Two Posts On The

Purpose of the Urantia Papers

Paper #1

Author: Ernest Moyer
Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Message ID: 81783
Subject: The Purpose of the Book - To Holly
Topic: General

To Holly:

Again I have been polled by you on a subject to which you know my answer. I explicitly stated that to you a week or so ago.

Most persons on this list apparently do not understand the purpose of the Urantia Papers. Their daily discussions are an open demonstration of their inability to comprehend that purpose.

William Sadler was given instructions for the creation of thousands of study groups. This direction was intended to yield a cadre of "leaders and teachers." 

I provide a complete quotation in order for those unfamiliar with the Instruction to gain some understanding. 

(Please note that Martin Myers, former President of the Urantia Foundation Board of Directors, published an edited version of this instruction, designed to influence the thinking of other people according to his personal desires. Also a corrupt apocryphal version was published by Mark Kulieke.  Mark was the son of one of the early and influential Forumites. This apocryphal version was created by Emma Christiansen, and promoted by Carolyn Kendall. I reviewed both of these version in my Open Letter to Martin Myers, dated January, 1992.)

Following is the Instruction

"We regard The Urantia Book as a feature of the progressive evolution of human society.  It is not germane to the spectacular episodes of epochal revolution, even though it may be timed to appear in the wake of one such revolution in human society.  The Book belongs to the era immediately to follow the conclusion of the present ideological struggle.

"That will be the day when men will be willing to seek truth and righteousness.  When the chaos of the present confusion has passed, it will be more readily possible to formulate the cosmos of a new and improved era of human relationships.

"And it is this better order of affairs on earth that the Book has been made ready. "But the publication of the Book has not been postponed to that somewhat remote date.  An early publication of the Book has been provided so that it may be in hand for the training of leaders and teachers.  Its presence is also required to engage the attention of persons of means who may be thus led to provide funds for translation into other languages.

"We must learn to possess our souls in patience.  We are in association with a revelation of truth which is part of the natural evolution of religion on this world.  Over- rapid growth would be suicidal.  The Book is being given to those who are ready for it long before its world wide mission.

"Thousands of study groups must be brought into existence . . ."

I ask you to note:

The Book does not belong to the present era. Nothing could be stated more clearly.

The Book belongs to the era immediately to follow the conclusion of the present ideological struggle.

It is not germane to the spectacular episodes of epochal revolution we are now so swiftly entering. The spectacular episodes of that revolution are imminent, and will appear with the Return of Jesus.

All the massive numbers of Urantians who cling to notions that the Urantia Papers will provide escape from spectacular episodes of epochal revolution are living in gross delusion. That includes virtually everyone on this list.

When the chaos of the present confusion has passed, THEN the Urantia Papers will be ready to formulate the cosmos of new and improved human relationships. But not until then.

The reason publication of the Papers were not postponed until that era, was for the training of leaders and teachers .

I can tell you from personal experience that training has now been accomplished.

On the practical side you can see evidence in this shift in the policies of our Planetary Supervisors.

The latest published information from the Urantia Foundation shows sales of the Papers had been on a steady decline over the past five years. I published that information to this List some months ago. The Foundation is now selling less than half of the former number.

As a consequence, the Staff at 533 has been reduced by about one half, and they are not renting space in the building.

The Fellowship is experiencing the same decline. About 500 hundred people attended the conference last summer, half of the former numbers, and not much more than the attendance they used to experience at the Summer Study Sessions.

Unless you have insight into Planetary Destiny you will not understand any of this.

Ernest

 Paper #2

Author: Ernest Moyer
Date: Sunday, July 31, 2005
MessageID: 73633
Subject: The Purpose of the Urantia Papers
Topic: Study

To Justin Reed:

This is in response to your post:

Message: 73485
From: Justin Reed
Subject: Atonement - Again
Date: Wed, Jul 27, 2005, 1:21 PM
Topic: Family Life
Reply to Message 73479

For further information I refer you to my earlier post.

