As a general rule, I think the Urantia Book
can defend itself against all critics. But I thought it might be both informative
and profitable to present to you some of the criticisms of the Urantia
Book made by three or four ministers. Two of these critics belong to that
high echelon of theology that might be comparable to the professors in
our theological seminaries.
As you will observe, it is evident that these
critics had not very carefully read the Urantia Book.
Before taking on these individual criticisms,
allow me to call to your attention some admonitions given us in connection
with the mandate for the publication of the Urantia Book. Among other things
we were advised:
"Your are called to a great work and yours
is to be a transcendent privilege to present this revelation to the peoples
of this strife-torn world.
"Supercilious scientists will ridicule you
and some may even charge you with collusion and fraud. Well-meaning religionists
will condemn you as enemies of the Christian religion and accuse you of
defaming Christ himself.
"Thousands of spiritually hungry souls will
bless you for the message you bring, and thousands of others will condemn
you for disturbing their theologic complacence.
"Are you ready for your baptism of joys and
sorrows which will certainly attend upon the early distribution of the
At the time of the formulation of these remarks,
the secretary of the Urantia Foundation chanced to show me the following
letter, which I think represents the comforting aspect of the forewarnings
extended to us in the communication just noted. Let me read this letter:
Dec. 1, 1958(3)
"Please believe me when I say the Urantia Book
has made the biggest impression in my life. Before I read this book I was
not a very religious person, but now through this book, I have gained a
very vivid insight into the Kingdom of God.
"If you could tell me something of the origin
of the material from which the actual pages were printed, I would greatly
"I would also like to have another book, for
a Christmas present to my mother, who is deeply religious. Please find
my check for the purchase and mailing cost plus a sum over, with which
you may do as you see fit.
"Anything I can do to help the Foundation further
the spread of this book, please let me know.
James R. C."
Criticism #1: The top theologians and the
seminary professors will never endorse the Urantia Book.
Once upon a time the imprisoned John sent messengers
to Jesus to inquire about the certainty of his teachings and his mission.
Did Jesus send word to John saying, "Go tell John that the doctors of the
Law and the professors of the Rabbinic Academies of Jerusalem are accepting
the Gospel. The Leaders of the Pharisees and the Sadducees are being baptized
-- even some of the chief priests and leading citizens of Jerusalem are
flocking to our standard."
No, he did not send any such message to John.
But he did say to John's messengers, "Go back and tell John that he is
not forgotten. Tell him what you have seen and heard, that the poor have
good tidings preached to them." Page 1626.
And the New Testament bears record that "The
common people heard him gladly." Mark 12:37
It is true, near the end of his life work,
while the theologians continued to reject his teachings, many leaders among
the Jews did accept the gospel message, seeing that many members of the
Sanhedrin joined the Kingdom. (See Pages 1910, 1118, 1789, 2013.)
Spiritual pride and ecclesiastical loyalty
have always made it difficult for the chief priests and topnotch theologians
to accept new truth and give recognition to new religious movements.
Note this passage from the Urantia Book, page
While personal religion precedes the evolution
of human morals, it is regretfully recorded that institutional religion
has invariably lagged behind the slowly changing mores of the human races.
Organized religion has proved to be conservatively tardy. The prophets
have usually led the people in religious development; the theologians have
usually held them back. Religion, being a matter of inner or personal experience,
can never develop very far in advance of the intellectual evolution of
Criticism #2: The Urantia Book is a revival
of Gnosticism -- a heresy the Christian Church repudiated in the early
years of its existence.
Gnosticism was a syncretism of Jewish, pagan,
and Christian teachings prevalent in the early centuries of the Christian
era. It was characterized by the following teachings:
They had many secret and mystic slogans and symbols.
You get to heaven by knowing the names of demons
and by means of secret formulas.
They taught the Old Testament doctrine that Deity
created both good and evil.
The revered seven planetary divinities: the sun,
moon, and five planets.
The taught that the soul wanders through the cosmos
and finally attains heaven by means of magic formulas.
They had a dogma of the "Grand Mother" -- Sophia.
The primal man reappears as a succession of prophets,
finally as Christ.
Salvation was largely a myth.
They were ascetic -- followed Paul's ideas of
sex and marriage.
It embraced a lot of wild and speculative Oriental
Getting down to facts -- Jesus was little more
than a phantom.
Salvation was by knowledge, not by faith.
Now, I submit, that anyone who has even superficially
read the Urantia Book could testify that at no point is the teaching of
the book in agreement with the dogmas of Gnosticism. On every count, the
doctrines(4) of Urantia are a refutation
of Gnostic teachings.
Some have thought that Paul had reference to
the early teachings of Gnosticism when he admonished the Colossians --
"See to it that no one makes a prey of you by philosophy and empty deceit,
according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the
universe, and not according to Christ." Col 2:8.
Specifically, The Urantia Papers strike
down all things as secrets, symbols, slogans, ceremonies, and other magic
techniques of gaining divine favor. You get to heaven by knowing God --
not the secret names of intervening demons -- and by FAITH.
The book repudiates the teaching that God creates
both good and evil. It disowns planetary deities and all things astrological.
To Urantians, the soul does not wander aimlessly
through the cosmos and attain Paradise by magic formulas. The soul evolves
on earth, traverses the morontia spheres, attains spirit status, and is
mustered into the Mortal Corps of the Finality -- there awaiting the assignment
to undisclosed service in outer space.
The Urantia Papers certainly do not
countenance anything resembling Mother worship, whether it be the Gnostic
Sophia or the "Virgin Mary."
The quasi-incarnation concept of the primal
man evolving through the prophets to appear full bloom in Jesus Christ
is not the teaching of Urantia. The bestowal of Michael is clear-cut and
To us, salvation is not a myth; it is the eternal
purpose of God and the one reality of the universe. It is the gift of God
and we secure it by FAITH.
The book does not teach asceticism. It does
not endorse Paul's ideas of sex and marriage which are somewhat like those
of Gnosticism. Urantia ennobles sex and glorifies marriage; the home is
societies basic and grandest institution.
The book gives recognition to none of the wild
and woolly oriental superstitious embraced in Gnostic speculations.
There is nothing shadowy and fantastic about
the Jesus of The Urantia Papers. His past, present, and future,
his nature and universe status, are portrayed in clear outline and his
teachings are presented in certitude of authenticity.
In the Urantia Book, salvation is not by knowledge
but by faith. Let the book speak for itself, page 290.
Faith has won of the ascendant pilgrim a perfection
of purpose which admits the children of time to the portals of eternity.
Page 1865 -- Jesus ... taught that the truth-loving
soul, the one who hungers and thirsts for righteousness, for God, is admitted
by faith to the spiritual kingdom.
Page 59 -- The consciousness of a victorious
human life on earth is born of that creature faith which dares to challenge
each recurring episode of existence when confronted with the awful spectacle
of human limitations, by the unfailing declaration: Even if I cannot do
this, there lives in me one who can and will do it, a part of the Father-Absolute
of the universe of universes. And that is "the victory which overcomes
the world, even your faith."
