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Wed, February 22, 2017

Seven Earth-Size Planets Found!

By TruthBook Staff

Folks, here's another exciting discovery from the world of astronomy, and the search for life in the universes: 7 Earth-Size Planets Identified in Orbit Around a Dwarf Star by Kenneth Chang. The Urantia Book teaches us that moons such as these newly discovered spheres are often ideal candidates for mortal habitation:

"Many of these enormous spheres have satellites, sometimes a half dozen or more, and these moons are often in size very near that of Urantia, so that they are almost ideal for habitation." (See more below, in our blog)

This blockbuster news from NASA leaves us beyond excited! Here's a snippet from the article:

"Not just one, but seven Earth-size planets that could potentially harbor life have been identified orbiting a tiny star not too far away, offering the first realistic opportunity to search for signs of alien life outside of the solar system.

"The planets orbit a dwarf star named Trappist-1, about 40 light-years, or 235 trillion miles, from Earth. That is quite close in cosmic terms, and by happy accident, the orientation of the orbits of the seven planets allows them to be studied in great detail.

"One or more of the exoplanets in this new system could be at the right temperature to be awash in oceans of water, astronomers said, based on the distance of the planets from the dwarf star.

“ 'This is the first time so many planets of this kind are found around the same star,' ” Michael Gillon, an astronomer at the University of Liege in Belgium and the leader of an international team that has been observing Trappist-1, said during a telephone news conference organized by the journal Nature, which published the findings on Wednesday."

Click to read the whole NYT article

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Folks, we are not alone

To Urantia Book readers, these findings are 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."

What else does The Urantia Book say about moons like those in the article?

49:0.4 Not all planets are suited to harbor mortal life. Small ones having a high rate of axial revolution are wholly unsuited for life habitats. In several of the physical systems of Satania the planets revolving around the central sun are too large for habitation, their great mass occasioning oppressive gravity. Many of these enormous spheres have satellites, sometimes a half dozen or more, and these moons are often in size very near that of Urantia, so that they are almost ideal for habitation.

The oldest inhabited world of Satania, world number one, is Anova, one of the forty-four satellites revolving around an enormous dark planet but exposed to the differential light of three neighboring suns. Anova is in an advanced stage of progressive civilization.

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.

Please click on the underlined links to read more of the story...

Oftentimes, humans can feel isolated, maybe even forgotten. We are so far on the fringes of the universe...but this Urantia Book passage assures us:

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

As a final note, we want to call your attention to the fact that spheres like those discovered in the article might also be candidates for a "relocation" scenario, should the unthinkable happen, and our planet earth has to be evacuated. In our "As Seen on TV" article titled The Explosion of the Sun and the Annihilation of Life, we explore this possbility:

Click to read As Seen on TV: The Explosion of the Sun and the Annihilation of Life

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Mon, January 30, 2017

The Ruins of Bethsaida

By TruthBook Staff

Bethsaida was an important place for Jesus; he trained evangelists, established a hospital, healed the paralytic, and headquartered there with the apostles. In this Smithsonian article: Unearthing the World of Jesus by Ariel Sabar, Special attention is given to new discoveries of this key city in the Master's life. See our blog below, but first, here's a snip about findings at Bethsaida from the article:

"The ruins of Bethsaida lie atop an oval-shaped, 20-acre mound of volcanic earth. Flowing all around are the hills of the Golan, which plunge through stands of eucalyptus and across plains of mango and palm groves to the Sea of Galilee."

Click to read the entire article

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What does The Urantia Book teach about Jesus and his connection to Bethsaida?

When Jesus was 27 years-old he first met Zebedee, a friend of Jesus' earth father Joseph. Zebedee lived in Bethsaida and worked as a boatbuilder; Jesus lived and worked there with Zebedee and his family for a year before embarking on his tour of the Mediterranean world with the Indian travelers.

Later, following the choosing of the first six apostles, Bethsaida became the headquarters for Jesus and the apostolic party, which was established in the home of Zebedee and Salome, the parents of apostles James and John Zebedee. And this headquarters was to be "home base" for Jesus and the twelve for nearly three years, so they came in and out of Bethsaida frequently.

138:5.4 Zebedee and Salome had gone to live with their son David so that their large home [in Bethsaida] could be turned over to Jesus and his twelve apostles. Here Jesus spent a quiet Sabbath with his chosen messengers; he carefully outlined the plans for proclaiming the kingdom and fully explained the importance of avoiding any clash with the civil authorities

Additionally, there is an entire Paper devoted to Jesus and the apostles' activities in Bethsaida. Among them are these notable events:

Training the Evangelists

Establishing the Bethsaida Hospital

Healing the paralytic

Jesus' delievered discourses in Zebedee's garden on Evil, Sin, and Iniquity, the Purpose of Affliction, and the Discourse on Job.

Most notably perhaps, Jesus established the women's corps in Bethsaida.

And there are many other references for Bethsaida in The Urantia Book. Use our convenient Search feature at the top right of any TruthBook page to see how many there are! Just enter the word Bethsaida in the box marked "Search The Urantia Book only."

These excavations in the area of the Sea of Galilee are exciting to watch. Once again, we are delighted to see that modern science is discovering the places that Jesus lived and worked - places that are so familiar to Urantia Book readers!

Discover them yourself, along with the entire Life and Teachings of Jesus!

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Tue, January 10, 2017

5 New Year's Resolutions Spiritual Believers Should Make

By TruthBook Staff new year resolutions, urantia book, service, God's promises, meditation, prayer,  beatitudes, self mastery

Do you want to make some new year's resolutions that will really make a diference? Our five suggestions may just kick-start your spiritual life in 2017! Here they are...

1. Believe in God's promises and follow his instructions

This is the surest way to happiness in 2017. Click here to read all about how to make this happen for you.

2. Spend time praying and meditating every day

The practice of meditation, prayer, and spiritual thinking are three additions to our lives that can pay huge rewards. Click here to read more...

3. Read the Urantia Book

There is definitely an amazing Urantia Book passage just waiting to become your mantra for living better in 2017! Click here to read more...

4. Help someone – be selfless

There is always someone in more trouble than you, help them and your problems will melt away. Click here to read more...

5. Master yourself in small and large ways; use spiritual power to overcome!

Said Jesus: " 'Verily, verily, I say to you, he who rules his own self is greater than he who captures a city. Click here to read more...

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Tips and teachings from The Urantia Book

1. Believe in God's promises and follow his instructions

What are God's promises? One of the most sweeping and most comforting of God's promises is what The Urantia Book calls "The Great Urantian Agreement;" this agreement was struck between Melchizedek and Abraham during Melchizedelk's incarnation here on earth. It reads:

"This covenant of Melchizedek with Abraham represents the great Urantian agreement between divinity and humanity whereby God agrees to do everything; man only agrees to believe God's promises and follow his instructions. Heretofore it had been believed that salvation could be secured only by works—sacrifices and offerings; now, Melchizedek again brought to Urantia the good news that salvation, favor with God, is to be had by faith."

Want more? Instruction and promise doesn't get much plainer than this:

"Happy are the poor in spirit, the humble, for theirs are the treasures of the kingdom of heaven.

"Happy are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.

"Happy are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

"Happy are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

"Happy are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

"Happy are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God.

"Without a worthy goal, life becomes aimless and unprofitable, and much unhappiness results. Jesus' discourse at the ordination of the twelve constitutes a master philosophy of life. Jesus exhorted his followers to exercise experiential faith. He admonished them not to depend on mere intellectual assent, credulity, and established authority."

Jesus' ordination sermon will inspire! Read more...

And for even more divine instruction and more promises, see "I Promise You..."

2. Spend time praying and meditating every day

The practice of meditation, prayer, and spiritual thinking are three additions to our lives that can pay huge rewards.

Find the time and make it a habit!

One of the great troubles with modern life is that man thinks he is too busy to find time for spiritual meditation and religious devotion.

Don't be too busy. Many believers find that these worshipful and mindful practices actually help them save time throughout a day.

"Religious habits of thinking and acting are contributory to the economy of spiritual growth. One can develop religious predispositions toward favorable reaction to spiritual stimuli, a sort of conditioned spiritual reflex. Habits which favor religious growth embrace cultivated sensitivity to divine values, recognition of religious living in others, reflective meditation on cosmic meanings, worshipful problem solving, sharing one's spiritual life with one's fellows, avoidance of selfishness, refusal to presume on divine mercy, living as in the presence of God. The factors of religious growth may be intentional, but the growth itself is unvaryingly unconscious."

"The more healthful attitude of spiritual meditation is to be found in reflective worship and in the prayer of thanksgiving."

Please see our topical study of Urantia Book teachings about meditation

And our topical study on Prayer

3. Read the Urantia Book

Reading The Urantia Book is not only a great way to get in touch with God, but to relax and take time for yourself as well. Instead of spending your Monday evening watching reality TV reruns, reread your favorite stories and teachings in The Urantia Book … or find new ones to help you get motivated for the New Year. There is definitely an amazing Urantia Book passage just waiting to become your mantra for living better in 2017!

4. Help someone – be selfless

There is always someone in more trouble than you, help them and your problems will melt away.

