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In the beginning of this audiotape, Bill Sadler Jr. says that the teachings of Abner later became Islam, or what he terms as Muhammadanism:
http://ubfellowship.org/audio/sadler/mp ... ack_01.mp3

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That's the first time hearing that clip for me. Thanks for posting it Yoder. I've often pondered the same question. Maybe its more accurate to say that Abner's church in Philadelphia fed the birth of Islam. And that may have post-dated Abner himself. Too unyielding and intolerant added to the background of oppression felt by the nomads who soon revolted.

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Didn't remnants of the teachings of Abner more properly become partly inherited by the Orthodox Churches rather than Pauline teachings?

It would make more sense that the originators of Islam responded more to inconsistencies and lack of visible devotion or discipline that would be associated with Pauline teachings. Abner probably presented something more clearcut and definitive which I'm guessing would be more appreciated by the nomads. The disparity between the 2 would likely have greatly perplexed the nomads and made it difficult to reason out which had more validity. It could be more simple and gratifying for them to create a new religion in that case.


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The Eastern version of the message of Jesus, notwithstanding that it remained more true to his teachings, continued to follow the uncompromising attitude of Abner. It never progressed as did the Hellenized version and was eventually lost in the Islamic movement. 195:1.11


The Koran refers to Jesus as "kalimat Allah" (meaning the "word of God") and perhaps is more Jesusonian in its accounts and descriptions of him than Paul. That might be Abner's influence.

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The tenth morontia manifestation of Jesus to mortal recognition occurred a short time after eight o’clock on Tuesday, April 11, at Philadelphia, where he showed himself to Abner and Lazarus and some one hundred and fifty of their associates, including more than fifty of the evangelistic corps of the seventy. This appearance occurred just after the opening of a special meeting in the synagogue which had been called by Abner to discuss the crucifixion of Jesus and the more recent report of the resurrection which had been brought by David’s messenger. Inasmuch as the resurrected Lazarus was now a member of this group of believers, it was not difficult for them to believe the report that Jesus had risen from the dead. 191:4.1


And the next morning they went forth proclaiming that Jesus of Nazareth had risen from the dead. But Abner did not choose his teachers wisely and they were evidently most influence by his uncompromising attitude.

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Cymboyton’s eldest son had appealed to Abner at Philadelphia for help, but Abner’s choice of teachers was most unfortunate in that they turned out to be unyielding and uncompromising. These teachers sought to make their religion dominant over the other beliefs. They never suspected that the oft-referred-to lectures of the caravan conductor had been delivered by Jesus himself. 134:6.15


Thus Abner's version of the message of Jesus was absorbed in the Islamic movement but "sanitized" to reject trinity, crucifixion and resurrection.

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I will contend that he was. Consider that the Book IV of UB states that Abner was "a faithful believer in, and teacher of, the gospel of the heavenly kingdom." He was the leader at the church of Philadelphia, which was host for the 70 Evangelists.

When you look at the life of Muhammad, one key fact stands in relevance: his father died (roughly while Muhammad was at the age of meeting one's Adjuster for the first choicemoment) and he was then raised by two women. One woman was a follower of the teachings of Jesus Christ, and the othe woman was a disciple of the teachings of John the Baptist. Both Peter and Abner have had the same experience of being firstly followers of John, then followers of Jesus. Abner was actually John's mentor.

When we observe that there is only obscurity between the times of Jesus and the times of Muhammad, and the great distance between Jerusalem and Macca, we cannot with scientific certainty prove Abner's crucial role in the preservation and transmission of Jesus' teachings to Muhammad's mother. We know that Abner knew both John and his companion Ezra who fled John after the Holy Baptism of Jesus. It is likely that Ezra may have played a role in Muhammad's upbringing through his aunt.

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/25061134/#.WERRrK_rvIU
I was looking at this link that Bonita shared. In this article, you will find an inscription that places the 70 Evangelists in Philadelphia Amman, inside the cave of a Christian Monastery. Perhaps the Urantia Book describes: [UB166:5.2] "This very synagogue later on became a Christian church and was the missionary headquarters for the promulgation of the gospel through the regions to the east. It was long a stronghold of the master's teachings and stood alone in this region as a center of Christian learning for centuries."