Page 1583 -- The right to enter the kingdom
is conditioned by faith, personal belief.
Page 1567 -- The door of eternal life is wide
open to all; "whosoever will may come"; there are no restrictions or qualifications
save the faith of the one who comes.
Page 1733 -- "Now, mistake not, my Father
will ever respond to the faintest flicker of faith. ...But you who have
been called out of darkness into the light are expected to believe with
a whole heart.
Page 1619 -- "But when you pray, you exercise
so little faith. Genuine faith will remove mountains of material difficulty
which may chance to lie in the path of soul expansion and spiritual progress."
Page - 1682 -- "Salvation is the gift of the
Father and is revealed by his Sons. Acceptance by faith on your part makes
you a partaker of the divine nature, a son or a daughter of God. By faith
you are justified; by faith are you saved; and by this same faith are you
eternally advanced in the way of progressive and divine perfection.
Page 1118 -- But such is not man's end and
eternal destiny; such a vision is but the cry of despair uttered by some
wandering soul who has become lost in spiritual darkness, and who bravely
struggles on in the face of the mechanistic sophistries of a material philosophy,
blinded by the confusion and distortion of a complex learning. And all
this doom of darkness and all this destiny of despair are forever dispelled
by one brave stretch of faith on the part of the most humble and unlearned
of God's children on earth.
Page 1118 -- This saving faith has its birth
in the human heart when the moral consciousness of man realizes that human
values may be translated in mortal experience from the material to the
spiritual, from the human to the divine, from time to eternity.
And all of this is in full agreement with the
New Testament declaration that "the just shall live by faith." Heb 10:38,
Criticism #3: There seems to be nothing
new or original about the cosmology, and to me it seems to be rather mechanical.
The cosmology of the Urantia Book is not only
unique and original, but it is the first time religionists have had a cosmology
worthy of the universal claims of Christianity. Heretofore, the scientists
have twitted the religionist about his restricted and earth-centric cosmology,
but now we religionists can face science with a majestic and transcendent
cosmology that even challenges the scientist to invent better instruments
in order to view the teeming galaxies which are beyond the reach of their
And now about the assertion that the Urantia
cosmology is mechanical, let the book speak for itself.
Yes, we have marvelous energy mechanisms in
the universe but they are living mechanisms. See pages 324, 328-9.
Page 481 -- In the evaluation and recognition
of mind it should be remembered that the universe is neither mechanical
nor magical; it is a creation of mind and a mechanism of law. But while
in practical application the laws of nature operate in what seems to be
the dual realms of the physical and the spiritual, in reality they are
one. The First Source and Center is the primal cause of all materialization
and at the same time the first and final Father of all spirits. The Paradise
Father appears personally in the extra-Havona universes only as pure energy
and pure spirit -- as the Thought Adjusters and other similar fragmentations.
Page 481 -- Mechanisms do not absolutely dominate
the total creation; the universe of universes in toto is mind planned,
mind made, and mind administered. But the divine mechanism of the universe
of universes is altogether too perfect for the scientific methods of the
finite mind of man to discern even a trace of the dominance of the infinite
mind. For this creating, controlling, and upholding mind is neither material
mind nor creature mind; it is spirit-mind functioning on and from creator
levels of divine reality.
Page 482 -- The ability to discern and discover
mind in universe mechanisms depends entirely on the ability, scope, and
capacity of the investigating mind engaged in such a task of observation.
Time-space minds, organized out of the energies of time and space, are
subject to the mechanisms of time and space.
Page 482 -- Since mind co-ordinates the universe,
fixity of mechanisms is nonexistent. The phenomenon of progressive evolution
associated with cosmic self-maintenance is universal. The evolutionary
capacity of the universe is inexhaustible in the infinity of spontaneity.
Progress towards harmonious unity, a growing experiential synthesis superimposed
on an ever-increasing complexity of relationships, could be effected only
by a purposive and dominant mind.
Page 482 -- The higher the universe mind associated
with any universe phenomenon, the more difficult it is for the lower types
of mind to discover it. And since the mind of the universe mechanism is
creative spirit-mind (even the mindedness of the Infinite), it can never
be discovered or discerned by the lower-level minds of the universe, much
less by the lowest mind of all, the human. The evolving animal mind, while
naturally God-seeking, is not alone and of itself inherently God-knowing.
Page 484 -- The spirit is the creative reality;
the physical counterpart is the time-space reflection of the spirit reality,
the physical repercussion of the creative action of spirit-mind.
Mind universally dominates matter, even as
it is in turn responsive to the ultimate overcontrol of spirit. And with
mortal man, only that mind which freely submits itself to the spirit direction
can hope to survive the mortal time-space existence as an immortal child
of the eternal spirit world of the Supreme, the Ultimate, and the Absolute:
Page 1303 -- The grand universe is mechanism
as well as organism, mechanical and living -- a living mechanism activated
by a Supreme Mind, co-ordinating with a Supreme Spirit, and finding expression
on maximum levels of power and personality unification as the Supreme Being.
But to deny the mechanism of the finite creation is to deny fact and to
Mechanisms are the products of mind, creative
mind acting on and in cosmic potentials. Mechanisms are the fixed crystallizations
of Creator thought, and they ever function true to the volitional concept
that gave them origin. But the purposiveness of any mechanism is in its
origin, not in its function.
These mechanisms should not be thought of as
limiting the action of Deity; rather is it true that in these very mechanics
Deity has achieved one phase of eternal expression. The basic universe
mechanisms have come into existence in response to the absolute will of
the First Source and Center, and they will therefore eternally function
in perfect harmony with the plan of the Infinite; they are, indeed, the
nonvolitional patterns of that very plan.
We understand something of how the mechanism
of Paradise is correlated with the personality of the Eternal Son; this
is the function of the Conjoint Actor. And we have theories regarding the
operations of the Universal Absolute with respect to the theoretical mechanisms
of the Unqualified and the potential person of the Deity Absolute. But
in the evolving Deities of Supreme and Ultimate we observe that certain
impersonal phases are being actually united with their volitional counterparts,
and thus there is evolving a new relationship between pattern and person.
Page 1305 -- Nevertheless, the Father as a
person may at any time interpose a fatherly hand in the stream of cosmic
events all in accordance with the will of God and in consonance with the
wisdom of God and as motivated by the love of God.
But what man calls providence is all too often
the product of his own imagination, the fortuitous juxtaposition of the
circumstances of chance. There is, however, a real and emerging providence
in the finite realm of universe existence, a true and actualizing correlation
of the energies of space, the motions of time, the thoughts of intellect,
the ideals of character, the desires of spiritual natures, and the purposive
volitional acts of evolving personalities. The circumstances of the material
realms find final finite integration in the interlocking presences of the
Supreme and the Ultimate.
Page 2077 -- If men were only machines, they
would react more or less uniformly to a material universe. Individuality,
much less personality, would be nonexistent.
