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Thu, August 11, 2016

No, we are not descended from apes

By truthbook staff

This aticle is interesting, considering that The Urantia Book spends a good deal of the text on the subject of evolution. Our blog (below) will expand on evolution in The Urantia Book; but the first thing that jumped out at me in this article called Dear Science answers your questions about evolution by Rachel Feltman and Sarah Kaplan was this:

"A few weeks ago, Dear Science featured news that some of you found alarming:

"You are an ape.

"That column addressed some common misconceptions about how humans emerged in response to a question about evolution: "Why aren't apes evolving into humans?"

"There's a simple answer: Humans did not evolve from chimpanzees or any of the other great apes that live today. We instead share a common ancestor that lived roughly 10 million years ago. Asking why modern chimps don't look more like humans is like asking why the children of your cousins don't look more like you than their parents. They're on an entirely different evolutionary path."

This is a good article, even though it may not reflect many of Urantia Book teachings as yet. Science marches on, and in time, it is inevitable that science discovery will corroborate Urantia Book teachings about evolution, just as it does for cosmology. But for now, it is enough that mankind has reached the understanding that he does have about who we are...and more will be revealed!

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Evolution in The Urantia Book

The Urantia Book's teachings on evolution are remarkable. They put into context the forces and the purposes behind evolution. The story of the evolution of man from a cellular bacterium to the crown of creation takes us behind the scenes to show us factors that are newly revealed for our edification and understanding...concepts that enlarge our understanding of evolution to include the spiritual as well as the material. In fact, many aspects of our civilization and ourselves are evolutionary - progress in many areas leading to eventual perfection in all.

ARE we descended from apes?

I suppose this could be troubling to us; in any event, we come from a very humble beginning indeed, so an ape might have ben a big improvement! But it is not true. We are not descended from apes, according to the teachings of The Urantia Book

The Following passages are taken from the paper called The Dawn Races of Early Man

"Man and the ape are related only in that they sprang from the mid-mammals, a tribe in which there occurred the contemporaneous birth and subsequent segregation of two pairs of twins: the inferior pair destined to produce the modern types of monkey, baboon, chimpanzee, and gorilla; the superior pair destined to continue the line of ascent which evolved into man himself.
"Modern man and the simians did spring from the same tribe and species but not from the same parents. Man's ancestors are descended from the superior strains of the selected remnant of this mid-mammal tribe, whereas the modern simians (excepting certain pre-existent types of lemurs, gibbons, apes, and other monkeylike creatures) are the descendants of the most inferior couple of this mid-mammal group, a couple who only survived by hiding themselves in a subterranean food-storage retreat for more than two weeks during the last fierce battle of their tribe, emerging only after the hostilities were well over."

Human beings are called Primates in The Urantia Book

"And now, after almost nine hundred generations of development, covering about twenty-one thousand years from the origin of the dawn mammals, the Primates suddenly gave birth to two remarkable creatures, the first true human beings.
"Thus it was that the dawn mammals, springing from the North American lemur type, gave origin to the mid-mammals, and these mid-mammals in turn produced the superior Primates, who became the immediate ancestors of the primitive human race. The Primates tribes were the last vital link in the evolution of man, but in less than five thousand years not a single individual of these extraordinary tribes was left."

This story of the first two human beings is a fascinating, thrilling account of our long-ago ancestors in the chain of evolution. They were truly an evolution!

AND - Read Paper 62 for the rest of the story.

How Does The Urantia Book teach evolution?

For an excellent overview of evolution, please see

The Overcontol of Evolution

And we also have a condensed topical study that you might like HERE

The facts of our ascendency from bacteria in the coastal waters in a sheltered bay to the pinnacle of creation is a story and a concept that will capture your interest, and give you just one more reason to love God and his plans for us. It is another instance of The Urantia Book telling "OURstory" the history of our shared world. Knowing the dertails and finer points of the evolutionary panorama will only aid you in putting proper and workable context into our seemingly random and dangerous existence here on the world of the cross.

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Mon, July 18, 2016

1.2 Million Galaxies and Counting

By truthbook staff

WOW! As Urantia Book reader/students, discoveries such as this one: New 3D Map of the Universe Features a Whopping 1.2 Million Galaxies by George Dvorsky are extremely satisfying corroborations of the cosmology that is taught in The Urantia Book.

From the article:

"The astronomical map you see here doesn't depict stars, it shows galaxies—1.2 million of them, to be exact, a new record for astronomers. This extraordinary new 3D scan of the universe provides yet more evidence that a mysterious substance known as dark energy is likely causing the universe to expand at an accelerating rate.

"The map encompasses 650 cubic billion light-years of space—about a quarter of the sky—and required the work of hundreds of scientists from the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS). BOSS is a program within the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III (SDSS-III) that measures the sound waves of the early universe, which left faint imprints on the cosmic background radiation—the "afterglow," as it were, of the Big Bang. They also left their imprints on the distribution of galaxies, which is what BOSS is using to map the positions and distances of galaxies back through time.

"And the new map is not just a pretty cosmic picture. It provides one of the most precise measurements of the expansion of the universe to date, and confirms a leading explanation for the dark energy physicists believe is driving that expansion."

Do click on this link to enjoy more images of these amazing phenomena!

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Cosmology in The Urantia Book - 375 million galaxies!

From Paper 12: The Universe of Universes:

12:2.1 When Urantia astronomers peer through their increasingly powerful telescopes into the mysterious stretches of outer space and there behold the amazing evolution of almost countless physical universes, they should realize that they are gazing upon the mighty outworking of the unsearchable plans of the Architects of the Master Universe. True, we do possess evidences which are suggestive of the presence of certain Paradise personality influences here and there throughout the vast energy manifestations now characteristic of these outer regions, but from the larger viewpoint the space regions extending beyond the outer borders of the seven superuniverses are generally recognized as constituting the domains of the Unqualified Absolute.
12:2.2 Although the unaided human eye can see only two or three nebulae outside the borders of the superuniverse of Orvonton, your telescopes literally reveal millions upon millions of these physical universes in process of formation. Most of the starry realms visually exposed to the search of your present-day telescopes are in Orvonton, but with photographic technique the larger telescopes penetrate far beyond the borders of the grand universe into the domains of outer space, where untold universes are in process of organization. And there are yet other millions of universes beyond the range of your present instruments.
12:2.3 In the not-distant future, new telescopes will reveal to the wondering gaze of Urantian astronomers no less than 375 million new galaxies in the remote stretches of outer space. At the same time these more powerful telescopes will disclose that many island universes formerly believed to be in outer space are really a part of the galactic system of Orvonton. The seven superuniverses are still growing; the periphery of each is gradually expanding; new nebulae are constantly being stabilized and organized; and some of the nebulae which Urantian astronomers regard as extragalactic are actually on the fringe of Orvonton and are traveling along with us.

