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Lately I have been gaining more appreciation for the concept of assurance and its meaning and value in context of Religion In Human Experience (Paper 100), The Real Nature of Religion (P-101), The Foundations of Religious Faith (P-102), and The Reality of Religious Experience (P-103).

Be aware, anything I post that is not actual text quotes is merely my personal opinion based on my own understanding and is subject to error, lack of clarity, inadequate expression, etc. I am most hopeful for the opinions of others related to the teachings and anticipate expanding my own perceptions and perspective thereby!

Personal religious experience, when true, delivers an assurance of our being, our personal relationship with God, our safety and survival, our purpose, and our destiny. This experience begins in-mind with the ministry of the Holy Spirit by the Adjutants delivering faith assurance and with the subsequent ministry of the God Fragment/Thought Adjuster by personal revelation delivering truth assurance and with the additional ministry (on our world since Pentecost) of the Spirit of Truth by the confirmation of both faith assurance and truth assurance. In addition to personal revelation, we are advised that we are periodically blessed by epochal revelation (or revelation to the world and all people upon the world, the UB being the 5th such to our world)....the purpose of which is to add facts and truths to eliminate the errors and reduce the confusions of evolutionary religion and science and the limitations of personal revelation.

All of these sources and forms of ministry to mortals deliver "assurance" in some form or another. It is our personal assurance that spiritualizes and spiritizes us and changes our personal motives, intentions, priorities, decisions, perspective, and delivers a philosophy for living that delivers the fruit of the Spirit led life. It is assurance that allows us to learn to feast on uncertainty and to remain faithful and joyful and trusting in the face of chaos and calamity, and to embrace the adventure of that to come which we cannot predict nor control! Assurance is a most important concept for the UB student to understand and learn to embrace.

The mind poisons of doubt, anxiety, fear, anger, mistrust, and paranoia erode such assurance and prevent the fruits of the Spirit which come by the assurance of our safe keeping and safe passage in God's friendly universe!! That and those who are antagonistic to assurance - especially that assurance/faith/trust within others - are the enemies of truth, beauty, and goodness and embrace evil and spread evil to others....they offer the bitter fruit of the dead branch and the blind and deaf perspective of those who personally lack assurance...or, perhaps, they suffer from spiritual pride and feel superior in their assurance to others and believe it is their place to criticize, instruct, and otherwise demean the religious experience and growth and assurance of others. In either case, we should be wary of those who distrust God or God's power, purpose, plan, and process or who feel it their duty to tell others what to do and when and to measure others by their own self perceived superiority....puffed up tadpoles!

God loves us each and blesses us each with personality, mind, free will, and endows each with the ministry of the Spirits - and all of these combine to give us the assurance of God and God's love and our relationship to God and to one another.

Assurance is related to so many concepts and teaching in the Urantia Book. Here's a link to the keyword search results:

https://urantia-association.org/search/ ... t%5B%5D=-1

101:0.3
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.

101:1.6
Faith unites moral insight with conscientious discriminations of values, and the pre-existent evolutionary sense of duty completes the ancestry of true religion. The experience of religion eventually results in the certain consciousness of God and in the undoubted assurance of the survival of the believing personality.

101:2.4 (1106.3) There are two basic reasons for believing in a God who fosters human survival:

101:2.5 (1106.4) 1. Human experience, personal assurance, the somehow registered hope and trust initiated by the
indwelling Thought Adjuster.

101:2.6 (1106.5) 2. The revelation of truth, whether by direct personal ministry of the Spirit of Truth, by the world bestowal of divine Sons, or through the revelations of the written word.

101:2.14
Your deepest nature — the divine Adjuster — creates within you a hunger and thirst for righteousness, a certain craving for divine perfection. Religion is the faith act of the recognition of this inner urge to divine attainment; and thus is brought about that soul trust and assurance of which you become conscious as the way of salvation, the technique of the survival of personality and all those values which you have come to look upon as being true and good.

Me here: I think assurance is the bread and water of life - that which satisfies the hunger, thirst, and yearning delivered by the Adjutants and the Thought Adjuster. We yearn for such assurance. We need God. And God responds to our yearn, our hunger, and our thirst. And when we embrace God's response of assurance, then are we attaching our branch to the living vine to be nurtured by love and guided into truth...and this is The Real Nature of Religion...the experience of growth and personal progress in the Spirit. Religion is "the conviction faith of the personality"!

