The BIG Questions
The Purpose of Life
32:5.7 "There is in the mind of God a plan which embraces every creature of all his vast domains, and this plan is an eternal purpose of boundless opportunity, unlimited progress, and endless life. And the infinite treasures of such a matchless career are yours for the striving! More...
14:5.10 Love of adventure, curiosity, and dread of monotony — these traits inherent in evolving human nature — were not put there just to aggravate and annoy you during your short sojourn on earth, but rather to suggest to you that death is only the beginning of an endless career of adventure, an everlasting life of anticipation, an eternal voyage of discovery." More...
28:6.18 "The universal economy is based on intake and output; throughout the eternal career you will never encounter monotony of inaction or stagnation of personality. Progress is made possible by inherent motion, advancement grows out of the divine capacity for action, and achievement is the child of imaginative adventure. But inherent in this capacity for achievement is the responsibility of ethics, the necessity for recognizing that the world and the universe are filled with a multitude of differing types of beings. All of this magnificent creation, including yourself, was not made just for you. This is not an egocentric universe. The Gods have decreed, “It is more blessed to give than to receive,” and said your Master Son, “He who would be greatest among you let him be server of all”." More...
34:6.11 "The Spirit never drives, only leads. If you are a willing learner, if you want to attain spirit levels and reach divine heights, if you sincerely desire to reach the eternal goal, then the divine Spirit will gently and lovingly lead you along the pathway of sonship and spiritual progress. Every step you take must be one of willingness, intelligent and cheerful co-operation. The domination of the Spirit is never tainted with coercion nor compromised by compulsion." More...
30:4.18 "4. Morontia Progressors. From the mansion worlds on up through the spheres of the system, constellation, and the universe, mortals are classed as morontia progressors; they are traversing the transition spheres of mortal ascension. As the ascending mortals progress from the lower to the higher of the morontia worlds, they serve on countless assignments in association with their teachers and in company with their more advanced and senior brethren. 5:1.4 The mortals of the realms of time and space may differ greatly in innate abilities and intellectual endowment, they may enjoy environments exceptionally favorable to social advancement and moral progress, or they may suffer from the lack of almost every human aid to culture and supposed advancement in the arts of civilization; but the possibilities for spiritual progress in the ascension career are equal to all; increasing levels of spiritual insight and cosmic meanings are attained quite independently of all such sociomoral differentials of the diversified material environments on the evolutionary worlds." More...
5:1.4 "The mortals of the realms of time and space may differ greatly in innate abilities and intellectual endowment, they may enjoy environments exceptionally favorable to social advancement and moral progress, or they may suffer from the lack of almost every human aid to culture and supposed advancement in the arts of civilization; but the possibilities for spiritual progress in the ascension career are equal to all; increasing levels of spiritual insight and cosmic meanings are attained quite independently of all such sociomoral differentials of the diversified material environments on the evolutionary worlds." More...
103:5.7 "The pursuit of the ideal — the striving to be Godlike — is a continuous effort before death and after. The life after death is no different in the essentials than the mortal existence. Everything we do in this life which is good contributes directly to the enhancement of the future life. Real religion does not foster moral indolence and spiritual laziness by encouraging the vain hope of having all the virtues of a noble character bestowed upon one as a result of passing through the portals of natural death. True religion does not belittle man’s efforts to progress during the mortal lease on life. Every mortal gain is a direct contribution to the enrichment of the first stages of the immortal survival experience." More... [TOP ]
Is the love of truth and the willingness to go wherever it leads, desirable? If so, that is why we must begin our existence in a world where error is present and always possible so that we can learn to distinguish between truth and error.Truth is relative and expanding; it always lives in the present, achieving new expression in each generation — even in each human life. Factualized truth, fossilized truth, the iron band of so-called unchanging truth, holds people blindly in a closed circle of cold fact. One can be technically right as to fact and completely wrong in the truth.
Physical facts are fairly uniform, but truth is a living and flexible factor in the universe. People are only partially wise and relatively true in their understandings. They can be certain only as far as their personal experience extends. You cannot perceive spiritual truth until you experience it.
