Jesus' teachings are certainly practicable—even after 2000 years, the life and teachings of Jesus provide the best source of knowledge that any child of God needs to lead a successful spiritual life. Jesus was a Divine being, and yet he was also a true human who lived a normal life, just as we do. Even though we will not live life in exactly the same way, still, the life that Jesus lived and the teachings that he gave are ever fresh, ever relevant to any mortal who wishes to know how to live as a son or daughter of God. Jesus was, and is, truly one of us.
What are the teachings of Jesus? Jesus taught us that we are children of a loving God, and that as such we are all connected in one great family—we are all brothers and sisters because we share the same Father. Jesus taught that by faith, we become sharers with him in the kingdom of heaven, and we become true universe citizens.This truth of Jesus' teaching has not changed. We are still called to seek God through faith, to love God as our Father and to love one another—to serve one another, and to treat others with love and tolerance. Jesus lived as he taught, and so the study of his life is vital to an understanding of what it means to be a child of God
This is one of the greatest gifts that we receive when we read The Urantia Book—we are gifted with Jesus' entire life story—not just the few years of his public ministry that are in the Bible. We see his life as he lived it in his day and time, but in that life are to be found all of the kinds of challenges, joys and discoveries that all normal humans experience; not in exactly the same way, but human nature is not so different today than it was in his time. Emotions are the same—the search for truth, beauty and goodness is the same today as it was then, and the God that Jesus revealed through his life is still the same God—today and evermore.
From The Urantia Book:
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. (196:1.3)
In Part IV of The Urantia Book is to be found this complete life story. I hope you will be inspired to read it, and through reading it, to be assured that in Jesus' life—both before and after his realization of his Divinity—is to be found solid guidance and wisdom for our 21st century lives.
The nature of God can be studied in a revelation of supreme ideas, the divine character can be envisaged as a portrayal of supernal ideals, but the most enlightening and spiritually edifying of all revelations of the divine nature is to be found in the comprehension of the religious life of Jesus of Nazareth, both before and after his attainment of full consciousness of divinity. (2:0.2)
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