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..the purpose of which is to add facts and truths to eliminate the errors and reduce the confusions of evolutionary religion and science and the limitations of personal revelation.

All of these sources and forms of ministry to mortals deliver "assurance" in some form or another.

It is our personal assurance that spiritualizes and spiritizes us and changes our personal motives, intentions, priorities, decisions, perspective, and delivers a philosophy for living that delivers the fruit of the Spirit led life. It is assurance that allows us to learn to feast on uncertainty and to remain faithful and joyful and trusting in the face of chaos and calamity, and to embrace the adventure of that to come which we cannot predict nor control! Assurance is a most important concept for the UB student to understand and learn to embrace.

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A very Jesusonian interpretation there, I suppose.

Well, what I applaud you for, in this conversation, is that you have already noted the association between assurance & revelation. I should qualify that I understand "revelation" to be personal experience which applies to the faith of the human individual. What experiences does one recieve, that provide this personal assurance to the human individual. Assurances are like man's understanding of virtues, in that there is a duty that follows the understanding. But in addition to virtues, assurances act on a personal psychological level to shape one's destiny. That is why they should not be taken of remonstrance: under threats, often false assurances & tricks, promises made in normal socialisation (taken under a different viewpoint of intellectual contract). But assurances can be provided, from a father to son, and the promises we keep.

That is why the promises we keep should live up to the level of spiritual assurance. These experiences are of a private nature, and they again lead us to the fulfillment of duty. We hope that seraphim, and cherub alike, do understand what is of personal assurance, and do guide us in profound means. The assurance is confirmed by Signs, "Say: "Praise be to God. He will show you His Signs and you will recognize them. Your Lord is not heedless of anything you do."" (Surat an-Naml: 93) Assurance comes when a person learns to recognise the providence that runs its course through ordinary affairs, and when to intervene in a situation so as to impede risks or dangers.

This is a pillar of theology, and a tenet of every major religious faith on Urantia. How does the person know in his heart, that God loves him so much that he is like a personal father to them. How does a person receive the faith, that would allow one to recognise the Signs? How does a person build the assurance that can only come from training, practice, and skill?

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So you think that assurance comes from one's own efforts? By training, practice, and skill? I look forward to related text that might support such an assertion. I'm also curious regarding the role you think signs and wonders and human concepts of providence might have to do with assurance as described in the UB.

102:3.9 (1122.5) Knowledge yields pride in the fact of personality; wisdom is the consciousness of the meaning of personality; religion is the experience of cognizance of the value of personality; revelation is the assurance of personality survival.


Personal revelation IS the assurance of our survival. That assurance is something children and primitives enjoy and is not dependent upon our own intelligence, understanding, study, practice, or skill as I understand it.

I recall how certain was the teaching of Jesus related to the 5000 and the disappointing results signs and wonders and miracles and free bread and fish related to spiritization and growth and real change. I also recall his intentional refusal to seize the world's attention or obedience by such signs.

What is providence? The UB has much to say about that subject and serious warnings to consider.

118:10.5 (1304.7) God loves each creature as a child, and that love overshadows each creature throughout all time and eternity. Providence functions with regard to the total and deals with the function of any creature as such function is related to the total. Providential intervention with regard to any being is indicative of the importance of the function of that being as concerns the evolutionary growth of some total; such total may be the total race, the total nation, the total planet, or even a higher total. It is the importance of the function of the creature that occasions providential intervention, not the importance of the creature as a person.

118:10.6 (1305.1) Nevertheless, the Father as a person may at any time interpose a fatherly hand in the stream of cosmic events all in accordance with the will of God and in consonance with the wisdom of God and as motivated by the love of God.

118:10.7 (1305.2) But what man calls providence is all too often the product of his own imagination, the fortuitous juxtaposition of the circumstances of chance. There is, however, a real and emerging providence in the finite realm of universe existence, a true and actualizing correlation of the energies of space, the motions of time, the thoughts of intellect, the ideals of character, the desires of spiritual natures, and the purposive volitional acts of evolving personalities. The circumstances of the material realms find final finite integration in the interlocking presences of the Supreme and the Ultimate.

