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Taken from Fanofvan quote at beginning of thread:

“Religion, the conviction-faith of the personality, can always triumph over the superficially contradictory logic of despair born in the unbelieving material mind. There really is a true and genuine inner voice, that "true light which lights every man who comes into the world." And this spirit leading is distinct from the ethical prompting of human conscience. The feeling of religious assurance is more than an emotional feeling. The assurance of religion transcends the reason of the mind, even the logic of philosophy. Religion is faith, trust, and assurance.”

Don’t know yet how to highlight in red yet but I would have included the last sentence that religion is faith, trust and assurance.
Assurance is like the feedback you get when your faith graduates to trust.
It’s in the same arena that the Agondonter must deal with.
In order to believe without seeing there must be something very profound about faith and trust in order to have that assurance of things to come in regard to survival and personal relationship with diety.
It must be at least or more powerful than scientific facts and I say more because the true scientists knows that the facts of today are subject to change, upgrade or being disproven.
There is something more solid about assurance in regard to faith and trust and religion, even though it cannot be proven by scientific method of today



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As to your post...great points!! It is a feedback loop for sure and one which satisfies the brain and material beings as well as mind and soul....discovery and insight and assurance trigger bio/chemical responses of pleasure and reward and deliver a feeling of victory and happiness. There is definitive and immediate reward in the cycle of faith, truth, and assurance! We are taught that "survival assurance" is an elemental factor and ingredient to the faith and faith assurance realities of evolutionary religious experience delivered by the Holy Spirit and the Adjutants. And is also reinforced by the TA's truth delivery by personal revelation and truth assurance. Faith and truth are about eternal survival of the mortal. It is a gift of hope that transforms into faith that transforms into certainty through the 7 Circles of Tadpole Progression.


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"Associative structures" ... well I did not make a proper allusion to the Adamic protoype, here: 82:1.2"the associative imagination" which the Urantia Book mentions that I believe to be part of the rational thoughts processes. This is the idea that ideas do not originate in themselves, but in my own imagination "consist" of a series of "linked thoughts" associated patterns/images, and through the "crystallisation" of ideational patterns in this manner, arrive at some portrait. Associative imagination is a fluid process of the rationally thinking human individual. The Crystalisis occurs after enough concepts are linked together, and the pattern is unchallengable by further human rational attempts to alter its format. In this sense, I do believe scientifically humans can exhaust permutations for potential creationship.

What is the portrait it is a philosophical concept which exists in my own imagination. "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man", the idea of human potential, and for every portrait within the thought processes (within the associative imagination), there are a number of finite possibilities that the directive of the human will may apply based on these known potentials. While still the directive of the human will must account for other unknown future finite potentials. I am trying to create life, through establishment of archetype identities, patched together by scientific premise and allowances for religious faith, whereby other personalities would "Don" these portraits whence I have erstwhile established for myself, in order that they might explain the eternal truth to me, in costume or in portrait.

While you may think that this is silly, you should also remember that Jesus, as early as a young child, imagined that God was "my father in heaven", having such a portrait of God as being likened unto an actual human father. And this is what I would imply also by portrait, is to harbour such a concept in one's own "associative imagination".

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"Associative structures" ... well I did not make a proper allusion to the Adamic protoype, here: 82:1.2"the associative imagination" which the Urantia Book mentions that I believe to be part of the rational thoughts processes. This is the idea that ideas do not originate in themselves, but in my own imagination "consist" of a series of "linked thoughts" associated patterns/images, and through the "crystallisation" of ideational patterns in this manner, arrive at some portrait. Associative imagination is a fluid process of the rationally thinking human individual. The Crystalisis occurs after enough concepts are linked together, and the pattern is unchallengable by further human rational attempts to alter its format. In this sense, I do believe scientifically humans can exhaust permutations for potential creationship.

What is the portrait it is a philosophical concept which exists in my own imagination. "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man", the idea of human potential, and for every portrait within the thought processes (within the associative imagination), there are a number of finite possibilities that the directive of the human will may apply based on these known potentials. While still the directive of the human will must account for other unknown future finite potentials. I am trying to create life, through establishment of archetype identities, patched together by scientific premise and allowances for religious faith, whereby other personalities would "Don" these portraits whence I have erstwhile established for myself, in order that they might explain the eternal truth to me, in costume or in portrait.

While you may think that this is silly, you should also remember that Jesus, as early as a young child, imagined that God was "my father in heaven", having such a portrait of God as being likened unto an actual human father. And this is what I would imply also by portrait, is to harbour such a concept in one's own "associative imagination".


Hmmmm…. I hope you might "associate" this post with the actual topic - "What is Assurance?"


What has your imagination and the things you imagine to do with the topic of assurance? And what has picturization and philosophical concepts have to do with assurance?


You posted prior "living associative structures"...but now have dropped living and here changed the structures to "associative imagination" to then list your own beliefs and metaphysical inventions regarding that....rather than relating the concept to the topic at hand.

You have now also changed the word "crystalisis" (which is not a word) to crystallization and then repeat the original non-word and still without definition- and you claimed earlier that "there is no such thing as reassurance since" I am "only offering intellectual crystalisis" - or is it crystallization - so confusing!!!... but did so without explanation of such a claim. Are you saying then that the Revelation does not speak of or encourage or promote assurance and reassurance? Or that the Spirits within do not do so? Or that I am not?

The quote 82:1.2 is related to the mating instinct and sex drive. You correlate it to the concept of God's paternal nature which is not a construct or associative - it simply is, it's a reality, not a concept by association of something else.


Actually I think your personal crystalisis is very challengeable and a fiction of your own imagination and invention and has nothing at all to do with the topic.


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Back to the topic!!! Assurance of destiny and relationship and the friendly universe!!

This topic offers a wide variety of concepts and text which presents the many facets of assurance and the power that inner assurance provides to the pilgrims of time. We mortal tadpoles striving on the material worlds of our birth to unify and harmonize our dual natures and perspective of reality are given assurance from our very earliest days as mere children by our faith relationship and experience with the adjutants and Holy Spirit.

The impulses and urges innate in our very nature and this basic relationship with God nourishes the dependence upon God we have for happiness and fulfillment - spirit nature nourishment. No different from suckling milk at Mother's breast for the nurture of the biologic systems is the nourishing of the spirit. Assurance is part of the nutritional content, like vitamins or protein and other elements of nutrition, assurance delivers a very specific and critical functionality and response.


The bread of life and the living waters presented by Jesus are a metaphor perhaps but not really. I consider them more of a comparison to and parallel to that which nourishes the mortal being. We are dual natured and both natures have systems which require nourishment and which respond to nourishment by growth and progressive transformation. These dual natures provide many such parallels of similarity in patterns which reflect and reveal universe realities. As we grow, the nature and source of nourishment also progresses to feed that which is more mature and more demanding and more able to digest and to actualize into nourishment in more complex ways.