"All of this magnificent creation, including yourself, was not made just for you. This is not an egocentric universe. The Gods have decreed, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive,' and said your Master Son, 'He who would be greatest among you let him be server of all.'"

"Service—purposeful service, not slavery—is productive of the highest satisfaction and is expressive of the divinest dignity. Service—more service, increased service, difficult service, adventurous service, and at last divine and perfect service—is the goal of time and the destination of space. But ever will the play cycles of time alternate with the service cycles of progress. And after the service of time there follows the superservice of eternity. During the play of time you should envision the work of eternity, even as you will, during the service of eternity, reminisce the play of time."

Please see our topical on service here

5. Master yourself in small and large ways; use spiritual power to overcome!

Said Jesus: " 'Verily, verily, I say to you, he who rules his own self is greater than he who captures a city. Self-mastery is the measure of man's moral nature and the indicator of his spiritual development. In the old order you fasted and prayed; as the new creature of the rebirth of the spirit, you are taught to believe and rejoice. In the Father's kingdom you are to become new creatures; old things are to pass away; behold I show you how all things are to become new. And by your love for one another you are to convince the world that you have passed from bondage to liberty, from death into life everlasting.'"

" 'By the old way you seek to suppress, obey, and conform to the rules of living; by the new way you are first transformed by the Spirit of Truth and thereby strengthened in your inner soul by the constant spiritual renewing of your mind, and so are you endowed with the power of the certain and joyous performance of the gracious, acceptable, and perfect will of God. Forget not—it is your personal faith in the exceedingly great and precious promises of God that ensures your becoming partakers of the divine nature. Thus by your faith and the spirit's transformation, you become in reality the temples of God, and his spirit actually dwells within you. If, then, the spirit dwells within you, you are no longer bondslaves of the flesh but free and liberated sons of the spirit. The new law of the spirit endows you with the liberty of self-mastery in place of the old law of the fear of self-bondage and the slavery of self-denial.' "

HAPPY NEW YEAR! May 2017 become THE year that you make new spiritual progress!

 

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Mon, January 09, 2017

As Seen on TV: The Search for Extraterrestrial Life

By TruthBook Staff

Presently there are a number of long running television series proposing that extraterrestrial life may exist; if it does, there are scientists, artists, and futurists around the globe who desire to make contact with it. Two of the prominent research organizations engaged in this quest are SETI [the Search for extraterrestrial Intelligence] and IETI [an Invitation to Extraterrestrial Intelligence].

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence [SETI] is an exploratory scientific organization that seeks evidence of life in the universe by looking for some signature of its technology using radio telescopes and other astronomical monitoring equipment. The SETI Institute is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to scientific research, education, and public outreach. Located in Mountain View, CA. research is conducted in three centers: the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, the Center for Education, and the Center for Public Outreach. SETI has a passion for discovery, and for sharing knowledge as scientific ambassadors to the public, the press, and the government. Today SETI employs over 130 scientists and support staff.

The second organization is Invitation to Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence [IETI], which has issued an invitation through the internet to any extraterrestrial Intelligence having the capability to read it in hopes of establishing a constructive dialog between humanity and our cosmic companions. The individuals issuing this invitation to make ET’s acquaintance appear to be reputable scientists and noteworthy individuals; they appear to be sincere, intelligent people in the quest for concrete affirmation that we are not alone in the universe.

The intent of this article is to alert truth seekers that there is already evidence that extraterrestrials exist and the questions these and other organizations are seeking answers to have been addressed and specifically answered through the teachings in one monumental book first published in 1955, The Urantia Book, which provides plausible explanation to assure us that we are not alone in the universe and that it is friendly, that life on other planets does exist, and that our destiny is glorious. The Urantia Book provides reasonable teachings regarding past, present and future contact with extraterrestrials.

Our earth has been visited, and is still constantly being visited, by beings that are not of this world. The universes teem with personalities and there are countless inhabited planets out there. [Reference links to the text are provided throughout this article.]


What is Intelligence?

According to the SETI site Legg and Hutter define universal intelligence as the time discounted reward (value) obtained by a unit (agent) over the set of computable reward summable environments, weighted by the simplicity (inverse exponentiated Kolmogorov complexity) of the environment. It is recognized by learning to learn, speed of adaptation, discovering low­dimensional compressed structures and regularities, allowing manipulation and prediction of the environment, representing the world internally as a model and using this to plan.

The Urantia Book defines intelligent life as: “Life is really a process which takes place between the organism (selfhood) and its environment. The personality imparts value of identity and meanings of continuity to this organismal-environmental association. Thus it will be recognized that the phenomenon of stimulus-response is not a mere mechanical process since the personality functions as a factor in the total situation. It is ever true that mechanisms are innately passive; organisms, inherently active.”


Communicating With ET

Listed on the IETI website are the following ten questions for extraterrestrials to reply to:

1. Tell us about yourself. We are interested in many details, including what star or planet you originally came from, how and when you (or your predecessors) traveled here, your mission or purposes, your individual history or background, your physical form, and your relationship to your home civilization.

2. We wish to learn about the culture or civilization from which you have come, or the group or species of which you are a member. Please tell us about its key characteristics:

• the grand sweep of your history and cultural evolution;
• your greatest achievements, struggles, and mistakes;
• your major current projects, challenges, dangers, fears, and hopes;
• the next probable stages in your development;
• your technological capacities;
• how you communicate;
• your core values and purposes, and what you consider most important of all;
• your motivations and emotions;
• ethics, morality, spirituality;
• ideas, thinking, creating knowledge, learning, teaching;
• your philosophy and world view;
• beauty, nature, art, music;
• relationships, love, reproduction, death;
• governance, social organization, conflict resolution;
• freedom, responsibilities, work, rewards;
• the extent of your diversity, and whether differences are treasured, tolerated, or rejected.
3. Who else lives in our galaxy and beyond? What sorts of interaction do they have with one another? What sorts of joint ventures are they engaged in? In what ways are we similar to others in our galaxy, and different from them? What is humanity’s place in the galactic community and in the cosmos?

4. What else should we do to achieve contact with other forms of extraterrestrial intelligence? Have any other forms of ETI visited our solar system in recent years? Does any dangerous or hostile form of ETI pose any threat to us?

5. Toward what long-term future or ultimate destination is the universe heading? Why do life and the universe exist; what is the point of it all? How can we best find meaning and purpose in the universe? What is your understanding of any genuine religious, spiritual, transpersonal, and psychic aspects of reality? What still baffles or puzzles you about the universe?

6. What is your assessment of us? How well are we doing at day-to-day effectiveness, governance, fairness, truth-telling, caring, and harmony? At ensuring our long-term flourishing? At discovering and synthesizing knowledge that is deeply important?

7. If humans achieved their maximum positive potential what could we become?

8. What path can lead human society to achieve its potential? In other words, how can human civilization move toward a positive long-term future? As part of this, how can we eliminate warfare, weapons, and violence?

9. What can individual human beings contribute to the universe? What is your advice on the purposes, passions, meaning, love, and learning that should be at the core of individual human lives?

10. What additional knowledge about us would you like? What baffles or puzzles you about us? What other sorts of things would you like from us? What can we contribute to you that would be of value to you?

 

A Flaw in the Basic Scientific Presumption

As you might see from the above questions, IETI is looking for this contact to occur with physical beings at some future time. In our view, it is questionable whether there will ever be other real extraterrestrial contact like what is being anticipated; but the actual contact and the answers to these and many other significant questions can be studied and evaluated right here and now; it could take a millennium or more for us to assimilate and to put into practice what the ET authors of The Urantia Book have already bestowed.

If The Urantia Book is factual, then why would intelligent beings continue to impart what was previously conferred? Before we are ready for further contact it may be up to us earthlings to uplift our thoughts and our diverse cultures by discovering the message, understanding it, and incorporating its teachings into our science, religion and philosophy.

While science is compelled to search for all of its answers in the material creation many answers can only come from the spirit counterpart.

Although religion and spirituality are mentioned by IETI, the scientific search is focused on contact from physical beings like us. The extraterrestrial contact we’ve received through The Urantia Book wasn’t physical, but a physical result was produced through that contact providing precisely that “inspiring, aesthetic, spiritual, deeply moving and meaningful interaction” mentioned as the goal of physical contact.

The foundation of the universe is material, but the essence of life is spirit. The Father of spirits is also the ancestor of universes… The Urantia Book, (42:1.1)

The main difference between the IETI-listed benefits of such contact and the teachings of The Urantia Book is that scientists are looking to connect extraterrestrial physical beings with some few worthy individuals here when in fact The Urantia Book teaches that every intelligent being is as worthy as any other for spiritual guidance. The extraterrestrial knowledge that has been given is available to anyone with the acumen or desire to accept its gift.

We here on earth may consider ourselves as somewhat isolated, somewhat in the dark, somewhat on our own–some may even feel like we are an orphan planet out here on the fringes of a vast universe–a universe that is being revealed to our wondering eyes on a regular basis through the technology of our space programs. And to purely material eyes this may seem to be the case; but through the gift of revelation, which has been given to us multiple times [The Five Epochal Revelations], and now again in the form of The Urantia Book, we are assured that far from being orphans, we are beloved members of the vast spiritual civilization called the Kingdom of Heaven. When Jesus walked the earth he told his followers it was at hand; even now, the benefits and privileges of the spiritual domain are available to any who seek them. The Urantia Book revelation makes the way plain, and helps us get to know some of the off-planet players who have made this revelation possible and who continue to fellowship us–now, and into eternity.


