Thanks so much for your question about
believing in God.
We cannot presume to judge our fellows when
they may reject the idea of God. Even though
all of us have at our disposal the ministry of
the inner Thought Adjuster, not everyone
realizes this, or even cares to know about it.
Not everyone is "God-hungry"; not everyone is
willing to do the reflective, higher thinking
that is required to find God for themselves, in
their own experience. For those people,
personal spiritual experience is lacking. And
in the end, personal spiritual experience is
really the proof that distinguishes the
believer from the non-believer - in my opinion.
At least this is true for me.
For the believer, it may be difficult to
imagine a life lived without God. But for the
unbeliever, it may be difficult to surrender to
the idea of God as the believer has done. It
can take hard work to make the decision to
suspend disbelief if one is determined to
believe only what their material senses can
tell them. Taking that leap of faith may be
very hard for some. God is, after all, a
spiritual reality and can only be truly
appreciated through the means of spiritual
On a planet such as ours - a planet that is
darkened by sin and isolated by rebellion and
quarantine, belief in God can seem outlandish
and nonsensical, although even the most
determined naysayer can easily find God if they
will only seek him. And having once found him,
it is very hard to imagine rejecting such a
good and loving Father.
But we can't decide that for others. Neither
can we sit in judgment about anyone. Only God
can rightfully read another's heart. We know
from reading The Urantia Book that all souls
are given one, final chance to decide for God
and eternal life. It can't always be done in
this one life on Urantia.
112:5.8 The governments
of Orvonton and Nebadon do not claim absolute
perfection for the detail working of the
universal plan of mortal repersonalization, but
they do claim to, and actually do, manifest
patience, tolerance, understanding, and
merciful sympathy. We had rather assume the
risk of a system rebellion than to court the
hazard of depriving one struggling mortal from
any evolutionary world of the eternal joy of
pursuing the ascending career.
112:5.9 This does not mean that human
beings are to enjoy a second opportunity in the
face of the rejection of a first, not at all.
But it does signify that all will creatures are
to experience one true opportunity to make one
undoubted, self-conscious, and final choice.
The sovereign Judges of the universes will not
deprive any being of personality status who has
not finally and fully made the eternal choice;
the soul of man must and will be given full and
ample opportunity to reveal its true intent and
And even if a person may reject belief in
God during this one life in the flesh, they may
in all other respects be good and moral people.
Their unbelief may simply be a matter of of
ignorance or disinterest. But regardless,
everyone will be able to make a truly informed
decision at some point...and only God can
rightly know when that time is.
In the meantime, we would do well to pray
for those who have not yet discovered God for
Thanks again for this important question. I
hope that my reply is helpful.