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Fri, March 20, 2015

Jesus Taught Sex 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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Sun, March 15, 2015

Emergent Christianity and The Urantia Book

By TruthBook staff

Apocalypse on all Our Houses… a guest post from Pamela Chaddock

Friends, here's a wonderful article written by one of the bright stars in the "emergent Christianity" movement - Pamela Chaddock. She is a Christian and a reader of The Urantia Book. Here in this article, she explains the value of epochal revelation and its connection to this new, emergent view of traditional Christianity

From the article:

"I see the Urantia Papers as today's 'apocalyptic pivot-point,' and course-correcting metanarrative directing evolution forward. Some 900 pages are devoted to the Life and Teachings of Jesus. We are admonished, 'Of all human knowledge, that which is of greatest value is to know the religious life of Jesus and how he lived it.' "

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We could not agree more, and we are thrilled to see this Christian pioneer stepping into the new dialogue about the meaning and direction of Christianity in the modern world - and how The Urantia Book can inform and expand that meaning going forward. We encourage everyone-Urantia Book readers and seeking Christians-to read the article...

"What a transcendent service if, through this revelation, the Son of Man should be recovered from the tomb of traditional theology and be presented as the living Jesus to the church that bears his name, and to all other religions! Surely the Christian fellowship of believers will not hesitate to make such adjustments of faith and of practices of living as will enable it to "follow after" the Master in the demonstration of his real life of religious devotion to the doing of his Father's will and of consecration to the unselfish service of man."

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Sun, March 08, 2015

Beings from Other Planets Guided Our Religions?

By TruthBook staff

Close on the heels of a piece about whether life has been seeded here on earth from an extraterrestrial source, here comes this interestig article with a similar theme.

This interesting article is written almost in disbelief by the author, who seems incredulous that a prestigious institution like the BBC could even entertain such an idea...

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Help from On High

As Urantia Book readers know, our religions and our civilizations have, indeed, been guided by beings who do not call our earth (Urantia) their home. From the earliest times of our planet's evolution, our world has been known, fostered, and loved by those who are part of heavenly government and administration.

The Urantia Book tells us "a story of us" that is sweeping in its scope, a story that fills in all the gaps in our knowledge of our world and its history. Before The Urantia Book, we have been groping in the dark; now, we have the complete picture. Not only the beings who had a pivotal part in our planet's development, but the purposes and plans that were set in motion hundreds of thousands of years ago in order to bring our world into the cosmic family of inhabited worlds are finally revealed in the pages of The Urantia Book.

As a result of modern scientific exploration and its powerful ability to peer into the far reaches of space, we now have a growing suspicion that it is highly unlikely that we are the only planet in the universe that can harbor life. And this suspicion is true...

When our earth was capable of evolving a species of being like us - beings that could think, could reason, and could seek and know God, note was taken of this development, and then began a series of epochal visitations by ambassadors of celestial government - the government of God.

The purpose of these visitations was to fellowship and educate the races of mankind that were in primitive development ... to help these races to grow and to form workable and successful civilizations that were patterned after the kinds of civilizations that exist in the rest of the universe ... to inform these races of men that they were sons and daughters of God and that they had a spiritual origin and a spiritual destiny.

The visitation of Adam and Eve was one such epochal revelation; the incarnation of the Son of God as Jesus of Nazareth was one; and The Urantia Book is yet another.

Unfortunately, not all of the visitations were successful, but still, our world has progressed.

Click to read about the five epochal revelation of God to mankind

You might wonder why it is that this information is not widely known. There is a good reason, and it has to do with the fact that between the time of the first epochal revelation and the second, our world was plunged into spiritual darkness because of the effects of the Lucifer rebellion. All subsequent revelations of God to man have been affected by this one devastating event.

Click to read about the Lucifer rebellion and Lucifer

Read "The Story of Us"

The day is coming when scientific fact will not be the only guide as to the reality of the universe and the nature of creation. Once science can make that small leap across the chasm between the material and the reality of spirit, the truth about our place in the universe will become far more comforting and understandable. In the meantime, we have been given The Urantia Book to help us in our quest for truth.