What Does The Urantia Book Teach?

About Extraterrestrial Life:

A most intriguing chapter of The Urantia Book is titled “Government on a Neighboring Planet” in which the social and cultural aspects of a planet of material beings like us are described. However, the meeting of such material beings, even those from neighboring planets, is highly unlikely.

The Urantia Book was indicted by spirit beings who can and do make contact with material worlds. For that reason we will concentrate the answers to the IETI questions upon the spirit beings and personalities who have made contact with us. However, not all beings who visit us are spiritual; some have been decidedly material: for example Adam and Eve, Melchizedek, and Michael of Nebadon [aka Jesus of Nazareth]. While one may not automatically think of these beings as ETs, they truly are not of this world, with the notable and unique exception of Jesus, who is both a true human being and a Divine spiritual Son of God!


About order and stability in the universe:

There is stability [God upholds all things] in the midst of apparent instability. There is an underlying order and security in the midst of the energy upheavals and the physical cataclysms of the starry realms.


About Life:

Life cannot be created artificially [scientists will forever be powerless to create...] by human beings.

Life is not an inherent aspect of the material universe; it is conferred by deity and bestowed by spirit [life is both material and spiritual].

The bestowal of life renders material-energy systems capable of self-perpetuation, self-propagation, and self-adaptation.

Life is constructed according to plans [Life does not originate spontaneously...] 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.

The foundation of the universe is material, but the essence of life is spirit. The Father of spirits is also the ancestor of universes… The Urantia Book, (42:1.1)

Specific teachings relating to the questions that IETI have posed are addressed in The Urantia Book in the following manner. While this is not an exhaustive display of all possible replies to the questions posed, the following quotes will give the reader a starting place; click on the links to read the supporting paragraphs:


Urantia Book Answers to IETI Questions

Q1. Tell us about yourself.
Who are these authors of the Urantia Papers? [See also the listing at the end of this article.]
Archangel
Brilliant Evening Star
Chief of Archangels
Chief of Evening Stars [Gavalia]
Chief of Urantia Midwayers
Chief of Seraphim Stationed on Urantia
Divine Counselor
Life Carrier
Machiventa Melchizedek
Malavatia Melchizedek
Manovandet Melchizedek
Mantutia Melchizedek [Director of the Revelatory Commission]
Melchizedeks
Midwayer Commission
Mighty Messenger
One High in Authority
One Without Name and Number
Perfector of Wisdom
Secondary Lanonandek
Solitary Messenger
Solonia–The seraphic Voice in the Garden
Universal Censor
Vorondadek Son

Despite the statement in The Urantia Book, that it cannot even begin to exhaust the story of the living creatures, creators, eventuators, and still-otherwise-existent beings who live, worship and serve in the universes, like in the list above, its pages reveal a total of 132 groups of personalities and of individuals. 
Q2. Tell us about the ET culture; the grand sweep of their history and cultural evolution;

There are permanent residents of planet earth, some of whom have been here for hundreds of thousands of years; they do not die. Although existing just outside the range of the human senses, they can occasionally make themselves visible to humans. They are called midway creatures. It was under their direction that the text of The Urantia Book was produced.

Midwayers are numbered, rather than named; the midway culture is stable and purposeful; their record-keeping and memory preserve important events in earth’s history. It is they who recorded the life of Jesus intact, as it happened.

A high order of spirit beings capable of becoming physical are the Melchizedeks, divine Sons of God; friendly and wise intermediaries between the spiritual and material worlds.

Vorondadeks [Every quarantined or isolated world has a Vorondadek...] are an order of spirit beings who “rule in the kingdoms of men.” On our world, torn by rebellion, a Vorondadek Son has been on duty for several hundreds of thousands of years.

• their greatest achievements, struggles, and mistakes;

In the hierarchy of spirit beings, the Melchizedeks are well-nigh perfect in wisdom, but they are not always infallible in judgment.
Mighty Messengers are a class of perfected mortals who have proven to be loyal to universe governance in the face of rebellion.
Most spirit beings progress from lower stages of existence. And in the contemplation of their long existence, spirit beings enjoy humor as a way of keeping a healthy perspective.
Those Without Name and Number are spirit beings comprehending the eternal purpose of God in a way that transcends the ability of mortal beings. They are named [like us].
The highest orders of spirit beings engaged in revealing truth to the planets are Perfectors of Wisdom, Divine Counselors, and Universal Censors.
Seraphic voices of the Garden of Eden are angelic helpers who were of invaluable aid to Adam and Eve. To humans angels are invisible spirit beings.
A Midwayer speaks [Acknowledgment...]: How and why the revelation of the life and teachings of Jesus was given to the people of earth.

• their major current projects, challenges, dangers, fears, and hopes;

The record of the existence of every human being is carefully kept by spirit beings, personality record keepers [The Worlds of the Archangels...] These records span even the eternal career.
Most spirit beings are as challenged to see us, as we are to see them.
Thought Adjusters are a special kind of spirit that dwell within every human mind–they are an actual FRAGMENT OF God himself–a “spark” of infinity. During a lifetime, they create a potentially immortal spirit counterpart of each person...all worthwhile attributes are preserved.
• the next probable stages in their development;
Development of midsonite creatures.
The next probable stage for midway creature development.
Greater or lesser spirit destinies.
Destiny of a Mighty Messenger, onetime mortals in the flesh like us.
• their technological capacities;
Spirit beings pass through ordinary matter, which they perceive as unreal.
Gravitational forces used for transit to overcome the handicaps of great stretches of time and unimaginable distances.
Velocities attainable by spirit beings:
• The travel velocity for Solitary Messengers.
• The personal element of time and space travel.
There are 1,111 loyal secondary midwayers engaged in important missions on earth... they have certain definite powers over material things, time and space, not excepting the beasts of the realm.
“In observing a transport seraphim being made ready to receive a passenger for interplanetary transit, there may be seen what are apparently “double sets of wings extending from the head to the foot of the angel. In reality these wings are energy insulators–friction shields.”
While some spirit beings are able to visit the material worlds, they live on constructed architectural spheres.
• how they communicate;
Urantia is served by twelve technicians of interplanetary and interuniverse communication.
Solitary Messengers are not isolated in their service; they are constantly in touch with the wealth of the intellect of all creation as they are capable of “listening in” on all the broadcasts of the realms of their sojourn.
The Solitary Messengers are able to function as emergency lines of communication throughout remote space regions.
Solitary Messengers, by means of their personal prerogatives of communication, are somewhat independent of space.
Midwayers vary greatly in their abilities to make contact with the seraphim above and with their human cousins below.
Midwayers converse with celestial travelers to learn about the far places of the universe.
Gabriel maintains contact with all phases of universe life and affairs through the Brilliant Evening Stars.
Think what it means in the economy of a superuniverse to be able to turn, as it were, to a living mirror and therein to see and therewith to hear the certain responses of another being a thousand or a hundred thousand light-years distant and to do all this instantly and unerringly.
Tertiary seconaphim –angelic beings fully and freely reflective of the sure knowledge and certain wisdom at the crossroads of time
When your world is once more restored to the reflective circuits concerned, much of the work of interplanetary and interuniverse communication [We are denied the full privilege...] will be greatly simplified and expedited.
• their core values and purposes, and what they consider most important of all;
Guidelines for spirit ministry to mortals [teamwork].
The core value and purpose [The entire organization of high spirits,...] of progressive ascension and perfection attainment: “The entire organization of high spirits, angelic hosts, and midway fellows is enthusiastically devoted to the furtherance of the Paradise plan for the progressive ascension and perfection attainment of evolutionary mortals”
Solitary Messengers delight in service.
• their motivations and emotions;
Angels intellectually understand mortal life, struggles and spiritual difficulties. They love humans.
The abiding affection of angels for humans.
• ethics, morality, spirituality;
Those High in Authority are spirit administrators without limitation. They are the everywhere-present and always-efficient executives of the Ancients of Days. They serve on any sphere, on any inhabited world, and in any phase of activity in any of the seven superuniverses.
Those High in Authority present the cause of justice in behalf of our errors of judgment
• ideas, thinking, creating knowledge, learning, teaching;
“I am commissioned to sponsor those papers portraying the nature and attributes of God because I represent the highest source of information available for such a purpose on any inhabited world.” A Divine Counselor speaks with authority [Presented by a Divine Counselor,...].
The nearest approach to the union of the human viewpoint and the divine attitude.
The real purpose of universe education [Truth is coherent,...].
• their philosophy and world view;
Spirit teachings regarding the philosophy of living:
“All truth—material, philosophic, or spiritual—is both beautiful and good.
“...a high order of love...” Teachings about truth, beauty, and goodness.
• beauty, nature, art, music;
Celestial artisans proffer help to the naturally gifted individuals of the mortal races.
There are over one hundred thousand different modes of sound, color, and energy manipulation, techniques analogous to the human employment of musical instruments.
Among the various divisional and universe headquarters worlds may be found the unique order of composite spirit personalities denominated the celestial artisans. These beings are the master artists and artisans of the morontia and lower spirit realms who are engaged in morontia embellishment and in spiritual beautification. [Note: please see this link to understand the revealed concept of morontia]
Spirit melodies are not material sounds.
There are seven groups of the heavenly reproducers.
There are cities “whose builder and maker is God.”
The home designers and builders—spirit beings who construct and remodel the abodes assigned to individuals and working groups of spirits.
Promoters of oratory. In the language of Nebadon we could, in a half hour’s address, cover the subject matter of the entire lifetime of a Urantia mortal.
• relationships, love, reproduction, death;
Mighty Messengers are useful and sympathetic ministers, understanding messengers, for service on any world of space and to any creature of time.
The midsonite creatures live and function as reproducing beings. They can hardly be reckoned as mortal or immortal, human or divine. But like midwayers, they never die.
The ethics and morals of religion.
The 161,432,840 Material Sons and Daughters [Adams and Eves] are the highest type of sex beings found in the evolving universes.
• governance, social organization, conflict resolution;
Those without Name and Number are especially qualified to sit in judgment and to render opinions when a spiritual viewpoint is desirable.
The grand corps of Trinity administrators, rulers, executives, advisers, counselors, and judges.
Stationary Sons of the Trinity act on any level of universe administration or adjudication that may be required by time-space conditions.
Every quarantined or isolated world [such as Urantia] has a Vorondadek Son acting as an observer.
The Union of Souls are reflectors of the ideals and status of ethical relationships.
The significance that Urantia has become a divisional headquarters for angelic activities.
• freedom, responsibilities, work, rewards;
Work of the secondary midway creatures includes acts previously ascribed to angels.
Responsibilities of the midwayers, who have a “kinship interest” in earth’s destiny.
Work of One without Name or Number on evolving inhabited planets.
Deity fostering the ascension of the material creatures to higher and higher levels of spiritual attainment.
Deity in the form of the Holy Spirit and the indwelling presence of God working in human beings.
Spirit beings and spirit ascenders live and work on physical spheres.
What the revelators teach about liberty and freedom.
The chief work of midwayers concerns the planetary reserve corps of destiny, from which The Urantia Book arose.
• the extent of their diversity, and whether differences are treasured, tolerated, or rejected;
The versatility of the Perfectors of Wisdom allows them to participate in service to ascendant beings.
How the universal economy works... throughout the eternal career you will never encounter monotony of inaction or stagnation of personality.

