5 Things Everyone Wants To Know

What five astonishing things people want to believe are true and are disclosed in the Urantia Book?

Consider the following:


1. Life on other worlds is common, we are not alone


2. The universe is administered to by highly spiritual and loving beings whom we we will meet someday, including those loved ones who passed on.


3. We, as a society, are supposed to be progressing towards universal peace and goodwill, it is our destiny as a species because we are indwelt by Deity for that purpose. Hence the mandate in the Bible, “Be your perfect even as I am perfect.”


4. That Jesus really was a high order Son – the literal Son of God, who came to live as a mortal man for the specific and planned purpose of revealing new truth to humanity about God’s nature, but that his message got absorbed by a lot of different religions that pushed his teachings into several different directions. But that his entire life is of record – and is now accessible.


5. That there is an afterlife and each of us have equal standing in being able to be a part of that afterlife, but that our choices here now, do matter, not so much with our survival, which we receive through faith, but with our own inner growth.

What Exactly Is A Urantian?

What is the difference between the Christian and Urantia Worldview?

By James R. Watkins

In that I was brought up in what I consider to be a typical Judeo-Christian culture, and having spent the better part of forty years studying the Urantia papers, I think I can offer some perspective on the differences between what a Christian believes and what a Urantian believes, as well as what similarities there are between a person who is Christian and a person who believes the Urantia Book is a divine revelation.

For example, most Urantians completely agree with the concept that Jesus was the Son of God, that he was sent here as a human being, and was and is the Lord Jesus Christ. Both Christians and Urantians’ believe that we all have eternal life, that Jesus is our savior, and that when Jesus taught about God, he was personally representing God the Father in the flesh. This is the bedrock of the Christian faith, and the Urantia Book, which declares that Jesus was a revelation of new spiritual truth to mankind.

Where we begin to differ, or separate our views are discussed below. It is also pertinent to the greater discussion that people in the future should probably know what exactly a Urantian is, so as to differentiate itself from mainline Christianity, so that people don’t think the Urantia Book is some off-shoot, or New Age fringe element of the Christian church.

So what are the primary differences between what a Christian believes and what a Urantian believes? Before we answer this question, let me first share the commonalities between Christians and Urantian faith, and they are:

  1. The belief in the divinity of Jesus
  2. The belief that there is a God, a father of all creation, that life – and our existence – is part of God’s plan
  3. The belief in an eternal life where we become spirit beings who continue to worship God in the afterlife
  4. That the Jewish people were chosen to introduce monotheism into the world, and they were the first to recognize the one true God above all other Gods
  5. That there is sin and evil
  6. That Adam and Eve were real
  7. People possess souls

Where we differ would require volumes of text, but in a nutshell, here are the primary differences between what Christians believe and what Urantians do not believe:

  1. That you have to accept Jesus as your savior in order to be “saved”
  2. That there is a hell
  3. That Jesus was the only Son of God
  4. That Adam and Eve were the first humans
  5. That evolution is false
  6. That the Bible is the “Word of God,” thereby the final spiritual authority in book form.
  7. That no other writings or revelations can be added to Scripture
  8. That all other religions are false
  9. That Jesus had to die in order for our sins to be forgiven by God
  10. That the Church is the mediator between God and Man
  11. That Mary was a virgin
  12. That the Devil is the creator of sin in our world
  13. That man “fell” from Grace because of the knowledge of eating the forbidden fruit
  14. That Eve was the mother of sin and her sin cursed humanity

Here the basic tenets of the Urantia faith, or ideology:

  1. That God is a spiritual creator of all spirit-indwelt human beings
  2. That everyone has soul-potential
  3. That Jesus came to show us a new revelation of God the Father
  4. The Atonement Doctrine (the belief of Jesus dying for our sins) is wrong
  5. That there are angels and other spiritual beings who co-exist with us, but that we are limited by material vision so we don’t’ see them, though they do see us and try to minister to us
  6. That as long as you have some level of belief, you will survive mortal death and be given a new body in which to continue on (and that you will remember your life and your fellows from this world when you get to the next)
  7. That there are trillions of worlds just like ours, filled with beings like ourselves who also have the same spirit in them
  8. That evolution is the technique God uses for life to progress
  9. That the Urantia Revelation was not written by humans, but really did come from spiritual beings who were given the task of introducing new spiritual truth to mankind
  10. . That Science and Religion should co-exist. One measures facts, the other, truth.