The fact of the absolute mechanism of Paradise
at the center of the universe of universes, in the presence of the unqualified
volition of the Second Source and Center, makes forever certain that determiners
are not the exclusive law of the cosmos. Materialism is there, but it is
not exclusive; mechanism is there, but it is not unqualified; determinism
is there, but it is not alone.
Page 2078 -- The finite universe of matter
would eventually become uniform and deterministic but for the combined
presence of mind and spirit. The influence of the cosmic mind constantly
injects spontaneity into even the material worlds.
The inconsistency of the modern mechanist is:
If this were merely a material universe and man only a machine, such a
man would be wholly unable to recognize himself as such a machine, and
likewise would such a machine-man be wholly unconscious of the fact of
the existence of such a material universe. The materialistic dismay and
despair of a mechanistic science has failed to recognize the fact of the
spirit-indwelt mind of the scientist whose very supermaterial insight formulates
these mistaken and self-contradictory concepts of a materialistic universe.
Page 2079 -- If this were only a material
universe, material man would never be able to arrive at the concept of
the mechanistic character of such an exclusively material existence. This
very mechanistic concept of the universe is in itself a nonmaterial phenomenon
of mind, and all mind is of nonmaterial origin, no matter how thoroughly
it may appear to be materially conditioned and mechanistically controlled.
If the universe were only material and man
only a machine, there would be no science to embolden the scientist to
postulate this mechanization of the universe. Machines cannot measure,
classify, nor evaluate themselves. Such a scientific piece of work could
be executed only by some entity of supermachine status.
If universe reality is only one vast machine,
then man must be outside of the universe and apart from it in order to
recognize such a fact and become conscious of the insight of such an evaluation.
If man is only a machine, by what technique
does this man come to believe or claim to know that he is only a machine?
The experience of self-conscious evaluation of one's self is never an attribute
of a mere machine. A self-conscious and avowed mechanist is the best possible
answer to mechanism. If materialism were a fact, there could be no self-conscious
mechanist. It is also true that one must first be a moral person before
one can perform immoral acts.
Page 2080 -- How foolish to presume that an
automaton could conceive a philosophy of automatism, and how ridiculous
that it should presume to form such a concept of other and fellow automatons!
The universe is not like the laws, mechanisms,
and the uniformities which the scientist discovers, and which he comes
to regard as science, but rather like the curious, thinking, choosing,
creative, combining, and discriminating scientist who thus observes universe
phenomena and classifies the mathematical facts inherent in the mechanistic
phases of the material side of creation. Neither is the universe like the
art of the artist, but rather like the striving, dreaming, aspiring, and
advancing artist who seeks to transcend the world of material things in
an effort to achieve a spiritual goal.
And so our clerical critic not only failed
to envision the magnificent cosmos of the Urantia Book, but he so
superficially read the text that he thought it presented a mechanical cosmos.
How mistaken even a learned theologian can be when his mind is not open
to the reception of new truth!
Criticism #4 Urantia completely ignores
the Biblical teachings about man. For Urantia man is finite, ignorant,
and enslaved by matter. In the Bible man is anxious, guilty, fallen, and
spiritually perverse. There is just no common ground between these two
This is a criticism difficult to analyze. The
criticism presents only a partial view of man as presented in The Urantia
Papers. And we think that this concept of the Biblical view of man
is also somewhat incomplete and a bit distorted. Since both pictures of
man are hardly truly representative of either the Urantia Book of the Bible,
it is hardly profitable to undertake a detailed discussion of this criticism.
But I would call attention to the full and
comprehensive manner in which the book does present the story of man's
origin, nature, history, and destiny.
The Urantia Papers tell us about the
origin of life on this planet. Then follows the story of prehuman life
and the appearance of Andon and Fonta, the first human beings. The arrival
of the six colored races is depicted.
Humanity is carried down through the ages,
through the planetary rebellion, the Adamic default, on down to the times
of Jesus' bestowal in the flesh.
There is an elaborate and profound doctrine
of man presented in the Urantia Book. Man created in the image of God,
endowed with a provisional free will, indwelt by a fragment of God, by
faith fellowshipped as a son of God in the brotherhood -- the kingdom of
Human personality is a divine gift. Survival
is a gift of grace which man secures by faith. Never in all the world's
history has there been presented such a complete account of man's origin,
history, and destiny.
A minister, with a doctor's degree, recently
said to me, "The Urantia concept of man is in harmony with the best Christian
thought of today."
Criticism #5: Why should not the person
who put The Urantia Papers in written English be known? The authors
of the Books of the Bible are known.
The book itself tells how The Urantia Papers
came to be. (See citations on the back of the dust jacket of the Urantia
Book.) The reason given us for not disclosing the identity of the subject
employed in this transaction was: We do not want future generations to
be concerned with the adoration of a Saint Peter or Saint Paul, a Luther,
Calvin, or Wesley. We want no individual to be exalted by The Urantia
Papers. The book should stand on its own nature and worth.
We all tend to revere our religious leaders.
Remember how the Edenites wanted to fall down and worship Adam and Eve.
Speaking of the resident governor general, on Page 1252 of the Urantia
Book, it says, "The name of the current planetary supervisor is withheld
from you only because mortal man is so prone to worship, even to deify,
his extraordinary compatriots and superhuman superiors."
As for the books of the Bible, we do not know
the real authors of many of these sacred writings. We are just as much
edified by their reverential perusal. We can enjoy a good symphony even
if we do not know the name of the composer.
The Urantia Book does not aim to contribute
to the creation of a new galaxy of saints or to the organization of a new
But keeping important information secret is
nothing new. Look at the New Testament record of Jesus' dealing with his
apostles. After healing the leper, Jesus said, "See that you say nothing
to anyone." Matt 8:4. Following Peter's confession of his divinity, Jesus
"strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.(5)"
Matt 16:20. Regarding their experience on the Mount of Transfiguration,
Jesus said, "Tell no one the vision, until the Son of Man is raised from
the dead." Matt 17:9. After curing the deaf and dumb man, the Master "charged
them to tell no one what had happened." Luke 8:56.
Remember: when we are asked "Just how did you
get the Urantia Book?" if each of us told everything we know about the
origin of The Urantia Papers, such a narrative would not fully satisfy
the inquirer, for there is too much concerning the transmittal of The
Urantia Papers that none of us fully understands. If you knew all we
know, you would still be ignorant of much concerning the phenomena of factualizing
these documents. No living person fully understands just how The
Urantia Papers got translated into the English manuscript which was
authorized for publication.(6)
One thing should be made clear to all. No person
or persons are in any way desirous of gaining any advantage or notoriety
out of their connection with the Urantia revelation.
Even after we attain Paradise, we encounter
secrets in connection with the seven sacred worlds of the Father which
revolve about Paradise. On each of these Father worlds there is to be found
a domain of knowledge and experience which is confidential to a certain
group of beings. All others are denied access to this secret domain.
Divinington -- the abode of Thought Adjusters
-- is open only to the Father-fragment entities. All orders of intelligent
beings are forbidden to land on Divinington.
In a military organization the higher officers
are often in possession of information which it is not wise to transmit
to the rank and file of the army.
