Abandon Theologies

(This was written in specific response to an inquiry from a correspondent.)

I was somewhat dissatisfied with my paper on The Coming of Christ Michael. I felt something was missing but was at a loss how to describe it. A correspondent queried me about it but still I did not know how to answer. Then she sent me an email that opened the door. I really thank her for that.

She stated that Jesus will not return as an expected 'Messiah' but that he would return as a divine Son of God, the Creator of our Universe. She pointed out that Jews failed to recognize Jesus as the 'Messiah.' While Jews were correct in their lack of assignment of Jesus to the role of the Messiahship, they failed utterly to see him as a Divine Son. For them, he could be nothing more than a prophet. But the Christian assignment as the Messiah, as a world leader, failed also to recognize him in his full glory. They limited his creative role. In fact, Christian ideas about the universe and its administrative breadth fell far short of that great glory. Only with the gift of the Urantia Papers were we truly able to grasp the wonder of universe creation.

A passage from page 1866 states: There must come a revival of the actual teachings of Jesus, such a restatement as will undo the work of his early followers who went about to create a sociophilosophical system of belief regarding the fact of Michael's sojourn on earth.

This revival, coupled with the recognition of Jesus as the Creator of the Universe, caused the woman to exclaim over the planetary destiny that lies ahead for us. "Boy, to see this revival of Jesus' teaching will be something!  A revival that will essentially undo major doctrines of Christianity!  Wow.  Something Gaia-Enormous (my own word) will have to occur to undo Christianity! At least my fallible mind thinks so."

(Gaia was a primal Greek goddess personifying the Earth. Her name was borrowed for a scientific hypothesis that sees the entire planet as one working entity, as one living organism, and that no part of it can be separated from any other part.)

Before entering into discussion I must explain coming world circumstances. We work for God's people, whether they are practicing Christians, people who believe in God but have abandoned the traditional institutions, Jews who are seeking God, or other persons who want God but have lost faith in our religious system. Out of this morass God is taking steps to change men's hearts. I work to help accomplish that goal. This letter and its companions are part of a series intended to help with his new work on this world.

In earlier correspondence I floundered around trying to explain to several questioners how Michael's return will not be as a man, but as God. The common image of the return of Jesus in the eyes of Christians is as a man standing on the clouds in the sky. Where heaven is located, where our Creator is located, even Jesus as our Creator, (compare the terms the Father, the Son, the Lord, Yahweh and so on), are all fuzzy concepts in the eyes of Christians, with no clear understanding over the past 2000 years.

Consider several elements:

The abrupt and sudden presence of Michael in a heavenly spiritual light I described as "red."

If that were an isolated unusual event, without any further attendant proceedings, what would people think? Might they indeed follow astronomers in believing that it was a display due to some celestial phenomenon, perhaps a supernova, and that any spiritual influence we might feel would merely be a psychological reaction?

Would this bring a planetary renewal, as an isolated event?

No. Some of us might feel inclined to alter our religious devotions but how would that alter the flow of world events? How would we even know that Michael had returned? Nothing in our familiar literature even comes close to describing such an event. The many traditional notions of his return are so clouded in mythology we cannot make our way through that morass. We would easily believe it was a natural event. Christians would not know what is occurring, and would follow the mainstream scientific explanations.

As far as I am aware, I am the only person who has proposed specific details for the Return of Jesus.

This is my attempt to come to grips with His Return, according to the revelations we have received, in the Bible, in the Urantia Papers, and elsewhere. In other words, I am establishing the first steps in a new profound theology. I am offering something enormous to replace grossly inadequate ideas. This should help undo the childish theories of Christianity. Of course, if Michael does not return as Revelation has informed us then my analysis is useless. So I find myself in the uniquely unusual position of being a prophet. I do not work on fiat accompli as did Paul and the other Apostles in their expositions on the life of Jesus, but on future speculation. But you can see that Christianity is filled with such speculation, about his Return, about the Millennium, and so on. This imaginative interpretation of the remarks of Jesus, as they are recorded in the New Testament, is the core of our concern. The Urantia Papers now give us a completely new framework in which to place such speculations.