Now when you compare something like this to biblical teachings and “the sacred history” of the last few thousand years, you begin to appreciate the vast gulf that exists between what the Urantia Book presents and what Christianity presents in its present form.

Comparing the Bible to the Urantia Book is like comparing Aesops Fables with Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity.

The Bible, written between 800 BC and 400 AD, had a fixed viewpoint on reality, one extremely limited by the lack of scientific knowledge, and produced mostly by men who were searching for God and spiritual truth, but were still vastly backward in their understanding of the universe at large, not to mention the ignorance of their own history.

This is not to take away from the spiritual truths of the Bible, and there are thousands of them; the Bible represents the history of man searching for God, and finding him, and also captures enough of the essence of Jesus‘ teachings to immortalize it.

But the Urantia Book brings those truths and many other relevant concepts into much clearer focus by declaring, first and foremost, that God is at the center of all things, but also that scienctific discovery of the great truths of reality is not contradictory to the premise that the universe is a spiritual enterprise, and not random.

The Urantia Book teaches us something of the nature and growth of the Supreme creator and preaches truth, beauty and goodness as beings Gods nature.

Most religions avoid Science, the Urantia Book embraces it.

Most religions focus on tradition and cultural inheritances and practices. The Urantia Book clarifies where those traditions came from, and the purpose they served in helping to develop man’s spiritual quest.

Most religions represent man’s desire for knowledge and truth, The Urantia Book tells us what that truth is and why we desire it.

Not a bad thing at all. But Christians makes a huge mistake when they declares its supremacy over all spiritual truths, even to not recognizing when new truth has been revealed, as in the case of The Urantia Book.

Some have said the Urantia Book is to the New Testament what the New Testament is to the Old Testament, a fulfillment of the ages, a confirmation that the truths in the Bible are in fact, based on an essential truth, which is we are divinely endowed and that life has real spiritual purpose, even beyond the flesh.

And so this statement is really a declaration of my hope that someday, future Christians will begin to see that Urantians’ are really fighting the same fight, which is to reveal God to our brothers and sisters so that they can rejoice in the realization that they too, are citizens of this new reality that encompasses not just our planet, but the entirety of creation.

Think about that the next time you are sitting alone at night gazing up at the stars, that is creation, and you are a part of it.


Life on Other Worlds

Today it was announced that astronomers have discovered a possibe life-bearing planet a mere 31 light years away.

It’s exciting to think we may very soon discover other life bearing planets. Nothing would excite the human spirit more than new life discovery, it would confirm our suspicions that we are not alone. It might even confirm that if there is one other planet with life, there must be others.

With the exception of the several hundred thousand Urantia Book readers, most of this worlds 6 billion people have no idea what awaits, they have no clue that not only is there life elsewhere, there is abundant life.

In our present grand universe, there are upwards of 700,000 unique universes, each of which has the potential of producing 10,000,000 individual worlds capable of producing evolutionary life, just like us.

The UB lays out the plan throughout the book. Someday Science will know this as will the people of this world, and when the truth does finally reveal that we are not alone, and that there is a spiritual order to life, our world view will change.

And this is what I ponder with every new scientific discovery that confirms what the Urantia Book stated in 1934.

Indeed, these are exciting times.


China vs God

While those of us in the West continue to enjoy our modern-day comforts we need to be concerned about what is happening in China, namely a fever-pitch rise in secularism and a new form of totalitarianism injected with modern tools that make resistance almost impossible.

Today, the threat of atheism, which fuels authoritarian rule, is even greater. China contains half of the world’s population. It also has its tendrils throughout the rest of the world as it becomes even more aggressive as a police state at home and industrial mob-boss abroad, employing new technology to monitor and control not only its own “netizens,” but its global partners as well, as detailed in this report you might find most disconcerting.