Criticism #6: There is no doctrine of sin
in the Urantia Book. Neither is there a plan of salvation for lost man.
Again, our critic has failed to read the Urantia
Book which presents a clear-cut doctrine of sin. True, it does re-define
sin so as to forever separate it from the errors of partial understanding
and the potential evil of finite imperfection. Urantia doctrine of sin
also separates this state from the ordinary "guilty feeling" which a mistaught
conscience (supposedly the voice of God to the soul) imposes upon otherwise
well-meaning individuals who are conscious of having violated the mores
-- failed to live up to some ethical ideal or some social regulation or
other man-made dogmas.
Let the Urantia Book tell its own story about
First, there is the background and cosmic setting
of all sin as portrayed in the Lucifer rebellion -- the attack upon the
personality of God, the divine rule of his Creator Sons, and the whole
scheme of Paradise ascension of mortal creatures of the Corps of the Finality.
Then follows the story of the Caligastia betrayal of this world and the
devastating consequences of the planetary rebellion.
Now as to sin as a personal experience. Page
The possibility of mistaken judgment (evil)
becomes sin only when the human will consciously endorses and knowingly
embraces a deliberate immoral judgment.
Page 63 -- Sin is potential in all realms
where imperfect beings are endowed with the ability to choose between good
It is true, the Urantia Book does reject the
whole concept of original sin.
Jesus recognized that "sin" was according to
one's light. Said he, "Before I came you had no sin, but now you have no
excuse." John 15:22.
Read again on page 754:
But sin is a purposeful resistance to divine
reality -- a conscious choosing to oppose spiritual progress -- while iniquity
consists in an open and persistent defiance of recognized reality and signifies
such a degree of personality disintegration as to border on cosmic insanity.
Page 41 -- The love of God saves the sinner;
the law of God destroys the sin.
Page 984 -- The sense or feeling of guilt
is the consciousness of the violation of the mores; it is not necessarily
sin. There is no real sin in the absence of conscious disloyalty to Deity.
Page 2016 -- Sin is the act of conscious and
deliberate rebellion against the Father's will and the Sons' laws by an
individual will creature.
As regards the plan of salvation, the teachings
of the Urantia Book are clear and replete.
Salvation is based on the love of God and not
on the atonement doctrine. Even Peter taught this in his Pentecostal sermon,
saying, "Truly I perceive that God shows no partiality, but in every nation
anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him." Acts
The plan of saving mortals is part of the eternal
purpose of God. (See page 364.)
Page 365 -- 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.
The plan of salvation is presented in the Urantia
1. The Plan of Perfection Attainment.
Pages 54, 85, 645.
2. The Bestowal Plan. Pages 85, 454.
3. The Plan of Mercy Ministry. Pages
4. The Salvage Plan. Pages 39, 85.
Concerning the Paradise ascension, read on
Having started out on the way of life everlasting,
having accepted the assignment and received your orders to advance, do
not fear the dangers of human forgetfulness and mortal inconstancy, do
not be troubled with doubts of failure or by perplexing confusion, do not
falter and question your status and standing, for in every dark hour, at
every crossroad in the forward struggle, the Spirit of Truth will always
speak, saying, "This is the way."
(Read on) Page 1194 -- You humans have begun
an endless unfolding of an almost infinite panorama, a limitless expanding
of never-ending, ever-widening spheres of opportunity for exhilarating
service, matchless adventure, sublime uncertainty, and boundless attainment.
Page 1194 -- When the clouds gather overhead,
your faith should accept the fact of the presence of the indwelling Adjuster,
and thus you should be able to look beyond the mists of mortal uncertainty
into the clear shining of the sun of eternal righteousness on the beckoning
heights of the mansion worlds of Satania.
And all of this is also good New Testament
teaching. Read I John 5:4: "For whatever is born of God overcomes the world,
and this is the victory that overcomes the world, our faith."
In the Urantia Book the doctrines of sin and
salvation make sense. They are consistent with our knowledge of science
(psychology) on the one hand and the teachings of Jesus on the other.
The Urantia Papers deny both original
sin and universal and unconditioned salvation. To be sure, we have "all
sinned and come short of the glory of God." Rom 3:23. But only those who
choose survival will go on to find God and become more and more like him.
Criticism #7: The goal of salvation represents
a prolonged scheme of training and even then is indefinite and uncertain.
Yes, the Urantia Book does present a vast scheme
of universe education as a part of the survival plan for mortal ascenders.
Others have found fault with this scheme of Paradise ascension. The most
notable of all such critics was Lucifer himself. One of the three major
criticisms of the rebellious Lucifer had to do with the prolonged training
given mortal creatures.
Salvation is not magical -- falling asleep
in death as a material creature and waking up in heaven as full-fledged
spirit being. The Paradise ascension is evolutional not magical. Salvation
is real -- not a fantasy.
Mortal survivors are being educated and trained
for some magnificent destiny. And all of this practical education is in
itself a transcendent destiny.
Criticism #8: The loving, kind, and tolerant
heavenly Father presented in the Urantia Book is not a God of Exodus and
the God who saves sinners. The Bible does not encourage us to look for
new truth -- its injunction is Remember and Obey.
Our critic wants us to go back to the jealous
and angry God of the times of Samuel and Elijah. In a way this criticism
is valid. The Urantia Book does present the portrait of an affectionate
heavenly Father such as that presented by the Second Isaiah and exemplified
in the life and teachings of Jesus.
The whole concept of the bestowal of the Spirit
of Truth is contrary to the idea of a "closed revelation" -- "The Faith
delivered to the saints." Jesus promised a progressive religious experience,
a spirit guide who should "lead us into all truth."
This critic certainly failed to read Paper
97, "Evolution of the God Concept Among the Hebrews." Deity concepts progressively
changed from Samuel to Isaiah.
The whole plan of salvation signifies growth.
are admonished to "grow in grace and a knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ."
2 Peter 3:18.
The Urantia Book pictures God as Jesus
presented him -- a loving heavenly Father. The idea of a "closed revelation"
-- the preservation of the "Faith once delivered to the saints" was what
led to this downfall of the Jewish people. While defending their faith
they rejected the very gift of God which their own prophets had foreshadowed.
The God of the Urantia Book is a God
who "save sinners" -- from cover to cover the book proclaims: "Whosoever
will may come and partake freely of the water of life."
Criticism #9: The Urantia Book almost completely
ignores the prophets of the Old Testament. The reason for this is clear
-- the teaching of the prophets flatly contradict the scheme of the Urantia
Again this critic has failed to read the book.
There are hundreds of references to the Old Testament in the Urantia Book.
Papers 73-76, 93-96 are devoted wholly to the consideration of Old Testament
persons, peoples, and religions.
The Urantia Papers validate both the Old
and the New Testament Scriptures. They also recognize the basic truths
of the leading oriental religions.
The Urantia Book portrays the continuous evolutionary
growth of religion as augmented by periodic revelation from the dawn of
civilization to the present hour. Divine truth is living and expanding;
always growing and increasingly illuminating the pathways of human development.
