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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.

Click to read more about the Universe of Universes

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 view

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 it...you'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.

* Click here to see the movie now *

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.

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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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Thu, June 05, 2014

New Hubble Photo: Trillions of Inhabited Planets?

By The Truthbook Staff

Hubble Telesope colorful image 2014

As time goes on, and with ever-more powerful telescopes, modern science is beginning to corroborate many Urantia Book teachings regarding the structure and makeup of our universe. For the latest news on that front, please see THIS LINK. In this article, astronomers posit the existence of over 10,000 galaxies. Ten years in the making, NASA's Hubble telescope images of 10,000 galaxies has made the discussion about life on other planets a point of scientific, not science fiction, reality.

The Urantia Book was finished in 1934, long before Hubble was even thought of. In it we read:

In the not-distant future, new telescopes will reveal to the wondering gaze of Urantian astronomers no less than 375 million new galaxies in the remote stretches of outer space... ~ The Urantia Book, 12:2.3

So, there are many more galaxies yet to be discovered; the universe is large beyond imagination!

But, what about intelligent life "out there?"

When Jesus incarnated here 2000 years ago, we are told in the teachings that he stood "for both Father and Son to the creatures of ten million inhabited worlds." And that's just in our (relatively) small part of the universe!

The Grand Universe is the present organized and inhabited creation. It consists of the seven superuniverses, with an aggregate evolutionary potential of around seven trillion inhabited planets, not to mention the eternal spheres of the central creation. ~ The Urantia Book, 12:1.13

An author of one of the papers about the universe states:

"Only the Universal Father knows the location and actual number of inhabited worlds in space; he calls them all by name and number. I can give only the approximate number of inhabited or inhabitable planets, for some local universes have more worlds suitable for intelligent life than others. Nor have all projected local universes been organized. Therefore the estimates which I offer are solely for the purpose of affording some idea of the immensity of the material creation."

Click HERE to read more about the immense size of the universe, and the unimaginable numbers of worlds contained in them

It is a thrilling time to witness the slow, but inevitable validation of Urantia Book teachings about the realms of space - the amazing creation in which our small planet (Urantia) has its place.

Read more about The Universe

Spend some time contemplating the majesty of the starry realms in our Art Gallery...if you like space photography, you'll really enjoy it when it's accompanied by Urantia Book teachings.

Finally, sit back and prepare to be charmed by this lovely video by Gary Tonge, called "Journey Through the Universe," a grand tour through the far reaches of space as described in Urantia Book teachings. As we view it, we can only stand in awe of what the Father has created for us, and many others throughout the universe, beings who Jesus referred to as "other sheep not of this flock...;" no matter who may be out there, we are all beloved children of God.

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Mon, June 02, 2014

God, Jesus and Justin Bieber

By By The Truthbook Staff

Truthbook has been promoting God and Jesus for years, but in only two days, Justin Bieber has those two words trending #1 on Twitter. Justin Bieber has done a great service by acknowledging God and Jesus; we'd like to see more of this in the world! See This Link for Bieber's comments.

There are good reasons that Urantia believes God and Jesus should be thanked...

The Urantia Book does many things for the reader/student; it teaches us about our universe, our planet, our history and our destiny. But of prime importance, it teaches us a new way to know God, and a new way to understand Jesus. Once we know God as a loving Father and a personal friend, we can never go back to ideas about him that are unloving; we can never again be afraid of his will for us, which is only love.

We can only be grateful!

God is LOVE, and his aspirations for his children on earth are only for good. Part I of The Urantia Book contains a new and satisfying revelation of God for all people, regardless of church affiliation or background.

Part IV of The Urantia Book contains the restated Life and Teachings of Jesus. This new revelation of Jesus' life will thrill the reader as never before...if you already know Jesus, you'll meet him again in a whole new way.

Jesus revealed the true nature of God while he was here on earth. Jesus said "He who has seen me has seen the Father." This divine Son of God spent his life working to liberate the spiritual captives, to raise the oppressed, and to bring a new understanding of the nature of God to our world. This is reason for gratitude, indeed!

We join Justin in celebrating God, in celebrating Jesus, and in celebrating The Urantia Book, which has been the greatest gift to humanity in over 2000 years!

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Wed, May 28, 2014

Does God love Christians and Muslims equally?

By By The Truthbook Staff

Global attention is focused on reconciliation efforts in the Mideast by Pope Francis, leader of one of the world's great Christian religions. Does God really love Christians and Muslims, Palestinians and Jews the same?

From The Urantia Book:

“You are all God’s children, you are the sons of the heavenly Father. The bonds of time may seem to afflict you, but the God of eternity loves you”. ~ Jesus, The Urantia Book, 147:3.3

God loves each individual as an individual child in the heavenly family. Yet God thus loves every individual; he is no respecter of persons, and the universality of his love brings into being a relationship of the whole, the universal brotherhood. ~ The Urantia Book, (12:7.8)

Practically every religion that exists today on our world claims to know God best. Many religions subsribe to a philosophy that puts its followers above all others; Catholics believe that all must be baptized in the Church for salvation; Christians believe that all must accept Jesus as Lord and Savior to be saved; Muslims believe in the necessity of both faith and good works for salvation: "To those who believe and do deeds of righteousness hath Allah promised forgiveness and a great reward."

