You wrote: "Read the UB. No mention of the reality of hell that
awaits non believers. why? thousands of testimonies state otherwise."
Thanks so much for writing with your question about hell. You say:
"Read the UB." I guess that can mean that you are reading the book, or
that you have already read it. In any event, I'd like to help you come
to peace with this idea of hell, which is a concept that is not taught
as a reality in The Urantia Book.
In its pages, especially in the papers about God in Part I, do you
remember reading the magnificent and sweeping concept of God, the
Universal Father? In Part I, we are introduced to a personal God of
love whose only response to his creation IS love. We learn that God
loves not LIKE a Father but AS a Father. And once we understand this
concept, it is impossible to reconcile the idea of eternal damnation
with such a divine being of perfect Fatherly affection.
If you happen to be a parent, it may be easy to imagine what you
do in God's place, if one of your own children were a non-believer.
Would you ever condemn a child of yours to eternal torment for ANY
reason? If a mere mortal parent cannot imagine doing that to one of
their children, then we certainly cannot expect that God can love us
any less than that. The Urantia Book upsteps mankind's concept of God
from the vengeful, jealous God of the Old Testament to that of a divine
Deity who loves all of his children with a tolerant and forgiving
There are consequences for making a final decision to reject eternal
life and the divine ascension plan that God has in place for us, but it
has nothing to do with eternal suffering as a punishment; perhaps
you'll recall the part that explains that it has rather to do with a
complete cessation of existence of that personality - like a candle
being extinguished. It is as if the person never existed at all. But
there's no punitive suffering involved. That would just be mean, and
completely uncharacteristic of a loving God.
You mention "thousands of testimonies" about hell, but I'm not sure
what you mean. Maybe you just mean that thousands of people believe in
hell; I know that many people do believe in such a terrible place, but
once a person gets to know God in a personal way as a loving Father,
all such fears about him eventually fade and disappear - replaced by
personal experience of his generous and loving nature.
The teachings of The Urantia Book do explain some things about the
development of the concept of hell throughout our evolutionary
development; I did a search for it in The Urantia Book, and found six
references. If you wonder what the book says about hell, you can try it
yourself, by looking at the top right of any www.TruthBook.com page and
typing in the word hell where it says "Search The Urantia Book only."
Maybe reading about how the concept developed among our ancestors will
help you gain a different view of it.
And lastly, it's good to remember that Jesus, the incarnated Son of
God, said more than once that: "He who has seen me has seen the
Father." Jesus dd not teach a hell doctrine, nor did he instill fear of
God into his followers. His life was a testament to, and a
demonstration of, the loving, forgiving nature of God the Father - his
Father, and ours.
Thanks so much for writing; I hope that this reply has been helpful.