Q3. Who else lives in our galaxy and beyond?
The worlds teem with angels and men and other highly personal beings, but not all can traverse space and time easily.
Solitary Messengers [almost 7,690 trillion] and other spirit beings.
Personalities revealed in The Urantia Book.

Q4. What should be done to achieve contact with extraterrestrial intelligence?
An extraterrestrial connection of the highest order is within each one of us. It’s up to us to recognize the connection and to accept the fact that it exists.
There lives within each of us a fragment of infinity.
Worship experience in Divine communication is realized on four levels: the intellectual, the morontial, the spiritual, and the personal.

• Does any dangerous or hostile form of ETI pose any threat to us?
The universe is friendly to every child of the eternal God.
The true meaning and practice of the Golden Rule fills believers with an “assurance of a friendly universe.”
Said Jesus: “I do not believe that real harm can befall me.”
While the spirit administration is friendly, material beings on other worlds could possibly be belligerent, which is further reason why it’s very rare for physical beings from one world to interact with beings on another–the superior culture would always dominate the inferior.

Q5. Toward what long-term future or ultimate destination is the universe heading?
The myriads of planetary systems were all made to be eventually inhabited by many different types of intelligent creatures.
The age of light and life is the final evolutionary attainment of a universe of time and space.
Most human beings can achieve the supernal and divine goal which the infinite God has set for them.


Q6. What is their assessment of us?

It is entirely possible for human beings, starting out as they do on this planet, to attain the supernal and divine goal that God has set for them.


Q7. If humans achieved their maximum positive potential, what could we become?
The estimate of greatness varies from sphere to sphere.
The goal of eternity is ahead! The adventure of divinity attainment lies before you! The race for perfection is on! whosoever will may enter, and certain victory will crown the efforts of every human being who will run the race of faith and trust.
No matter how lowly your origin, if you have ability and the gift of expression, you will gain adequate recognition and receive due appreciation as you ascend upward.
Many ambitions to excel which tantalize mortals will not persist [But every human being should remember...] with these mortals in the morontia and spirit careers.
Before ascending mortals leave the local universe, they will be satiated respecting every intellectual, artistic, and social longing or true ambition which ever characterized their existence.

Q8. What path can lead human society to achieve its potential?
When mortal man fuses with an actual fragment of the Father, no limit can ever be placed upon the destiny of such an unprecedented and unimaginable partnership.

Q9. What can individual human beings contribute to the universe? What is your advice on the purposes, passions, meaning, love, and learning that should be at the core of individual human lives?
All creatures and all Creators contribute to the spirit person of the evolving God, the Supreme Being [Man’s urge...].
Time is the one universal endowment of all will creatures; it is the “one talent” intrusted to all intelligent beings.
The highest happiness is indissolubly linked with spiritual progress. Spiritual growth yields lasting joy, peace which passes all understanding.

Q10. What additional knowledge about us would they like? What baffles or puzzles them about us?
Answered by a Solitary Messenger, who wonders why we are not more engaged with our divine indweller, whose only function is to strengthen and cheer us through our earthly life.

The Urantia Book Further Teaches:
The universe is neither mechanical nor magical; it is a creation of mind and a mechanism of law.
• Spirit beings and their physical counterparts have visited, and continue to visit, earth. The realm of spirit, the nonphysical aspect of creation, oversees, administers, and guides all physical manifestations from atomic particles to galaxies, from inorganic material to living beings, and from space and time to infinity and eternity. Spirit beings are responsible for the overcontrol of the physical universe; they initiate and guide the creation of planets, stars, star systems, and galaxies, the purpose of which is to provide incubators for the evolution of life. We may not readily see definite origins, but we certainly can see the orderliness and predictability of the material universe. From this, we can easily deduce both a physical and a spiritual “minded” creation.
Life is not an accidental chemical reaction; it is designed and planned by beings whose purpose is to be the designers and implementers of life for all of creation. The life on any given inhabitable world is designed and created specifically for the conditions of that world. When suitable conditions for life are found on an evolutionary world it is implanted as single-celled organisms and allowed to evolve naturally over vast spans of time. The cosmos is the nursery for trillions of inhabited planets.
• As Jesus told us, “In my Father’s house are many mansions.” It is intended that material worlds, like earth, evolve naturally, without outside physical contact, without the life of one inhabited world interfering with the life on another. The “many mansions,” worlds inhabited by those who have died on material worlds, are both material and spiritual. Life on material worlds is designed to unfold naturally and without intervention. Despite the trillions of inhabited worlds, physical contact between them is rare. Even though real spiritual growth is possible and desirable on the material worlds such as ours, in a time to come, after we leave this world, we will mingle on the spirit worlds, not on these physical ones.


About itself, The Urantia Book has this to say:

These papers, of which this is one, constitute the most recent presentation of truth to the mortals of Urantia. These papers differ from all previous revelations, for they are not the work of a single universe personality but a composite presentation by many beings. But no revelation short of the attainment of the Universal Father can ever be complete. All other celestial ministrations are no more than partial, transient, and practically adapted to local conditions in time and space. While such admissions as this may possibly detract from the immediate force and authority of all revelations, the time has arrived on Urantia when it is advisable to make such frank statements, even at the risk of weakening the future influence and authority of this, the most recent of the revelations of truth to the mortal races of Urantia.


Credentials of the Revelation:

The Urantia Papers were indicted by ETs in the year 1934, the book consists of four parts containing these Papers. At the conclusion of each PART, the authority for providing it is provided, as follows:

• PART I. The Central and Superuniverses. These thirty-one papers depicting the nature of Deity, the reality of Paradise, the organization and working of the central and superuniverses, the personalities of the grand universe, and the high destiny of evolutionary mortals, were sponsored, formulated, and put into English by a high commission consisting of twenty-four Orvonton administrators acting in accordance with a mandate issued by the Ancients of Days of Uversa directing that we should do this on Urantia, 606 of Satania, in Norlatiadek of Nebadon, in the year A.D. 1934.

• PART II. The Local Universe. Sponsored by a Nebadon Corps of Local Universe Personalities acting by authority of Gabriel of Salvington. These twenty-five papers are a series of presentations by various authors, having been sponsored as a group by a commission of Nebadon personalities numbering twelve and acting under the direction of Mantutia Melchizedek. We indited these narratives and put them in the English language, by a technique authorized by our superiors, in the year 1934 of Urantia time.

• PART III. The History of Urantia. Sponsored by a Corps of Local Universe Personalities acting by authority of Gabriel of Salvington, narrates the history of Urantia down to the time of Michael’s appearance on earth in the likeness of mortal flesh. These sixty-three papers were authorized by a Nebadon commission of twelve acting under the direction of Mantutia Melchizedek. We indited these narratives and put them in the English language, by a technique authorized by our superiors, in the year A.D. 1935 of Urantia time.

