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I can't find a church I like

You asked: (snip) I don't know if the Urantia book claims to be the be all and end all. But there is something else that I wanted to know. I have investigated a lot of churches but the World Mission Society Church of God really bothers me. I was introduced to this church by a person on college campus. I stopped going because they were too pushy. Would you consider their leader a false messiah from a Urantia perspective or from your own opinion from what I tell you?

A: It appears that you are on quite a spiritual quest, looking for an earthly religion that you can hang your hat on.

There are many worthy Urantian religions. And any Urantia Book reader/student/believer can feel comfortable in any number of them. This one that you're asking about does not look all that promising, though, simply because, according to you, it feels too "pushy." Its beliefs "bother" you. That's a good indication that your search is not yet finished. My opinion of this church is really irrelevant. It is your opinion that matters.

No matter what church you find in the world, there will always be a set of rules, a set of dogmas, a set of theological beliefs...in other words, you'll find an established tradition that is expected to be followed and honored, traditions that are the result of human thinking. This one that you're citing obviously has a set of beliefs that causes serious doubt in your mind.

Practically all Urantian religions are what are termed "religions of the mind," meaning a religion that depends upon its devotees believing in the authority of the intellectual theology. They are generally a passive kind of second-hand religion (in my experience).

Here's Jesus' description of the three main types of religion:

"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."

I suggest that you click to read both of the discourses on true religion that Jesus gave to his apostles. This is excellent spiritual direction from Jesus, and should help you if you take his advice to heart.

In my opinion, the best kind of religion to follow is #3 above - "True religion—the religion of revelation" - "the religion of the spirit as demonstrated in human experience." This is the kind of religion that Jesus himself followed, and it is all about having a personal relationship with God, and depending upon the authority of the inner experience with God as to the rightness and wrongness of things and ideas.

When one follows this kind of personalized religion, it becomes much easier to 1)understand the religions of the mind, and 2) to fit oneself into a fellowship of an institutionalized church (such as many Christian sects) without necessarily accepting all of the dogma and theology - if that's what you're looking for. After all, the main purpose of a church is really to socialize the religious experience. And many people from many traditions have spiritual experience with God that they want to share...or, they are looking for that kind of experience.

If you approach all religions from a base of your own original and spontaneous experience with God, you'll find that you can fellowship with the people, rather than the theology, if what you desire is to enjoy the benefits of being a part of a church fellowship. If you're looking for real spiritual truths, the best place to find them is by continuing to read The Urantia Book, and cultivating that religion of the spirit through personal relationship with God.

In that paper I cited above, and about the religion of the spirit, Jesus said:

"The religion of the spirit means effort, struggle, conflict, faith, determination, love, loyalty, and progress. The religion of the mind—the theology of authority—requires little or none of these exertions from its formal believers. Tradition is a safe refuge and an easy path for those fearful and halfhearted souls who instinctively shun the spirit struggles and mental uncertainties associated with those faith voyages of daring adventure out upon the high seas of unexplored truth in search for the farther shores of spiritual realities as they may be discovered by the progressive human mind and experienced by the evolving human soul."

This religion of the spirit is between you and God, and involves personal spiritual experience with him. It is an adventure, and an ongoing kind of experimental enterprise that is rewarded by an increased closeness to God, and an increased understanding of our brothers and sisters.

I might suggest that you work on establishing that kind of religion in your experience before you continue looking for some kind of "true" religion somewhere out in the world. You are more likely than not to end up finding fault with all of them...but when viewed through the lens of personal spiritual experience with God, you might eventually find one that you can live with.

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