Q: What kind of attitude should we Urantians have regarding problems like pornography, alcohol and drugs?
A: “Jesus strove for a superb balance in his life. His first priority was to seek and find the Father’s will, and to establish the kingdom on Earth. As his followers, that is also our mandate. Whatever may interfere with that high purpose should be discarded.
While I may have strong attitudes towards one or more of the things you mentioned, I cannot presume to say what your, or anyone else’s attitude should be. It is the responsibility of each person to develop their conscience and their life according to what they consider to be important and of high value.
The Urantia Book gives us a very positive view of life. It has few “thou shall not” rules. Likewise, Jesus was very positive in his teachings:
Jesus had little to say about the social vices of his day; seldom did he make reference to moral delinquency. He was a positive teacher of true virtue. He studiously avoided the negative method of imparting instruction; he refused to advertise evil. He was not even a moral reformer. He well knew, and so taught his apostles , that the sensual urges of mankind are not suppressed by either religious rebuke or legal prohibitions. His few denunciations were largely directed against pride, cruelty, oppression, and hypocrisy. (140:8.21)
In the very first service that he conducted in the Nazareth synagogue, at age fifteen, he chose verses from Scripture. Among the other things he said, this passage pretty much says it all for me: He said:
“Seek good and not evil that you may live, and so the Lord, the God of hosts, shall be with you. Hate the evil and love the good…Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil and learn to do good…” (126:4.3)
It is our job to discern what is evil and what is good. We have the perfect teacher in Jesus, and we have a perfect pilot in our minds—the Thought Adjuster. When we follow the leadings of our spiritual models, we will surely make the right decisions for ourselves.
Thank you for this important question.”