The Relevancy Of The Urantia Book to Modern Theology, Part 1

Far few people know the Urantia Book exists, much less know the most important facet of the 1955 publication is its 700 page-plus narrative of the life and teachings of the founder of the worlds most popular religion.

Apparently, this man Jesus of Nazareth is so important to the heavenly world, it was deemed necessary to re present his life and teachings in book form because much of his teachings have been lost over time, or compromised from the watershed of other cults who have come into contact with Christianity since its inception the day of Pentecost.

To Christians, Jesus is the Son of God; to the authors of the Urantia Book, who cite the guardian angel of the Apostle Andrew as its primary – though not its exclusive -source, Jesus is the incarnated Michael, Creator of the universe and everything in it.

“These primary Paradise Sons are the real revealers of the Father’s loving nature and beneficent authority, the same Father who, in association with the Son and the Spirit, is the universal head of all power, personality, and government throughout all the universal realms.” (UB 21:3:24)

Of Micheal’s bestowal mission nineteen centuries ago, it is stated:

“Only once in his sevenfold career as a bestowal Son is a Paradise Michael born of woman as you have the record of the babe of Bethlehem. Only once does he live and die as a member of the lowest order of evolutionary will creatures.” (UB 21:4:3)

“He who seen the Son has seen the Father,” is a factual statement, according to the Urantia Book, because between Christ Michael and the Father, there is no higher personality representative of the first father of all creation, the only I Am. It was literally true when on earth, Jesus proclaimed, “No one goes to the father except through me, his Son.”

To those on high, this bestowal mission is celebrated as an event like no other, that moment when the highest personality representative of Deity, faithfully entered upon a life of mortal living. This kind of event only happens once in our creation. This is why they took notes.

But those notes could not be shared until we were intellectually prepared for the first three sections of the Urantia Book, all of which details the panorama of universal growth and expansion.

Modern Chrstians have no idea just how powerful Christ is in the order of Sons who rest under his command, both before and after his bestowal mission. In fact the very term Bestowal holds little meaning without the context of the mission at hand. What was the purpose of Jesus coming here, living his life as a human, and then, both according to scripture and the Urantia Book, raise up his life on the “third day.”

Bestowal means our world was chosen, that we were chosen by Michael, and because of the will of the Father, our little world, known in the heavens as “the world of the cross,” would be his home:

“Urantia is the sentimental shrine of all Nebadon, the chief of ten million inhabited worlds, the mortal home of Christ Michael, sovereign of all Nebadon…And your record tells the truth when it says that this same Jesus has promised sometime to return to the world of his terminal bestowal, the “World of the Cross.” (UB 119:8:8)

One might say, Jim, what do you mean the only world, maybe we are the only world, the Bible doesn’t mention any other worlds?

Jesus himself spoke of his Fathers House and many mansions, the bible repeatedly refers to the “seven heavens,” and we know from the Genesis that quote, “El Elyon, the Most High, is the divine creator of the stars of the firmament and even of this very earth on which we live, and he is also the supreme God of heaven.”

It would be logical to deduce from Jesus’ statements that he came from a different place to bestow upon us a better understanding of his Father “in heaven,” and for the specific purpose to experience life as one of his created children, living among them, knowing firsthand the experience of life as a mortal.

And this same Christ did six times previous even before he was born on our world, most significant because this world was his last stop before being crowned Sovereign Master Son.

Does that sound like something which would be hugely significant on a universal scale; something akin to providing humanity with a more accurate retelling of a Man-God who once walked among us?

Millions of Christians today have left the church for reasons wide and varied.

The Urantia Book provides an expanded story of creation, provides for a new examination and explanation of this teacher of truth, ready to be discovered again by a world hungry for new meaning consistentwith science, rooted in a cohesive and logical philosophy, consistent with history, and theologically plausible to most major religious thought.

Once exposed to this expanded worldview of Jesus and his life, compiled by our “unseen friends” who were there, it becomes hard to look away and not to be moved by the thrilling rediscovery of the most important human being ever to live, celebrated by a vast array of celestial beings throughout the entire universe of our fathers’ creation, whom Jesus so gloriously personified during his short sojourn as a man.