Likewise do poisons affect both our material and our spiritual natures and beings. We are given fair warning about mind poisons which cause blindness, stagnation, disability, pain, lack of growth, unhappiness, and can cause death if ingested sufficiently. These mind poisons are not unknown even before and outside of the Revelation. Most all are close cousins to fear and anxiety. Assurance is the antidote to these poisons and which, over time and with sufficient faith and spiritization, should result in being immune to both fear and anxiety. (Fear being specific to cause, incident, circumstance, and situation. Anxiety being more generalized as a condition or state of mind without need for any specific cause, incident, circumstance, or situration.)


This is the importance of assurance to the mortal tadpoles of time. For fear and anxiety are natural, evolutionary traits which are very beneficial and critical to the mortals of the earlier epochs for their very survival and even later deliver important survival benefits which only quick reactions and instincts can deliver. But the more civilized humanity becomes, the more fears and anxieties become unreasoned and dibilitating to personal and social progress. We become slaves to fear and anxiety. And the worry which comes thereby is a poison. And there is only one true antidote - assurance within. Peace of mind. Contentment. Confidence in ultimate outcomes. There is only one source of this one true antidote...God within.


Now I would quibble a bit with the Revelation. It says there is only one proof of spiritization and spiritual growth and that is the fruits of the Spirit. I would not quibble with this if that also likewise means that there is a lack of fear and anxiety. They should come as a package I think. Happiness and confidence, hand in hand. So if we seek evidence of the Spirit within in another....how much happiness and peace and contentment is there and how little anxiety and fear? We may not pretend either or any of these attributes and traits of spiritization.


Let us consider what the Master offers us on the matter:

181:1.8 (1954.5) A certain amount of both stoicism and optimism are serviceable in living a life on earth, but neither has aught to do with that superb peace which the Son of God bestows upon his brethren in the flesh. The peace which Michael gives his children on earth is that very peace which filled his own soul when he himself lived the mortal life in the flesh and on this very world. The peace of Jesus is the joy and satisfaction of a God-knowing individual who has achieved the triumph of learning fully how to do the will of God while living the mortal life in the flesh. The peace of Jesus’ mind was founded on an absolute human faith in the actuality of the divine Father’s wise and sympathetic overcare. Jesus had trouble on earth, he has even been falsely called the “man of sorrows,” but in and through all of these experiences he enjoyed the comfort of that confidence which ever empowered him to proceed with his life purpose in the full assurance that he was achieving the Father’s will.

181:1.9 (1954.6) Jesus was determined, persistent, and thoroughly devoted to the accomplishment of his mission, but he was not an unfeeling and calloused stoic; he ever sought for the cheerful aspects of his life experiences, but he was not a blind and self-deceived optimist. The Master knew all that was to befall him, and he was unafraid. After he had bestowed this peace upon each of his followers, he could consistently say, “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

181:1.10 (1955.1) The peace of Jesus is, then, the peace and assurance of a son who fully believes that his career for time and eternity is safely and wholly in the care and keeping of an all-wise, all-loving, and all-powerful spirit Father. And this is, indeed, a peace which passes the understanding of mortal mind, but which can be enjoyed to the full by the believing human heart.

100:2.7 (1096.4) Jesus portrayed the profound surety of the God-knowing mortal when he said: “To a God-knowing kingdom believer, what does it matter if all things earthly crash?” Temporal securities are vulnerable, but spiritual sureties are impregnable. When the flood tides of human adversity, selfishness, cruelty, hate, malice, and jealousy beat about the mortal soul, you may rest in the assurance that there is one inner bastion, the citadel of the spirit, which is absolutely unassailable; at least this is true of every human being who has dedicated the keeping of his soul to the indwelling spirit of the eternal God.

100:2.8 (1096.5) After such spiritual attainment, whether secured by gradual growth or specific crisis, there occurs a new orientation of personality as well as the development of a new standard of values. Such spirit-born individuals are so remotivated in life that they can calmly stand by while their fondest ambitions perish and their keenest hopes crash; they positively know that such catastrophes are but the redirecting cataclysms which wreck one’s temporal creations preliminary to the rearing of the more noble and enduring realities of a new and more sublime level of universe attainment.

180:5.8 (1950.3) But the highest realization and the truest interpretation of the golden rule consists in the consciousness of the spirit of the truth of the enduring and living reality of such a divine declaration. The true cosmic meaning of this rule of universal relationship is revealed only in its spiritual realization, in the interpretation of the law of conduct by the spirit of the Son to the spirit of the Father that indwells the soul of mortal man. And when such spirit-led mortals realize the true meaning of this golden rule,[color=#FF0000] they are filled to overflowing with the assurance of citizenship in a friendly universe,
and their ideals of spirit reality are satisfied only when they love their fellows as Jesus loved us all, and that is the reality of the realization of the love of God.
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Assurance comes in many forms in our material life. We have the assurance that comes from the pattern or experience of reliability...that which has dependably worked in the past gives us assurance for the future...the reliability and dependability of gravity or leverage or balance like that gained on a bicycle for example or the behavior pattern of a parent or spouse gives us assurance in similar situations to come. We sign performance contracts and leases for assurance for future outcomes regarding many forms of material support for our assurance. We save money and reduce debt to gain assurance. Assurance delivers a sense of comfort and predictable outcomes in life. It helps overcome, off set, balance, or accept certain risk forms and amounts in life because we are assured that we can survive, manage, compensate for, and survive certain risks to our outcomes and our choices.....assurance addresses the uncertainties in life by adding some certainty to the uncertain in order to reduce anxieties and the fear of future outcomes in life.


The words assure, assured, assuring, and assurance are very interesting to consider by definition and by synonym.

Assurance of the spirit goes even further and so much further than any form of material assurances. Assurance removes doubt and is a critical element to faith itself. There can be no faith without assurance. One feeds and upholds the other. The more faith the more assurance, the more assurance the more faith. This experience is the very foundation of personal religious experience. As an analogy, let us consider the ability for the mother (especially) to give assurance to the baby. Babies are calmed by the very presence of their mother. And by their touch and voice and their own calmness and sense of strength and the safety babies feel in their hands and arms, always soothing, touching, engaging, interacting, speaking, laughing with joy - it is the affection connection - it is love. It is a love and affection shared by and between two persons that deliver assurance to the child.


We are told that God is love. That God's very nature is affectionate and loving with every one of his/her children. Read Paper 2, Section 5. Assurance is a function and result of our connection to God, it is a result of relationship with God, it derives from the love of God and by our love for God. This relationship begins within us as children. It is the religious experience delivered by the Holy Spirit and the higher Adjutant mind spirits which respond to the impulses and urges and hungers and thirsts of the Spirit within each of us. Every response delivers a growing assurance until suddenly one day we receive our very own fragment of God and begin a very personal relationship of growing trust and assurance of our source and our destiny. Indeed, "...revelation is the assurance of personality survival."


