Q: What can I do to experience the fuzzy, warm, loving feeling of
contentment within myself knowing that God Loves me?
A: The way of
getting closer with God is pretty much the same as getting closer to any
person. We recognize them and we share ourselves with them. In this way, we get
to know each other more fully. God is revealed in The Urantia Book as
a person..."one who can befriend us."
Notwithstanding that God is an eternal power, a majestic presence, a
transcendent ideal, and a glorious spirit, though he is all these and
infinitely more, nonetheless, he is truly and everlastingly a perfect Creator
personality, a person who can “know and be known, ” who can “love and be loved,
” and one who can befriend us; while you can be known, as other humans have
been known, as the friend of God. He is a real spirit and a spiritual reality.
Just as we share ourselves with our intimate friends, we
can share our lives with God, and one way to do this is to invite him into our
daily lives...talking things over with him throughout the day. This
communication with God is also the way that we may pray most effectively. The
words themselves are not so important, for God reads our inmost hearts and our
deepest desires. He answers our soul's attitude.
are irrelevant to prayer; they are merely the intellectual channel in which the
river of spiritual supplication may chance to flow. The word value of a prayer
is purely autosuggestive in private devotions and sociosuggestive in group
devotions. God answers the soul's attitude, not the words.
opening the human end of the channel of the God-man communication, mortals make
immediately available the ever-flowing stream of divine ministry to the
creatures of the worlds. When man hears God’s spirit speak within the human
heart, inherent in such an experience is the fact that God simultaneously hears
that man’s prayer.
As we reach up, God reaches down to meet
us as we are, and where we are. Opening that channel of communication is first,
and listening for the answer comes next. This requires quietness and
receptivity, as God speaks to us in a "still, small voice." So, periods of meditation are also very
We also learn:
divine spirit makes contact with mortal man, not by feelings or emotions, but
in the realm of the highest and most spiritualized thinking. It is your
thoughts, not your feelings, that lead you Godward. The divine nature may be
perceived only with the eyes of the mind. But the mind that really discerns
God, hears the indwelling Adjuster, is the pure mind.
So, while having that
warm, fuzzy feeling of God-consciousness can be comforting, such feelings may
come and go. We learn that we should concentrate more on the "believing and
knowing" aspects of communication with God.
leads to knowing God, not merely to a mystical feeling of the divine presence.
Faith must not be overmuch influenced by its emotional consequences. True
religion is an experience of believing and knowing as well as a satisfaction of
One way of knowing for sure whether you are making
progress with this back-and-forth communication with God is your own personal spiritual
experience. Over time, and with faith, we will surely begin to experience
that inner knowledge that we are on the right path. God will always work with
us when we are willing to work with him.