The Urantia Book - read it and find out about those magnificent beings who have been toiling for millennia behind the scenes for our good. The day has come when we can join forces with them and help uplift the entire world from the remnants of those long-ago dark days of rebellion into the light of transcendent, cosmic citizenship in a friendly universe!

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Fri, March 06, 2015

Was Life Seeded On Earth?

By TruthBook staff

Here is a very interesting article from scientists in the UK, who are asking the question: was life seeded on earth by extraterrestrials? They are, of course, taking a very scientific approach; they have found foreign particles, some spores that look suspicious, as well as "fossils with biologic propeerties" attached to meteorites.

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In the article, we see this abtract of a 1970s-era article co-written by Francis Crick, famed Nobel prize winner for his work with DNA. This article illuminates the theory of "Direct Panspermia":

"It now seems unlikely that extraterrestrial living organisms could have reached the Earth either as spores driven by the radiation pressure from another star or as living organisms imbedded in a meteorite. As an alternative to these nineteenth-century mechanisms, we have considered Directed Panspermia, the theory that organisms were deliberately transmitted to the Earth by intelligent beings on another planet.

We conclude that it is possible that life reached the Earth in this way, but that the scientific evidence is inadequate at the present time to say anything about the probability. We draw attention to the kinds of evidence that might throw additional light on the topic."

Extraterrestrial Origins of Life

Urantia Book readers will not find this statement to be surprising, for reader/believers of the revelation know that life was, indeed, planted here by extraterrestrial-albeit spiritual-beings - the Life Carriers.

The opening paragraph of this paper devoted to the revelation of the Life Carriers states:

36:0.1 LIFE DOES NOT originate spontaneously. Life is constructed according to plans formulated by the (unrevealed) Architects of Being and appears on the inhabited planets either by direct importation or as a result of the operations of the Life Carriers of the local universes. These carriers of life are among the most interesting and versatile of the diverse family of universe Sons. They are intrusted with designing and carrying creature life to the planetary spheres. And after planting this life on such new worlds, they remain there for long periods to foster its development.

Further, we read:

36:3.1 Life does not spontaneously appear in the universes; the Life Carriers must initiate it on the barren planets. They are the carriers, disseminators, and guardians of life as it appears on the evolutionary worlds of space. All life of the order and forms known on Urantia arises with these Sons, though not all forms of planetary life are existent on Urantia.
Life is not a haphazard or purely random occurrence in the universes. All life comes from God, and it is fostered and nurtured according to the plans of God. The universe is vast beyond our imaginations; there are countless spheres out there that harbor life, and all of that life originated with God. Understanding Urantia Book teachings that the universe is mind-made and personality managed, it becomes easier to see how life implantation is reasonable, because it fits neatly into the revealed plans of God for the growth and nurture of that implanted life.

It may be awhile before science-and scientists-are able to make that leap of faith by which they can entertain the idea that the universe is not only a physical, material creation, but a spiritual one as well; that the universe is created, maintained, fostered, and administered by spiritual beings who have our good in mind.

Does this Mean The Urantia Book Is About Aliens?

Some people who have a peripheral understanding or a glancing association with The Urantia Book may point to studies such as this one, and use them to corroborate their belief that The Urantia Book is all about aliens. There may not be anything essentially wrong about this belief, but it is very important to know that any "extraterrestrial beings" who minister to our world are here according to God's plan. Also important to note is that such beings are almost always spiritual in nature. The Life Carriers are an example of this kind of being, and they minister in much the same way on numerous other planets like ours that are evolutionary in nature and destiny.

32:5.7 There is in the mind of God a plan which embraces every creature of all his vast domains, and this plan is an eternal purpose of boundless opportunity, unlimited progress, and endless life. And the infinite treasures of such a matchless career are yours for the striving!

Also important to note is that the even the average mortal here on earth is capable of understanding the universe, and that it is a friendly place. Even Jesus validated this fact, when he stated:

133:1.4 "I am absolutely assured that the entire universe is friendly to me—this all-powerful truth I insist on believing with a wholehearted trust in spite of all appearances to the contrary."

