I have to admit, I’m not an end-of-the world kinna of guy, but this coronavirus thing has me a little worried, and it serves as a great reason to explore why having this revelation is especially vital during these times. Jesus reminded us to discern the turning of the leaves and the changing seasons.
No doubt the coronavirus is starting to get people’s attention. The ramifications of its spread should provide people with a reason to worry, especially since there is no vaccine. The world is so interconnected that what happens to 1.4 billion people affects everyone on numerous levels, least among them is the fact that people die from this sickness and it spreads easily, not to mention the economic effects that will ripple to every corner of the earth. I wouldn’t say God is causing this or punishing us, but clearly mankind is being tested for his “less than spiritual behavior” that has brought us to this event (I will get to China in just a moment).
Now, I have no doubt that we are in good hands, as we are told about in Paper 113 of the Urantia Book, that among the seraphic personalities who minister and care for us during our earthly sojourn, “are the seraphic ministers assigned to the assistance of those mortal agencies dedicated to the promotion of health and the prevention of disease.”
Seems pretty clear. While our earth doctors and biologists seek to spread the containment and hopefully find a cure, the angels of health are assisting in this endeavor. I believe this because I believe the revelation. We would remember that we Urantians are at a bit of a disadvantage to withstand some diseases because we failed to get the full measure of Adams blood 40,000 years ago, so we would be correct to accept the premise that Angels would be helping us find a cure for not just COVID-19 virus, but all diseases that affect us. They want us to be healthy, even when our own bad behavior causes us to be sick.
But how do they help?
113:4.3 (1245.3) Seraphim function as teachers of men by guiding the footsteps of the human personality into paths of new and progressive experiences. To accept the guidance of a seraphim rarely means attaining a life of ease.
“…the urge to pray so often experienced by God-conscious mortals very often arises as the result of seraphic influence. The guarding seraphim is constantly manipulating the mortal environment for the purpose of augmenting the cosmic insight of the human ascender to the end that such a survival candidate may acquire enhanced realization.”
“They are not overlords or directors; they are simply guardians. The seraphim guard you; they do not seek directly to influence you; you must chart your own course, but these angels then act to make the best possible use of the course you have chosen.”
There is a quote where it states Angels will bring like-minded people together sometimes, by manipulating the environment or having forethought to coordinate events in such a way as to provide a favorable environment unity function between minds given to a specific task or project – like finding a disease, perhaps? One can speculate.
We are are told that people are at their best in crisis, that true character is displayed when heroism and courage are at work. and it is usally in crisis where true character emerges.
From Paper 3, paragraph 5 we are reminded…
The uncertainties of life and the vicissitudes of existence do not in any manner contradict the concept of the universal sovereignty of God. All evolutionary creature life is beset by certain inevitabilities. Consider the following:
1. Is courage—strength of character—desirable? Then must man be reared in an environment which necessitates grappling with hardships and reacting to disappointments.
2. Is altruism—service of one’s fellows—desirable? Then must life experience provide for encountering situations of social inequality.
3. Is hope—the grandeur of trust—desirable? Then human existence must constantly be confronted with insecurities and recurrent uncertainties.
4. Is faith—the supreme assertion of human thought—desirable? Then must the mind of man find itself in that troublesome predicament where it ever knows less than it can believe.
5. Is the love of truth and the willingness to go wherever it leads, desirable? Then must man grow up in a world where error is present and falsehood always possible.
6. Is idealism—the approaching concept of the divine—desirable? Then must man struggle in an environment of relative goodness and beauty, surroundings stimulative of the irrepressible reach for better things.
7. Is loyalty— devotion to highest duty—desirable? Then must man carry on amid the possibilities of betrayal and desertion. The valor of devotion to duty consists in the implied danger of default.
8. Is unselfishness—the spirit of self-forgetfulness—desirable? Then must mortal man live face to face with the incessant clamoring of an inescapable self for recognition and honor. Man could not dynamically choose the divine life if there were no self-life to forsake. Man could never lay saving hold on righteousness if there were no potential evil to exalt and differentiate the good by contrast.
9. Is pleasure—the satisfaction of happiness—desirable? Then must man live in a world where the alternative of pain and the likelihood of suffering are ever-present experiential possibilities.