Message: 72297
From: Ernest Moyer
Subject: Answer to jonathan zoba
Date: Tue, Jun 28, 2005, 3:35 AM
Topic: General
 

You may find more thorough discussion at: http://www.world-destiny.org/dreier.htm

You should understand that the Urantia Papers were not intended for this day and age. Virtually all Urantians I know, including a vast majority on Ubron, believe that the Urantia Papers were intended for today, that they will guide us to renovate the current world, and that we will progress into the future without planetary upheaval.

Such view could not be in greater error. All those who cling to it will experience sorrowful disappointment in the face of drastic pain and persecution.

Following is an Instruction given to William Sadler, not included in the Urantia Papers, but used by him as guidance in bringing the Papers to public knowledge.

He was told to begin the creation of thousands of study groups to yield a cadre of "leaders and teachers."  I provide a complete quotation in order for those unfamiliar with the Instruction to gain some understanding.  I have left out introductory material.

Please note that this Instruction was published by Martin Myers, former President of the Urantia Foundation Board of Directors, with parts censored, and again with other corruption in an apocryphal version published by Mark Kulieke, the son of a prominent member of the original Forum.  I reviewed these alterations in my Open Letter to Martin Myers, dated January, 1992.  Although the perversions diluted and misdirected the instruction, careful study shows the original content.

The "Possess-Your- Souls-In-Patience" Instruction

"We regard The Urantia Book as a feature of the progressive evolution of human society.  It is not germane to the spectacular episodes of epochal revolution, even though it may be timed to appear in the wake of one such revolution in human society.  The Book belongs to the era immediately to follow the conclusion of the present ideological struggle.

"That will be the day when men will be willing to seek truth and righteousness.  When the chaos of the present confusion has passed, it will be more readily possible to formulate the cosmos of a new and improved era of human relationships.

"And it is this better order of affairs on earth that the Book has been made ready. But the publication of the Book has not been postponed to that somewhat remote date.  An early publication of the Book has been provided so that it may be in hand for the training of leaders and teachers.  Its presence is also required to engage the attention of persons of means who may be thus led to provide funds for translation into other languages.

"We must learn to possess our souls in patience.  We are in association with a revelation of truth which is part of the natural evolution of religion on this world.  Over-rapid growth would be suicidal.  The Book is being given to those who are ready for it long before its world wide mission.

"Thousands of study groups must be brought into existence . . ."

This instruction is so pregnant with implications each section should be considered on its own merits.

It is not germane to the spectacular episodes of epochal revolution . . .

I do not know if you recognize the meaning behind epochal revolution. Epochal means associated with a world era, or an eon of time.

We all know the Urantia Papers are an epochal Revelation, but most of us do not grasp the meaning behind that word. The idea has become so mundane to us that we neglect its deep significance. In all previous cases an epochal revelation came with the administration of a Divine Son. Although the Urantia Papers do not now appear to be associated with such a Son, we should not ignore the possibility of a Divine Son coming to this world that would give the same context to the Urantia Papers as were all previous epochal revelations.

We are due to shortly experience an epochal revolution, and this revolution will come with spectacular episodes. Put more simply, the world is about to experience the Return of Jesus and the spectacular termination of an earth age.

The Urantia Papers were designed not to be directly associated with this imminent epochal revolution, although they appear to be associated with an epochal event. This design is found in the manner in which the Papers avoid concentration on the epochal revolution. Because of this curious and hidden design, virtually all Urantians were misled into believing that the Papers will guide us smoothly and quietly into the next planetary age.

Nothing could be farther from the truth.

. . . even though it may be timed to appear in the wake of one such revolution in human society. 

Thus we can see that the Papers were intended for a period after one such revolution. They were NOT intended for now. This view is confirmed by the next remark:

The Book belongs to the era immediately to follow the conclusion of the present ideological struggle.

