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Many of the teachings in the Urantia Book point to faith as the source of an individual's ability to perceive God. Faith is firstly and affirmation of the preemanence of God, but when applied through morontial mota, the individual is able to sense, identify and discern, an ideal that is revealed. If acted upon, life prospers. It is by faith that man is able to know what is revealed to him by God, or the Thought Adjuster known as the spirit nucleus inside the mind of man.

The many questions that pertain to the faith of the human individual applies to many perspectives. Is faith by any means a matter of choice? Is faith a constant for a person, who has, or does faith amplify by many magnitudes the power of one who is living rightly? How does man identify what is right by faith? What is right: for man to be lead by faith or for man to choose his own destiny? How does faith reveal the possibilities that lead man towards god or civilisations toward progress?

The prosperity of certain individuals, as an eventuality, shows that certain individuals who have faith have created security for others, and those who seek out what faith has revealed find beauty and experience tranquility. Even in the face of dispute, misunderstanding, and adversity do these individuals thrive by actively working in whatever field God has placed before him. The eventuality of prosperity is given to the souls who seek out God's light.

Hoping to appreciate the things that one has, and to maintain the trust that other individuals have given you, there are many teachings available which proclaim how a person has discerned through faith the possibilities that one really has. It is then a matter of fulfilment of the obligations that one has set out. One must finish every task, and take upon only those tasks which one has in their ability to pursue, and then choose only what is right to do.

In fact, there is little explanation as to how the Divine Ministers teach their children. We would do better to acknowledge and then trust that there is a seraphic planetary government, and that this world should live according to the principles that have been set out to eden and to the prophets.

There is no proper activation for the human mind to receive the truth according to revelation. All souls are able to receive guidance according to the adjutant spirits and the seraphic ministry. There are many measures of attunement and relationship that each individual has with all the cherubim, sanobim, and seraphim. But mostly, although human beings are known very well by the angels, humans know hardly anything about them. How one is attuned and listens to angels enhances the traversement of the psychic circles and allows faith to reveal more. As a result, the person improves when setting goals and actively pursuing them.

Some goals may be to chose a skill that may be called a trade or a profession. To improve upon the mental sensitivity of others. Another goal is to improve upon one's current performance, whether as a student, as worker, or home maker. A goal could be to confirm the preemanence of God, to choose some ceremony to celebrate and acknowledge that one may have faith.

If uncertainty, when a person is unsure perhaps, there is the arduous task of look in upon one's actions, and identify any traits or habits that may be hurtful. We must see that the individual is choosing always the helpful thing to do, leading onward to higher goodness. There is always the certainty, if man is truly intelligent, that man perhaps has seen what is divinely right. Thus, a man who chooses against faith may not be justified.

That is in your experience, to know God. How might you know God, when you are so well known by God, then? Love is the experience of God, and it is experienced by humanity, and it is love that guides each person to know God by what God has revealed to each person. Love may heal a person from his injury, and love is powerful enough to remove old bonds. And as long as we protect the world and each other, we will give a chance for each person on this world to be loved. That is the assurance that God will guide them.

In the end, what is of importance: whether questioned by others and the story of a person that exists, or is it the private matter of individual desire and ultimate satisfaction that he has gone to pursue God and be ordained as a finaliter.

It is the plausibility of faith which must win. Man has hope that faith is real. If his faith becomes a certainty, then he truly becomes capable of learning and adapting. But the fruits of faith are a labour of mankind, and let us not think they should be hidden. The labors of faith do not simply prosper the individual, the labours of faith prosper the whole earth each time. That must be sincere and earnest, and towards the betterment of others.

What faith a man has, should be respected and preserved by others. That a person has it in his mind to do by faith, let no one stand against him, but if a man has it to do against his faith, may you rescue him from his error. Woeful is a person who knows the truth yet misleads others. By one's own joys and sorrows, a person knows if he has done right by faith or not. If your joys are trainsient but your sorrows are permanent, this is not as good as if your joys are also permanent. It is in the witness of a person, that God's love is experienced thus you can witness those who are faithful, and their deeds may be observed. But we are known by our fruits not simply our labours. There needn't be ordinance nor public measure of righteousness, but to sancitify what the faithful shall create in the name of God.

Your stories and your guidance is needed to help your fellows to know the brotherhood of man. Therefore, it is imperative that you affirm your faith by knowing God, loving God, and receiving God's revelation in each moment.

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That was very beautiful and profound.


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Indeed!! :biggrin: :idea: :!: 8)

Thank you SEla-Kelly!!

A wonderful, insightful, and inspiring piece of writing. Faith may move mountains...and worlds! And delivers us to Eternity itself.

"If his faith becomes a certainty..."

Indeed!!!

