Life on Other Worlds

Today it was announced that astronomers have discovered a possibe life-bearing planet a mere 31 light years away.

It’s exciting to think we may very soon discover other life bearing planets. Nothing would excite the human spirit more than new life discovery, it would confirm our suspicions that we are not alone. It might even confirm that if there is one other planet with life, there must be others.

With the exception of the several hundred thousand Urantia Book readers, most of this worlds 6 billion people have no idea what awaits, they have no clue that not only is there life elsewhere, there is abundant life.

In our present grand universe, there are upwards of 700,000 unique universes, each of which has the potential of producing 10,000,000 individual worlds capable of producing evolutionary life, just like us.

The UB lays out the plan throughout the book. Someday Science will know this as will the people of this world, and when the truth does finally reveal that we are not alone, and that there is a spiritual order to life, our world view will change.

And this is what I ponder with every new scientific discovery that confirms what the Urantia Book stated in 1934.

Indeed, these are exciting times.


Joshua Harris Defects: A Teachable Moment

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I don’t know Joshua Harris, but I am sure he helped a lot of people. Christians do that. It is what they are supposed to do. Serve.

Harris recently announced that he got it wrong on his Christian faith and he is leaving the church, well, kind of. In Evangelicalism, you don’t just leave the church, it leaves you.

No one knows for sure why Harris decided to hang up his Christianity, but many people say it is happening more often these days, disenchanted Christians leaving the Church, leaving their faith behind.

But maybe the reason Christians are disenchanted is not because they are tired of Jesus, but because of what the Christian Church has become, a political body of sorts, a super club that includes a list of litmus tests that you have to agree to in order to be saved.

Perhaps Mr. Harris grew weary of the various codes he had to follow, belief systems he had to adopt in unison. Perhaps this believing son might even feel like he is betraying God, or giving up his soul in order to gain the world,

I have a much different take on Joshua’s dilemma, as well as the dilemma of millions of people who would otherwise gladly follow Jesus’ teachings if they didn’t have to travel through a maze of theological rules in order to find the living Jesus, and the living God.

As a Urantia Book student who understands the importance of having a loving and deep relationship with God, I know how it feels to be scorned by the Church, of having to suffer being under suspicion because my faith doesn’t hold up to every precept and code taught by the Church, who requires me to do so in order for me to be counted as “a true believer.”

In the Urantia Books’ case, the Church has gone so far as to declare the revelation false, as possibly the work of false prophets. This tells me that the Church which bears Christs’ name will never reconcile with any other group that espouses Christs’ teachings – unless they do so in exact uniformity, unless the Church, no pun intended, gives its blessings

Anyone who doesn’t believe in certain doctrines like The Bible as the nly word of God, of holy books, of Original Sin and Atonement, or a virgin birth are declared excluded from God’s kingdom, according to religious authority.

Further, most Christian’s today are being forced to choose between having God in their life – to the exclusion of being able to love and have relationships with people who may not hold the same views, or they must renounce themselves as “true Christians.”

As funny as it sounds, Christian’s seem to have the monopoly on who gets to follow Jesus, and you have to play by their rules; you must be sanctioned through the process of accepting their mores.

This is why I believe the “Nones” are growing. The Law of scripture, has taken over the Spirit of the Lord. The Church has become exactly what Jesus fought against, formalized, fossilized TRUTH frozen in time, unyielding and unforgiving.

Ironically, the very challenges many believers face today are the same as when Jesus walked the earth, dealing with the religious authority of his day, the Pharisees and Sadducee’s – those who enforced Mosaic Law, and controlled who were admitted into God’s kingdom, those who were to be saved by God, and those who perished.

You had to play by their rules in order to get in, and I think today’s Christian is faced with a similar environment of religious authority; an all or nothing proposition.

Jesus says we did not come here to judge, but to serve.

In paper 155 of the Urantia Book, Jesus is giving his discourse to the Apostles on what the spirit of truth is, excellent points that perhaps apply to Joshua, and are well worth remembering.

And I will conclude by sayng this. Joshua Harris, don’t despair. You can have God in your life, and you can still have Jesus as your elder brother and fellow Son in your heart. None of that changes when you leave the church.

God is not a suckers proposition, an either/or – proposition. He belongs to you and I know you know that Josh.

It is written, it is far better to have a religion and not have a church, than to have a church and have no religion.

Here is what Jesus stated in the Urantia Book, and its is a short quote, but also helpful for many people today who love Christ, love God, love to serve – but don’t dig the Church because of it uniform belief system that fossilizes truth.

