Your response to my email is thought provoking. However the very thing i was trying to avoid ie.new age philosophies, hinduism/buddhism etc. seems to be a large unspoken part of your response. I am by no means an expert on anything. I am "tired " of reading non essential literature or something that does not draw me towards GOD. Also it is frustrating trying to read small print on a mobile phone. I seem to recall that you mention somewhere that you did attend church, so in light of this,Is there anything in the book you speak about that gives clear information on Heaven or Hell or the devil etc.?I must admit it is a little frightening to read or digest this The book is authored by many authors who introduce themselves as non-humans or invisible living personalities of celestial orders.
I agree on one thing what you admit frankly about getting tired of reading non-essential literature. Yes, many people, especially the pseudo elitist intellectual class, seem to go after such philosophical literature being produced by similar kind of Gurus or spiritualistic leaders.
If you logically analyze the reasons for the existence of such literature, it is not difficult to find out that it is the quest for fame and publicity and the motives for many other such returns that people resort to such things. Ofcourse there could be some exceptions here and there.
In otherwords, God in our current society has been degraded as a saleable commodity. It is the people who define God who is otherwise undefinable on account of His infinite and incomprehensible nature and attributes. With our limited comprehensive capacities, it is quite possible that we make gross errors in understanding this infinite entity.
If you are color blind, would it be possible for you to know about colors by reading an essay on the subject ?
All philosophical, religious or scientific literature that we have today are humanly authored. Ofcourse, some of them might be inspired by inputs from the invisible realms. That means that what information we have today are essentially a mixture of truths mixed with untruths , errors and imaginations.
But if human race is progressing on an evolutionary path, then this is nothing serious. It is bound to happen.
Now coming to the Urantia Book.
You said it is frightening to read or digest this book reportedly written by non-humans from the invisible realms.
In fact, this book is exactly doing that. It is trying to explain to us about those things which are real but are not so convincing to us. It also explains why the book was given to human beings of earth for the first time in human history in this manner.
Authors of the book explains that the book is given to human kind at a juncture when atleast a few of the humans are capable of understanding the book. The manuscript of the book was given during the 1920's and it got published in 1955. This period was the time when some people in the scientific community were advancing towards scientific knowledge and discoveries hitherto never happened in the history of mankind. The authors of the book discuss such discoveries and even explains certain aspects yet to be discovered and even instigate humans to direct their energies to find the answers to such problems themselves.
The book explains the structure and governance of the universe as being conducted by God and His real super human administrative organization to the extent it is appreciable to humans (at least to some of the higher intellectual types)
It is not necessary that we know all the details of the vast and complex administrative or creative set up of the universes. But it thrills those who are of the inquisitive types.
The book also explains God's purpose. As the book's purpose is to remove the errors that have crept in the minds of human beings, it has many re-statements which contradicts the present religions and beliefs. But I find those explanations very much satisfactory to my mind. But it may not be so for the majority people of this world for the time being. Unless they gain the mind capacity to analyze and accept certain aspects for which they are biased at present, it cannot happen.
The book's purpose is not to open up another religion. Its purpose is to provide guidance to those willing humans belonging to any class or religion the necessary inputs to live their lives according to the will of god and be eligible to progress to higher realms of life even after their deaths.
Its purpose is not to give some pleasing anwers to life's questions when such pleasantries are not existing or are not factual.
The Jesus story is retold because the God's administration felt that it is the appropriate time to reveal it truthfully to humans. Jesus is in fact the merciful and loving creator son of God who is the creator and sovereign of our part of the universe. The authors tell us that what the Christians of today are doing is following a 'religion about Jesus' and not the 'religion (or teachings) of Jesus'. I am fully convinced of this after reading this.
But God operates through universal laws made by him. He had also created perfect and imperfect beings both having free will minds. The perfect beings, though with free will, are not likely to take decisions against God's laws. But for imperfect beings, in the process of experiential perfection, such a thing can happen. Human beings and many lower order celestial beings are imperfect and are expected to progress towards perfection through their own free will choices.
For those following the universal laws of God, the reward is an everlasting life full of adventure and scope for advancements.
Those who consistently and willfully do not obey those laws, the end result is deprivation of such a life, again on the basis of the same laws.
But there is a possibility of Hell like situation for those who are of the immortal kinds who keep breaking the laws of God. As I understand from the book, it is not some thing of an everlasting fire and torture. But it could be a deprivation of their further advancements and progress and possible detention in some place, just say a situation similar to our prison life for a life convict.
The advancing life opportunity that those obeying the laws of God gets is the progressive life adventure other than in our world of origin. And that is the heavenly life. But the heavenly life is not limited to one place. It is innumerable extending to say millions of years until we transform ourselves in capacity and ability to be in the presence of God. The book assures that at some distant future such human beings of earth would definitely 'see' God.
A mortal being such as the human being of earth has the potential to be in the presence of God as a perfected being who attains the status by experientially evolving. Such a perfected and experiential being would then be assigned the task of some adminstrative work in the trillions of worlds in the outer universes which are currently in the process of creation.
Unfortunately there are only very few people who have the capacity to understand the book and get enthused and attracted towards reading it, in this current age. The authors of the book tell that it might take many ages for a good majority of people to come to that level. So those few like me who are readers of this fabulous book are already forewarned not to be highly enthusiastic about preaching the content of this book to those who do not have the capacity to understand.
Serious readers of the Urantia Book really believes in one of the statements that the book highlights for our guidance : ' Give advice only when it is asked for'.
I have written this much since you had shown the inclination to know more.
As this may find useful to a few of the internet browsing community, I presume your permission to publish the content of this e-mail (with minor editions) as another blog of mine in blogspot.
I hope this would give further inputs to instigate your thoughts and actions in the right direction.
You may feel free to ask me any thing in this context.
In the near future, I hope that you would be sufficiently elevated in mind to explore the Urantia Book and digest its revelatory knowledge.
Your brother from India.