It is love that delivers assurance and the experience and sharing of God's love with God and with others that delivers confidence and joy in the face of all uncertainties. Which is why our religious experience will eventually deliver us to the time when we will feast upon uncertainty with absolute confidence in outcomes and a sublime peace of assurance that only love can manifest. All love comes from God. All assurance comes from God's love for us.

26:5.3 (291.3) That, then, is the primary or elementary course which confronts the faith-tested and much-traveled pilgrims of space. But long before reaching Havona, these ascendant children of time have learned to feast upon uncertainty, to fatten upon disappointment, to enthuse over apparent defeat, to invigorate in the presence of difficulties, to exhibit indomitable courage in the face of immensity, and to exercise unconquerable faith when confronted with the challenge of the inexplicable. Long since, the battle cry of these pilgrims became: “In liaison with God, nothing—absolutely nothing—is impossible.”

102:3.12 (1122.8) The pursuit of knowledge constitutes science; the search for wisdom is philosophy; the love for God is religion; the hunger for truth is a revelation. But it is the indwelling Thought Adjuster that attaches the feeling of reality to man’s spiritual insight into the cosmos.

102:6.3 (1124.5) The religionist of philosophic attainment has faith in a personal God of personal salvation, something more than a reality, a value, a level of achievement, an exalted process, a transmutation, the ultimate of time-space, an idealization, the personalization of energy, the entity of gravity, a human projection, the idealization of self, nature’s upthrust, the inclination to goodness, the forward impulse of evolution, or a sublime hypothesis. The religionist has faith in a God of love. Love is the essence of religion and the wellspring of superior civilization.

102:6.4 (1124.6) Faith transforms the philosophic God of probability into the saving God of certainty in the personal religious experience. Skepticism may challenge the theories of theology, but confidence in the dependability of personal experience affirms the truth of that belief which has grown into faith.

16:6.8 (192.4) 3. Worship—the spiritual domain of the reality of religious experience, the personal realization of divine fellowship, the recognition of spirit values, the assurance of eternal survival, the ascent from the status of servants of God to the joy and liberty of the sons of God. This is the highest insight of the cosmic mind, the reverential and worshipful form of the cosmic discrimination.

16:9.1 (195.7) The cosmic-mind-endowed, Adjuster-indwelt, personal creature possesses innate recognition-realization of energy reality, mind reality, and spirit reality. The will creature is thus equipped to discern the fact, the law, and the love of God. Aside from these three inalienables of human consciousness, all human experience is really subjective except that intuitive realization of validity attaches to the unification of these three universe reality responses of cosmic recognition.

16:9.2 (195.8) The God-discerning mortal is able to sense the unification value of these three cosmic qualities in the evolution of the surviving soul, man’s supreme undertaking in the physical tabernacle where the moral mind collaborates with the indwelling divine spirit to dualize the immortal soul. From its earliest inception the soul is real; it has cosmic survival qualities.

12:7.8 (138.3) The Fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man present the paradox of the part and the whole on the level of personality. God loves each individual as an individual child in the heavenly family. Yet God thus loves every individual; he is no respecter of persons, and the universality of his love brings into being a relationship of the whole, the universal brotherhood.

12:7.9 (138.4) The love of the Father absolutely individualizes each personality as a unique child of the Universal Father, a child without duplicate in infinity, a will creature irreplaceable in all eternity. The Father’s love glorifies each child of God, illuminating each member of the celestial family, sharply silhouetting the unique nature of each personal being against the impersonal levels that lie outside the fraternal circuit of the Father of all. The love of God strikingly portrays the transcendent value of each will creature, unmistakably reveals the high value which the Universal Father has placed upon each and every one of his children from the highest creator personality of Paradise status to the lowest personality of will dignity among the savage tribes of men in the dawn of the human species on some evolutionary world of time and space.

12:7.10 (138.5) This very love of God for the individual brings into being the divine family of all individuals, the universal brotherhood of the freewill children of the Paradise Father. And this brotherhood, being universal, is a relationship of the whole. Brotherhood, when universal, discloses not the each relationship, but the all relationship. Brotherhood is a reality of the total and therefore discloses qualities of the whole in contradistinction to qualities of the part.


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Our assurance is a function of love I believe...we feel God's embrace and respond to all the urges and impulses we are designed and created with when we and as we feel this presence within and the affection of God's presence within. We become encircuited if you will or plugged into the circuitry of reality and the Divine affection.

This causes the spiritual and religious experience of evolutionary faith and truth revelation. Faith brings assurance which is a form of trust...we begin to trust that our spirit nature is the higher reality and that our spirit is safe and secure. This delivers assurance. What does assurance deliver? Serenity, tranquility, a peace of mind in the midst of material stress, uncertainty, suffering, and even chaos. These effects are a form of salvation or release from so many normal material effects in life!


101:6.8 (1112.4) The teachings of Jesus constituted the first Urantian religion which so fully embraced a harmonious co-ordination of knowledge, wisdom, faith, truth, and love as completely and simultaneously to provide temporal tranquillity, intellectual certainty, moral enlightenment, philosophic stability, ethical sensitivity, God-consciousness, and the positive assurance of personal survival. The faith of Jesus pointed the way to finality of human salvation, to the ultimate of mortal universe attainment, since it provided for:

101:6.9 (1112.5) 1. Salvation from material fetters in the personal realization of sonship with God, who is spirit.

101:6.10 (1112.6) 2. Salvation from intellectual bondage: man shall know the truth, and the truth shall set him free.

101:6.11 (1112.7) 3. Salvation from spiritual blindness, the human realization of the fraternity of mortal beings and the morontian awareness of the brotherhood of all universe creatures; the service-discovery of spiritual reality and the ministry-revelation of the goodness of spirit values.

101:6.12 (1113.1) 4. Salvation from incompleteness of self through the attainment of the spirit levels of the universe and through the eventual realization of the harmony of Havona and the perfection of Paradise.

101:6.13 (1113.2) 5. Salvation from self, deliverance from the limitations of self-consciousness through the attainment of the cosmic levels of the Supreme mind and by co-ordination with the attainments of all other self-conscious beings.

101:6.14 (1113.3) 6. Salvation from time, the achievement of an eternal life of unending progression in God-recognition and God-service.

101:6.15 (1113.4) 7. Salvation from the finite, the perfected oneness with Deity in and through the Supreme by which the creature attempts the transcendental discovery of the Ultimate on the postfinaliter levels of the absonite.

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So...the greatest assurance does not come by or to mind. It is a feeling, a knowing, which does not require an understanding and can never be truly described or articulated. It is much like feeling connected to a current or energy flow that passes through us more than is simply received by us.