Said Jesus:

The religions of authority can only divide men and set them in conscientious array against each other; the religion of the spirit will progressively draw men together and cause them to become understandingly sympathetic with one another. The religions of authority require of men uniformity in belief, but this is impossible of realization in the present state of the world. The religion of the spirit requires only unity of experience—uniformity of destiny—making full allowance for diversity of belief. The religion of the spirit requires only uniformity of insight, not uniformity of viewpoint and outlook. The religion of the spirit does not demand uniformity of intellectual views, only unity of spirit feeling. The religions of authority crystallize into lifeless creeds; the religion of the spirit grows into the increasing joy and liberty of ennobling deeds of loving service and merciful ministration.” (Paper 155: 6:9)

Are We Entering The Dark Ages?

This excerpt is reprinted from Roger Scruten, a well regarded and highly respected Western Philosopher.

There is much that he says that reminds me of the Urantia Book’s narrative on the Angels who carry truth from culture to culture. I hope you will read the entire article posted HERE:

This final passage is most distressing and has to do with the cultural direction of humanity, and the potential dangers that lie ahead if we do not push back with spiritual force, and is why I share it:

We used to look in astonishment on Moscow show-trials, in which the victim, convicted of deviationism, left infantilism, bourgeois idealism, “neo-Schellingism”, Zionist imperialism or whatever, is given a brief chance to confess enthusiastically to his fault, before being taken away to the firing squad. Where was the evidence, we asked, and what exactly was the crime?

Now we see respectable thinkers accused of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia and a host of other thought crimes, on the strength of a word out of context, a long-forgotten friendship, or (as with Jordan Peterson) a photograph proving that you are capable of standing next to someone wearing the wrong kind of T-shirt.

The punishments are mild compared with those of the Moscow trials. But they are severe enough, as I and Peterson have both discovered. And in every case there is no defence. For every attempt at a defence entrenches the accusation. If you point out that the thought crimes are largely chosen to mean whatever the accuser wishes them to mean, then that is sure proof that you are guilty.

We are, it seems to me, entering a realm of cultural darkness, in which rational argument and respect for the opponent are disappearing from public discourse, and in which increasingly, on every issue that matters, there is only one permitted view, and a licence to persecute all the heretics that do not subscribe to it.

This signifies, to my way of thinking, the death of our political culture, and the rise of a kind of godless religion in its stead.

END

China vs God

While those of us in the West continue to enjoy our modern-day comforts we need to be concerned about what is happening in China, namely a fever-pitch rise in secularism and a new form of totalitarianism injected with modern tools that make resistance almost impossible.

Today, the threat of atheism, which fuels authoritarian rule, is even greater. China contains half of the world’s population. It also has its tendrils throughout the rest of the world as it becomes even more aggressive as a police state at home and industrial mob-boss abroad, employing new technology to monitor and control not only its own “netizens,” but its global partners as well, as detailed in this report you might find most disconcerting.

And this gives me pause to reflect on the subject matter contained in Paper 195 of the Urantia Book, where the authors extensively discuss the dangers of two primary social constructs of the modern age:

  1. Materialism/Secularism
  2. Totalitarianism

In my early years of study I had considered these two subjects directed more at the early 20th Century, as modern secularism through socialism was quite rampant and of course, Russia and China were pursuing communist goals which opened the door to Totalitarian governments in smaller countries like Cuba North Korea, and others, as this horrific ideology spread

Over time Russia seemed to moved towards a more open Democracy (relatively speaking), and China also seemed to be embracing modern open-markets and presumably, seemed more open to democracy.

Wrong.

If you read the news you are becoming aware that human-rights in China are at an all-time low, and religious expression is under full assault by the Communist party. When half of our world is run by a government which has made it against the law to believe in God and only give adherence to Chairman Xi, there is a problem. 

One wonders what our unseen friends make of it.

Urantia Book Historian Larry Mullins mentioned he was informed on one occasion the Revelators, during the early years of World War II, had expressed grave concerns (in the spiritual echelons of planetary government) about the rise of communism, so much so that it delayed the completion of the Urantia Book for almost ten years while celestial and world armies were at busy at war.

Because China wields so much planetary influence, it is easy to contemplate the importance of not letting an atheistic regime such as China’s reign supreme.

In an update, 27 victims of the Chinese government gave testimony today in Washington. These members, many of whom spent years in prison because of their faith in Falun Gong pledged to witness to the world the atrocities that are even now occurring in China against people of faith, and more pressure is mounting, the word is out, at least in the West, and one only hopes that the actual people of China can be made aware of the atrocities that are being committed in their name, the peoples name, as the Communist Party of China seeks to stamp out God in its country, in order to keep its country under lock and key in both mind and spirit.


The Right To Believe Is Under Assault

by James R. Watkins

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What is religion and why does it matter?

