Gods Gumshoe  S.D., R.S., W.I.

Spiritual Detective, Religious Scientist, Wisdom Investigator

WHAT IS THE URANTIA BOOK ?

The word symbols "God" or "FATHER" as used here means "SOURCE," FIRST CAUSE,, PRIME MOVER.


The Urantia Book, first published by Urantia Foundation in 1955

The writings in The Urantia Book give instruct on the genesis, history, and destiny of humanity and on our relationship with The Source of Universe Reality.  They open new vistas of time and eternity to the human spirit, and offer new details of our ascending adventure in a friendly and carefully administered universe.


The Urantia Book offers a clear and concise integration of science, philosophy, and religion. Those who read and study it believe that The Urantia Book has the capacity to make a significant contribution to the religious and philosophical thinking of people worldwide.


The Urantia Book is not a "religion," "faith", "cult," or even a philosophy. It builds upon the religious heritages of the past and present, encouraging a personal, living Experience of universe realities.

Readers around the world have told us that reading The Urantia Book has profoundly affected them and often changed their lives. It has inspired them to reach new levels of spiritual growth and enhanced their sense of the value of human life.

 

The Urantia Book is a revelation of truth for our world from higher beings in the universe. Its teachings blend science, philosophy, history, cosmology and religion seamlessly into a big picture revealing our origin, our purpose, and eternal destiny, “the age long process from evolved animal to higher energy being, to spirit form, from spirit to Source... The Urantia Book, (558.2) 48:8.4


The teachings include information on the composition, organization, administration, and personalities of the cosmos; the history of our planet; our continuing biologic, mindal, social and spiritual evolution; a new view of reality by clarifying the concepts of personality, mind, and soul; the evolutionary experience of our progression towards The Source in partnership with a fragment of this Source or Cosmic Mind, that acts as The Super-conciousness in our minds.

(Source: Theoquest & Education Committee)

Criteria of Truth

It matters what is true.  Much more then any Belief System, be it Religious OR  Atheist.  It is important that we live fulfilled, productive lives on earth, and we cannot do so without acting in consonance with reality. The Urantia Book claims to be true—claims to describe reality as it actually is. In conjunction with the Super-conscious Mind indwelling the Human Mind, the Urantia Book is intended to serve as a cosmic compass to help guide us safely through this life's perplexities at this time of Planetary Crisis. However, it isn't necessary to believe the Urantia Book is true in order to profit from reading its pages.


Think of the olden philosophers: Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Spinoza, Locke, Kant, William James, Hobbes, Descartes—each was vitally concerned with what truth is, and how man could know it. The following is this author's analysis of the Urantia Book's validity with respect to their traditional criteria of truth, as well as a few new ones:


1. Correspondence to reality. If the Urantia Book were true, the personal appropriation of the ideals it expresses should improve the quality of one's life and one's interpersonal relationships. I have found this to be the case. I am inclined to believe its teachings because they are associated with so much that I can verify in my own personal experience.


2. Self-consistency. A house divided against itself falls. The thousands of details discussed in the Urantia Book's eighteen hundred pages from various perspectives agree remarkably. It's impossible for me to account for such consistency apart from the Urantia Book being the revelation it claims to be.


3. Inner validation. The Urantia Book teaches that the indwelling spirit is the standard of truth for each of us. Our own spirits will respond to truth. We do not have to depend on what others tell us, because Cosmic Mind  has given each of us an inner awareness of Truth.


4. Glorification of God. The entire Urantia Book exalts The First source as as THE Creator, Father, and Friend, and really worthy of the Word symbol God.  But is is sad to report that so few understand this meaning.


5. Believability of the account of Jesus' life. Since none of us were then alive, it's not possible to say from personal experience whether Jesus' life transpired as the Urantia Book—or the Bible for that matter—says it did. Nevertheless, the book's extremely detailed account of Jesus' life imparts such a vivid conviction of spiritual reality as to lead most readers to conclude that Jesus at least must have been like the person described in the Urantia Book. I found no way to account for the story apart from it being what it says it is. If it isn't what it say it is, what is it?


6. Tolerance and openness. The Urantia Book makes no claim to be The Whole Truth. Some religious groups attempt to set their adherents apart to keep them uncontaminated by alien concepts of other faiths. To the contrary, the Urantia Book encourages its readers to study every world religion, to seek for, appreciate, and embrace truth wherever it might be found. The Urantia Book exhibits this attitude of appreciative openness even while setting forth its own views in categorical terms.