118:10.10 (1305.5) There is a providence in the evolving universes, and it can be discovered by creatures to just the extent that they have attained capacity to perceive the purpose of the evolving universes. Complete capacity to discern universe purposes equals the evolutionary completion of the creature and may otherwise be expressed as the attainment of the Supreme within the limits of the present state of the incomplete universes.

118:10.23 (1307.4) When men pray for providential intervention in the circumstances of life, many times the answer to their prayer is their own changed attitudes toward life. But providence is not whimsical, neither is it fantastic nor magical. It is the slow and sure emergence of the mighty sovereign of the finite universes, whose majestic presence the evolving creatures occasionally detect in their universe progressions. Providence is the sure and certain march of the galaxies of space and the personalities of time toward the goals of eternity, first in the Supreme, then in the Ultimate, and perhaps in the Absolute. And in infinity we believe there is the same providence, and this is the will, the actions, the purpose of the Paradise Trinity thus motivating the cosmic panorama of universes upon universes.

It appears that providence is rarely personal and only then if and when a particular person is critical to a totality function - like the reserve corps perhaps. We are also taught that our prayers for intervention are rather primitive and the prayer or "need" for planetary interventions are immature and impatient pleas for release from the certain repercussions of error filled choice. In other words, we must be cautious in our belief in, confidence in, and understanding of true providence.

The TA's and Adjutants and Spirit of Truth are instruments of personalized spiritualization and their efforts and that of the angels is educational for our personal growth. Assurance is something that is given to those who seek and listen and knock and pray and worship....not something derived by study, practice, and skill I do not think. Everyone benefits from the assurance of the Spirit, it is primal and essential and requires no belief or accuracy in beliefs to feel and benefit from. It is a natural nourishment that benefits the faith child in many ways. We gain assurance in quantity and quality based on our progress in the Spirit as we grow.

What do you mean by "the Signs"? The signs of assurance are the same as faith itself I think....the fruits of the Spirit are the only 'signs' of progress and growth....assurance is demonstrated by poise and confidence and joy despite chaos, uncertainty, suffering, material loss, and disappointment. Courage is the result of assurance.

We have to be careful about "signs" and "providence"....the UB uses both terms to illustrate much that is primitive and counterproductive in human thinking related to both concepts!

Keyword search results for providence or providential:

https://www.urantia.org/search/book_sea ... ovidential

87:5.14 (963.9) It was not merely out of curiosity that the ancients sought to know the future; they wanted to dodge ill luck. Divination was simply an attempt to avoid trouble. During these times, dreams were regarded as prophetic, while everything out of the ordinary was considered an omen. And even today the civilized races are cursed with the belief in signs, tokens, and other superstitious remnants of the advancing ghost cult of old. Slow, very slow, is man to abandon those methods whereby he so gradually and painfully ascended the evolutionary scale of life.



I look forward to more of your comments....and related text.

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fanofVan wrote:
"Lately I have been gaining more appreciation for the concept of assurance and its meaning and value in context [...]

Bradly, your opening post is not only good, but truly beautiful! It touches the heart of the matter:
fanofVan wrote:
"Personal religious experience, when true, delivers an assurance of our being, our personal relationship with God, our safety and survival, our purpose, and our destiny. [...]"

Along these lines, the author of paper 101:5 says something that, for me, resets all my assumptions; about our inspiration and motivation, about context and perspective:
UB 1111.4, 101:5.14 wrote:
"Increasingly throughout the morontia progression the assurance of truth replaces the assurance of faith. When you are finally mustered into the actual spirit world, then will the assurances of pure spirit insight operate in the place of faith and truth or, rather, in conjunction with, and superimposed upon, these former techniques of personality assurance." (1111.4, 101:5.14)

Faith and truth as "former techniques of personality assurance"? Got me thinking about Melchizedek and Jesus. Recall that the essence of the 4th epochal revelation (Melchizedek) was "faith", and how Jesus serves as "the personification of truth" for his local universe,
UB 377.9, 34:4.5 wrote:
"[...]. This bestowed Comforter is the spiritual force which ever draws all truth seekers towards Him who is the personification of truth in the local universe." (377.9, 34:4.5)

For me, this implies something truly wonderful about the nature of those upcoming "assurances of pure spirit insight" :o

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And thanks to you Nigel!!

