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.

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.

Did Humanity Receive a New Revelation?

An Argument for the Assertion on the Revelatory Importance of the Urantia Book. 

By its own claim of being a revelation of spiritual and historical truth we are called to evaluate this assertion on the premise that, if true, such a revelation could have an enormous societal impact spanning the next century and beyond.

The implications are indeed enormous in scope if such revelatory statements can, after being critically examined, validate the Urantia Book as a credible and dynamic source of revealed information regarding cosmology, our human history, our planetary evolution, our approach to understanding the known universe, even about God, the purpose of creation itself and even what could await each of us beyond the grave.

Already thousands of statements appear valid within the Urantia Book text that simply couldn’t not have been conclusive at the time of their writings in 1934 and 1935, or even in 1941 when the final plated texts were cast and subsequently printed in 1951 by RR Donnelly & Co. in Chicago.

It is a fact that almost every new scientific discovery of the last one-hundred years has unintentionally validated Urantia book revelation in every nearly field of scientific or academic study including history, genealogy, biology, theology, anthropology, archeology, eugenics, astronomy, and physics.

What has been consistently remarkable since its 1955 publication is that science foretold in the Urantia papers were made before such statements could be validated as established fact by the scientific community at a much later date.

For example, tectonic plate activity and continental land drift may have been theories in 1941 when the Urantia Book was printed, but it wasn’t until 1961 when sonar technology and satellite imagery proved plate tectonics was occurring and that continental drift has been in motion since the beginning of early earth. Meanwhile this whole process is confidently explained in the Urantia papers long before science could confirm, with 100% accuracy, confirm it. Lucky guess? Perhaps.

Then there is the migration and cultural habits of the Neanderthal. Through the examination of tools, bones and other artifacts discovered recently throughout Europe and Asia in the last thirty-years, along with further recent genetic studies which reveal early hominid interbreeding between homo sapiens and the Neanderthal, the Urantia Book had already outlined this process – with incredible accuracy – in 1941.

You ask yourself again and again, how did the authors of the Urantia papers get it right?

The explanation of retrograde planetary motion is still being debated among those in the astronomy community, Physicists, including the late Stephen Hawking, conjectured retrograde motion was caused by a passing sun or external black hole with great gravity-pull that might have caused a tidal shift-effect on certain planets in our solar system, causing them to rotate in the opposite direction as Uranus and certain moons of Jupiter and Saturn spin counter-clockwise.

This happens to be the same explanation the Urantia Book asserted in 1941. Lucky guess, again? Maybe.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg of newly revealed revelation being offered to anyone who wants to download the book FOR FREE on their smart phone.

Some call it a religious text, but it is also a history book, a history of God himself and of time and a history of space that seems to fit with current modern theory, with some glaring differences, but only because science appears to be a little behind. The Urantia papers were discussing “gravity centers” and “dark islands of space” long before science discovered such things as “dark matter,” and “black holes.”

There are a number of conclusive studies which show an advancement in human genetics and intellectual development occurring about 40,000 years ago, published in the New York Times in 2002. The Urantia authors state emphatically that a new superior race was being introduced, and this was the Adamic race.

Could this be true, that a spiritually advance mortal Son and female counterpart named Eve came here to found a new race? Is this why it is written in the Bible and several other religious histories? It’s a tall claim, but could it fill in missing gaps? Yes, that is what it claims.

And science seems to be confirming it.

Further examples of some of revelatory insight:

The Urantia Book confirms the evolutionary process in which reptiles gave way to birds, who then gave way to mammals, but not until it was actually confirmed by findings was this theory accepted as fact in 1992.

Again, in 1941 the Urantia Book had already laid out the process with excruciating detail.

Good guess? How many times can you be lucky?

Physicist and mathematician Dr. Phillip Calabrese, retired professor at University of California San Diego puts the odds at fifty-million to one that who ever authored the Urantia Book could have correctly predicted the now hundreds of scientific discoveries only recently confirmed by modern science. There might be one or even several minor syntax errors, but it is 99% percent correct on what we can be proven, and that is why we, people, from all fields of study should investigate.

And if enough people come to conclusion that we actually do have a living revelation on our hands, then we absolutely should share this good news with the world.

…and we haven’t even touched upon the spiritual information contained in the so-called two-thousand-page tome.

Let’s not forget the most important aspect of the Urantia Book. If it truly a revelation, which it claims to be, then we have in our possession for the first time in two-thousand years, a literal day by day account of Jesus, which comprises over seven-hundred pages of text.

Such a scope of work deserves scholarly review of the highest order. We need esteemed theologians from every faith to examine these papers and submit an opinion; we need the Church which bears his name to validate, or refute the testimony provided therein; we need honest evaluation by Christians who can accept – or deny – the revelatory account that which whom we have all pledged our lives to, following Jesus Christ, the Son of Man and the Son of God.

And who is to say this wasn’t sanction by Jesus himself.

One could easily cast these claims aside if it were not so strange that The Urantia Book turns out to be right about a great many things.

How would such revealed knowledge change our view of life, and of even ourselves? 

How would knowing we are not alone change our perception, especially if we are being given a book that informs us of the details, down to the number of celestial beings who are typically on call from day to day? 

Could it be true that we are all individuals impregnated by a spiritual light that comes from the same source that made all of those burnings suns possible. Is that so hard to believe? Do the great religions of this world not teach of such a divine presence?

No other text claims to be a revelation. And if such a book exists, it would be hard to replicate the detail provided in the book I have just described.

In my humble but assertive opinion, we owe it to ourselves to validate this book as much as possible so we can start to learn more about what these authors intended us to know.

Such spiritual knowledge could help huminity in ways I can only imagine, starting with the truth that we are all part of a much larger plan, a truth that could stir every living soul.

Jesus Would Be Canceled

How would Jesus fit in today?  I have often pondered this in the context of the next bestowal. How would people react today if there were a Son of God among us?

Let us say there were reports of a highly educated religious man today whose writings and teachings were making headlines in the Middle East preaching about God’s love, about taking responsibility for ones actions, and serving others, gathering a huge following; how would such a man be received in today’s world?

In our generation we have not experienced a spiritual teacher gaining headlines. But I suspect that one such person might exist, sadly, this is how our culture would respond. Let us say this mans name is Joshua.

They would ask him, “What are your views on LGBTQ? “

Joshua would answer, “Live for spiritual realities, these are the enduring values of our loving father.”

They would ask him, “What are you views on gay marriage?”

Joshua would answer, “What is best for the child?”

They would ask him, “What are your views on people of color?”

Joshua would say, “In my father’s eyes, there are no colors; only that all lives are precious, even the unborn.”

They would scratch the next question about abortion.

They would then ask him, “What are your views on oppression based on a patriarchal power structure?”

Joshua would answer, “Serve your brothers as you would have them serve you; show compassion, even against your accusers.”

And finally they would ask him, “Why can’t we worship whatever we want, who are you to tell us what to do?”

And Joshua would answer, “It is your faith that saves you, and I have seen the Father. If you knew more about him, you would fall in love with him, The Father is love.”

And then the crowd in unison, the news media, the bloggers and social media army, would collectively charge Joshua with hate crimes, and that all who follow him as equally xenophobic, as well as being inherently racist misogynistic males!

Joshua would then be canceled, never to be seen from again. A digital crucifixion.

His name and relevance removed from the internet-of-things.

And that is what we have become.

I, however, have faith this will turn around in the future, but for now, all I can do is watch silently as people, my fellow man in alarmingly larger numbers, make fools of themselves, as children often do.