Love is such a current. It is received as it is given...in equal measure. A pint cannot hold a quart. That is it cannot hold a quart all at once. But an endless ocean will fit into a pint if the pint gives out its pint over and over, endlessly pouring forth that which is poured in. If the pint gives out its contents it can hold an unlimited quantity!!

God is love. Feeling God's love is the greatest assurance of all.

“Mortal man cannot possibly know the infinitude of the heavenly Father. Finite mind cannot think through such an absolute truth or fact. But this same finite human being can actually feel—literally experience—the full and undiminished impact of such an infinite Father's LOVE. Such a love can be truly experienced, albeit while quality of experience is unlimited, quantity of such an experience is strictly limited by the human capacity for spiritual receptivity and by the associated capacity to love the Father in return.” (50.4) 3:4.6

“In God the Father freewill performances are not ruled by power, nor are they guided by intellect alone; the divine personality is defined as consisting in spirit and manifesting himself to the universes as love. Therefore, in all his personal relations with the creature personalities of the universes, the First Source and Center is always and consistently a loving Father. God is a Father in the highest sense of the term. He is eternally motivated by the perfect idealism of divine love, and that tender nature finds its strongest expression and greatest satisfaction in loving and being loved.” (59.2) 4:4.6

Have you ever stood in slow meandering river? And have you then been swept away by a torrent of current in another? There is always current flowing in every river. There is always an upstream and down. I think early in our spiritualization, the gravity circuits, especially the spirit circuit, are slow, still enough to not feel much current or energy, pushing us toward Paradise. But like material gravity increases its effect and pull on larger and more massive forms (quantity), so does spirit gravity increase its pull and effect upon those souls which grow and progress in the spirit. There is both a quantity and especially a quality to our Circle Progress that adds weight and dimension to soul - more mass for the greater effect of and response to spirit gravity.

Assurance lies within the feeling of this power and energy and inexplicable force delivering us downstream to the inevitability of Paradise. So, it is the giving of love that delivers the growth of soul and it is the growth of soul that increasingly becomes aware of, assured of, and effected by the gravity circuit of the Spirit.

7:1.3 (82.2) Spirit realities respond to the drawing power of the center of spiritual gravity in accordance with their qualitative value, their actual degree of spirit nature. Spirit substance (quality) is just as responsive to spirit gravity as the organized energy of physical matter (quantity) is responsive to physical gravity. Spiritual values and spirit forces are real. From the viewpoint of personality, spirit is the soul of creation; matter is the shadowy physical body.

7:1.4 (82.3) The reactions and fluctuations of spirit gravity are ever true to the content of spiritual values, the qualitative spiritual status of an individual or a world. This drawing power is instantly responsive to the inter- and intraspirit values of any universe situation or planetary condition. Every time a spiritual reality actualizes in the universes, this change necessitates the immediate and instantaneous readjustment of spirit gravity. Such a new spirit is actually a part of the Second Source and Center; and just as certainly as mortal man becomes a spiritized being, he will attain the spiritual Son, the center and source of spirit gravity.

7:1.8 (82.7) All reactions of the spirit-gravity circuit of the grand universe are predictable. We recognize all actions and reactions of the omnipresent spirit of the Eternal Son and find them to be dependable. In accordance with well-known laws, we can and do measure spiritual gravity just as man attempts to compute the workings of finite physical gravity. There is an unvarying response of the Son’s spirit to all spirit things, beings, and persons, and this response is always in accordance with the degree of actuality (the qualitative degree of reality) of all such spiritual values.

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Upon further reflection and study of related topics these past months, I have new thoughts on this question - What is Assurance? And the related issues of its source and its value. What are the mechanics of assurance? What are the results of assurance? How is assurance imparted and how received??

The UB is certainly clear that assurance grows according to our faith and our maturity and our wisdom and also by our knowledge of reality. On that last point....this is one of the most important elements of epochal revelation. Whether it is a personal interaction with the Prince's staff and Dalamatia or with people of the Garden of Eden or with Mel's missionaries or seeing Jesus preach and teach, or reading the Papers....or whether it is learning of those teachings about the reality of the universe of universes and our source and our destiny by traditions and theologies and the mythologies of our history which originate in truth and fact....epochal revelation is a gift of knowledge meant to expand our thinking and our beliefs and our hopes and our ideals.

Epochal Revelation delivers assurance of God and God's nature and mortal standing and destiny and connection to our Source and Destiny. Thusly have the Garden and the Jesusonian teachings and the Urantia Papers been so meaningful and valuable to me personally, but also and perhaps more importantly have they been so meaningful and valuable to the entire world. Such knowledge delivers comprehension and hope and assurance of our purpose for being alive and the promise of life eternal!! But certainly such knowledge might merely be fiction that only fools embrace out of desperate hope and a need to believe in something more than we can witness and understand. Perhaps so. Except....

There are also the ministries of faith and truth within delivered by Deity directly and personally!!! We do not receive assurance merely by oral traditions and mythologies and doctrines that require simple belief by a gullible and hopeful mind. No. Assurance is multi-faceted and multi-dimensional and multi-sourced and becomes this profoundly effective feedback loop that grows in volume and effect whose effect becomes cause and whose cause delivers effects. And this truth is a universal pattern of reality. The more faith we have the more faith we get and the more wisdom we have the more wisdom we gain. Mass creates momentum in each of the gravity circuits. The more spiritized we become the more we are responsive to reality itself!!

16:6.4 (191.7) There exists in all personality associations of the cosmic mind a quality which might be denominated the “reality response.” It is this universal cosmic endowment of will creatures which saves them from becoming helpless victims of the implied a priori assumptions of science, philosophy, and religion. This reality sensitivity of the cosmic mind responds to certain phases of reality just as energy-material responds to gravity. It would be still more correct to say that these supermaterial realities so respond to the mind of the cosmos.

16:6.5 (192.1) The cosmic mind unfailingly responds (recognizes response) on three levels of universe reality. These responses are self-evident to clear-reasoning and deep-thinking minds. These levels of reality are:

16:6.6 (192.2) 1. Causation—the reality domain of the physical senses, the scientific realms of logical uniformity, the differentiation of the factual and the nonfactual, reflective conclusions based on cosmic response. This is the mathematical form of the cosmic discrimination.

16:6.7 (192.3) 2. Duty—the reality domain of morals in the philosophic realm, the arena of reason, the recognition of relative right and wrong. This is the judicial form of the cosmic discrimination.

16:6.8 (192.4) 3. Worship—the spiritual domain of the reality of religious experience, the personal realization of divine fellowship, the recognition of spirit values, the assurance of eternal survival, the ascent from the status of servants of God to the joy and liberty of the sons of God. This is the highest insight of the cosmic mind, the reverential and worshipful form of the cosmic discrimination.