One could wonder what God thinks of all this. Does God approve only of one religion? Which one is right? Can God possibly love all religionists the same: Catholics, Christians, and Muslims? Is it possible that he loves even the "un-churched?"

The Urantia Book reveals a concept of God that is a breath of fresh air to ALL those who seek him, in whatever way they may seek him. God is shown to be a loving father, a  personal deity who loves each individual with a fatherly affection. God does not show favoritism to any sect of believers; instead God invites all of his individual children to personal relationship with him.  God is no respecter of persons; neither is he a respecter of institutionalized religions.

One amazing evidence of God's non-favoritism is the bestowal of a part of himself into the mind of each human being. This bestowal is given regardless of the individual's standing in regard to religious affiliation. What could be more inclusive than that?

Please accept this invitation to explore God as he is lovingly revealed in The Urantia Book. Simply click the "next " button on each page to delve deeper into your search

The Urantia Book teaches that ALL religions are good, insofar as each one brings man closer to God, and God closer to man.

Here are some Urantia Book quotes spoken by Jesus about God's eternal and universal love:

In instructing the Jews about the difference between their racial religion and the religion that he came to teach and to live, the Master said: "You well know that, while a kindhearted father loves his family as a whole, he so regards them as a group because of his strong affection for each individual member of that family. No longer must you approach the Father in heaven as a child of Israel but as a child of God. As a group, you are indeed the children of Israel, but as individuals, each one of you is a child of God. I have come, not to reveal the Father to the children of Israel, but rather to bring this knowledge of God and the revelation of his love and mercy to the individual believer as a genuine personal experience. The prophets have all taught you that Yahweh cares for his people, that God loves Israel. But I have come among you to proclaim a greater truth, one which many of the later prophets also grasped, that God loves you—every one of you—as individuals. All these generations have you had a national or racial religion; now have I come to give you a personal religion." ~ Jesus, The Urantia Book, 145:2.3

"All men are my brothers. My Father in heaven does not despise any creature of our making. The kingdom of heaven is open to all men and women. No man may close the door of mercy in the face of any hungry soul who may seek to gain an entrance thereto... As our Father in heaven looks down upon men, they are all alike. Refuse not therefore to break bread with Pharisee or sinner, Sadducee or publican, Roman or Jew, rich or poor, free or bond. The door of the kingdom is wide open for all who desire to know the truth and to find God.”~ Jesus, The Urantia Book, 138:4.2 

The Urantia Book's revelation of God's love is unlike anything before seen on earth. God's Love is eternal:

What is it about religion that can influence people to become so exclusionary about others who are not like them? Please have a look at our topical study on Religion HERE

Finally: Does God really love YOU?

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Mon, May 05, 2014

Heaven Is For Real

By The Truthbook Staff

Have you seen the Heaven Is For Real movie? Do you think heaven is real? Do you believe in life after death? Every one of us will face death at some point...can we really hope for something more when we leave this earth? Take heart! The Urantia Book is a rich source of information about the afterlife, and we invite you to have a look at some of our pages that can give you inspiration, comfort, and hope about the ultimate adventure that awaits all of us.

"Death is only the beginning of an endless career of adventure, an everlasting life of anticipation, an eternal voyage of discovery." ~ The Urantia Book, 14:5.10

Our online There is Life After Death Magazine is a comprehensive and detailed account of Urantia Book teachings about our journey to Heaven. Here's a short excerpt from Page 7 of There is Life After Death:

What is Heaven Really Like?

"If we knew the navigation patterns, had the proper ship, adequate fuel, and permission to visit, we literally could fly a spaceship to the heavenly worlds.

"If we ponder the visions of heaven dreamed by the twentieth century's most perceptive religious philosophers, we gain an insight into the first heavenly worlds where we will live. As we proceed beyond these first worlds, we will realize that nothing in human experience has prepared us to understand or express the beauty and diversity of the heavens.

The universe is vast, much larger than most scientists have imagined. To ensure organization and orderliness, specially constructed architectural worlds were designed to serve as administrative head- quarters. These architectural worlds, strategically placed throughout the universe, are like separate heavens. Heaven is not one central place but Paradise is the center of the universe and is the heaven of heavens."

The Afterlife is a collection of some of The Urantia Book's most inspiring teachings about Heaven.

And THIS LINK discusses the survival of your human self - your personality - as you make your way to what we would think of as Heaven, those places that Jesus called "the Father's many mansions"

After You Die is a short video that details Urantia Book teachings about what happens to us after death and the step-by-step process that takes place when you get to the Heavenly worlds

Is Heaven a planet? Go to THIS LINK to find out...

What IS death, really? HERE is a section of The Urantia Book that discusses this inevitable reality.

We hope that after exploring some Urantia Book teachings about Heaven and life after death, you'll be inspired to explore even more of this marvelous gift of revelation to our planet that is The Urantia Book

Finally - have YOU had an experience with Heaven? Do you have any questions? Please share what you know, or want to know, with us. We would love to hear from you!

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