And this gives me pause to reflect on the subject matter contained in Paper 195 of the Urantia Book, where the authors extensively discuss the dangers of two primary social constructs of the modern age:

  1. Materialism/Secularism
  2. Totalitarianism

In my early years of study I had considered these two subjects directed more at the early 20th Century, as modern secularism through socialism was quite rampant and of course, Russia and China were pursuing communist goals which opened the door to Totalitarian governments in smaller countries like Cuba North Korea, and others, as this horrific ideology spread

Over time Russia seemed to moved towards a more open Democracy (relatively speaking), and China also seemed to be embracing modern open-markets and presumably, seemed more open to democracy.

Wrong.

If you read the news you are becoming aware that human-rights in China are at an all-time low, and religious expression is under full assault by the Communist party. When half of our world is run by a government which has made it against the law to believe in God and only give adherence to Chairman Xi, there is a problem. 

One wonders what our unseen friends make of it.

Urantia Book Historian Larry Mullins mentioned he was informed on one occasion the Revelators, during the early years of World War II, had expressed grave concerns (in the spiritual echelons of planetary government) about the rise of communism, so much so that it delayed the completion of the Urantia Book for almost ten years while celestial and world armies were at busy at war.

Because China wields so much planetary influence, it is easy to contemplate the importance of not letting an atheistic regime such as China’s reign supreme.

In an update, 27 victims of the Chinese government gave testimony today in Washington. These members, many of whom spent years in prison because of their faith in Falun Gong pledged to witness to the world the atrocities that are even now occurring in China against people of faith, and more pressure is mounting, the word is out, at least in the West, and one only hopes that the actual people of China can be made aware of the atrocities that are being committed in their name, the peoples name, as the Communist Party of China seeks to stamp out God in its country, in order to keep its country under lock and key in both mind and spirit.


The BIG Lie of Atheism

   I’m going to bang this out in five minutes because it has been on my mind. 

   I am sick and tired of being reminded how people are just not into religion anymore. Or worse, we have an entire generation of young adults who have absolutely no idea what real religion is, so I need to Godsplain a few things. That’s why we have this wonderful site, so people who are completely in the dark about religion, God, life itself and its underlying meaning, can come and learn – free of dogma and free of ritual.

   Now imagine if you were six years old and everyone told you that you have to go to school for 12 years and then you die and don’t live anymore.

   Or let’s say that your parents told you that you have to spend your entire life learning and then all of your knowledge simply goes away when you take your last breath! And then to make you feel better, they tell you, “but don’t feel bad because you will live on in your children,” or some crap like that. 

   Forget that! What is the point of that?

   Listen, folks, let me tell you, there is an afterlife, you are going to love it, but it isn’t just going to be sitting around eating ice cream and praising the Lord all day. What, are you foolish? who filled your mind with such rubbish? Of course there are others like you, where do you think all of the dead people go? Hello, we’re talking thousands of generations of dead people slowly filling up the vast, expansive universe. You think all of this was created for – just so you can live for 72 years and buy a house? What, are you stupid? Well, it’s not your fault, and it’s probably why religion has no appeal to you. On the other hand, don’t be so quick to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

   Listen, to those young folks in Millenia-world who are completely illiterate to religion, and faith, and life after death, and meaning of life stuff, the secularism and atheism you have been sold is a bill of goods. You should have read the bible more so at least you could get the basics of why God made this place.  I get it that the Bible is old fashion, but there’s truth in it, just like the truth I am sharing with you now. Take comfort in it because nothing else in life will, and that is why you are anxious all of the time. It’s why atheists are always taking pills, because they bought into the notion that life is like school for twelve years and then everyone just dies. Who came up with that lie? A stupid, arrogant and intensely hubris notion that gives no consideration to the fact that billions and billions of stars are out there working towards a fulfillment of a great purpose (of which we are a part of), but I don’t want to make your head explode, so we’ll stop there for now. 

   You will wake up after you die. Count on it. 

And you WILL remember your short life here on earth. 

   They say payback is a bitch. Well, it is, but that’s because when you wake up on the other side, and you do start to piece together your earth-life memories, you are going to realize how stupid you were, and you will remember how foolish you acted, and especially you are going to feel terrible because of how arrogant you were in your first “here-I-am-folks” life on planet Earth.

