for the instruction of his followers and for inclusion in the teachings of the new gospel of the kingdom. Other religions had suggested the thought of the nearness of God to man, but Jesus made the care of God for man like the solicitude of a loving father for the welfare of his dependent children and then made this teaching the cornerstone of his religion. And thus did the doctrine of the fatherhood of God make imperative the practice of the brotherhood of man. The worship of God and the service of man became the sum and substance of his religion. Jesus took the best of the Jewish religion and translated it to a worthy setting in the new teachings of the gospel of the kingdom.

Click to read about the positive nature of Jesus' religion

Jesus Tells Us the Truth About the Bible

But the biggest surprise to the apostles and to modern-day adherents of the inerrancy of Scripture is found in Jesus' talk with Nathaniel about this subject. Nathaniel asked Jesus:

"Master, could you trust me to know the truth about the Scriptures? I observe that you teach us only a portion of the sacred writings—the best as I view it—and I infer that you reject the teachings of the rabbis to the effect that the words of the law are the very words of God, having been with God in heaven even before the times of Abraham and Moses. What is the truth about the Scriptures?"

Jesus begins by saying:

159:4.2 "Nathaniel, you have rightly judged; I do not regard the Scriptures as do the rabbis. I will talk with you about this matter on condition that you do not relate these things to your brethren, who are not all prepared to receive this teaching. The words of the law of Moses and the teachings of the Scriptures were not in existence before Abraham. Only in recent times have the Scriptures been gathered together as we now have them. While they contain the best of the higher thoughts and longings of the Jewish people, they also contain much that is far from being representative of the character and teachings of the Father in heaven; wherefore must I choose from among the better teachings those truths which are to be gleaned for the gospel of the kingdom.

Click to read Jesus' full answer.

At the end of the talk, we read:

159:4.11 Nathaniel was enlightened, and shocked, by the Master's pronouncement. He long pondered this talk in the depths of his soul, but he told no man concerning this conference until after Jesus' ascension; and even then he feared to impart the full story of the Master's instruction.

And I think that reaction of Nathaniel is probably not unlike how some people will feel when they discover the truth - Jesus' truth - about the Scripture.

In another sense, it may turn out to be a relief. Anyone with a kindly heart and a relationship with Jesus must have to do some sort of compromising in their hearts in order to convince themselves that God can be as distant, as angry and as vengeful as he often is portrayed in the Bible, or that the scanty accounts of Jesus' life are all we'll ever have.

In our times, we have been gifted with a new revelation of truth concerning the Father, and Jesus. In The Urantia Book, we are given not only a new revelation of God, but also a personification of that revelation in the complete life and teachings of Jesus, from whence the above stories come from.

More about the Gospels

Much of Part IV of The Urantia Book is meant to parallel and illuminate the 4 well-known and well-loved gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. But you'll find such rich detail, such understandable narrative and chronologic continuity. And this was accomplished not only by the skill of the authors to weave known human sources for the life of Jesus, but by also employing "superplanetary sources of information." Somewhere there is a repository of knowledge about Jesus life and I suspect that each and every moment of it is preserved for all time and for all people who may ever want to see it. We have been gifted with a large chunk of it in Part IV of The Urantia Book.

In the very beginning of the narrative of Jesus' life, we are treated to the real story concerning New Testament writings:

Click to read the truth about the new testament and its authorship

I'd like to leave you with one more tidbit from that talk with Nathaniel, but I hope that you will go to the links in this piece and see for yourself the truth about Scripture:

Said Jesus:

159:4.6 "Nathaniel, never forget, the Father does not limit the revelation of truth to any one generation or to any one people. Many earnest seekers after the truth have been, and will continue to be, confused and disheartened by these doctrines of the perfection of the Scriptures."

Jesus certainly was right about that...This story of the talk with Natahaniel about the value of Scripture is just one such example of what you'll find in The Urantia Book stories about the Life and Teachings of Jesus. But rather than continuing with feelings of confusion or disappointment, rejoice that the truth can finally be known - from no less an authority than Jesus himself!

Read, and be amazed! Read, and be enlightened! Read, and get to know Jesus as you've never seen him before! Learn his true teachings and his true mission and the BEST way to love and use the Bible for the highest good of all.

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Thu, October 08, 2015

Was Jesus Politically Active?

By TruthBook Staff

What If Jesus Had Become a Politician? by Shawn A. Akers

This title really interested me; not only is it an intriguing question, but I also remembered an event from Jesus' life where he actually had an opportunity to become involved in politics...see my blog below.

But the main subject of the article is the great temptation of Jesus. The author's opening statement:

"It's a good thing Jesus was above reproach. Otherwise, He could have been seen as simply another politician who fell for Satan's empty promises and what the world has to offer.

"He is the perfect example for believers to follow when the seduction of sin taps us on the shoulder and the enticement of self-gratification presents itself."

Click to read the entire article


I didn't post too much of the article - I have to admit it was really the title of the piece that caught my attention, more than the content. The article is discussing the "temptation" of Jesus in the wilderness, and how he could have given in to the lures of Satan, but thankfully, didn't. It is a very traditional Christian perspective, but it does have some good points to it, so have a look!

But First: The "Great Temptation"in The Urantia Book

Nevertheless, this is a good opportunity to share the Urantia Book story of this amazing event. As Urantia Book readers know - and what anyone could know, if they were familiar with Part IV of the Urantia Book (The Life and Teachings of Jesus), is that the so-called temptation of Jesus on Mt Hermon had far more to do with a mere encounter on a mountaintop between the force of good and the force of evil, although it was certainly that as well...

This meeting took place BEFORE Jesus' baptism (contrary to the Bible story), when Jesus was nearing the end of a year of solitary travel prior to his preparations for being about the Father's work; and it was quite a momentous year for Jesus.