A complimentary quote to 101:5.14 -

19:5.12 And from all this, you mortals, just now taking your first step on the eternal journey, can well see that you must advance a long way before you will progress by “sight” and “material” assurance. You will long use faith and be dependent on revelation if you hope to progress quickly and safely.

There is a spectrum of reality-awareness that begins in us as young children. It begins with urges and impulses that are natural and inherent as delivered by the Holy Spirit and her Adjutants. We have the awareness of "otherness" or the feeling of God's presence and existance. This begins the faith of our evolutionary experience and the faith assurance and confirmation of relationship - personal recognition of our dual nature!

Then comes the yearn, hunger, and thirst of the TA - a more constant feedback loop where urges and impulses are augmented and now comes actual personal/self revelation - the voice of the pilot which delivers truth to mind. This is amplified by the Son's Spirit of Truth which confirms truth and adds the Son's Spirit Gravity - a true universe force of response and attraction to the quantity AND the quality of our reality-response. Now faith assurance combines with truth assurance in the believer and faith child.


But as we acquire experiential wisdom over time and as we see and know the morontial life to come - now there is evidence and scientific proofs of our inner experience and faith is rewarded by empirical evidence. Only mortals experience this material death and then resurrection - the victory of faith is rewarded!! Then comes fusion!! And we are a whole new being with new levels of confidence in universe realities. Does the TA depend upon faith? No...not like we understand faith. The TA's have a confidence that is absolute and experiential. As will we. We will progress by "sight" and "material" assurance!


In this material life and the one to come, assurance is complimented by and rewarded with the fruits of the spirit - the only proof of the source and result of faith!

34:6.9 In every mortal there exists a dual nature: the inheritance of animal tendencies and the high urge of spirit endowment. During the short life you live on Urantia, these two diverse and opposing urges can seldom be fully reconciled; they can hardly be harmonized and unified; but throughout your lifetime the combined Spirit ever ministers to assist you in subjecting the flesh more and more to the leading of the Spirit. Even though you must live your material life through, even though you cannot escape the body and its necessities, nonetheless, in purpose and ideals you are empowered increasingly to subject the animal nature to the mastery of the Spirit. There truly exists within you a conspiracy of spiritual forces, a confederation of divine powers, whose exclusive purpose is to effect your final deliverance from material bondage and finite handicaps.

34:6.10 The purpose of all this ministration is, “That you may be strengthened with power through His spirit in the inner man.” And all this represents but the preliminary steps to the final attainment of the perfection of faith and service, that experience wherein you shall be “filled with all the fullness of God,” “for all those who are led by the spirit of God are the sons of God.” *

34:6.11 The Spirit never drives, only leads. If you are a willing learner, if you want to attain spirit levels and reach divine heights, if you sincerely desire to reach the eternal goal, then the divine Spirit will gently and lovingly lead you along the pathway of sonship and spiritual progress. Every step you take must be one of willingness, intelligent and cheerful co-operation. The domination of the Spirit is never tainted with coercion nor compromised by compulsion.

34:6.12 And when such a life of spirit guidance is freely and intelligently accepted, there gradually develops within the human mind a positive consciousness of divine contact and assurance of spirit communion; sooner or later “the Spirit bears witness with your spirit (the Adjuster) that you are a child of God.” Already has your own Thought Adjuster told you of your kinship to God so that the record testifies that the Spirit bears witness “with your spirit,” not to your spirit.

34:6.13 The consciousness of the spirit domination of a human life is presently attended by an increasing exhibition of the characteristics of the Spirit in the life reactions of such a spirit-led mortal, “for the fruits of the spirit are love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.” Such spirit-guided and divinely illuminated mortals, while they yet tread the lowly paths of toil and in human faithfulness perform the duties of their earthly assignments, have already begun to discern the lights of eternal life as they glimmer on the faraway shores of another world; already have they begun to comprehend the reality of that inspiring and comforting truth, “The kingdom of God is not meat and drink but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.” And throughout every trial and in the presence of every hardship, spirit-born souls are sustained by that hope which transcends all fear because the love of God is shed abroad in all hearts by the presence of the divine Spirit.



Can I get an AMEN?!!


