THE URANTIA PAPERS
The Urantia Papers were provided
to instruct you on the heavenly realms, and the goals and purposes of God
Without The Urantia Papers you would
not be able to understand the events now transpiring upon our planet, nor
would you be able to recognize the significance of these cosmic episodes.
A few individuals through the ages understood
much about these matters. Moses, Elijah, Isaiah and Paul are examples of
persons who had some knowledge of the celestial realms, and the destiny
programs for this world. But the generations mostly were unable to accept
their teachings; they continued to languish in darkness.
As Paul said in I Cor 3:2 --
We must now face solid food. God will no longer accept perversion of
his holy truth.
As Paul stated explicitly in 1 Cor 8:5-6:
Paul did not mean to deny the existence of
celestial beings who are immortal. He emphasized the fact that there is
one God above all, the Father, and one supreme Lord, the one we knew as
Jesus. But still there are many so-called "gods" and "lords" in the heavenly
realms. Because they are immortal, ancient people regarded them as "gods"
Time and again the Psalms assert that there
are many gods and lords (so-called) in the heavens.
In speaking of our Creator, Yahweh of the heavenly
realms, Isaiah said:
The heavens are not a tent merely for us to
dwell in, but a tent also for God to dwell in. He resides in a city on
a celestial sphere in the north part of the heavens. There he holds forth
judgment among the "gods."
Would we expect that a river would flow beyond
the confines of space and time? Does this not show that our Creator has
his holy habitation within the universe? Although he is an eternal spirit
being he took up residence upon a celestial sphere within this universe,
in order that he might be close to his administrative realm.
Hillel ben Shachar, the brilliant
Star, Son of Dawn, the one we know as Lucifer, said in his heart that
he was equal to God, to his Creator. He then and there affirmed that he
would usurp the powers of his Creator. He brought that great war in the
When he brought that dreadful contest he brought
it against his Creator, against Michael. The Mount of Assembly is that
great sphere whereon momentous decisions are made concerning the created
The fact that Michael is our Creator is revealed
in the Bible but we have been blind to those revelations.
As Gabriel said to Daniel, 10:21 --
The apostles knew Jesus as our Prince.
Michael is a Great Prince, one who is above
all heavenly Princes, Dan 10:13 --
Thus we see that he is only one of many Chief
Princes of the heavenly realms.
The name Michael is subject to various interpretations.
It could mean literally "Who is like God?" It comes from three Hebrew word
elements. The first is "mi" = who. The third element, "el," of course,
is God. The second is "ki." However, the second element is a conjunction
subject to wide interpretation and differences in understanding. It is
translated in different contexts as "that," "for," and "when." It is also
used in the senses of "like," "surely," and "because." Thus the name is
an interrogative, asking "Who ? God." How we interpret the name depends
on how we assign the meaning of the second element. "Who is that God,"
"Who surely is God," Who is like God" are all possible forms. The original
use of the name probably was meant as an emphatic, "Who can be compared
Jesus showed respect to the Prince of this
World when he spoke of him with that royal designation, John 12:31, 14:30,
16:11. He also was one of those heavenly Princes who rebelled against his
Creator. Thus Michael is Chief Prince over all those lesser Princes.
Michael is the heavenly designation for the
one we knew as Jesus. In the Old Testament he is known as Yahweh, our Savior,
Isa 49:6. Thus he has three names: Jesus as the man, Yahweh as the Savior,
and Michael as the heavenly administrator.
From the Daniel passage we now know there are
many of these Creator Chief Princes. He is also only one of many Creator
Sons of God. Job 38:4 --
All the lesser Sons bowed down to the Great
Creator Son, Psalm 29:1 --
And again in Psalm 89:6 we are asked --
Will this be in a body of flesh and blood?
Paul was adamant that our resurrection will be in a celestial body, and
not a terrestrial body.
The Urantia Papers teach of worlds
whereon mortal ascenders awake in celestial bodies, to a new glory.
Paul knew of the Thought Adjuster, which he
called "God's spirit" or the "Spirit of the Father."
See Heb 10:34, 12:22, and 11:16.