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The Urantia Book is a vital explanation of the origins and nature of life. It will open your mind and your is intellectually satisfying as well as spiritually uplifting, and will help you grasp the comforting fact that we are all part of a gigantic cosmic family in which each member is a vital part of the whole.

We have a number of studies on our TruthBook site that you might find interesting and enlightening in thinking about

origins of life,
purposes for life, and
destiny of the living beings like us who inhabit time and space.

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Wed, February 04, 2015

The Spin of the Universe

By TruthBook staff

Here's another interesting article that appears to corroborate some of the cosmology that is taught in The Urantia Book. The article is titled: Is the Universe Spinning?by Ray Villard, and it caught my attention. Here's one intriguing paragraph:

"Looking northward, above the plane of our Milky Way, he found that more than half of the spirals were spinning in a counterclockwise direction in the sky. This overabundance seems small, only seven percent of the total observed galaxy sample. But the odds of it being purely due to chance are a one in a million say the researchers.

"If the whole universe is rotating, then an excess number of galaxies on the opposite part of the sky, below the galactic plane, should be whirling in a clockwise direction. And indeed they are according to a separate 1991 survey of 8287 spiral galaxies in the southern galactic hemisphere."

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Short answer to the question posed is - Yes, the universe IS spinning

Not all of us who read The Urantia Book are science-minded, but the cosmology in the book is accessible even to those of us who are not. The amazing thing about the universe as it is presented in The Urantia Book is that it is comprehensible, even to the casual reader. Why? Because the universe is mind-made and personality managed ... and this is another evidence for the existence of God, the author of personality:

From The Urantia Book:

1:6.7 To assume that the universe can be known, that it is intelligible, is to assume that the universe is mind made and personality managed. Man's mind can only perceive the mind phenomena of other minds, be they human or superhuman. If man's personality can experience the universe, there is a divine mind and an actual personality somewhere concealed in that universe.

Over the years, there has been a lot of speculation among Urantia Book readers about just what is being seen by our powerful space telesopes, like Hubble. But this idea of the clockwise and counterclockwise movements of space bodies and entire galaxies, nebula, and entire universes will be nothing new to readers of the revelation.

In reading this article, one might wonder whether they astronomers are seeing an overlap between our superuniverse of Orvonton and one of the outer space levels ... these do travel in seemingly opposite directions.

It is exciting to be alive during these years of human exploration of the heavens, and to be privy to the thrilling celestial astronomy of The Urantia Book. It is very exciting to see human science catching up, and validating so much of The Urantia Book, that otherwise could never be validated, were it not for these modern explorations.

I won't try to delve into all the science in this article but I do invite you to read the article cited above, and then to compare what you read with some of these passages given below, which discuss the seemingly mysterious movements of the vast celestial pageantry that is the Master Universe

11:7.9 This alternate zoning of the master universe, in association with the alternate clockwise and counterclockwise flow of the galaxies, is a factor in the stabilization of physical gravity designed to prevent the accentuation of gravity pressure to the point of disruptive and dispersive activities. Such an arrangement exerts antigravity influence and acts as a brake upon otherwise dangerous velocities.
12:4.14 Although your spectroscopic estimations of astronomic velocities are fairly reliable when applied to the starry realms belonging to your superuniverse and its associate superuniverses, such reckonings with reference to the realms of outer space are wholly unreliable. Spectral lines are displaced from the normal towards the violet by an approaching star; likewise these lines are displaced towards the red by a receding star. Many influences interpose to make it appear that the recessional velocity of the external universes increases at the rate of more than one hundred miles a second for every million light-years increase in distance. By this method of reckoning, subsequent to the perfection of more powerful telescopes, it will appear that these far-distant systems are in flight from this part of the universe at the unbelievable rate of more than thirty thousand miles a second. But this apparent speed of recession is not real; it results from numerous factors of error embracing angles of observation and other time-space distortions.
12:4.15 But the greatest of all such distortions arises because the vast universes of outer space in the realms next to the domains of the seven superuniverses seem to be revolving in a direction opposite to that of the grand universe. That is, these myriads of nebulae and their accompanying suns and spheres are at the present time revolving clockwise about the central creation. The seven superuniverses revolve about Paradise in a counterclockwise direction. It appears that the second outer universe of galaxies, like the seven superuniverses, revolves counterclockwise about Paradise. And the astronomic observers of Uversa think they detect evidence of revolutionary movements in a third outer belt of far-distant space which are beginning to exhibit directional tendencies of a clockwise nature.
15:1.2 We have long since discovered that the seven superuniverses traverse a great ellipse, a gigantic and elongated circle. Your solar system and other worlds of time are not plunging headlong, without chart and compass, into unmapped space. The local universe to which your system belongs is pursuing a definite and well-understood counterclockwise course around the vast swing that encircles the central universe. This cosmic path is well charted and is just as thoroughly known to the superuniverse star observers as the orbits of the planets constituting your solar system are known to Urantia astronomers.