Criticism #10: The Urantia Book is a commonplace
hodge-podge of verbiage, just such as numerous automatic writers have produced.
I can testify that The Urantia Papers
were not the product of automatic writing or any other technique of psychic
legerdemain known to me.(7)
While we are not at liberty to tell you even
the little we know about the technique of the production of The Urantia
Papers, we are not forbidden to tell you how we did not get
Let me call your attention to the following
outline of present-day psychologic and psychic phenomena.
OF THE MARGINAL
1. Automatic Writing.
2. Automatic Talking.
a. Speaking with "tongues."
b. Trance Mediums.
c. Spirit Mediums.
3. Automatic Hearing -- Clairaudience.
4. Automatic Seeing.
a. Dream States -- Twilight Mentation
b. Visions -- Automatic Dramatization.
c. Hallucinations. (Shifty "Reality" Feelings.)
5. Automatic Thinking.
a. Automatic Fearing -- Anxiety Neurosis.
b. Automatic Ideation -- Mental Compulsions.
c. Automatic Judgments -- Intuition, "Hunches."
d. Automatic Association of Ideas -- Precognitions.
e. Automatic Guessing -- E.S.P.: Extra-Sensory
f. Automatic Deductions -- Delusions--Paranoia.
g. Dominance of Marginal Consciousness --
Dreams and Hypnosis.
6. Automatic Remembering.
a. Clairvoyance -- Automatic Memory Associations.
b. Telepathy -- Mind Reading (?)
c. Fortune Telling (Largely Fraudulent.)
d. Musical and Mathematical Marvels.
7. Automatic Acting.
a. Automatic Behavior -- (Major Hysteria.
b. Automatic Motion -- Motor Compulsions.
c. Automatic Overdrives -- Manic Episodes.
d. Automatic Walking -- Somnambulism.
8. Automatic Personalization.
a. Automatic Forgetting -- Amnesia.
b. Automatic Dissociation -- Double and Multiple
c. Schizophrenia -- Split Personality.
9. Combined and Associated Psychic States.
Note: The technique of the reception of
the Urantia Book in English in no way parallels or impinges upon any of
the above phenomena of the marginal consciousness.(8)
Criticism #11: The atonement has vanished
from the Urantia Book. So has the majestic and jealous God who punishes
his people when they go whoring after other gods.
This is a valid criticism. In the Urantia Book
the atonement has vanished. Read on page 41:
Righteousness implies that God is the source
of the moral law of the universe. Truth exhibits God as a revealer, as
a teacher. But love gives and craves affection, seeks understanding fellowship
such as exists between parent and child. Righteousness may be the divine
thought, but love is a father's attitude. The erroneous supposition that
the righteousness of God was irreconcilable with the selfless love of the
heavenly Father, presupposed absence of unity in the nature of Deity and
led directly to the elaboration of the atonement doctrine, which is a philosophic
assault upon both the unity and the free-willness of God.
The Urantia Book goes so far as to declare
that the atonement doctrine is an insult to Deity.
There is penalty for those who forsake God
and abandon the pursuit of survival. And that penalty is loss of being
-- annihilation. "They shall become as though they had not been."
Criticism #12: While there are to be found
some new ideas in the Urantia Book, there is not revealed any startling
Jesus was the greatest of all revelations --
the incarnation -- but he preached a simple gospel: the Fatherhood of God
and the brotherhood of man. He appealed much to the Old Testament. Much
of his preaching was to the common people.
The Urantia Book is an attempt to unify
present-day scientific knowledge and religious truth. The main purpose
of The Urantia Papers is to help the average person to better understanding
of Jesus' religion. This means an emphasis on the religion of Jesus
as contrasted to the religion about Jesus.
The Urantia Book, while presenting many
new concepts, devotes much attention to the exaltation of much that is
old -- the home, education, and social equity.
Remember, it is not the purpose of the Urantia
Book to start a new church. The book condemns sectarian religions.
The book is a gift to all religions, including Christianity.
The mission of the book is well told on page
The time is ripe to witness the figurative
resurrection of the human Jesus from his burial tomb amidst the theological
traditions and the religious dogmas of nineteen centuries. Jesus of Nazareth
must not be longer sacrificed to even the splendid concept of the glorified
Christ(9). What a transcendent service if,
through this revelation, the Son of Man should be recovered from the tomb
of traditional theology and be presented as the living Jesus to the church
that bears his name, and to all other religions! Surely the Christian fellowship
of believers will not hesitate to make such adjustments of faith and of
practices of living as will enable it to "follow after" the Master in the
demonstration of his real life of religious devotion to the doing of his
Father's will and of consecration to the unselfish service of man.
Do professed Christians fear the exposure of
a self-sufficient and unconsecrated fellowship of social respectability
and selfish economic maladjustment? Does institutional Christianity fear
the possible jeopardy, or even the overthrow, of traditional ecclesiastical
authority if the Jesus of Galilee is reinstated in the minds and souls
of mortal men as the ideal of personal religious living? Indeed, the social
readjustments, the economic transformations, the moral rejuvenations, and
the religious revisions of Christian civilization would be drastic and
revolutionary if the living religion of Jesus should suddenly supplant
the theologic religion about Jesus.
Criticism #13: The Urantia Book takes away
the centrality of Christ in the Christian faith.
While the Urantia Book places God at the center
of the master universe as well as at the center of the Christian faith,
the bestowal Son shares this place with his Father.
The Urantia teaching greatly enlarges the mission
of Jesus to this world. In addition to the concept of Savior, he becomes
our Creator and Sovereign Lord. The statement -- "No one comes to the Father
except by me" becomes much more absolute in its significance.
In the religion of Jesus, the bestowal Son
of God becomes the real center of the gospel of the kingdom. The religion
Jesus may give a large place to Peter at Pentecost, to Paul and his Epistles,
and to the early church fathers. But in the Urantia version of the gospel
of the kingdom, Jesus of Nazareth -- the Son of God and the Son of Man
-- is forever at the center of the good news about the fatherhood of God
and the brotherhood of man.
The Urantia Book recognizes the supremacy of
Christ(10) in all things religious, when
it validates his many titles on Page 1965:
I am the bread of life.
I am the living water.
I am the light of the world.
I am the desire of all ages.
I am the open door to eternal salvation.
I am the reality of endless life.
I am the good shepherd.
I am the pathway to infinite perfection
I am the secret of eternal survival.
I am the way, the truth, and the life.
I am the infinite Father of my finite children.
I am the true vine; you are the branches.
I am the hope of all who know the truth.
I am the living bridge from one world to another.
I am the living link between time and eternity.
Criticism #14: I asked a friend of mine,
a professor of physics in a near-by university, for an opinion on the scientific
aspects of the Urantia Book. After going over the book, he said, "As regards
science, this book is dated. It presents a very good picture of the way
we looked at the cosmos ten years ago."(11)
On the whole, I think this is a valid criticism
of the Urantia Book. Let me read from the Urantia Book, page 1109:
Because your world is generally ignorant of
origins, even of physical origins, it has appeared to be wise from time
to time to provide instruction in cosmology. And always has this made trouble
for the future. The laws of revelation hamper us greatly by their proscription
of the impartation of unearned or premature knowledge. Any cosmology presented
as a part of revealed religion is destined to be outgrown in a very short
time. Accordingly, future students of such a revelation are tempted to
discard any element of genuine religious truth it may contain because they
discover errors on the face of the associated cosmologies therein presented.