• PART IV. The Life and Teachings of Jesus. Ninety-seven papers, sponsored by a commission of twelve Urantia midwayers acting under the supervision of a Melchizedek revelatory director.

NOTE: At the end of each of the first 119 Papers, the authors provide statements about themselves. See the list of authors above.


Additional Authorization Caveats:

Indited by an Orvonton Divine Counselor, Chief of the Corps of Superuniverse Personalities assigned to portray on Urantia the truth concerning the Paradise Deities and the universe of universes.

Presented by a Divine Counselor, a member of a group of celestial personalities assigned by the Ancients of Days on Uversa, the headquarters of the seventh superuniverse, to supervise those portions of this forthcoming revelation which have to do with affairs beyond the borders of the local universe of Nebadon. I am commissioned to sponsor those papers portraying the nature and attributes of God because I represent the highest source of information available for such a purpose on any inhabited world. I have served as a Divine Counselor in all seven of the superuniverses and have long resided at the Paradise center of all things. Many times have I enjoyed the supreme pleasure of a sojourn in the immediate personal presence of the UniversalFather. I portray the reality and truth of the Father’s nature and attributes with unchallengeable authority; I know whereof I speak.


The above are fundamentals of The Urantia Book relating to extraterrestrial contact.

Having scrutinized the content of the book in-depth we believe it meets all the criteria established for contact with extraterrestrial intelligence. Scientifically minded, logical and critical thinkers’ first inclination may be to scoff and think this is another of those mind tricks we humans continuously play on themselves—that this relates to channeled material or some other kind of subconscious human mind upwellings. We are fully aware of channeled material, psychic manifestations and the workings of the subconscious mind; The Urantia Book is none of those. Will scientifically minded, logical thinkers be willing to dismiss this possibility without in-depth scrutiny for themselves?

In spite of The Urantia Book originating from extraterrestrial sources its contents provide the answers to mankind’s most challenging and foremost questions; it has the power to transform individuals, communities, nations, and the planet.

Please determine for yourselves whether, as we believe, the sought after contact hasn’t already occurred. We recommend that you read The Urantia Book.

 

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Mon, December 19, 2016

Re-Imagining Jesus - Remastered!

By TruthBook Staff jesus film, david kantor, urantia book, jesus,

Re-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.

Now, in this Christmas season of 2016, we are happy to announce that Re-Imagining Jesus has been remastered (complete with closed-captions) and is better than ever!

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

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

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

Highlights of the film include:

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

We encourage you to set aside some time during this Christmas season; 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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Thu, December 15, 2016

Is Planetary Evolution Purposeful?

By TruthBook Staff

Here's a great article found in the popular press: Can Evolution Have a 'Higher Purpose'? by Robert Wright

Urantia Book readers will definitely be able to answer this question with a resounding YES! Evolution not only CAN, but it DOES have a higher purpose! See our blog below where we will explore this idea according to Urantia Book teachings, but here are some snippets from this interesting article. The author found the very idea "weird," and was very surprised that a distinguished scientist (William D Hamilton) could entertain such an idea:

"During the interview, I was trying to steer Hamilton toward philosophical topics, and at one point he went further than I had expected. He said, 'I'm also quite open to the view that there is some kind of ultimate good which is of a religious nature — that we just have to look beyond what the evolutionary theory tells us and accept promptings of what ultimate good is, coming from some other source.' That's an unusual thing for a great evolutionary biologist to say, but the most unusual part was still to come.

"[Hamilton continues:] He answered: 'Yes, yes. There's one theory of the universe that I rather like — I accept it in an almost joking spirit — and that is that Planet Earth in our solar system is a kind of zoo for extraterrestrial beings who dwell out there somewhere. And this is the best, the most interesting experiment they could set up: to set up the evolution on Planet Earth going in such a way that it would produce these really interesting characters — humans who go around doing things — and they watch their experiment, interfering hardly at all so that almost everything we do comes out according to the laws of nature. But every now and then they see something which doesn't look quite right — this zoo is going to kill itself off if they let you do this or that.' So, he continued, these extraterrestrials 'insert a finger and just change some little thing. And maybe those are the miracles which the religious people like to so emphasize.' He reiterated: 'I put it forward in an almost joking spirit. But I think it's a kind of hypothesis that's very, very hard to dismiss.' "

This is a good article and I recommend it for anyone who wants to see what modern science is saying regarding evolution and its purposes.

Click here to read it in its entirety.

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What Does The Urantia Book Teach About Evolution?

In some ways, the scenario described above about the extraterrestrials who inaugurate life on planets and then watch as it evolves is pretty close to what we are taught in The Urantia Book. But instead of some "spooky" mad scientists, the beings who first introduced life on our planet are called, appropriately enough, "Life Carriers." They do not interfere once the process is started, but in other respects, the hypothesis in the article is pretty spot-on.

A Life Carrier speaks:

58:4.1 That we are called Life Carriers should not confuse you. We can and do carry life to the planets, but we brought no life to Urantia. Urantia life is unique, original with the planet. This sphere is a life-modification world; all life appearing hereon was formulated by us right here on the planet; and there is no other world in all Satania, even in all Nebadon, that has a life existence just like that of Urantia.

Here's how it began on our world:

600,000,000 years ago the commission of Life Carriers sent out from Jerusem arrived on Urantia and began the study of physical conditions preparatory to launching life on world number 606 of the Satania system. This was to be our six hundred and sixth experience with the initiation of the Nebadon life patterns in Satania and our sixtieth opportunity to make changes and institute modifications in the basic and standard life designs of the local universe.

The Satania Life Carriers had projected a sodium chloride pattern of life; therefore no steps could be taken toward planting it until the ocean waters had become sufficiently briny. The Urantia type of protoplasm can function only in a suitable salt solution. All ancestral life—vegetable and animal—evolved in a salt-solution habitat. And even the more highly organized land animals could not continue to live did not this same essential salt solution circulate throughout their bodies in the blood stream which freely bathes, literally submerses, every tiny living cell in this "briny deep."

Your primitive ancestors freely circulated about in the salty ocean; today, this same oceanlike salty solution freely circulates about in your bodies, bathing each individual cell with a chemical liquid in all essentials comparable to the salt water which stimulated the first protoplasmic reactions of the first living cells to function on the planet.

But as this era opens, Urantia is in every way evolving toward a state favorable for the support of the initial forms of marine life. Slowly but surely physical developments on earth and in adjacent space regions are preparing the stage for the later attempts to establish such life forms as we had decided would be best adapted to the unfolding physical environment—both terrestrial and spatial.

Later

550,000,000 years ago the Life Carrier corps returned to Urantia. In co-operation with spiritual powers and superphysical forces we organized and initiated the original life patterns of this world and planted them in the hospitable waters of the realm. All planetary life ... had its origin in our three original, identical, and simultaneous marine-life implantations. These three life implantations have been designated as: the central or Eurasian-African, the eastern or Australasian, and the western, embracing Greenland and the Americas.

500,000,000 years ago primitive marine vegetable life was well established on Urantia. Greenland and the arctic land mass, together with North and South America, were beginning their long and slow westward drift. Africa moved slightly south, creating an east and west trough, the Mediterranean basin, between itself and the mother body. Antarctica, Australia, and the land indicated by the islands of the Pacific broke away on the south and east and have drifted far away since that day.

Again, from a Life Carrier:

65:1.7 After the life patterns have been formulated and the material organizations have been duly completed, the supermaterial forces concerned in life propagation become forthwith active, and life is existent. Whereupon the Life Carriers are immediately returned to their normal mid-phase of personality existence, in which estate they can manipulate the living units and maneuver the evolving organisms, even though they are shorn of all ability to organize—create—new patterns of living matter.

After organic evolution has run a certain course and free will of the human type has appeared in the highest evolving organisms, the Life Carriers must either leave the planet or take renunciation vows; that is, they must pledge themselves to refrain from all attempts further to influence the course of organic evolution. And when such vows are voluntarily taken by those Life Carriers who choose to remain on the planet as future advisers to those who shall be intrusted with the fostering of the newly evolved will creatures, there is summoned a commission of twelve, presided over by the chief of the Evening Stars, acting by authority of the System Sovereign and with permission of Gabriel; and forthwith these Life Carriers are transmuted to the third phase of personality existence—the semispiritual level of being. And I have functioned on Urantia in this third phase of existence ever since the times of Andon and Fonta.

65:2.1 The story of man's ascent from seaweed to the lordship of earthly creation is indeed a romance of biologic struggle and mind survival. Man's primordial ancestors were literally the slime and ooze of the ocean bed in the sluggish and warm-water bays and lagoons of the vast shore lines of the ancient inland seas, those very waters in which the Life Carriers established the three independent life implantations on Urantia.

65:3.7 And in discussing the fostering of evolution, it would not be amiss to point out that, in the long future ahead, when you may sometime be attached to a corps of Life Carriers, you will have abundant and ample opportunity to offer suggestions and make any possible improvements in the plans and technique of life management and transplantation. Be patient! If you have good ideas, if your minds are fertile with better methods of administration for any part of the universal domains, you are certainly going to have an opportunity to present them to your associates and fellow administrators in the ages to come.