And:

12:1.16 The central universe is the creation of eternity the seven superuniverses are the creations of time the four outer space levels are undoubtedly destined to eventuate-evolve the ultimacy of creation. And there are those who maintain that the Infinite can never attain full expression short of infinity; and therefore do they postulate an additional and unrevealed creation beyond the fourth and outermost space level, a possible ever-expanding, never-ending universe of infinity. In theory we do not know how to limit either the infinity of the Creator or the potential infinity of creation, but as it exists and is administered, we regard the master universe as having limitations, as being definitely delimited and bounded on its outer margins by open space.

(From Space Levels of the Master Universe)

What does the book teach about universe expansion?

In the section called Space and Motion, we learn more about the expansion of the universe, touched on in the cited article as well.

12:4.12 The present relationship of your sun and its associated planets, while disclosing many relative and absolute motions in space, tends to convey the impression to astronomic observers that you are comparatively stationary in space, and that the surrounding starry clusters and streams are engaged in outward flight at ever-increasing velocities as your calculations proceed outward in space. But such is not the case. You fail to recognize the present outward and uniform expansion of the physical creations of all pervaded space. Your own local creation (Nebadon) participates in this movement of universal outward expansion. The entire seven superuniverses participate in the two-billion-year cycles of space respiration along with the outer regions of the master universe.
12:4.13 When the universes expand and contract, the material masses in pervaded space alternately move against and with the pull of Paradise gravity. The work that is done in moving the material energy mass of creation is space work but not power- energy work.

Read it for yourself!

The Urantia Book was delivered to our world beginning back in the early years of the 20th century, when space travel and space telescopes were still in the imagining stages. How gratifying to know that now, in the 21st century, science is catching up, through factual data, to the truths of these revelations about our universe.

Please see Paper 12 and read all about it. And there are many more cosmological revelations contained in The Urantia Book that students anticipate will also be confirmed in the years ahead! Find them all!

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Sun, July 10, 2016

The Juno Mission - Jupiter Revealed

By truthbook staff

Juno has finally reached the planet Jupiter; "We have conquered Jupiter," say scientists. What is Juno? Juno is a NASA space probe currently orbiting the planet Jupiter. It was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on August 5, 2011, as part of the New Frontiers program, and entered Jupiter orbit on July 4, 2016. We are only at the beginning of what could be an amazing season of discovery about our fifth planet from the sun!

Every day we will discover new things about Jupiter and we encourage you to join the exploration by following @NASAJuno or visiting the NASA website. But did you know the Urantia Book goes into amazing depth about our Solar system - including references to Jupiter?

For example:

57:6.6 4,000,000,000 years ago witnessed the organization of the Jupiter and Saturn systems except for their moons, which continued to increase in size for several billions of years. In fact, all of the planets and satellites of the solar system are still growing as the result of continued meteoric captures.

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57:5.10 Jupiter and Saturn, being derived from the very center of the enormous column of superheated solar gases, contained so much highly heated sun material that they shone with a brilliant light and emitted enormous volumes of heat; they were in reality secondary suns for a short period after their formation as separate space bodies. These two largest of the solar system planets have remained largely gaseous to this day, not even yet having cooled off to the point of complete condensation or solidification.

Part III of The Urantia Book is the real history of our world (Urantia), from its galactic beginnings to present-day. Many gaps in our understanding of our world and our universe are filled in thanks to this amazing gift of revelation! Read all about our solar system that we call home. HERE

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Fri, July 01, 2016

Meditation Renews Us

By truthbook staff meditation, jesus, health, spirituality, jesus in the urantia book

Urantia Book readers may already be well-aware of the benefits of meditation...why? Because in it, we learn that meditation is a practice that Jesus engaged in regularly while on earth. And so, this article: Harvard MRI Study Shows Meditation Rebuilds Brain's Grey Matter in 8 Weeks, by David Wolfe caught my attention, as it appears to demonstrate again that science and the teachings of Jesus in The Urantia Book are compatible. Not that Jesus' brain needed rebuilding, but certainly many of us in the modern world might need such a renewal. And, as we discuss in our blog below, meditation brings many more benefits than simply physical renewal...

Here's a snmippet from the article:

"Surprising to some and maybe not to others, a new study has shown that 8 weeks of mindful meditation has measurably positive changes to the brain. "Participating in an eight-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress." (Harvard)

"They study is the first to document meditation-produced changes in the brain's grey matter over time. The team that conducted the study was lead by Harvard-affiliated researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).

"The study's senior author, Sara Lazar of the MGH Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program and a Harvard Medical School instructor in psychology, stated:

" 'Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day. This study demonstrates that changes in brain structure may underlie some of these reported improvements and that people are not just feeling better because they are spending time relaxing.' " (Harvard)

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Does The Urantia Book Teach Meditation?

Rodan of Alexandria, in discussing Jesus, states:

160:1.10 But the greatest of all methods of problem solving I have learned from Jesus, your Master. I refer to that which he so consistently practices, and which he has so faithfully taught you, the isolation of worshipful meditation. In this habit of Jesus' going off so frequently by himself to commune with the Father in heaven is to be found the technique, not only of gathering strength and wisdom for the ordinary conflicts of living, but also of appropriating the energy for the solution of the higher problems of a moral and spiritual nature. But even correct methods of solving problems will not compensate for inherent defects of personality or atone for the absence of the hunger and thirst for true righteousness.
160:1.11 I am deeply impressed with the custom of Jesus in going apart by himself to engage in these seasons of solitary survey of the problems of living; to seek for new stores of wisdom and energy for meeting the manifold demands of social service; to quicken and deepen the supreme purpose of living by actually subjecting the total personality to the consciousness of contacting with divinity; to grasp for possession of new and better methods of adjusting oneself to the ever-changing situations of living existence; to effect those vital reconstructions and readjustments of one's personal attitudes which are so essential to enhanced insight into everything worth while and real; and to do all of this with an eye single to the glory of God—to breathe in sincerity your Master's favorite prayer, "Not my will, but yours, be done."