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Tue, January 20, 2015

NASA presents the largest picture ever taken!

By TruthBook staff

NASA Has Released The Largest Picture Ever Taken!

...and the marvels of cosmology just keep on coming! Here's an amazing picture--the largest picture ever captured, according to ths article by Maanya Sachdeva.

It is a 1.5 biliion pixel (!) image of the Andromeda Galaxy.

Click to read the article and see the short video.

Click to see another spectacular view from a National Geographic site

There's not a lot of information in The Urantia Book about Andromeda, but what there is says a lot, and helps us to appreciate these amazing images.

And, just for clarification, here's a definition of "nebula."

A nebula (from Latin: "cloud"; pl. nebulae or nebulæ, with ligature, or nebulas) is an interstellar cloud of dust, hydrogen, helium and other ionized gases. Originally, nebula was a name for any diffuse astronomical object, including galaxies beyond the Milky Way.

15:4.7 Not all spiral nebulae are engaged in sun making. Some have retained control of many of their segregated stellar offspring, and their spiral appearance is occasioned by the fact that their suns pass out of the nebular arm in close formation but return by diverse routes, thus making it easy to observe them at one point but more difficult to see them when widely scattered on their different returning routes farther out and away from the arm of the nebula. There are not many sun-forming nebulae active in Orvonton at the present time, though Andromeda, which is outside the inhabited superuniverse, is very active. This far-distant nebula is visible to the naked eye, and when you view it, pause to consider that the light you behold left those distant suns almost one million years ago.
41:8.3 In large suns—small circular nebulae—when hydrogen is exhausted and gravity contraction ensues, if such a body is not sufficiently opaque to retain the internal pressure of support for the outer gas regions, then a sudden collapse occurs. The gravity- electric changes give origin to vast quantities of tiny particles devoid of electric potential, and such particles readily escape from the solar interior, thus bringing about the collapse of a gigantic sun within a few days. It was such an emigration of these "runaway particles" that occasioned the collapse of the giant nova of the Andromeda nebula about fifty years ago. This vast stellar body collapsed in forty minutes of Urantia time.

Here's more about our starry associates

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.
15:3.1 Practically all of the starry realms visible to the naked eye on Urantia belong to the seventh section of the grand universe, the superuniverse of Orvonton. The vast Milky Way starry system represents the central nucleus of Orvonton, being largely beyond the borders of your local universe. This great aggregation of suns, dark islands of space, double stars, globular clusters, star clouds, spiral and other nebulae, together with myriads of individual planets, forms a watchlike, elongated-circular grouping of about one seventh of the inhabited evolutionary universes.
32:2.9 The organization of planetary abodes is still progressing in Nebadon, for this universe is, indeed, a young cluster in the starry and planetary realms of Orvonton. At the last registry there were 3,840,101 inhabited planets in Nebadon...

Jesus was a great lover of the night skies:

167:6.5 It was also at Jericho, in connection with the discussion of the early religious training of children in habits of divine worship, that Jesus impressed upon his apostles the great value of beauty as an influence leading to the urge to worship, especially with children. The Master by precept and example taught the value of worshiping the Creator in the midst of the natural surroundings of creation ... He rejoiced to contemplate the Father through the inspiring spectacle of the starry realms of the Creator Sons.

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Thu, January 08, 2015

So Many Earth-Like Planets...!!!

