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I would like to hear from fellow readers why you think our celestial brethren went to such great efforts to make available to us The Urantia Book.

And why did it appear in our age? In looking back at the previous four epochal revelations, we are told each occurred for specific reasons having to do with events that were occurring in human history. For example, The Planetary Prince and his staff showed up when the colored races first appeared. Adam and Eve came when Man had reached his biological apex. Melchizadek showed up to preserve spiritual truth at a time when mankind was languishing in spiritual darkness and something needed to be done to prepare man for the coming bestowal of Christ Michael, and then of course we are told Jesus can to show us a fuller revelation of the Father. But The Urantia Book revelation is an orthodox revelation, being basically a full explanation of, well, everything in the universe we could possibly comprehend.

Why now?

Is there something going in with us that precipitated this event?

What is especially interesting for me is that this revelation is almost completely ignored by the rank and file of humanity, indeed the greatest book ever written going largely unnoticed.

Any thoughts on why you think the Revelatos choose this time and this place to make a new revelation?

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Hi jwatkins00,

An excellent question to ask.

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I would like to hear from fellow readers why you think our celestial brethren went to such great efforts to make available to us The Urantia Book.

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I believe there are multiple reasons our celestial brethren chose this time for making the Urantia Book available to us.

First and foremost I think of this quote from the first paper in the UB.

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The Universal Father

4. The Mystery of God

5.(27.1) 1:4.6 To every spirit being and to every mortal creature in every sphere and on every world of the universe of universes, the Universal Father reveals all of his gracious and divine self that can be discerned or comprehended by such spirit beings and by such mortal creatures. God is no respecter of persons, either spiritual or material. The divine presence which any child of the universe enjoys at any given moment is limited only by the capacity of such a creature to receive and to discern the spirit actualities of the supermaterial world.


IMO, also due to the many advances of science in the twentieth century, the revelators may have foreseen the need to bring new hope and spiritual understanding because of the problems associated with the "worst of the materialistic age being over."

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The Modern Problem

(2075.4) 195:5.1 The twentieth century has brought new problems for Christianity and all other religions to solve. The higher a civilization climbs, the more necessitous becomes the duty to “seek first the realities of heaven” in all of man’s efforts to stabilize society and facilitate the solution of its material problems.

6. Materialism

(2076.6) 195:6.1 Scientists have unintentionally precipitated mankind into a materialistic panic; they have started an unthinking run on the moral bank of the ages, but this bank of human experience has vast spiritual resources; it can stand the demands being made upon it. Only unthinking men become panicky about the spiritual assets of the human race. When the materialistic-secular panic is over, the religion of Jesus will not be found bankrupt. The spiritual bank of the kingdom of heaven will be paying out faith, hope, and moral security to all who draw upon it “in His name.”

(2076.7) 195:6.2 No matter what the apparent conflict between materialism and the teachings of Jesus may be, you can rest assured that, in the ages to come, the teachings of the Master will fully triumph. In reality, true religion cannot become involved in any controversy with science; it is in no way concerned with material things. Religion is simply indifferent to, but sympathetic with, science, while it supremely concerns itself with the scientist.


(2076.9) 195:6.4 At the time of this writing the worst of the materialistic age is over; the day of a better understanding is already beginning to dawn. The higher minds of the scientific world are no longer wholly materialistic in their philosophy, but the rank and file of the people still lean in that direction as a result of former teachings. But this age of physical realism is only a passing episode in man’s life on earth. Modern science has left true religion — the teachings of Jesus as translated in the lives of his believers — untouched. All science has done is to destroy the childlike illusions of the misinterpretations of life.

9. Christianity’s Problem

(2082.9) 195:9.4 Religion does need new leaders, spiritual men and women who will dare to depend solely on Jesus and his incomparable teachings. If Christianity persists in neglecting its spiritual mission while it continues to busy itself with social and material problems, the spiritual renaissance must await the coming of these new teachers of Jesus’ religion who will be exclusively devoted to the spiritual regeneration of men. And then will these spirit-born souls quickly supply the leadership and inspiration requisite for the social, moral, economic, and political reorganization of the world.

