The Horrible Feeling of Non-Belief

by James R. Watkins

Non-Belief is a horrible place.

I am a rare person. I have been a faithful believer in God since I was about 7. I just knew there was a God and I spoke with him frequently and as casually as I would speak to you if I saw you in person.

I didn’t listen for God to talk back to me because I knew he was probably getting messages from everywhere. I trusted he would hear me but I did not need to hear from him in that moment. It was that trust that saved me from a life of disaster. You hear people say it all of the time, God saved me from myself.

Most people either start out believing because they were raised with religious teachings, or are not raised with religion and convert at some point because of a revelation or event that pushes them towards needing spiritual answers.

Or there are people who just don’t connect with religion for a number of reasons.

And I want to talk to about the people who do not find religion, and the effect it can have on a person’s life, even if they don’t realize it.

I also want to add to all of this what the Urantia Book has taught me about non-belief and the toxic effect it has on a society when religion (or faith) loses its influence.

Is it not true that at our core, most people would like to believe in the following things?:

That there is meaning in life, that life is not just an accident.
That our own life has meaning, that we are here for a purpose.
That there is a higher power who cares about me and I am loved.

Now, perhaps you are the kind of person who doesn’t care about these things. You accept that life is about none of these things and instead, is about what you make it, and the only thing that matters is your legacy, what you leave behind.

On some level this is probably satisfying enough. I know many people who are satisfied with this world view. It is a safe place because it requires no commitment to faith in something that cannot be proven by physical means.

But let me tell you what I have seen, and you tell me if you have seen this also:

People who do not believe in spiritual values, or spirit realities like the afterlife, or Deity, or worship, prayer, submission to a greater higher purpose, are toxically anxious, depressed or bitter, continuously pre-occupied by other people’s business, as many of them have no idea what is missing in their own lives.

Not all non-believers are like this, mind you, but many.

People who are antagonistic about religion or the church (usually because of a bad experience, or for selfish reasons) are among the most hateful, depressed and bitter of people you will meet. Many who are not faithful oftentimes never engage in altruism or service; they have an overriding superior belief that life owes them something.

Many who turn their backs on religious faith live life without hope, they give in to nihilism, the belief that there is no belief, only superstition.

To the faithful there is everlasting hope, And with this faith comes the understanding of purpose that is not in vain, one that allows us to serve with greater purpose.

Faith, not nihilism, takes courage, and it is this saving courage that transforms millions of people from giving in to the seemingly futile nature of human life into agents of positive living.

Hope allowed me to keep my sanity during the many dark times of living, it kept me sane.

I fear that as more people lose religious faith and lose hope, societal structure will start to break down just as the individual starts to break down when he or she loses hope and faith in that greater purpose in living.

I fear that someday, Mental Health Institutes will determine that religion is a disorder and must be treated, when it is in fact, the exact opposite which is the true.

Faith and spiritual conviction most likely PREVENTS or cures many forms of mental illness.

The rise in mental illness is most likely a result of, and inversely proportional to, our cultural distancing from the agelong antidotal effect of religious faith. Our faith is intrinsic to oue mind; it is part of who we are as human beings of will dignity. We are not orphans to a purposeless universe.

Meanwhile, there are leaders who want to diminish or marginalize religious institutions, and believe churches must be forced to adopt secular social policies or face legal action. Catholic services are being forced to adhere to secular law when there are spiritual conflicts such as nurses who are Catholic being forced to perform abortions; churches who wish to remain tax-exempt must provide gender neutral bathrooms despite the teachings of those who attend that church; bibles and other religious literature have been removed from public school libraries because some administrators (and atheist parents) hold that Bibles promote “hate-speech,” by not being “inclusive” of LGBTQ lifestyles.

Our Mental Health industry, fueled by enormous profits, disregards the role of faith in mental health care to the tune of billions of dollars a year in mental health “management.”

But isn’t it more likely that the lack of spiritual faith is a precursor to poor mental health? What is depression, anxiety, loneliness and nihilism? these could be signs of a restless human soule who doesn’t know where he fits in life because he or she has been convinced he has no soul, that only the physical world matters, that there are no eternal meanings, only present meanings? Millions of lost souls have been convinced that there is no God, through our education and media, that there is no afterlife, there is no real purpose other than the here and now, and that this world view is the only reasonable worldview; anything that deviates from this world view must be recognized as a disorder.

I feel like I am watching a scene from the 1950’s moving Inasion of the Body snatchers were society becomes soulless and the few remaining people are hunted down and converted to this nihilistic worldview.

The Urantia Book says that secularism supposes that man does not need God, Recently, such attitudes have become more aggressive, almost antagonistic towards Deity. Marxism and communism provide fair examples of the secular world view being embraced on a global scale.

In our education and media we see that religion has become a politically charged word, which means it is one step away from being regulated as hate speech. the word God, may one day be regarded as the G word, a word that causes great stress when uttered to those who are “deity-neutral.”

The Urantia Book also warns that a society without God cannot last, quote, “any more than a solar system could be supported without gravity,” paper 195.

What does a world without God look like?

Mental illness, lax morality, gender confusion, the celebration of vice as virtue, the promotion of fetishism in place of character-building, the pursuits of self in place of service, breakdown of family life, a general debasement of culture, crime, drug use, youth violence, religious persecution and oppression.

Non-belief requires no commitment on the part of the self, no skin in the game, no emotional commitment, no real pursuit of character building. Non belief requires nothing on the part of the believer. Non-belief leads to little or no truth discernment or even the pursuit. of truth itself, except as expressed in physical reality.