16:6.9 (192.5) These scientific, moral, and spiritual insights, these cosmic responses, are innate in the cosmic mind, which endows all will creatures. The experience of living never fails to develop these three cosmic intuitions; they are constitutive in the self-consciousness of reflective thinking. But it is sad to record that so few persons on Urantia take delight in cultivating these qualities of courageous and independent cosmic thinking.

16:6.10 (192.6) In the local universe mind bestowals, these three insights of the cosmic mind constitute the a priori assumptions which make it possible for man to function as a rational and self-conscious personality in the realms of science, philosophy, and religion. Stated otherwise, the recognition of the reality of these three manifestations of the Infinite is by a cosmic technique of self-revelation. Matter-energy is recognized by the mathematical logic of the senses; mind-reason intuitively knows its moral duty; spirit-faith (worship) is the religion of the reality of spiritual experience. These three basic factors in reflective thinking may be unified and co-ordinated in personality development, or they may become disproportionate and virtually unrelated in their respective functions. But [i]when they become unified, they produce a strong character consisting in the correlation of a factual science, a moral philosophy, and a genuine religious experience. And it is these three cosmic intuitions that give [i]objective validity, reality, to man’s experience in and with things, meanings, and values.
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16:6.11 (192.7) It is the purpose of education to develop and sharpen these innate endowments of the human mind; of civilization to express them; of life experience to realize them; of religion to ennoble them; and of personality to unify them.

Me here: We have considered the role of epochal revelation and personal revelation in delivering assurance to the mortal mind. The spirit ministries of the Holy Spirit and the Adjutants of Worship and Wisdom, the Son's Spirit of Truth, and the God Fragment or Thought Adjusters - each and all of these combine in a Divine conspiracy to deliver faith and faith assurance and truth and truth assurance to the mind and to the soul of mortals in this life so that we might become spiritized and grow soul and attach our branch to the eternal vine of love, truth, beauty, and goodness. Such growth and attachment delivers the fruits of the Spirit and thereby also an abiding assurance in our safety and the eternal affection and care of our creators and rulers.

Again...here's the link to the results of the keyword search for "assurance":

https://www.urantia.org/urantia-book/se ... &op=Search

For our next considerations of assurance, please review and study these quotes about "self-revelation":

https://www.urantia.org/urantia-book/se ... &op=Search

We also need to study and learn about the relation of self-revelation to the "cosmic mind":

https://www.urantia.org/urantia-book/se ... &op=Search

Based on my own study I think self-revelation is neither personal revelation or epochal revelation but is a form of revelation that is self derived rather than bestowed or imparted. Now when I say "self" please remember that self is the endowments of personality and mind with freewill which is experiential in its acquisition of knowledge and wisdom and is also connected to the circuits of mind, spirit, and personality as well as the direct Divine ministries of God, Son, and Conjoint Actor/Mother Spirit.

The mind circuit delivers to mortals our curiosity and our driving need to know and to understand and also our reality response mechanism. Mind is so powerful. It will invent facts, even total fictions, to explain that which is observed or felt or thought but not understood - the realm of metaphysics. The circuit of mind also delivers insight and inspiration as well as logic and reason and as well as invention. Mind is very powerful. We are able to transcend time with mind and to grasp concepts beyond our understanding and conceptual reach. We can delude ourselves and have life altering and life controlling beliefs that are totally fictitious and inventions of mind. But the mind of self can also reveal reality by its inherent nature and can do so without another and specific personality or spirit as the source of such knowledge and understanding.

The UB claims to rely upon over 1000 of humanity's highest concepts. Original thinking does occur in mortal mind. Original thoughts which are truly sourced by or discernment of reality. The reality response. Please consider self-revelation and the cosmic mind for a season as we seek to understand how such reality awareness and reality response itself delivers to our mind that essential function of "assurance". Our discernment, embrace, and response TO reality also delivers ASSURANCE OF REALITY...as does Deity endow agents and ministry of faith and truth and directly deliver faith and truth assurance to us.

Assurance of reality delivers our confidence in reality which enhances the feedback loop, adding volume and meaning and ever greater and greater confidence and poise in the face of all confusions and uncertainties and trials and tribulations!! Assurance is one of the greatest gifts of all the gifts given to the tadpoles of time!!! Blessed are we who live in faith and truth. To those who have, more is given!!

Please consider the following:

16:8.5 (194.5) Creature personality is distinguished by two self-manifesting and characteristic phenomena of mortal reactive behavior: self-consciousness and associated relative free will.

16:8.6 (194.6) Self-consciousness consists in intellectual awareness of personality actuality; it includes the ability to recognize the reality of other personalities. It indicates capacity for individualized experience in and with cosmic realities, equivalating to the attainment of identity status in the personality relationships of the universe. Self-consciousness connotes recognition of the actuality of mind ministration and the realization of relative independence of creative and determinative free will.

16:8.7 (194.7) The relative free will which characterizes the self-consciousness of human personality is involved in:

16:8.8 (194.8) 1. Moral decision, highest wisdom.
16:8.9 (194.9) 2. Spiritual choice, truth discernment.
16:8.10 (194.10) 3. Unselfish love, brotherhood service.
16:8.11 (194.11) 4. Purposeful co-operation, group loyalty.
16:8.12 (194.12) 5. Cosmic insight, the grasp of universe meanings.
16:8.13 (194.13) 6. Personality dedication, wholehearted devotion to doing the Father’s will.
16:8.14 (195.1) 7. Worship, the sincere pursuit of divine values and the wholehearted love of the divine Value-Giver.

16:8.15 (195.2) The Urantia type of human personality may be viewed as functioning in a physical mechanism consisting of the planetary modification of the Nebadon type of organism belonging to the electrochemical order of life activation and endowed with the Nebadon order of the Orvonton series of the cosmic mind of parental reproductive pattern. The bestowal of the divine gift of personality upon such a mind-endowed mortal mechanism confers the dignity of cosmic citizenship and enables such a mortal creature forthwith to become reactive to the constitutive recognition of the three basic mind realities of the cosmos:

16:8.16 (195.3) 1. The mathematical or logical recognition of the uniformity of physical causation.
16:8.17 (195.4) 2. The reasoned recognition of the obligation of moral conduct.
16:8.18 (195.5) 3. The faith-grasp of the fellowship worship of Deity, associated with the loving service of humanity.

16:8.19 (195.6) The full function of such a personality endowment is the beginning realization of Deity kinship. Such a selfhood, indwelt by a prepersonal fragment of God the Father, is in truth and in fact a spiritual son of God. Such a creature not only discloses capacity for the reception of the gift of the divine presence but also exhibits reactive response to the personality-gravity circuit of the Paradise Father of all personalities.

9. Reality of Human Consciousness

16:9.1 (195.7) The cosmic-mind-endowed, Adjuster-indwelt, personal creature possesses innate recognition-realization of energy reality, mind reality, and spirit reality. The will creature is thus equipped to discern the fact, the law, and the love of God. Aside from these three inalienables of human consciousness, all human experience is really subjective except that intuitive realization of validity attaches to the unification of these three universe reality responses of cosmic recognition.

