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The Urantia “Religion”

I love driving. 

Some of my best thinking is performed when I drive long stretches of highway. If it is a pretty drive, which in Florida is most of the time when you are passing over rivers, next to lakes or across sprawling bridges, the environment stimulates interesting thoughts.

Having been a student of the Urantia revelation now approaching four decades, I have given thought to the strangeness of what the Urantia Book says about reality. There is no question I am a firm believer in what it says. I became a committed believer long ago, to the point where I gave an allegiance to God, that, to this day, I have never violated. I don’t like to tempt fate, but I told God on that day I would never again doubt his existence or my belief in his divine gift, the revelation of the Urantia Book.

Despite my imperfection, or perhaps because of it, I have accepted, on faith, thousands of statements in the Urantia Book that are found nowhere else in spiritual or metaphysical literature. Just a one who believes in every word of the Bible, I find myself willing to accepted the premise of Havona and its billion perfected spheres, and I believe in the explanation of the hierarchy of the Trinity Teacher Sons, the Ancients of Days, on down to the Most Highs as being a real thing. I accept, on faith, the Jesus of the Bible is also, in pre-bestowal form, Michael, the Creator Son of Nebadon, his local universe where Urantia, the planet of his seventh and final bestowal, occurred.

And as strange as these designates and names sound, against the backdrop of the larger narrative, there is a seemingly logical place for each one of these parts to fit in the story of God’s infinite creation, as it is portrayed in the Urantia Book.

I recognize I have a strange and somewhat unorthodox religion, but when I start thinking about the belief systems of other religions as they compare the those found in the Urantia Book, I would argue many common beliefs are actually more unusual that those put forth in the UB. Immaculate conception? Adam and Eve the first two humans? sacrificial lambs, or a place called hell?

Are these not equally strange concepts?

And yet billions of people accept these narratives without question and on faith. The Immaculate conception has meaning. It is the symbol of these concepts that bring value to the believer. They aid us in building a construct of what we hope awaits us in the afterlife, albeit the Urantia Book asserts their narrative is factually based and literal. Perhap the specificity of the Urantia narrative is its greatest appeal.

teaches we are all children of a loving creator and spiritual father who is also the designer and omnipresent force of love throughout the universe everywhere there is intelligent life.

The Urantia Book teaches evolution of the universe is integral to God’s universal plan of experience through growth, “be you perfect, even as I am perfect.”

The Urantia Book teaches fairness, compassion, service and loyalty are attributes which represent the highest nature of mortal men.

The Urantia Book teaches us to do God’s will, which is to treat others as you would like to be treated, and to serve others whenever possible.

The Urantia Book does indeed recognize the divinity of Christ, but it also reveals the human Jesus and his revelation of God as a loving father, the highest concept ever presented to mankind.

The Urantia Book teaches we are all uniquely different because each of us represents a unique personality trait of God’s infinite nature. Even in nature, no two snowflakes are alike. We are better when we learn to live with one another in peace, but it will come with great struggle. Peace requires courage and trust but these are not easily attainable in social environments. W are not perfect, but we can strive to be perfect, we can strive to be better human beings. This is what the Urantia Book teaches, but is also what all great religions teach.

No matter how we express our belief misses the point of religion, which is the interpretation of one persons’ attempt to find and know God. As personalities, we are naturally drawn to Him if we are attracted to spirit realities. God is, after all, spirit. He is the origin of spirit existence and the destiny of all spirit personalities. Is there any wonder there are infinite paths to finding God?

Better to find unity between religions than to create uniformity among them. Which is the point of this article.

Always remember, at the root of every belief system is hope, a yearning for personality survival. It is this uniqueness of the human experience that binds all of us together.

“And so, when you once start out to find God, that is the conclusive proof that God has already found you.”


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