Just the year before, he had worked as a caravan conductor to the Caspian Sea; and following his return to the Persian city of Urmia, he gave a series of amazing lectures on politics that should be required reading for any aspiring statesperson! From The Urantia Book:

134:7.1 This is the year of Jesus' solitary wanderings through Palestine and Syria. Throughout this year of travel he was known by various names in different parts of the country: the carpenter of Nazareth, the boatbuilder of Capernaum, the scribe of Damascus, and the teacher of Alexandria.
And at the end of this trip, Jesus' Spirit within "led Jesus to forsake the dwelling places of men and betake himself up to Mount Hermon that he might finish his work of mastering his human mind and complete the task of effecting his full consecration to the remainder of his lifework on earth."

This momentous meeting with Satan on the mountaintop is full of revealed details that were known only to the celestials until The Urantia Book. It is a thrilling and informative and inspiring story of Jesus' settling of the Lucifer rebellion and his regaining of unquestioned sovereignty of the universe from the rebels

Click to read about the Soujourn on Mount Hermon

17 Year-Old Jesus and the Political Arena

And as fascinating as that story is, what I really wanted to share with you is that bit of Urantia Book detail about Jesus early "unknown" years that I mentioned above - about Jesus and politics. Did you have any idea that Jesus had the opportunity to get politically involved when he was just 17 years-old? It's true...and when you read some of these parts of Jesus' life, it is easy to see that the more things change, the more they stay the same; political strife and politcal struggle has always been with us, and it is no different today.

127:2.6 Jesus, then scarcely seventeen years of age, was confronted with one of the most delicate and difficult situations of his early life. Patriotic issues, especially when complicated by tax-gathering foreign oppressors, are always difficult for spiritual leaders to relate themselves to, and it was doubly so in this case since the Jewish religion was involved in all this agitation against Rome.

He risked a lot of bad feeling between himself and several of his close family over his refusal to join the cause. But he ended up staying true to his responsibilities to his family and to his mission. But I suspect Jesus was formulating plenty of thoughts about politics; by the time he was 30 years-old, he certainly had some revolutionary ideas for the times; if you click on this link, you'll see what I mean. These lectures on politics that he gave years later at Urmia demonstrate that his mind was quite active regarding political realities, even though he himself was never actively engaged in that arena.

Click to read the story - Jesus in his 17th Year

For the best read of your life, check out The Life and Teachings of Jesus in The Urantia Book. It's full of stories like this one - and they're all true!

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Thu, October 01, 2015

Calling the Millennials

By TruthBook Staff

Churches Could Fill Their Pews With Millennials If They Just Did This

by Christian Chiakulas

A good's one of the millennials explaining it to us. We need to listen if we want to attract those who search for meaning! See blog below, but first read these thrilling words from the article:

"Millennials are not interested in a celestial Jesus with a permanent smile and open arms, unconcerned with the goings-on of planet Earth. We've heard about that Jesus our entire lives, and we're not buying it.

"Do you know what we would buy? Jesus the man, Jesus the prophet, the Jesus that fashioned a whip of cords and overturned the tables of the money changers for making God's house a den of robbers. The Jesus that challenged the establishment and paid the ultimate price. The Jesus that took up the cross of the poor, the weak, and the marginalized in the name of God."


"I'm all for love and a personal relationship with God, but I choose to follow the man who teaches that political action is worship, that social justice is love.

"What I and people my age are looking for is a church that preaches not just transcendental love, but that prophetic fire that makes Jesus so appealing."

Click to read the entire article


No Church, No Problem!

Even without a chuch to go to, the millennials of today would be fired up and enthusiastic if they knew the real story of Jesus as told in Part IV of The Urantia Book. He lived a real life - he went through adolescence and young manhood, enduring trials all along the way - trials that he overcame and mastered through close communication with God, and love for his fellow men. Once we know the real Jesus, our lives can transform!!! We can find real purpose, real meaning, in a seemingly meaningless and indifferent world...This is not your traditional, Biblical Jesus. This is the Jesus who came - not to establish a church, but to establish the kingdom of God in the hearts of mankind!

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."

Jesus in The Urantia Book

Now, I'm going to let the words and actions of Jesus speak! I'll start with these passages from The Urantia Book:

140:8.21 Jesus had little to say about the social vices of his day; seldom did he make reference to moral delinquency. He was a positive teacher of true virtue. He studiously avoided the negative method of imparting instruction; he refused to advertise evil. He was not even a moral reformer. He well knew, and so taught his apostles, that the sensual urges of mankind are not suppressed by either religious rebuke or legal prohibitions. His few denunciations were largely directed against pride, cruelty, oppression, and hypocrisy.

Click to read Jesus' last temple talk and his fiery denunciation of hypocrisy

We are taught:

The call to the adventure of building a new and transformed human society by means of the spiritual rebirth of Jesus' brotherhood of the kingdom should thrill all who believe in him as men have not been stirred since the days when they walked about on earth as his companions in the flesh.
If the Christian church would only dare to espouse the Master's program, thousands of apparently indifferent youths would rush forward to enlist in such a spiritual undertaking, and they would not hesitate to go all the way through with this great adventure.

Click to read about The Future and how we can affect it through Jesus

If filling chruch pews is all we lovers of the Urantia Revelation desire, that's one thing. But most of us are not preachers or ministers in a church - many of us don't even go to church. Nevertheless, we want to share that FIRE of the Master...and we know all about it from the pages of The Urantia Book, don't we?