16:9.2 (195.8) The God-discerning mortal is able to sense the unification value of these three cosmic qualities in the evolution of the surviving soul, man’s supreme undertaking in the physical tabernacle where the moral mind collaborates with the indwelling divine spirit to dualize the immortal soul. From its earliest inception the soul is real; it has cosmic survival qualities.


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For those following along, you may wish to consider reading the topic "Experiential Wisdom" - for assurance grows along with our wisdom as our experience grows!!

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With assurance comes important attributes and rewards for the one who feels assured in their sonship and relationship with God. Personal contentment and poise are the harvest of assurance and faith is the seed sown for that harvest. Do we trust the Lord and the friendly universe?? Really!!?? Do we? For the more faith we have, the more assurance we have, and the more we trust the Lord in all things. And by that trusting assurance are we blessed with contentment and happiness and confidence in the face of all uncertainties, confusions, trials, tribulations, and suffering. This is God's promise to the pilgrims and tadpoles of time!!


5. Lesson Regarding Contentment

149:5.1 (1674.3) When Jesus was visiting the group of evangelists working under the supervision of Simon Zelotes, during their evening conference Simon asked the Master: “Why are some persons so much more happy and contented than others? Is contentment a matter of religious experience?” Among other things, Jesus said in answer to Simon’s question:

149:5.2 (1674.4) “Simon, some persons are naturally more happy than others. Much, very much, depends upon the willingness of man to be led and directed by the Father’s spirit which lives within him. Have you not read in the Scriptures the words of the wise man, ‘The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts’? And also that such spirit-led mortals say: ‘The lines are fallen to me in pleasant places; yes, I have a goodly heritage.’ ‘A little that a righteous man has is better than the riches of many wicked,’ for ‘a good man shall be satisfied from within himself.’ ‘A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance and is a continual feast. Better is a little with the reverence of the Lord than great treasure and trouble therewith. Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fatted ox and hatred therewith. Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without rectitude.’ ‘A merry heart does good like a medicine.’ ‘Better is a handful with composure than a superabundance with sorrow and vexation of spirit.’

149:5.3 (1674.5) “Much of man’s sorrow is born of the disappointment of his ambitions and the wounding of his pride. Although men owe a duty to themselves to make the best of their lives on earth, having thus sincerely exerted themselves, they should cheerfully accept their lot and exercise ingenuity in making the most of that which has fallen to their hands. All too many of man’s troubles take origin in the fear soil of his own natural heart. ‘The wicked flee when no man pursues.’ ‘The wicked are like the troubled sea, for it cannot rest, but its waters cast up mire and dirt; there is no peace, says God, for the wicked.’

149:5.4 (1674.6) “Seek not, then, for false peace and transient joy but rather for the assurance of faith and the sureties of divine sonship which yield composure, contentment, and supreme joy in the spirit.”

149:5.5 (1675.1) Jesus hardly regarded this world as a “vale of tears.” He rather looked upon it as the birth sphere of the eternal and immortal spirits of Paradise ascension, the “vale of soul making.”

100:4.3 (1097.7) But the great problem of religious living consists in the task of unifying the soul powers of the personality by the dominance of love. Health, mental efficiency, and happiness arise from the unification of physical systems, mind systems, and spirit systems. Of health and sanity man understands much, but of happiness he has truly realized very little. The highest happiness is indissolubly linked with spiritual progress. Spiritual growth yields lasting joy, peace which passes all understanding.

100:6.6 (1101.1) One of the most amazing earmarks of religious living is that dynamic and sublime peace, that peace which passes all human understanding, that cosmic poise which betokens the absence of all doubt and turmoil. Such levels of spiritual stability are immune to disappointment....

101:0.3 (1104.3) Religion, the conviction-faith of the personality, can always triumph over the superficially contradictory logic of despair born in the unbelieving material mind. There really is a true and genuine inner voice, that “true light which lights every man who comes into the world.” And this spirit leading is distinct from the ethical prompting of human conscience. The feeling of religious assurance is more than an emotional feeling. The assurance of religion transcends the reason of the mind, even the logic of philosophy. Religion is faith, trust, and assurance.

Me here: The method of finding comfort with uncertainty and confidence amidst confusion is Divine Assurance!! It is only by such assurance that uncertainty becomes the doorway to adventure and self expression in time!!

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In contemplating "self-revelation" I believe this is an expression of God as the First Source and Center of being - being the I AM. As the source of personality, somehow ALL personalities share a level of SELF AWARENESS that is an inherent sense of BEING, a being of being, a part of the original someone. Complicated. Please forgive my clumsiness. Personal revelation is imparted TO us each and epochal revelation is given to us all - but self-revelation is an awareness of being and belonging that comes from the SELF - but we do not exist in isolation. Our mind comes from Original Mind and is part of the Circuit of Mind. Our personality comes from Original Personality and is part of the Circuit of Personality. Mind and personality come from Deity.

As we embrace reality and the Spirit within and become spiritized in cooperation with the God Fragment, we become "volitional parts of the totality of infinity". I think self-revelation is the feeling and knowing and belonging to the I AM. I have heard and said "I AM" in my own mind. I think every mind with personality hears and says this in mind. I think self-revelation is a function of the indivisibility of God - the source of personality and mind.

1:7.6 (31.6) The higher concepts of universe personality imply: identity, self-consciousness, self-will, and possibility for self-revelation. And these characteristics further imply fellowship with other and equal personalities, such as exists in the personality associations of the Paradise Deities. And the absolute unity of these associations is so perfect that divinity becomes known by indivisibility, by oneness. “The Lord God is one.” Indivisibility of personality does not interfere with God’s bestowing his spirit to live in the hearts of mortal men. Indivisibility of a human father’s personality does not prevent the reproduction of mortal sons and daughters.

106:8.23 (1173.1) As we philosophically conceive of the I AM in past eternity, he is alone, there is none beside him. Looking forward into future eternity, we do not see that the I AM could possibly change as an existential, but we are inclined to forecast a vast experiential difference. Such a concept of the I AM implies full self-realization—it embraces that limitless galaxy of personalities who have become volitional participants in the self-revelation of the I AM, and who will remain eternally as absolute volitional parts of the totality of infinity, final sons of the absolute Father.

Me here: We must also consider the role of Solitary Messengers, as personality coordinators, relative to Assurance and self-revelation. Please read Paper 23 to learn more!

23:1.1 (256.3) Immediately following the creation of the Seven Spirits of the Havona Circuits the Infinite Spirit brought into being the vast corps of Solitary Messengers. There is no part of the universal creation which is pre-existent to the Solitary Messengers except Paradise and the Havona circuits; they have functioned throughout the grand universe from near eternity. They are fundamental to the divine technique of the Infinite Spirit for self-revelation to, and personal contact with, the far-flung creations of time and space.