But Michael does not come without extraordinary events attached to his presence. Do you think the Creator of a universe would skip around space on a lark?

Michael is returning to judge the age. As stated: . . . the Son of Man will return to adjudge the age.

As a dynamic living personality, as the Creator of a universe, the purpose of the presence of Michael is to engage in a great planetary judgment. This judgment cannot be assigned to a lesser or subordinate celestial personality. He cannot engage in such judgment without associated colossal consequences. His personal presence is required because of the enormous planetary dangers. For example, he told us that the nuclear holocaust cannot be released without celestial restraint: If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened, Matt 24:22-23. In other words, for the sake of the future of the world, he will put a restraint on those days. Could anyone less than a Creator do that?

This is the second step of a profound new theory about God. Since the notions of Christianity are equally childish on subordinate celestial personalities, for example, Melchizedek, they do not recognize why it is necessary for Michael to return to this world. They just know that he will return. They have no framework in which to place his actions. Matthew 24 describes the details of events to transpire when he does return, but theologies developed around that "Little Apocalypse" are a garbled mess without any rational clarity. But now the Urantia Papers give us detailed information by which we can assess this coming event.

God must bring, with his judgment, planetary episodes equivalent to his power and majesty. He must literally turn the world upside down if he is to rectify the damage from millennia of mismanagement and rebellion.

We can see that vast social, physical and spiritual turbulence will come with his advent. He will tear us out of our familiar modes and place us into completely unexpected and new circumstances.

Here is where the enormous disruptions in historic theology show themselves. Christian ideas are grossly incapable of devising explanations of these massive events in a comprehensive framework. Only those individuals acquainted with the Urantia Papers have sufficient knowledge to devise appropriate explanation of events.

Consider the planetary elements that require rectification on Urantia:

1. A divine Son who rebelled, and who is still free on the planet.

2. The distortions of a human genetic program from the default of Adam and Eve.

3. The godless attitudes of modern society, the members of which have lost contact with spiritual realities.

4. The strife of the nations who still desire individual predominance but who are directed by extremely immature human mortals.

5. The disruptions of planetary environment, threatening all life forms.

6. A great geophysical event to recover from the loss of many thousands of years.

You can see why he would deem it necessary to be personally involved. Where in Christian theology do you have a similar list defining the aspects of a great planetary judgment? Would you say that this list is a radical departure from traditional theologies, and that it brings startling new concepts? In other words, does this list help define a new enormous theology?

As you well know, Christian ideas about these events are all over the map. We seem to have countless pre-, mid-, and post-tribulation explanations for the Return of Jesus and the consummation of earth events. Hardly any of them are cast in the framework of planetary salvation. The narrow views seem to be merely for personal salvation. (Note the foolish ideas about a Rapture.) Christians have never been able to lift their vision to more lofty views of millions of years of continued planetary evolution - under the management of God. Christian speculations about a Millennium is as far as their ideas go.

Please note that I speak here of theologies that believe in God; I do not discuss the godless theologies that dominate the mainline churches in Christianity, including the Roman Catholic. (Yes, godless theologies.)

Please note also that we are not repeating revelation from the Urantia Papers, but are developing new theology with that source as an inspiration. Without the context of a Universe framework, as revealed to us, we would not be able to develop these ideas. The Urantia Papers gave us a framework; it is up to us to develop a fresh view of world destiny. In fact, the Urantia Papers skirt around end-time events, and leave such development to us. If we are to put any sense into this proposed theology we must integrate revelation from all manner of sources.

If you were God and you wanted to alter men's social and spiritual orientations, to wrest them from the foolish and ignorant theology of thousands of years, what would you do? Would you be able to bring dramatic and revolutionary alteration in the minds of men without serious social and spiritual events equal to that epochal transformation?

