As I peruse the different Christian websites that seek to portray The Urantia Book as a false “religion,” I feel compelled to point out the similarities between Urantia teachings and those of the Christian faith, hoping to facilitate a better understanding between both.
Christians believe in heaven, in the resurrection, in souls, in the ‘Spirit of the Lord,’ which permeates all life. The Urantia Book also proposes these beliefs – and then some.
While the Bible teaches us of this ‘everlasting abode,’ The Urantia Book seeks to fill in the details about this abode by narrating the entirety of the spirit personalities who inhabit it.
In other words, both Christianity and The Urantia Book are saying the same thing, except that The Urantia Book goes into the specifics, while the Bible relies on symbolism (that opens itself to wide interpretation).
Christianity furnishes a backdrop of heaven as one reality, rich with metaphors and symbols and one in which those who simply profess faith in God or Jesus are resurrected in Heaven, where we are to spend eternity worshipping God and living a life of relative ease.
We are told in The Urantia Book what actually happens when we ‘wake up’ on the other side, what kind of forms we take and what it is we actually do in Heaven. Even the transference of our identities and memory-transcripts are detailed.
The Urantia Book explains the process of resurrection, how we are provided forms and what adventures lie ahead in the great beyond.
Like Christianity, the Urantia Book also portrays angels as real, except that the Urantia Book goes into specific details about the different forms of angels, what they do, what their ultimate goals are and how they work in tangent with us who are yet still in physical form and in the afterlife.
Some in the Christian community describe the Urantia Book writings as “gnostic,” a belief filled with “secret names” of spirits and places that have no credibility with the Gospel.
Jesus tells us “In my father’s house there are many mansions,” (John 14:2, 3), dwelling places by definition, followed by the statement, “If this were not true I would not have told you so.”
The Urantia Book is telling us so by finally telling us the names of these places.
What differentiates The Urantia Book from other theology is the amount of specific information being provided.
The authors claim the writings were not inspired, they are revelatory. Usually our religious texts are inspired by God, the Urantia text is literal, we are given specific information about the spiritual realm, the physical theatre and the intellectual bridge that bring these two realms into one composite reality.
For example, when describing the intervening energy form that exists between the physical and the spiritual, the authors denote as Morontia:
- 0:5.12 …Morontia is a term designating a vast level intervening between the material and the spiritual. It may designate personal or impersonal realities, living or nonliving energies. The warp of morontia is spiritual; its woof is physical….
Just one example of how the Urantia takes concepts already existent in Christian teachings and expounds upon them, giving them much more clarity.
But to minimize the Urantia Book as something heretic, false or sophomoric is to disclose a prejudice towards revelation itself. Which of us can really say God would not want to disclose more reality to us if we can show capacity to comprehend it?
Jesus is central to Christianity just as he is central to the Urantia Book text. The Bible contains eight years of his life, the Urantia Book details his entire life, even to his pre-life as a Son of God about to embark on his adventure as a mortal of the realm and his continuing influence on our world.
There are a thousand great reasons every Christian should read the Urantia Book, but The Urantia Book isn’t for every Christian, nor does it need to be.
In the end, the path to God contains many roads. The Urantia Book is just one of those roads that leads us to a greater understanding of, and appreciation for, God’s creation.
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