7. Quality of thought. The concepts found in the Urantia Book, and their mode of expression, have no peer in the spiritual literature of mankind. The overall character of the Urantia Book manifests inherent excellence of thought expressed clearly and distinctively. It does not compromise its message in order to make its teachings less demanding and thus hypothetically more acceptable. The entire book is suffused with spiritual flavor, predicated on faith in God and the injunction that we should dedicate our lives to serving others.


8. Absence of unworthy motives. There are several independent non-profit membership organizations of Urantia Book readers. I am unaware of any with bad motives, or which seek money, fame, power, or personal aggrandizement of any kind. The only gain for these membership groups is that you enjoy a more fulfilling relationship with God.


9. Test of time. All of us go through periods of intense fascination with something that seems to improve our lives, only to move on to something new after more extensive contact exposes latent shortcomings in our former object of interest. In contrast, only rarely do readers of the Urantia Book cease to be readers. The book's teachings about faith in God and service to man never become outdated.


10. Witness of others. There are now thousands of reports, by intelligent and capable, and honorably people, for whom reading the Urantia Book has been a life-changing experience.


11. Results of reading. The tree can be judged by its fruit; truth can be acted out. The Urantia Book can be successfully applied to reality. The teachings of the Urantia Book, put into practice, bring us closer to The source of all reality, God. The book imparts spiritual assurance in our increased knowledge of God's love and upholding, and our sure place in the Father's affection. Thousands who have read its pages have found thereby greater meaning in their lives.


"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 Urantia Book  


What is it?

The book begins with a description of The First Source  of The Universe of Universes, and the central universe. Its description of the cosmos moves outward toward life on our planet, covering in the process the essential elements of our careers from life here on Urantia (the universe name for the earth), all the way until we come into the personal presence of Of this Source.


 

What does it say?

Some concepts in the Urantia Book have never before been expressed in print. The book's unique value consists in the comprehensive manner in which already well-known concepts are presented so as to illuminate God's love for each of us, and our place in his eternal plan—fitting these concepts together so as to give a philosophical and spiritual unity to our understanding of God's dealings with mankind. Some important themes are: the Source of Reality is best understood on this world as parent.  Not male not female.  Soooo....


God The Universal Father is the eternal creator, controller, and infinite upholder of all reality, the source and destiny of all personalities, and the head of all government throughout the universal realms. Except for God, there would be no such thing as reality; without the Father would not anything exist that does exist. The Father is living love, a Person who knows us, and whom we can know. The Father dwells within us, and in him we live and move and have our being.


The universes The galaxies are sprinkled with inhabited planets, many harboring civilizations billions of years old. The perfect central universe and the evolutionary universes such as our own all circle Paradise, the dwelling place of the eternal God at the center of all things.


Unending progress God has a purpose for every world in his almost limitless domains, and a plan for every creature on every one of them, a plan which embodies unlimited progress in eternal growth. Mortals start at the bottom and, through faith and service over long periods of time, ascend through the universes until one day we come to be with God on Paradise. In future ages he will send us forth to serve in new universes now in the making.


Eternal life God has a far-reaching plan for us which embodies boundless attainment, adventurous service, and personal fulfillment. Nevertheless, it is wholly optional whether or not we accept this plan. The Father has endowed each of us with the free will to accept or reject all or any part of his plan. The heavenly Father has ordained that we be free persons, and he respects the choices we make, even when such choosing is self-destructive. As a place, hell does not exist; after death, those who reject the way of life simply cease to exist. God loves every one of his children, and wants each of us to survive, but nonetheless he endows us with the prerogative to chart our own courses.


The inner light The Universal Father gives each of us a fragment of his spirit to indwell our mind, and lead us toward him into eternal life. When a person's life purpose becomes wholly pure, when his or her faith is perfected, he or she will spiritually fuse with this indwelling spark of divinity and become everlastingly at-one with God. Such fusion normally occurs after this life in the flesh, and is but the first stage of a never-ending revelation of the infinity of God to the one-time mortal.


Faith It is our personal faith in the promises of god that ensures our becoming partakers of the divine nature. We must be willing to give God all that we have and are; our commitment must be unreserved, no aspect of our lives held back. Faith is the price of eternal life.


Righteousness Those who claim to love God, yet refuse to live by some  moral and ethical standards, deceive themselves. A life of integrity inevitably results from an inner life consecrated to God. We are not saved because we are righteous, rather, we live in harmony with divine values, and want to live these values.


