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  1. Enoch is a most revealing book! The comparison with “Origins of Asgaard” is intriguing. What more do you know about the "world between the worlds" mentioned? Is the narrative considered to be factual, legendary, mythical, or what? The seven gods mentioned at the end hold positions remarkably similar to those explained in The Urantia Book as held by "officials" in the staff of the Planetary Prince [Caligastia -- more or less the one known as the "Devil"]. Rev. Bill
  2. See this in context HERE II. God Evolving mortal creatures experience an irresistible urge to symbolize their finite concepts of God. Man’s consciousness of moral duty and his spiritual idealism represent a value level — an experiential reality — which is difficult of symbolization. Cosmic consciousness implies the recognition of a First Cause, the one and only uncaused reality. God, the Universal Father, functions on three Deity-personality levels of subinfinite value and relative divinity expression: GOD is a word symbol designating all personalizations of Deity. The term requires a diffe
  3. Ways in which the Urantia Book was NOT received: 1. Automatic Writing2. Automatic Talkinga. Speaking in "Tongues"b. Trance Mediumsc. Spirit Mediumsd. Catalepsy3. Automatic Hearing -- Clairaudiencea. Hearing "Voices"4. Automatic Seeinga. Dream States -- Twilight Mentationb. Visions -- Automatic Dramatizationc. Hallucinations (Shifty "Reality" Feelings)5. Automatic Thinkinga. Automatic Fearing -- Anxiety Neurosisb. Automatic Ideation -- Mental Compulsionsc. Automatic Judgements -- Intuition, "Hunches"d. Automatic Association of Ideas -- Premonitionse. Automatic Guessing -- E.S.P. -- Extra-Sens
  4. The uncertainties of life and the vicissitudes of existence do not in any manner contradict the concept of the universal sovereignty of God. All evolutionary creature life is beset by certain inevitabilities. Consider the following: 1. Is courage — strength of character — desirable? Then must man be reared in an environment which necessitates grappling with hardships and reacting to disappointments. 2. Is altruism — service of one’s fellows — desirable? Then must life experience provide for encountering situations of social inequality. 3. Is hope — the grandeur of trust — desirable? Then huma
  5. "Death added nothing to the intellectual possession or to the spiritual endowment, but it did add to the experiential status the consciousness of survival."1 A Personal Philosophy of Religion An idea is only a theoretical plan for action, while a positive decision is a validated plan of action. A stereotype is a plan of action accepted without validation. The materials out of which to build a personal philosophy of religion are derived from both the inner and the environmental experience of the individual. The social status, economic conditions, educational opportunities, moral trends, instit
  6. The First Shamans — The Medicine Men The shaman was the ranking medicine man, the ceremonial fetishman, and the focus personality for all the practices of evolutionary religion. In many groups the shaman outranked the war chief, marking the beginning of the church domination of the state. The shaman sometimes functioned as a priest and even as a priest-king. Some of the later tribes had both the earlier shaman-medicine men (seers) and the later appearing shaman-priests. And in many cases the office of shaman became hereditary. Since in olden times anything abnormal was ascribed to spirit pos
  7. Important: The Urantia Book is in the public domain, and the original holder of the copyright, The Urantia Foundation, has granted permission to reproduce or copy the standardized English text without permission. TIN: UF-ENG-001-World-2009-0.19.SRT PLEASE NOTE: This topic is not intended for skeptical criticism. There will shortly be a second topic in this section of the ULC Forum where you are welcome to constructively criticize and ask questions of a skeptical nature to your heart's content. I suggest looking [ HERE ] and [ HERE ] before making critical comments. "Knowledge is possessed o
  8. [important: The Urantia Book is in the public domain, and the original holder of the copyright, The Urantia Foundation, has granted permission to reproduce or copy the standardized English text without permission. TIN: UF-ENG-001-World-2009-0.19.SRT ] Fellow ULC Forum Participants, As you probably realized by now, I am new not only to this forum but also to online forums in general. My intention in this Urantia Book post is to share with you what is according to my knowledge and in my experience the best, most valuable written resource regarding facts, ideas, and relations; things, meanings,
  9. Shamanism — Medicine Men and PriestsThe evolution of religious observances progressed from placation, avoidance, exorcism, coercion, conciliation, and propitiation to sacrifice, atonement, and redemption. The technique of religious ritual passed from the forms of the primitive cult through fetishes to magic and miracles; and as ritual became more complex in response to man’s increasingly complex concept of the supermaterial realms, it was inevitably dominated by medicine men, shamans, and priests. In the advancing concepts of primitive man the spirit world was eventually regarded as being unre
  10. Continuing with the forward...more food for thought.... I. Deity and Divinity The universe of universes presents phenomena of deity activities on diverse levels of cosmic realities, mind meanings, and spirit values, but all of these ministrations — personal or otherwise — are divinely co-ordinated. DEITY is personalizable as God, is prepersonal and superpersonal in ways not altogether comprehensible by man. Deity is characterized by the quality of unity — actual or potential — on all supermaterial levels of reality; and this unifying quality is best comprehended by creatures as divinity. D
  11. Continuing with the forward...more food for thought.... I. Deity and Divinity The universe of universes presents phenomena of deity activities on diverse levels of cosmic realities, mind meanings, and spirit values, but all of these ministrations — personal or otherwise — are divinely co-ordinated. DEITY is personalizable as God, is prepersonal and superpersonal in ways not altogether comprehensible by man. Deity is characterized by the quality of unity — actual or potential — on all supermaterial levels of reality; and this unifying quality is best comprehended by creatures as divinity. D
  12. Pastor Dave, thanks for responding to the post. I hope that you will decide to follow through and read the book--sooner rather than later. It is in your best interest to so do. Wikipedia is not the best place to find reliable information--certainly not when there are other websites devoted to sharing the actual, original documents in an entirely searchable environment--and that include much in the way of study materials. Below are the websites to which I refer: The Urantia Foundation [ here ] The Urantia Fellowship [ here ] Truthbook.com[ here ] The Urantia Association International [ here ]
  13. Thanks Rev. Rattlesnake, Rev. Al, and Hermano Luis for responding to The Urantia Book--The New Revelation post. I have been attempting to provide a response for a couple of hours tonight, but because of my efforts to be thorough, I keep closing this page prematurely and losing all the text of my responses. I am a newbie to online forums. The point of the post is to share the UB. The UB is all about our relationship with God. It does indeed include much needed explanatory information like commentary on selected historic and other scientific topics. Regarding such, I have already stated m
  14. Has a "celestial" being, like an Archangel, ever shared information with a human? Does it seem reasonable that a BOOK would be used as a tool to share information about the God, the universe, and reality? What are your beliefs regarding life in the universe? Are we alone on our small blue green world?? Do you believe that there are others "out there" who have a vested interest in our success--or our failure? More from the forward-- "...But in order to formulate this Foreword of definitions and limitations of terminology, it is necessary to anticipate the usage of these terms in the subseq
  15. I present this material for your edification. In the spirit of the ULC and this forum, I ask that comments be logically sound and friendly. Be very certain about your facts/position before you make negative assertions, please, and make any such comments respectfully. This book is every bit as much a "sacred" work or "holy scripture" as any other religious book. Any serious student of any major religious faith/belief system well knows that the written material associated with her/his faith/belief system has its own "unique" characteristics. This new revelation is not alone in its unquestio
  16. I attempted to email you, but the message said that you cannot receive any new messages. I would like a copy of the new Missal. Do you have a link that you could post for a direct download? Rev. William J. Sadler, Jr., D.Div.