160:1.12 This worshipful practice of your Master brings that relaxation which renews the mind; that illumination which inspires the soul; that courage which enables one bravely to face one's problems; that self-understanding which obliterates debilitating fear; and that consciousness of union with divinity which equips man with the assurance that enables him to dare to be Godlike. The relaxation of worship, or spiritual communion as practiced by the Master, relieves tension, removes conflicts, and mightily augments the total resources of the personality. And all this philosophy, plus the gospel of the kingdom, constitutes the new religion as I understand it.

What did Jesus do?

As a youth, Jesus spent many a solitary afternoon or evening in meditation as he wrestled with the facts of his dual nature and tried to come to harmony with the demands of his life. And by the time he was a grown man, this habit served him well. Here are a few instances:

During the 40 days in the wilderness:

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

Following the apparently miraculous events of Cana:

137:5.3 That night Jesus did not sleep. Donning his evening wraps, he sat out on the lake shore thinking, thinking until the dawn of the next day. In the long hours of that night of meditation Jesus came clearly to comprehend that he never would be able to make his followers see him in any other light than as the long-expectedMessiah. At last he recognized that there was no way to launch his message of the kingdom except as the fulfillment of John's prediction and as the one for whom the Jews were looking. After all, though he was not the Davidic type of Messiah, he was truly the fulfillment of the prophetic utterances of the more spiritually minded of the olden seers. Never again did he wholly deny that he was the Messiah. He decided to leave the final untangling of this complicated situation to the outworking of the Father's will.

As he made plans for his continuing ministry:

151:1.1 About this time Jesus first began to employ the parable method of teaching the multitudes that so frequently gathered about him. Since Jesus had talked with the apostles and others long into the night, on this Sunday morning very few of the group were up for breakfast; so he went out by the seaside and sat alone in the boat, the old fishing boat of Andrew and Peter, which was always kept at his disposal, and meditated on the next move to be made in the work of extending the kingdom.

What Jesus said to Peter:

192:2.2 Jesus then turned toward Peter and asked, "Peter, do you love me?" Peter answered, "Lord, you know I love you with all my soul." Then said Jesus: "If you love me, Peter, feed my lambs. Do not neglect to minister to the weak, the poor, and the young. Preach the gospel without fear or favor; remember always that God is no respecter of persons. Serve your fellow men even as I have served you; forgive your fellow mortals even as I have forgiven you. Let experience teach you the value of meditation and the power of intelligent reflection"

More Practical Meditation Counsel from Rodan

160:3.1 The effort toward maturity necessitates work, and work requires energy. Whence the power to accomplish all this? The physical things can be taken for granted, but the Master has well said, "Man cannot live by bread alone." Granted the possession of a normal body and reasonably good health, we must next look for those lures which will act as a stimulus to call forth man's slumbering spiritual forces. Jesus has taught us that God lives in man; then how can we induce man to release these soul-bound powers of divinity and infinity? How shall we induce men to let go of God that he may spring forth to the refreshment of our own souls while in transit outward and then to serve the purpose of enlightening, uplifting, and blessing countless other souls? How best can I awaken these latent powers for good which lie dormant in your souls? One thing I am sure of: Emotional excitement is not the ideal spiritual stimulus. Excitement does not augment energy; it rather exhausts the powers of both mind and body. Whence then comes the energy to do these great things? Look to your Master. Even now he is out in the hills taking in power while we are here giving out energy. The secret of all this problem is wrapped up in spiritual communion, in worship. From the human standpoint it is a question of combined meditation and relaxation. Meditation makes the contact of mind with spirit; relaxation determines the capacity for spiritual receptivity. And this interchange of strength for weakness, courage for fear, the will of God for the mind of self, constitutes worship. At least, that is the way the philosopher views it.<
160:3.2 When these experiences are frequently repeated, they crystallize into habits, strength-giving and worshipful habits, and such habits eventually formulate themselves into a spiritual character, and such a character is finally recognized by one's fellows as a mature personality. These practices are difficult and time-consuming at first, but when they become habitual, they are at once restful and timesaving. The more complex society becomes, and the more the lures of civilization multiply, the more urgent will become the necessity for God-knowing individuals to form such protective habitual practices designed to conserve and augment their spiritual energies.

Not all ways or aims of meditation are the same.

Jesus was a very special person - and he was a person who was both human and divine. His methods of meditation encompassed not only the technique of quietingand relaxing the body; his methods were primarily spiritual, and his purpose in meditation was to become humanly closer to God and knowing God's will.

As Urantia Book reader/students or simply as followers of Jesus, we can learn to do that, too - just as he did. AND, as the article above promises, our physical bodies will benefit as well...

Click to read a study of just how Jesus meditated, and how you can, too.

Written by a devoted student of The Urantia Book (who has since left this world) and using Urantia Book teachings, this wonderful study will help anyone to make contact of mind with God, as Jesus did, using mindfulness.

And, for the complete story of Jesus and his matchless life, please see Part IV of The Urantia Book: The Life and Taechings of Jesus

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Mon, May 16, 2016

Science Validates Urantia Book Cosmology

By truthbook staff urantia book cosmology, inhabited planets, kepler telescope, sarah kramer, astronomy

Increasingly, as science continues its march to uncover more of the truth about our universe, we see articles like this one that are so refreshing to Urantia Book reader/students. In this article, titled: NASA's new discovery is going to 'change the way you see the universe' by Sarah Kramer, we are again encouraged that the Urantia Book teachings about cosmology are accurate.