If the Papers belong to this new era, there was no need to include in them a detailed description of the coming epochal revolution simply because the people of that new age would then be fully aware of the result of such a revolution. The Papers offer hope beyond traumatic earthly revolutions, in the dawn of a new era in human relationships. The Papers were designed to fit that need.

I hope you understand the nature of the present ideological struggle. Whether communism vs democracy, Islam vs Christianity, commercial exploitation vs ecological conservatism, or any other aspect of the current state of world affairs, we are in the midst of an ideological struggle. The recent events of terrorism show the intensity of this struggle. The Papers belongs to the era immediately to follow the conclusion of this struggle.

However, you should clearly understand. The conclusion of this struggle will only come after a nuclear culmination.

"That will be the day when men will be willing to seek truth and righteousness.  When the chaos of the present confusion has passed, it will be more readily possible to formulate the cosmos of a new and improved era of human relationships.

If you look around you, you will see that men today are highly secularistic, seeking the good life for material gratifications. Few, very few, indeed rarely, do we find those who seek a more Godly way of life without the entrapment of material goals. Only when God does away with such material pursuits will the world enter into an era of truth and righteousness. When this present ideological chaos has passed it will be possible to formulate a new and improved era of human relationships, but not until then.

"And it is this better order of affairs on earth that the Book has been made ready. But the publication of the Book has not been postponed to that somewhat remote date.  An early publication of the Book has been provided so that it may be in hand for the training of leaders and teachers.  Its presence is also required to engage the attention of persons of means who may be thus led to provide funds for translation into other languages.

If you examine this remark carefully you will see that the Urantia Papers were presented at this time for two specific purposes. The first is to help train "leaders and teachers." The second is to be on hand many places around the globe in numerous translations in order to be carried forward into the new planetary age.

These "leaders and teachers" are those who are associated with the cosmic reserve corps of destiny.

(The cosmic reserve corps of universe-conscious citizens on Urantia now numbers over one thousand mortals whose insight of cosmic citizenship far transcends the sphere of their terrestrial abode, but I am forbidden to reveal the real nature of the function of this unique group of living human beings.)

You can learn of their function if you make available to yourself Old and New Testament prophecies, but otherwise you must remain in ignorance. I shall offer you a brief taste:

Isa 28:9-11 -- To whom will he teach knowledge, and to whom will he explain the message? Those who are weaned from the milk, those taken from the breast? For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little. Nay, but by men of strange lips and with an alien tongue Yahweh will speak to this people.

Perhaps you need someone to interpret this passage for you.

Young people will not be part of this new teaching corps. They do not have enough earthly experience and knowledge. The precepts gained over a life time, with the trauma of interpersonal relationship, with reading here and there, line upon line, gives them that knowledge.

God will not speak to his people from familiar themes, Jewish or Christian. This corps will not teach the useless theologies of the past age. They will bring new teaching, teaching gleaned from the Urantia Papers. With such strange language and teaching alien to the useless theologies of the past God will speak to his people.

"We must learn to possess our souls in patience.  We are in association with a revelation of truth which is part of the natural evolution of religion on this world.  Over-rapid growth would be suicidal.  The Book is being given to those who are ready for it long before its world wide mission.

One of the features of the operations of the Urantia Foundation, and the Brotherhood, was the quiet dissemination of the Papers without fanfare or advertisement. Many people did not know of this instruction, and hence did not understand why we would proceed in such a quiet fashion. The Papers were not intended for the world; they were intended for "leaders and teachers." Of course, as events unfold, and the general public comes to a wider realization of the usefulness of the Papers as a personal guide in the imminent struggles, they will want to know more about the Revelation. That is why it is being translated into many languages. But that expansion comes only with the trauma of the close of the age. Even then, the Revelation will be spurned by many.

This is the meaning behind the patience necessary to the unfolding of God's Will. We cannot operate against that Will. The Papers were given to those who were ready for it, long before its world wide mission, to that cadre of Teachers and Leaders.

Ernest