Part V

TRANQUILITY AND LOVE

As given to Judy Tuttle:
 

The veil has been torn aside. It is no longer the advent of the Antichrist. He is here, now, amongst you, sitting gleefully upon his throne. It is time for the Sons of God to come together. This period will be very intense , but short, ending in the year 2000. You will witness *evil* the likes of which your mind could never possibly conceive. It is not necessary to make physical preparation. You will be surrounded by a cloak of spiritual tranquility and love. Fear not! This has been your purpose. You have our love and protection. "We will foster and conserve the higher spiritual types."

 

In this Part I shall discuss:
 

You will be surrounded by a cloak of spiritual tranquility and love. Fear not! This has been your purpose. You have our love and protection.
 

This statement has aroused concern in many individuals. It has the tone and phraseology of messages which come out of the channeling phenomena -- with a source in Caligastia.
 

Clearly, and obviously, Caligastia would not give a message which so directly and explicitly exposes himself. "It is no longer the advent of the Antichrist." "He is here now, amongst you." "He is sitting gleefully on his throne."
 

If our planetary supervisors wished to talk directly with us, and if they desired to provide reassurance to those of us who are dedicated to God, how else could they have designed their statements? The fact that Caligastia uses the same reassurances to his agents does not lessen the value of these reassurances from God.
 

Does God then not have the power to envelope us in his protection?
 

Caligastia brings bliss to his agents by penetrating their minds. Michael brings his shield of tranquility and love by his power as Creator.
 

In the first case a divine being violates the integrity of the human soul. In the second case human mortals respond according to their spiritual devotion.
 

Caligastia's cadre have no choice after they give themselves to him. God's people have an unconditioned choice for their spiritual allegiance.
 

This conflict raises a supremely important issue. How do we know which comes from God, and which from the Devil?
 

We do so by our spiritual relationship. We have an inherent inner ability to recognize that which comes from God, and that which comes from the Devil. There are no rules, no laws, no master commands from an unfriendly and antagonistic universe. While we may attempt to define certain principles in grammatical structure of channeled messages, and in style of content, in the end our assessment rests on this inner instinct. If alarm bells go off in our minds, we should carefully appraise the material on which our decisions rest. And then split the dead center of indecision. Ultimately, our work, our spiritual purpose, and our dedication rests on faith in God. No other means exists in the great contest between good and evil which now unfolds about us.
 

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Jesus did not cling to faith in God as would a struggling soul at war with the universe and at death grips with a hostile and sinful world; he did not resort to faith merely as a consolation in the midst of difficulties or as a comfort in threatened despair; faith was not just an illusory compensation for the unpleasant realities and the sorrows of living. In
the very face of all the natural difficulties and the temporal contradictions of mortal existence, he experienced the tranquility of supreme and unquestioned trust in God and felt the tremendous thrill of living, by faith, in the very presence of the heavenly Father. And this triumphant faith was a living experience of actual spirit attainment. Jesus' great contribution to the values of human experience was not that he revealed so many new ideas about the Father in heaven, but rather that he so magnificently and humanly demonstrated a new and higher type of living faith in God. Never, on all the worlds of this universe, in the life of any one mortal, did God ever become such a living reality as
in the human experience of Jesus of Nazareth.
 

Now we can come to a better understanding of these words of instruction which were offered to us. They were designed for our use in a world trial which has no precedent in this universe.
 

Can we remain tranquil as abject terror unravels around us? That will depend upon our faith in God. Will faith dominate our minds and our hearts as these trials unfold? Will we have learned to live in the very presence of our heavenly Father?
 

All depends on our spiritual maturity, and how much we have desired these many years to grow in the grace of God.
 

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"And even you, Thomas, fail to comprehend what I have been saying. Have I not all this time taught you that your connection with the kingdom is spiritual and individual, wholly a matter of personal experience in the spirit by the faith-realization that you are a son of God? What more shall I say? The downfall of nations, the crash of empires, the destruction of the unbelieving Jews, the end of an age, even the end of the world, what have these things to do with one who believes this gospel, and who has hid his life in the surety of the eternal kingdom? You who are God-knowing and gospel-believing have already received the assurances of eternal life. Since your lives have been lived in the spirit and for the Father, nothing can be of serious concern to you. Kingdom builders, the accredited citizens of the heavenly worlds, are not to be disturbed by temporal upheavals or perturbed by terrestrial cataclysms. What does it matter to you who believe this gospel of the kingdom if nations overturn, the age ends, or all things visible crash, since you know that your life is the gift of the Son, and that it is eternally secure in the Father? Having lived the temporal life by faith and having yielded the fruits of the spirit as the righteousness of loving service for your fellows, you can confidently look forward to the next step in the eternal career with the same survival faith that has carried you through your first and earthly adventure in sonship with God.
 

Now do you understand why these words were given to us?
 

Have we no prospect for eternal life? Do we not know that we must relinquish this life -- sooner or later. Then what does it matter if we are called upon to lay down our lives in service to our brothers and sisters? "Having lived the temporal life by faith and having yielded the fruits of the spirit as the righteousness of loving service for our fellows, we can confidently look forward to the next step in the eternal career."