So, these scenarios, even under the worst of circumstances, become opportunities to see which of us are faithful, loyal, courageous, and are willing to serve a cause higher than ourselves.
But there is another part of this current Virus outbreak that gives reminds me of the real problem we have in the current age.
The COVID 19 virus may have emerged as part of an attempt by the Chinese government to create a bio weapon, or perhaps to find a vaccine. Either way, it appears to be a constructed virus, not a naturally occurring event.
What does the shave to do with the Urantia Book?
It has to do with humanity and what happens when God is removed from the world, which, in this case, is something we have discussed many times on this very program.
From paper 195 we are warned about the dangers of secularism, about governments and civilizations that think that the secular humanist approach to governing can bring about world peace or universal brotherhood, but never does.
In fact, we are told the opposite, and to look for the unwanted harvest of death and destruction when man loses or doscards spiritual truth predicated on the singular notion of a first source and center, a higher purpose other than simple material gain.
From Paper 195, Paragraph 8 on Materialism:
it threatens to establish a new and godless type of mastery over the hearts and minds of modern man. The tyrannical and dictatorial political state is the direct offspring of scientific materialism and philosophic secularism
Also, from the same paragraph:
Twentieth-century secularism tends to affirm that man does not need God. But beware! this godless philosophy of human society will lead only to unrest, animosity, unhappiness, war, and world-wide disaster….Secularism can never bring peace to mankind. Nothing can take the place of God in human society.
From Paragraph 8, 11:
And because the secularistic revolt went too far and lost sight of God and true religion, there also followed the unlooked-for harvest of world wars and international unsettledness.
And then there is this final remark on the dangers of a secular world, Paper 195, Paragraph 8, 13:
The complete secularization of science, education, industry, and society can lead only to disaster. During the first third of the twentieth century Urantians killed more human beings than were killed during the whole of the Christian dispensation up to that time. And this is only the beginning of the dire harvest of materialism and secularism; still more terrible destruction is yet to come.
Also from Paper 195
“Religion is now confronted by the challenge of a new age of scientific minds and materialistic tendencies. In this gigantic struggle between the secular and the spiritual, the religion of Jesus will eventually triumph.”
Christianity – the teachings of Jesus are clearly under attack from the secular East and the Atheist West. The struggle between materialism and secularism is in full swing, between globalists who seek world domination, and those who who are trying to keep the idea of God and spirituality alive because we know that without them, we are mere animals part of the animal kingdom.
Like the earlier revelations which always seem to keep the truth alive from one generation or another, one thing I have learned is that I will NOT expect the Urantia revelation to become trendy anytime soon…but I do expect that the revelators intended for us early adapters to keep these truths alive by sharing them with others, kind of an insurance plan b to keep God alive during the coming age.
No doubt we could see some dark times ahead, just as the Nodites, the Adamites, the early Sumerians, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Paul had to endure massive disbelief in the things of Deity.
It’s a big thing to hold a revelation in your hand. Few souls are fortunate to have a revelation given to them in any age, much less our own, and during these dark days of the 21st Century, it makes this revelation all of the more important, and worth holding on to. It may end up being Mans Plan B some day.
I’ll conclude with this mandate that the was given to the initial readers of the Urantia Book regarding its current revelatory mission (source unknown, but it is believed to have been issued by the head of a revelatory commission, possible an elder or Chief midwayer personality, (emphasis added):
“We regard The Urantia Book as a feature of the progressive evolution of human society. It is not germane to the spectacular episode of epochal revolution, even though it may apparently be timed to appear in the wake of one such revolution in human society. The Book belongs to the era immediately to follow the conclusion of the present ideological struggle. That will be the day when men will be willing to seek truth and righteousness. When the chaos of the present confusion has passed, it will be more readily possible to formulate the cosmos of a new and improved era of human relationships. And it is for this better order of affairs on earth that the book has been made ready.”
“But the publication of the book has not been postponed to that (possibly) somewhat remote date. An early publication of the book has been provided so that it may be in hand for the training of leaders and teachers. Its presence is also required to engage the attention of persons of means who may be thus led to provide funds for translation into other languages.”
So we have been given a gift, and also a challenge, which is to keep the truth of God and creation alive in the hearts of men.