Religion is based on a singular idea that there is more to life than just the material world. If you go back in history, you will notice that man has always sought knowledge of the “ghost world”; Man at first negotiated with spirits to effect “good luck,” and later, these very same impulses evolved into the things like magic spells, incantations, and finally, to a thing called “prayer,” which led ultimately to worship.

Again, you may be someone who is not particularly interested in religion, but because man has religion, all of our moral codes, our laws, our “rights” have derived from the religious concept of morality. The Greeks were arguing this point 2500 years ago.

Mankind has long debated the existence of a spiritual world, if for no other reason than we have this inclination to seek truth, and if that truth also includes a place, or even just an idea, of something more ennobling than just physical life, one begins to understand that religion on its own, represents an intellectual desire to find and understand truth. 

In other words, people have, to a greater or lesser agree, religion in our DNA. It is hard-wired for us to seek truth and understanding, and these are religious impulses. How we choose to express our religious impulse explains why there are so many religions in the world, and not all of them have bore good fruit, but in its essence, religious is what distinguishes us, more than any other attribute, from our animal cousins. We are the only species on the planet that “worships.”

Now in today’s world, that might not mean as much because of secularism. But what should interest you is that there is a concerted effort by a growing number of people and governments who want to minimize, marginalize or otherwise diminish the importance of religion, and for a number of reasons you need to know. 

Many ex-religious people, or non-religious groups seek to get rid of religion simply because they don’t think religion is important, or necessary in today’s “scientific age,” and thus, they pressure governments under the guise of the separation of Church and State to remove religious symbols and literature from the public domain. I suppose the thinking here is that if we remove religion from society, society will be free of religion. This idea totally disregards the fact that people are born with a desire to be religious (which is the desire to seek spiritual truth). Even if this impulse isn’t equally shared by non-believers, in a pluralistic society such as ours, it is always in everyone’s interest to protect the right of the individual to choose and practice one’s faith openly without fear of persecution.

Still, other groups, like the Communist Party of China, want to eliminate religion because they see it as a threat to the State.

Others still may only want to remove all religions except their own in order to establish a total theocracy, like what Iran and Saudi Arabia attempt to do. And still there are others, for purely selfish reasons, think that religion is nothing more than a barrier to a happy life ( truth is relative, religion is oppressive, etc). And guess what, this should be protected, too!

The point is that religious freedom, the right to have faith, the right to practice one’s faith is part of our collective human culture and more so, may find origination in a spiritual reality. To deny someone the basic right to explore this idea is the most egregious thing you could to do a person. It’s like taking away someone’s right to eat.

Most of the laws that govern society are rooted in original religious belief. To suggest that mankind no longer sees value in religion is to state that religion is nothing more than an outdated cultural phenomena, and yet, the length that people will go to protect religious faith is one of the most ignoble acts one can ever witness. 

And such faith-conviction is but just one sign of religious “staying power.” Without it, many people would be lost, including this author. I stand by my right to believe just as I will arduously defend another person’s right to not believe. To me, it is the battle of human dignity and nothing less.

I shudder to think of a world without religion. I fear that if that day should ever come, a supreme darkness will hover over this land, not because of an angry God, but because of an angry man who now has complete dominion over all, without regard for a higher source or even a higher truth. 

When man becomes God, watch out. Think Hitler, think Mao, think Castro, think Stalin, think of the hundreds of millions of people who have died because these individuals ruled without God. And even today, I am afraid Xi Jinping falls into this category; he is a dictator who rules under the iron fist of oppression, and it is exactly because he has no God, or religion in his heart – that he can exert such pain and suffering to so many, without remorse. Only a godless man could be so cold to the indifference of human suffering.

And it won’t stop there my friends.

Hear my words. We have to stop religious oppression in all of its forms. When you see religion being marginalized, speak out. When you see a religious person being made fun of, or you hear a story of someone being attacked or victimized because of their faith, speak out. When you read a story of a person who has been persecuted because of their faith, speak out, especially if you are not religious. Because when they are done with the religious people, who do you think they will come after next?

When Will Science Realize The Urantia Book is a Treasure Trove?

Urantia history encompasses an additional one million years of human activity that modern paleontology current does NOT take into account. Today’s paleontology is barely scratching the surface on things older than the last 4,000 years (going back to about 1,800 BC); the further back in time modern science attempts to go in its attempt at piecing together human evolution, the sketchier’ facts become, which is why there are more theories about human development than there are facts.

I’m noting that the Urantia Book is formatted in four parts; each section presents a historical narrative of origins, purposes and projected outcomes of universal growth.

Part three of the book is our history, including the origin of the specific nebular family from which our solar system found its origin.

Current scientific theory states all material in our universe, including our sun, is just under six billion years old which is comensurate with the Urantia Book account, which predated carbon testing that could confirm this fact.

