Friends, this is a wonderful article: God in a Box – Reflections on Mystery, Jesus, and the Nonviolent God by Adam Ericksen. The author, a Christian youth minister, has got it right!!!
Here's a sample:
"People often tell me that there's a great mystery to God that transcends all of our boxes. I don't think that statement is very helpful. Whatever 'mystery' there was to God, Jesus revealed it.
"Jesus said to his disciples, 'Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.'
"Ephesians tells us that God, 'has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.'
"Colossians speaks frequently about the mystery of God being revealed in Christ. Paul wrote that Christ has made 'the word of God fully known, the mystery that has been hidden throughout the ages and generations but has now been revealed to the saints.' "
It was a pleasure to read this inspiring article, and I invite you to enjoy it, too.
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Usually, in this blog, we notice an article in the popular press, and find ourselves trying to correlate it with Urantia Book teachings; we try to inform the reader of these Christian-oriented articles of the expanded truths that they can find in The Urantia Book - especially when it comes to Jesus - the life he lived and the teachings he left with us.
This article has the "Jesus-piece" down perfectly. We could not say it better; and here are some UB passages that totally agree:
157:6.13 "Nevertheless, I tell you that the Father and I are one. He who has seen me has seen the Father. My Father is working with me in all these things, and he will never leave me alone in my mission, even as I will never forsake you when you presently go forth to proclaim this gospel throughout the world.
180:3.9 And when Philip had spoken, Jesus said: "Again do I declare: He who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you then say, Show us the Father? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father in me? Have I not taught you that the words which I speak are not my words but the words of the Father? I speak for the Father and not of myself. I am in this world to do the Father's will, and that I have done. My Father abides in me and works through me. Believe me when I say that the Father is in me, and that I am in the Father, or else believe me for the sake of the very life I have lived—for the work's sake."
The Truth About God
One thing that I found wonderfully refreshing in this article was that the author chose to portray God not as the vengeful, judgmental God of the Old Testament, but as the loving, kind, tolerant and forgiving God who was embodied in JESUS - the Father/God who Jesus came to reveal to humanity. This is such an important transition that needs to be made by all who sincerely seek the truth of God and the truth of Jesus and his mission. Jesus came to upstep that old portrayal of God in the OT to the reality of the heavenly, loving Father.
It seems to this writer that there is a good reason that the authors of The Urantia Book tell us:
196:1.3 Of all human knowledge, that which is of greatest value is to know the religious life of Jesus and how he lived it.
Clearly, by studying the life and teachings of Jesus in The Urantia Book, we definitely get ample evidence of the loving nature of this Father-God.
God in The Urantia Book
But it is not only in Part IV of The Urantia Book that we can meet God. The Urantia Book begins and ends with God - literally. The first sentences of Paper 1 read:
1:0.1 The Universal Father is the God of all creation, the First Source and Center of all things and beings. First think of God as a creator, then as a controller, and lastly as an infinite upholder.
And the last sentences in Paper 196 read:
196:3.35 The Father is living love, and this life of the Father is in his Sons. And the spirit of the Father is in his Son's sons—mortal men. When all is said and done, the Father idea is still the highest human concept of God.
The Urantia Book is full of God - from beginning to end. Part I introduces us to God as he really is, complete with his loving nature, his personality, and his Fatherhood.
Click to read Part I about The Universal Father
And Part IV - the final part of The Urantia Book, shows us the emdodiment of the revelation of God and his creation in Part I.
Click to read Part IV, including Paper 196 "The Faith of Jesus"
What Else is in The Urantia Book?
In between those two parts, we are given a revelation of where we stand in God's creation, and a revelation of the true and complete history of our world, Urantia.
Taken as a complete narrative, The Urantia Book spells out for us an amazing "whole cloth" of reality upon which to base one's life and philosophy - an orientation to universe truth that one can really hang one's hat on.
Knowing that the Jesus that we come to know so well in The Urantia Book IS a true portrayal of God himself should cheer any believer and give every believer a renewed sense of love and trust for that God, and for Jesus.