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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 unquestionably atypical origins. I ask that you treat this book and any discussion thereof in this forum with at least the same respect that you afford your own belief system and associated written materials. That said... There is a modern day Revelation available. It is called The Urantia Book. There are numerous rumors and much incorrect information on the web regarding this book, who brought it, how it got here, and where it came from...I hope to provide some clarification to those with sincere interest in seeking the truth, This book is no joke. It is 2096 pages long and includes 196 chapters. I have studied it for over 35 years and, according to the best of both my knowledge and experience, I affirm that it is in truth and fact the 5th Epochal Revelation provided to this world. Questions about the other four? Answers to come very soon [or read the book]! ** In what follows, I may include some editors notes [--ed.] for purposes of clarification. From the first page of the forward to The Urantia Book: "IN THE MINDS of the mortals of Urantia — that being the name of your world — there exists great confusion respecting the meaning of such terms as God, divinity, and deity. Human beings are still more confused and uncertain about the relationships of the divine personalities designated by these numerous appellations. Because of this conceptual poverty associated with so much ideational confusion, I have been directed to formulate this introductory statement in explanation of the meanings which should be attached to certain word symbols as they may be hereinafter used in those papers which the Orvonton [essentially the Milky Way galaxy--ed.] corps of truth revealers have been authorized to translate into the English language of Urantia. It is exceedingly difficult to present enlarged concepts and advanced truth, in our endeavor to expand cosmic consciousness and enhance spiritual perception, when we are restricted to the use of a circumscribed language of the realm. But our mandate admonishes us to make every effort to convey our meanings by using the word symbols of the English tongue. We have been instructed to introduce new terms only when the concept to be portrayed finds no terminology in English which can be employed to convey such a new concept partially or even with more or less distortion of meaning. In the hope of facilitating comprehension and of preventing confusion on the part of every mortal who may peruse these papers, we deem it wise to present in this initial statement an outline of the meanings to be attached to numerous English words which are to be employed in designation of Deity and certain associated concepts of the things, meanings, and values of universal reality......" ** Those of you who have read any of my posts know that I am a factual kind of guy. I am straight to the point, and that which I post is solidly backed up with experience and/or evidence. What I am sharing here today has been examined and positively appraised by theologians, philosophers, historians, chemists, anthropologists, eugenicists, biologists, botanists, astronomers, physicists, mathematicians, linguistic experts, psychics, spiritualists, witches, warlocks, military scientists, political scientists, politicians [at least one American President], lawyers, medical doctors, priests, bishops [at least one Pope], ministers, pastors, musicians, nuclear scientists, and I am sure I have forgotten some.... For each and every field, the information presented in the book that can be verified has been verified. If a topic is pure revelation and cannot be verified by current methods, then it has been deemed plausible and even probably correct. This applies not only to the realm of science but also the realms philosophy and religion. + + + Things...Meanings...Values + + + In my personal experience, when a rejection of this book has occurred, it was not because of the material actually presented within the pages of The Urantia Book. Without exception, rejections have occurred only when no actual effort was made by the critic to sincerely read the book, and, when that happens, it is typically because of skepticism surrounding the origin and nature of the book. Be not discouraged; human evolution is still in progress, and the revelation of God to the world, in and through Jesus, shall not fail. Blessings! Bill Sadler Rev. William J. Sadler, Jr., D.Div.
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 only by sharing; it is safeguarded by wisdom and socialized by love." http://www.urantia.org/urantia-book-standardized/paper-48-morontia-life#U48_7_28 The Urantia Book is the newest major Revelation provided to our world. It is a work of supreme importance, prepared with only the most sincere, loving intentions by many different people [celestial – not material flesh and blood] hailing from the headquarters of our superuniverse [center is the Milky Way], the Central Universe of Havona, and even Paradise itself who want us to find God and become like Him. They have provided this revelation to us in response to the Supreme Mandate to be perfect, even as our Father in heaven is perfect. [see Matthew chapter 5 of the Judeo-Christian Bible for Jesus’ comment on the meaning of this mandate – and the mandate itself (5:48).] There is not a hint of deception in this work. I do not believe an honest, truth seeking, and God loving soul can sincerely and with positive intention read this supernal work without experiencing a sense of profound awe and even excitement regarding the people, places, and things explained, as well as its revelation of the eternal, ultimate, and final destiny that awaits our attainment. One of the authors of the UB put it this way: There is in the mind of God a plan which embraces every creature of all his vast domains, and this plan is an eternal purpose of boundless opportunity, unlimited progress, and endless life. And the infinite treasures of such a matchless career are yours for the striving! The goal of eternity is ahead! The adventure of divinity attainment lies before you! The race for perfection is on! whosoever will may enter, and certain victory will crown the efforts of every human being who will run the race of faith and trust, depending every step of the way on the leading of the indwelling Adjuster and on the guidance of that good spirit of the Universe Son, which so freely has been poured out upon all flesh. [see this selection in The UB HERE] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Although a group of humans living in Chicago was involved in the reception of this book from around 1900 to 1935, no human being wrote any part of The Urantia Book. The revelation mandate insisted that whenever a human thought existed that effectively portrayed the intended meaning, that human thought was to be used. There was no intention of stealing anyone’s work without their permission. I cannot imagine how anyone can read the impeccably sincere, wonderfully beautiful, amazingly precise sections of the UB that are obviously pure revelation and for one instant think that the authors needed to STEAL anything from a human--the whole idea is absolutely ludicrous! But there are those who have argued the notion... Anyway… Although a human “subject” was involved at certain times, this book was not channeled. This book is NOT a product of “automatic writing.” This book does not claim to be inspired. This book is what it is – an unsurpassed revelation of truth, beauty, and goodness brought to us on behalf of the Infinite One; the First Source and Center; that One Uncaused Cause; the Creator, Controller, and Upholder of the Universe -- Our Universal Father -- and all His Sons and Daughters who lovingly administer the Universe of Universes and care for us, we mortal humans at the beginning of our ascendant career – the long and winding road to Paradise!!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I am highly qualified to discuss topics pertaining to the text of The Urantia Book. The purpose of this ULC forum topic is to post and discuss various sections of interest from The Urantia Book. If The Urantia Book is new to you, take a look at either table of contents via the links below. I am certain you will see some section related to your belief system and of great interest to you. Just copy and paste the relevant text from the UB as a post to this topic along with any of your specific questions or comments related to that text. I will do my best to respond promptly, but please understand that sometimes I am away for several days at a time. THE URANTIA BOOK The Parts of the Book PART I. The Central And Superuniverses [ HERE ] Sponsored by a Uversa Corps of Superuniverse Personalities acting by authority of the Orvonton Ancients of Days PART II. The Local Universe [ HERE ] Sponsored by a Nebadon Corps of Local Universe Personalities acting by authority of Gabriel of Salvington PART III. The History Of Urantia [ HERE ] These papers were sponsored by a Corps of Local Universe Personalities acting by authority of Gabriel of Salvington PART IV. The Life And Teachings Of Jesus [ HERE ] This group of papers was sponsored by a commission of twelve Urantia midwayers acting under the supervision of a Melchizedek revelatory director. The basis of this narrative was supplied by a secondary midwayer who was onetime assigned to the superhuman watchcare of the Apostle Andrew. To see an exhaustive table of contents including all 196 Papers and all sections within each paper click [ HERE ]. Peace, Rev. Bill Sadler