I am a beginner reader of The Urantia Book and I have been in three various religions and all claim to have the truth ... do you make this claim also?
Thanks so much for writing to us here at TruthBook with this question about religion.
It's good to know that you are exploring The Urantia Book; congratulations on finding it and making the decision to read it! You have found a treasure...
TruthBook is a forum for the teachings of The Urantia Book with an emphasis on the life and teachings of Jesus. We do not promote any particular religion, nor do the teachings of The Urantia Book - at least not an evolutionary-type religion such as the ones you describe, although the book does say that all evolutionary religions are good, as long as they bring man closer to God, and God closer to man. Jesus made the distinction between the types of religion found on our world very clear. He taught:
155:5.2 While the religions of the world have a double origin—natural and revelatory—at any one time and among any one people there are to be found three distinct forms of religious devotion. And these three manifestations of the religious urge are:
1. Primitive religion. The seminatural and instinctive urge to fear mysterious energies and worship superior forces, chiefly a religion of the physical nature, the religion of fear.
2. The religion of civilization. The advancing religious concepts and practices of the civilizing races—the religion of the mind—the intellectual theology of the authority of established religious tradition.
3. True religion—the religion of revelation. The revelation of supernatural values, a partial insight into eternal realities, a glimpse of the goodness and beauty of the infinite character of the Father in heaven—the religion of the spirit as demonstrated in human experience.
The second form of religion is the kind of religion that you describe in your question. The third religion, the religion of personal spiritual experience - is the religion that Jesus taught and the religion that he actually lived. It is the religion that has its basis in the spiritual experience of the individual believer with God, and is not dependent on any man-made theology or evolutionary dogma; it can be followed even while enjoying the fellowship of an established institutional church, but it has no place in it for priests or other middle-men who presume to stand before man and God.
It is true that anything touched by man is potentially incomplete and subject to error; Jesus teaches about this also, when he was counseling Nathaniel regarding sacred Scripture:
159:4.8 "Mark you well my words, Nathaniel, nothing which human nature has touched can be regarded as infallible. Through the mind of man divine truth may indeed shine forth, but always of relative purity and partial divinity. The creature may crave infallibility, but only the Creators possess it.
Thanks again for writing to us with your question; I hope that this reply is helpful, and that you continue to read The Urantia Book and continue to explore the subject of religion. You might be interested in reading further what Jesus had to say about true religion. Here are some great discourses:
The Discourse on True Religion
The Second Discourse on Religion
And, here is a collection of Urantia Book teachings on religion, with even more links that you can explore.
In the end, I think it is safe to say that no one here at TruthBook will ever tell you that The Urantia Book is "The Truth." There is much in it that is true, and the individual is free to find and experience that truth for themselves-not because they are expected to do so. The book itself provides the guidelines for proseletyzing one religion or religious belief over any other:
92:7.3 The many religions of Urantia are all good to the extent that they bring man to God and bring the realization of the Father to man. It is a fallacy for any group of religionists to conceive of their creed as The Truth; such attitudes bespeak more of theological arrogance than of certainty of faith. There is not a Urantia religion that could not profitably study and assimilate the best of the truths contained in every other faith, for all contain truth. Religionists would do better to borrow the best in their neighbors' living spiritual faith rather than to denounce the worst in their lingering superstitions and outworn rituals.
Please feel free to write again with any other questions that may come up for you in your reading of the book.