Q: I noticed some similarities between the teachings of The Urantia Book and the New World Order ideologies...
A: Thank you for your note to TruthBook.com. The comment that you make is an important one...I am glad to be able to shed some light on the subject of the New World Order that one reads about in the world press versus the kind of new world order of global or mankind government explained and encouraged in The Urantia Book.
If one does any kind of research on the subject of "New World Order, " one can be inundated with all sorts of information—most of it quite sinister and disturbing. I found, for example, this link and this link which are fairly representative of the basic elements of this behind-the-scenes attempt to control and rule the world by mega-wealthy, influential, and apparently Godless humans.
There are those who believe that this long-nurtured, and long-sought-for imposition of human control over world government is a direct remnant of the Lucifer Rebellion. Most people are understandably concerned when they hear of this kind of ideology...it contains no mention of God, Jesus or goodness.
The only similarities between the New World Order (NWO) as referenced above and the teachings of The Urantia Book are that both espouse an evolution in government which will result in centralized power. However—one is benign, and one is decidedly not...
Here is a pertinent quote from The Urantia Book for your consideration...this idea of the beneficial possibilities of mankind government is nothing new, and the systematic resistance to its highest ideals is nothing new either:
Adam made a heroic and determined effort to establish a world government, but he met with stubborn resistance at every turn. Adam had already put in operation a system of group control throughout Eden and had federated all of these companies into the Edenic league. But trouble, serious trouble, ensued when he went outside the Garden and sought to apply these ideas to the outlying tribes. The moment Adam’s associates began to work outside the Garden, they met the direct and well-planned resistance of Caligastia and Daligastia. The fallen Prince had been deposed as world ruler, but he had not been removed from the planet. He was still present on earth and able, at least to some extent, to resist all of Adam’s plans for the rehabilitation of human society. Adam tried to warn the races against Caligastia, but the task was made very difficult because his archenemy was invisible to the eyes of mortals.(74:5.5)
I might remind you that Caligastia is still present on our planet, and is still available to those minds who would thwart the Father rule and use world government for selfish purposes—purposes that were established and fostered by the father of lies in those long-ago times. A NWO without God is a nightmare that we cannot afford; nonetheless, there are some very real benefits that will be realized by the establishment of true mankind government—"the sovereignty of all mankind:"
I would invite you to read this section of The Urantia Book, which includes Jesus' discourses on Sovereignty—Divine and Human, Political Sovereignty, and Law, Liberty, and Sovereignty.
"World peace cannot be maintained by treaties, diplomacy, foreign policies, alliances, balances of power, or any other type of makeshift juggling with the sovereignties of nationalism. world law must come into being and must be enforced by world government — the sovereignty of all mankind.
"The individual will enjoy far more liberty under world government. Today, the citizens of the great powers are taxed, regulated, and controlled almost oppressively, and much of this present interference with individual liberties will vanish when the national governments are willing to trustee their sovereignty as regards international affairs into the hands of global government.
"Under global government the national groups will be afforded a real opportunity to realize and enjoy the personal liberties of genuine democracy. The fallacy of self-determination will be ended. With global regulation of money and trade will come the new era of world-wide peace. Soon may a global language evolve, and there will be at least some hope of sometime having a global religion — or religions with a global viewpoint.
"The political sovereignty of representative mankind government will bring lasting peace on earth, and the spiritual brotherhood of man will forever insure good will among all men. And there is no other way whereby peace on earth and good will among men can be realized." (134:6.8)
When one takes the time to read these discourses and compare the goals of this kind of world government—under God—to that written about in the links at the beginning of this reply, one can easily see that the only real similarity in the two is the name "world government."
For even further information, I invite you to peruse our topical study on Government HERE.
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