Fire and Purpose

How about these litle vignettes:

When Jesus was 13 years-old, and seeing the Jerusalem Temple for the first time

In company with his parents Jesus passed through the temple precincts on his way to join that group of new sons of the law who were about to be consecrated as citizens of Israel. He was a little disappointed by the general demeanor of the temple throngs, but the first great shock of the day came when his mother took leave of them on her way to the women's gallery. It had never occurred to Jesus that his mother was not to accompany him to the consecration ceremonies, and he was thoroughly indignant that she was made to suffer from such unjust discrimination. While he strongly resented this, aside from a few remarks of protest to his father, he said nothing. But he thought, and thought deeply, as his questions to the scribes and teachers a week later disclosed.

Click to read about Jesus' first trip to Passover in Jerusalem...even then, he championed womens' rights!

Everywhere Jesus went throughout the temple courts, he was shocked and sickened by the spirit of irreverence which he observed. He deemed the conduct of the temple throngs to be inconsistent with their presence in "his Father's house." But he received the shock of his young life when his father escorted him into the court of the gentiles with its noisy jargon, loud talking and cursing, mingled indiscriminately with the bleating of sheep and the babble of noises which betrayed the presence of the money-changers and the vendors of sacrificial animals and sundry other commercial commodities.
Jesus admired the sentiment and service of the temple, but he was shocked by the spiritual ugliness which he beheld on the faces of so many of the unthinking worshipers.

Click to read how Jesus first saw the temple and what he thought about it

Here's where Jesus' fire really ignited!

To the amazement of his apostles, standing near at hand, who refrained from participation in what so soon followed, Jesus stepped down from the teaching platform and, going over to the lad who was driving the cattle through the court, took from him his whip of cords and swiftly drove the animals from the temple. But that was not all; he strode majestically before the wondering gaze of the thousands assembled in the temple court to the farthest cattle pen and proceeded to open the gates of every stall and to drive out the imprisoned animals. By this time the assembled pilgrims were electrified, and with uproarious shouting they moved toward the bazaars and began to overturn the tables of the money-changers. In less than five minutes all commerce had been swept from the temple. By the time the near-by Roman guards had appeared on the scene, all was quiet, and the crowds had become orderly; Jesus, returning to the speaker's stand, spoke to the multitude: "You have this day witnessed that which is written in the Scriptures: `My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations, but you have made it a den of robbers.'"
But before he could utter other words, the great assembly broke out in hosannas of praise, and presently a throng of youths stepped out from the crowd to sing grateful hymns of appreciation that the profane and profiteering merchandisers had been ejected from the sacred temple. By this time certain of the priests had arrived on the scene, and one of them said to Jesus, "Do you not hear what the children of the Levites say?" And the Master replied, "Have you never read, `Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings has praise been perfected'?" And all the rest of that day while Jesus taught, guards set by the people stood watch at every archway, and they would not permit anyone to carry even an empty vessel across the temple courts.
When the chief priests and the scribes heard about these happenings, they were dumfounded. All the more they feared the Master, and all the more they determined to destroy him. But they were nonplused. They did not know how to accomplish his death, for they greatly feared the multitudes, who were now so outspoken in their approval of his overthrow of the profane profiteers. And all this day, a day of quiet and peace in the temple courts, the people heard Jesus' teaching and literally hung on his words.

Click to read about Jesus cleansing the Temple

Jesus:1st in a Long Line of Non-Resisters!

Here's what Jesus taught about the strength of non-resistance:

Jesus did not advocate the practice of negative submission to the indignities of those who might purposely seek to impose upon the practitioners of nonresistance to evil, but rather that his followers should be wise and alert in the quick and positive reaction of good to evil to the end that they might effectively overcome evil with good. Forget not, the truly good is invariably more powerful than the most malignant evil. The Master taught a positive standard of righteousness: "Whosoever wishes to be my disciple, let him disregard himself and take up the full measure of his responsibilities daily to follow me." And he so lived himself in that "he went about doing good." And this aspect of the gospel was well illustrated by many parables which he later spoke to his followers. He never exhorted his followers patiently to bear their obligations but rather with energy and enthusiasm to live up to the full measure of their human responsibilities and divine privileges in the kingdom of God.
When Jesus instructed his apostles that they should, when one unjustly took away the coat, offer the other garment, he referred not so much to a literal second coat as to the idea of doing something positive to save the wrongdoer in the place of the olden advice to retaliate—"an eye for an eye" and so on. Jesus abhorred the idea either of retaliation or of becoming just a passive sufferer or victim of injustice. On this occasion he taught them the three ways of contending with, and resisting, evil:
1. To return evil for evil—the positive but unrighteous method.
2. To suffer evil without complaint and without resistance—the purely negative method.
3. To return good for evil, to assert the will so as to become master of the situation, to overcome evil with good—the positive and righteous method.
One of the apostles once asked: "Master, what should I do if a stranger forced me to carry his pack for a mile?" Jesus answered: "Do not sit down and sigh for relief while you berate the stranger under your breath. Righteousness comes not from such passive attitudes. If you can think of nothing more effectively positive to do, you can at least carry the pack a second mile. That will of a certainty challenge the unrighteous and ungodly stranger."

Click to read about Jesus' POSITIVE religion

Can We Find Jesus In Church Only?

195:10.21 The hope of modern Christianity is that it should cease to sponsor the social systems and industrial policies of Western civilization while it humbly bows itself before the cross it so valiantly extols, there to learn anew from Jesus of Nazareth the greatest truths mortal man can ever hear—the living gospel of the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man.

These teachings about Jesus from The Urantia Book are free to all. The revelation of Jesus' life to this sad, darkened world can ignite the fire of hope in any who read them; knowing the life of Jesus and how he lived it can inspire the most cynical seeker that this is the REAL DEAL! And once we know about Jesus, we are inspired to "go, and do likewise..." We CAN chnge the world! Jesus is still with us!

195:6.9 The materialistic sociologist of today surveys a community, makes a report thereon, and leaves the people as he found them. Nineteen hundred years ago, unlearned Galileans surveyed Jesus giving his life as a spiritual contribution to man's inner experience and then went out and turned the whole Roman Empire upside down.