Material science is indispensable to the intelligent discussion of the material aspects of the universe, but such knowledge is not necessarily a part of the higher realization of truth or of the personal appreciation of spiritual realities. Not only in the realms of life but even in the world of physical energy, the sum of two or more things is very often something more than, or something different from, the predictable additive consequences of such unions. The entire science of mathematics, the whole domain of philosophy, the highest physics or chemistry, could not predict that the union of two gaseous hydrogen atoms with one gaseous oxygen atom would result in a new and qualitatively different substance — liquid water. The knowledge of this one phenomenon should have prevented the development of a purely materialistic philosophy and mechanistic cosmology.
Concerning the accumulated writings which various religionists hold as sacred books, it is often not only believed that what is in the book is true, but also that every truth is contained in the book. If one of these sacred books happens to speak of the earth as being flat, then, for long generations, otherwise sane men and women will refuse to accept positive evidence that the planet is round. [TOP ]
When the mortal intellect attempts to grasp the concept of the totality of reality, such a finite mind is face to face with infinity. Reality totality is infinity and therefore can never be fully comprehended by any mind that is less then infinite.
To the finite mind there simply must be a beginning, and though there never was a real beginning to reality, still there are certain source relationships. The prereality eternity situation may be thought of something like this: At some infinitely distant, hypothetical, past-eternity moment, the I AM may be conceived of as both thing and no thing, as both cause and effect, as both will and response. At this hypothetical eternity moment there is no differentiation throughout all infinity. Infinity is filled by the Infinite; the Infinite encompasses infinity. This is the hypothetical static moment of eternity; actuals are still contained within their potentials, and potentials have not yet appeared within the infinity of the I AM. But even in this conjectured situation we must assume the existence of the possibility that the I AM has self-will.
The realms of the finite exist by virtue of the eternal purpose of the I AM becoming Creator. Finite creatures, high and low, may propound theories, and have done so, as to the necessity of the finite, but in the last analysis it exists because the Creator so willed it. The universe cannot be explained, neither can a finite creature offer a rational reason for her or his own individual existence without appealing to the prior acts and pre-existent will of the Creator.
The human mind, as it seeks to penetrate the mystery of the origin and destiny of all that is called real, may approach the problem by conceiving eternity/infinity as an almost limitless ellipse which is produced by one absolute cause, and which functions throughout this universal circle of endless diversification, ever seeking some absolute and infinite potential of destiny.
The Creator has not withdrawn from the management of the universes. If the Creator should retire as the present upholder of all creation, there would immediately occur a universal collapse. Except for the Creator, there would be no such thing as reality. At this very moment, as during the remote ages of the past and in the eternal future, the Creator continues to uphold everything. The universe is not wound up like a clock to run just so long and then cease to function; all things are constantly being renewed. The Creator unceasingly pours forth energy, light, and life.
The universe of universes, with its innumerable host of inhabiting personalities, is a vast and complex organism, but the Creator is infinitely more complex than the totality of universes and personalities. When you stand in awe of the magnitude of the universe, pause to consider that even this inconceivable creation can be no more than a partial revelation of the Infinite. [TOP ]
Death and Survival
Every mortal human being has a spirit nucleus. The mind is a system existing around that spirit nucleus and functioning in a material environment. Such a relationship of mind and spirit gives us the potential for eternal personality. Real trouble, lasting disappointment, serious defeat, or inescapable death can come only if we lose sight of the governing power of the central spirit nucleus.
There is something real, something of human evolution, which survives death. This newly appearing entity is the soul, and it survives the death of both your physical body and your material mind. This entity is the child of the human You in liaison with the divine You. This child of human and divine parentage is the surviving element of mortal origin; it is the immortal soul.
When mortal mind is subservient to matter it is destined to become increasingly material and consequently to suffer eventual personality death. Mind yielded to spirit is destined to become increasingly spiritual and in this way to attain survival and eternity of personality existence.
At death the identity associated with the human personality is temporarily suspended. The stoppage of life destroys the physical brain patterns of the mind and terminates mortal consciousness. The consciousness of that creature cannot reappear until a situation has been arranged which will permit the same human personality to function again in relationship with a new form of living energy.
Death adds nothing to the intellectual possession or to the spiritual endowment, but it does add the consciousness of survival to one’s experience.