Only a belief in a supreme being or external force greater than himself enabled mankind to grasp eternal realities that sustain civilization from one generation to another,” but if this generation no longer values the past truths, or the religious heritage that is the result of thousands of generations of truth seekers who produced vast wealths of knowledge and wisdom, then what happens when that society loses or destroys such wealth of wisdom?

What happens to a society that prioritizes present truth, while disregarding the past, because it is relative only to immediate needs? What happens is we are truly one step away of global tyranny if this trend continues.

It is feasible that there may be yet another religious underground, people who must hide their faith or face persecution, as is already the case for a1.4 billion people.

These are my words, gained from what I have learned from the Urantia Book and from Christian beliefs in general. As a Jesusonian, one who believes in the divinity of Jesus and also follows his teachings, the pocket of believers is getting smaller as the world’s troubles increase.

This is best exhibited in the friend I spoke of earlier. 

There comes a point in a person life where they have the make decision as to whether they accept the divine plan of perfection attainment, or as our Christian friends tell us, growing in grace and doing the Father’s will, or reject that plan. And we all know that sometimes you have to hit rock bottom before you can make that decision.

I believe the world has not yet hit rock bottom, and it won’t as long as people still hold on to faith.

Without it, we are lost.

And this is why we do Urantia Radio, to tell people there is something fantastic waiting for them, but it starts with one simple thing. Faith.

Right now the greatest challenge os for people of faith to unite and pushback against social policies that advocate religious persecution. Social Justice warriors will use social advocacy to merit a legal defense against religious institutions. We must push back by calling people out when this happens.

And in our personal lives, don’t be afraid to talk about the value of faith in ones life. People always hear about treatment by medical means,but no one talks about treating mental anguish with a spiritual approach, and that just means pray, get down on your knees and ask for help.

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The Trinity in All Of Us

I want to talk about the Trinity.

It might not be something that you think matters. But it does.

The Trinity represents the pattern by which all creation is imprinted.

But I want to tell you a story first. It’s about creation.

At some theoretical point in time, the perfect Deity decided that existential perfection was incomplete. Existential simply means always and eternal. It is perfection MINUS experience.

In order to have experience and in order for perfection to become experiential, which means always experiencing, there had to be a dynamic living and experiential relationship between the self and “the other.” Two selves experiencing a mutually shared relationship constitutes experience.

And so the 2nd person of Deity came into existence, the Son, the Word, the expression of personality that is co-equal with the 1st PERSON of Deity.

So at this theoretical moment in time, and I say theoretical because we are finite beings, everything we know has a beginning and an end. For the Trinity in which everything is infinite and eternal, in order fo us to grasp meaning, infinite concepts have to be expressed in finite terms.

So when this theoretical moment when the Father and the Son, the first and second persons of Deity, had their first shared experience, there came into existence a conjoint mind that makes it possible for person to communicate and have a relationship, and thus the Third Person of Deity, the Infinite Spirit, the Universal Mind, the Conjoint Actor, came into exosteince to facilitate and expand the trinity relationship.

We know the trinity as The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost or Spirit. This triune  relationship makes possible the myriad of relationships which make up creation.

Moving outward from Paradise where the Trinity is centered, there is Mind, Matter and Spirit. In terms of value, the Trinity is express in Truth, Beauty and Goodness.

In the human experience, we exist in physical form, matter, we we have mind, and our spirit provides our ability to discern means and values in living experience which provides for personality growth- experiential wisdom.

So know you can get a sense of why the Trinity is important. Google it sometime. There is much written about it, and it has intrigued mankind for thousands of years. Almost every major religion embraces the trinity concept.

The Trinity also helps understand the relations we have with the difference persona of Trinity, and especially, how they administer to us.

For example, the Urantia Book says that while God the Father is the source and center of personality, as well as the primordial controller of all physical energy throughout the existence of Paradise, the centrifugal gravity source of all matter in the universe, God is also the spirit that indwells all ascending mortals of time and space. God is not only “out there,” but he is also “in here,” and because God is a person, and you are a person, this makes it possible for every human being to have a personal relationship with the first person of Deity.

God the Son is the creator of all the Sons and Daughters of God who oversea universal growth and perfection attainment. Remember, God started all of this because he wanted to attain experiential perfection – and this means that as each of us perfect, so does the Supreme become more perfect everyday.

Many sons have been here. Lucifer is a fallen son, a grand child, or sorts of the Father, Adam was a Son, Gabriel is a son, but they are creations, expressions really, of God the Father and God’s the Son in personality form.

It’s why Jesus was the only begotten son, the only son who perfectly expresses that aspect of God’s infinite character. As an analogy, think of a very large family, all of your material offspring represent an aspect of your combined DNA, but in a spiritual sense, The Trinity expresses itself in the creation of all kinds of spirit personalities.

God the Father and God the Spirit “expressed” and economy of angelic beings who range from extremely high functioning and lower functioning, and like mortal ascenders, they too gain experience through living, through serving, through DOING.

So that Trinity not only provides a pattern between varying realities of mind, matter and spirit, but they also express by producing economies of beings who serve in and through these three reality environments, and Mind, Matter and Spirit each co-exist, just as the Trinity co-exists.
So, from paper 10, the opening introduction we read: 

10:0.1 THE PARADISE TRINITY of eternal Deities facilitates the Father’s escape from personality absolutism. The Trinity perfectly associates the limitless expression of God’s infinite personal will with the absoluteness of Deity. The Eternal Son and the various Sons of divine origin, together with the Conjoint Actor and his universe children, effectively provide for the Father’s liberation from the limitations otherwise inherent in primacy, perfection, changelessness, universality, absoluteness, and infinity.