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Sun, September 27, 2015

The Inconsistency of Atonement

By TruthBook Staff

How Does "Dying For Our Sins" Work? by Brian Zahnd

I highly recommend this article!!! It is one of the best Christian takes on the Atonement that I have ever read - and so encouraging! See blog below for further comment, but here are a few snippets from this article that really should resonate with UB readers, and others...

"Particularly abhorrent are those theories that portray the Father of Jesus as a pagan deity who can only be placated by the barbarism of child sacrifice. The god who is mollified by throwing a virgin into a volcano or by nailing his son to a tree is not the Abba of Jesus!"

"So let's be clear, the cross is not about the appeasement of a monster god. The cross is about the revelation of a merciful God. At the cross we discover a God who would rather die than kill his enemies. The cross is where God in Christ absorbs sin and recycles it into forgiveness. The cross is not what God inflicts upon Christ in order to forgive. The cross is what God endures in Christ as he forgives. Once we understand this, we know what we are seeing when we look at the cross: We are seeing the lengths to which a God of love will go in forgiving sin."

Click to read the article

Atonement - a False Doctrine

One of the most controversial parts of The Urantia Book is its teachings about the atonement doctrine - the doctrine that wants us to believe that a vengeful and jealous God was so upset with his erring children that he sent an innocent child to die as an appeasement to his wrath; only then can man come to God as his child and be forgiven. The teachings of The Urantia Book make crystal clear that the atonement is false; more, that this doctrine is actually a philosophical assault on God:

2:6.5 Righteousness implies that God is the source of the moral law of the universe. Truth exhibits God as a revealer, as a teacher. But love gives and craves affection, seeks understanding fellowship such as exists between parent and child. Righteousness may be the divine thought, but love is a father's attitude. The erroneous supposition that the righteousness of God was irreconcilable with the selfless love of the heavenly Father, presupposed absence of unity in the nature of Deity and led directly to the elaboration of the atonement doctrine, which is a philosophic assault upon both the unity and the free-willness of God.

Jesus told his followers: "He who has seen me has seen the Father." This is a strong, unequivocal statement. If we are to believe the atonement doctrine, how can we reconcile that kind of violent attitude of God with the life of Jesus? It can't be done...

In Part I of The Urantia Book we receive a beautiful revelation of the Father and his nature. And in Part IV of The Urantia Book, we see that revelation fulfilled - in the Life and Teachings of Jesus.

Our world certainly is in need of help - certainly in need of salvation - but the idea of killing an innocent as the means to acheive that salvation does not actually make any sense. Jesus came to reveal the Father - to REVEAL him as the loving, forgiving, tolerant Deity that he is, and so, entertaining this violent idea of God is completely out of character with both Jesus and God

Jesus' Mission - More than You Might Think

In The Urantia Book, we also discover another of the cardinal missions of Jesus' incarnation on earth: to live the life of a mortal from start to finish - to live an average life and to die a natural death. It was only in this way that Jesus - sovereign of this universe of his making - could acquire the experience to be a wise and just ruler of this, his domain, and us, his children.

Dying on a cross - murdered by wicked men - was NOT the will of God, but it WAS his will that Jesus die a natural death - and in Jesus' time, and as Jesus was, his murder became an inevitability; not because God willed it but because men did. Jesus prayed in the garden of Gethsemane that he not have to drink the cup of this horrendous suffering and sorrow, but when he realized that he would have to do it in order to fulfill his mission of living life and experiencing death as a mortal, he accepted the cup and went willingly to his death as a common criminal, all the while FORGIVING those who inflicted such suffering upon him.

About the cross, and about this very willingness of Jesus to accept the cross:

188:5.9 The cross is that high symbol of sacred service, the devotion of one's life to the welfare and salvation of one's fellows. The cross is not the symbol of the sacrifice of the innocent Son of God in the place of guilty sinners and in order to appease the wrath of an offended God, but it does stand forever, on earth and throughout a vast universe, as a sacred symbol of the good bestowing themselves upon the evil and thereby saving them by this very devotion of love. The cross does stand as the token of the highest form of unselfish service, the supreme devotion of the full bestowal of a righteous life in the service of wholehearted ministry, even in death, the death of the cross. And the very sight of this great symbol of the bestowal life of Jesus truly inspires all of us to want to go and do likewise.

Revising our Thinking

The authors of The Urantia Book devote a good deal of time throughout the book explaining Jesus - who he was, why he came, and why we need to know more about him, but these two sections should help anyone who now believes in atonement to revise their thinking about the cross:

Click to read the "Meaning of the Death on the Cross"

Click to read "Lessons from the Cross"

If the article cited above is any indication, the world is becoming more ready to hear the truths of the Father's love and the truths of Jesus' mission to the world. Both are stunningly portrayed in The Urantia Book, so consider this an invitation to check it out for yourself!!!

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Thu, September 10, 2015

Was Jesus a Feminist?

By TruthBook Staff

Jesus — the first Feminist by Ron Wood

Would you characterize Jesus as a feminist? In the modern understanding of that word, he definitely would fit the bill, as he was - and is - a champion of women; he emancipated women of his day from mere bystanders to dynamic teachers and ministers of the good news!

This very good article in the current press explores this issue with wit, reason, and humility. Here's a short excerpt, and see our blog below:

"I started out exploring how apostles impact cities but the Lord instructed me about women. It was a setup! My religious tradition I held as dogma was now grappling with my revised theology. Was what I saw in the Bible true? Were my old beliefs wrong? Have male church leaders repressed women, made them feel second-class? Have we unnecessarily kept valuable, anointed, capable Daughters of the King on the bench?