10. The Future

(2084.1) 195:10.1 Christianity has indeed done a great service for this world, but what is now most needed is Jesus. The world needs to see Jesus living again on earth in the experience of spirit-born mortals who effectively reveal the Master to all men. It is futile to talk about a revival of primitive Christianity; you must go forward from where you find yourselves. Modern culture must become spiritually baptized with a new revelation of Jesus’ life and illuminated with a new understanding of his gospel of eternal salvation. And when Jesus becomes thus lifted up, he will draw all men to himself. Jesus’ disciples should be more than conquerors, even overflowing sources of inspiration and enhanced living to all men. Religion is only an exalted humanism until it is made divine by the discovery of the reality of the presence of God in personal experience.

(2084.2) 195:10.2 The beauty and sublimity, the humanity and divinity, the simplicity and uniqueness, of Jesus’ life on earth present such a striking and appealing picture of man-saving and God-revealing that the theologians and philosophers of all time should be effectively restrained from daring to form creeds or create theological systems of spiritual bondage out of such a transcendental bestowal of God in the form of man. In Jesus the universe produced a mortal man in whom the spirit of love triumphed over the material handicaps of time and overcame the fact of physical origin.

(2084.3) 195:10.3 Ever bear in mind — God and men need each other. They are mutually necessary to the full and final attainment of eternal personality experience in the divine destiny of universe finality.

(2084.4) 195:10.4“The kingdom of God is within you” was probably the greatest pronouncement Jesus ever made, next to the declaration that his Father is a living and loving spirit.

(2084.5) 195:10.5 In winning souls for the Master, it is not the first mile of compulsion, duty, or convention that will transform man and his world, but rather the second mile of free service and liberty-loving devotion that betokens the Jesusonian reaching forth to grasp his brother in love and sweep him on under spiritual guidance toward the higher and divine goal of mortal existence. Christianity even now willingly goes the first mile, but mankind languishes and stumbles along in moral darkness because there are so few genuine second-milers — so few professed followers of Jesus who really live and love as he taught his disciples to live and love and serve.


As we prepare the spiritual soil for ourselves, we also sow the seeds for future generations of believers in Jesus by striving to set an example through a life of free service and loving devotion for our brothers and sisters in the universal Brotherhood of Man.

Jim :smile:

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“Urantia is now quivering on the very brink of one of its most amazing and enthralling epochs of social readjustment, moral quickening, and spiritual enlightenment.” (195:9.2)


Also I would add inventions probably had something to do with it as well such as the printing press. Advances in science etc I am sure were all factors.

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Hi All:

In addition to all those things mentioned, let's not forget that the revelators were aware of our impending crossing into the atomic age. :shock:

We are going to need all of the social readjustment, moral quickening and spiritual enlightenment we can get!

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53:9.4 Satan could come to Urantia because you had no Son of standing in residence — neither Planetary Prince nor Material Son. Machiventa Melchizedek has since been proclaimed vicegerent Planetary Prince of Urantia, and the opening of the case of Gabriel vs. Lucifer has signalized the inauguration of temporary planetary regimes on all the isolated worlds. It is true that Satan did periodically visit Caligastia and others of the fallen princes right up to the time of the presentation of these revelations, when there occurred the first hearing of Gabriel’s plea for the annihilation of the archrebels. Satan is now unqualifiedly detained on the Jerusem prison worlds.

This tells us that the book is probably also timed with one or more of:
- the inauguration of a temporary planetary regime
- Satan being detained and no more visiting the planet
- Machiventa Melchizedek being proclaimed vicegerent Planetary Prince
- the opening of the case of Gabriel vs. Lucifer (or the first hearing)

Your question is a really good one. Lots of people when finding out about the Urantia Book have asked me "Why now?" And our thinking as to why it was sent when it was will affect what we do with it.

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I have to give kudos to you all. and I think the first respondent nailed it. And wow, the sections you found to back up your statement were right on the mark!

So, in essence, there are several key reasons why we might suspect the Urantia Book appeared during this age:

1) Scientific discovery was accelerating, so the Revelator's may have felt that religious revelation (new and expanded cosmic truth) was needed to keep pace scientific discovery
2) A new presentation of the Life and teachings of Jesus needed to be presented, as Christianity (Pauline Doctrine) had pretty much exhausted it resources, and a new revelation of Jesus will reinvigorate mankind
3) Materialism and Secularism will soon run its course and new revealed truth will be needed to infuse mankind with a new sense of purpose

...and one other thing, I also believe the subject through whom the revelations took place was probably extremely unique owing to the superior thought adjuster he possessed, coupled with the fact that Dr. Sadler was in a unique social position to pull it all together so that the book could be published and distributed without distortion and fanfare.

