The Psychology of Urantia Study Groups

Urantia study groups are passive. They have no internal dynamic to make them influential on the world.

They have one purpose: to acquaint individuals with the contents of the Urantia Papers.

All historic efforts at evangelistic enterprise arising out of the Urantia Papers have failed.

In fact, virtually all persons who identify themselves as Urantians sense that they should remain passive. They restrict their activities to simple study, with person-to-person contact only.

The instruction given by our Planetary Supervisors to William Sadler to form thousands of study groups has been the only dynamic within Urantia groups for fifty years. But, the formation of study groups is always by the personal initiative of individuals. While many presentations have been made at Book Sales Conventions and other public display, no advertisement of the Papers has been made in public media. Even the creation of a Urantia Brotherhood, Urantia Association, and Internet schools have been conditioned by this passivity. The consensus by most Urantians of this mandate was a slow, evolutionary growth to influence the world toward a higher religious milieu, but without revolutionary impact. The creation of aggressive religious groups, churches, or institutions has always lacked social support.

Many people have puzzled over this policy without recognizing the divine influence driving it.

From the historic evidence we naturally deduce that our Planetary Supervisors guided the formation and conduct of Urantia Groups to keep them passive, and to inhibit dynamic evangelistic enterprise.

We likewise deduce that virtually all individuals associated with the Papers, reflecting this celestial operational philosophy, likewise desired to maintain this passivity. All historic efforts at promotion of the Urantia Papers have been based on one-for-one contact of human beings, not on eloquent evangelistic oratory to groups, nor by commercial public advertising campaign.

We have not witnessed Another and Greater John the Baptist to carry a Urantia message to the world.

For fifty years the Urantia Papers did not create a new religious power.

This directive has remained in effect until the time that individuals would answer the Call of God to a higher destiny purpose. Then we might witness Another and Greater John the Baptist, but not with a Urantia message.

Now a different world milieu, outside the comprehension of common Urantia perception, is about to begin.

World shaking events are imminent. They will come concomitant with the Return of Jesus, and the release of Caligastia to do his iniquitous work.

In order to understand the context of planetary service and contribution to our brothers and sisters in this new world era, I shall now briefly examine other material.

William Sadler was told privately:

"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."

The phrase spectacular episodes of epochal revolution is pregnant with implications.

Spectacular means spectacular. It does not mean casual, relaxed, happenstance, or evolutionary. It means more than pyrotechnic display. It means:

  • a) the spectacular Return of Jesus,
  • b) the spectacular terror coming down upon us by Caligastia,
  • c) the spectacular death and resurrection of the Two Witnesses of Rev 11,
  • d) the subsequent final world spectacular conflagration in a nuclear holocaust, and lastly
  • e) the literal spectacular turning of the globe upside down.

Those are all Spectacular Episodes. Together they constitute an Epochal Revolution that will bring the world to a literal new geophysical and spiritual transformation.

As Sadler was told, the Urantia Papers are not germane to any of these spectacular episodes.

The Urantia Papers were styled to not interrupt the unfolding of these stunning events. The Papers avoid overt mention of such episodes. The reason was simple; many minds, attracted by the intellectual appeal of the Papers, but devoid of a true spiritual relationship with God, want to guide the world toward a perpetuation of the current godless order. They see the Urantia Papers as producing a slow evolutionary reformation of the world through infiltration of social organizations to modify the mind-set of modern people. But such philosophy is counter to the consummation of a higher planetary destiny. God is renovating the world; he is not saving the current godless order. He is bringing epochal revolutions. Hence His plans and purposes were detailed by means other than the Urantia Papers.

P.227 - 3 . . . a Michael-bestowal world becomes the individual and personal ward of a Master Son and, as such, is wholly subject to his own plans and rulings.

This included the manner in which he revealed his plans to us. He did do so through Revelation to our historical prophets and seers. Those Revelations ARE germane to such spectacular episodes. They were styled to be openly revealed as we enter a higher world destiny. And they were styled to be understood by those persons who have a more sincere relationship with God.

In addition, because of the corruption that crept into John's Revelation, some aspects of these spectacular episodes were again revealed to us by Catholic children in Marian Apparitions.

Those Urantians who live off the intellectual appeal of the Papers, and who reject our historical revelations, cannot be part of a new revelation service to mankind. Some Urantians who now doubt the relevance of our historic revelations may come to a fresh understanding as events unfold.

I have detailed these Spectacular Episodes on my web site.

Clearly, our Revelators expected the human race to survive these spectacular episodes, into a new world.

In Part II I shall detail the manner in which God told us of his plans for this world.


This letter is the second in a series that I began with The Role of Urantians in Onfolding Planetary Destiny.

If you would like a copy of that letter, let me know.

I shall continue to write what I feel are important letters detailing where we, as Urantians, are headed.