Can We Handle The Truth?

I want you to take a good hard look at this picture.

You already know who it is.

I could show this picture to 100 people and 95% of them will know who it is. The five remaining people will take no more than two guesses, no matter their age, or even their religion to correctly guess it is a picture of Jesus.

The reason we know who it is is because when Christ left he sent us his spirit, the Spirit of Truth, so all people would have a truth-detector, his way of offering protection from deception, because he knew life would be full of deception.

Christ chose our world, according to the Urantia Book, out of ten million other worlds where he could have completed his seventh and final bestowal as a mortal being.

He chose our world for a good reason. I do not happen to know what that reason was, but I suspect he desired to make the most of a difficult challenge; he wanted to make sure no one could ever question his commitment in following the Father’s will even in the worst, perhaps the very worst of circumstances.

And boy was he right.

Our world was so wretched and backward we even went so far as to crucify the Prince of Peace, we told him to get lost. We sent the Son of Man and the Son of God packing. Not something I am particularly proud of as a human.

People still do it today. Many die every day because some people hate Christ with such extremism, it borders on insanity.

Because of our actions and his commitment as a bestowal Son, our world is known among the cosmos, among the millions of civilized and enlightened nations throughout our region of space, as the World of the Cross.

But Christ picked us because he believed in us, he saw our potential. He saw the future when his plan would triumph.

When I get really depressed about how bad things are and how badly people behave, I remember again, I think of the picture, and I remind myself that even Christ believed in us. I don’t think he was wrong.

People are starting to realize material realities are dead ends. Plus, new discoveries have prepared people for the unexpected. We are a generation that grew up on Star Trek, Star Wars and Guardians of The Galaxy; our telescopes are detecting abundant evidence for potential life, and tech, despite the pitfalls of social media, bring us closer together through shared knowledge and common experience.

Maybe Christ saw in our hearts, during those days in the flesh getting to know his human fellows, perhaps he saw a longing in our hearts for love and peace; he could see his father in the human soul.

The picture of Jesus is a computerized image created from the actual blood stains and imprint of the Shroud of Turin, the cloth Jesus’ dead body was wrapped in before he was put into the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea.

When the tomb was discovered and the body of Jesus was found to be missing, the cloth was all that was left. I guess you really can’t take it with you, even your clothes.

People debate the shroud, some say it’s a fake. Others believe it is truly authentic as the cloth that wrapped Jesus’ body.

The Urantia Book explains (rather prophetically) what happened to Jesus’ body after the resurrection. It’s a fascinating story worth reading

189:1.2 After the resurrected Jesus emerged from his burial tomb, the body of flesh in which he had lived and wrought on earth for almost thirty-six years was still lying there in the sepulchre niche, undisturbed and wrapped in the linen sheet, just as it had been laid to rest by Joseph and his associates on Friday afternoon.

…Mankind is slow to perceive that, in all that is personal, matter is the skeleton of morontia, and that both are the reflected shadow of enduring spirit reality. How long before you will regard time as the moving image of eternity and space as the fleeting shadow of Paradise realities?

189:2.1 At ten minutes past three o’clock, as the resurrected Jesus fraternized with the assembled morontia (angelic) personalities from the seven mansion worlds, the chief of archangels—the angels of the resurrection—approached Gabriel and asked for the mortal body of Jesus. Said the chief of the archangels: “We may not participate in the morontia (angelic) resurrection of the bestowal experience of our sovereign, but we would have his mortal remains put in our custody for immediate dissolution. We do not propose to employ our technique of dematerialization; we merely wish to invoke the process of accelerated time. It is enough that we have seen the Sovereign live and die on Urantia; the hosts of heaven would be spared the memory of enduring the sight of the slow decay of the human form of the Creator and Upholder of a universe. In the name of the celestial intelligences of all Nebadon, I ask for a mandate giving me the custody of the mortal body of Jesus of Nazareth and empowering us to proceed with its immediate dissolution.”

and then….

189:2.7 The tomb of Joseph was empty, not because the body of Jesus had been rehabilitated or resurrected, but because the celestial hosts had been granted their request to afford it a special and unique dissolution, a return of the “dust to dust,” without the intervention of the delays of time and without the operation of the ordinary and visible processes of mortal decay and material corruption.

189:2.8 The mortal remains of Jesus underwent the same natural process of elemental disintegration as characterizes all human bodies on earth except that, in point of time, this natural mode of dissolution was greatly accelerated, hastened to that point where it became well-nigh instantaneous.

So you see, the material body of Jesus was dissolved through a process that accelerated dissolution, like a flash of heat, such as would leave residue from ash absorbed in cloth forming an imprint that happens to look a lot like a man who was just crucified.

Many who have spent decades researching the Shroud do not know the Urantia Book narrative.