Furthermore, how would you coordinate the geophysical with the social and with the spiritual renovation you had in mind?

But you are not doing this merely to change men's minds. You are doing a complete planetary transformation and men's minds must follow.

Even more, you want to separate the wheat from the chaff. You want to remove godless minds to make way for men who are willing to give themselves to your program of rehabilitation.

From these planetary needs our Creator has programs to recover the world. A judgment by God means not only that we face the consequences of our behavior, but also that there are programs of rehabilitation. Such programs certainly would require millennia of time to complete. At some point he must start this rehabilitation process. We know from Revelation that fresh programs were started at the time of Melchizedek:

No comprehensive plan for far-reaching world welfare was promulgated to the mortals of earth until the arrival of Machiventa Melchizedek, in the times of Abraham, who, with the power, patience, and authority of a Son of God, did lay the foundations for the further uplift and spiritual rehabilitation of unfortunate Urantia.

But Melchizedek is not a Creator. He might have the power, patience, and authority of a Son of God but his authority comes from Michael. Therefore Michael must bring a context in which Melchizedek can work. A point in time has come when sudden transformations are necessary to get these transactions up and running. Michael's planetary appearance brings that sudden transformation.

That is what we now face as planetary residents.

From manifold and ubiquitous evidence through history we have seen that man cannot do this on his own. He has no idea what he should do. He does not make a good planetary caretaker. Man has no control over celestial personalities such as Caligastia and Daligastia. Neither does he have any influence over a genetic program gone completely awry. Even more, how can puny man match the gigantic world alterations coming when the planet literally turns upside down?

I shall now illustrate one phase of the theology developing out of a new planetary orientation. You will find that these are the foundations for a complete renovation of our ideas of history-destiny. I am offering you the enormous theology you want.

I shall illustrate with Caligastia. Out of the list I gave above I shall concentrate on only this one element of the planetary transformation.

A major component in a recovery from the impact of Caligastia is the mercy delay extended by our God. Michael is noted for his mercy attributes. P.1580 - 6  Michael of Nebadon is a mercy-dominated Son; compassion is his very nature. Therefore, he approached the judgment of Caligastia and Daligastia with full consideration of mercy to recover those personalities from their rebellious attitudes. But they rejected this tender proffers. P.610 - 2 The last act of Michael before leaving Urantia was to offer mercy to Caligastia and Daligastia, but they spurned his tender proffer. Hence they became subject to Michael's new plans for the world. As one final act, and to show the Universe that full mercy is extended to these divine Sons, Michael is giving them the freedom to prove who they are. In desperation they have now planned actions in defiance of him. To prove that they can operate outside his regime they have recruited a cadre of human beings. But to fashion this recruitment they had to violate basic rules of the universe. Loyal spirit beings do not invade the sanctity of human mind. They did. They were able to do this because of those human beings who could not discriminate between righteousness and apostasy. As Jesus said, John 16:3-4: And they will do this because they have not known the Father, nor me. Those human beings invited rebellious spirit personalities into their minds.

Michael will now appear. Caligastia knows it better than we do. He knows that Michael has far greater power than he does.  The use of a human cadre is the best he can do under the restrictions placed upon him.

Please note that this is the only power Michael has left to that Evil One. He has removed all other power.

We know that Caligastia has completely disrupted his mind.

P.754 - 4 In all the administrative work of a local universe no high trust is deemed more sacred than that reposed in a Planetary Prince who assumes responsibility for the welfare and guidance of the evolving mortals on a newly inhabited world. And of all forms of evil, none are more destructive of personality status than betrayal of trust and disloyalty to one's confiding friends. In committing this deliberate sin, Caligastia so completely distorted his personality that his mind has never since been able fully to regain its equilibrium.

Since he does not possess personal power to control the circumstances of the planet, he can only exercise control over those human beings who have given themselves to him. By entering their minds he gained control of their neural circuits. He can now control their actions. Of course, they continue to believe that they are self-controlled voluntary beings. Even though he ultimately controls their emotions and feelings they think they are exercising such control on their own initiative. They will do his bidding. He will create great terror when he lets loose this human cadre on their murderous missions. He will do these horrendous acts because he has so distorted his personality he can not perceive his insanity.