We are a "Life-Experiment World"

65:4.1 Do not overlook the fact that Urantia was assigned to us as a life-experiment world. On this planet we made our sixtieth attempt to modify and, if possible, improve the Satania adaptation of the Nebadon life designs, and it is of record that we achieved numerous beneficial modifications of the standard life patterns. To be specific, on Urantia we worked out and have satisfactorily demonstrated not less than twenty-eight features of life modification which will be of service to all Nebadon throughout all future time.

But the establishment of life on no world is ever experimental in the sense that something untried and unknown is attempted. The evolution of life is a technique ever progressive, differential, and variable, but never haphazard, uncontrolled, nor wholly experimental, in the accidental sense.

Many features of human life afford abundant evidence that the phenomenon of mortal existence was intelligently planned, that organic evolution is not a mere cosmic accident. When a living cell is injured, it possesses the ability to elaborate certain chemical substances which are empowered so to stimulate and activate the neighboring normal cells that they immediately begin the secretion of certain substances which facilitate healing processes in the wound; and at the same time these normal and uninjured cells begin to proliferate—they actually start to work creating new cells to replace any fellow cells which may have been destroyed by the accident.

What's the Purpose?

Evolution is tempered and influenced by the presence of mind and its associated growth in any living organism; evolution eventally produces beings who are capable of intuition, understanding, bravery, knowledge, social living, and lastly, of wisdom and of worship. All living beings possess one or more of these attributes, but the last two of these attributes of evolved beings separate man from a mere animal. The ability to recognize something higher than himself distinguishes man as the crown of creation. Man's ability to develop wisdom through learning is also part of man's unique accomplishment and again, is a hallmark of humanity that is not shared by any other animal-origin being.

Beings who are thus equipped to live in a material world and at the same time recognize the source of their very existence ARE the crown of creation; it is these beings, being like you and me, who are destined to gain eternal life and proceed higher and higher in the cosmos until once more being united with that Source. And that Source we call God.

 

There is little about evolution that is random or haphazard. The universe is a mechanism of mind and creation governed by law.

65:5.3 The universe of universes, including this small world called Urantia, is not being managed merely to meet our approval nor just to suit our convenience, much less to gratify our whims and satisfy our curiosity. The wise and all-powerful beings who are responsible for universe management undoubtedly know exactly what they are about; and so it becomes Life Carriers and behooves mortal minds to enlist in patient waiting and hearty co-operation with the rule of wisdom, the reign of power, and the march of progress.

The celestial supervisors of this planet express complete confidence in the ultimate evolutionary triumph of the human race and in the eventual vindication of our original plans and life patterns.

Evolution is God's infinite creation in finite time and space

65:8.3 The individual's yardstick for time measurement is the length of his life. All creatures are thus time conditioned, and therefore do they regard evolution as being a long-drawn-out process. To those of us whose life span is not limited by a temporal existence, evolution does not seem to be such a protracted transaction. On Paradise, where time is nonexistent, these things are all present in the mind of Infinity and the acts of Eternity.

As mind evolution is dependent on, and delayed by, the slow development of physical conditions, so is spiritual progress dependent on mental expansion and unfailingly delayed by intellectual retardation. But this does not mean that spiritual evolution is dependent on education, culture, or wisdom. The soul may evolve regardless of mental culture but not in the absence of mental capacity and desire—the choice of survival and the decision to achieve ever-increasing perfection—to do the will of the Father in heaven. Although survival may not depend on the possession of knowledge and wisdom, progression most certainly does.

In the cosmic evolutionary laboratories mind is always dominant over matter, and spirit is ever correlated with mind. Failure of these diverse endowments to synchronize and co-ordinate may cause time delays, but if the individual really knows God and desires to find him and become like him, then survival is assured regardless of the handicaps of time. Physical status may handicap mind, and mental perversity may delay spiritual attainment, but none of these obstacles can defeat the whole-souled choice of will.

When physical conditions are ripe, sudden mental evolutions may take place; when mind status is propitious, sudden spiritual transformations may occur; when spiritual values receive proper recognition, then cosmic meanings become discernible, and increasingly the personality is released from the handicaps of time and delivered from the limitations of space.

Please visit the following papers and studies to learn much more about evolution in The Urantia Book:

Evolution

The Life Carriers

The Overcontrol of Evolution

Life Establishment on Urantia

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Wed, December 14, 2016

As Seen on TV: The Explosion of the Sun and the Annihilation of Life

By TruthBook Staff exploding suns, life on earth, urantia book, jesus, stars, suns, spirituality, matter, solar system

At present there are a number of long running television series entertaining the idea that earth will eventually be destroyed when the fuel of the sun is exhausted, causing it to erupt into a gigantic ball of energy engulfing and crisping all of the planets.

Astronomers and astrophysicists have found evidence of this destruction occurring in other solar systems and project that it will eventually happen here as well. This argument has helped scientists and dreamers to envision human beings traveling in space ships to distant stars so that earth life can continue even if our planet is destroyed. Additionally, there is concern that life on earth could be wiped out before the sun dies due to contact with a comet or asteroid.

What Does The Urania Book Teach?

The intent of this short article is to reduce the confusion of truth seekers by familiarizing them with the teachings of The Urantia Book relating to this subject. The Urantia Book provides plausible explanation to ensure that fear of the unknown and fear of what the future may hold do not contribute adversely to either personal destiny or social development. The Urantia Book provides reasonable teachings regarding expectations for the future, the birth and death of stars, and of human beings. These teachings can be summarized as follows:

• The realm of spirit, the nonphysical aspect of creation, oversees, administers, and guides all physical manifestations from atomic particles to galaxies, from inorganic material to living beings, and from space and time to infinity and eternity. We may not readily see definite origins, but we certainly can see the orderliness and predictability of the material universe. From this, we can easily deduce a "minded" creation. From The Urantia Book:

42:0.2 The manipulation of universe energy [matter] is ever in accordance with the personal will and the all-wise mandates of the Universal Father ... all force-energy is under the ultimate control of a personal God resident at the center of all things.

42:11.1 The universe is neither mechanical nor magical; it is a creation of mind and a mechanism of law.

42:11.6 Extremely complex and highly automatic-appearing cosmic mechanisms always tend to conceal the presence of the originative or creative indwelling mind from any and all intelligences very far below the universe levels of the nature and capacity of the mechanism itself. Therefore is it inevitable that the higher universe mechanisms must appear to be mindless to the lower orders of creatures. The only possible exception to such a conclusion would be the implication of mindedness in the amazing phenomenon of an apparently self-maintaining universe ...

• Spirit beings, responsible for the overcontrol of the physical universe, initiate and guide the creation of planets, stars, star systems, and galaxies, the purpose of which is to provide incubators for the evolution of life.

• Stars, like our sun, go through evolutionary processes. They are born of space materials and energies, become mature, and many eventually die to become gigantic cold bodies. It's this dying at some far future time that concerns scientists about the destiny of our sun. But we have this assurance from the teachings of The Urantia Book:

41:9.5 Your own sun has long since attained relative equilibrium between its expansion and contraction cycles, those disturbances which produce the gigantic pulsations of many of the younger stars. Your sun is now passing out of its six billionth year. At the present time it is functioning through the period of greatest economy. It will shine on as of present efficiency for more than twenty-five billion years. It will probably experience a partially efficient period of decline as long as the combined periods of its youth and stabilized function.

Life is not an accidental chemical reaction; it is designed and planned by beings whose purpose is to be the designers and implementers of life for all of creation. The life on any given inhabitable world is designed and created specifically for the conditions of that world. When suitable conditions for life are found on an evolutionary world it is implanted as single-celled organisms and allowed to evolve naturally over vast spans of time. The cosmos is the nursery for trillions of inhabited planets.

• There is in the mind of God a purpose for the cosmos, one aspect being that it is the developmental testing ground for life in all its manifestations. Human beings are the apex of physical life, having the capability of making free will choices and decisions, evolving eventually to become perfected beings. And as regards the potential and destiny of any and all individuals, that destiny is sure. That potential is automatic, and nothing and no one can influence the desire of any person to achieve eternal life.

The above are fundamental teachings of The Urantia Book as they relate to the hand of God reaching down into the affairs of men.

Earth's Destiny

On a planetary level the sun will not explode, asteroids or comets will not impact the earth. The destruction astronomers witness is occurring in uninhabited star systems and is not a blueprint for the destruction of our sun or planet. Life is sacred, tailored for each individual planet; that tailoring, nurturing, and long evolutionary road are valuable; this experience is guarded and not subject to arbitrary obliteration.

We can even gain reassurance about the future from observing the orderliness of the cosmos, as well as the largely unseen life that we live...an order that can be appreciated by human mind, suggesting that such fundamental order is itself, a mechanism of mind.

42:7.1 The formation of all matter is on the order of the solar system. There is at the center of every minute universe of energy a relatively stable, comparatively stationary, nuclear portion of material existence. This central unit is endowed with a threefold possibility of manifestation. Surrounding this energy center there whirl, in endless profusion but in fluctuating circuits, the energy units which are faintly comparable to the planets encircling the sun of some starry group like your own solar system.

