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Originally posted by MrDesolate
Originally posted by UB2120
I do understand that our society has been programmed to only accept things from authority, that only they know the truth and it is hard to break from that.
Well I certainly hope so.
If there's any way to determine truth or accuracy other than one of those 3 ways, I have yet to see it.
If I didn't experience it, and I can't reason my way to it, then the only other way I have to determine veracity is by trusting the authority of the originator of the material.
Now we all self determine what we'll consider to be "authority", and that's frequently a moving target. We'll change our position on that over the course of our lives, if we're paying attention. And of course, the "authority" for any particular situation may be different depending upon the topic and the importance we personally assign to it.
In this case, it isn't my experience, and I personally can't get there by reason. The authority is anonymous and apparently a channeler. Now that doesn't invalidate the value of the material, but it certainly affects the weight I can assign to it.
Originally posted by wildtimes
reply to post by thedoctorswife
I read it about 30 years ago...fascinating.
I would suggest you check out their website for some intro and guidance. www.urantia.org...
This book changed my spiritual understanding profoundly... And I have often thought of re-reading it. I hope you find it inspiring.
Comparison to ChristianityOf all current major world religions, The Urantia Book's teachings are most similar to those of Christianity. However, there are numerous and significant differences between it and commonly accepted Christian beliefs.
Jesus is held in high regard by The Urantia Book, as he is in the New Testament of the Bible. More than one third of the content of the book (Part IV) is devoted to a narrative about him. Part IV is said to be a restatement of his life and teachings based on a gathering of "superior concepts" from over two thousand individuals who have lived since his times, as well as from "superhuman" and "superplanetary sources of information".
The following are attributed to Jesus in the Urantia Book:
He was both human and divine, one of many Creator Sons of God who became incarnate.
Jesus was born to Mary and Joseph by natural means.
He lived a perfect life.
He performed many of the miracles described in the Bible, such as the resurrection of Lazarus, the turning of water into wine, the feeding of the five thousand, and numerous healings of the blind, diseased, and infirm.
He taught twelve apostles, most of whom went on to spread his teachings.
He was crucified, and on the third day after his death, rose from the dead.
He will return to the world again, many times.
Some differences with Christianity include:
Jesus' crucifixion is not considered an atonement for the sins of humanity. The crucifixion is taught to be an outcome of the fears of religious leaders of the day, who regarded his teachings as a threat to their positions of authority.
Jesus is the human incarnation of "Michael of Nebadon", one of more than 700,000 "Paradise Sons" of God, or "Creator Sons". Jesus is not considered the second person of the Trinity as he is in Christianity. The book refers to the Eternal Son as the second person of the Trinity.
Jesus was born on earth through natural means of conception instead of a virgin birth.
Jesus did not walk on water or perform some of the miracles that are attributed to him in the Bible.
Jesus commissioned twelve women (and later more) as religious teachers, who traveled about with him and his apostles on their preaching missions.
The book states that Jesus may return to the world many times. This contrasts with traditional Christian eschatology, in which Jesus returns only once.