Spiritual transformation The old way to find God required man to suppress, obey, and conform to rules of living. In the new way we are first transformed by the Spirit of Truth, and thereby strengthened in our inner souls by the constant spiritual renewing of our minds, and so are endowed with the power of the certain and joyous performance of the gracious, acceptable, and perfect will of God.


God's universal family We are all part of a gigantic enterprise involving uncounted trillions of beings whom God is perfecting on uncountable worlds. We are all brothers and sisters in God's universal family, and thus are affected by every other family member's actions. Any person's good effort moves the family forward, while any person's failure to choose the way of light retards us all.


Service A life of dedicated service to our fellows inevitably results from spiritual commitment. We can be God's partners in helping make this earth into the place he intends it to be, and help bring health, sanity, and happiness to mankind. Apart from serving others, life is meaningless and unfulfilling.


Jesus of Nazareth The Urantia Book's section on Jesus' life and teachings fills more than a third of its pages, and may be the book's most powerful contribution. It portrays Jesus as a divine Son of God, the creator of the vast stretch of the universe in which we live. There are other divine Sons of God who bear a similar relationship to God the Father in other parts of the grand universe. To us, however, the Son of God who incarnated on earth as Jesus of Nazareth is, to all intents and purposes, God. He came to earth to experience life as we live it on earth that he might become a more merciful and understanding sovereign, and while here, reveal God's love to his earthly children.



Relationship to the Bible

The Urantia Book is not based on the Bible, but is consistent with its spiritual teachings. The bible is the DNA of The Urantia Book, however it enlarges what to many are just myths of old.  With respect to Jesus' life, the Urantia Book contains vastly more detail. Scholars estimate that the entire New Testament describes only 29 separate days of Jesus' life, whereas the Urantia Book's account fills 689 large pages with the day-to-day story of the Son of God who lived on earth for almost 36 years as the son of man.

The Urantia Book and the Bible wholly agree in upholding the spiritual realities of hope, faith, love, grace, eternal life, and all other significant spiritual teachings. However, I would like to mention three doctrines where the Urantia Book is completely at variance with certain common interpretations of the Bible, namely, scriptural infallibility, original sin, and the atonement doctrine.

With respect to the doctrine of scriptural inerrancy, the Urantia Book teaches that all things which pass through the minds and hands of men become to a greater or lesser extent human, and that no book, the Urantia Book included, contains The Final Truth. Revelations of truth like the Bible and the Urantia Book proceed from the other Reality which our Science is only now discovering, but no revelation short of attaining the Source  Itself, could ever be complete. Moreover, God did not stop revealing himself to his earthly children in the first century AD.


We should honor the sacred writings of every religion, but not blunder into the quasi-idolatry of making them virtual objects of worship, something God never intended them to be.


God is the source of truth, not ink on paper, whether in the form of the Bible, the Urantia Book, or any other writing. A book can be a faithful representation of higher reality, but it isn't the reality itself—otherwise it wouldn't be a book. The road map isn't the highway.

The Urantia Book rejects the doctrines of original sin and the atonement as misrepresenting the heavenly Father's love. These associated doctrines hold that as a result of Adam's sin, all mankind became cursed with hereditary guilt. Even newborn babies were 'children of the devil.' God wanted to forgive man, but could not do so until someone wholly innocent paid the price for Adam's sin. God's justice required blood to be shed before he could forgive sin and ransom mankind from the supposed clutches of the devil. Therefore, God arranged for Jesus to be sacrificed on the cross so that he could receive mankind back into his love and grace.

The Urantia Book, to the contrary, states that evil men, not God, crucified Jesus. It teaches that God has always loved his children on earth, and that nothing can separate an individual from God except for his own personal sinfulness—not anyone else's. Jesus died for mankind just as he lived for us, but God did not require that Jesus die on the cross. Jesus did not need to move his heavenly Father's divine heart to love and forgive his earthly children—the Father has always loved us.


Is this connected with a cult?

No! not to anything I have found and I have been observing this  for 35 years,  No Cult, No Religion.

The term 'cult' pejoratively describes a non-mainstream religious group which is seen to have unusual and exclusive religious practices and which maintains itself separate from the larger community's common goals and practices. The cult's devotees blindly follow a charismatic and opportunistic authority figure who, sooner or later, induces them to give him all their worldly belongings. An apocalyptic event is usually just over the horizon, adding urgency to the leader's directives.