The destiny of a world such as ours is realized through trial and tribulation, advancement and decline; eventually human beings as a species will improve mentally and spiritually to where we recognize that life has real purpose, that we are children of a loving God, that all people are our brothers and sisters, and that we are intended to be good stewards of the life on this world. In The Urantia Book this is known as the era of light and life, the destiny for all inhabited worlds. This is an age in which the Kingdom of Heaven will have been established on the earth; physical existence will be glorious from that time forward.

If material creation were left to run its own course, if there were no spiritual overcontrol, then both inhabited and uninhabitable stars and planets would follow the normal evolutionary course of birth, maturity, decay and destruction. Such is not the case: suns with inhabited worlds are fully stabilized when light and life is achieved. They continue on into eternity.

As for establishing earth life on distant worlds, this one particular planet is our only true home. No other planet will substitute, life here is designed for this world. Attempting to live anywhere else will never be natural. Even on planets that may outwardly seem to be duplicates of earth the microorganisms will vary enough to prohibit a natural life without life support to substitute for earth life.

While unlikely, there is a scenario put forth in The Urantia Book that describes a situation in which, for some reason, our earth becomes uninhabitable at some point. Again, the teachings of The Urantia Book assure us that once life is begun on a world such as ours, it cannot be extinguished. Whether it is brought to perfection here, or elsewhere, it WILL be allowed to continue, even though conditions for its continuance would likely be difficult:

51:2.3 If some physical catastrophe should doom the planetary residence of an evolving race, the Melchizedeks and the Life Carriers would install the technique of dematerialization for all survivors, and by seraphic transport these beings would be carried away to the new world prepared for their continuing existence. The evolution of a human race, once initiated on a world of space, must proceed quite independently of the physical survival of that planet.

Comfort for the Fearful

But what does it matter if all things earthly crash even during our lifetime? During his short life on earth, Jesus gave us assurance that this life is but a bridge to a better one and he demonstrated it first by teaching and then by actually healing the sick, healing people who were sick and thought to be dead, bringing back to life people who were dead, and letting it be known that he would personally rise from the dead, which he did.

Jesus' teachings and examples should bring comfort to believers and dispel fear for what the unforeseen future might bring. And it should not be forgotten that our world, our Urantia, is known as the "sentimental shrine" of the universe because out of all the planets in his universe that he could have chosen, Jesus chose this planet as the place for his incarnation as the Babe of Bethlehem. This can also help the fearful to be assured that Jesus will never forsake us.

It's the spirit component to existence that makes all the difference, that sense of belonging to an ordered and logical creation that can dispel fear. LIFE is the purpose and LIFE will always continue.

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Mon, December 12, 2016

As Seen on TV: Ancient Astronauts, Space Aliens and Gods

By TruthBook Staff ancient aliens, space aliens, gods, urantia book, spirituality, evolution, adam and eve, melchizedek, jesus,

At present there are a number of long running television series entertaining the concept that earth was in the past, is today, and will be in the future visited by extraterrestrial beings, in both physical and nonphysical forms. Often the scientists, anthropologists and philosophers advancing these programs explain the origin of earth life as having been implanted by outside entities, by space aliens. There are two good reasons for this current focus; first, life is inexplicable from a purely earthly theories about chemical processes, making it a great unknown; and second, scientists and philosophers don't usually recognize a spiritual component to creation. God can't be seen or scientifically proven, therefore a traditional scientific method doesn't apply; scientific solutions rely on repeatable observable facts so life and its convolutions are usually explained in nonspiritual terms.

What Does The Urantia Book Teach?

The intent of this short article is to reduce the confusion of truth seekers by familiarizing them with the teachings of The Urantia Book relating to this subject. The Urantia Book provides a logical, plausible explanation for the myths surrounding ancient astronauts', space aliens', and gods' visitations, that can be summarized as follows:

• The realm of spirit, the nonphysical aspect of creation, oversees, administers, and guides all physical manifestations from atomic particles to galaxies, from inorganic material to living beings, and from space and time to infinity and eternity.

• Life is not an accidental chemical reaction; it is designed and planned by beings whose purpose is to be the designers and implementers of life for all of creation.

• When suitable conditions for life are found on an evolutionary world it is implanted as single-celled organisms and allowed to evolve naturally over vast spans of time. There is, in the mind of God, a plan for evolutionary creatures to eventually become perfected beings.

• On earth, life was implanted a little less than nine hundred million years ago. The single-celled organisms contained the complex DNA infrastructure that allowed those organisms over time to evolve and diversify to become the plant, animal and human life that would eventually encompass all the world.

• The first human beings differentiated from the animal kingdom approximately one million years ago, on the west coast of what was then the Mesopotamian peninsula as it projected into the the southern sea. Human beings are the apex of material creature evolution. Human-like animals are the immediate precursors to human beings. Pre-humans and human beings are physically indistinguishable. What sets a human being apart is an evolved mental and spiritual identity, a connection to the world of spirit ... a connection lacking in animals.

• The development of the human species followed natural evolutionary processes, and within the first eight hundred thousand years humans had spread throughout Asia, Europe and Africa, following and retreating with the northern polar ice as it ebbed and flowed through the ages.

• Approximately five hundred thousand years ago, according to plans originally put into place when life was implanted here, an administrative government of spirit and physical beings was established within the vicinity of Turkey. Its purpose was to influence the indigenous earth peoples toward a more civilized existence through agriculture, tools, sciences and social development. These beings were looked upon as gods. This govenment included numerous schools along with a spiritual, cultural, scientific and administrative center and it flourished for the next three hundred thousand years. Approximately two hundred thousand years ago its success was interrupted through a tragic system-wide rebellion and its very existence gradually became a thing of legend, folk lore, superstition and fable.

• By about forty thousand years ago humans had sufficiently evolved, so that another physical and spiritual administration was attempted. This was the mission of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, located between the island of Crete and the country of Syria. It was intended to improve religious understanding, the sciences, agriculture, and the biology of human beings.

• After just one hundred years this mission also failed although the human races had already been somewhat improved through its influence. Ever since Adam and Eve and their failed mission, the Garden of Eden and its famed inhabitants have become the stuff of legend and mystery, too. The Biblical accouts of this watershed event in human history were gleaned through generations of word-of-mouth iterations before the dawn of the printed word, adding to the mystery and the misapprehension of the true meaning of the event. Additionally, the legend of Atlantis may be based on this mission and the destruction of the Garden.

• About four thousand years ago a further spiritual mission was undertaken in the mid-East by the incarnation of a special teacher, Melchizedek, the teacher of Abraham, as mentioned in Hebrew texts. This mission lasted about one hundred years and then Melchizedek disappeared as mysteriously as he had appeared.

• Two thousand years ago the creator of the universe in which we live incarnated as a human being and was born in Bethlehem in the mid-East. He lived and taught in that area until he was nearly 36 years of age. To this day his short life and his teachings have transformed the spiritual, religious and mental outlook of humankind worldwide.

The above are fundamental teachings of The Urantia Book as they relate to the hand of God reaching down into the affairs of men. There has been one divine intervention on this world to implant life, two divine missions by spirit and material beings to improve and adjust human destiny, and two divine incarnations to uplift the spiritual development of mankind.

The Divine Plan

In order to address the modern attempts to explain human origins, space aliens and extraterrestrial visitations, one can conclude that, yes, in a sense space aliens have been here, but not quite in the manner being examined on our TV channels. These celestial visitations have improved physical well being and the religious and spiritual growth in the human species.

This is not the meddling of some advanced alien civilizations with the more primitive one found here on earth but rather is the outworking of a divine plan designed to lift rudimentary, evolutionary life from chaos to order, and eventually to perfection. The fostering of life on an evolutionary world is a slow, gradual process redirected now and again by such a divine plan.

Were it not for the tragic consequences of the sweeping rebellion that de-railed the first outreach to our world, we inhabitants of earth (Urantia) would still be enjoying the benefits of the original center of spiritual government here (Dalamatia), we would still have the world-wide ministry of a resident Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and we would still be in regular communication with celestial government. But that rebellion and its aftermath have left earth's inhabitants in a spiritually darkened state, whereby spiritual reality is not readily evident; whereby faith in something other-than-material-reality becomes vital to an understanding and acceptance of our true identity and our true destiny.

And again, we have not been, nor will we ever be, left totally without help. Our world is the center for seraphic planetary administration, and we have been given spiritual agencies that individualize the love and watchcare of God for every person; namely, the Thought Adjuster, the Spirit of Truth, and the Holy Spirit.

We can be comforted knowing:

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."

These beneficent spiritual agencies are not the stuff of extraterrestrial, big-eyed, meddling, or mysterious beings who come in spaceships. But they definitely are of origins that are "not of this world."

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Sat, September 17, 2016

The Red Tribes Unite Once Again

By TruthBook Staff

American Indian peoples are in the news; as any Urantia Book reader knows, this mighty red race merits a great deal of attention in the revelation. So, when this article came across our view: DNA Testing Proves Native American Genealogy To Be Among the Most Unique in the World by Manataka American Indian Council, it seemed a very timely subject for a blog (see below.)

I do recommend reading this very good article. It is contained in the American Indian Council page. Here are just a few appetizers.

"For two decades, researchers have been using a growing volume of genetic data to debate whether ancestors of Native Americans emigrated to the New World in one wave or successive waves, or from one ancestral Asian population or a number of different populations.