In essence, the early readers (like us) will, through time, spread the book outward, just as the Melchizedek teachers went out from Palestine, just as the early followers of Jesus spread out through the Roman Empire, slowly spreading the word of a new revelation.

The world at large may not be ready for it now, but the seed planting is taking place and a later harvest will come.

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Some excellent thinking/compiling Jim, all. One thing I didn't see mentioned is the elimination of fears and superstition. Humans have to have something to put in the place of fear, this revelation is a perfect fit.


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HI ALL 8)

Many Great Reasons and Insights from you All

Its Been My Opinion That The One Of The Many Reasons
The Urantia Book Was Given To US
IS That IT , The Urantia Book
Was / IS An Emergency Mission .

AS Were ALL The Other Four Epoch Revelations , for various reasons also ,

The Emergency Mission For The Urantia Book Are For Many Various Reasons ,
Many Are Blatantly Obvious , Some Not As Much or Unkown Yet .

Urantia IS On The Brink , On The Way To Many Great Things To Yet Come .
Our Planet Needs To Start Building Greater Bridges Between US ALL Globaly
As A Planet FOR US ALL !

And The Urantia Book IS The Blueprint That Shows US The Way To Build
The Bridges That We ALL As GODs Children Need to DO For Ourselves
Individualy and As A Global Family Community NOW.

Together In Unity Not Uniformity .

Our Planrts Future IS Bright and The Light of Truth Shines
Upon The Endless Possibilities Yet To Come To Fruition .

And After All Our Last Epochal Revelation Didnt End Very Well
Scince WE Killed the messanger OUR Creator Son
Jesus Christ Michael

So Our Celestial Admin May See it as wiser an more prudent
To Send/Give US A Book This Time .
YOU CANT KILL A BOOK!

Also One Possibility IS That The UB IS A Guide and Aide For
The Reserve Corps Of Destiny To Help Aid In Emergency Missions NOW An Yet To Come ?

Although Probably Most Of The Reserve Corps Of Destiny On The Planet Today
Dont Even Know About or Have Read The UB .

114:7.3 Mortals of the realm are chosen for service in the reserve corps of destiny on the inhabited worlds because of:

1. Special capacity for being secretly rehearsed for numerous possible emergency missions in the conduct of various activities of world affairs.


Yet Maybe Future Ones WILL NEED IT eh ?


7. THE RESERVE CORPS OF DESTINY

114:7.1 The reserve corps of destiny consists of living men and women who have been admitted to the special service of the superhuman administration of world affairs. This corps is made up of the men and women of each generation who are chosen by the spirit directors of the realm to assist in the conduct of the ministry of mercy and wisdom to the children of time on the evolutionary worlds. It is the general practice in the conduct of the affairs of the ascension plans to begin this liaison utilization of mortal will creatures immediately they are competent and trustworthy to assume such responsibilities. Accordingly, as soon as men and women appear on the stage of temporal action with sufficient mental capacity, adequate moral status, and requisite spirituality, they are quickly assigned to the appropriate celestial group of planetary personalities as human liaisons, mortal assistants.

114:7.2 When human beings are chosen as protectors of planetary destiny, when they become pivotal individuals in the plans which the world administrators are prosecuting, at that time the planetary chief of seraphim confirms their temporal attachment to the seraphic corps and appoints personal destiny guardians to serve with these mortal reservists. All reservists have self-conscious Adjusters, and most of them function in the higher cosmic circles of intellectual achievement and spiritual attainment.

114:7.3 Mortals of the realm are chosen for service in the reserve corps of destiny on the inhabited worlds because of:

1. Special capacity for being secretly rehearsed for numerous possible emergency missions in the conduct of various activities of world affairs.

2. Wholehearted dedication to some special social, economic, political, spiritual, or other cause, coupled with willingness to serve without human recognition and rewards.

3. The possession of a Thought Adjuster of extraordinary versatility and probable pre-Urantia experience in coping with planetary difficulties and contending with impending world emergency situations.

114:7.7 Each division of planetary celestial service is entitled to a liaison corps of these mortals of destiny standing. The average inhabited world employs seventy separate corps of destiny, which are intimately connected with the superhuman current conduct of world affairs. On Urantia there are twelve reserve corps of destiny, one for each of the planetary groups of seraphic supervision.