23:4.1 (262.2) The Solitary Messengers seem to be personality co-ordinators for all types of spirit beings. Their ministry helps to make all the personalities of the far-flung spiritual world akin. They contribute much to the development, in all spirit beings, of a consciousness of group identity. Every type of spirit being is served by special groups of Solitary Messengers who foster the ability of such beings to understand and fraternize with all other types and orders, however dissimilar.

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Assurance is certainly of the mind.

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So...the greatest assurance does not come by or to mind. It is a feeling, a knowing, which does not require an understanding and can never be truly described or articulated. It is much like feeling connected to a current or energy flow that passes through us more than is simply received by us.


The prospect of any type of assurance "not coming to of having brought by mind".

That statement was incorrect, since mind is inherent in the nature of matter, the nature of the soul, and the nature of the spirit. Assurance would have to be, if you are giving it this social valuation and not its real value (personal), something that others recognise in you.

Since you are looking for multiple varieties of assurance, and not this simple assurance that may only be given by faith, you are searching merely through the finite criteria of human modalities, and often scaring off: those principled men and women whose own assurance seems irrelevent to you, currently.

acting as the head of household, then you must be the one to make the decision and create direction and modus creatio for each person. When you have that responsibility, it gives you the chance for something better: honour and a better chance to become a self-directed Being. Honour is better than knowledge and trust, because it becomes the proof of assurance. You may not be able to prove trustworthiness, or to prove trustworthy, but out of circumstance things that have been given unto your estate or unto your household must be dealt with, and if you deal in the prudence of wisdom with circumstance, in order to create, to help others even who are of separate household to create, then you can gain honour: that you might at least trust your own mind.




What you may see personally as the attainment of universe destiny, as a human individual, is a dangerous risk of personal solipsis. A personal solipsis to believe that the liberty or power to fulfill your human-spiritual destiny, could come before your obligation to your family or to God. What a person dreams about, according to Freud and Jung, is real. And in this sense, I would not put restraints upon what another person might dream about. However, I can only advice that one has a duty to serve Urantia while alive in the likeness of the flesh: do not let your dreams of becoming a god interfere with the maintenance and preservation of your own household. Assurance would be, not to wonder if you have done enough or good enough of a job, but to know that the instructions you have given unto your own child would be enough for anyone to have prospered in similar circumstance.


Consider that when you look at your chance to fulfill the will of God, it is better to see this objectively: as a fraction, the least of all things within the grand universe that would need be done. Even though it seems like unimportant to others, to children who have a special quality, really are taught to do a personal sacred obligation while alive on this earth. This is the great liberty, to be free in one's mind in one's personal thoughts, that no personal imperfection or unpredictable universe accident or scheme of others would actually separate the First Source and Center from any being.

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No one's assurance is irrelevant to me....and neither is every form and source of assurance. You are the one who denies the fact, function, meaning, and value of assurance...as any review of this topic will readily reveal.

I did not say assurance is not minded...I claimed the greatest assurance is felt...like a warm affectionate embrace and feeling of belonging and comforting affirmation of safety and protection. It is something a child feels in the loving arms of a parent for example.

Please do not misquote me...your alleged quotation of mine is pure fiction. Such distortions are completely dishonest and further demonstrate how you manipulate and misrepresent the UB as well.

You say: "Since you are looking for multiple varieties of assurance, and not this simple assurance that may only be given by faith, you are searching merely through the finite criteria of human modalities, and often scaring off: those principled men and women whose own assurance seems irrelevent to you, currently."


I am "often scaring off" who?? How?? The fact is there are multiple sources and forms of assurance according to the teachings we study here...as I have demonstrated by so many quotes posted so related.

And certainly is faith assurance one of the most discussed of all forms here. You have claimed here all such assurance is fiction and delusion and not at all real. Now you presume authority in the matter?

According to the UB....our mortal objectivity is a result of and function of wisdom and experience and knowledge of reality, things which grow along with our spirituality and spiritization. Mortals in this life have little universe reality objectivity and much localized and recent personal subjectivity. But the UB's contents of facts and knowledge of the universe reality can help us gain a more objective perspective. An admirable aspiration.

You do not seem to understand "solipsism" Stephen:

Solipsism (/ˈsɒlɪpsɪzəm/ ; from Latin solus, meaning 'alone', and ipse, meaning 'self') is the philosophical idea that only one's mind is sure to exist. As an epistemological position, solipsism holds that knowledge of anything outside one's own mind is unsure; the external world and other minds cannot be known and might not exist outside the mind.

I certainly do not adhere to such a belief or philosophy. I do not think that reality is a mere construction and illusion of mind....my own or any other. Nor do I believe the dream world to be real or representative of any reality...especially not THE reality or the totality of reality.

The mind is quite capable of believing falsehood and inventing fictions and creating illusions and delusions. Indeed, we are taught that metaphysics is exactly and precisely the mind's invention of explanation for that which is not understood, more often fictional than factual.

So no, I do not rely upon dreams or my own subjective mind's perceptions. And the UB clearly relieves us of the burden of knowledge and a factual perception of reality for our soul's birth and growth and spiritization of mind by the TA. Mortal mind is transformed over time and transcends its own immaturities and ignorance and inexperience and foolishness and inventions and delusions....one day and one decision at a time! It is not our minds we should be so confident in but our inner nature and our ability to learn and discern and grow....as tadpoles in time become the finaliters and adventurers of tomorrow.

Some interesting content on the matter at Wiki:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solipsism


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Hello all!

Thank you, Bradly, for this summary of assurance as is portrayed in the Urantia Book. I especially like the following citations you shared with us:

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149:5.3 (1674.5) “Much of man’s sorrow is born of the disappointment of his ambitions and the wounding of his pride. Although men owe a duty to themselves to make the best of their lives on earth, having thus sincerely exerted themselves, they should cheerfully accept their lot and exercise ingenuity in making the most of that which has fallen to their hands. All too many of man’s troubles take origin in the fear soil of his own natural heart. ‘The wicked flee when no man pursues.’ ‘The wicked are like the troubled sea, for it cannot rest, but its waters cast up mire and dirt; there is no peace, says God, for the wicked.’

149:5.4 (1674.6) “Seek not, then, for false peace and transient joy but rather for the assurance of faith and the sureties of divine sonship which yield composure, contentment, and supreme joy in the spirit.”

149:5.5 (1675.1) Jesus hardly regarded this world as a “vale of tears.” He rather looked upon it as the birth sphere of the eternal and immortal spirits of Paradise ascension, the “vale of soul making.”