Symbolically, we can say that the history of the Southern Eastern branch of Christianity, as it was taught by Abner, was plunged into darkness after the schism of James/Peter and Abner. We strain when the Urantia Book states that the southern eastern branch stayed truer to the religion of Jesus as Jesus taught. But those who worship know of the mysticism involved with the truth of Eastern Christianity. I am referring also to the darkness of the cave as indicative of Abner's contribution towardinto the supreme being. His life was satisfactory according to God. And it is through the progress Abner made, in his personal endurances, that has helped God to come closer to man, so that in the sixth century, Muhammad had heard the call of allah (through the message of Gabriel). Such evidences cannot be properly explained but expand the sensitivity of the unconscious receptivity of man unto God. And as man has prospered in the Supreme Being, so too is the Spirit of Truth amplified unto others.

The Urantia Book acknowledges that worldwide spiritual progress was achieved in the sixth century whilst Muhammad lived, and in the fifteenth century whilst Nanaak tread the earth. Do not take for granted the place that these saints have in our history, just as Moses and Paul have had. When a new sage should arise, some may say he was of an exalted house, but "the root of Jesse" is obscured. There is historical uncertainty as to just where and from whom the sage had gained knowledge, and that is well-boding for the scientific age.

I have heard some speculation that anthropology will expose the scrolls that descend out of Abner's teachings. It may be a fact unknown to us. But these evidences represent the missing links that Muhammad had certain tuition, not biologically but culturally from the followers of Jesus in the south and east.

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I will contend that he was. Consider that the Book IV of UB states that Abner was "a faithful believer in, and teacher of, the gospel of the heavenly kingdom." He was the leader at the church of Philadelphia, which was host for the 70 Evangelists.

When you look at the life of Muhammad, one key fact stands in relevance: his father died (roughly while Muhammad was at the age of meeting one's Adjuster for the first choicemoment) and he was then raised by two women. One woman was a follower of the teachings of Jesus Christ, and the othe woman was a disciple of the teachings of John the Baptist. Both Peter and Abner have had the same experience of being firstly followers of John, then followers of Jesus. Abner was actually John's mentor.

When we observe that there is only obscurity between the times of Jesus and the times of Muhammad, and the great distance between Jerusalem and Macca, we cannot with scientific certainty prove Abner's crucial role in the preservation and transmission of Jesus' teachings to Muhammad's mother. We know that Abner knew both John and his companion Ezra who fled John after the Holy Baptism of Jesus. It is likely that Ezra may have played a role in Muhammad's upbringing through his aunt.

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/25061134/#.WERRrK_rvIU
I was looking at this link that Bonita shared. In this article, you will find an inscription that places the 70 Evangelists in Philadelphia Amman, inside the cave of a Christian Monastery. Perhaps the Urantia Book describes: [UB166:5.2] "This very synagogue later on became a Christian church and was the missionary headquarters for the promulgation of the gospel through the regions to the east. It was long a stronghold of the master's teachings and stood alone in this region as a center of Christian learning for centuries."

Symbolically, we can say that the history of the Southern Eastern branch of Christianity, as it was taught by Abner, was plunged into darkness after the schism of James/Peter and Abner. We strain when the Urantia Book states that the southern eastern branch stayed truer to the religion of Jesus as Jesus taught. But those who worship know of the mysticism involved with the truth of Eastern Christianity. I am referring also to the darkness of the cave as indicative of Abner's contribution towardinto the supreme being. His life was satisfactory according to God. And it is through the progress Abner made, in his personal endurances, that has helped God to come closer to man, so that in the sixth century, Muhammad had heard the call of allah (through the message of Gabriel). Such evidences cannot be properly explained but expand the sensitivity of the unconscious receptivity of man unto God. And as man has prospered in the Supreme Being, so too is the Spirit of Truth amplified unto others.

The Urantia Book acknowledges that worldwide spiritual progress was achieved in the sixth century whilst Muhammad lived, and in the fifteenth century whilst Nanaak tread the earth. Do not take for granted the place that these saints have in our history, just as Moses and Paul have had. When a new sage should arise, some may say he was of an exalted house, but "the root of Jesse" is obscured. There is historical uncertainty as to just where and from whom the sage had gained knowledge, and that is well-boding for the scientific age.

I have heard some speculation that anthropology will expose the scrolls that descend out of Abner's teachings. It may be a fact unknown to us. But these evidences represent the missing links that Muhammad had certain tuition, not biologically but culturally from the followers of Jesus in the south and east.

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