For more explanation of those teachings, see our blog below...but first, have a look at what science now knows. From the article:

Kepler, a NASA spacecraft, has built up a catalog of 4,302 potential planets since its launch in 2009. Timothy Morton of Princeton University analyzed that entire catalog to weed out false positives that could be caused by orbiting stars or other astronomical objects. He used a new statistical technique to end up with the 1,284 newly confirmed planets NASA announced today. (There were 1,327 more that "likely" exist but could not be confirmed with 99% confidence.)

Kepler mission scientist Natalie Batalha did a quick back-of-the envelope calculation using those numbers, in response to a reporter's question during the announcement about what the findings say about the number of planets that could be habitable based on their size and proximity to their parent star.

Batalha started with the estimated number of stars in the Milky Way: a cool 100 billion.

"Let's say 70% of those are main-sequence stars," she said, referring to stars of the same kind as our sun.

She then estimated that about 25% of those might be small, rocky, and orbiting within their star system's Goldilocks or habitable zone.

That means we're looking at the possibility of "tens of billions of potentially habitable, Earth-like planets in our galaxy," Batalha concluded.

Click to read the entire article, which also contains informative videos - check it out!

What has The Urantia Book been teaching since 1955?

12:1.13 The Grand Universe is the present organized and inhabited creation. It consists of the seven superuniverses, with an aggregate evolutionary potential of around seven trillion inhabited planets, not to mention the eternal spheres of the central creation. But this tentative estimate takes no account of architectural administrative spheres, neither does it include the outlying groups of unorganized universes. The present ragged edge of the grand universe, its uneven and unfinished periphery, together with the tremendously unsettled condition of the whole astronomical plot, suggests to our star students that even the seven superuniverses are, as yet, uncompleted. As we move from within, from the divine center outward in any one direction, we do, eventually, come to the outer limits of the organized and inhabited creation; we come to the outer limits of the grand universe. And it is near this outer border, in a far-off corner of such a magnificent creation, that your local universe has its eventful existence.

Please see Space Levels of the Master Universe for much more information about he structure of the Universe

But what about our little corner of the cosmos?

0:0.5 Your world, Urantia, is one of many similar inhabited planets which comprise the local universe ofNebadon. This universe, together with similar creations, makes up the superuniverse of Orvonton, from whose capital, Uversa, our commission hails. Orvonton is one of the seven evolutionary superuniverses of time and space which circle the never-beginning, never-ending creation of divine perfection—the central universe of Havona. At the heart of this eternal and central universe is the stationary Isle of Paradise, the geographic center of infinity and the dwelling place of the eternal God.
37:10.1 Besides the seraphic and mortal orders, who will be considered in later papers, there are numerous additional beings concerned in the maintenance and perfecting of such a gigantic organization as the universe of Nebadon, which even now has more than three million inhabited worlds, with ten million in prospect. The various Nebadon types of life are much too numerous to be catalogued in this paper, but there are two unusual orders that function extensively on the 647,591 architectural spheres of the local universe, that may be mentioned.

It is interesting to note that this local universe of Nebadon in which our earth is nestled is the handiwork of the person that we know as Jesus of Nazareth - in the universes, he is known by his universe title - Michael of Nebadon. And he chose our little planet for his incarnation as a man among men.

32:0.1 A LOCAL UNIVERSE is the handiwork of a Creator Son of the Paradise order of Michael. It comprises one hundred constellations, each embracing one hundred systems of inhabited worlds. Each system will eventually contain approximately one thousand inhabited spheres.
These universes of time and space are all evolutionary. The creative plan of the Paradise Michaels always proceeds along the path of gradual evolvement and progressive development of the physical, intellectual, and spiritual natures and capacities of the manifold creatures who inhabit the varied orders of spheres comprising such a local universe.
Urantia belongs to a local universe whose sovereign is the God-man of Nebadon, Jesus of Nazareth and Michael of Salvington. And all of Michael's plans for this local universe were fully approved by the Paradise Trinity before he ever embarked upon the supreme adventure of space.
The Sons of God may choose the realms of their creator activities, but these material creations were originally projected and planned by the Paradise Architects of the Master Universe.

Also interesting to note is that our local universe itself is home to ten million inhabited worlds

6:8.3 As persons you may conceive of the Universal Father and the Eternal Son as separate individuals, for they indeed are; but in the administration of the universes they are so intertwined and interrelated that it is not always possible to distinguish between them. When, in the affairs of the universes, the Father and the Son are encountered in confusing interassociations, it is not always profitable to attempt to segregate their operations; merely recall that God is the initiating thought and the Son is the expressionful word. In each local universe this inseparability is personalized in the divinity of the Creator Son, who stands for both Father and Son to the creatures of ten million inhabited worlds.
188:5.5 On millions of inhabited worlds, tens of trillions of evolving creatures who may have been tempted to give up the moral struggle and abandon the good fight of faith, have taken one more look at Jesus on the cross and then have forged on ahead, inspired by the sight of God's laying down his incarnate life in devotion to the unselfish service of man.

From Lessons from the Cross

BUT - what does it all MEAN?

See the Eternal and Divine Purpose, in which we read:

32:5.1 There is a great and glorious purpose in the march of the universes through space. All of your mortal struggling is not in vain. We are all part of an immense plan, a gigantic enterprise, and it is the vastness of the undertaking that renders it impossible to see very much of it at any one time and during any one life. We are all a part of an eternal project which the Gods are supervising and outworking. The whole marvelous and universal mechanism moves on majestically through space to the music of the meter of the infinite thought and the eternal purpose of the First Great Source and Center.

If you are a sincere and serious student of the truth - if you have an interest in space, in cosmology, in Jesus, and how it all fits together, The Urantia Book is for you! Please visit our site, www.TruthBook.com where you'll find

the entire text of The Urantia Book,

including the amazing Papers on God,

universe cosnmology,

the history of our world (Urantia) and

the complete Life and Teachings of Jesus

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Sun, February 28, 2016

We Are Mentally Wired for God

By TruthBook Staff

Science Proves Your Brain Recognizes the Reality of God, Researchers Say by JESSILYN JUSTICE

 

Urantia Book readers may not need this assurance from science, but many others may. Read our blog below ... This article addresses prayer and meditation, the benefits of which can be demonstrated with scientific experiments. But another thing that caught my attention was the researchers' use of the term/theory of the "supersense," which corresponds to an innate discernment of physical conditions, and provides for an innate sense of the spiritual world. Here's a snip from the article:

"According to National Geographic, fascinating new research has uncovered the possibility that believing in God may be hardwired in our brains.

