Q: It seems that the main difference between Urantia Book teachings and Buddhism is that one teaches of a Personal Creator while the other teaches of a non-personal creative energy. What do you think of this?

A: The Urantia Book says this:

The concept of truth might possibly be entertained apart from personality, the concept of beauty may exist without personality, but the concept of divine goodness is understandable only in relation to personality. Only a person can love and be loved. Even beauty and truth would be divorced from survival hope if they were not attributes of a personal God, a loving Father.

All great religions contain some measure of truth. Although there are similarities between The Urantia Book‘s teachings and those of Buddhism, there are also numerous similarities between The Urantia Book and many major world religions.

Some background on Buddhism is presented from the book in the following links:

Paper 94, Section 7.

The Jesus Papers on Buddhism giving highlights of this religion.

The Urantia revelation says that its religious concepts are revealed, or passed down to mortals from higher celestial sources. Whereas, Buddhism is an evolutionary religion, a religion derived through the human longing to know and understand God better. Both are essential for human spiritual development. As The Urantia Book says

Buddhism in its original form is one of the best religions without a God which has arisen throughout all the evolutionary history of Urantia, although, as this faith developed, it did not remain godless. Religion without faith is a contradiction; without God, a philosophic inconsistency and an intellectual absurdity. (103:9.3)

Thanks so much for this question contrasting Buddhism and the teachings of The Urantia Book. I hope that you’ll follow the links above, and do more reading. I think you’ll find a lot of similarity and a reason to stay attached to both.

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Author: Staff