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Assurance is important to all creatures - high and low - and operates on many levels of reality. From the mortal perspective on a primitive world, it can be very difficult to "see" and "know" that everything will work out for the better and that Divine Providence and God's will prevails. But that is the very assurance even mortals might attain with sufficient faith and the vision that comes from the believer's perspective. Even in the throes of mortal suffering and the consequences of evil and sin, still can the believer have assurance of our own and our world's destiny!

48:4.7 [Part II]
3. Prophetic joy. It will perhaps be difficult for mortals to envisage this phase of humor, but we do get a peculiar satisfaction out of the assurance "that all things work together for good" — for spirits and morontians as well as for mortals. This aspect of celestial humor grows out of our faith in the loving overcare of our superiors and in the divine stability of our Supreme Directors.

54:6.4 [Part II]
But one thing should be made clear: If you are made to suffer the evil consequences of the sin of some member of your family, some fellow citizen or fellow mortal, even rebellion in the system or elsewhere — no matter what you may have to endure because of the wrongdoing of your associates, fellows, or superiors — you may rest secure in the eternal assurance that such tribulations are transient afflictions. None of these fraternal consequences of misbehavior in the group can ever jeopardize your eternal prospects or in the least degree deprive you of your divine right of Paradise ascension and God attainment.


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Great post and selections regarding assurance thanks! When asking myself this question I decided that for me personally assurance is knowing Jesus, whether it be by a spiritual experience or awakening, or however it happens, that personal contact and realization that He loves me unconditionally and desires my happiness and peace of mind. Someday I will learn the dynamics of this reality but until I understand it I have the assurance that He will bring me through. Yes, I put forth the effort of a believing will but He assured me by granting me peace that passes all understanding, and then through the Bible I learned enough to keep me rolling until I could encounter the Urantia Book. Every time I read it that same assurance is renewed within me and encourages me to keep on going, to trust Him for the outcome of every situation and the overcoming of every difficulty. That assurance lives within me! I don't need to try to figure out what circle I am in, or whether I will fuse with my Thought Adjuster or not. I don't need a deep explanation because I have assurance, His assurance, His unshakeable promise to me that He will lead me and bring me home!


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Assurance however when considered in the aspect of every sentient being, is something relative to the destiny of creation. An experiencial individuation obtains destiny, however in eternity is said to already have had such destiny. This is in the potential that the Thought Adjuster knows of your human mind and ability. Letting the Thought Adjuster prepare you to interact on Urantia with the Spirit of Truth, is the means by which individual humans mature. When there is revelation of the true personality of the human individual, this is like assurance that a parent bears witness on behalf of the child. It is not that the parent shapes the destiny of the child according to such witness, but that the parent witnesses the creation of a new destiny by the child. And let us say, that the child is unaware of the real moments by which this destiny was individuating through his own experiences, but that there is some assurance because God is Omniscient, and that the universe requires such events as stepping stones in its own development.

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Great post and selections regarding assurance thanks! When asking myself this question I decided that for me personally assurance is knowing Jesus, whether it be by a spiritual experience or awakening, or however it happens, that personal contact and realization that He loves me unconditionally and desires my happiness and peace of mind. Someday I will learn the dynamics of this reality but until I understand it I have the assurance that He will bring me through. Yes, I put forth the effort of a believing will but He assured me by granting me peace that passes all understanding, and then through the Bible I learned enough to keep me rolling until I could encounter the Urantia Book. Every time I read it that same assurance is renewed within me and encourages me to keep on going, to trust Him for the outcome of every situation and the overcoming of every difficulty. That assurance lives within me! I don't need to try to figure out what circle I am in, or whether I will fuse with my Thought Adjuster or not. I don't need a deep explanation because I have assurance, His assurance, His unshakeable promise to me that He will lead me and bring me home!


This relationship of "personal contact" with Jesus/Michael you describe has multiple aspects to consider. The TA likewise is a personal relationship and contact. All 3 forms of Deity are sources of fundamental aspects of our very being and each is a center of gravity which responds to our own response to truth, beauty, goodness, and love. The gravity circuits of the Father (personality), Mother (mind), and Son (spirit) are all sources of affirmation and assurance I think. We can feel the pull and power of these circuits as soul grows mass by the aggregation and integration of reality-responses and experiential wisdom that is eternal in nature. As soul grows so does its response to these gravity circuits.


