Q: Here's my Question: What do you say to an
individual if he asks. Some people believe that God became man. God has
attributes of perfection such as being All-Knowing, All-powerful, and
Ever-living. Man, however, lacks such perfection. Man has limited
knowledge and power, and is mortal. How can anything be two complete
opposites at the same time? This is not rational. Could you respond
using some quotes in The Urantia Book as well as your own personal
Thanks so much for your note. Glad you are
enjoying our site! The questions that you ask are good, important
questions - ones that any thoughtful person might ask when presented
with this prospect of God becoming man - as you say, two complete
opposites, one seeming to cancel the other ... two natures, one human
one divine, somehow becoming blended in one personality
I cannot answer your question with logic or any reasonable
explanation; if I could, I would be clearing up something that has been
at the forefront of Christianity from the beginning. This question is
age-old. Even the revelators do not claim to understand HOW it was done
- but they do tell us WHY it was done, which is an explanation that I
had never heard of before I found The Urantia Book. It was, and
remains, a satisfying and much more reasonable explanation of the "why"
than the atonement doctrine, which I always felt was fundamentally
difficult to believe.
But as for assuming that no human can have supernatural abilities:
The human/divine Jesus actually did (does) have all of those
prerogatives of God. And that is certainly part of the mystery of his
combined nature. That he did not use them or demonstrate all of them
during his lifetime here does not mean he did not have them. He chose
NOT to use them preliminary to his embarking on his public ministry,
although he did perform a number of deliberate miracles. You can read
more about those decisions that Jesus made during his experience of the
Forty Days HERE
Here are two passages about the WHY that you might find interesting to share
your hypothetical inquirer. The inquirer should first know that Jesus
is a Creator Son - the creator of the universe in which we live:
119:0.4 The purpose of these creature incarnations is to enable
such Creators to become wise, sympathetic, just, and understanding
sovereigns. These divine Sons are innately just, but they become
understandingly merciful as a result of these successive bestowal
experiences; they are naturally merciful, but these experiences make
them merciful in new and additional ways. These bestowals are the last
steps in their education and training for the sublime tasks of ruling
the local universes in divine righteousness and by just judgment.
119:0.5 Though numerous incidental benefits accrue to the
various worlds, systems, and constellations, as well as to the
different orders of universe intelligences affected and benefited by
these bestowals, still they are primarily designed to complete the
personal training and universe education of a Creator Son himself.
These bestowals are not essential to the wise, just, and efficient
management of a local universe, but they are absolutely necessary to a
fair, merciful, and understanding administration of such a creation,
teeming with its varied forms of life and its myriads of intelligent
but imperfect creatures.
You can read more about this lengthy process of bestowal HERE
And here is the mystery:
119:7.5 Joshua ben Joseph, the Jewish
baby, was conceived and was born into the world just as all other
babies before and since except that this particular baby was the
incarnation of Michael of Nebadon, a divine Son of Paradise and the
creator of all this local universe of things and beings. And this
mystery of the incarnation of Deity within the human form of Jesus,
otherwise of natural origin on the world, will forever remain unsolved.
Even in eternity you will never know the technique and method of the
incarnation of the Creator in the form and likeness of his creatures.
That is the secret of Sonarington, and such mysteries are the exclusive
possession of those divine Sons who have passed through the bestowal
120:4.5 Urantia mortals
have varying concepts of the miraculous, but to us who live as citizens
of the local universe there are few miracles, and of these by far the
most intriguing are the incarnational bestowals of the Paradise Sons.
The appearance in and on your world, by apparently natural processes,
of a divine Son, we regard as a miracle—the operation of universal laws
beyond our understanding. Jesus of Nazareth was a miraculous person.
120:4.6 In and through all this extraordinary experience,
God the Father chose to manifest himself as he always does—in the usual
way—in the normal, natural, and dependable way of divine acting.
Personally, I find a little mystery a refreshing sidelight to the
spiritual journey. It could be a holdover from my Catholic upbringing,
when "it's a mystery" was the answer to a number of questions. I guess
I came to accept that we are surrounded by mystery insofar as
spirituality is concerned. And that's okay by me.
In some ways, God was always the biggest mystery, but The Urantia
Book helps so much to personalize God and make him accessible. Being
introduced to the concept of the Indwelling God is a true revelation that is helpful.
And understanding that Jesus personified God for us makes God even more
accessible, as we have the human Jesus as our bridge connecting man and
God forever more. The experience of coming to know God through Jesus is
pretty compelling, mystery or no...
I hope that this reply is somewhat helpful...I am no scholar, nor do
I have any special knowledge of these things; nevertheless, I am a
long-time reader/student of The Urantia Book. I have a good deal of
personal experience in acting out and experiencing some of the truths
that I have gotten from that study. And that is also a point that
might be helpful to your hypothetical inquirer: even though we may not
be able to grasp these "mysteries" with our rational minds, we CAN
grasp the realities of them in our daily living, as we continue to seek
for God and the truth of God, through the study of Jesus and his