"It's important that we empower, train, authorize, and deploy women whom God is calling into His ministry. Why? Because God is pouring out the Holy Spirit on the whole church- including the women! In this experience it seems like the Holy Spirit deliberately seeks out women to bless them with gifts for service. God's anointed women are incredibly necessary in the church today."

Click to read the entire article

So, what does The Urantia Book say about women? More importantly, what does Jesus in The Urantia Book say?

Where do I start? Here are three illustrative passages from The Urantia Book that describe Jesus' attitude towards women:

138:8.11 The apostles were at first shocked by, but early became accustomed to, Jesus' treatment of women; he made it very clear to them that women were to be accorded equal rights with men in the kingdom.
149:2.8 The most astonishing and the most revolutionary feature of Michael's mission on earth was his attitude toward women. In a day and generation when a man was not supposed to salute even his own wife in a public place, Jesus dared to take women along as teachers of the gospel in connection with his third tour of Galilee. And he had the consummate courage to do this in the face of the rabbinic teaching which declared that it was "better that the words of the law should be burned than delivered to women."
In one generation Jesus lifted women out of the disrespectful oblivion and the slavish drudgery of the ages. And it is the one shameful thing about the religion that presumed to take Jesus' name that it lacked the moral courage to follow this noble example in its subsequent attitude toward women.

The Womens' Corps - Jesus Includes Women in His Ministry

Before the launch of the Third Preaching Tour, Jesus startled everyone:

150:1.1 Of all the daring things which Jesus did in connection with his earth career, the most amazing was his sudden announcement on the evening of January 16: "On the morrow we will set apart ten women for the ministering work of the kingdom."
It was most astounding in that day, when women were not even allowed on the main floor of the synagogue (being confined to the women's gallery), to behold them being recognized as authorized teachers of the new gospel of the kingdom. The charge which Jesus gave these ten women as he set them apart for gospel teaching and ministry was the emancipation proclamation which set free all women and for all time; no more was man to look upon woman as his spiritual inferior. This was a decided shock to even the twelve apostles. Notwithstanding they had many times heard the Master say that "in the kingdom of heaven there is neither rich nor poor, free nor bond, male nor female, all are equally the sons and daughters of God," they were literally stunned when he proposed formally to commission these ten women as religious teachers and even to permit their traveling about with them. The whole country was stirred up by this proceeding, the enemies of Jesus making great capital out of this move, but everywhere the women believers in the good news stood stanchly behind their chosen sisters and voiced no uncertain approval of this tardy acknowledgment of woman's place in religious work.

Click to read about the Women's Corps

There's More...

The Women's Corps is probably the biggest outward evidence of Jesus' attitude towards women, but there are others. We've put together a study which contains many more instances of Jesus' friendly disposition towards women - all women. From his early years when he first witnessed the discrimination that women received at the temples of worship down to his final breaths on earth, Jesus was fellowshipped and loved by women and he loved them in return.

Click to read about Jesus and Women in The Urantia Book

And, please click to read Urantia Book teachings about Gender Equality

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Mon, September 07, 2015

Jesus as a Schoolboy

By TruthBook Staff

Did Jesus ever attend school? by Ann Moody

A great question! He certainly did attend school, and all of the details are contained in The Urantia Book! (see our blog below)

This is a very good article written from the Christian perspective, and with children in mind. Since we are now well into the new school year, I recommend reading it with your kids; it's written by a Christian educator, and asks other very good questions, too. Here's a short blurb:

"Jesus would have learned a lot from his parents. His mother Mary would have taught Him things at home, and His Father Joseph would have taught Him about being a carpenter like he was. But when Jesus was probably about six years old, like every other six-year old Jewish boy, He would have gone to the local synagogue school called Bet Sefer. Only the boys went for five or six days a week. The teacher would teach his students the first five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, along with some other general basis education. On the first day of their school, the rabbi would give each boy a taste of honey and say, 'May the words of God be sweet to your taste, sweeter than honey to your mouth,' from Psalm 119: 103."

Click to read the entire article

Jesus' Childhood - Details in The Urantia Book!

And, after you read this fine article with them, you might want to have a look at what The Urantia Book has to say about Jesus' childhood - including his school days in Nazareth! We all know that Jesus lived a full life, and he certainly had a loving mother and father in Mary and Joseph. They did all that they could to see to it that Jesus had a good, Jewish upbringing.

As in the article above, The Urantia Book explains that Mary and Joseph taught a lot to Jesus in the home:

122:5.7 Mary was an expert weaver and more than averagely skilled in most of the household arts of that day; she was a good housekeeper and a superior homemaker. Both Joseph and Mary were good teachers, and they saw to it that their children were well versed in the learning of that day.

Click to read all about Mary and Joseph

But the days came when Jesus was enrolled in the religious community schools. Here are some interesting links from our Illustrated Jesus Stories that tell much more about that time in Jesus' life:

Jesus at Age 6

How Mary and Joseph shared Jesus' education

Jesus' school days in Nazareth

Jesus Loved Music and Mathematics

And Jesus wanted to be an Artist when he was 9 years-old...

The Illustrated Jesus Stories are a great way to introduce a child (or new reader) to these, and many other stories of Jesus' life. Accompanied by fine art, they are a pleasure for the eyes as well as the spirit!

And there's much more than this to read about in Part IV of The Urantia Book - The Life and Teachings of Jesus.

Click to read more about the "lost years" of Jesus...they have been found in The Urantia Book

A Treasure for the Whole Family

The Urantia Book is a treasure - a treasure for anyone who is desiring a closer walk with Jesus or desiring just to know more about him. With a highly detailed narrative including dates and days of the week (which have been corroborated through computer-aided software), the Life and Teachings of Jesus in The Urantia Book reveal the Master as nowhere else on the planet!