How is that for a plot line?

You may be compelled to apply the Occams’ Razor’s principle to our scenario of determining if extra terrestrial beings provided the source material to the Urantia Book, a principle that states “all things being equal, the simplest explanation is most likely the truth.” In this case, we might arguably consider the facts:

To date, no one has claimed authorship of the Urantia Book, no profit has been generated, and for over thirty years priot to its publication, over four-hundred people evaluated the writings and came to the same conclusion: No single human being could possibly know, with this degree of accuracy, the events as they are presented in the 196 papers that comprise the Urantia Book.

Such an individual, to be competent enough to compile such a volume of information, would have complete access to all contemporary historic and anthropological data, and also possess replete geographical knowledge of not just Judea, but of the entirety of the Roman Empire, coupled with the intimate knowledge of the customs of the Jews, the Greeks, the Romans, the Egyptians, the Zoroastrians, of Far East cultures going back thousands of years, and with near precision, is able to miraculously narrate, with utmost accuracy and correct chronology, the day-by-day account of this Nazarene Jesus as he lived his life until his crucifixion in 30 AD.

Such a person or persons would have to have access (with complete memory recall) the equivalent of no less than thirty two encyclopedias, or roughly the equivalent of having knowledge equal to the entirety of the 32 volume Encyclopedia Brittanica, published in 1868, along with both Old and New Testaments, the Torah, Gilgamesh, and be an expert of the writings of over a dozen different other major world religions.

And such a mind would have been able to fool over 400 very smart and dedicated people who had no direct benefit, but who ably studied these texts searching for inconsistencies and errors. A disocvery of such errors would have instantly revealed fraud, yet such was not the case.

Would such a brilliant mind stoop so low as to concoct such a narrative and then pass it without taking any credit for something that took 29 years to complete?

People will always say, how could angels write such a book? Why would they write such a book?

They say, “surely this is the work of complete fiction.”

And I again refer you to my postulate. How could a man, or even a team of people put this kind of effort into something that to date, is totally publicly funded and has never made a dime in profit?  Please also factor in it was written in a time when we did not have computers. The author or authors were unaided by the ability to cross reference or even validate thousands of statements that, as it turns out, later computers and data access could authenticate.

In summary, the Urantia Book is divided into four major sections, with each section containing individual papers, or essays written by what I call “experts,” advanced personalitieswho have profound experience in matters they were summoned to prepare as part of the revelatory process.

Again, I fully realize how strange it might be to accept all of this on faith. Occam’s Razor would declare the simplest possible explanation for the existence of the Urantia Book must have come from a group of experts who worked feverishly for over 30 years to create the book.

This simplest explanation (“all things being equal”) is derived from the a priori assumption that:

  1. There are no such things as non-material beings
  2. The Urantia Book, unlike other scholarly works, provides no sourcing and therefore cannot be critically peer-reviewed
  3. It appears to be an attempt modernize Christianity by fusing it with scienc-fiction fantasy


The idea of revelation is not new. Man’s history is rich with stories of Revelation.

To Mary and her cousin Elizabeth, it was foretold both women would give birth to a child of promise. John the Baptist prepared the way, and simultaneously Jesus appears on the scene to turn the whole Roman Empire upside down with new spiritual truth.

Mohammed declares he also received revelation from Gabriel, the same personality who previously visited the mothers of Jesus and John.

Moses received a revelation in the teachings of the Commandments, which is the foundation of Jewish Law; let us not forget the revelation of Adam and Eve (if one believes they existed); then there are the hundreds of Jewish prophets starting with Abraham, whose mentor, Melchizedek, the “Sage of Salem,” taught advanced truth to the Sumerians nearly four-thousand years ago; Native American prophets are of account in the early writings of The Shawanee and other tribes, as well as the long line of Asian teachers such as Confucius, Buddha, Lao-Tse, all seeking truth, and then influencing truth seekers who would follow them down to modern age.

History is replete with revelation in the form of advanced truth. Is it so strange the sons and daughters of the light of God would, including the Son of Man himself, not continue to deliver advanced truth when man is better prepared to receive it?

Thus is the entire premise of the Urantia Book.


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