God 2.0

God Must Be Redefined

The spirit of religion is eternal, but the form of its expression must be restated every time the dictionary of human language is revised. (UB 99:1:6)

The revelators tell us that the father concept is the highest concept we can have of our heavenly father-creator.

“The Father idea is still the highest human concept of God.” (UB 196:3:35)

It’s the last sentence in the book. But what of a generation, or even a world, of which half of the children are born out of wedlock and these children never know their father? What of their concepts of a loving heavenly father?

Do you think today’s young person will cling to the idea of a loving father as God? 

We know Jesus portrayed God as a loving father, and we know that the father concept is appropriate when loving fathers are what populate the majority of a truly progressive civilization. When the strong family-unit is emphasized, then yes, God as a father is a perfect concept because a society of children who know what a loving father is makes its best appeal when we then present God as the ideal spiritual parent.

Today’s world is different. You know this. God must be redefined to appeal to a new generation of people who may not understand the fraternal connection, who may not understand the value of fatherhood as a spiritual concept, or even of the way our ancestors showed respect for the father-figure. How, then, do we convey the loving character of the Creator, the Deity Supreme, as real?

How do we make God make sense to a new generation of Nones?

God-consciousness is inherent in us. People are hard-wired to seek truth, and the desire to seek, find and understand truth is a spiritual cause.

Only the spirit value of any experience survives the mortal experience.

Let’s pour new wine into new wineskins and stay away from the ghost-cultish old wine-skin way of thinking about God is an anthropomorphic angry white guy whose main job is to make you feel guilty all of the time.

We need to update to God 2.0

Consider these last two paragraphs from the Urantia Book.

196:3.34 (2097.2) The great challenge to modern man is to achieve better communication with the divine Monitor that dwells within the human mind. Man’s greatest adventure in the flesh consists in the well-balanced and sane effort to advance the borders of self-consciousness out through the dim realms of embryonic soul-consciousness in a wholehearted effort to reach the borderland of spirit-consciousness—contact with the divine presence. Such an experience constitutes God-consciousness, an experience mightily confirmative of the pre-existent truth of the religious experience of knowing God. Such spirit-consciousness is the equivalent of the knowledge of the actuality of sonship with God. Otherwise, the assurance of sonship is the experience of faith.

196:3.35 (2097.3) And God-consciousness is equivalent to the integration of the self with the universe, and on its highest levels of spiritual reality. Only the spirit content of any value is imperishable. Even that which is true, beautiful, and good may not perish in human experience. If man does not choose to survive, then does the surviving Adjuster conserve those realities born of love and nurtured in service. And all these things are a part of the Universal Father. The Father is living love, and this life of the Father is in his Sons. And the spirit of the Father is in his Sons’ sons—mortal men. When all is said and done, the Father idea is still the highest human concept of God.

…and then there is this nugget from the first paper in the Urantia Book where it talks about God’s name as Deity is known and expressed throughout the known universe of intelligent living beings.

1:1.3 (22.6) When you have once become truly God-conscious, after you really discover the majestic Creator and begin to experience the realization of the indwelling presence of the divine controller, then, in accordance with your enlightenment and in accordance with the manner and method by which the divine Sons reveal God, you will find a name for the Universal Father which will be adequately expressive of your concept of the First Great Source and Center. And so, on different worlds and in various universes, the Creator becomes known by numerous appellations, in spirit of relationship all meaning the same but, in words and symbols, each name standing for the degree, the depth, of his enthronement in the hearts of his creatures of any given realm.

In the end, whatever your designation of what God is, only represents your own highest concept of what you think Deity represents. But in any scenario God must also be a personality, even the source of all personality, just as we are personalities who can know and be known.

The Dangers of Revelation

Forgive me my absence. It has been sometime since my last post. Time has been preoccupied with a pandemic and a desire to thrust myself into the podcast world to report it. I felt compelled to provide honest information. Most do not.

All of this at the sacrifice of my Urantia website and podcast. But all is not lost. To take the edge off of these contentious times I have been listening to hours upon hours of audio from the Chris Halvorson study sessions they have archived on the Perfecting Horizons website.

These are audio files of Urantia Book study groups conducted at his Perfecting Horizons Institute in Boulder.

There are two parts to this blog. The first is how much I appreciate what Chris has done. The second is on the key takeaway points I wish to share with you regarding the revelation itself, and credit again goes to Chris for providing the impetus for the commentary I am about to share.

There is a lot to learn by the way Mr. Halvorson does his study groups. There is no doubt his knowledge of the Urantia Book is replete. Also, having a person who has a doctorate in Physics explain the Urantia Book is a unique and enjoyable listening experience. I invite you to listen. Most of my experience has been listening to people expressing how they feel about the papers, but Chris leaves his own feelings out, as it were, and instead, focuses on the intent of the book in presenting new truth instead of mere facts

At some point while I was listening to Chris (reading and discussing Paper 72 on the Lucifer Rebellion from the Urantia Book), I realized that I, too, have also fallen into the trap of thinking about the facts of the UB as opposed to the truth; I have tried to use facts to share the revelation instead of truth. By using facts to share truth, the truth gets lost.

For example, when we talk about the fact that Urantia is the 606th world in a system of other worlds, we miss the truth that God’s creation is filled with life – that is the revelation, not our planetary numerical order. Which concept has more meaning? the number of our world, or that our world is not alone? Today our world is on the precipice of discovering other worlds with life. How well-received would it be to have a book that confirms such things are true?

Here is another example of focusing on facts instead of truth. I can focus on the fact of there being a seraphic government of varying groups of angels helping us, or I can convey the truth that there is indeed an economy of loving spiritual beings who are part of our growing experience of existence. and that it is being revelaed to us for the first time who they are and what they do?

Always look to the truth behind the facts.

The Urantia Book is a collection of facts that attempt to show an orderly and well-guided universe of living systems. Chris points out repeatedly the Urantia papers as whole, is a revelation of new truth of the fact that there is a real purpose and sublime destiny that exists beyond the material order. The Urantia Book explains these things to us because we, according to the revelators, are ready to receive this expanded cosmology.

The Urantia papers are a revelation, not an affirmation. We can’t simply “pour new wine into old wineskins.”

The Urantia Book will be unsettling because it clarifies evolutionary religion, it clears up many misconceptions we have developed in our many religions, and in doing so, many people of authority within these various religions will be challenged by what the Urantia Book states. People’s own preconceived notions of God, Deity and divinity will be challenged by the revelation.

Revelation is new wine being poured into old wineskins when we attempt to reveal too much too soon because people have a tendency to take new information and view it through the lense of pre-conceived and cherished ideas. “The influence of the ghost cult,” Professor Halvorson says, “doesn’t go away easily.”

It’s a good lesson to remember.

The audio recordings which can be found on Perfecting Horizons are an intimate way of sharing truth, instead of just the facts. 

We early adapters must be patient with the world at large. The good news though, according to Halvorson, is all is proceeding as it should.

The fifth epochal revelation is new to all of us, so the experience of what to do with it? Well, only the future will tell.