You have just discovered the literary masterpiece that answers your questions about God, life in the inhabited universe, the history and future of this world, and the life of Jesus. The Urantia Book harmonizes history, science, and religion into a philosophy of living that brings new meaning and hope into your life. If you are searching for answers, read The Urantia Book!
The world needs new spiritual truth that provides modern men and women with an intellectual pathway into a personal relationship with God. Building on the world's religious heritage, The Urantia Book describes an endless destiny for humankind, teaching that living faith is the key to personal spiritual progress and eternal survival. These teachings provide new truths powerful enough to uplift and advance human thinking and believing for the next 1000 years.
A third of The Urantia Book is the inspiring story of Jesus' entire life and a revelation of his original teachings. This panoramic narrative includes his birth, childhood, teenage years, adult travels and adventures, public ministry, crucifixion, and 19 resurrection appearances. This inspiring story recasts Jesus from the leading figure of Christianity into the guide for seekers of all faiths and all walks of life.
Hardcover: 2097 pages
Publisher: URANTIA Foundation
ISBN-13: 978- 0911560077
Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
"The Urantia Book" is a replete work, incredibly consistent. It's four parts begin with the total or superuniverse, looks at the "local universe" or creation of Jesus, then goes to the history of Earth which it designates as "Urantia," and finishes with the most amazing, detailed and thrilling account of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. The book appeals to readers from all faiths, discusses the major world religions, and develops a sense of cosmology and sense of belonging to a friendly universe greater than we are. I love this book because it has made God more clear to me, more certain. It diverges from Christianity in three doctrines: atonement, virgin birth and Adam & Eve as the first humans. The story and history of the Lucifer Rebellion are chilling. For me, the 3rd part of the book that discusses our planetary history was the authenticator. Things I can see in the world are discussed with The Urantia Book stating the causes. Like the Pharisees of old, many are threatened by new religious writings as if they would invalidate the old. The Urantia Book expands that which we have today gracefully and lovingly. For the spiritually hungry, it is a MUST READ. Read & expand.
The Urantia Book has been a part of my life for 18 years. I'm not associated with the Foundation, or study groups, or any cult that I know of. (I find it amusing that some think readers of The Urantia Book are cult driven since the book adamantly warns against this.) I'm an average wife and working American mother who found in this book a way to understand my existence in the universe and grow in my personal philosophies of God and His relationship with me. This book is a tool of intense study, and nothing more or less than what it is to the reader. It has changed my outlook on life and given me peace of mind in my daily tasks. Those who make it out to be anything other than what it proclaims either haven't read it in its entirety, or make a habit of disclaiming any religious work simply because it's easier to attack the work than examine one's own lack of faith. Truth is easy to pick apart by unbelievers, but anyone searching for it, or struggling to discover his or her place in existence, will find The Urantia Book to be a very emotionally satisfying, philosophically engaging, and awe inspiring read.
There's already a lot of praise out there for this book. All I can do is reiterate what has already been said. If your faith is strong and you're looking for deeper answers, look no further, you'll find them here. And a lot of peace, hope, and more faith.
I stumbled upon the Urantia Book 30 years ago. It continues to be a wonderful blessing that has transformed my life.
The book is divided into four parts.
1 The Master Universe
2 The Local Universe
3 The History of Urantia
4 The Life and Teachings of Jesus
Part 4 "The Life and Teachings of Jesus" are, in my opinion, the most beautiful and inspirational words ever written. These 800+ pages describe in detail the life of Christ before he came to earth, his earthly family and upbringing, early adulthood, his relationship with his heavenly Father, the choosing of his disciples, the purity of his soul, the courage of his commitment to the will of his heavenly Father and his powerful transforming message brought to all who have ears to hear.
As with all new and controversial ideas, we are best served using our critical eye while listening to our intuition.
I love this book.
Seek and you shall find.
I was introduced to The Urantia Book in 1975, and asked for it from my parents that Christmas. For quite a few years, I "sweet-toothed" my way around it, and eventually put it away in my closet for a few years. In the late 1980s, I pulled it out to show to my wife, and the curiosity started up again, and in 1989 I decided to do it "right", and read it completely through.
Before finishing the book, I slowly came to realize and accept that the book was exactly what it said it was-an epochal revelation. It completely flipped my concept of God around from agnosticism bordering on atheism to a full believer in God, Jesus, the angelic realm, the afterlife, and most importantly, how to regard my brethren. The theology makes much more sense than the stuff I got in Sunday school. Holes in biblical stories are explained, and many, many other truths as well.
I would recommend this amazing document to anybody who is searching for spiritual truth. As has been mentioned elsewhere, the 16 ½ page Forward is very difficult...I would recommend reading through it though, and not to worry too much about absorbing it all. The first 5 papers are a masterpiece unto themselves, although the writing style is quite deep. Do not plan on rushing through this quickly...and have a good dictionary on hand!
Paper 10 does get a bit lighter in writing style, as the author changes, and the rhythm of the book really starts to take off, with subsequent papers discussing and revealing wondrous things in our future. While the scriptures only give us a glimpse of things to come, here we find a great panoply of experiences which await us. The universe is indeed a friendly place!
Something about the writing style I have found: it is not of this earth. Humans simply do not write this way. It does often seem like it has been translated from some sort of advanced syntax into as close a form of English as could have been created. It is not uncommon to find sentences that are whole paragraphs, with quite a few commas to group and separate concepts. It works well, but the reader needs to get used to parsing some of these sentences slowly.
That said, the book gets much easier to read, as we pass through multiple authors, and by the time you get to Part IV, it reads like a well-written novel. Your heart will be filled with love and warmth. It will truly excite you as you ponder what lies ahead for all of us, and as you come to realize what the life of Jesus was really all about.
Contrary to what a few have said, it is NOT a new-age doctrine, nor part of the Occult. No reincarnation, no Gnosticism, no pan-theism, no I-ching, no mysticism, and all references to meditation are about filling your mind with the worship and consciousness of God, not emptying your mind like Transcendental Meditation. The concepts of salvation are very inclusive and much more reasonable than that which many of us have been taught. We have little to fear, and much to look forward to. No cult connections, no "church" authority. The only folks who dislike the book are few case-hardened fundamentalists, and a tiny handful of skeptics. However, this book is for them as well, if they wish to open their hearts.
This may well be the most important document yet published on our world. I do recognize that it is really meant for future generations, but it is here now for those who have the heart for it. We cherish it in our family, and I hope that you will, too.
Truly unparalleled, illuminating, refreshing truth!