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Originally posted by sillinous
I have certainly heard of Urantia. I haven't read very much of it yet, but it interests me quite a bit. If you have anymore insight or thoughts on it, you should share them.
It appears that after some initial interest in the late 1950s by the CIA's mind-control program, MKULTRA, that the National Security Agency (NSA) or someone operating in its behalf infiltrated the primary official URANTIA® organizations. They used "artificial telepathy" to make a beloved leader believe he was in contact with supernal beings and brought about his fall from grace. Another leader (now near-universally acknowledged within the movement to be the causative factor in the split-up, and since forcibly removed from his position of leadership) used this event, possibly at the instigation of "artificial telepathy", as a pretext to seize control of a primary organization and instigate policies which had a disastrous effect upon the movement, splitting it into two warring camps, as it were.
Meanwhile a channeling cult was being prepared to infect legitimate URANTIA Book study groups and turn them at least in part from direct study to the passive absorption of lessons on Urantia Book topics transmitted by "artificial telepathy" through channelers. This cult -- preying on The URANTIA Book study groups, converting some members and driving away others -- found its strongest support in a retired Marine Corps General who had become an official of one of the primary organizations, the one with the most influence on the study groups. This General had operational ties to the CIA.
The motives of the NSA appear to stem from legitimate, if wrongheaded, national security concerns, however its operation in the Urantia movement is in violation of the U.S. Constitution and of human rights in general. It is an unwarrented imposition of government into religion, and an ultimate invasion of the privacy of targeted individuals. It should be both uncovered and stopped, not necessarily in that order. Scientific testing is available and is needed to differentiate the true from the false wherever such phenomena manifest. Those who knowingly participate in this scam and further its unconstitutional aims -- regardless of motives and/or "orders" -- are criminals who should be brought to justice.
CONSPIRACY IN THE URANTIA MOVEMENT:
The purpose of the CIA's MKULTRA was to research and develop methods of covert control of unwitting people for exploitation by government defense and intelligence agencies. Drugs, hypnosis, electronics, and psychology (including parapsychology and the occult) were their basic research areas. Like any good scientists they thoroughly reviewed the historical documentation which related to their areas of interest. They farmed out experimental projects to a list of prestigious universities and to government agencies such as the National Institute of Health and the National Institute of Mental Health (these also funded their university contract work with grants).
The chief officers, MKULTRA Director Dr. Sidney Gottlieb, and his superior, Richard Helms, when their pernicious activities came to light, burned all the records (fortunately overlooking boxes of financial records that had been stored separately). They did what they could -- which was considerable -- to keep the general public and responsible government authorities from knowing what they were up to, as well as the precise reasons for it. Some things are generally understood, however. Gottlieb, Helms, and other knowledgeable officials were required to testify before Congress, many of them have been interviewed by writers, and some of the science which their researchers originated has been replicated outside of their curtain of secrecy. So there is information from fairly reliable sources. The waters, however, have been muddied by purposeful disinformation as well as by conspiracy theory fanaticism and paranoia. It is not always possible to know where to draw the line.
Although government mind-control projects were in operation as early as the 1940's (during which along with other things the Russian, drug-brainwash "show trials" were studied), MKULTRA, which both grew out of them and absorbed some of them, began operating about the time that the North Koreans were brainwashing POWs with a little help from their Chinese friends (1950s). And the Chinese techniques motivated them to do a little reverse engineering, that is, the Americans copied the Chinese methods. But they did not limit themselves to just that.
The records show that shortly before The URANTIA Book was published, the CIA began an extensive search for, and development of exceptionally-gifted persons exhibiting perfect esp performance (1952), and the following year MKULTRA planted at least one “very specialized observer” at seances, seeking a “broad surveillance of all individuals attending meetings”. In studying the literature they would have undoubtedly encountered Dr. Sadler, who might be characterized as the "midwife" of The URANTIA Book had previously published writings debunking spiritualism. From them MKULTRA's analysts would have learned about the "contact personality" and might have been very interested.
In 1958 MKULTRA '___' supplier and running dog, Al Hubbard contacted Urantia movement inner circle habitué, Meredith Sprunger, for information about The URANTIA Book and the Urantia movement. Sprunger, however, does not remembers the outcome if any. He was, however, impressed with Hubbard's credentials and associates, among whom were some of the elite of the psychedelic drug fraternity. (see letter at, urantiabook.org...)
Originally posted by dAlen
In Sephardic Kabbalaistic Judaism it is taught that the teachings of Genesis is not a literal story of what happened.
Originally posted by Anonymous ATS
The UB rejects (in part) The book of Revelations, as an adulterated version of the original prophecy: it kinda makes sense doesen`t it? Why would God let the child of Lucifer reach world domination. Revelation has only lead to paranoia and anxiety among Christians.
originally posted by: Plotus
Well Here I go on my quest for truth....
originally posted by: Utnapisjtim
People treat the Urantia book as if it was ancient, it's not, it's from the nineties as far as I know.