114:7.8 The twelve groups of Urantia destiny reservists are composed of mortal inhabitants of the sphere who have been rehearsed for numerous crucial positions on earth and are held in readiness to act in possible planetary emergencies. This combined corps now consists of 962 persons. The smallest corps numbers 41 and the largest 172. With the exception of less than a score of contact personalities, the members of this unique group are wholly unconscious of their preparation for possible function in certain planetary crises. These mortal reservists are chosen by the corps to which they are respectively attached and are likewise trained and rehearsed in the deep mind by the combined technique of Thought Adjuster and seraphic guardian ministry. Many times numerous other celestial personalities participate in this unconscious training, and in all this special preparation the midwayers perform valuable and indispensable services.

114:7.9 On many worlds the better adapted secondary midway creatures are able to attain varying degrees of contact with the Thought Adjusters of certain favorably constituted mortals through the skillful penetration of the minds of the latters’ indwelling. (And it was by just such a fortuitous combination of cosmic adjustments that these revelations were materialized in the English language on Urantia.) Such potential contact mortals of the evolutionary worlds are mobilized in the numerous reserve corps, and it is, to a certain extent, through these small groups of forward-looking personalities that spiritual civilization is advanced and the Most Highs are able to rule in the kingdoms of men. The men and women of these reserve corps of destiny thus have various degrees of contact with their Adjusters through the intervening ministry of the midway creatures; but these same mortals are little known to their fellows except in those rare social emergencies and spiritual exigencies wherein these reserve personalities function for the prevention of the breakdown of evolutionary culture or the extinction of the light of living truth. On Urantia these reservists of destiny have seldom been emblazoned on the pages of human history.

114:7.10 The reservists unconsciously act as conservators of essential planetary information. Many times, upon the death of a reservist, a transfer of certain vital data from the mind of the dying reservist to a younger successor is made by a liaison of the two Thought Adjusters. The Adjusters undoubtedly function in many other ways unknown to us, in connection with these reserve corps.

114:7.11 On Urantia the reserve corps of destiny, though having no permanent head, does have its own permanent councils which constitute its governing organization. These embrace the judiciary council, the historicity council, the council on political sovereignty, and many others. From time to time, in accordance with the corps organization, titular (mortal) heads of the whole reserve corps have been commissioned by these permanent councils for specific function. The tenure of such reservist chiefs is usually a matter of a few hours’ duration, being limited to the accomplishment of some specific task at hand.


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AMEN Brother Coop!! I thought the book was just for me....or I did for 10 years until I met someone else who thought the same thing!! Peace.


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Amen Brother :wink:

Yeah Indeed In Reality IT IS For You , ... Me ...

And For EVERYONE ! :wink:

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The Torchbearers Shall Keep The Lights of Truth Alive !

81:6.23 8. Character of torchbearers. Social inheritance enables man to stand on the shoulders of all who have preceded him, and who have contributed aught to the sum of culture and knowledge. In this work of passing on the cultural torch to the next generation, the home will ever be the basic institution. The play and social life comes next, with the school last but equally indispensable in a complex and highly organized society.


81:6.26 9. The racial ideals. The ideals of one generation carve out the channels of destiny for immediate posterity. The quality of the social torchbearers will determine whether civilization goes forward or backward. The homes, churches, and schools of one generation predetermine the character trend of the succeeding generation. The moral and spiritual momentum of a race or a nation largely determines the cultural velocity of that civilization.


175:2.1 The fact that the spiritual leaders and the religious teachers of the Jewish nation onetime rejected the teachings of Jesus and conspired to bring about his cruel death, does not in any manner affect the status of any individual Jew in his standing before God. And it should not cause those who profess to be followers of the Christ to be prejudiced against the Jew as a fellow mortal. The Jews, as a nation, as a sociopolitical group, paid in full the terrible price of rejecting the Prince of Peace. Long since they ceased to be the spiritual torchbearers of divine truth to the races of mankind, but this constitutes no valid reason why the individual descendants of these long-ago Jews should be made to suffer the persecutions which have been visited upon them by intolerant, unworthy, and bigoted professed followers of Jesus of Nazareth, who was, himself, a Jew by natural birth.


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Hello everyone. I think I agree with all the reasons given here, especially Coops notation of the UB being an EMERGENCY Mission type of revelation.