From his choice of this world as the place where he would fulfill his mission and reveal God, through his pre-bestowal conferences, his birth, infancy, childhood, youth and adolescence, his young manhood and adulthood, the story of Jesus comes alive with details never before known to us.

All of the familiar stories are there, with many, many more besides. All the events of his public and private ministry to the world are covered; his mission and its purpose are thoroughly explored; his tragic death and glorious resurrection are as familiar as ever, but with the added advantage of rich and inspiring detail as well as superb context for all of the events of his life.

This part of The Urantia Book is a great addition to the religious books you now read to your kids. Many of the stories are quite accessible to younger minds and will help the youngsters discover Jesus from the standpoint of eyewitnesses who were really there! WOW!

This is Information that Matters!

About the importance of the early life of Jesus, the authors of The Urantia Book! tell us:

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

So, parents: Have a look! Share the story of this amazing God/man with your families. Remember, Jesus was a human being as well as divine Son of God; ALL of his life is filled with inspiration and direction on how to be a good person and how to live as a child of God. Kids as well as adults will love it!

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Thu, August 27, 2015

Is Heaven an Actual Place?

By TruthBook Staff

Where is heaven? What is the location of heaven? by

Well, of course this caught my attention - doesn't it interest you, too? Have you ever wondered whether heaven is an actual place? Or do you imagine it as a strictly spiritual realm where ethereal beings float about and pray and praise all the time?

In this article, the question is answered with a Catholic perspective:

"The New Testament mentions heaven with considerable frequency. Yet, even with this frequency, detailed description of its location is missing. Perhaps God has intentionally covered its location in mystery, for it is more important for us to focus on the God of heaven than the description or location of it. It is more important to know the why than the where. The New Testament focuses on the purpose of heaven more than telling us what it is like or where it is. We have seen that hell is for separation and punishment (Matthew 8:12; 22:13). Heaven, on the other hand, is for fellowship and eternal joy and, more importantly, worshipping around the throne of God."

Click to read the entire article

A new Revelation of Heaven

We don't publish this blog to put down anyone's ideas ot theologies, but simply to introduce the new revelation of spiritual maters that we have found in The Urantia Book. We always hope that by telling others about the comforting, inspiring and realistic explanations of what has always seemed so mysterious in God's creation that many will live happier, less fearful lives.

And that's surely the case here. Don't know much about heaven? You have come to the right place!!! There are more than 500 references to "heaven" in The Urantia Book. Many are references to "the heavens," as descriptive of the realms on high, but the most informative description of what we will experience as heaven is found in this passage:

15:7.5 Jerusem, the headquarters of your local system of Satania, has its seven worlds of transition culture, each of which is encircled by seven satellites, among which are the seven mansion worlds of morontia detention, man's first postmortal residence. As the term heaven has been used on Urantia, it has sometimes meant these seven mansion worlds, the first mansion world being denominated the first heaven, and so on to the seventh.

What Did Jesus Say?

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

When Jesus spoke of the Father "many mansions," it was these worlds to which he referred - there are seven actual, physical worlds. When we die we will be transported to one of these worlds where we will continue much as we are here; we will eat, drink, learn, socialize and grow spiritually. As we progress, we will move forward until we have resided on each of these worlds in preparation for the next phase of our ascension experience.

We will receive new bodily forms on these worlds, and will continue to grow Godward. There is no magical or sudden transition from a physical being to a spiritual one; on the mansion worlds, we will be surrounded by - and our bodies will consist of - a transition-type of substance called "morontia material," explained here:

48:0.1 THE GODS cannot—at least they do not—transform a creature of gross animal nature into a perfected spirit by some mysterious act of creative magic. When the Creators desire to produce perfect beings, they do so by direct and original creation, but they never undertake to convert animal-origin and material creatures into beings of perfection in a single step.
The morontia life, extending as it does over the various stages of the local universe career, is the only possible approach whereby material mortals could attain the threshold of the spirit world. What magic could death, the natural dissolution of the material body, hold that such a simple step should instantly transform the mortal and material mind into an immortal and perfected spirit? Such beliefs are but ignorant superstitions and pleasing fables.
Always this morontia transition intervenes between the mortal estate and the subsequent spirit status of surviving human beings. This intermediate state of universe progress differs markedly in the various local creations, but in intent and purpose they are all quite similar. The arrangement of the mansion and higher morontia worlds in Nebadon is fairly typical of the morontia transition regimes in this part of Orvonton.

Click to read about the seven mansion worlds

A Comforting View

These revelations about the reality of life after death and the promise of resurrection and ascension are one of the greatest gifts of The Urantia Book. No longer do we have to wonder what will happen. No longer do we have to worry that our departed loved ones are safe or whether we'll ever see them again. Finally, we see the whole panorama of our afterlife explained in detail. The Father's ascension plan is in place for all of his children.

Said Jesus:

181:1.2 "When I have returned to live in you and work through you [as the Spirit of Truth], I can the better lead you on through this life and guide you through the many abodes in the future life in the heaven of heavens. Life in the Father's eternal creation is not an endless rest of idleness and selfish ease but rather a ceaseless progression in grace, truth, and glory. Each of the many, many stations in my Father's house is a stopping place, a life designed to prepare you for the next one ahead. And so will the children of light go on from glory to glory until they attain the divine estate wherein they are spiritually perfected even as the Father is perfect in all things. 

Click to watch our short video: After You Die

Click to read more Urantia Book teachings about the afterlife

Click to read the answer to the question: Is Heaven a Planet?

And, by the way, The Urantia Book does not teach that there is a place called Hell. Very good news, indeed!

Click to read Urantia Book teachings about hell

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Fri, August 07, 2015

What's The Transfiguration About?