" 'Psychologists and anthropologists deemed that children left to their own devices would have some conception of God. Some attribute this to our innate sense of detecting patterns in the world (as to discern predators or prey in nature), while others propagate the notion of a 'supersense'—or a cognitive tendency to infer hidden forces in the world working for good or ill,' says Shaheen E. Lakhan, who holds several doctorate degrees, including an M.D."

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Those who have embraced The Urantia Book's teachings about God may recognize this "supersense" as another way of expressing the book's teaching about the superconscious - the spiritual counterpart of the subconscious. In The Urantia Book, we learn that it is in the superconscious that the human mind makes contact with spiritual reality, and with the indwelling spirit of God-within, the Thought Adjuster

From The Urantia Book:

100:5.6 If one is disposed to recognize a theoretical subconscious mind as a practical working hypothesis in the otherwise unified intellectual life, then, to be consistent, one should postulate a similar and corresponding realm of ascending intellectual activity as the superconscious level, the zone of immediate contact with the indwelling spirit entity, the Thought Adjuster.
100:1.9 The unconscious nature of religious growth does not, however, signify that it is an activity functioning in the supposed subconscious realms of human intellect; rather does it signify creative activities in the superconscious levels of mortal mind. The experience of the realization of the reality of unconscious religious growth is the one positive proof of the functional existence of the superconsciousness.
111:4.5 Only in the higher levels of the superconscious mind as it impinges upon the spirit realm of human experience can you find those higher concepts in association with effective master patterns which will contribute to the building of a better and more enduring civilization.

As for prayer and the superconscious:

91:2.6 During the earlier times of racial evolution and even at the present time, in the day-by-day experience of the average mortal, prayer is very much a phenomenon of man's intercourse with his own subconscious. But there is also a domain of prayer wherein the intellectually alert and spiritually progressing individual attains more or less contact with the superconscious levels of the human mind, the domain of the indwelling Thought Adjuster. In addition, there is a definite spiritual phase of true prayer which concerns its reception and recognition by the spiritual forces of the universe, and which is entirely distinct from all human and intellectual association.

91:3.5 Aside from all that is superself in the experience of praying, it should be remembered that ethical prayer is a splendid way to elevate one's ego and reinforce the self for better living and higher attainment. Prayer induces the human ego to look both ways for help: for material aid to the subconscious reservoir of mortal experience, for inspiration and guidance to the superconscious borders of the contact of the material with the spiritual, with the Mystery Monitor.

There are many reasons to form a habit of prayer and meditation, mentioned in the cited article above; and there are many more. Click to read Urantia Book teachings on Prayerand Meditation

So, while the world may still be waiting for science to validate a belief in God, the effectiveness of prayer, or the value of meditation, Urantia Book readers are able to readily accept these realities. Why? Because these realities can be demonstrated in human experience - they are truths that can be lived.

Again, from The Urantia Book:

2:7.6 Intellectual self-consciousness can discover the beauty of truth, its spiritual quality, not only by the philosophic consistency of its concepts, but more certainly and surely by the unerring response of the ever-present Spirit of Truth. Happiness ensues from the recognition of truth because it can be acted out; it can be lived. Disappointment and sorrow attend upon error because, not being a reality, it cannot be realized in experience. Divine truth is best known by its spiritual flavor.

That is one of the best things about the teachings of The Urantia Book; they can be LIVED - ACTED OUT. And when we experience that, there's no longer any need for outside corroboration at all. We have all the proof we'll ever need, and it is rooted in our own experience.

If you are new to The Urantia Book, please understand that it is not some new religion or a fad; The Urantia Book is a revelation of truth to our world, mandated by God, at a time when we need it very much. The Urantia Book fills in all the gaps in our knowledge of our planet's history and gives us a new understanding of mankind's evolution and destiny. We learn to see with fresh insight why we are in the state that we're in, and how to overcome the darkness that surrounds us. We receive a comforting and uplifting revelation of God and how we can develop a whole new relationship with him and his son, Jesus, who IS the world's savior. The last part of The Urantia Book is a restatement of the complete Life and Teachings of Jesus - teachings that connect the other parts of the book into a beautiful whole that will lend beauty, hope, joy, peace and love to your life, from the inside out. It's a revelation for our world - and especially for YOU!

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Fri, January 15, 2016

What Makes You, YOU?

By TruthBook Staff

I was immediately drawn to this article, just from its title - What Is The One Thing That Makes You Who You Are? by Antonia Blumberg, As Urantia Book readers, we learn the true answer to this question through its teachings. See our blog below...but first, here's the idea that inspired the article (and me), explored  through interviews with a wide cross section of people:

"Zack Braunstein was reading the Bhagavad Gita, an ancient Hindu scripture, several months back when he stumbled upon a compelling term: Shraddha, a Sanskrit word that translates loosely as "faith" or "devotion" but can more broadly reflect the driving force within a person's being. The word seemed to capture something Braunstein had searched for in his own life -- and he imagined it might resonate with others, as well."

They embarked on a cross-country journey in September to ask people:

“What is the thing at the center of your being that if you woke up without you would be a totally different person living a different life?”

I do recomment the article...

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The "Driving Force"

So, what really IS that "driving force within a person's being...?" The "inner spark?" The answer is so basic and so simple it eludes most of us because we take that force completely for granted most of the time. That driving force is PERSONALITY and understanding personality provides the best answer to the question posed in the article; personality truly is the "one thing that makes you who you are." The Urantia Book describes personality as "permanence in the presence of change." Faith, or the concept of "Shraddha," as discussed in the article above, only goes so far; a person's God-given PERSONALITY is the force behind it.

The gift of personality is bestowed upon mankind by the Original Personality - the Universal Father of all.

