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 Post subject: Humor in the UB
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There is a wide range of feelings and reactions one gets when reading the Urantia Book. The one I least expected though was to laugh.

This line made me laugh:

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44:1:10 (500.1) Your ensembles of dancing undoubtedly represent a crude and grotesque attempt of material creatures to approach the celestial harmony of being placement and personality arrangement.


Although there is a serious point to be made, this reminds me of "you can't dance" jokes. One Youtuber once said "I used to have a girlfriend. Then she saw my dancing..."

If you had any other laughs, do let me know.


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I find humor in myself when I contemplate the teachings. My animal fears, my spiritual arrogance, my petty resentments: all in the face of a limitless future of perfection attainment. How little these things are, these things which take up so much of my precious time here on this amazing yet so messed up planet. If I could only free myself from the petty, I would have so much more time for the wonderful. Yet I have to laugh when I think of this, laugh, so I don't cry.


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I've always gotten a laugh out of Jesus' nickname for the Zebedee brothers, "sons of thunder". He called them that because of their overzealous displays of so-called righteous indignation which were actually temper tantrums, emotional outbursts of intolerance. The Master had a kind way of illuminating the foolishness of evil, and that actually makes one smile at the silliness of it all.

(1553.1) 139:3.5 It was these “sons of thunder” who wanted to call fire down from heaven to destroy the Samaritans who presumed to show disrespect for their Master.

(1552.6) 139:3.2 This able apostle was a temperamental contradiction; he seemed really to possess two natures, both of which were actuated by strong feelings. He was particularly vehement when his indignation was once fully aroused. He had a fiery temper when once it was adequately provoked, and when the storm was over, he was always wont to justify and excuse his anger under the pretense that it was wholly a manifestation of righteous indignation. Except for these periodic upheavals of wrath, James’s personality was much like that of Andrew.

(1955.5) 181:2.4 “Once we called you and your brother sons of thunder. You started out with us strong-minded and intolerant, but you have changed much since you wanted me to call fire down upon the heads of ignorant and thoughtless unbelievers. And you must change yet more. You should become the apostle of the new commandment which I have this night given you. Dedicate your life to teaching your brethren how to love one another, even as I have loved you.”


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