By TruthBook Staff

Wow! This is a really interesting article about the latest news on the "inhabited planet" front! Here's the opening shot:

"It's a big universe, but it's full of small planets.

"Astronomers announced on Tuesday that they had found eight new planets orbiting their stars at distances compatible with liquid water, bringing the total number of potentially habitable planets in the just-right "Goldilocks" zone to a dozen or two, depending on how the habitable zone of a star is defined."

Click here to read the whole article by Dennis Overbye

We are not alone

To Urantia Book readers, this is particularly exciting news, because we know that in Nebadon alone there are ten million ihabited worlds, and that Jesus is Lord of all of them!

119:8.8 Urantia is the sentimental shrine of all Nebadon, the chief of ten million inhabited worlds, the mortal home of Christ Michael, sovereign of all Nebadon....

Click to read about the inhabited worlds

Thanks to The Urantia Book, we do know that we are definitely not alone in the universe, and it is very heartening to know that modern science is once again corroborating and validating the teachings of The Urantia Book, which presented these ideas to us long before the advent of the "space age."

But, why do we feel so alone?

But, why do we feel so alone here? We look into the skies, and we send our ships and our telescopes out into the void, searching for others like us...why is it such a struggle? The Urantia Book teaches:

50:6.5 You should not forget that for two hundred thousand years all the worlds of Satania have rested under the spiritual ban of Norlatiadek in consequence of the Lucifer rebellion. And it will require age upon age to retrieve the resultant handicaps of sin and secession. Your world still continues to pursue an irregular and checkered career as a result of the double tragedy of a rebellious Planetary Prince and a defaulting Material Son. Even the bestowal of Christ Michael on Urantia did not immediately set aside the temporal consequences of these serious blunders in the earlier administration of the world.

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The article cited above mentions our "quest to end cosmic loneliness." This is reminiscent of another Urantia Book passage:

114:7.17 Your isolated world is not forgotten in the counsels of the universe. Urantia is not a cosmic orphan stigmatized by sin and shut away from divine watchcare by rebellion. From Uversa to Salvington and on down to Jerusem, even in Havona and on Paradise, they all know we are here; and you mortals now dwelling on Urantia are just as lovingly cherished and just as faithfully watched over as if the sphere had never been betrayed by a faithless Planetary Prince, even more so. It is eternally true, "the Father himself loves you."

Click to read more about our planetary isolation

Click to see a short video about the inhabited universe, and our planet's place in'll be amazed!!!

And, click here to read more about our inhabited universe

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Mon, September 01, 2014

Re-Imagining Jesus movie announcement

By Truthbook Staff

Re-Imagining JesusRe-Imagining Jesus is a feature length film based on the matchless story of Jesus' ministry in The Urantia Book. The film is accompanied by an original and lovely musical score composed by critically acclaimed composer and Urantia Book reader, Gary Deinstadt. And it is narrated by David Kantor, by Jennifer Siegel, and by Stephen Zendt.

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And you may wish to access this lovely poster as well. You can find it in the TruthBook gallery, where you’ll be able to print it out, if you so wish. Click here to download the printable poster.

David spent five years in the production of this superb film. Much of it is filmed in the very places where Jesus lived and launched his momentous preaching missions, and the footage of many of the important places in the master's ministry, such as the Jordan River and Mt Hermon, are beautiful, even today. Archaeology plays a part in the discovery of Jesus' missions, giving the viewer a fuller understanding of life in Jesus' times.

Modern seekers of Jesus are thirsty for more of Jesus than has been available for 20 centuries. Re-Imagining Jesus is meant to engage any and all followers of the Master, and it is hoped that this new view of Jesus will open meaningful discussion among all those who seek a deeper understanding, and a closer walk, with Jesus.

Highlights of the film include:

  • The classic New Testament story illuminated with detail from The Urantia Book's biography of Jesus
  • Beautiful footage of seldom seen places associated with some of the most important events in the Master's life
  • Detailed maps providing important geographic orientation
  • Timeline of events between the baptism in the Jordan and the resurrection
  • A compelling story about his primary mission -- the revelation of a spiritual kingdom accessible here and now

We encourage you to set aside some time; maybe plan a family movie night, or even a neighborhood movie night, and make it an occasion to share with your family, friends, church associates or neighbors.