But don’t worry, we are all fools in the beginning, after all, this is our first go-around, so we are expected to act like fools.

   So there you go. Wake up! God didn’t give you this life so you can “pass it on to your kids.” He gave it to you to learn something so you can use it to make your life here, and the next world, and those around you in both, better.

Start there and start living.


Jeffrey Richards is a contributing editor and lives in Santa Barbara California. 


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An Argument for the Existence of God

   An argument for God is but a mere belief that life is more than just materially derived.
   I hold in my hand a Sandisc memory card. It was created by human beings. We took organic material, using elements from the ground, and with precision and coordination, created a mechanism that performs a specific task. It moves binary data from one place to another. We created it so that it can serve a purpose, indeed an apparent invisible purpose to most.
   Could not the same argument be made with regard to our solar system? Organic materials, designed and aligned to perform a certain function, whereas which comes into existence a world of living, breathing, functioning human beings, themselves consisting of organic materials, designed and arranged in such a way as to be able to perform a certain function, and yet we would observe such a phenomena such as life itself, as being accidental, its purpose invisible.
   An argument for God is an affirmation, an acknowledgement, that there is order and purpose in an otherwise material existence, even if we, in our present state, are ignorant to its underlying purpose.

By James R. Watkins

Well respected Urantia Book speaker David Kantor posed an interesting question at a symposium on the subject of Christianity and The Urantia Book. He said, “there are two paths: the Urantia Book could develop its own “religion,” or the Urantia Book teachings could become a part of Christianity.

In the first scenario, the growth of the UB would be hampered, slowing down the eventual embracing of the book by perhaps hundreds of years, whereas, if the Church began to adopt and integrate the Urantia Book teachings in mainstream, awareness and adoption would yield real results much faster.

It’s an interesting question, and one which deserves some consideration.

How might the teachings of the Urantia Book grow if it became an offshoot, a religion on its own path, of Christian thought? (since so much of its teachings correlate with Christian principles).

Or, conversely, what if the Christian Church announced todaythat it “sanctioned” the Urantia Book as a revelation of new truth, and was adopted as a relevant adjunct to The New Testament, a continuation, as it were, of newly revealed spiritual truth to mankind?

History shows us two examples of what happens when a former religion merges with a newer teligion.

The Hebrew religion discarded Christsteachings, and so the followers of Jesus went thier own way, forming the Christian Church. Christianity borrows from the Jewish religion, but it carries forth the newer revelation of Jesus’ teachings. Obviously it set out on its own path, and while similar, it is clear the Jewish faith and the current Christian faith may never fully reconcile its differences, owing to Jesus.

In more recent times, the Mormon faith has become an offshoot of Christianity because it dared to introduce a new revelation that was rejected by mainline Christianity. Though both religions recognize the divinity of Jesus Christ, the history is dissimilar, and therefore has never been fully reconciled. The relationship between Mormons and fundamentalist Christians is one that can best be described as tentative, but not adversarial.

We should also remember that Christianity has absorbed many an old religion, including many pagan religions and most especially Mithraism, which was highly popular in the 2nd and 3rd Centuries.  It’s why we celebrate Christmas on December 25th.

In its infancy Christianity has shown itself to be flexible, and more than welcoming to other faiths and beliefs, But not so much in recent times.

Christians today are very guarded, very sringent of any notion that God continues to speak, especially in the form of a 2,200 page book called The Urantia Book.

I agree with Kantors’ assessment that the Urantia Book could grow much faster in awareness if mainline Christianity embraced it, but I also don’t see it happening. The power of Church authority is just too great. Already have Christians been taught that no other record can be added to the Bible. The Bible is a finished document, and any one who dares to look at some new book as a “revelation,” is obviously committing heresy, at least in the mainstream.

In the end, the Urantia Book will embark on its own path, and it’s followers will be attracted to it because in part, of the stringent regulations imposed by the Christian Church which has driven people away from its more crystallized truth-presentation of eternal reality. People need a religion which comprises an integration of science, spirituality and philosophy consistant with our intellectual and scientific growth, all three of which are perfectly blended in the Urantia Book.

