Q: I am always searching for the right religion or spiritual practice to believe in. This
like a never-ending quest, and it's very tiring! Spiritual writings seem to tell us that we will
find peace when we find truth, but I am not at peace—even when I read The Urantia Book.
What does The Urantia Book say about the search for 'real' religion, and how can I know
when I've found it?
A: It sounds like you have not read quite enough of The Urantia
Book yet, if you are still not finding that peace that you are looking for, and also, since
you seem not to know what it says about "real religion." Little do you seem to understand that
HAVE found what you need, but there are steps you must make before you can "realize" what you
I would strongly suggest that you read the Religion Papers, starting HERE. These papers are some of the most
inspiring papers, and some of my all-time favorites regarding religion. Read them all carefully,
and then, read them again. They go from Paper 99 to Paper 103.
In a nutshell, The
Urantia Book's teachings on religion boil down to this: you are indwelt by a fragment of
and this indwelling Spirit is there to help guide you into a knowledge of God's will, and to help
you grow your immortal soul. Your religion is a personal relationship with God, and is manifested
and made real by your own personal experience with God.
We like to call this
"smart religion," because it addresses your personal needs for connection to God from within; it
is just between you and God - no one else. You have the perfect guide right inside of you; it is very smart to take advantage of this
You will not find it from without,
but you WILL find it by going within and establishing that personal relationship with God. You
read the words of spiritual writing all day long, but even the teachings of The Urantia
Book will not help you unless, and until, you reach up to God, who is ALL Truth. When you
he will reciprocate by reaching down to you; you will eventually achieve the peace that you seek
when you make that effort. You'll start to find evidence of this "real religion" in your personal
experience; it will be meaningful to you, personal and profound.
Some thoughts from the
Some other helpful quotes: Click on the
links to open the text.
"...true religion is the devotion of the self to the service
of meaningful and supreme values."
"True religion is to know God as your Father and man as
"True religion is a wholehearted devotion to some reality which the
religionist deems to be of supreme value to himself and for all mankind."
religion is a matter of personal spiritual experience, it is inevitable that each individual
religionist must have his own and personal interpretation of the realization of that spiritual
"...religion is genuine and worth while if it fosters in the individual an
experience in which the sovereignty of truth, beauty, and goodness prevails, for such is the true
spiritual concept of supreme reality. And through love and worship this becomes meaningful as
fellowship with man and sonship with God."
I could go on, but it is up to you to
make the effort now. Persevere in your quest for God—it is the most satisfying journey you will
ever make. Once you begin to have that personal spiritual experience for yourself, you will find
what you are looking for. The Urantia Book will give you the tools, but you have to do
the work with those tools—so keep reading, and don't give up!
(2:6.1) In the physical universe we may see the divine beauty, in the
intellectual world we may discern eternal truth, but the goodness of God is found only in the
spiritual world of personal religious experience. In its true essence, religion is a faith-trust
in the goodness of God. God could be great and absolute, somehow even intelligent and personal,
philosophy, but in religion God must also be moral; he must be good. Man might fear a great God,
but he trusts and loves only a good God. This goodness of God is a part of the personality of
and its full revelation appears only in the personal religious experience of the believing sons
(5:4.2) The great and
immediate service of true religion is the establishment of an enduring unity in human experience,
a lasting peace and a profound assurance.