You asked: (snip) I don't know if the Urantia book claims to be the
be all and end all. But there is something else that I wanted to know.
I have investigated a lot of churches but the World Mission Society
Church of God really bothers me. I was introduced to this church by a
person on college campus. I stopped going because they were too pushy.
Would you consider their leader a false messiah from a Urantia
perspective or from your own opinion from what I tell you?
A: It appears that you are on quite a spiritual
quest, looking for an
earthly religion that you can hang your hat on.
There are many worthy Urantian religions. And any Urantia Book
reader/student/believer can feel comfortable in any number of them.
This one that you're asking about does not look all that promising,
though, simply because, according to you, it feels too "pushy." Its
beliefs "bother" you. That's a good indication that your search is not
yet finished. My opinion of this church is really irrelevant. It is
your opinion that matters.
No matter what church you find in the world, there will always be a
set of rules, a set of dogmas, a set of theological beliefs...in other
words, you'll find an established tradition that is expected to be
followed and honored, traditions that are the result of human thinking.
This one that you're citing obviously has a set of beliefs that causes
serious doubt in your mind.
Practically all Urantian religions are what are termed "religions of
the mind," meaning a religion that depends upon its devotees believing
in the authority of the intellectual theology. They are generally a
passive kind of second-hand religion (in my experience).
Here's Jesus' description of the three main types of religion:
"While the religions of the world have a double origin—
natural and revelatory—at any one time and among any one people there
are to be found three distinct forms of religious devotion. And these
three manifestations of the religious urge are:
"1. Primitive religion. The seminatural and instinctive urge to fear
mysterious energies and worship superior forces, chiefly a religion of
the physical nature, the religion of fear.
"2. The religion of civilization. The advancing religious concepts
and practices of the civilizing races—the religion of the mind—the
intellectual theology of the authority of established religious
"3. True religion—the religion of revelation. The revelation of
supernatural values, a partial insight into eternal realities, a
glimpse of the goodness and beauty of the infinite character of the
Father in heaven—the religion of the spirit as demonstrated in human
I suggest that you click to read both of the discourses on true religion that Jesus
gave to his apostles. This is excellent spiritual direction from Jesus,
and should help you if you take his advice to heart.
In my opinion, the best kind of religion to follow is #3 above -
"True religion—the religion of revelation" - "the religion of the
spirit as demonstrated in human experience." This is the kind of
religion that Jesus himself followed, and it is all about having a
personal relationship with God, and depending upon the authority of the
inner experience with God as to the rightness and wrongness of things
When one follows this kind of personalized religion, it becomes much
easier to 1)understand the religions of the mind, and 2) to fit oneself
into a fellowship of an institutionalized church (such as many
Christian sects) without necessarily accepting all of the dogma and
theology - if that's what you're looking for. After all, the main
purpose of a church is really to socialize the religious experience.
And many people from many traditions have spiritual experience with God
that they want to share...or, they are looking for that kind of
If you approach all religions from a base of your own original and
spontaneous experience with God, you'll find that you can fellowship
with the people, rather than the theology, if what you desire is to
enjoy the benefits of being a part of a church fellowship. If you're
looking for real spiritual truths, the best place to find them is by
continuing to read The Urantia Book, and cultivating that
religion of the spirit through personal relationship with God.
In that paper I cited above, and about the religion of the spirit,
"The religion of the spirit means effort, struggle,
conflict, faith, determination, love, loyalty, and progress. The
religion of the mind—the theology of authority—requires little or none
of these exertions from its formal believers. Tradition is a safe
refuge and an easy path for those fearful and halfhearted souls who
instinctively shun the spirit struggles and mental uncertainties
associated with those faith voyages of daring adventure out upon the
high seas of unexplored truth in search for the farther shores of
spiritual realities as they may be discovered by the progressive human
mind and experienced by the evolving human soul."
This religion of the spirit is between you and God, and involves personal spiritual experience with him. It is an
adventure, and an ongoing kind of experimental enterprise that is
rewarded by an increased closeness to God, and an increased
understanding of our brothers and sisters.
I might suggest that you work on establishing that kind of religion
in your experience before you continue looking for some kind of "true"
religion somewhere out in the world. You are more likely than not to
end up finding fault with all of them...but when viewed through the
lens of personal spiritual experience with God, you might eventually
find one that you can live with.