The Urantia Book teaches:

112:1.1 Personality is bestowed by the Universal Father upon his creatures as a potentially eternal endowment. Such a divine gift is designed to function on numerous levels and in successive universe situations ranging from the lowly finite to the highest absonite, even to the borders of the absolute.

Further, we learn some of the characteristics of personality:

112:0.2 While it would be presumptuous to attempt the definition of personality, it may prove helpful to recount some of the things which are known about personality:
1. Personality is that quality in reality which is bestowed by the Universal Father himself or by the Conjoint Actor, acting for the Father.
2. It may be bestowed upon any living energy system which includes mind or spirit.
3. It is not wholly subject to the fetters of antecedent causation. It is relatively creative or cocreative.
4. When bestowed upon evolutionary material creatures, it causes spirit to strive for the mastery of energy-matter through the mediation of mind.
5. Personality, while devoid of identity, can unify the identity of any living energy system.
6. It discloses only qualitative response to the personality circuit in contradistinction to the three energies which show both qualitative and quantitative response to gravity.
7. Personality is changeless in the presence of change.
8. It can make a gift to God—dedication of the free will to the doing of the will of God.
9. It is characterized by morality—awareness of relativity of relationship with other persons. It discerns conduct levels and choosingly discriminates between them.

 

10. Personality is unique, absolutely unique: It is unique in time and space; it is unique in eternity and on Paradise; it is unique when bestowed—there are no duplicates; it is unique during every moment of existence; it is unique in relation to God—he is no respecter of persons, but neither does he add them together, for they are nonaddable—they are associable but nontotalable.
11. Personality responds directly to other-personality presence.
12. It is one thing which can be added to spirit, thus illustrating the primacy of the Father in relation to the Son. (Mind does not have to be added to spirit.)
13. Personality may survive mortal death with identity in the surviving soul. The Adjuster and the personality are changeless; the relationship between them (in the soul) is nothing but change, continuing evolution; and if this change (growth) ceased, the soul would cease.
14. Personality is uniquely conscious of time, and this is something other than the time perception of mind or spirit.

Please see Paper 112: Personality Survival for an in-depth explanation of personality and its survival potentials in time and eternity

A Unique Bestowal of Love

Throughout the history of mankind, throughout the whole of the past and into the whole of the future, your personality is completely unique; no one ever before, nor ever after, will possess another personality like yours.

Again, from The Urantia Book:

12:7.9 The love of the Father absolutely individualizes each personality as a unique child of the Universal Father, a child without duplicate in infinity, a will creature irreplaceable in all eternity. The Father's love glorifies each child of God, illuminating each member of the celestial family, sharply silhouetting the unique nature of each personal being against the impersonal levels that lie outside the fraternal circuit of the Father of all. The love of God strikingly portrays the transcendent value of each will creature, unmistakably reveals the high value which the Universal Father has placed upon each and every one of his children from the highest creator personality of Paradise status to the lowest personality of will dignity among the savage tribes of men in the dawn of the human species on some evolutionary world of time and space.
12:7.10 This very love of God for the individual brings into being the divine family of all individuals, the universal brotherhood of the freewill children of the Paradise Father. And this brotherhood, being universal, is a relationship of the whole. Brotherhood, when universal, discloses not the each relationship, but the all relationship. Brotherhood is a reality of the total and therefore discloses qualities of the whole in contradistinction to qualities of the part.

Please see The Part and the Whole, which discusses personality in conjunction with the idea of brotherhood - the "fact of relationship between every personality in universal existence."

Read More About Personality

So, while many attempt to identify that elusive "thing" that individualizes us, that animates us, that informs the very fabric of our lives and existence - The teachings of The Urantia Book satisfy our search for this basic truth and reveal a wealth of information about it.

We've collected many of the teachings about personality throughout the pages of The Urantia Book and arranged them into a topical study, which you can access HERE.

And, if you are new to The Urantia Book, you have stumbled upon the greatest gift of revelation that this world has had for centuries; not only is it a treasure-trove of information about ourselves, such as its teachings about personality, it is also an immense repository of new, revealed information about God, the creation, the cosmos, angels and other celestial personalities - and finally, it contains a thrilling and inspiring restatement of the life and teachings of Jesus.

Welcome to TruthBook.com, where you'll find the entire text free, online, for your enjoyment and enlightenment!

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Mon, November 30, 2015

Enlightened Teachings on The Hell Doctrine

By TruthBook Staff

5 Reasons Why More Christians Are Rejecting The Traditional View of Hell by Benjamin L. Corey

Well, THIS is good news, indeed! This is a development that all children of God can get behind. See our blog below for more commentary...but here are the author's five reasons he believes hell is being rejected by more Christians these days:

 

1. Something in our spirit tells us that torturing people is morally wrong.

2. The concept of eternal, conscious torment runs contrary to the whole testimony in scripture.

3. The final judge of each individual is Jesus, and torturing people seems contradictory to his character.

4. Jesus would become a hypocrite, demanding that we nonviolently love our enemies while he does the complete opposite.

5. We simply can't get past the idea that we are more gracious and merciful than Jesus himself.

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HALLELUIA!

All of us can rejoice that the age-old fears of eternal damnation are finally being laid to rest; seeing this development among Christians is especially heartening!

Each of the reasons given in this article for disenchantment with hellfire and damnation are perfectly reasonable, logical, and consistent with the understanding that we have of God through the teachings of The Urantia Book, too. And anyone - whether they read The Urantia Book, or not - who has had personal experience with the goodness, the mercy, the forgiveness and the love of God simply cannot entertain the idea that this same God would be so cruel as to eternally punish his erring children in such a vicious fashion,

We look forward to the day when even more of the Old Testament views of God as vengeful, jealous, unforgiving and intolerant will fall, too. When once we realize and understand that Jesus came to our world to reveal the infinite God to our finite, material eyes, we can no longer believe in any doctrine that portrays God as anything less than we see in Jesus. Jesus said: "He who has seen me has seen the Father." And since we never saw Jesus displaying any of the negative attributes of the Old Testament God, we have to assume that they are simply WRONG. Jesus upstepped our understanding of God to that of a loving Father, rather than a vengeful king.