A lucky guess?

Interestingly, every new “discovery” published today in science Journals typically – though not always – confirms or validates the previously stated Urantia narrative.

Willard Libby developed a carbon dating technique in the late 1940’s, eventually winning a Nobel Prize in 1960 for his application of using radiocarbon dating to determine the age of materials.

Though not always completely accurate (depending on what material is being measured and dated), the oldest rocks are 4.7 billion years old. We know that our earth is about 4 billion years old, and we estimate the sun is 4.7 billion years in age.

Here is what the Urantia Book stated in 1934, over a decade before carbon dating methods could validate the following statement:


 “5,000,000,000 years ago your sun was a comparatively isolated blazing orb, having gathered to itself most of the near-by circulating matter of space, remnants of the recent upheaval which attended its own birth”.

Our earth was stated to have been “born” about 4.5 Billion years ago when the sun disgorged mass that was not recaptured, our planets having been formed from the cooling of this mass to the point of becoming solid, except of course for the four gaseous planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Uranus).

That the Urantia made these statements long before they could be confirmed only emphasis this author’s point that the Urantia Book is a treasure trove of historical information that could save modern scientist time in discovery, not only in our study of astronomy, but also of most of our human history and pre-human history.

Further, we can learn and perhaps evaluate more effective ways to harmonize our global efforts by studying the Urantia historical narrative.

There are several dozen statements about Neanderthals contained in the Urantia Book that have only been recently confirmed by “new discoveries.”

Priot to the 2003 Smithsonian Magazine article published by Joe Alper, the Urantia Book had already narrated, some 70 years previous and with explicit detail, the migratory patterns and the cultural development of this renegade subset of humanity we now call The Neanderthal Man, as I pointed out on my book A New Revelation.

Science had not yet confirmed until 1992, who this superior breed of early humans where, who appeared sometime between an older species of man (1 million years ago) and a later, more developed species of man (40,000 years ago).

And yet in 1934, a tome called the Urantia Book dedicated an enormous amount of information describing this species, including specfic data regarding when they emerged (800,000 years ago), where they emerged from (Siwalik Hills in Northwest India), how long the existed (750,000 years), and the migratory patterns of this early human race as they spread throughout Asia, Europe, North Africa and elsewhere, long before we knew these things in modern times.

Consider this excerpt from Paper 64:

“The Neanderthalers were excellent fighters, and they traveled extensively. They gradually spread from the highland centers in northwest India to France on the west, China on the east, and even down into northern Africa. They dominated the world for almost half a million years until the times of the migration of the evolutionary races of color.”

800,000 years ago game was abundant; many species of deer, as well as elephants and hippopotamuses, roamed over Europe. Cattle were plentiful; horses and wolves were everywhere. The Neanderthalers were great hunters, and the tribes in France were the first to adopt the practice of giving the most successful hunters the choice of women for wives.”

And finally, this little nugget of information that was finally confirmed and published in National Geographic in 1992, some 58 years after it appeared in writing on the pages of the Urantia Revelation:

“The reindeer was highly useful to these Neanderthal peoples, serving as food, clothing, and for tools, since they made various uses of the horns and bones. They had little culture, but they greatly improved the work in flint until it almost reached the levels of the days of Andon. Large flints attached to wooden handles came back into use and served as axes and picks.”


I would point out that none of what is stated above was theorized at the time the Urantia Book was written, but was subsequently pieced-together during the 70’s and 80’s as new fossils and remnants of culture had been discovered. Even today, there is much discussion about how much Neanderthal DNA we have in modern humans, a relatively recent discovery because of our improvements in DNA mapping. Here again, the Urantia Book states just how much we interbred with this one time robust race of early men long before modern science began to address this question:

“In general and to start with, the Sangik (the colored races who emerged around 500,000 years ago) tribes were more intelligent than, and in most ways far superior to, the deteriorated descendants of the early Andonic (the first human race who emerged 1 million years ago) plainsmen; and the mingling of these Sangik tribes with the Neanderthal peoples led to the immediate improvement of the older race. It was this infusion of Sangik blood, more especially that of the blue man, which produced that marked improvement in the Neanderthal peoples exhibited by the successive waves of increasingly intelligent tribes that swept over Europe from the east.”


For those not familiar, the “blue” man were the Cro-Magnon Europeans, what science might today called Homo Sapien (we are homo sapien-sapien, or “modern man”).

When we factor in our racial differences, our genetic history, our cultural development as they are explained by the Urantia Book, one begins to see the impact the Urantia Book could have on our current research of man’s early history, and further, through a greater understanding of our past, the Urantia Book offers real insight as to how were got here today, and further, what kind of future we can expect depending on our present actions.

This article is not a finished statement.