"Now, after painstakingly comparing DNA samples from people in dozens of modern-day Native American and Eurasian groups, an international team of scientists thinks it can put the matter to rest: virtually without exception, the new evidence supports the single ancestral population theory.

" 'Our work provides strong evidence that, in general, Native Americans are more closely related to each other than to any other existing Asian populations, except those that live at the very edge of the Bering Strait,' said Kari Britt Schroeder, a lecturer at the University of California, Davis, and the first author on the paper describing the study.

" 'While earlier studies have already supported this conclusion, what's different about our work is that it provides the first solid data that simply cannot be reconciled with multiple ancestral populations,' said Schroeder, who was a Ph.D. student in anthropology at the university when she did the research."

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Is the Red race unique?

Once again, we are heartened and encouraged when we see modern science corroborate the information that we see in The Urantia Book. In this case the origins of the American Indian is being seen as having a single origin - a "single ancestral population."

In the Urantia Book, we are taught many things about mankind - his origins, his evolution, and the factors that have come to bear on the evolution of races here on earth. We are taught that there are six races that appear on normal planets, and they follow the colors of the light spectrum: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and indigo. They usually come over a period of time on a normal world; here on earth, they came in one generation - in one family.

Again, this is a part of The Urantia Book that is teaching mankind his history; in this case, the history of the different races on this world. Such information will be used at some point in the next thousand years of the book's mission to really tackle - with understanding and compassion - the issue of race blending in our world.

Here's what we learn about the red race in The Urantia Book

64:6.3 The red man. These peoples were remarkable specimens of the human race, in many ways superior to Andon and Fonta. They were a most intelligent group and were the first of the Sangik children to develop a tribal civilization and government. They were always monogamous; even their mixed descendants seldom practiced plural mating.
In later times they had serious and prolonged trouble with their yellow brethren in Asia. They were aided by their early invention of the bow and arrow, but they had unfortunately inherited much of the tendency of their ancestors to fight among themselves, and this so weakened them that the yellow tribes were able to drive them off the Asiatic continent.
About eighty-five thousand years ago the comparatively pure remnants of the red race went en masse across to North America, and shortly thereafter the Bering land isthmus sank, thus isolating them. No red man ever returned to Asia. But throughout Siberia, China, central Asia, India, and Europe they left behind much of their stock blended with the other colored races.
When the red man crossed over into America, he brought along much of the teachings and traditions of his early origin. His immediate ancestors had been in touch with the later activities of the world headquarters of the Planetary Prince. But in a short time after reaching the Americas, the red men began to lose sight of these teachings, and there occurred a great decline in intellectual and spiritual culture. Very soon these people again fell to fighting so fiercely among themselves that it appeared that these tribal wars would result in the speedy extinction of this remnant of the comparatively pure red race.
Because of this great retrogression the red men seemed doomed when, about sixty-five thousand years ago, Onamonalonton appeared as their leader and spiritual deliverer. He brought temporary peace among the American red men and revived their worship of the "Great Spirit." Onamonalonton lived to be ninety-six years of age and maintained his headquarters among the great redwood trees of California. Many of his later descendants have come down to modern times among the Blackfoot Indians.
As time passed, the teachings of Onamonalonton became hazy traditions. Internecine wars were resumed, and never after the days of this great teacher did another leader succeed in bringing universal peace among them. Increasingly the more intelligent strains perished in these tribal struggles; otherwise a great civilization would have been built upon the North American continent by these able and intelligent red men.
After crossing over to America from China, the northern red man never again came in contact with other world influences (except the Eskimo) until he was later discovered by the white man. It was most unfortunate that the red man almost completely missed his opportunity of being upstepped by the admixture of the later Adamic stock. As it was, the red man could not rule the white man, and he would not willingly serve him. In such a circumstance, if the two races do not blend, one or the other is doomed.

In very recent days, we have seen reports of a great gathering of tribes because of their shared protests against the Keystone Pipeline. One can't help but wonder whether there will come a time when this mighty race of red peoples will be able to establish a thriving population again. Their strengths as a people may help lift mankind to a higher plane.

Race History in The Urantia Book

The history of the Urantia races is a very important piece of revealed information in The Urantia Book. Although some readers (or those considering becoming readers) find fault with the information that is given, and mis-characterize these teachings as racist, they are not racist. When read with an open mind and in full context, these teachings are a valuable tool for understanding between peoples and societies in the interests of the common good of all mankind.

Each race has its strengths and its flaws; a thoughtful blending can be highly beneficial for the human race as a whole. As for the simple issue of color ... when finally blended, the human race is destined to be an olive color. But what is important to understand is that in spite of the fact that races are always subject to change the individual's eternal and immortal destiny is always safe, no matter what race they come from.

On normal worlds, blending of the races is informed and fostered by a Materiual Son and Daughter - an Adam and Eve ... but because OUR Adam and Eve defulted in their mission of upstepping the races of mankind, we have had to pretty much go it alone. Along with eventual sharing of their life plasm, Adam and Eve normally stay on the world of their visitation for thousands of years to foster their programs of improvement, but we no longer have that advantage, as their default meant that they would live and die as mortals. And when they reached an old age, they did die and left the earth.

The information we receive in The Urantia Book is just that - information - about how the races evolved and why it has been so difficult - and will continue to be difficult - to produce a stable, mixed-race people that embodies all of the best traits of each race. As it is, there are no more pure-line races in this world; the Red race alone comes the closest (as the above article states) to being pure. One can't help but wonder whether we will ever see the day when this once-mighty race will achieve the noble place that it deserves in humankind's makeup.

Until that day, we pray that one prayer that is always appropriate: "Nevertheless, your will be done."

 

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Wed, September 07, 2016

Explaining the star of Bethlehem

By TruthBook Staff

We didn't catch this in time for August, but nonetheless, this is a pretty spectacular scientific finding that will be very familiar to Utantia Book students. The article is called: Venus-Jupiter Encounter May Explain Bible's Star of Bethlehem by Joe Rao. We'll post a short blog about it below, but here's the crucial info from the article:

"There have been numerous possible scientific explanations of what the Star of Bethlehem may have been. And whether you believe in the story of the star or not, one of those proposed possibilities will play out in the night sky soon after sundown on Saturday evening (Aug. 27): an exceedingly close encounter between the two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter.

"Saturday's Venus-Jupiter encounter is one of those rare events, and something similar appeared in the sky more than 20 centuries ago. Interestingly, in August of 3 B.C., Venus and Jupiter were prominent in the predawn eastern sky, and on Aug. 12 they came within just 9 arc minutes (0.15 degrees) of each other as seen from the Middle East. Incidentally, this sign would have been seen by men "in the east," explaining the phrase in the Book of Matthew."

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New evidence about the "Star of Bethlehem?

As any Urantia Book reader knows, Jesus was born in August: August 21, 7, B.C., to be exact. And readers also know that there was indeed a bright stellar phenomenon in that time which later became the basis for the legendary "star" that was to lead the three kings to the birthplace of the baby Savior. Now, science is once again corroborating what Urantia Book readers have known for decades: that this supposed "star" was actually a conjuction of two planets. They don't have the year exactly right, but it's pretty close - close enough to be more than coincidence!

From the Urantia Book:

122:8.7 These wise men saw no star to guide them to Bethlehem. The beautiful legend of the star of Bethlehem originated in this way: Jesus was born August 21 at noon, 7 B.C. On May 29, 7 B.C., there occurred an extraordinary conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in the constellation of Pisces. And it is a remarkable astronomic fact that similar conjunctions occurred on September 29 and December 5 of the same year. Upon the basis of these extraordinary but wholly natural events the well-meaning zealots of the succeeding generation constructed the appealing legend of the star of Bethlehem and the adoring Magi led thereby to the manger, where they beheld and worshiped the newborn babe. Oriental and near-Oriental minds delight in fairy stories, and they are continually spinning such beautiful myths about the lives of their religious leaders and political heroes. In the absence of printing, when most human knowledge was passed by word of mouth from one generation to another, it was very easy for myths to become traditions and for traditions eventually to become accepted as facts.

Were these things known in the early 20th century?

The Urantia Book was delivered to our world beginning in the early years of the 20th century, when space travel and space telescopes were things of fantasy. Who but the authors of the book could have known back then about this amazing conjunction of space bodies? And now, it is confirmed by 21st century science.

This fact may help those who are wary of The Urantia Book to understand that the book is the work of authors who are not of this earth - as well as authors who have been here for tens of thousands of years...eyewitnesses to the life of Jesus who know the story as it really was. Every detail of Jesus' life was carefully recorded and preserved for the time when the world could benefit most from its truths. That time is now...

Science supports the revelation!

This new finding by science is one that can inspire the seeker to explore further into The Urantia Book and discover even more of its amazing facts. For example, in many places, not only a month and year of an event in Jesus' life is given (such as the date of Jesus' birth), but even the day of the week. It was only after the development of computers that it became practical to discern whether these specific days and dates were, in fact, accurate. And they are. To a person with a more intellectual or scientific bent, this kind of thing could provide evidence that this book is very special. And it is...

For the complete story of the Master's life - even before his birth in Bethlehem, please accept our invitation to explore PART IV of the Urantia Book!

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