If they did it would explain the imprint. I wish someone would tell them. It would serve as an incredibly important revelation.

But to my point about Christ putting his trust in humanity to be able to discern the truth, the big reveal is not so outlandish as it once might have been in former days.

Today’s minds may be prone to accept:

…we live in an orderly universe

…a spiritual force does exist, this force is a force for good; we are endowed with it.

…spiritual beings exist and help us

….the universe is filled with life every where; there is fraternity.

…the journey ahead will take us an eternity to complete, this is the beginning and unites us as fellow human beings.

Today’s minds can embrace cosmology without the theology; let God work out the details.

Jesus believed we could handle the truth, so let’s not be afraid to share it if it can provide comfort to the hopeless.

A Better Way

You read a lot these days about Americans becoming less religious. A recent Gallup poll suggests that more and more people are not identifying as being Catholic or Protestant (in other words Christian) or no longer attending church or synagogue. All of this may be true, but are people truly becoming less religious or is it the traditions of religion people are walking away from?

The message of redemption and salvation these days are foreign concepts. They are not deemed scientific. Society ignores the notion of an afterlife and very rarely do I ever hear of any preacher talking about the afterlife as a matter of fact, only as a matter of faith.

To me the afterlife is the same proposition as graduating from high school; an eventuality. There is more to come and we are being prepared for it in this life. I believe if we viewed the afterlife as a real place with real things and a real purpose, then life now becomes truly everlasting – and we begin to hold ourselves accountable for what we do in this life, just as we know what we learn in K-12 will have an impact on our adult life. To me, there is no difference, but this is because I have zero doubt of God’s creation and its purpose thanks to the fact that my religion has satisfactorily answer these questions.

The idea of an afterlife, a continuation of life where we retain our memories and continue to have relationship with current family and friends, as well as new ones in the worlds beyond, provides hope to me and it should provide hope to millions of hungry souls everywhere who need to know this isn’t the end of existence, this place isn’t the end of the line If it were, we would all be in very bad shape.

And yet, the current socially common ideology being pushed is this is the only life that matters and therefore we have no need to concern ourselves with whatever comes after we die. No one knows, they say, except religion knows, this is the purpose and point of religion, to remind us of this continuation, if we embrace it. 

Secularism is the belief that only the here and now is real. The reason this idea is adopted by totalitarian societies is because such an ideology requires no responsibility to a higher power; you are free to do what you wish without regard to God or even enduring principles. If you don’t believe in God, then you have no responsibility to God for anything that you do here.

Some call this freedom, liberating. No guilt, no repentance.

In this world only man determines the rules.

In the greater existence there is a common truth about deity, which is that the first source and center of all things continually adds to the cosmos. The energy we get from the sun is the physical representation of force, but there is also a spiritual force just as powerful. This is what we worship in a million different ways. Many people today choose not to worship because they have no clear idea of what they are worshipping, and therefore religion has fallen in favor with the man on the street. He isn’t sure how it all applies because he isn’t connected to this force.

But beyond this existence is a creation filled with personalities, many like ourselves, who do worship because they do recognize the spiritual creator. We call him God, but he called many things, all meaning the same.

Our world, as it moves away from godliness (spiritual principles), will revert to a less progressive, more belligerent stage; society erodes, crime goes up, despair becomes the climate and all of this reflects on an absence of spiritual force in our lives, what true religion offers.

Once we, as fellows teachers of truth, become better at sharing this message, the more our fellows will be unburdened by the materialism of life.

What If Jesus Had Lived To Be 80?

Ponder this.

Let us say in our universe there are 10 million worlds that have life. That isn’t very much when you consider there are 100 million stars or more in just our local region of space, that would be roughly 1 world per 10 solar systems if it were true.

We are told God is very decimal-oriented. The way we measure, the amount of stuff something contains are measured using the decimal system.

So I’m guessing since God does a lot of the same things the same way, perhaps in his vision of every star acting as an energy systems, which is what they do, perhaps it isn’t unreasonable to conjecture one in ten of these blazing orbs may also host a form of intelligent life within its systems of planets.

So, out of these 10 million worlds, to which ours may be one, we are informed from the Urantia Book revelators there is only one Creator Son.

These Michael Sons represent the highest order of sonship, the “only-begotten son,” as it were, which represents that specific and original aspect of personality,; God’s unique offspring in spirit form, made Word.

It is also told to us that this one only begotten-son bestows himself on the worlds of time and space at his choosing, there to live as a human being from birth to death.

So in this grand drama the bestowal Son does this because it is essential for these Sons to know the experience of every created form of spirit endowed life, including humans of mortal ascent.

It’s like Undercover Boss, that TV show where the CEO goes undercover to learn more about the business. Same EXACT thing.

These Sons of God live on worlds like ours, to learn how things are going.

