The Thoughtless Pagan
- A new painting inspired by The Urantia Book
Dear TruthBook Friends and Family,
Greetings! We are delighted to introduce you to the next in the continuing series of original fine-art paintings that are being generated in this modern age - paintings of scenes from Jesus’ life as revealed in the pages of The Urantia Book. It is our hope that these paintings will help people visually feel the Master’s presence in their own lives. Every painting is based on real stories from his life and interpreted by the artist. As you’ll notice, each artist paints Jesus as they feel him in their soul. They are given the Urantia Book description of Jesus’ genetics, the text The Acme of Religious Living, and other relevant quotes that provide an insight about how he looked and felt to others. Then they paint.
This painting is called The Thoughtless Pagan, and has been created by Slawa Radziszewska, a talented portrait artist who has contributed several beautiful images to this original collection. This oil painting is 40”x40”. The face of Jesus portrays Slawa’s love for the Master and her understanding of his wisdom and compassion.
Story of the painting:
One of the most amazing seasons in the Master’s life was the tour of the Mediterranean regions that he undertook with Gonod and Ganid, the Indian merchant and his son. Jesus acted as interpreter for the father and tutor for the son on this two-year journey. It is a time in Jesus’ life that the world has never heard about and it is fully chronicled in The Urantia Book. This happened during Jesus’ 27th and 28th year, the period after Jesus had achieved manhood but before he undertook his public ministry.
Jesus used this time in the Mediterranean area to get to know all sorts of people, to observe how they lived, and to minister to individuals as he passed by. Along with his constant companion, young Ganid, he toured the area, sightseeing the points of interest, all the while instructing the Indian lad in spiritual realities.
In this scene, Jesus is seen answering Ganid’s inquiry about the reasons that he did not minister to a particular man who they happened to encounter, seen in the left of the picture; because Jesus had ministered to so many, Ganid wondered what it was about this man that prohibited the Master from engaging him in conversation. The earnest face of Jesus is beautifully expressive as he grasps Ganid’s hand, imparting his valuable advice to the lad.
Here is the complete story: Trips about Rome:
“Jesus, Gonod, and Ganid made five trips away from Rome to points of interest in the surrounding territory. On their visit to the northern Italian lakes Jesus had the long talk with Ganid concerning the impossibility of teaching a man about God if the man does not desire to know God. They had casually met a thoughtless pagan while on their journey up to the lakes, and Ganid was surprised that Jesus did not follow out his usual practice of enlisting the man in conversation which would naturally lead up to the discussion of spiritual questions. When Ganid asked his teacher why he evinced so little interest in this pagan, Jesus answered:
“Ganid, the man was not hungry for truth. He was not dissatisfied with himself. He was not ready to ask for help, and the eyes of his mind were not open to receive light for the soul. That man was not ripe for the harvest of salvation; he must be allowed more time for the trials and difficulties of life to prepare him for the reception of wisdom and higher learning. Or, if we could have him live with us, we might by our lives show him the Father in heaven, and thus would he become so attracted by our lives as sons of God that he would be constrained to inquire about our Father. You cannot reveal God to those who do not seek for him; you cannot lead unwilling souls into the joys of salvation. Man must become hungry for truth as a result of the experiences of living, or he must desire to know God as the result of contact with the lives of those who are acquainted with the divine Father before another human being can act as the means of leading such a fellow mortal to the Father in heaven. If we know God, our real business on earth is so to live as to permit the Father to reveal himself in our lives, and thus will all God-seeking persons see the Father and ask for our help in finding out more about the God who in this manner finds expression in our lives.” The Urantia Book 132:7.1
This encounter provides rich clues for all who would minister God’s truths in the world. In order for believers to be effective, it would behoove us to become ever-more discerning as to the real needs of those who cross our path. As in Jesus’ time, not everyone we meet is minded to receive spiritual truth; like this “thoughtless pagan,” many in the world are satisfied enough that they see no need to include God in their lives. These “self-satisfied” ones have yet to experience the kinds of trials and misfortunes that might lead them to surrender themselves to seeking and finding the will of God. But this does not mean that we have nothing to offer them, or, that we have to know the heart of every person we come into contact with. We are called to exhibit our joy, our love, our peace ... to show forth our fruits in an attractive way ... in short, to be spiritually fragrant.
Part IV of The Urantia Book is full of richly instructive episodes from the life of Jesus-stories that are virtually unknown to the world. But each one is valuable, each one is worthy of examination for clues as to how we are to live our lives as children of God. Elsewhere in Part IV we are instructed:
“To ‘follow Jesus’ means to personally share his religious faith and to enter into the spirit of the Master’s life of unselfish service for man. One of the most important things in human living is to find out what Jesus believed, to discover his ideals, and to strive for the achievement of his exalted life purpose. Of all human knowledge, that which is of greatest value is to know the religious life of Jesus and how he lived it.” The Urantia Book, 196:1.3
The Thoughtless Pagan now takes its place with the other fine-art images in the Jesus Paintings section of TruthBook’s Religious Art Gallery. These paintings are a way for you to introduce the new revelation of Jesus’ life to your friends who may be looking for new information about Jesus. We invite and encourage you to share this, and all of them freely, as you are led to do so...
Your TruthBook Team