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Thank you SEla-Kelly. You have put into words beautifully what we all share about faith. This topic will no doubt in time receive a lot of attention and I look forward to what will be expressed here.

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Shortly after Jesus began his ministry, he said "Be patient and you shall see the glory of God; even so shall it be with all those who tarry with me and thus learn to do the will of my Father who is in heaven." (137:6.3)

This promise may be taken by faith for every Urantian believer. The assurance of happiness that comes with such a promise is that eventually God shall teach us to do his will.

"Each of you must now return to his accustomed work just as if nothing had happened. Tell no man about me and remember that my kingdom is not to come with noise and glamor, but rather must it come through the great change which my Father will have wrought in your hearts and in the hearts of those who shall be called to join you in the councils of the kingdom. ... a generation of sign seekers. They will demand wonder-working as the proof that I am sent by my Father and they will be slow to recognize in the revelation of my Father's love the credentials of my mission." (137:6.4-5)

"The wisdom of the world is not necessary to an exercise of saving faith in eternal realities." (102:8.2)

As if by continuing in routine labors, the Apostles' experiences with Jesus were able to be understood. It is not only the experience and the memory that the Apostles had with Jesus but their experience with God and the energy that consists and composes their thought. The Apostles maintained their active skills, and eventually such divine spiritual energy that Jesus established inside their minds inspired them and led them to know God. Thus, the Apostles were not allowed to revel in the majesty of their Lord but were forced to develop along natural lines.

What can you say, is that once the Apostles had affirmed that they would follow Jesus, after Cana they were told to tarry and labor as if nothing happened. The seed of faith, and of eternal assurance in the goodness of God had been sown by Jesus in the Apostles' hearts. For a period was allowed to develop naturally in the minds of the Apostles, before their spiritual labors ever began.

"The graft determines the nature of the fruit, notwithstanding that the living sustenance is drawn from the roots of original divine endowment of both mind and spirit." (102:7.4) If God has sown his seeds into our hearts, we are told that the tree which we are grafted onto is the "original" rather than Urantia where we are from.

During the Apostle's ordinary labors, there was a "thirst for the righteousness of divine perfection" (137:8.16), during the "interval of time between the establishment of the kingdom in the soul of man and that hour when the kingdom ripens into the full fruit of everlasting righteousness and eternal salvation." (137:8.12) Thus, God does not unduly alter the course of ordinary labors for the individual, but the individual relies simply on faith in order to mindally discern the labours of righteousness at hand.

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In the names of John (Jonah, Jonathan), Judah (Judas), and James (Jakov), we see three essential perspectives of human faith.

From the ancient story of Jonah, we see the individual who intellectually is aware of God's will, and therefore his faith causes him great anxiety. The great signs is that his fellows decide against him; he is cast into the sea; finally he is swallowed by another creature. The creature may find Jonah distasteful; Jonah is surrounded by subconscious fears and darkness; he can no longer be aware of the world, he is surrounded by the fact that he has defied God's will, and through his motivational energies, every impulse urges him towards reconciliation. Finally, at his own deciding, it is the impulse of the whale "spit" to allow Jonah to return to his duty. The symbolism of the whale, for his story, is very important. We find in John an affirmation of man agreeing to God's covenant.

With Judas the brother of Jesus, we see the perspective "I do not know you; I cannot comprehend you, but I trust you." Truly, the full extent of God's doing in the universe and on paradise is beyond any of our comprehensions. In most respects, Mary Judas' mother shares a similar perspective. What can be said about this condition is that humans who do not know God's will may nevertheless "act upon faith", and that those who suffer or clash with their brethren may be acceptible according to Him. Thus, we may be forgiving and upholding the potential for any person to be part of God's revelation.

But James the brother of Jesus, we see the happiness of the individual who cooperates with Jesus' instruction. This is an assuredness. James' faith is defined by experience and close association with God. Do not overlook that James was there to witness Jesus firsthand, and therefore experienced fellowship with him. If faith is to be affirmed through the perseverance of the human character, then consider the perspective that James has, of his impression of Jesus his brother. It was not an overshadowing perspective and the impression did not lead to rivalry. James knew Jesus and therefore became like Jesus. It was becoming a father to his own family and adopting Mary later in life that James enjoined the simple faith, that by outward appearances "changes nothing". What can you say about the faith of James.

These perspectives on faith lead to the essential question, what does human suffering have to do with the relationship between God, faith, and the individual. It seems that hardship is inevitable, but to chose to avoid hardship multiplies one's difficulties in attaining survival. And such hardship may befall the individual usually out of circumstance, but it is our reactions and strivings that will define our faiths. In the end, we may find Paradise each, and be grateful that our paths were frought with so many opportunities to become like God. To study the prophets and the great humans of our history, we may learn the basic patterns for how a man may by faith adapt and progress in his own living.

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