A: Following are several questions submitted in
one request from a Christian inquirer. Two of
our Truthbook team (L) and
(M) have given their answers in reply.
Q: How is Jesus in The Urantia Book
Jesus in the Bible?
reply from both L
and M: The revelation of Jesus' life and
teachings in The Urantia Book, while not all
that different in essential points from the
Bible, is a greatly expanded and detailed
account of that life and those teachings. It is
really what one could call a true "biography"
of the Master.
In the Bible, the life of
is presented in four different ways, not all of
which are consistent; additionally, as anyone
can discover from researching the history of
the Bible, Jesus' words and actions as
presented in the current Bible have been, in
altered and adjusted over the centuries to fit
with Christian theological thought.
Urantia Book biography of Jesus is a seamless
narration preserved by spiritual eyewitnesses
to his life...preserved until this time in
earth's history when it can make the biggest
impact on the world going forward. All the
missing years, all the sermons, the discourses,
and the riveting events of his life and
ministry are fully covered in Part IV of The
Urantia Book. If you love Jesus in the Bible,
discovering Jesus in The Urantia Book can only
enhance an deepen your appreciation of his
matchless life and his sterling personality.
Who is Jesus to you?
understand Jesus before I became a student of
The Urantia Book and, in fact, it was
my desire to know Jesus better that led me to
become a reader of the book 35 years ago. To
me, Jesus is Lord. He's the maker and
administrator of this world. He's my guide as a
human being and he's my nearest goal when I
become a spirit being. He's who I turn to when
I need help or comfort or wisdom or advice. His
spirit is here to help me discern and sift
truth from error. I trust Jesus.
knew Jesus from my early childhood as a
Catholic, and he always seemed to me to be
quite real; however, I also found that the
Church was full of inconsistencies regarding
Jesus and his words, and I had a hard time
separating Jesus from the hypocrisy I
experienced. I left the church in my 20s, but I
never abandoned Jesus completely. Once I freed
myself from the authority of the church, I
started to see Jesus differently, and when I
discovered The Urantia
Book many years later, I was thrilled and
deeply moved to rediscover the Jesus that I
always loved as a child, and SO much more.
Today, Jesus is once again my friend, my
companion, my brother, and my Divine pathway to
the Father. I believe in him and trust him, and
I love him.
Q: Do you believe
him to be
the son of God who died for mankind's sins?
L: I believe Jesus to be a Son of God of a
special order--The Urantia Book guides
us away from the tendency to believe that our
race or religion, or in this case, world, is
the most important one and that its aspects are
superior to any others. Jesus came for all the
peoples of this world, not just Christians, of
which there were none until some time after he
died. He also came for all the worlds of his
dominion--we're not the only one but we are
nearly the most barbaric and that's partly the
reason he chose to come to this place. So yes,
"a" Son of God, a divine being, and a creator.
And forever, Jesus will also bear the name: Son
of Man owing to his incarnation as a divine
being into the fleshly tabernacle of a helpless
baby in Nazareth
Did he come to die for
mankind's sins? Again, among students of
Urantia Book, the answer to that would be
a pretty unanimous no. We hold God the Father
in too high regard to relegate him to human
purposes and emotions. God is not vindictive,
retributive, jealous, or any of the other
human-like attributes he's so often described
having. God is love and does not condemn his
children, neither the divine ones nor the
mortal ones, to pain and suffering and
sacrifice. Jesus understood this and tried to
teach it to a world that didn't understand him
or his heavenly Father.
M: I do believe
Jesus to be a divine Son of God. As pointed out
above, The Urantia Book teaches us
that Jesus is one of many Sons, just as there
are many inhabited worlds, and many universe
systems throughout God's vast creation. Jesus
did indeed come to our earth—he chose us
especially—and he did die here, but I do not
believe that he died as a punishment from God,
or as a sacrificial lamb to atone for mankind's
sins. His mission was to establish the kingdom
of God in the hearts of mankind, to proclaim
the good news of the Fatherhood of God and the
resultant brotherhood of mankind, and to live
and die as a true man among men (and women).
Jesus was to portray to mortal eyes the
love of the
infinite and invisible God who is his, and our,
Father. The fact that he died in such a cruel
way was not the will of God,as some sort of
ransom for a sinful humanity, but as the
consequence of the fears and prejudices of the
times in which he lived. His new religion of the
terribly threatening to the religions of
authority of his day and time. He was killed by
men—not by God. But he did die a "natural" death, and as a result, he did
complete that part of his mission, to resurrect
victoriously on the 3rd day. He showed all
mortals of all worlds in his universe how to
live as a "son of God."
the teachings of The Urantia Book
students of The
Urantia Book are individuals coming from
all manner of background; they do their own
thing. Some feel they're escaping organized religion and seek refuge in the
teachings of TUB. Others are grateful for their
religious heritage and continue on in it. Some
have no tradition of religious belief before
finding TUB. There are Urantia Book readers who
are pastors, ministers, priests, nuns, rabbis,
preachers of every Christian denomination,
Jews, Muslims, Hindus... The teachings of TUB
are not "a" religion; they clarify, augment,
emphasize and uplift what is best "in"
religion. There are no rules for
readers/students/believers--it's a book; it's a
superlative education; we read it and are
edified and uplifted by it.
Urantia Book is unique in that it contains
many, many truths gleaned from many different
established religions, as well as higher
thought from numerous human sources, and at the
encourages us to develop what Jesus called the religion of
personal spiritual experience; it is this
revealed teaching that inspires me to find the
best in any religion, and to nurture and grow
that personal experiential relationship with
God in whatever I do. So, in that sense, I do
follow the teachings of The Urantia
Book, but the experience leaves me free to
follow the truth wherever I find it.
What is your viewpoint on the King James Bible?
L: Students of The Urantia Book
have no orthodox viewpoint. Some readers are
Bible scholars. Some readers hardly know the
Bible at all. Personally, I like the King James
better than any of the more modern versions,
but I think you're asking do Urantia Book
readers view the Bible as the infallible word
of God and the answer to that would be a pretty
unanimous no although most Urantia Book readers
appreciate and take comfort in the Bible.
M: I personally prefer the New Jerusalem
Bible, which is in common, everyday language.
To me, other Bibles are difficult to read
because the language is so stilted. I never had
much interest in the Bible before I found
The Urantia Book, but now I use it
pretty regularly as a reference work. Jesus quoted scripture quite
often in his life, and I have read many of
those parts of the Bible. I do not believe it
is inerrant, but like Jesus, I do find much in
it that is quite valuable and worthwhile.