It’s not that the Christian church needs to embrace the Urantia Book, it’s whether people who believe in the Bible as the only “word of God,” will eventually be standing in a room by themselves in the ages to come, as more people seek for advanced truth. This fact alone will determine the further growth and acceptance of The Urantia Book – with or without the help of Christians.

I invite you to view the full video of David Kantors’ excellent presentation, click below.

Where are the Modern Day Prophets?

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by James R. Watkins

Most, if not all, of our contemporary leaders are political or social-justice warriors serving an ideology rooted in mortal gain. But where are our spiritual prophets? What of those generational personalities who arrive on the scene from time to time to inspire us to seek for spiritual gain?

Every generation, stretching back in time, has benefitted from its spiritual leaders. From Elijah to Abraham, from Samuel to Moses, on down to China’s Confucius and Tibet’s Gautama Siddhartha, who later became known as The Buddha, even Jesus and moving forward through time to the later appearances of Martin Luther and John Calvin in the West, to Mohammed and later, Gandhi in the Middle and Far East, these spiritual ‘prophets’ brought us a new revelation of God and what it means to be a faith son of the Almighty. 

Conspicuously, and but with the exception of some Christian evangelists like Billy Graham, possibly Joyce Meyer or Joel Olsteen, there is nowhere to be found a truly galvanizing spiritual leader who inspires us to seek for spiritual gains, instead of material ones; someone who can literally change the course of history, as so many have done before.

People are spiritually hungry, and while the embracing of traditional religious teachings appear to be on the decline, people, now more than ever, are devoid of spiritual direction, as if we don’t even want one.

But being a spiritual prophet is more than someone saying just the right words, it is also about having a persuasive personality, someone who can be trusted, someone who is infectious in their teachings, someone who can “win the crowd.”  

Is the 21st Century no longer capable of producing such stalwartl candidates? Is there no one alive today who can speak for God in such a way as to inspire the masses towards positive social and spiritual change en masse?

Even the Pope, loved by millions, has succumbed to putting the Church’s emphasis on repairing social ills, not necessarily spiritual ones. While these efforts are noble and praiseworthy, I have yet to hear or read anything from the pontiff (or the Catholic Church) that has filled me with spiritual hope, or has inspired me to want to ‘labor for the kingdom.’

Perhaps God has put a pause button on sending any new prophets, at least until mankind can decide if it wants one. Perhaps it is premature to judge too harshly on the seemingly vacuous times we live in when such spiritual prophets might be absent from humanity, after all, we are only 18 years into the new millennium.

Perhaps there will be a Jesus renaissance, or maybe the next prophet will carry further the message of Jesus, promoting a true spiritual kinship among the children of a loving Father. It was this message in ancient times that gave so much hope to so many who were lost in a myriad of pagan rituals, mystery cults and secular pessimism (sound familiar?).  Where today is that message that can unite, rather than divide?

Being Offended by God

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This is just too important not to comment.Two stories crossed my desk this week, both having to do with large organizations that serve in the public interest being told to remove any vestiges of religious symbols that might “offend” other people who may not share the same religious views, or any at all

Last week the Metro, the Washington DC subway service, wouldn’t allow an advertiser, a religious organization, to post faith-based billboards for the holidays using the term “spiritual,” and just this week the French Red Cross asked its local chapters to remove its symbol, the red cross, from its buildings, so as to “not distinguish between race or religious belief.”

We’ve heard the story before from major retail giants like Target, who in previous years, instructed its employees to not say “Merry Christmas,” but to use the more secular salutation “happy holidays.”

I am completely baffled by why people are offended by intonations or symbols of any religion, but Christianity seems to be the punching bag of choice in recent memory.

Oftentimes it is not someone who actually gets offended, mind you, but because the judgement of decision makers who worry that someone could be offended if they feel excluded by seeing a cross or hearing a Christian phrase.

How would it be if the government of Iraq or Egypt banned its citizens from using the term ‘God is great,’ a common Islamic salutation, because nearby non-believers would be offended? Why then does this happen in the land of the free and home of the brave?