The Spirit of Truth also acts to confirm truth realized by intuition, reason, revelation, and experience. It is both a source of truth and a confirmer of truth assurance. This influence stays with us all the way to Paradise. The Eternal Son of the Trinity is the source of Spirit Gravity but the Creator/Master Sons are within this circuit too, ever teaching and confirming truth to the children of each Local Universe.

101:2.8 Reason is the proof of science, faith the proof of religion, logic the proof of philosophy, but revelation is validated only by human experience. Science yields knowledge; religion yields happiness; philosophy yields unity; revelation confirms the experiential harmony of this triune approach to universal reality.

101:5.13 Evolutionary religion provides only the assurance of faith and the confirmation of conscience; revelatory religion provides the assurance of faith plus the truth of a living experience in the realities of revelation. The third step in religion, or the third phase of the experience of religion, has to do with the morontia state, the firmer grasp of mota. Increasingly in the morontia progression the truths of revealed religion are expanded; more and more you will know the truth of supreme values, divine goodnesses, universal relationships, eternal realities, and ultimate destinies.

101:5.14 Increasingly throughout the morontia progression the assurance of truth replaces the assurance of faith. When you are finally mustered into the actual spirit world, then will the assurances of pure spirit insight operate in the place of faith and truth or, rather, in conjunction with, and superimposed upon, these former techniques of personality assurance.


Me here: Please note that "morontia progression" begins with the birth of soul!! Soul is our morontia mind and grows of its own volition and by its relationship with both the material mind and the God Fragment source of revelation, the parents of soul by whose choices is reality embraced and the aggregation of all worthy decisions and values and hopes and ideals and faith creates a growing mass of both quality and quantity that is responsive to spirit gravity! This creates momentum and delivers the assurance of the experience of such a certain and specific universe reaction to our own growing reality. The more real we become, the more assurance and confirmation we are given. To feel the very grip of Deity gravity grows our confidence.


But it is the fruits of the Spirit that is the tadpole's most obvious assurance and confirmation. And, we are told, is the only evidence of growth in the Spirit.


Or so I understand.


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Thanks!

"This relationship of "personal contact" with Jesus/Michael you describe has multiple aspects to consider. The TA likewise is a personal relationship and contact"

Yes, this "personal contact" I mention is always referenced to Jesus but the concept of the Thought Adjuster perfectly explains all my religious experience without diminishing Jesus or the Spirit of Truth. They are one is my understanding. But my experiences revolve around the knowledge of Jesus as the Way, the Truth and the Life and that knowledge (not mental or psychological knowledge but rather experiential certainty) is the assurance I refer to, the irrefutable knowledge that He is what He is and will lead me on. Thanks for the great thread, very edifying


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To me, pethuel is describing that sublime faith that Jesus advised, and that we are told, he himself had - the trusting faith of the child towards its parent. Absent any other intellectual understanding, that simple, child-like faith (not child-ish by any means) is the ultimate game-changer, and is most active in me, too, when faced with doubt or uncertainty.


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We are told that the TA creates the yearn within, the hunger and the thirst. These are real yearnings which affect mind. Then the TA and Holy Spirit and the Spirit of Truth of the Creator Son (Jesus) feed this hunger and quench this thirst. This need and fulfillment cycle is very real. It is a direct cause and effect activated within the spirit nature of our normal dual nature - the material and the spirit natures. This hunger and thirst is no less active, effective, and real than is the physical/material body's hunger and thirst!!

Faith and faith assurance is the work of the Holy Spirit (Mother's Spirit). Revelatory truth and truth assurance comes from both the God Fragment (TA) and the Son's Spirit (Spirit of Truth. All 3 of these sources of food for the soul and the quenching of the thirst for righteousness also provide a gravity circuit with a very real grip upon Morontia Mind (soul), Personality, and Spirit. As we grow in the Circles of Progress and Spiritization, the mass of soul grows and the gravity grip and effect (the pull of the force of gravity upon the mass of soul and spirit and personality) also grows.