Mankind should understand that we who participate
in the revelation of truth are very rigorously limited by the instructions
of our superiors. We are not at liberty to anticipate the scientific discoveries
of a thousand years. Revelators must act in accordance with the instructions
which form a part of the revelation mandate. We see no way of overcoming
this difficulty, either now or at any future time. We full well know that,
while the historic facts and religious truths of this series of revelatory
presentations will stand on the records of the ages to come, within a few
short years many of our statements regarding the physical sciences will
stand in need of revision in consequence of additional scientific developments
and new discoveries. These new developments we even now foresee, but we
are forbidden to include such humanly undiscovered facts in the revelatory
records. Let it be made clear that revelations are not necessarily inspired.
The cosmology of these revelations is not inspired. It is limited by our
permission for the co-ordination and sorting of present-day knowledge.
While divine or spiritual insight is a gift, human wisdom must evolve.
The science of The Urantia Papers bears
the closing date of A.D. 1934. Even if it is now regarded as ten years
out of date, it was 15 or 20 years ahead of the times first presented to
us. But even now, the fact of the ultimaton has not yet been discovered,
even though there have been several hints along this line in the scientific
papers of the last few years.
Criticism #15: The teachings of Jesus as
presented in the Urantia Book can be found in a thousand different books,
especially in writings prior to 1930.
You notice that our critics fail to cite the
books which portray the teachings of Jesus as found in the Urantia Book.
It is comforting to be told that the Urantia teachings have such far-flung
support among Christian authors. But I find much in Jesus' Urantia teachings
which I have not here-to-fore encountered(12).
I can cite dozens of discourses, talks, conferences,
and question-and-answer periods -- which I challenge anyone to find already
on record in present-day Christian literature.
Criticism #16: The narrative of the earlier
years of Jesus' life -- the silent years of the Gospels -- impressed me
as being very ordinary, even sophomoric. Nothing extraordinary happened.
I could sit down any day and dictate just as good, or better, a story in
three or four hours.
I am glad that in the main the rhetoric of
the narrative of Jesus' life is easily comprehensible by sophomores, even
freshman, of high school as well as on the collegiate level. Just the other
day a college sophomore related to me how much he had been helped by this
story of Jesus' early life.
But as I review these years, there is impressed
on my mind many discussions that could easily engage the deep thinking
of men and women many grades above the sophomore level. Let me call your
attention to a few:
His assumption of responsibility and management
of family affairs after his father's death.
His wise dealing with the conflicts between patriotism
and religious loyalties.
Dealings with the affairs of his brothers and
sisters, not to mention his mother.
The story of his personal work on the Rome trip
and how it later worked out in the beginnings of the Christian religion
as it spread in the Roman Empire.
Jesus' discourse on Reality.
The Carthage discourse on Time and Space.
The editing of the Hindu lad's selections of comparative
His discussion with the religious leaders at Rome
on True Values, Truth and Faith, Good and Evil
The counsel on Wealth.
The wisdom of his personal ministry to Ganid.
The sagacious dealing with the courtesans.
The Athenian discourse on science.
The Ephesian discourse on the soul.
The discussion of mind at Cyprus.
The unique story of his experience at Lake Urmia.
The Mount of Hermon sojourn.
Yes, in a way, nothing out of the ordinary happened.
That was also the great stumbling block to Mary. As Mary tried to bolster
her faith, doubts would creep in because "nothing out of the ordinary ever
Our friend thinks he could dictate a narrative
of Jesus' life from the twelfth year to his baptism in the Jordan in three
or four hours any day. I doubt it. At least in nineteen hundred years it
has not been done.
This reminds me of an agnostic patient I had
several years ago. He complained that Jesus' sermons were very ordinary
-- that his teachings consisted largely of commonplace stories -- parables.
Said he could write out a dozen parables any evening.
I said to this man, "I'll pay a good price
for every parable which you bring me which will be at all comparable with
the leading parables of Jesus." He promised to undertake the job. I did
not hear from him for three months. Then he said, "Well, I guess that Jesus
told most of the parables. I did not think up many that seemed to be as
good as those found in his sermons."
There are so many features of this story of
Jesus' early life that can be checked and rechecked. There is a consistency
about the narrative that would not be found in a piece of pure fiction.
Don't forget: during these years he was living
the truly human life -- as man among men -- as contrasted with the more
divine features which appeared ever and anon after the occasion of his
The Apostle Paul had some troubles like this.
Some of his critics complained that his gospel was pedestrian -- even sophomoric
-- that it was lacking in erudition and deficient in learned philosophy.
This is Paul's answer to these critics as found in the first chapter of
First Corinthians, verses 18-27.
"For the word of the cross is folly to those
who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
For it is written, 'I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the cleverness
of the clever I will thwart.' Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe?
Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of
the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God
through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save
those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we
preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles,
but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of
God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men,
and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
For consider your call, brethren; not many
of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful,
not many were of noble birth; but God chose what is foolish in the world
to shame the wise, God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong."
(Again) 1 Cor 2:14: "The unspiritual man does
not receive the gifts of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him,
and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned."
1 Cor 3:19: "For the wisdom of this world is
folly with God."
Criticism #17: In my opinion, the Urantia
Book is a fraud -- a hoax. Those who perpetrated this book are criminals.
Any one who would call The Urantia Papers
a fraud does not know much about the people who were concerned with the
factualization of this unique book. My wife and I had considerable experience
with the exposure of mediumistic frauds and psychic humbugs during our
earlier years and some forty years ago I wrote a book depicting our experiences
in dealing with these practitioners of the occult.
There was nothing questionable, much less fraudulent,
connected with the origin of the Urantia Book. At the first glimpse of
such, my associates and I would have forsaken the whole affair. We never
detected anything fraudulent in the phenomena spread out over twenty-five
years. True, we encountered much we could not explain, cannot explain even
today. But there was no deception or other questionable practices.
Neither did the Forum -- more than one hundred
and fifty persons who supplied the questions which brought forth The
Urantia Papers -- ever detect any evidences of fraud.
No one has ever found a contradiction in the
Urantia Book of more than one million words. If your story is fictitious,
you just can't go on the witness stand for more than twenty-five years
to be examined and cross-examined by more than one hundred and fifty people,
and never make a single slip-up. To pass such a test you have to be telling
It is now more than three years since the book
was published; several thousand copies have been distributed which have
been read by more than thousands of people, and yet no one has discovered
a contradiction; not even the severest critic has brought forth such as
When my son came home on furlough from the
Marine Corps to read The Urantia Papers, the first question he asked
me was, "Dad, is there any one making money out of this thing?" I answered,
"No, son, but there are a number of us who are putting money into it."