By TruthBook Staff

10 things you need to know about Jesus' Transfiguration by JIMMY AKIN

Since August is the month that we remember Jesus' Transfiguration, it was with interest that I read the article cited here. The author is a colorful looking guy, a convert to Catholicism, and he has written a good piece here about this most interesting event in Jesus' life. He says, in part:

"This Thursday commemorates the mysterious event known as the Transfiguration.

"This event is hard to understand. Why did it happen? What did it mean?"

Good questions; and he writes a good article, giving us 10 points to consider about the transfiguration. Written from a Christian, Bible-based understanding of this event, it is worth a read. Christians and Urantia Book readers alike will appreciate the thought that went into it.

Click to read the entire article

Because this blog is centered in Jesus as revealed in The Urantia Book, it is a great opportunity to introduce to Christians, and any others who may wonder about the Transfiguration, the real story of what happened that day. There is a lot missing in the Biblical account. And this is understandable, as this mysterious rendezvous of the Master with celestial beings must have seemed very hard to put into any reasonable context of the day. Let's look at what the authors of The Urantia Book have to say about it.

The Transfiguration actually took place August 15, A.D. 29, according to the revelation of the life of Jesus in The Urantia Book. It was about 6 days after Peter's confession of Jesus' divinity, another pivotal event of that time in Jesus' life.

Rather than try to go point-by-point with the article above, we are submitting the actual event, its true location, and its true meaning here in this blog. But there is a whole paper devoted to this one event and subsequent happenings, including the miraculous healing of the epileptic boy, and the occasion of Jesus' rebuke of Peter when Peter denies that Jesus must die.

And incidentally, it is following the Transfiguration, and immediately after Jesus' rebuke of Peter that the revelators teach the truth of Jesus' statement about "many of you now standing before me shall not taste death till you see this kingdom of God come with power," which is mentioned in the article:

158:7_5"...the Master spoke further: 'If any man would come after me, let him disregard himself, take up his responsibilities daily, and follow me. For whosoever would save his life selfishly, shall lose it, but whosoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's, shall save it. What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul? What would a man give in exchange for eternal life? Be not ashamed of me and my words in this sinful and hypocritical generation, even as I will not be ashamed to acknowledge you when in glory I appear before my Father in the presence of all the celestial hosts. Nevertheless, many of you now standing before me shall not taste death till you see this kingdom of God come with power.' ":

We would recommend that any interested person read that whole paper for complete comparison with the Biblical accounts and with the article cited above- Paper 158

Here is the Urantia Book account:

"Early on the morning of Monday, August 15, Jesus and the three apostles began the ascent of Mount Hermon, and this was six days after the memorable noontide confession of Peter by the roadside under the mulberry trees.
"Jesus had been summoned to go up on the mountain, apart by himself, for the transaction of important matters having to do with the progress of his bestowal in the flesh as this experience was related to the universe of his own creation. It is significant that this extraordinary event was timed to occur while Jesus and the apostles were in the lands of the gentiles, and that it actually transpired on a mountain of the gentiles.
"They reached their destination, about halfway up the mountain, shortly before noon, and while eating lunch, Jesus told the three apostles something of his experience in the hills to the east of Jordan shortly after his baptism and also some more of his experience on Mount Hermon in connection with his former visit to this lonely retreat.
"When a boy, Jesus used to ascend the hill near his home and dream of the battles which had been fought by the armies of empires on the plain of Esdraelon; now he ascended Mount Hermon to receive the endowment which was to prepare him to descend upon the plains of the Jordan to enact the closing scenes of the drama of his bestowal on Urantia. The Master could have relinquished the struggle this day on Mount Hermon and returned to his rule of the universe domains, but he not only chose to meet the requirements of his order of divine sonship embraced in the mandate of the Eternal Son on Paradise, but he also elected to meet the last and full measure of the present will of his Paradise Father. On this day in August three of his apostles saw him decline to be invested with full universe authority. They looked on in amazement as the celestial messengers departed, leaving him alone to finish out his earth life as the Son of Man and the Son of God.
"The faith of the apostles was at a high point at the time of the feeding of the five thousand, and then it rapidly fell almost to zero. Now, as a result of the Master's admission of his divinity, the lagging faith of the twelve arose in the next few weeks to its highest pitch, only to undergo a progressive decline. The third revival of their faith did not occur until after the Master's resurrection.
"It was about three o'clock on this beautiful afternoon that Jesus took leave of the three apostles, saying: 'I go apart by myself for a season to commune with the Father and his messengers; I bid you tarry here and, while awaiting my return, pray that the Father's will may be done in all your experience in connection with the further bestowal mission of the Son of Man.' And after saying this to them, Jesus withdrew for a long conference with Gabriel and the Father Melchizedek, not returning until about six o'clock. When Jesus saw their anxiety over his prolonged absence, he said: 'Why were you afraid? You well know I must be about my Father's business; wherefore do you doubt when I am not with you? I now declare that the Son of Man has chosen to go through his full life in your midst and as one of you. Be of good cheer; I will not leave you until my work is finished.'
"As they partook of their meager evening meal, Peter asked the Master, 'How long do we remain on this mountain away from our brethren?' And Jesus answered: 'Until you shall see the glory of the Son of Man and know that whatsoever I have declared to you is true.' And they talked over the affairs of the Lucifer rebellion while seated about the glowing embers of their fire until darkness drew on and the apostles' eyes grew heavy, for they had begun their journey very early that morning.
"When the three had been fast asleep for about half an hour, they were suddenly awakened by a near-by crackling sound, and much to their amazement and consternation, on looking about them, they beheld Jesus in intimate converse with two brilliant beings clothed in the habiliments of the light of the celestial world. And Jesus' face and form shone with the luminosity of a heavenly light. These three conversed in a strange language, but from certain things said, Peter erroneously conjectured that the beings with Jesus were Moses and Elijah; in reality, they were Gabriel and the Father Melchizedek. The physical controllers had arranged for the apostles to witness this scene because of Jesus' request.
"The three apostles were so badly frightened that they were slow in collecting their wits, but Peter, who was first to recover himself, said, as the dazzling vision faded from before them and they observed Jesus standing alone: 'Jesus, Master, it is good to have been here. We rejoice to see this glory. We are loath to go back down to the inglorious world. If you are willing, let us abide here, and we will erect three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.' And Peter said this because of his confusion, and because nothing else came into his mind at just that moment.
"While Peter was yet speaking, a silvery cloud drew near and overshadowed the four of them. The apostles now became greatly frightened, and as they fell down on their faces to worship, they heard a voice, the same that had spoken on the occasion of Jesus' baptism, say: 'This is my beloved Son; give heed to him.' And when the cloud vanished, again was Jesus alone with the three, and he reached down and touched them, saying: 'Arise and be not afraid; you shall see greater things than this.' But the apostles were truly afraid; they were a silent and thoughtful trio as they made ready to descend the mountain shortly before midnight."

