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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

What Is The One Thing That Makes You Who You Are? by Antonia Blumberg

I was immediately drawn to this article, just from its title, because as Urantia Book readers, we learn the true answer to this question through its teachings. See our blog below...but first, here's some of the conclusions that are drawn from the author's exploration of the subject:

"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."

"Hindu chaplain Gadadhara Pandit Das said faith is key to what shraddha represents.

" 'It is upon this faith that we can move forward in our lives,' " Das told HuffPost. " 'For example, we can't know for sure whether God exists. However, if we choose to have faith then we can move forward to investigate whether or not there is a God.' "

It's that inner spark that Braunstein hoped to uncover in each of his interview subjects.

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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 Spirit And The Soul Are Not The Same Thing -- Here's Why By Lisa Capretto

The Urantia Book explains the soul completely! See our blog below...

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...these snippets show the confusion 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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It's an age-old question: What is the soul? Before The Urantia Book arrived on the world scene, many futile 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...

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.

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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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.' "

Click to read the entire article

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.

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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 properties" attached to meteorites.

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In the article, we see this abstract 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 spirit...it 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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Click to read about the Seven Superuniverses

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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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