From The Urantia Book:

196:1.2 The time is ripe to witness the figurative resurrection of the human Jesus from his burial tomb amidst the theological traditions and the religious dogmas of nineteen centuries. Jesus of Nazareth must not be longer sacrificed to even the splendid concept of the glorified Christ. What a transcendent service if, through this revelation, the Son of Man should be recovered from the tomb of traditional theology and be presented as the living Jesus to the church that bears his name, and to all other religions!

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Tue, July 08, 2014

Largest flying bird ever had a wingspan of at least 20 feet

By Charles Q. Choi

The largest flying bird known to ever have lived has now been revealed, an extinct giant with a wingspan more than twice the size of the largest living flying bird, researchers say.

These findings exceed some predictions for the largest size possible for flying birds, scientists added.

The new species, Pelagornis sandersi, had an estimated wingspan of 20 to 24 feet (6.1 to 7.3 meters) when its feathers are included. This is up to more than twice as big as that of the royal albatross, the largest living flying bird, which has a wingspan of about 11.4 feet (3.5 meters).

Pelagornithids lived all over the globe for tens of millions of years, but vanished just 3 million years ago, and paleontologists remain uncertain as to why.

"Pelagornithids were once found on every continent, including Antarctica," Ksepka said. "Pelagornithids were like creatures out of a fantasy novel — there is simply nothing like them around today."

See "Link to External Source Article" below to read further.


Another amazing discovery! Could this bird be related to the giant fandors that we learn about in The Urantia Book?

66:5.6 It was in these days that carrier pigeons were first used, being taken on long journeys for the purpose of sending messages or calls for help. Bon's group were successful in training the great fandors as passenger birds, but they became extinct more than thirty thousand years ago.
74:3.4 The third day was devoted to an inspection of the Garden. From the large passenger birds—the fandors—Adam and Eve looked down upon the vast stretches of the Garden while being carried through the air over this, the most beautiful spot on earth. This day of inspection ended with an enormous banquet in honor of all who had labored to create this garden of Edenic beauty and grandeur. And again, late into the night of their third day, the Son and his mate walked in the Garden and talked about the immensity of their problems.
Here's more from the article cited above:

"Pelagornis sandersi could have traveled for extreme distances while crossing ocean waters in search of prey," Ksepka said in a statement. "That's important in the ocean, where food is patchy."

By riding on air currents that rise up from the ocean's surface, P. sandersi was able to soar over the ocean without flapping its wings. Once P. sandersi reached adulthood, it may have been able "to live flying over the ocean for most of the year, coming back to land only to nest, flying for thousands of kilometers over the course of the year," Ksepka said. "It probably landed on islands or remote areas where they could avoid predators when they nested."

And, from The Urantia Book:

52:1.5 The early races also make extensive use of the larger flying animals. These enormous birds are able to carry one or two average-sized men for a nonstop flight of over five hundred miles. On some planets these birds are of great service since they possess a high order of intelligence, often being able to speak many words of the languages of the realm. These birds are most intelligent, very obedient, and unbelievably affectionate. Such passenger birds have been long extinct on Urantia, but your early ancestors enjoyed their services.
61:1.9 45,000,000 years ago ...A large ostrichlike land bird developed to a height of ten feet and laid an egg nine by thirteen inches. These were the ancestors of the later gigantic passenger birds that were so highly intelligent, and that onetime transported human beings through the air.

It may seem like science-fiction to think about such marvelous creatures, but we have these informative passages from revelation of The Urantia Book, and now science has unearthed concrete evidence that such birds were indeed, real. The history of Urantia in Part III of The Urantia Book is full of more amazing facts about the animals, birds, fishes and mammals that have evolved over eons of time on this planet we call home. You have to read it to believe it!!!

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Thu, July 03, 2014

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

By Truthbook Staff

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is a very popular TV series which consists of "scientific storytelling to reveal the grandeur of the universe." And no wonder that it's so popular; it is becoming increasingly common to read stories about the universe, about the possibility of other intelligent life "out there," and to entertain thoughts about interplanetary travel. This is the fascinating subject of Cosmology.