While I definitely agree with the general outlook that the future is indeed bright, I see this as more of a long term eternity style viewpoint. Which is not necessarily a bad thing! Long term eternity style viewpoints are very helpful for each of us to “live as if in the presence of the Eternal”. That being said, I personally see the short term outlook as rather grim, indeed in need of, as Coop again alluded to, of an Emergency Mission.

I personally see no sign of the abatement of this age of Materialism. I see little reformation of the named religions of the world towards a broader understanding of each other. Couple this with fairly substantial evidence of impending environmental challenges, and the word “crisis” comes to my mind. An approaching crisis of many factors. I see things as getting worse before they get better.

And yet, what else except crisis will inspire lazy mankind to move forward? From the first humans, pressure has driven our species towards progress. Those whose lives have drifted towards ease have declined, and in many cases, perished. There is no reason to believe that this has changed, as the Authors point out that while Mans means have changed, his motives remain quite the same (or something like that). Perhaps a bit of a crisis is just what mankind needs to move forward (spiritually).

So perhaps the Authors are even more “on it” than we even suspect. Perhaps they can see a time where the saving knowledge of the UB will be really needed. I don’t know, I can only idly speculate on this. One thing for sure, a study of our planets evolution and even the history of mankind shows that from time to time, SUDDEN changes cause great shifts in the forward pattern of things, evolutionarily, culturally and physically.

My advice to myself is to “hold on, its gonna be a bumpy ride!”


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Aloha...I'll jump in on this one. Very good thinking and quotes here. I agree that the scientific discoveries that were to come fast and furious but also I think my generation was leaving organized religions in search of something more and inclusive. Also the internet was soon to appear and that has had an amazing and positive impact on sharing the UB and communion with new found Brothers and Sisters from around the world like never before. I am not isolated anymore. With only a few yearly gatherings available here on my island I now read and share on a daily basis and this of course has affected my life and how I share with others in a powerful positive way...I am so happy
Side note: I wish Truthbook could update these Smilies...some are so negative and hopefully hardly used... O:)

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Jim has asked a very profound question and every answer here is true. Without a doubt the 5th Epochal Revelation of the Nature and Character of God as well as the Cosmology of the Universe of Universes is relevant to nearly every aspect of our human nature and can therefore be justifiably said to have intrinsic purpose in every word. That might be the answer to the question, "Why the Urantia Book?", but the question he asked is "Why now?"

The Urantia Book was provided to us so we would consume its information and learn to relate to those who share perspective from which it was written. There is nothing else on this planet that has the point of view represented by this book.

Lets take a serious look at that fact for a minute. In our existence on this world we can emulate any expression of man. Whether it is in science, philosophy, art, music, literature, social service or any other avenue of expression available to our human nature, discovered or undiscovered we are able to decide to strive to achieve a personal expression equal to or presumably greater than any that has gone before. This is not true of the Urantia Book. The Urantia Book is unique. The perspective from which it was written is unachievable by us as humans. No amount of striving on our part will change that. You may counter with the thought that we will when we reach the ages of Light and Life or something like that but I am saying that in the current state of affairs we will not. We may achieve a greater complexity of thought on a specific topic related to in the book or we may exceed the knowledge expressed as cosmology or science but that won't change anything. Human minds cannot in this short life span realize the perspective we experience as presented to us in this revelation.

I like to think of it like this. We are the first ones to sit at the feet of not less than 34 separate celestial individuals who have presented the content of these papers. Many of the papers have the same type of author and assuming all the Divine Counselors are the same individual, for example, there are not less than 34 individuals. There may be many more. Though they are not talking with us in person they are clearly unique types of persons as well as distinct individuals within their species and are discernable as such. These are this world's first true celestial communicators since Jesus was here in person. We the recipients of the Urantia Book are the first ones to be able to know this level of communication. It is not like any other communication we have ever known. The view of humanity from a celestial perspective is very different than the view of humans from a human perspective. Consider how much more significant is the difference between the view of humans from a celestial perspective and the view of celestials from a human perspective. The Urantia Book is the first time our planet has been able to study the celestial perspective of reality en masse. Another way of viewing the difference here is to say that the Urantia Book, to be really understood, has to be translated in our minds by the spirit that indwells us, into the perspective of humanity from our own celestial perspective.

That fact alone makes the Urantia Book the most humanly incomprehensible item on the planet. Here is the most amazing part of this. Merely having something that is incomprehensible, truly incomprehensible in the sense that we cannot duplicate it from our point of view is the most unique thing. It puts us in a place we cannot avoid. It makes us bow. It belittles us in a righteous way. It literally puts us in our place.