100:4.3 (1097.7) But the great problem of religious living consists in the task of unifying the soul powers of the personality by the dominance of love. Health, mental efficiency, and happiness arise from the unification of physical systems, mind systems, and spirit systems. Of health and sanity man understands much, but of happiness he has truly realized very little. The highest happiness is indissolubly linked with spiritual progress. Spiritual growth yields lasting joy, peace which passes all understanding.


Health and sanity can indeed be more or less manageable, but true happiness can be so elusive for most of us, perhaps because of our wrong priorities and hierarchies in life as a Solitary Messenger informs us:

110:3.4 (1206.2) I cannot but observe that so many of you spend so much time and thought on mere trifles of living, while you almost wholly overlook the more essential realities of everlasting import, those very accomplishments which are concerned with the development of a more harmonious working agreement between you and your Adjusters. The great goal of human existence is to attune to the divinity of the indwelling Adjuster; the great achievement of mortal life is the attainment of a true and understanding consecration to the eternal aims of the divine spirit who waits and works within your mind. But a devoted and determined effort to realize eternal destiny is wholly compatible with a lighthearted and joyous life and with a successful and honorable career on earth. Co-operation with the Thought Adjuster does not entail self-torture, mock piety, or hypocritical and ostentatious self-abasement; the ideal life is one of loving service rather than an existence of fearful apprehension.

I would like to share an excerpt of a prayer by Elder Efsevios Vittis whose content touches the third part of the triptych health, sanity, happiness:

O Lord my Jesus, meek and humble in heart, I wholeheartedly beg and beseech You:

Release me from the desire to be admired by others.
Release me from the desire to be loved by others.
Release me from the desire to be sought out by others.
Release me from the desire to be honored by others.
Release me from the desire to be praised by others.
Release me from the desire to be preferred by others.
Release me from the desire to give advise to others.
Release me from the desire to be commended by others.
Release me from the desire to be cared for by others.

Release me from the fear that they will humiliate me.
Release me from the fear that they will scorn me.
Release me from the fear that they will reject me.
Release me from the fear that they will slander me.
Release me from the fear that they will forget me.
Release me from the fear that they will offend me.
Release me from the fear that they will suspect me.

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Lord, grant me to desire that others be loved more than me.
Lord, grant me to desire that others be esteemed more than me.
Lord, grant me to desire that the good view of others increase, and that my own decrease.
Lord, grant me to desire that others be put to use more than me.
Lord, grant me to desire that others be praised more than me.
Lord, grant me to desire that others be remembered, and not me.
Lord, grant me to desire that others be preferred and chosen over me.
Lord, grant me to desire that others make progress in virtue more than me, if of course I could achieve something like that on my own.

O soul, you who art hurt and wounded by that which you have inflicted on yourself, if the Lord hears you–and He will hear you if your prayer is genuine, honest, fervent and comes from the depths of who you are–

–how much peace will reign in your heart!
–how much serenity will take root inside of you!
–how much tranquility will be painted on your face!
–and amongst all of the events of your life, how many blissful moments will you experience, both large and small!


Am I wrong in thinking that about such an exhibition of self-forgetfulness was Jesus also speaking to the apostles as is mentioned below:

143:2.2 (1609.3) At one of the evening conferences, Andrew asked Jesus: “Master, are we to practice self-denial as John taught us, or are we to strive for the self-control of your teaching? Wherein does your teaching differ from that of John?” Jesus answered: “John indeed taught you the way of righteousness in accordance with the light and laws of his fathers, and that was the religion of self-examination and self-denial. But I come with a new message of self-forgetfulness and self-control. I show to you the way of life as revealed to me by my Father in heaven.

143:2.3 (1609.4) “Verily, verily, I say to you, he who rules his own self is greater than he who captures a city. Self-mastery is the measure of man’s moral nature and the indicator of his spiritual development. In the old order you fasted and prayed; as the new creature of the rebirth of the spirit, you are taught to believe and rejoice. In the Father’s kingdom you are to become new creatures; old things are to pass away; behold I show you how all things are to become new. And by your love for one another you are to convince the world that you have passed from bondage to liberty, from death into life everlasting.

I think that identifying ourselves with the ego nature, the "old self" so to speak prolongs the dominance of fear, anxiety and the mode of survival. But if we align our personality with the will of the Father, then inevitably assurance and inner peace and joy will follow. The leap of faith required in this is that of self-forgetfulness and it is not an easy one I dare say.

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A deep spiritual experience of feelings, received through individual human faith, that you call assurance. Well, fine but how do you still say "this experience is not of the mind" - because you identify "the mind" as some rationally objective, unfeeling thing. But life was created of the mind, its framework of function and operation, the living vehicles thereof, by the mind. This is the common misperception of "the machine", that a unitary form of life, in actuality or hypothetically, is "an unfeeling thing". But the ability to imagine such inventions is an experience, nonhypothetically, and you must realise the joy that brings, of beings sentient lifeforms on a physical world, imagining the things they as individuals might create, or doing that, building it. Then as an experience of the mind, it brings deepest qualities of spiritual realities, in the mindal grasp of the human intellect, nevertheless. What is assurance, well from a civilized and rational point of view, one must discount that such arrangement of facts, or truth, of the human mind as being "formally recognised": the elements thereof have been procured by "impressions" and learning, except thereafter become rearranged or accessed in a format of the human soul, which is said to have achieved a greater quality of meaning. Perforce, (in my opinion) those ideas are still meaningless unless implemented to the benefit of one's household.

So what you must examine, Bradly, in our recent discussions, is this relationship between Pentecost, "the outpouring of the Son's spirit", the spirit of truth. Why does this imply, to a spiritual administration or a spiritually administrative point of view: the universal bestowal of Fragments of the first "source" and "center". What is the nature of assurance, without human constraint or discount placed upon the denomination of the meaning of that word? What is the nature of assurance, between the Personalised Adjuster of Nebadon, and the indwelling Adjuster of the human individual? What type of assurance is conveyed therein that relationship? And what, if any, is the implication of duty, for one who actually has experienced the assurance of Jesus, the same type as Jesus was able to provide to John Mark and David Zebedee, or to Peter the Apostle, in another relationship: a finalitor to any other human individual who seeks eternal life?

I need to know what people think about that: the essential faith relationship between the Personalised Adjuster of Nebadon, "the Chief of All Adjusters", whom is said to ratify the plans that Adjusters "of the fusion-series type" who indwell or actually are said to have indwelled the minds of mortal Urantians. What does the supreme achievement of Jesus of Caphernaum imply to the potential of every other human soul? And what is the "negative implicative" value of assurance from the Personalised Adjuster of Nebadon, or from Jesus, when he issued this statement: "lest any of ye would attempt to pluck these little ones from my watch?" - the admonition of the true shepherd. What would that mean, to be obligated to provide verity, in certain situations wherein others, you recognise, have been directed by faith, are you, then, become obligated by your own faith to work with with them, to help or to conspire or assist, anyone who does the work of the universal or paradise father?

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