What the HELL?

But, how did such an erroneous doctrine like hell ever gain a foothold among God's people? Here at TruthBook, we have put together a topical study of hell; Click to access it now.

OK... but, what about real wrongdoers?

But what does happen to those who deliberately reject God? Isn't there a system in place for punishing the iniquitous?

In the infinite wisdom of God, there IS such a system, but it does not involve endless torture by fire, or any other kind of eternal punishment. When a soul has finally and deliberately decided to reject God and the ascension plan of progressive spirit attainment, that soul is simply "extinguished." That soul is removed from existence; it is as though it had never been at all. From The Urantia Book:

2:3.2 Infinite wisdom is the eternal arbiter which determines the proportions of justice and mercy which shall be meted out in any given circumstance. The greatest punishment (in reality an inevitable consequence) for wrongdoing and deliberate rebellion against the government of God is loss of existence as an individual subject of that government. The final result of wholehearted sin is annihilation. In the last analysis, such sin-identified individuals have destroyed themselves by becoming wholly unreal through their embrace of iniquity. The factual disappearance of such a creature is, however, always delayed until the ordained order of justice current in that universe has been fully complied with.
Cessation of existence is usually decreed at the dispensational or epochal adjudication of the realm or realms. On a world such as Urantia it comes at the end of a planetary dispensation. Cessation of existence can be decreed at such times by co-ordinate action of all tribunals of jurisdiction, extending from the planetary council up through the courts of the Creator Son to the judgment tribunals of the Ancients of Days. The mandate of dissolution originates in the higher courts of the superuniverse following an unbroken confirmation of the indictment originating on the sphere of the wrongdoer's residence; and then, when sentence of extinction has been confirmed on high, the execution is by the direct act of those judges residential on, and operating from, the headquarters of the superuniverse.
When this sentence is finally confirmed, the sin-identified being instantly becomes as though he had not been. There is no resurrection from such a fate; it is everlasting and eternal. The living energy factors of identity are resolved by the transformations of time and the metamorphoses of space into the cosmic potentials whence they once emerged. As for the personality of the iniquitous one, it is deprived of a continuing life vehicle by the creature's failure to make those choices and final decisions which would have assured eternal life. When the continued embrace of sin by the associated mind culminates in complete self-identification with iniquity, then upon the cessation of life, upon cosmic dissolution, such an isolated personality is absorbed into the oversoul of creation, becoming a part of the evolving experience of the Supreme Being. Never again does it appear as a personality; its identity becomes as though it had never been. In the case of an Adjuster-indwelt personality, the experiential spirit values survive in the reality of the continuing Adjuster.

And so we see hat this process is merciful as well as just; the wrongdoer simply ceases to exist. He/she is not tormented or tortured, and even the good that such a soul may have performed in his/her life is preserved in the experience of the indwelling fragment of God (the Thought Adjuster), who may then indwell another mortal at another time.

Revelation Helps Us Grow Faster!

It is teachings such as this that make The Urantia Book such an invaluable source of knowledge; true, the individual can eventually develop this understanding for him/herself, but a revelation such as The Urantia Book can enormously shorten a lifetime of this slowly-dawning understanding, so that someone who wants to know this information has that knowledge, and can use it NOW. This is one of the advantages of revelation...and there are more.

In years to come, as more and more mortals begin to experience the true love of God for themselves; as more and more people begin to study the life of Jesus ever more closely, a truer picture of God will begin to emerge. We see this happening right now, as evidenced by this uplifting article about the failure of Hell to hold believers who really know God. And all who desire a closer walk with God and a deeper understanding of Jesus can have that NOW, by simply reading and studying The Urantia Book. The teachings on hell are but one example; the revelation of the nature of God, the mystery of God's existence within each person, the soul, life after death, angels...the list goes on of the kinds of revealed knowledge that is available in the pages of The Urantia Book.

But the greatest and most important of those revelations is contained in Part IV of The Urantia Book: The Life and Teachings of Jesus. When once we study and understand how Jesus lived and what he believed, we can nevermore believe in anything but a loving Father whose will for us is only GOOD.

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Thu, October 22, 2015

The Soul Explained

By TruthBook Staff

The concept of the soul is one that has a murky understanding in our religious thought. It has been difficult to define. Here's another attempt, found in this article from the popular religious press, called: The Spirit And The Soul Are Not The Same Thing -- Here's Why By Lisa Capretto.

In an effort to help anyone looking for real answers regarding the soul vs the Spirit, we've made a blog (below) that is full of Urantia Book teachings about this vital aspect of human life...The Urantia Book explains the soul completely!

But in this article from the popular press, we see the confusion about the soul clearly:

" Thomas Moore has been a lifelong spiritual seeker and teacher who spent 13 years as a Catholic monk before earning his PhD in religious studies, and as he explains on an episode of "SuperSoul Sunday," the spirit and the soul are actually two very different things.

" 'The spirit is that part of us and part of our life that wants more, that wants to transcend, that wants to grow, that wants to move into a better world, that wants to improve ourselves,' Moore says. 'So, even going to school might be a movement of the spirit... Or picking up a book you want to read.'

" 'The soul -- the deep soul -- has more to do with things that are very ordinary, part of ordinary life that you feel intimately,' Moore says. 'The first point about the soul, is the soul needs a home. It needs a sense of home.' "

Click to read the entire article. And there's a video, too.

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In some ways, the descriptions above could be somewhat aligned with what we know from The Urantia Book, but it might take a loooooong time to come around to the truth. The revelation of The Urantia Book expedites that time, and helps us to know the facts NOW.

It's an age-old question: What is the soul? Before The Urantia Book arrived on the world scene, many ambitious attempts have been made to figure it out; Urantia Book readers are gifted with the facts about the soul. And it is a revelation for YOU, too...