What is cosmology?

  1. the branch of philosophy dealing with the origin and general structure of the universe, with its parts, elements, and laws, and especially with such of its characteristics as space, time, causality, and freedom.
  2. the branch of astronomy that deals with the general structure and evolution of the universe.

The Urantia Book has been THE pioneer in explaining and detailing our universe and its cosmology for nearly 100 years. Part 1 and Part II of the book are exclusively devoted to the origins of all we see in the skies, its detailed structure, and the personaliies who inhabit this grand creation that we call "the universe." The scales are vast, the distances are mind-boggling, and yet, the comprehensibility of the universe is accessible to anyone who has the desire to learn.

The biggest difference between the popular exploration of space in current media, and the revelation of universe cosmology in The Urantia Book is that, while the popular TV series is reluctant to posit a First Cause as the origins of all that we see in the heavens, The Urantia Book marries the mysteries of space to the reality of God, and his amazing plan for furthering the spiritual progress of mortals like us through it.

1:0.2 The myriads of planetary systems were all made to be eventually inhabited by many different types of intelligent creatures, beings who could know God, receive the divine affection, and love him in return. The universe of universes is the work of God and the dwelling place of his diverse creatures. “God created the heavens and formed the earth; he established the universe and created this world not in vain; he formed it to be inhabited.

We hope that you'll take this invitation to explore the wonders of God's creation through the teachings of The Urantia Book. Here are some intriguing links that might pique your interest:

HERE is our topical study on the Universe. It is filled with inspiring teachings found only in The Urantia Book - teachings that are destined to inform humanity for the next thousand years. Here, you'll find some of the most sweeping information about our universe - its creation, organization, and purpose. Among other things, we learn:

God is the one and only self-caused fact in the universe. He is the secret of the order, plan, and purpose of the whole creation of things and beings. The everywhere-changing universe is regulated and stabilized by absolutely unchanging laws, the habits of an unchanging God. The fact of God, the divine law, is changeless; the truth of God, his relation to the universe, is a relative revelation which is ever adaptable to the constantly evolving universe. ~ The Urantia Book, (102:7.2)

Space photos: Each of these photos in our gallery is accompanied by Urantia Book teachings about our universe - its content, its workings, and its Creator

Read about Cosmology and The Urantia Book

Hubble Telescope Discoveries Validate Urantia Book Cosmology!!! This video corroborates much of the teachings about cosmology that we learn from Urantia Book teachings. Increasingly, modern science is validating this revelation that has been informing humanity for over 50 years - long before Hubble even left the ground.

Jesus, as the actual Creator of our universe, knew more than anyone about time and space. Read his discourse on this fascinating subject HERE

And, lest anyone think that the universe is somehow a mechanistic, automatic, or random phenomenon, we offer these final thoughts about the cosmology of the universe:

If this were only a material universe, material man would never be able to arrive at the concept of the mechanistic character of such an exclusively material existence. This very mechanistic concept of the universe is in itself a nonmaterial phenomenon of mind, and all mind is of nonmaterial origin, no matter how thoroughly it may appear to be materially conditioned and mechanistically controlled. ~ The Urantia Book, (195:7.6)

If we were to define the predominant philosophy influencing the world today it would be "mechanistic" as opposed to created by a divine plan. Science is mechanistic -- it's not in touch with any spiritual foundation or Creative Being responsible for creation. The Big Bang is mechanistic. Atheism and free thinking are on the rise and use science as their god. In their view, the universe is just one big machine.

Materialism connects the philosophy of mechanism to a religious viewpoint, again in which things have no spiritual foundation. "God is dead." "Humans reign supreme. We're free to do whatever we choose to do simply because we can do it."

For the past 100 years and on into the future we have been participating and will continue to participate in this philosophical/religious negative vacuum and we will continue to experience it until the time comes when Jesus' life and teachings forever obliterate its influence. When we practice the religion that Jesus taught - the religion of personal spiritual experience - our spirits are gradually becoming liberated, and the advances of science are able to be seen as gradually uncovering true reality.

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