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Through religious faith the soul of man reveals itself and demonstrates the potential divinity of its emerging nature by the characteristic manner in which it induces the mortal personality to react to certain trying intellectual and testing social situations. Genuine spiritual faith (true moral consciousness) is revealed in that it:

 

1. Causes ethics and morals to progress despite inherent and adverse animalistic tendencies.

2. Produces a sublime trust in the godliness of God even in the face of bitter disappointment and crushing defeat.

3. Generates profound courage and confidence despite natural adversity and physical calamity.

4. Exhibits inexplicable poise and sustaining tranquillity notwithstanding baffling diseases and even acute physical suffering.

5. Maintains a mysterious poise and composure of personality in the face of maltreatment and the rankest injustice.

6. Maintains a divine trust in ultimate victory in spite of the cruelties of seemingly blind fate and the apparent utter indifference of natural forces to human welfare.

7. Persists in the unswerving belief in God despite all contrary demonstrations of logic and successfully withstands all
other intellectual sophistries.

8. Continues to exhibit undaunted faith in the soul's survival regardless of the deceptive teachings of false science and the persuasive delusions of unsound philosophy.

9. Lives and triumphs irrespective of the crushing overload of the complex and partial civilizations of modern times.

10. Contributes to the continued survival of altruism in spite of human selfishness, social antagonisms, industrial greeds, and political maladjustments.

11. Steadfastly adheres to a sublime belief in universe unity and divine guidance regardless of the perplexing presence of evil and sin.

12. Goes right on worshiping God in spite of anything and everything. Dares to declare, "Even though he slay me, yet will I serve him."

 

We know, then, by three phenomena, that man has a divine spirit or spirits dwelling within him:
 

first, by personal experience -- religious faith;
 

second, by revelation -- personal and racial;
 

and third, by the amazing exhibition of such extraordinary and unnatural reactions to his material environment as are illustrated by the foregoing recital of twelve spiritlike performances in the presence of the actual and trying situations of real human existence. And there are still others.
 

And it is just such a vital and vigorous performance of faith in the domain of
religion that entitles mortal man to affirm the personal possession and spiritual
reality of that crowning endowment of human nature, religious experience.
 

Now do you understand why these words were given to us?
 

These are the conditions and challenges we must face:
 

Will you have a sublime trust in the godliness of God even in the face of bitter disappointment and crushing defeat.
 

Will you display profound courage and confidence despite physical calamity.
 

Will you exhibits inexplicable poise and sustaining tranquillity notwithstanding acute physical suffering.
 

Will you maintain a mysterious poise and composure of personality in the face of maltreatment and the rankest injustice.
 

Will you maintain a divine trust in ultimate victory in spite of the cruelties of a seemingly blind fate.
 

Will you persist in the unswerving belief in God despite all contrary demonstrations of logic. Will you successfully withstand all intellectual sophistries.
 

Will you continue to exhibit undaunted faith in the soul's survival regardless of the deceptive teachings of false science and the persuasive delusions of unsound philosophy.
 

Will you steadfastly adhere to a sublime belief in universe unity and divine guidance regardless of the perplexing presence of evil and sin.
 

Will you go right on worshiping God in spite of anything and everything. Dare you to declare, "Even though he slay me, yet will I serve him."
 

Now do you understand why these words were given to us?
 

Remember, we have the support of Michael himself in these worldly tribulations.
 

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Though the Spirit of Truth is poured out upon all flesh, this spirit of the Son is almost wholly limited in function and power by man's personal reception of that which constitutes the sum and substance of the mission of the bestowal Son. The Holy Spirit is partly independent of human attitude and partially conditioned by the decisions and cooperation of the will of man. Nevertheless, the ministry of the Holy Spirit becomes increasingly effective in the sanctification and spiritualization of the inner life of those mortals who the more fully obey the divine leadings.
 

Thus we should be able to recognize that our ability to respond to God's call is dependent upon the pouring out of the Spirit of Michael. He envelopes all of his human servants with his cloak of tranquility and love. I can testify from personal experience that I have been held in that cloak for more than thirty years, in spite of personal turmoil, private griefs, serious stumbling errors, and plain human blunders. Nothing in the vagaries of life, no matter what magnitude, no matter the depth of grief and horror, can ever penetrate the shield which envelopes the sons and daughters of God.
 

But that Spirit is almost wholly limited by our personal reception of the sum and substance of his mission to this earth. Ordinary human mortals, not responding to the sum and substance of the mission of Jesus, and Devil's agents, dedicated to the "AntiChrist," cannot be held within that cloak. Neither can the vast majority of Urantians, from their purely human interpretation within the framework of the current intellectual and social order, benefit from that Spirit. Hence, they cannot be of use in this amazing service.
 

All the children of God should now be able to recognize how this Great Revelation was designed for our support and comfort in this time of deep spiritual crisis for renewal and attainment of the true brotherhood of man. How we use it, and how much it will support us, will depend entirely on us in reaching toward God, in fully dedicated service.
 

Ernest