Another issue that sets this book apart and needs clarification is exampled in the following. 1:7.9 ". . . 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 Universal Father. I portray the reality and truth of the Father’s nature and attributes with unchallengeable authority; I know whereof I speak."

Unchallengeable authority? What human can say “I know whereof I speak” about anything? Remember one of the things the locals said about Jesus was his presence of authority. We have been so long without this level of authority that I don’t believe we really appreciate how important it is. 138:8.8 "Jesus made plain to his apostles the difference between the repentance of so-called good works as taught by the Jews and the change of mind by faith — the new birth — which he required as the price of admission to the kingdom. He taught his apostles that faith was the only requisite to entering the Father’s kingdom. John had taught them “repentance — to flee from the wrath to come.” Jesus taught, “Faith is the open door for entering into the present, perfect, and eternal love of God.” Jesus did not speak like a prophet, one who comes to declare the word of God. He seemed to speak of himself as one having authority. Jesus sought to divert their minds from miracle seeking to the finding of a real and personal experience in the satisfaction and assurance of the indwelling of God’s spirit of love and saving grace."

We on this planet ( at least in the western countries) and in this period rarely consider the concept of authority in our lives. The Urantia Book, though, does. It not only explains the value of authority it expresses its own authority. We misunderstand the reason for the Urantia Book if we do not learn to appreciate the authority of this 5th Epochal Revelation. So why NOW? Here is my take.

In the near future (relatively) the Lucifer Rebellion will be ended and the planet will again be connected to the system circuits. When that happens the human race will discover monumental changes in perspective. For example, we will "notice" that we are several thousand years behind as relates to our understanding of cosmology and our place in the Universe. Here are two things to remember.

1. The suddenness of the quarantine associated with the rebellion caused massive disruptions is the human and superhuman populations of this world. Raising the quarantine will, in my view cause an equal disruption. (see paper 67)

2. We were never supposed to be left without the presence of Celestial beings since they first arrived half a million years ago. Had the Planetary Prince not defaulted, he would still be here, the staff (at least part of it) would still be here and Adam and Eve would still be here. We would have naturally grown in our planetary understanding of our place in the universe and would have that perspective well ingrained in our collective psyche. Though we are physically where we would have been had they not left and in many ways intellectually where we would have been, our natural spiritual evolution has lagged behind. Our physical evolution has not been hindered markedly as the book says.

What has been left behind and will be most noticeable, is our natural appreciation of the perspective of Celestial persons offering their steadying input and evaluation of our progress spiritually and intellectually. What is coming with the end of the rebellion and the subsequent re-connection is the unavoidable sudden realization of where we would have been. This realization will be altogether unsettling for most people and were it not for the efforts of those of us who have intensively digested the teachings, the work of the Celestials would be made that much more difficult. Adam prepared teachers in the garden to take his teachings to the populations of the world. Machiventa Melchizedek did as well. I believe we are being given the opportunity to be that to this planet in this generation. Now does mean that I believe this will happen in my lifetime or anyone who is reading this? Not necessarily. Just as those who worked on the first garden didn't know if Adam and Eve were going to arrive in their lifetimes, I have absolutely no idea when the change will happen but I do know the preparation must go on until the time when the Ancients of Days enact their decree. My friends we must not allow ourselves to doubt the responsibility of this task. It comes from the authority of the Urantia Book. The proof is in the texts listed above.

The book is our preplan, our primer. It was not merely intended for our personal edification though it clearly does that. We must become practitioners of living the new perspective. We can't merely talk about it we must be it. The only way I have discovered to be it is to see things the way the ones who wrote it do, at least as much as each of us is able. That is our responsibility. We cannot know what they know but we can strive to look upon life in the manner they do. Gradually we will succeed and take on a more "heavenly minded" perspective. It is not what we see that is so valuable it is how we see. In school we first tried to learn what the professors taught. Ultimately we realized that if we wanted to badly enough we could learn to think like the professors. We can do that here as well, at least as much as is humanly possible.