In a spiritual sense, we had won the lottery; we were allowed to host the Incarnate Michael Son on his bestowal mission, God’s choicest gift to any world.

And why did Christ Michael choose our sphere?

Because our world is what you might call the final exam; it is also one of the darkest, most sordid, confused and desolate places in the whole universe of Jesus’ creation, owing to the Lucifer rebellion in the previous age, which left its stain across a thousand worlds, including our own.

Christ picked our world because it allowed him the most challenging experience he could face.

Truth in fact is that had we been better prepared for this bestowal Son, Jesus could have lived much longer.

People heard his words and he developed a following despite so few understanding the true magnitude of who the man of Nazareth really was.

Despite having just three years to share this new gospel this Son of God became the light of the world in the ages that followed. Had he lived longer he could have done more to bring mankind completely out of the darkness.

His message was pure and simple.

His message was of love and service.

From this perspective we, humanity, took the most precious person to ever live, the actual representative from Paradise, and nailed him to the cross.

Let that sink in.

They tell us we are known as “the world of the cross.”

Fortunately, for the Spirit of Truth, he still does live and he still does transform.

And we now have his complete life in the revelation.

The question is will humanity take the time to prepare themselves for the nest bestowal, or perhaps even the return of the Son of Man?

How will we treat him when he comes?

The Wilson Connection

Let us draw illustrations that indicate it is not until man has the first internal dialogue with Self that true intellectual growth begins to occur. It is in fact, this internal conversation between self and ego that determines growth.

Remember the movie Cast Away with Tom Hanks? Remember Wilson, the volleyball he speaks to at about midway in the movie?

Think about this for a moment on what occurs after Hanks’s character Chuck begins to have dialogue with this inanimate object. What is happening,? what is transpiring, and what are the results of this interaction between self and external object Wilson represents?

What conclusions can we draw?

Here is a nugget of trivia from a movie review which takes me to my next point.

The writer says, “Chucks fortune begins to turn the moment he “meets” Wilson. Immediately after he begins talking with Wilson, he succeeds in building a fire.” (ImDB, Trivia quote)

It is this personal conversation that really saves Chuck’s life; he starts a fire; he eats cooked food; he is stronger and builds a better residence. Everything changes.

So it’s an illustration of the beginnings of the real connection between self and God, isn’t it?  

91:3.1 Children, when first learning to make use of language, are prone to think out loud, to express their thoughts in words, even if no one is present to hear them. With the dawn of creative imagination they evince a tendency to converse with imaginary companions. In this way a budding ego seeks to hold communion with a fictitious alter ego. By this technique the child early learns to convert his monologue conversations into pseudo dialogues in which this alter ego makes replies to his verbal thinking and wish expression. Very much of an adult’s thinking is mentally carried on in conversational form.

…such techniques of praying tend to evolve into the dialogue type of communication by the emergence of the idea of an alter ego. In time the alter-ego concept is exalted to a superior status of divine dignity, and prayer as an agency of religion has appeared.

111:4.2 Meanings are derived from a combination of recognition and understanding. Meanings are nonexistent in a wholly sensory or material world. Meanings and values are only perceived in the inner or supermaterial spheres of human experience.

111:4.3 The advances of true civilization are all born in this inner world of mankind. It is only the inner life that is truly creative. Civilization can hardly progress when the majority of the youth of any generation devote their interests and energies to the materialistic pursuits of the sensory or outer world.

111:4.8 You cannot completely control the external world—environment. It is the creativity of the inner world that is most subject to your direction because there your personality is so largely liberated from the fetters of the laws of antecedent causation. There is associated with personality a limited sovereignty of will.

111:4.9 Since this inner life of man is truly creative, there rests upon each person the responsibility of choosing as to whether this creativity shall be spontaneous and wholly haphazard or controlled, directed, and constructive. How can a creative imagination produce worthy children when the stage whereon it functions is already preoccupied by prejudice, hate, fears, resentments, revenge, and bigotries?

111:4.10 Ideas may take origin in the stimuli of the outer world, but ideals are born only in the creative realms of the inner world. Today the nations of the world are directed by men who have a superabundance of ideas, but they are poverty-stricken in ideals. That is the explanation of poverty, divorce, war, and racial hatreds.

Today’s society robs people of the experience of getting to know their internal selves. We no longer even identify thie otherness that exists within the citadel of our minds. By the time we are one years of age the external world and all of its lights, buttons, sounds and colors takes away from the growth of the inner world the Urantia Book speaks in the above excerpts. And yet it is this very interaction which stimulates true spiritual insight.

Is it any wonder so many people seem dead to the spiritual joy that surrounds them? They can’t see it, they don’t know it exists.

But it does exist. Your future self is even now in it’s embryonic stage lying within your mind as a fragment of your spiritual creator, your point of origin as well as your current destiny.

It does require a leap of faith, but the conversation starts with you.