By the time the book was published we had, in time and money, put in over
one hundred thousand dollars. Except for professional proof reading, no
one was paid one cent during all the years of the production and publication
of the Urantia Book.
But the cry of fraud is an old one. They charged
Jesus with being a fraud -- "Are you not Jesus of Nazareth, the carpenter's
son?" And they went on to charge that he was in league with devils. Said
one minister critic of the Urantia Book, "It unfolds the melodramatic shotgun
wedding of secondhand neoplatonized Gnosticism and slipshod Protestant
rationalism to sanctified science-fiction and sheer damn foolishness. The
bastard offspring of this union is called Urantia. There is no place for
it in the house of the Lord."
Criticism #18: The Urantia Book contains
no new and original concepts. There is really nothing new in its presentation
of cosmology, philosophy, and religion.
In reply to this criticism, I submit 74 concepts
and doctrines which are new and original as presented in the Urantia Book,
not to mention more than one hundred additional narratives which represent
the enlargement, amplification, and clarification of existing knowledge.
The Eternal Son of Paradise. For the first
time in human records clearly designated and personally identified.
The unique Conjoint Actor. The concept
of the Third Person of Deity is both unique and original in The Urantia
The Paradise Trinity. In the Urantia Book
the Paradise Trinity finds its only present-day identification and recognition.
The Central Geographic Residence of Deity.
For the first time the world knows exactly where God lives.
The Absolute Isle of Paradise. The original
concept of Paradise as the absolute of non-deity reality.
Multiple Creator Sons. Recognition of more
than 700,000 Creator Paradise Sons.
Concept of the Absolutes. The concept of
the Unqualified, Universal, and Deity Absolutes is original with the Urantia
Doctrine of Evolutionary Deity. While I
saw an intimation of finite Deity in one of Pratt's books about the time
of the coming of The Urantia Papers, I am sure that the concepts
of the Supreme Being and God the Ultimate are original.
Concept of the Triunities. The Triunities
are an original Urantia concept.
Havona Universe and Natives. The billion
world picture of Havona and its inhabitants is a wholly new and original
The Concept of Space. Notwithstanding the
theory of an "exploding cosmos," the space concept of the Urantia Book
is new and original.
The Grand and Master Universes. The overall
concept of the Master cosmos is not only original, but it far transcends
all previous ideas.
The Seven Order of Trinity-Created Days.
While one of these seven orders, the "Ancient of Days" is mentioned in
the Bible, the whole presentation is both new and original.
The Paradise Sons of God. The story of
Magisterial and Trinity Teacher Sons in addition to Creator Sons is entirely
original with the Urantia Book.
Trinitized Sons of God. The story and techniques
of the trinitization of divine Sons is unique and original in The Urantia
The Seven Master Spirits. While the Bible
makes mention of seven Spirits of God, it is only in the Urantia Book that
these Spirits are identified and their work fully described.
The Vast Family of the Conjoint Actor.
The vast and far-flung family of the Infinite Spirit -- supernaphim, seconaphim,
Solitary Messengers -- are but briefly foreshadowed by the Biblical narrative
of seraphim and cherubim.
The Universal Circuits. The gravity, personality,
spirit, and mind circuits are original teachings of the Urantia Book.
Universal Reflectivity -- Majeston. The
amazing story of universal reflectivity is a wholly new and original presentation
of the Urantia revelation.
Power Directors -- Force Organizers. The
whole concept of intelligent and purposive control of cosmic energy is
original with the Urantia Book.
Evolution of Energy--Matter. While some
phases of the Urantia story of the evolution of energy may have been foreshadowed
by scientific discovery, nevertheless, the concept as a whole is new as
presented in The Urantia Papers.
The Ultimaton. At the time of the suggestion
of the ultimaton in The Urantia Papers, I had never heard of such
a concept in scientific literature. During the past five or six years,
I have noted several different intimations of the possible existence of
some physical factor analogous to the ultimaton concept.
Origin of the Solar System. While the Urantia
narrative of the origin of the solar system includes some features of the
Moulton-Chamberlain theory, the whole story is so complete and unique as
to make it practically an original presentation.
The Architectural Worlds. Worlds made to
order of specifications is original with the Urantia Book.
Universe Administrators. From the inhabited
world to the management of the grand universe the administrative scheme
of the Urantia Book is entirely new.
The Life Carriers. Nothing like the concept
of the Life Carriers has ever been suggested to humankind in all of past
Origin of the Human Race. While the Urantia
story of the origin of the human race validates the doctrine of evolution,
nevertheless, it presents such a detailed and unique narrative as to constitute
an all but original presentation of human origins.
Origin of the Colored Races. The Urantia
story of the origin of the Sangik races is the only such narrative in existence.
Source and Nature of Personality. While
the Urantia Book, like science, fails to define personality, it does designate
its origin and gratifyingly portrays its magnificent destiny.
The Concept of Thought Adjusters. While
the Bible talks about the "true light which lighteth every man coming into
the world," the story of Thought Adjusters as revealed in The Urantia
Papers is so replete and unique as to constitute a new and original
Evolution of the Soul. The concept of the
origin, nature and evolution of the soul is original with the Urantia Book.
Identification of the Holy Spirit.
Pointing out the Holy Spirit as the presence of the Local Universe Mother
Spirit is altogether new and original in The Urantia Papers.
The Seven Adjutant Spirits. While the Bible
makes mention of seven spirits and in Isaiah partially identifies them,
the Urantia narrative is so full and unique as to make it an original presentation.
Local Universe Sons of God. The whole story
of the Local Universe Sons is new and original.
The Ascension Plan: Be You Perfect. While
Jesus propounded the mandate "Be you perfect," etc., the unfoldment of
the Paradise ascension plan in the Urantia Book is an all but new and original
The Seven Mansion Worlds. While the Master
alluded to the "mansion worlds," the replete story of their nature and
province is both new and original.
The Morontia Concept. The whole morontia
concept -- the stage between the material and the spiritual -- is new and
Celestial Artisans and Reversion Directors.
Both of these concepts are new in the Urantia Book. The concept of celestial
play and spiritual humor is all but new.
Concept of Permanent Citizenship. This
is wholly original with the Urantia Book.
The Urantia Midwayers. While the Old Testament
does refer to the "Nephilim" the citation is so indefinite as to constitute
the Urantia story of the midwayers as a new and original narrative.
The Superhuman Planetary Government. The
story of the planetary functions of the Most Highs, the Reserve Corps,
and the planetary seraphim is original, notwithstanding the allusion to
the work of the Most Highs in the Bible.
The Billions of Inhabited Worlds. At the
time of the arrival of The Urantia Papers, there was no literature
dealing with inhabited worlds other than our world. The idea was new. In
recent years we frequently run across speculations regarding other inhabited
Clarification of Sin and Rebellion. The
unique clarification of sin and rebellion is original with the Urantia
Clarification of Adam and Eve. The factual
narrative of the legendary story of Adam and Eve is original.
Clarification of Melchizedek. The Melchizedek
story as clarified in the Urantia narrative is really a new and original
Concept of the Ages of Light and Life.