We must become the ones who are not dismayed when we see these things happening. It will be through our steadying influence that the world will find peace in the new perspective of reality that will surely be thrust upon us. Some among us are of the mindset that the changes from darkness to light will be more gradual. I have tried for years to imagine a way the Celestials could gently and gradually lift a selfish and perverted humankind as we see today from their own self oriented and evil view of life to one of Universe appreciation and grandeur, but I cannot. I submit that the change out of darkness will be as sudden as the change into it was. It will be recovering from it that will take a long time. The undeniable fact that the adjudication of the status of the rebels has begun forces us to make the connection to our immediate present. With that we see that we are facing a destiny unlike anything the world has seen to date. It will be like we are living in a large dark room and suddenly someone from outside reaches in and turns on the lights. Those of us who find the true light a comfort and who have been schooled in the Cosmology of the Reality of God will be islands of sanity in a world of suddenly forced to realize its own insanity. Even if as I suspect, a Son of Universe standing (sons/daughters of Material Sons, Magisterial Son, Machiventa Melchizedek or Christ Michael himself, or all the above) were to made a visit at the same time, the effort to sanity-ize and spiritualize the populations of this planet will be monumental.

Don't take the book's purpose and timing lightly. Remember, evolution is punctuated by sudden transformations. In this case we have been told to expect one. We know Lucifer, Satan, Caligastia, Daligastia and all unrepentant rebels will vanish. They will do so suddenly. When they do the drama will be catastrophic to those who have learned to fit in with their scheme. Those of us who have learned to stand on our own and live as if we are with the Celestials, according to the teachings of the Urantia Book will be fulfilled. We must be willing to adopt the whole perspective of the 5th Revelation to man. We must become true Urantians, committed to its authority. When the change happens we will ready.

As the Apostle Paul said as recorded in the book of Philippians "Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained."

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Because your world is generally ignorant of origins, even of physical origins, it has appeared to be wise from time to time to provide instruction in cosmology. And always has this made trouble for the future. The laws of revelation hamper us greatly by their proscription of the impartation of unearned or premature knowledge. Any cosmology presented as a part of revealed religion is destined to be outgrown in a very short time. Accordingly, future students of such a revelation are tempted to discard any element of genuine religious truth it may contain because they discover errors on the face of the associated cosmologies therein presented.

Mankind should understand that we who participate in the revelation of truth are very rigorously limited by the instructions of our superiors. We are not at liberty to anticipate the scientific discoveries of a thousand years. Revelators must act in accordance with the instructions which form a part of the revelation mandate. We see no way of overcoming this difficulty, either now or at any future time. We full well know that, while the historic facts and religious truths of this series of revelatory presentations will stand on the records of the ages to come, within a few short years many of our statements regarding the physical sciences will stand in need of revision in consequence of additional scientific developments and new discoveries. These new developments we even now foresee, but we are forbidden to include such humanly undiscovered facts in the revelatory records. Let it be made clear that revelations are not necessarily inspired. The cosmology of these revelations is not inspired. It is limited by our permission for the co-ordination and sorting of present-day knowledge. While divine or spiritual insight is a gift, human wisdom must evolve.


So if the "historic facts" and "religious truths" are going to stand on record as revelation. It would appear that the authors have full confidence that some future generation will in fact recognize the urantia book as a revelation. This is perhaps the quote you guys are talking about?...

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To Jim George's your reply has given me a lot to consider which I had never even considered before.

Today I was speculation that perhaps the Urantia Book is preparing us for the next ephocal Revelation - like the return of Jesus or even a Magisterial Son at some not too distant future, but I never even thought about the idea of what you stated about the rebellion coming an end and changes could occur afterwards.

I mean , think about it. What if, in say the next Century, Michael, an Avonal Son and Machiventa all appeared in human form. Who other than those who have read the Urantia Book would know who they were?

If what you say is true that the celestial authors are preparing for the eventual day when the quarantine ends, then it is altogether fitting that lifting the curtain of cosmological understanding would be neccesary.

As I see it, The Urantia Book, while still relatively unknown, is growing in awareness in little pockets of society around the world. This means that as growth continues, there will be in place, people who will be able to understand or comprehend whatever the next epochal revelation might be. If awareness of the Urantia Book continues on its present course, then I can foresee that in a few generation, or perhaps 500-1000 years from now, there will be enough people who will be prepared for that day when a divine being comes to us in material form.

And to me, thus far, your answer to WHY the Urantia Book was given to us now, seems to make a lot of sense.

The book is meant to prepare us for the next revelation. It absolutely makes sense to me, and with that, the authority of the book has taken on a whole new meaning.

Thank you and to all of you for your insight.

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