Here are some of the basics when thinking about the soul and the Spirit, as explained in The Urantia Book. The following passage is taken from TruthBook's topical study of Urantia Book teachings on THE SOUL:

What is the soul? Where does it come from? How does it function in the mortal being? What is the soul's destiny?
The Urantia Book reveals much information about the human soul. In its pages, we learn that our soul is a quite discrete entity which has a distinct beginning, followed by a growth cycle which extends throughout the mortal life and beyond.
The soul is born early in life - the Urantia Book estimates its appearance at about age five years on average. The first moral choice of the human mind marks the birth of the immortal soul, and signals the arrival of the http://truthbook.com/god/god-within-man Thought Adjuster - the indwelling Spirit of God which lives in the mind of every human, and which strives throughout the mortal life to guide this emerging soul in its growth. Thereafter, the soul grows with each and every decision of the human mind which is true, good and beautiful - in short, every decision that is aligned with the will of God.
This new spiritual entity becomes the embryonic form which grows over a lifetime into the immortal "vehicle of personality identity." It is in every way the spiritual counterpart of our mortal nature, but unlike the strictly human part of us, the soul is equipped to survive death, and after reunion with the personality and mind, to progress into the eternal life.
From its earliest inception the soul is real; it has cosmic survival qualities. ~ The Urantia Book, (16:9.2)
The soul is...the embryo of the future morontia vehicle of personality identity. ~ The Urantia Book, (111:3.2)
The concealed seed of the human soul is an immortal spirit. The second generation of the soul is the first of a succession of personality manifestations of spiritual and progressing existences, terminating only when this divine entity attains the source of its existence, the personal source of all existence, God, the Universal Father. ~ The Urantia Book, (132:3.6)
"The soul is the self-reflective, truth-discerning, and spirit-perceiving part of man which forever elevates the human being above the level of the animal world. ...the soul is that part of man which represents the potential survival value of human experience." ~ Jesus, The Urantia Book, (133:6.5)

Please click to read about the Spirit and the soul. The relationship between soul and Spirit is one of the most fascinating revelations of The Urantia Book.

Are you are Urantia Book reader? If not, you will do yourself a big favor by looking into its pages. Are you interested in concepts like the soul? Or do you want to know more about the Spirit within you? Do you wonder about what happens to your soul after death?

These are just a few of the great concepts that are finally revealed in their fullness for the spiritual uplift of our world. These concepts that have been so long shrouded in mystery and conjecture are now made clear and accessible by anyone who cares to seek - and find - the truth.

Read The Urantia Book and be thrilled - and comforted - beyond your imagination...it is a modern-day revelation of truth, beauty and goodness of celestial authorship and mandated by God. And it is freely available to you on our site

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Fri, March 20, 2015

Jesus Taught Gender Equality

By TruthBook staff

Sexism: The Original Sin Of The Church

This is a timely article by Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, and we offer it in May, the month dedicated to mothers ... but mothers are also women, so we'd like to expand the celebration to all women, especially those who long to serve better, to serve more, in the Kingdom of God. Here's a snippet from the article:

In Orthodox Christianity, the Roman Catholic Church and in some Protestant denominations, women are not allowed to serve as pastors or priests. Pope Francis, who has been so open on many issues, has slammed the door shut to any debate on women serving as priests.

Given that women surrounded Jesus during his ministry, were the last to stay with Jesus at the cross, and the first to see him resurrected; it appears clear that Jesus believed in the spiritual power and perception of women. So, why does the church not hold women in the same esteem as did Jesus, the founder and center of the faith?

Click to read the entire article. It's worth a look, for it includes photographic profiles of many prominent women who are serving the Brotherhood and Sisterhood of all humanity through ministry

Jesus was a hero in so many ways, but to women he was a special hero - a man who refused to knuckle under to the prevailing view of women. His efforts on behalf of women ministers was shocking in his day, and he never equivocated in his defense of gender equality, much to the dismay of even his own apostles. He honored his own mother, and all mothers. The day when he took time out from his busy schedule to meet with the mothers of Jericho and bless their children is one of the Master's most beloved stories.

The Urantia Book states:

167:6.4 Woman's status in Palestine was much improved by Jesus' teaching; and so it would have been throughout the world if his followers had not departed so far from that which he painstakingly taught them.

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What did Jesus teach about women?

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. (149:2.8)

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. (138:8.11)

Said Jesus: "Always remember that man has no rightful authority over woman unless the woman has willingly and voluntarily given him such authority.

"The loving care and consideration which a man is willing to bestow upon his wife and their children are the measure of that man's attainment of the higher levels of creative and spiritual self-consciousness. Do you not know that men and women are partners with God in that they co-operate to create beings who grow up to possess themselves of the potential of immortal souls? The Father in heaven treats the Spirit Mother of the children of the universe as one equal to himself. It is Godlike to share your life and all that relates thereto on equal terms with the mother partner who so fully shares with you that divine experience of reproducing yourselves in the lives of your children. If you can only love your children as God loves you, you will love and cherish your wife as the Father in heaven honors and exalts the Infinite Spirit, the mother of all the spirit children of a vast universe."

Click to read these, and more Urantia Book teachings about women

The idea of woman's equality with men is still shocking to some in the churches. It is a sad commentary on modern society that women are still not accorded the respect and acceptance that they deserve.

But the teachings of Jesus in The Urantia Book are available and spreading, and we are promised that these teachings will not remain unproductive; in fact, we are told that these teachings will one day rule this very world.

In this month of May, we at TruthBook honor women - mothers, teachers, ministers, sisters, workers, and wives. Women are heralded in The Urantia Book as the "spiritual standard-bearers" of the world, and it is high time that their voices are heard and their talents utilized for the uplift of the whole planet.

Finally, from The Urantia Book:

Before the teachings of Jesus which culminated in Pentecost, women had little or no spiritual standing in the tenets of the older religions. After Pentecost, in the brotherhood of the kingdom woman stood before God on an equality with man. Among the one hundred and twenty who received this special visitation of the spirit were many of the women disciples, and they shared these blessings equally with the men believers. No longer can man presume to monopolize the ministry of religious service. The Pharisee might go on thanking God that he was "not born a woman, a leper, or a gentile," but among the followers of Jesus woman has been forever set free from all religious discriminations based on sex. Pentecost obliterated all religious discrimination founded on racial distinction, cultural differences, social caste, or sex prejudice. No wonder these believers in the new religion would cry out, "Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." (194:3.14)

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