Now consider what these transactions will do to Jews and Christians. They have no framework in which to handle such social disaster. They have been taught that a great tribulation would come but because of their conceptual limitations they could not define the shape of that disaster. Even more, they have so distorted their theologies that many believe they will be rescued from this tribulation in some mysterious Rapture. As this terror unfolds they will go seeking answers because their puny theologies are grossly inadequate to events transpiring on the planet. They will be casting about for someone to rescue them from their ideological and theological morass.

Caligastia, with the massive slaughtering of God's people, in attempt to wrest planetary control from his Creator, will bring a hitherto unknown disruption of human society. As we were told in John's Revelation about the United States:

Rev 17:4-6
The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and bedecked with gold and jewels and pearls, holding in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurities of her fornication; and on her forehead was written a name of mystery: "Babylon the great, mother of harlots and of earth's abominations." And I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.


This episode will not fit into any Jewish or Christian framework. Jews and Christians will be at a complete loss.

This is where we Urantians come in. We can offer a world view that will completely revamp their ideas.

Because the work of Caligastia is based on spiritual transactions, and because that work violates innate spiritual laws, his actions must carry tremendous spiritual and social repercussions. As we know from many statements made by his human agents, those who have given themselves to the Evil One, Michael controls the moment when Caligastia will be set free to exercise this power. The restraint was noted by the Apostle Paul in II Thessalonians 2:3. Paul knew a time would come when the Evil One would be released. Since the goal of Caligastia is to remove from the planet all those human beings who are loyal to Michael, the circumstances for an intense and dramatic test of spiritual loyalties was created. This became the first element of judgment in the list above. Not only is Caligastia being judged for his spiritual loyalties but also are all human kind.

The combination of the presence of Michael and the havoc created by Caligastia will reach far beyond any known theology of Judeo-Christian tradition. This is where the disruption of Jewish and Christian theology will most dramatically show itself. All those old theologies will now be thrown out of the window.

If the old theologies are no longer adequate to explain planetary events what will take their place? Who will bring explanations? It can only be those trained in a new perception of cosmic realities. As I stated to the woman, you can see I have offered explanations for coming events. I have offered the world shaking theologies you are looking for.

Neither Jews nor Christians are prepared for events to come down upon this planet. Only Urantians are equipped to offer explanations. But they cannot offer those explanations without a full presentation of the kingdom of Heaven as taught by Jesus. Now we can understand what is meant by the statement that there must come a revival of the actual teachings of Jesus, such a restatement as will undo the work of his early followers who went about to create a sociophilosophical system of belief regarding the fact of Michael's sojourn on earth. That sociophilosophical system of belief prevents them from coming to grips with the reality of that which is unfolding.

This episode in world destiny will show the true colors of everyone. Caligastia will receive nothing but despise throughout the Universe. Mankind will be evaluated for its godlessness. God's true people will show themselves in a manner unprecedented in Universe history. The present materialistic socio-political system view of the world will display its gross incompetence in the face of unparalleled calamity. Now the Universe will understand why such dramatic affairs are necessary to show how inadequate is a world government that does not have the hand of God. Now we all will understand why Universe Administration will demand the establishment of a management created from above. Without God a world deteriorates to pure materialism.

From the list above I could go on in systematic evaluation of the theological transformations that will take place. Refer to http://www.world-destiny.com where I offer such systematic evaluation. We should now have a handle on the enormous reorientation of the human mind about to transpire. God will totally revamp our views of reality. Traditional Jewish and Christian theologies will be completely demolished.

I offer this new theology based on Revelation inside and outside the Bible. I offer my integration of manifold elements of planetary knowledge, or as Isaiah said, here a little, and there a little.

Ernest

To be continued.

Paper 9 of a series.