The Bible and the Urantia Papers
Message: 70251
From: Ernest Moyer
Subject: The Bible and the Urantia Papers
Date: Mon, May 9, 2005, 12:19 AM
Topic: General
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To Sharon Drake:

How very nice to see you posting to Ubron. Please say hello to Ed Roache for me. While we might disagree on some interpretations, it was good to see some sense brought back into these discussions.

The Urantia Papers were never intended to replace the Revelations of old. They were intended to sort and censor those historic documents.

Page 1007: Revelation is evolutionary but always progressive. Down through the ages of a world’s history, the revelations of religion are ever- expanding and successively more enlightening. It is the mission of revelation to sort and censor the successive religions of evolution. But if revelation is to exalt and upstep the religions of evolution, then must such divine visitations portray teachings which are not too far removed from the thought and reactions of the age in which they are presented. Thus must and does revelation always keep in touch with evolution. Always must the religion of revelation be limited by man’s capacity of receptivity.

These sophomoric minds on Ubron do not understand what it means for revelation to keep in touch with evolution.

The Urantia Papers have literally hundreds of quotations from the Bible. Duane Faw has given us a gift by listing the many parallels between the Bible and the Urantia Papers in his Paramony. While Matthew Block has shown us how many historic religious writings are transformed in the Papers, and while there may be some use of other documents, mostly unrecognized, it is the Bible that receives so much attention. And it is around passages from the Bible that the Urantia Papers puts quotations marks.

For example, Paper 2 on The Nature of God, Section 4 has this:

Page 38: Mercy is simply justice tempered by that wisdom which grows out of perfection of knowledge and the full recognition of the natural weaknesses and environmental handicaps of finite creatures. “Our God is full of compassion, gracious, long-suffering, and plenteous in mercy.” Therefore “whosoever calls upon the Lord shall be saved,” “for he will abundantly pardon.” “The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting”; yes, “his mercy endures forever.” “I am the Lord who executes  loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the

earth, for in these things I delight.” “I do not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men,” for I am “the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort.”

The quotations are from the following Bible passages:

Ps 86:15 -  But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.


Rom 10:13 -  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
 

Isa 55:7 - Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
 

Ps 103:17 - But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;
 

Ezra 3:11 - And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the LORD; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.
 

Jer 9:24 - But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.
 

Lam 3:33 -  For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.

 

2 Cor 1:3 - Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

In this one short paragraph we have no less than eight passages cited from the Bible. They cover historic documents (Ezra), inspirational material ( Ps), prophecy (Isa, Jer and Lam), and Paul twice (Rom and 2 Cor). Only those people acquainted with both the Bible and the Urantia Papers would recognize these parallels. Yet these foolish and childish minds on Ubron would deny me that recognition.

 

Would any intelligent human being not want to know where those quotations came from? Perhaps I am not too intelligent but I certainly want to know.

 

In the design of God's revelation he intended that two major pieces be used by his people: the Bible and the Urantia Papers. We cannot ignore the first without peril to our temporal and eternal survival.

 

How childish can these people be?

 

Ernest