The fruition of mortal evolution as portrayed in the concept of the ages
of light and life is altogether new and original.
A Unified History of Urantia. Nowhere else
in all the world can you find a consistent and unified history of our world.
For the first time we have a chronology of human affairs.
Diseases. The Book presents a new and original
explanation of microbic diseases.
Antigravity. The whole concept of antigravity
is unique and original with The Urantia Papers. Only during the
last year has any scientist promulgated a theory of antigravity.
Jesus' Birthday. For the first time during
the Christian era, we know the real birthday of Jesus -- August 21.
Experimental Planet. The fact that Urantia
was a decimal planet -- that the Life Carriers had permission to attempt
new features of biologic evolution. This is information not heretofore
known on the planet.
The Evolution of Religion. While you can
read much about the evolution of religion on Urantia, nevertheless, the
straightforward story told in The Urantia Papers is unique and original.
The Unique Reason for Jesus' Bestowal.
The Urantia Book presents a new, unique, and original reason for Jesus'
life and death on our world.
A Chronological Story of Jesus' Life. The
book presents the only complete story of Jesus' life on this world.
Identification of the Twelve Apostles.
The Urantia story is the first time the confusion of the 12 apostles has
been straightened out.
The Unique Story of Mary. The story of
Mary, the mother of Jesus, is unique and original.
The Water and the Wine. As far as I know,
the Urantia Book presents an original explanation of this supposed miracle.
Explanation of Unintended Miracles. The
book presents a possible explanation of numerous unintended miracles.
Jesus' Attitude Toward Art and Athletics.
The Master's attitude toward art and athletics is nowhere else revealed.
The Sermon on the Mount. I am, of course,
not familiar with all the literature on the Sermon on the Mount. But as
far as I know, the interpretation of this address in the Urantia Book is
new and original.
The Women's Evangelistic Corps. This story
is new, notwithstanding the brief mention of this matter in the New Testament.
Rodan of Alexandria. The whole story is
original with the Urantia Book.
The Story of Abner. The unique story of
the head of John the Baptist's apostles is original with the Urantia Papers.
David Zebedee's Intelligence Corps. This
entire story is exclusively found in the Urantia Book.
The "Keys of the Kingdom." The explanation
o the meaning of the "keys of the kingdom" is new and original as found
in the Urantia Book.
Clarification of the Kingdom Concept. The
kingdom concept is clarified. The religion of Jesus and the religion about
Jesus is fully differentiated.
Clarification of the Second Advent. The
clarification of Matt 24 and the second coming of Christ is complete and
New Concept of the Lord's Supper. The significance
of the Lord's Supper is new and original
Clarification of the Crucifixion. While
there is much in the New Testament regarding the crucifixion, the Urantia
story is complete and in many phases wholly original.
Nature of the Resurrection. While the New
Testament authenticates the resurrection, only the Urantia narrative presents
a new and original account of this transcendent event, including the actual
disposal of the material body of Jesus.
The Morontia Experience of Jesus. The full
and complete story of the morontia experience between the resurrection
and the ascension is found only in The Urantia Papers.
The New Picture of Pentecost. The Urantia
picture of Pentecost is so enlarged as to constitute a new portrayal of
the coming of the Spirit of Truth.
The Faith of Jesus. The final chapter of
the Urantia Book presents a new concept of believing with Jesus
rather than believing on him.
The Corps of the Finality. The actual destiny
of mortal ascenders in the Corps of the Finality is a new and original
concept of mortal destiny.
And last, but not least, the technique of receiving
Urantia Papers in answer to questions was an entirely new and unique
method of imparting information on the part of superhuman intelligence.
The very book itself is original in origin and unique in impartation.(15)
1. This is Sadler's partial
quote from instructions given to him just prior to release of The Urantia
2. In a letter to Martin
Gardner dated September 6, 1993, I showed why Sadler was unaware of the
manner in which the Revelators used the word "Christ." Refer to my paper
under Studies in The Urantia Papers. The word "Christ" originally
was a title, the Greek form of the "Messiah. But Christianity made the
title another name for "Jesus." Here the Revelators are using it in its
familiar Christian manner, to show how religionists will respond to The
Urantia Papers. Otherwise, the Revelators did not use the word "Christ"
as a name.
3. Sadler's statement in the preceding paragraph
cannot be correct. The forewarnings came prior to the publication of the
Revelation in 1955. This letter is dated 1958. He was illustrating a point,
not documenting history.
4. The Urantia Papers never use the word "doctrines"
as a substitute for "beliefs" or "teachings." This is Sadler's personal
substitute. He apparently was unaware again of how the Papers distinguish
5. The reason for this admonition by Jesus was not
necessarily because of a policy of secrecy. Rather it was because he truly
was not the "Christ" as his apostles thought of him. Refer to my paper
on Jesus and Melchizedek, Creator and Messiah. Also refer to the
paper on the Christ Names.
6. Such a statement could be said of all the processes
and mechanisms of life. We do not fully or truly understand even the most
familiar activities of creation. But Sadler could have publicly described
the steps in the process. He did not because he was under instructions
not to do so.
7. Here Sadler explicitly states that The Urantia
Papers did not come through channeling or any other form of "spiritualistic"
8. Here Sadler reinforces his statements that The
Urantia Papers were not the product of "trance" pronouncements, and
that their appearance did not resemble in any fashion the productions of
9. Here The Urantia Papers use the word "Christ"
in its traditional sense, in order to reinforce emphasis on the Christian
use of the word, not on its use in the Papers.
10. One again, Sadler uses the word Christ contrary
to its use in The Urantia Papers. He was totally unaware of that
employment, and hence could not have either written or edited the Revelation.
He continues such contrary use throughout this discussion.
11. The science of The Urantia Papers present
an extraordinary difficulty. This has been examined by many individuals.
It is not my purpose in this work to engage in such debate. Here I am presenting
those materials which affect our spiritual decisions, not our material
12. Sadler was aware of a few cases where the divine
Revelators used human sources to build their revelation. He does not mention
those. More importantly, he was unaware of the multitude of such uses,
from many different human sources. Had he been so aware he would have been
more careful in his statements. Refer to following chapters where this
revelatory design is discussed in depth.
13. Sadler and members of the Forum were all apparently
unaware of the Book of Oahspe, and ancient writings, including the
Hindu holy literature, Chinese myth, and the Egyptian Book of the Dead,
all of which refer to the celestial realms, and heavenly affairs.
14. Sadler again is unaware of deeper studies which
show the revelatory restrictions placed on Jesus' remarks about the "end
of the age." Sadler fully expected The Urantia Papers to effect
a renovation in our current world order, although he admitted to many persons
privately that he did not understand the apocalyptic passages of the Papers.
For example, refer to page 1086 and the discussion on Religion and Social
Reconstruction, and page 2081 and the discussion on Secular Totalitarianism.
15. Here Sadler is noting that celestial agencies
did not arbitrarily throw a revelation at us, but attempted to work with
us, at our conceptual level, in order to provide a more useful revelation.