Sometimes such cults are also 'occult,' meaning that their teachings are mystic and secret. Like the Gnostics of the early Christian era, practitioners of the occult believe that they progress in spiritual status as hidden knowledge is revealed to them.

The Urantia Book would not be a useful cult object, since its teachings are unalterably opposed to the worship of any person or thing other than God, and due to its emphasis on each of us following the leading of God's spirit for our spiritual guidance as opposed to that of human beings. I have never met a reader who treats the Urantia Book as a cult object. Readers honor the book for the truth it contains, but also seek for truth wherever else it may be found.

There is no authority figure except God as he reveals himself to each of us. There exists no organization of Urantia Book readers remotely comparable to even a mainstream Christian denomination, much less to a cult. Readers so inclined, such as myself, remain active in their respective churches or synagogues. Furthermore, the book has nothing in common with the occult. There are no mystical teachings, and no initiates. The Urantia Book teaches that we are not saved by what we know, but by Who we know, the loving Father of all mankind.      


The Urantia Book has a Gift for You

by Sue Tennant

The Urantia Book can strengthen and deepen your faith within whatever religious setting you feel most comfortable. Whether you are a Jew, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Buddhist, B'Hai, Muslim, Hindu or uncommitted to a formal path, this book offers you a tremendous gift quite apart from any religious tradition. This gift that the Urantia Book offers may be more important than anything else you'll receive in your entire life.

What is this gift? It is a profound assurance of your great value as a human being — not only in this world, but in the vast universe and the unlimited cosmos. It is an uplifting and challenging gift that will make you feel very special, very proud and very fortunate to be born on this particular planet at this particular time in history. It is a gift that will give you a sense of personal dignity that will simply amaze you - because it has the power to transcend any serious negative hold your environment might have had on you. It is the extraordinary gift of healthy self-esteem, deep rooted self-respect, the dawning comprehension of who you really are — your one true identity. You are a son or a daughter of the Universal Father God himself and you will be humbled by the astounding realization of what tremendous value and relevance you have as a human being in this universe.

If you dare to acknowledge this wondrous relationship with the Universal Father, you will eventually recognize that what is true for you, is also true for every other human being whether they realize it or not. This spiritually-based respect for others provides a foundation of tolerance, and tolerance coupled with unselfish service approaches love. Love is the absolute law of our universe to which we are all inextricably bound.

You have an extraordinary career ahead of you! You will soon discover that for you, there are no limits in time or space that can separate you from the good spiritual things God has to offer you. Not only does God give his life to you by living in your mind, he teaches and guides you and blesses you with infinite patience and mercy. He desires to live in and through you to create Good. And what does this really mean?  It means something so wonderful, we can barely fathom it. It means our purpose in life is nothing less than to co-create with God himself and we do this by thoughtful prayer and faith-action.

"In liaison with God, nothing, absolutely nothing, is impossible!" For you, the creative possibilities will be endless. Expect to succeed in this life, regardless of appearances. Expect to do good, regardless of appearances. Expect to change this world for the better, regardless of appearances. Have faith in yourself and the Creator, because together, you are in charge. And, eventually you will see, if not in this life than in the next, the supreme and spectacular result of your trusting faith-adventures with God! Never be afraid. God is always with you.

This to me, is the great gift of the Urantia Book; I hope you will discover it as a part of your growing spiritual experience.


How to get started

You can read The Urantia Book online.

If you are intrigued, find a copy at your local library, or bookstore. Once you have the book, spend some time with a few passages. The book contains so much material that it may be best to begin reading on a topic in which you already have some interest. You may also order a copy from our web store. It is available in both hardcover and softcover editions as well as in a growing number of translations.

Once you begin reading the Urantia Book, you may want to share your experiences with others. We maintain an index of internet discussion lists, study groups here on the website. 


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Hmmmm... this sounds interesting. 

I have been looking into this case

for 35 years and can't find anything to equal it.

Case # 606 A:.

The Investigation into THE URANTIA BOOK.

After extensive investigation I have reached the the following conclusion:

Gumshoe, (Jan.  2012 )                          


The Urantia Book is a revelation of truth for our world at this time of Planetary Crisis and was sent here from the Other Reality that Quantum Physics is just now discovering, and what  Stephen Hawking calls the  “M-Theory" of Multiple Universes.

“Read The Urantia Book and spiritualize your thinking.”
—Deepak Chopra

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