All of this happens without any need for "intellectual understanding"....I agree!! For me, understanding the sources, mechanisms, certainties, forces, sources, causes, and effects of faith increases and enhances that "experiential certainty" pethuel describes. There is a very real conspiracy at work within us. It is not one which diminishes or overrides free will by trickery or coercion or brutality...but it is very real and powerful. We are engineered by the Life Carriers and Adjutants and wired by Deity to respond to this grand conspiracy of Deity and the universe of universes by plan, design, purpose, origin, and destiny to grow from tadpoles to pure spirits. What we discuss here is that interface between the animal/material being and the spirit nature we are endowed with.

0:12.13 We are fully cognizant of the difficulties of our assignment; we recognize the impossibility of fully translating the language of the concepts of divinity and eternity into the symbols of the language of the finite concepts of the mortal mind. But we know that there dwells within the human mind a fragment of God, and that there sojourns with the human soul the Spirit of Truth; and we further know that these spirit forces conspire to enable material man to grasp the reality of spiritual values and to comprehend the philosophy of universe meanings. But even more certainly we know that these spirits of the Divine Presence are able to assist man in the spiritual appropriation of all truth contributory to the enhancement of the ever-progressing reality of personal religious experience—God-consciousness.

34:6.9 In every mortal there exists a dual nature: the inheritance of animal tendencies and the high urge of spirit endowment. During the short life you live on Urantia, these two diverse and opposing urges can seldom be fully reconciled; they can hardly be harmonized and unified; but throughout your lifetime the combined Spirit ever ministers to assist you in subjecting the flesh more and more to the leading of the Spirit. Even though you must live your material life through, even though you cannot escape the body and its necessities, nonetheless, in purpose and ideals you are empowered increasingly to subject the animal nature to the mastery of the Spirit. There truly exists within you a conspiracy of spiritual forces, a confederation of divine powers, whose exclusive purpose is to effect your final deliverance from material bondage and finite handicaps.



Me here: We are taught that faith is a result of our discernment of the evolutionary urges of the Adjutants and the yearn provided by the TA and our response to that "ear" which hears and that mind and soul which responds. This becomes a feedback loop of confirmations and assurances as the hunger is felt and fed and the thirst is quenched....over and over and over again. This "experience" of the inner life grows our faith and feeds our soul which is then gripped by gravitational forces which grow in strength and force drawing us toward our very source in Paradise! Jesus said every choice moves us closer to God or further away...so faith is not something found and fully engaged. As soul grows experientially, so does faith grow, and so does the fruits of the Spirit grow, and so does the grip of the gravity circuits...all of which combine to bring absolute faith and confidence no matter the uncertainties faced in the adventures of living!!

103:0.1 (1129.1) ALL of man’s truly religious reactions are sponsored by the early ministry of the adjutant of worship and are censored by the adjutant of wisdom. Man’s first supermind endowment is that of personality encircuitment in the Holy Spirit of the Universe Creative Spirit; and long before either the bestowals of the divine Sons or the universal bestowal of the Adjusters, this influence functions to enlarge man’s viewpoint of ethics, religion, and spirituality. Subsequent to the bestowals of the Paradise Sons the liberated Spirit of Truth makes mighty contributions to the enlargement of the human capacity to perceive religious truths. As evolution advances on an inhabited world, the Thought Adjusters increasingly participate in the development of the higher types of human religious insight. The Thought Adjuster is the cosmic window through which the finite creature may faith-glimpse the certainties and divinities of limitless Deity, the Universal Father.

103:0.2 (1129.2) The religious tendencies of the human races are innate; they are universally manifested and have an apparently natural origin; primitive religions are always evolutionary in their genesis. As natural religious experience continues to progress, periodic revelations of truth punctuate the otherwise slow-moving course of planetary evolution.

103:9.11 (1142.2) Faith leads to knowing God, not merely to a mystical feeling of the divine presence. Faith must not be overmuch influenced by its emotional consequences. True religion is an experience of believing and knowing as well as a satisfaction of feeling.

103:9.12 (1142.3) There is a reality in religious experience that is proportional to the spiritual content, and such a reality is transcendent to reason, science, philosophy, wisdom, and all other human achievements. The convictions of such an experience are unassailable; the logic of religious living is incontrovertible; the certainty of such knowledge is superhuman; the satisfactions are superbly divine, the courage indomitable, the devotions unquestioning, the loyalties supreme, and the destinies final—eternal, ultimate, and universal.



This post is hoped to be in agreement with and in confirmation of pethuel's and maryjo's contributions to the discussion!!


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