Our mission here on this planet is to strive to become Godlike, but the leap from mortal kind like us to God is unimaginably huge, as the authors of The Urantia Book never tire of reminding us ! We are told that the most useful thing any of us could do here on Urantia is to study the life of Jesus. Christ Michael, in his bestowal mission here, was and is the ultimate role model for all of us ascenders.
He named himself the Son of Man, and the Son of God.
The Universe is teeming with Sons of God, starting with the Eternal Son, then all the descending Sons, the Paradise Sons of God–Creator Sons, Magisterial Sons, and Trinity Teacher Sons; then the Local Universe Sons of God–Melchizedek Sons, Vorondadek Sons, Lanonandek Sons, and the Life Carriers; and numerous, unrevealed orders of Trinitized Sons. Then we have the ascending Sons– Father-fused, Son-fused and Spirit-fused mortals, evolutionary seraphim, ascending Material Sons, Translated Midwayers, personalized Adjusters.
A reader could easily come to the conclusion, then, that to be Godlike means to become a Son of God,–but for those of us who find it difficult to see ourselves as sons, this poses a certain difficulty.
Given this year’s events in Baghdad, the barbarity and butchering in Burundi, the pollution, disease and confusion that continue to spread across our bright blue-green gem of a world, every human living on this world, and aware of its precarious state, would whole-heartedly agree that this is no way to run a planet.
But we readers of The Urantia Book have come to believe in a well-designed, well-managed universe. We assume with confidence that the Paradise Deities make no mistakes. We have great faith in the ability of our own Michael of Nebadon to run his local universe successfully. The presence of Trinity Observers on Salvington and the Constellation capitals is our guarantee that our problems do not stem from there.
So it is out here on the worlds of space, where the lowest of the descending Sons come face to face with the ascending children of time, in the ranks of the Lanonandek rulers of the inhabited worlds, that we find the origin and source of our woes. Those crucial decisions that doomed Urantia to its difficult path were all triggered by Lanonandek Sons. From the bottom of page 392:
Since Lanonandeks are a somewhat lower order of sonship than the Melchizedeks and the Voroncladeks, they are of even greater service in the subordinate units of the universe, for they are capable of drawing nearer the lower creatures of the intelligent races. They also stand in greater danger of going astray, of departing from the acceptable technique of universe government, But these Lanonandeks, especially the primary order; are the most able and versatile of all local universe administrators. In executive ability they are excelled only by Gabriel and his unrevealed associates. [Paper 35:8.9, page 392.9]
How did it all start? How did our corner of the universe become the home of our Earth – Urantia.
What needed to unfold for Urantia to become an inhabitable and live sustaining world. are we all alone – or if not – who is looking out for us???
Questions not only young people ask but everyone that happens to think about those deeper reasons and meanings of our existence.
Andrew wanted to explain to his children what and how The Urantia Book reveals to us the origin of our own home-world and the length of time it took to get us to where we are now.
He managed to put together a very comprehensive and easy to digest color coded Timeline.
The big picture
This work is dealing with business concepts that can be used by any organization or commercial enterprise as a guide for the best possible practices based on the highest human values.
Any enterprise which applies the principles and concepts described in The Urantia Book, is one based on ethics, honesty, the Golden Rule, and fairness, all motivated by the will of God.
If we know God, our real business on earth is so to live as to permit the Father to reveal himself in our lives …[Paper 132:7.2, page 1466.2]
Dear friends and students of The Urantia Book,
I hope and pray that you are all keeping well and in good spirits. We find ourselves in momentous times! We are constantly confronted with news about the COVID-19 pandemic that has swept our globe in the space of a month or two. We are alarmed at the rapid rate of infection and the rising death toll, particularly among our brothers and sisters in countries like the United States, Italy, Spain, the UK, and China. We are reminded of our fragility and our innate vulnerability as mere mortals on this planet. Disturbing images may raise questions in our minds concerning our personal preparedness for death. We don’t know the day nor the hour of our deaths. Indeed, we often take our health for granted. Notwithstanding The Urantia Book’s amazingly positive description of life beyond our existence here on Urantia, we may still harbour a fear of death and/or dying.
Due to the global Covid-19 crisis we regret to say that the New Zealand conference hosts have decided to cancel the physical ANZURA conference that was scheduled for October this year in Auckland, New Zealand. However, they have arranged with the venue to hold our non-refundable deposit, already paid, until 2022, which effectively postpones the physical New Zealand conference for another two years.
Meanwhile, the New Zealand conference committee will be meeting online to discuss the idea of holding an Australasian virtual ANZURA Conference in October 2020, running it along the lines of the online “Urantiathons” held recently by Urantia Association International. Presentations could be scheduled hourly with occasional breaks for discussion groups.
Stay tuned for more information…
The era of virtual study groups and conferences is upon us! With the entire world in lockdown due to the Covid-19 Coronavirus, unexpected opportunities have been arising in the Urantia Book reader communities. Readers are discovering how easy it is to meet with other readers from all over the world from the comfort of their own homes! Thanks to conference calling programs such as Zoom, study groups and conferences are happening with very little organisation at virtually no cost.
At the 2019 Canberra Urantia Conference, I facilitated a workshop titled Spirit in Society – Overcoming Resistance, where the intention was to look at some common atheistic objections (in the form of questions), and see what we could come up with in terms of what The Urantia Book teaches on these problems and what we could potentially say when facing such objections.
The attendees were divided into three groups, and each group attempted to answer one of the common objections, given 30 minutes to do so. Afterwards, the group leaders were given an opportunity to report back to everybody. I’ll now attempt to summarize the group answers produced during the workshop:
Faith most willingly carries reason along as far as reason can go and then goes on with wisdom to the full philosophic limit; and then it dares to launch out upon the limitless and never-ending universe journey in the sole company of TRUTH. [Paper 103:9.7, page 1141.5]
“Reason” has helped scientists to write some compelling tales about the history of the universe: inflationary Big Bangs, colliding branes, a multiverse. Problem is, each of these histories involve assumptions that lie beyond our capacity to disprove. These stories do however all share one feature: an attempt to replace faith with facts in their assumptions.
This being the topic of the moment, I decided to put together some Urantia Book quotes to see what was said, about health, disease, what happened in the past, how this reflects on what is happening today, and what can be expected in the future. I have put them into four different categories:
- The celestial help available now
- How ancient man dealt with disease
- The influence (or lack of) of Adam and Eve on our health
- The future; what we can expect when we’re more advanced evolutionally, spiritually and scientifically.