CORRUPTIONS TO THE REVELATION
This letter was addressed to David Kantor, July 2, 1999
Item #1. We now know that William Sadler altered the text of the Urantia Papers under his own authority.
His hand was betrayed by changes made between the first and second printing. These changes were not reported by the Urantia Foundation. Not until Merritt Horn and Kristen Maaherra analyzed the differences in text did we know of these alterations.
Sadler’s motive was simple: he corrected errors and contradictions which had crept into the text.
How did those errors and contradictions take place?
Item #2. We now know that Christy channeled.
Analysis of the “Forum Instructions” received during the 1940's and early 1950's reveals a style and content which is typical of channeled messages. The "Notes on a Communication Received in 1945," widely circulated within the Urantia community, and excerpts from the other “instructions,” published by Carolyn Kendall, demonstrate this fact. Carolyn confirmed that Christy continued to receive “messages” well into her old age.
This channeling produced the instructions on secular commercial control of the Revelation.
Christy’s channeling created corruptions in the Revelation.
Item #3. We now know that Sadler was aware of other errors and contradictions from a letter sent to him by Benjamin Adams in 1959.
This letter, while in the files of both the Foundation and Fellowship, was suppressed, and has never been published, as far as I am aware.
Sadler made other changes to the text on the basis of this letter, but these changes were not detected by Horn and Maaherra.
Item #4. In a recent issue of the Foundation’s International Urantia Association Journal Seppo Kanerva analyzed a major fault in the chronology of events between the resurrection of Jesus, his ascension, and the events of Pentecost. Ten days are missing from the account.
This fact was first noted by Adams in his 1959 letter. Seppo was motivated to his analysis from the Adams letter.
Unfortunately, Kanerva did not understand Jewish practices of time reckoning, and falsely concluded that the Papers might be correct after all.
Item #5. In my study of the sequence of events from the crucifixion to the ascension I discovered another contradiction on dates. The information on Page 2041, paragraph 2, and the chronology of events of his morontia appearances, do not agree.
The crucifixion of Jesus was on April 7, AD 30; his ascension on May 18. This is a period of forty days. According to the paragraph on page 2041, his return to Paradise was via Jerusem citizenship on Sunday, the 7th, and the embrace of the Most Highs of Edentia on Sunday, the 14th.
The last paragraph on page P.2057 - §7 explicitly states: “It was about seven forty-five this morning when the morontia Jesus disappeared from the observation of his eleven apostles to begin the ascent to the right hand of his Father.”
He could not begin his ascent on May 18 if he returned to Jerusem on May 7th.
Item #6. In further study of the Papers I discovered another contradiction of the statement on page
This is contradicted by many other statements, including:
Item #7. In his statements in the “History” document Sadler wrote:
These statements show three important facts:
A.) The first three parts were “completed and certified” in 1934.
B.) The Jesus Papers were not “so” delivered until 1935.
C.) Changes were made to the Revelation after receiving the 196 Papers.
From the discussions in the “History” document we can safely conclude that the Jesus Papers were not part of the process of questions and answers with the Forum. According to Sadler they came as a “surprise.”
Furthermore, Sadler’s phrase “so delivered” strongly suggests that the Jesus Papers came in the same manner as the “completed and certified” first three parts.
Thus, changes were made to the Revelation after it was “completed and certified” in 1934 and 1935.
If the Papers were “completed and certified” they should not have been subject to subsequent change. If they were subject to subsequent change they would not have been “completed and certified.”
Item#8. From the “History” document, and from the remarks of Carolyn Kendall, we now know that there were three stages, or phases, to the Revelation:
a.) The first presentation was in direct response to questions from
the Forum, prior to 1934.
Note that Sadler uses the expression, “In a way . . .” for the third
presentation. The expression suggests that something unusual was attached to that “presentation.”
Item#9. The dates of the “Forum Instructions” published by Carolyn Kendall show that they did not begin until after the onset of World War II.
Four important elements must be considered:
a.) Did the Sleeping Subject cease activity after the Papers were completed
and certified in 1935?
Did Sadler, Christy, and others desire to have “heavenly” guidance under these trying conditions? Did Christy seek help from the “midwayers?” Was this the origin of her channeling?
I believe so. My belief is based on the following facts.
Item #10. A new “celestial” regime took over with the onset of these special “Forum Instructions.”
Carolyn Kendall offered the following information:
(Although Carolyn is not always reliable in exact description of events,
in dates, or in sequence, oftentimes imposing her speculations, this information is highly illuminating.)
The date of the first is August, 1942.
Based on the facts I am here unfolding, identification with the “Seraphim
of Progress” is now suspect.
Note that it appears the Sleeping Subject was no longer being used.
Note further that a “successor Midwayer Commission” was now functioning.
The former “Midwayer Commission” was replaced.
This is a startling disclosure. The “personal regent of the acting Planetary Prince” is now giving instructions to Sadler and the Forum. No longer are the Papers under the control of the original Revelatory Commission.
The “Instruction” does not identify this “acting Planetary Prince.” Sadler and everyone else is left to assume who it might be.
On that assumption hung the fate of the Revelation.
The “acting Planetary Prince” is none other than Caligastia.
He clearly states that he is changing the administration of the Revelation.
He now takes full control of the Revelation.
Three major facts now confront us:
1. Corruptions occurred in the Revelation.
We have now identified a significant number. Some of those are crucial. Many more may exist.
2. Changes were made to the Revelation after it was “completed and certified.”
Sadler did not specify those changes. His authority was from the “acting Planetary Prince of Urantia.”
3. Christy channeled.
Her channeling produced bogus “instructions” to Sadler and the Forum from “the acting Planetary Prince of Urantia.” This channeling produced two critically important results:
A.) The spirit “source” provided the instructions for secular commercial control of the Revelation through an oligarchic Foundation, and a Brotherhood emotionally and legally attached to the Foundation.
B.) The spirit “source” introduced corruptions into the Revelation.
ASSIGNMENT OF CAUSE
Why did Sadler accept these “spirit” communications?
He was thoroughly acquainted with spiritualist performances, and had adamantly opposed them throughout his life.
He assigned those performances to two origins:
a.) Frauds, who had conscious intent to defraud others, and
b.) Psychological phenomena attendant upon deluded minds.
Although he admitted to the possibility of “spirit” sources behind “spirit communications” he never clearly delineated the elements as a real phenomena in the human mind.
The behavior of the Sleeping Subject was invariably assigned by him as a “mental” phenomena. Thus he could not distinguish between “automatic writing” under spiritualist performances, and midwayer manipulations. Because the Sleeping Subject was always fully asleep, and not in a trance (or marginal conscious) state, Sadler did not know how to classify him. He struggled with this puzzle for nearly thirty years, until the final Revelation appeared.
He was lost in the maze of the performances of the Sleeping Subject, the sudden appearances of masses of pages of “communications” within the confines of the living quarters of the Sleeping Subject, including the Papers given in response to Forum questions, and the equally sudden appearance of the "authorized" Revelation.
He, and Christy, and the other family members were so intimately buried in these astounding phenomena they lost objectivity over “spirit” productions.
When Christy sought, and began to receive, “communications” through
her mind, Sadler accepted them as merely another step in the series of astounding phenomena. He knew Christy was not
a fraud. He knew she was not psychologically deluded. He had developed no other cause for such phenomena. Therefore, he was
logically forced to accept her “communications” as valid.