What better opening for a Urantia Book student than this article titled: What happens when we die? by Vince Hatt? Urantia Book reader/students are given the most complete, satisfying, and comforting details on life afte death that can be found anywhere! See our blog below, but first, here are a few snips from this very good article (which I highly recommend!)
"I am now in the fourth quarter of life. I do not expect it to go into overtime. And I wonder what happens to me after I die?
"I have friends who believe there is nothing after death. They say, "Try to live a decent life here and let go. The end." Actually, I am becoming OK with this, although I may be underestimating my survival instinct and the unwillingness of my ego to let go at the time of death.
"Did Jesus die and was raised? That is the question that every Christian must answer. My answer is yes.
"Gospel means "good news." The good news for Christians is that the risen Christ promises life everlasting to his faithful followers."
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A couple of important ideas are discussed in this article: The FACT of resurrection for all people, and what HAPPENS after we are resurrected.
The FACT of resurrection
As horrible as it was, Jesus of Nazareth died a natural death, as would any other human in those circumstances. In fact thousands died in just the same maner in those days. And when we understand that, we understand that Jesus was, indeed, a human being with a human body.
And when Jesus resurrected on the third day, he resurrected as will all mortals. The only difference being that we will resurrect on a better world, not on earth. Jesus had his reasons for resurrecting here, and he appeared to many people before he finally ascended into heaven.
What evidence is there?
From The Urantia Book:
189:2.9 The true evidences of the resurrection of Michael are spiritual in nature, albeit this teaching is corroborated by the testimony of many mortals of the realm who met, recognized, and communed with the resurrected morontia Master. He became a part of the personal experience of almost one thousand human beings before he finally took leave of Urantia.
188:3.11 In the vast court of the resurrection halls of the first mansion world of Satania, there may now be observed a magnificent material-morontia structure known as the "Michael Memorial," now bearing the seal of Gabriel. This memorial was created shortly after Michael departed from this world, and it bears this inscription: "In commemoration of the mortal transit of Jesus of Nazareth on Urantia."
188:4.6 Jesus lived and died for a whole universe, not just for the races of this one world. While the mortals of the realms had salvation even before Jesus lived and died on Urantia, it is nevertheless a fact that his bestowal on this world greatly illuminated the way of salvation; his death did much to make forever plain the certainty of mortal survival after death in the flesh.
Why did Mary not recognize Jesus at first?
Jesus' body was not part of his resurrection, and our physical bodies will not be a part of our resurrection either.
190:0.3 The mortals of the realms will arise in the morning of the resurrection with the same type of transition or morontia body that Jesus had when he arose from the tomb on this Sunday morning. These bodies do not have circulating blood, and such beings do not partake of ordinary material food; nevertheless, these morontia forms are real. When the various believers saw Jesus after his resurrection, they really saw him; they were not the self-deceived victims of visions or hallucinations.
What is Morontia?
Please see The Morontia Life, in which we read:
48:0.1 THE GODS cannot—at least they do not—transform a creature of gross animal nature into a perfected spirit by some mysterious act of creative magic. When the Creators desire to produce perfect beings, they do so by direct and original creation, but they never undertake to convert animal-origin and material creatures into beings of perfection in a single step.
48:0.2 The morontia life, extending as it does over the various stages of the local universe career, is the only possible approach whereby material mortals could attain the threshold of the spirit world. What magic could death, the natural dissolution of the material body, hold that such a simple step should instantly transform the mortal and material mind into an immortal and perfected spirit? Such beliefs are but ignorant superstitions and pleasing fables.
48:0.3 Always this morontia transition intervenes between the mortal estate and the subsequent spirit status of surviving human beings. This intermediate state of universe progress differs markedly in the various local creations, but in intent and purpose they are all quite similar. The arrangement of the mansion and higher morontia worlds in Nebadon is fairly typical of the morontia transition regimes in this part of Orvonton.
30:4.11 All mortals of survival status, in the custody of personal guardians of destiny, pass through the portals of natural death and, on the third period, personalize on the mansion worlds.
But what about our personality? Our mind? Do they resurrect too?
30:4.15 The physical body of mortal flesh is not a part of the reassembly of the sleeping survivor; the physical body has returned to dust. The seraphim of assignment sponsors the new body, the morontia form, as the new life vehicle for the immortal soul and for the indwelling of the returned Adjuster. The Adjuster is the custodian of the spirit transcript of the mind of the sleeping survivor. The assigned seraphim is the keeper of the surviving identity—the immortal soul—as far as it has evolved. And when these two, the Adjuster and the seraphim, reunite their personality trusts, the new individual constitutes the resurrection of the old personality, the survival of the evolving morontia identity of the soul. Such a reassociation of soul and Adjuster is quite properly called a resurrection, a reassembly of personality factors...
112:5.15 During the transit of surviving mortals from the world of origin to the mansion worlds, whether they experience personality reassembly on the third period or ascend at the time of a group resurrection, the record of personality constitution is faithfully preserved by the archangels on their worlds of special activities. These beings are not the custodians of personality (as the guardian seraphim are of the soul), but it is nonetheless true that every identifiable factor of personality is effectually safeguarded in the custody of these dependable trustees of mortal survival. As to the exact whereabouts of mortal personality during the time intervening between death and survival, we do not know.
For more information, please see The Phenomenon of Death and
Survival of the human self
Where do we go?
Remember when Jesus told us about the Father's many mansions?
180:3.4 "Let not your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; continue to believe also in me. Even though I must leave you, I will not be far from you. I have already told you that in my Father's universe there are many tarrying-places. If this were not true, I would not have repeatedly told you about them. I am going to return to these worlds of light, stations in the Father's heaven to which you shall sometime ascend. From these places I came into this world, and the hour is now at hand when I must return to my Father's work in the spheres on high.
30:4.17 Sometimes all training worlds of mortal residence are called universe "mansions," and it was to such spheres that Jesus alluded when he said: "In my Father's house are many mansions." From here on, within a given group of spheres like the mansion worlds, ascenders will progress individually from one sphere to another and from one phase of life to another, but they will always advance from one stage of universe study to another in class formation.
Please see: The Mansion Worlds for much more information...like this:
47:3.1 On the mansion worlds the resurrected mortal survivors resume their lives just where they left off when overtaken by death. When you go from Urantia to the first mansion world, you will notice considerable change, but if you had come from a more normal and progressive sphere of time, you would hardly notice the difference except for the fact that you were in possession of a different body; the tabernacle of flesh and blood has been left behind on the world of nativity.
47:3.7 On mansion world number one (or another in case of advanced status) you will resume your intellectual training and spiritual development at the exact level whereon they were interrupted by death. Between the time of planetary death or translation and resurrection on the mansion world, mortal man gains absolutely nothing aside from experiencing the fact of survival. You begin over there right where you leave off down here.
For an enjoyable and comforting explanation of the life after death, we invite you to have a look at our short flash movie called "After You Die." It is a condenstion of Urantia Book teachings about this adventure that awaits all of us.
And - please visit our TruthBook page called "Heaven," where you can explore many more teachings about life after death, including our online magazine called "There Is Life After Death," which goes into much more detail about the journey ahead.
Jesus showed us the way - not only the way to live as a child of God, but the way that we will survive after death, as he did. Remember, while Jesus was a Divine Son of God, he was also a mortal human and the circumstances of his resurrection are a vital part of his whole revelation of the Father to his universe. What was true for Jesus is true for us, too! He showed us the way...
And for the real, true, complete story of Jesus, please see Part IV of The Uantia Book, the Life and Teachings of Jesus