by Jim Watkins
If you renamed the Urantia Book The Book of Jedi it would probably become instantly popular. The story is basically the same.
An entire generation of kids – now adults – grew up embracing and enjoying the concepts of Star Wars, which was the creation of George Lucas, who basically retells the story of the Lucifer Rebellion from the Urantia Book, and made it into a sci-fi blockbuster.
Just as Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek in the 1960’s was themed upon the message of universal life expansion, (a staple in the Urantia Book narrative), so did Star Wars insert The Force into the lexicon of Western culture, which mirrors the concept of the First Source and Center teachings germane to the Urantia Book about God.
But the similarities don’t end there.
In Star Wars we learn:
The force is good, but there is also the potential for evil, depending on your motives.
Life is everywhere and mostly benign, but there is also a universal government (The Republic) which gets taken over by an evil Lord who falls to the dark side, appoints himself as God, and becomes the leader of the Empire.
The Jedi are basically a high order of wisely trained spiritual warriors who are able to attempt to bring order back to the universe, and who attempt to take back control of universe from the clutches of evil Darth Vader, who also fell to darkness.
Compare this to the narrative of The Lucifer Rebellion from Paper 57 in which Lucifer, a high Son who rebels against the order (Christ and God) and takes with him his agent Satan, who runs around the system shoring up support for Lucifer, and takes up battle with the lesser angels and Sons like Gabriel and the Melchizedeks, who are trying to save the universe from Lucifer, who has fallen to the dark side.
In comparison, Obi Won Kenobi is like a Melchizedek who trains young Luke (Abraham) on the Jedi concepts (Mota meanings) so he can defeat the evil Vader (who is Satan), and who serves the Sith Lord (Lucifer). Yoda is like Gabriel, who aids in the training of young Luke to become a Jedi.
What is a Jedi?
A Jedi is someone who receives revealed knowledge about the force, and who embraces wholeheartedly the belief that the force is everywhere and is good (God). This force can also be accessed by those who search for truth and who live ethically and morally-sound lives.
Some have speculated that Luke is the metaphorical Jesus, but I tend to observe him more like Abraham who, as you may know, introduced monotheism (the force) 2,000 years years ago when our world was under “darkness” from the Lucifer rebellion.
Jedi knights are human beings who learn the ways of the higher spirits (the Most Highs), and who serve as ambassador’s and protectors of the force, and specifically, are used to defeat The Sith Lord before he completely dominates the universe far, far away (a possible reference to Jerusem and its forty-nine satellites, or perhaps to the entire system of Satania and its 619 worlds).
Young people today grasp these concepts rather easily because the story of good versus evil is embedded into our cultural psyche going all the way back even to the times of David vs. Goliath. This story of conflict resonates in human beings because we live this conflict (making moral choices) every day.
Star Wars also gives heed to monotheism, a central force we can tap into through meditation and even prayer (“use the force Luke, feel the force around you” – Yoda).
The Urantia Book would not seem as strange to the current generation who are not as tradition-bound as their parents.
The Urantia Book, like the Star Wars and Star Trek narrative, shows us a living and vibrant universe, one that, from time to time, falls into conflict.
The unparalleled popularity of these science fiction classics show how receptive people would be to the revelatory concepts found in the Urantia Book, which are reflected in the more advanced presenations of movies or novels of this genre which portray a grand creation filled with intelligent personality brings.
May the force be with you.