Putting it terms more Americans might better understand, it would be like a Vegetarian going to a mall where food is served and being offended by the fact that everything has meat in it. I suppose someone could make the argument that a Vegan should at least have some options when food is served at a public place, but what if the only option was to offer no food to anyone for fear of offending someone who didn’t like the food being served?

Dissecting this further, what gives the right for someone who has chosen a life without religion (or meat) to impose his/her personal sensitivities upon others who have made different life-choices?

The answer is nothing. People who do not believe in God, or Jesus, or Allah have every right to make that choice, but to the exclusion of preventing others from expressing openly the choice they have made only serves one purpose: To shut down anything and everything that could be seen as offensive.

Since being offended is a subjective reaction, wouldn’t it be better to find out why a person is offended in the first place? Why does the expression of religious faith offend?

Every person reading this who is offended by religious expression should ask themselves this very important question. Is it because you were raised to believe religion is bad? Is it because our educational system has ignored teaching about the great contribution religion has made to mankind, or is it because mainstream media has removed religion from movies, art, music and pop culture, minimizing the positive and life-saving aspects of religion?

I find appeasing self-centered individuals who lack faith somewhat offensive, but the better approach is for everyone to be able to show their true colors, and in this way, people can have real conversations about our differences in order to learn from them. 

In life there are just going to be times where a kid brings gum to school and not everyone gets a piece.

Besides, do you really want to live in a world where all human beings deny the existence of spiritual truths or religious feelings?

What kind of world would that be?

Well, just look around you.

Mind: The Ultimate Mystery

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by JR Watkins

Common sense tells us the mind is the product of the body. Ask any person and they will tell you the body came first, then the mind. Makes sense, right?

Asking it another way: Did the physical universe come first and then mind evolved over time resulting in the eventual appearance of humans with large enough brains to put those minds to work? Does that make sense?

Did physical matter produce minded beings?

Most scientists would answer in the affirmative, that what we consider “mind” is nothing more than a natural outgrowth of physical evolution. We can, through all kinds of science, show that man evolved and as his mind grew larger and his central nervous became more complex (for a variety of reasons such as better nutrition intake and having an opposable thumb), his thinking improved and also became more complex. I can agree with this observation, it makes sense.

We might even logically deduce this process taking place on any world where the right combinations of complex organic compounds could produce complex life forms that also have intelligent mind function.  We can then take the next step in deducing that intelligent life is likely to exist not just on our world, but on many other worlds in a vast and almost infinite universe. One day we may even meet or have contact with other intelligent life and it will be an incredible experience, especially if we have shared commonalities of personality.

To conceive that minded beings operate throughout the universe is, at least to me, an exciting proposition. If true, this will prove that MIND is part of the organic makeup of all of the hydrogen and carbon that makes up universal space. Its a pleasant notion to believe the universe at large is capable of producing minded beings who get better at being minded beings.

But now I want to propose another theory, one in which postulates that MIND comes before matter, a pre-requisite of matter, and that the whole reason Matter (the physical universe) is organized as it is for us to interpret and make sense of it, is because a Mind planned it. Some call it the Universal Mind, some call it God.

If God is real and is the master planner then the second hypothesis must be true, which is to say Mind, even a Supreme Mind, was a prerequisite to life in the subjective sense; that our minds on earth were actually planned to occur and the evolutionary plan of animal ascension (higher mind activity) was purposely put in motion; it was intended that earth would eventually produce higher-functioning animals who could reason, seek truth, attain wisdom, and yes, worship the very mind that set all of this in motion.

If one takes the position that Mind is merely the natural outworking of physical matter eventuating into highly complex brain activity that can actually communicate with other highly complex brains, then you still have to explain how Mind (a non-material form of energy) can arise from non-personal carbon and hydrogen material.

To put it simply, mind operates independent of matter even though mind needs matter – a physical arena – in which to function. But Matter doesn’t need mind, necessarily, so why would it produce an entity that works independent of it?

The only plausible answer is that Mind produced Matter, not the other way around, as we are prone to believe.

Where do you think Mind comes from, was it pre- or post-matter and energy.

What do you think?