In my attempt to provide a summary overview of the Urantia Revelation, it is my hope that my introduction will aid present and future readers of the Urantia Book, and may be hesitant to do so because of its sheer size and scope, which can prove to be quite intimidating. In this four part series, we provide a brief summary of what each section of the Urantia Book contains, and how each part of the revelation is sequentially prepare by design
Part 4 of the Urantia Book is an entry point for many who first encounter the Urantia Book. Many Urantia Book readers are Christians themselves, or Catholics, Presbyterian, etcetera.
Meredith Sprunger, an early pioneer, minister and teacher, was also a Christian who became convinced because of Part 4, the Life and Teachings of Jesus, that the Urantia book was a revelation and did deliver revelatory information about Jesus that simply cold not have been fabricated.
What possibly could this esoteric book say about Jesus, many ask, a book which has dedicated the first two parts of itself to a kind of quasi-meta-physical explanation of the after life, and then goes on to spend a huge amount of time givings its narrative on all things regarding life on earth, much of it we knew from science already, and much of it which has yet to corroborated, specially regarding its teachings about Nodites, the soix colored races, and Andites, about a supposed Prince named Caligastia who aligns himself with Lucifer, and what could be anyone’s best guess of what Adam and Eve supposedly did, and all of this covered in part 3 now drops us at the doorstep of Jesus himself in part 4.
What can we possibly learn about Jesus that we don’t already have in the Gospels, in the sacred word of God, the holy Bible?
Let me read this excerpt from the introductory paper that begins the narrative of the Part 4
121:1.1 Jesus did not come to this world during an age of spiritual decadence; at the time of his birth Urantia was experiencing such a revival of spiritual thinking and religious living as it had not known in all its previous post-Adamic history nor has experienced in any era since. When Michael incarnated on Urantia, the world presented the most favorable condition for the Creator Son’s bestowal that had ever previously prevailed or has since obtained. In the centuries just prior to these times Greek culture and the Greek language had spread over Occident and near Orient, and the Jews, being a Levantine race, in nature part Occidental and part Oriental, were eminently fitted to utilize such cultural and linguistic settings for the effective spread of a new religion to both East and West. These most favorable circumstances were further enhanced by the tolerant political rule of the Mediterranean world by the Romans.
Let me also add this:
121:1.7 When Jesus was born, the entire Mediterranean world was a unified empire. Good roads, for the first time in the world’s history, interconnected many major centers. The seas were cleared of pirates, and a great era of trade and travel was rapidly advancing. Europe did not again enjoy another such period of travel and trade until the nineteenth century after Christ.
That’s where we are where with Part four of this series, and this is where things get interesting, because it is part 4 which gives credence to the previous parts of the book.
Part 4 concludes the story. Part 4 introduces us to the Jesus that really lived, because it is consistent with theology, and though at times somewhat verbally rich, presents a narrative that perfectly captures the true and everlasting spirit of Jesus our Lord, the Son of God and the Son of Man.
There is just no way you could read this narrative and not be moved by it in the richest and most profound way. Many Christians tell us that the Urantia Book is simply the best book ever written about the life of this one-time Galilean whose teachings live with us today in the hearts of over a billion people.
Through 700 pages we are immersed into the life of this child of promise.
There is no sense in attempting to capture the revelations’ prose, and I challenge any theologian to read these 76 papers which carry us through the life and teachings of this Son of God who once lived and who is now still living in the hearts of men and women everywhere.
Hundreds of thousands of people believe the Urantia Book is a true revelation – not only of its own accord in presenting what it does in cosmology, but also in the expanded revelation it provides regarding the life and teachings of Jesus, the greatest man who has ever lived, and will ever live in our corner of creation.
In the narrative, many myths are dispelled, but also, many other miracles are explained which make sense and consistently carries an air of authenticity to its story, so much so that you find yourself giving great pause in pondering its many truthful sayings. It really is like reading an authentic narrative of the life of Jesus.
The Christian church would naturally be suspicious of any book that claims to be a revelation of Jesus life, something that would challenge the spiritual authority of scripture, as they would see it.
The Urantia Book makes no claims to rise superior to the Bible. The only assertion it makes is that it is a revelation whose sources are not mortal men, and whose commission comes from Gabriel. The rest is up to us to authenticate, and for those who would not be comfortable accepting the Urantia Book on merit, there are millions of other people who absolutely love the Urantia Book, in exhaustive fashion, as it presents the life and teachings of Joshua ben Joseph, as Jesus lived as a man, among men and women in Jerusalem.
We learn about his relationships with his parents, his brothers and sisters, John the Baptist, plus we walk with the Apostles through the many great stories were are familiar with already from scripture. We learn about other characters in Jesus life, many whom we don’t know, like David Zebedee, Rebecca, Herod, Pontius Pilate, Rodan of Alexander, Aaron, and especially do we learn of Judas the betrayer, but also, we learn about the thousands of people who came into the present of the Master, and had their life changed.
We also learn the resurrection on a level never previously presented. Again, even a non-Christian would be hard pressed to deny the rich and moving text of this 74 chapter retelling.
Part 4 came suddenly, no one was prepared for it when the early Sadler group was receiving the papers. They were said to be the collective works of Midwayers who are our cousins of the flesh, the permanent citizens of this world.
We also learn the full extent and value of Jesus incarnation, and it puts into perspective the immense importance of Jesus life not just on our world, but on the millions of other worlds who fall under Jesus domain as the Creator Son of our universe.
And we get an explanation of why our world, despite the tragic end to Jesus’ life that was a result of our own backwardness, is looked upon as a special sphere of importance, known forever as “the World of the Cross.”
…and that is Part 4 of the Urantia revelation, and thus concludes this brief, albeit somewhat inadequate summary presentation, aptly titled, Understanding the Urantia revelation.
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Until next time…
JR Watkins has studied the Urantia Book since 1982, and is the author of A New Revelation: Exploring the Urantia Book
Mr. Watkins is also the host and producer of Urantia Radio and the Urantia Radio podcast