In similar manner The Urantia Papers clarify, elucidate, and
illuminate our historic records and the many transactions of the heavenly
The Papers are divided into four main divisions:
Part I -- The Central and Superuniverses
Part II -- The Local Universe
Part III -- The History of Urantia
Part IV -- The Life and Teachings of Jesus
There are 196 Papers, with each revealed by a different celestial personality.
The primary, and ultimate, source of all creation is the Universal Father.
Thus the Papers begin with a portrayal of the Father. We can draw
near to the Father because he draws near to us. As Paul said, the Spirit
of God actually lives within us:
The spirit presence of the Father gives us
three unchallengeable testimonies to his reality.
1. The intellectual capacity for knowing God -- God-consciousness.
2. The spiritual urge to find God -- God-seeking.
3. The personality craving to be like God --
the wholehearted desire to do the Father's will.
And thus we can recognize the central devotion
of this Great Revelation. It is to God, and to God alone, that we owe our
existence, and our allegiance. Nothing, in all the world, is of higher
obligation than to do the will of the Father in heaven.
As you begin to study this Great Revelation
you will find yourself with many unaccustomed concepts and difficulties.
All divine revelations require a restructuring of our thinking. If they
did not induce such restructuring they would not be revelation.
Or would you wait for the time when the world
would enter extreme spiritual crisis, and God's people would then longingly
seek for answers? Thus it is with this Great Revelation. It was revealed
with sufficient time for it to spread to the world, in anticipation of
unfolding destiny. Then God's people would eagerly accept its enlightening
As our astronomers gaze out into the far reaches
of the universe they observe uncountable numbers of stellar systems. In
those systems are billions upon billions of inhabited worlds. If you were
a universe administrator how would you identify them for universe administration
and records? Is it difficult to accept that our world is 606 of Satania,
accounted in the manner in which our Creator manages this universe?
Satania has a headquarters world called Jerusem,
and it is system number twenty-four in the constellation of Norlatiadek.
Your constellation, Norlatiadek, consists of one hundred local systems
and has a headquarters world called Edentia. Norlatiadek is number seventy
in the universe of Nebadon. The local universe of Nebadon consists of one
hundred constellations and has a capital known as Salvington. The universe
of Nebadon is number eighty-four in the minor sector of Ensa.
Thus we can see why it is necessary to number
and name the many worlds, systems, administrative constellations, universes,
sectors, and superuniverses.
We could get lost in this maze of numbers and
names. While such information helps us to recognize the immensity of creation
it is knowledge which is superfluous to our relationship with the Father,
with our Creator, and with the many subordinate administrators of the heavenly
realms. These are facts, but they are not truth.
A person may emphasize the facts, drawing out
the absurdity of so many created worlds, concepts which are foreign to
our habits of thought and which are blistering intrusions into our customary
habits of mind, and our familiar blind attitudes. But how else can a revelation
reveal? Is it not time to know of God's great Creation? How can we understand
that which now transpires upon our world unless we have greater knowledge
of the heavenly realms and the context of spiritual transactions?
We cannot grasp the portent or the meaning of the spiritual transactions of today unless we have such knowledge. And we cannot obtain such knowledge unless we are willing to open our hearts and our minds to God's greater glory. We shall now come to know what the ancient people meant when they spoke of God's glory, a glory heretofore unrecognized by us.
|Facts and Truth|
Consider some of the teachings of The Urantia
Papers on the difference between facts and truth.
Do you cling to the theologies of Christianity
or Judaism? Do you seek recourse in the teachings of the churches and synagogues,
preachers and Rabbis, to offer you explanation for the events transpiring
on our world today?
If so, you place your eternal decisions on
dead doctrines. The theologies of this age are not truth. They do not grasp
the depth or height or breadth of a living religious experience.
Reason introduces man to the world of facts,
to things. This was the great power of the scientific methods of our world.
We were able to coordinate, synthesize, and theorize about facts gained
from observations. We entered into a very reasonable world. We could rationalize
personal psychology, social conduct, and material power. But we forgot
wisdom. Wisdom introduces us to truth, to relationships. In our pursuit
of material power we forgot relationships, those elements of life which
provide meaning and value. Materialism ultimately and finally depletes
the social reserves of relationships to end in the bankruptcy of self-centeredness,
selfishness and greed. But living faith can recapture truth and wisdom
to initiate us into a world of divinity, of spiritual experience.
