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wrote. As you may know, TruthBook.com is devoted to spreading the
teachings of The Urantia Book, and most especially the life and teachings of Jesus; so, my answer will be taken from
You want to know how to think about God...as a Father? YES! As the one
who is in everything? YES! And even more...but thinking is the first step!
Contemplation of God and his goodness opens that door to experience with
God and a better understanding of him.
101:1.3 The 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.
155:6.13 When you once begin to
find God in your soul, presently you will begin to discover him in other
men's souls and eventually in all the creatures and creations of a mighty
universe. But what chance does the Father have to appear as a God of
supreme loyalties and divine ideals in the souls of men who give little or
no time to the thoughtful contemplation of such eternal realities? While
the mind is not the seat of the spiritual nature, it is indeed the gateway
So, you are certainly on the right track, wanting to know how to THINK
about God...but don't stop there! We benefit from actually sharing our
inner life with God - including him in every moment of our day until it
becomes an automatic habit. The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!
Again, Jesus offers us the best attitude to have when we want to
155:6.12 Many of your brethren
have minds which accept the theory of God while they spiritually fail to
realize the presence of God. And that is just the reason why I have so
often taught you that the kingdom of heaven can best be realized by
acquiring the spiritual attitude of a sincere child. It is not the mental
immaturity of the child that I commend to you but rather the spiritual
simplicity of such an easy-believing and fully-trusting little one. It is
not so important that you should know about the fact of God as that you
should increasingly grow in the ability to feel the presence of God.
If you are a student of The Urantia Book, you may know already
that God is your most intimate and most ever-present friend. And this is
one helpful way to think about God - as your Great Friend and the Father
of your spirit-self. The Father actually lives within your mind
and is available to you always - he is as close as a thought! He has given
himself to be your life-long partner and to experience your life with you.
It is this Presence of God that we all want to FEEL, once we KNOW about
We are meant to live our lives in relationship - relationship with God
and with our fellows. When we cultivate that primary relationship with God
and nurture it with good spiritual habits like meditation and
contemplation, we begin to actually feel his presence and his love;
further, we begin to desire to express the love that we receive from the
Father and bestow it on others. This makes us happier and more productive.
And then we begin to really experience the joy that can come from a God-
knowing, God-centered life.
196:3.34 The great challenge to modern man
is to achieve better communication with the divine Monitor that dwells
within the human mind. Man's greatest adventure in the flesh consists in
the well-balanced and sane effort to advance the borders of self-
consciousness out through the dim realms of embryonic soul-consciousness
in a wholehearted effort to reach the borderland of spirit-consciousness—
contact with the divine presence. Such an experience constitutes God-
consciousness, an experience mightily confirmative of the pre-existent
truth of the religious experience of knowing God. Such spirit-
consciousness is the equivalent of the knowledge of the actuality of
sonship with God.
Thanks again for writing; I hope that my reply has been helpful to you.
Please click on the links I've given you so that you can expand your
understanding of God, and The Urantia Book. And feel free to
write back anytime!