The Meaning of the Transfiguration

"That which Peter, James, and John witnessed on the mount of transfiguration was a fleeting glimpse of a celestial pageant which transpired that eventful day on Mount Hermon. The transfiguration was the occasion of:
1. The acceptance of the fullness of the bestowal of the incarnated life of Michael on Urantia by the Eternal Mother-Son of Paradise. As far as concerned the requirements of the Eternal Son, Jesus had now received assurance of their fulfillment. And Gabriel brought Jesus that assurance.
2. The testimony of the satisfaction of the Infinite Spirit as to the fullness of the Urantia bestowal in the likeness of mortal flesh. The universe representative of the Infinite Spirit, the immediate associate of Michael on Salvington and his ever-present coworker, on this occasion spoke through the Father Melchizedek.
"Jesus welcomed this testimony regarding the success of his earth mission presented by the messengers of the Eternal Son and the Infinite Spirit, but he noted that his Father did not indicate that the Urantia bestowal was finished; only did the unseen presence of the Father bear witness through Jesus' Personalized Adjuster, saying, 'This is my beloved Son; give heed to him.' And this was spoken in words to be heard also by the three apostles.
"After this celestial visitation Jesus sought to know his Father's will and decided to pursue the mortal bestowal to its natural end. This was the significance of the transfiguration to Jesus. To the three apostles it was an event marking the entrance of the Master upon the final phase of his earth career as the Son of God and the Son of Man.
"After the formal visitation of Gabriel and the Father Melchizedek, Jesus held informal converse with these, his Sons of ministry, and communed with them concerning the affairs of the universe."

Again, it is recommended to read in its entirety Paper 158 to get even more details about this amazing event.

The Urantia Book is truly a gift to our world; as in this instance, it provides the truthseeker, the follower of Jesus, and even just the curious a completely satisfactory explanation of what happened during so many of the events of Jesus' life. The Transfiguration is no exception to that gift.

For the complete story of the Life and Teachings of Jesus in The Urantia Book click here.

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Mon, August 03, 2015

But What About How Jesus Lived?

By TruthBook Staff

Beautiful Church, Dead Jesus by Barbara Falconer Newhall

The title of this article piqued my interest, and maybe it will resonate with you, too. The author went in search of Jesus in European cathedrals and was disappointed by what she saw. She says:

"Specifically I was looking for Jesus. I wanted to snag some nice photos of the biblical Jesus in action..."

"...there were lots of Jesuses in those venerable European churches. Trouble is, the Jesuses I saw were almost always dead. Or dying. Or staggering under the weight of a cross."

The author adds:

"...the crucifixion has a central place in the Christian story. No doubt about that. But still, without images of Jesus the healer, the teacher, the loving son of God to fill out that story, the sight of all those bloody, dying figures is a downer.

"It's also guilt-provoking if you ever had a Sunday school teacher who wanted you to believe that Jesus died for our sins -- and that it's our very sinfulness that put Jesus up there on the cross."

Her experience made me feel sad, especially since it is such a common one.

Click to read the entire article

The author asks an important question regarding the recent phenomemnon of those who call themselves "none" when asked what religion they are:

"I wonder. Do some Europeans check that None box because the Jesus they see in churches everywhere is so often a dead man on a cross -- and so rarely a man of action bringing life and justice and compassion to humanity?"

We here at TruthBook, and those who know Jesus from Part IV of The Urantia Book, can surely relate. Once you get to know the Master as he really was: his whole life (including the "missing years'), his accomplishments in his earlier years, his relationships, his travels, his amazing LIFE ... well, the images of the bleeding, dying Savior begin to feel very unbalanced.

Here at TruthBook, we have commissioned and are collecting many new images of Jesus - Jesus as he is revealed in The Urantia Book. These new images portray a LIVING Jesus, engaged in life, engaged with people, going about "doing good." This new and growing collection should intrigue and thrill the soul of anyone who wants to know Jesus better.

There are images of Jesus in the kingdom's first hospital, where he visited the sick and suffering; Jesus as a 14 year-old at the funeral of his earth father, Joseph; Jesus on his travels of the Mediterranean world; Jesus and Rebecca, a young woman who fell in love with him when he was 19 years-old. And there are many others - including a few created by 19th century artists, but most created by 21st century artists.

click to view all 33 of these amazing images.

We say it every time, but it is true: The Urantia Book is the most valuable source of truth about Jesus that you can find on the planet! If you want to know more about him, we invite you to visit the Religious Art Gallery. Click on any of the images in "New Jesus Paintings" to read more of the story.

Knowing Jesus as a living, breathing, productive, vital man among men...all the while manifesting his Divinity through his dedication to doing the Father's will and revealing him to the an experience that must not be missed by any who love and follow the Master.

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