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.