And that is the significance of the events
which we all now endure. Only through trials of supreme moral and spiritual
contest can we return to the solid foundations of a true relationship with
Do not despair.
God does not judge us on our theologies, on
our partial understandings and theories about him. If he did so we all
would fail. We all are such limited beings. God judges us on what is in
our hearts, on our loyalties and our dedications.
You now will have ample opportunity to experience the difference between the metaphysics of Christian and Jewish theologies and the worth of revelation. We resorted to futile gestures of metaphysical theologies because we did not have adequate revelation. Now that spiritual realities have driven us to final extremes, we will totally reassess our theologies to return to a world of spiritual realities.
When our science assayed to explain the realities
of the spiritual world, and the transactions of the universe, by the circumscribed
views of human theories, it persisted in referring those higher realities
back to that which was the invention of men. It arrogantly assumed it had
answers to the universe from the frail logic of human mind.
The absence of materialistic proof does not
deny the existence of those higher realities. Belief is founded on evidence,
but faith is founded on living relationships with those spiritual sources.
The truth deserves repeating: One can be technically right as to fact and everlastingly wrong in the truth.
|Meanings and Values|
Another difference between an intellectual
view of reality and a spiritual understanding of creation, is found in
meanings and values. The Urantia Papers offer much to delineate
this difference. Consider some of those teachings:
Values are spiritual; meanings merely intellectual.
Values originate in the soul; meanings derive
from the mind.
Values are intrinsic; meanings are acquired.
Meanings are added to value by experience.
Meaning is the appreciative consciousness of
Values are never static; they always change
with the growth of awareness of reality.
Values are both actual and potential; what
is, and what is to be.
Growth is the experiential realization of values.
Growth is the exaltation of values; the expansion
Change without growth has no value.
Progress was the rallying cry of a materialistic
age. But materialistic progress is merely change, without spiritual growth.
As such it had no value, although it was always meaningful. Only values
can grow; meanings merely progress.
The supreme value of human life consists in
the growth of values, progress in meanings, and realization of the cosmic
interrelatedness of both of these experiences. This is the equivalent of
God-consciousness; recognition of God working in the cosmos.
Any mortal making this conscious recognition,
regardless of how inarticulate, is evolving an immortal soul.
Evolution is a cosmic technique of growth.
Evolution can be biological, social, moral, religious, or universal.
Biological evolution increases material value
by engendering human kind. Mankind may contribute to increased biological
value by selectively producing more noble human stock, the association
of actual and potential values of genetic seed.
Social evolution in increased recognition of
sonship with God among a brotherhood of mankind. Such growth cannot be
secured by legislation which may merely bring change. Change may appear
as progress, but it is not growth.
Moral evolution does not derive from improved
administration; it derives from recognition of human values. Moral growth
derives from human souls, not from legislated changes.
Religious evolution is the growth of the soul;
an increase in value of the human mortal as an immortal being; an experiential
realization of personal spiritual worth.
Universal evolution is the growing unification
of creature purpose in the cosmos; dedicated devotion to God's will.
Man's contribution to universe evolution is
the mobilization of the total powers of his personality -- living faith.
The events which are unfolding today, and those
which will become a part of the life of the new world tomorrow, will forever
alter our attitudes, our growth, the meanings of life, and the values of
Events now unfolding will bring sudden spiritual
transformations to every living soul. Moral decisions, spiritual choices,
unselfish love, purposeful co-operation, cosmic insights, personality dedication
to God, and true worship, will forever alter human relationships and spiritual
loyalties. A complete reassessment will be made by all mankind. Decisions
favorable to the future of the world will now be made by those who truly
are God's children.
Man can never wisely decide temporal issues or transcend the selfishness of personal interests unless he meditates in the presence of the sovereignty of God and reckons with the realities of divine meanings and spiritual values.
Economic interdependence and social fraternity
will ultimately conduce to brotherhood. Man is naturally a dreamer, but
science is sobering him so that religion can presently activate him with
far less danger of precipitating fanatical reactions. Economic necessities
tie man up with reality, and personal religious experience brings this
same man face to face with the eternal realities of an ever-expanding and
progressing cosmic citizenship.