Most human beings die because, having failed to achieve the spirit level, death is the only possible way in which they may escape the limitations of time and matter. Having survived the trial life of time and material existence, it becomes possible for you to continue on for eternity.
Love of adventure, curiosity, and dread of monotony — these traits inherent in evolving human nature — were not put there just to aggravate and annoy you during your short time on earth, but rather to suggest to you that death is only the beginning of an endless career of adventure, an everlasting life of anticipation, an eternal voyage of discovery. [TOP ]
Creation and Evolution
The actual early stages of life evolution are not entirely consistent with your present-day views. Human life is not an evolutionary accident – it does not originate spontaneously. There is a precise system, a universal law, which determines the unfolding of the planetary life plan on the planets of space. The process of planetary evolution is orderly and controlled. The development of higher organisms from lower groupings of life is not accidental.Life appears on the inhabited planets either by direct importation or as a result of the operations of the spiritual representatives of the local universes. The spiritual representatives are entrusted with designing and carrying creature life to the planetary spheres. And after planting this life on such new worlds, they remain there for long periods of time to foster its development.
When the spiritual representatives operating on a new world have succeeded in producing a being with will, with the power of moral decision and spiritual choice, then and there their work terminates–they are through; they may manipulate the evolving life no further. From this point forward the evolution of living things must proceed in accordance with the inherent nature and tendencies which have already been established in the planetary life formulas and patterns. The spiritual representatives are not permitted to experiment or to interfere with will; they are not allowed to dominate or arbitrarily influence moral creatures.
On a planet where life has a marine origin the ideal conditions for life implantation are provided by a large number of inland seas, by an extensive shore line of shallow waters and sheltered bays. On Earth, these ancient inland seas were seldom over five or six hundred feet deep, and sunlight can penetrate ocean water for more than six hundred feet.
550,000,000 years ago the spiritual representatives of the local universe organized and initiated the original life patterns of this world and planted them in hospitable waters. All planetary life had its origin in three original, identical, and simultaneous marine-life implantations. These three life implantations have been designated as: the central or Eurasian-African, the eastern or Australasian, and the western, embracing Greenland and the Americas.
About one million years ago the immediate ancestors of humankind made their appearance from early stock of the lemur type of mammal. While these early lemurs evolved in the Western Hemisphere, the establishment of the direct ancestry of humankind took place in southwestern Asia. Several million years ago the North American type lemurs had migrated westward over the Bering land bridge and had slowly made their way southwestward along the Asiatic coast. These migrating tribes finally reached the region lying between the then expanded Mediterranean Sea and the elevating mountainous regions of the Indian peninsula. In these lands to the west of India they united with other and favorable strains, thus establishing the ancestry of the human race. [TOP ]
Every different culture of humanity has its own unique religious perspective on human existence, and these religions can never come to intellectual unification. Human unity can only be achieved through the religion of the spirit. Human minds may differ, but all humanity is indwelt by the same spirit. The hope of human unity can only be realized when the divergent religions become transformed by the unifying and ennobling religion of the spirit — the religion of personal spiritual experience.The religions of authority can only divide people and set them against each other; the religion of the spirit will progressively draw people together and cause them to become understandingly sympathetic with one another. The religions of authority require uniformity in belief, but this is impossible to realize in the present state of the world. The religion of the spirit requires only unity of experience — uniformity of destiny — making full allowance for diversity of belief. The religion of the spirit requires only uniformity of insight, not uniformity of viewpoint and outlook. The religions of authority crystallize their beliefs into lifeless creeds; the religion of the spirit grows into the increasing joy of loving service.
The philosophic elimination of religious fear and the steady progress of science add greatly to the end of false gods and to the eventual destruction of that ignorance and superstition which so long obscured the living Creator of eternal love. The relation between the creature and the Creator is a living experience, a dynamic religious faith, which is not subject to precise definition. To isolate part of life and call it religion is to disintegrate life and to distort religion.
Religious convictions may be arrived at through wise reasoning, but the individual becomes certain only through personal experience. [TOP ]
Why Do Bad Things Happen (to Good People)?
Thoughtful people ask: If God is all-loving and all-powerful why does he allow bad things to happen to good people? Or why is there so much hardship, pain and suffering in the world?
The Urantia Book, an epochal revelation of truth to the world dispels erroneous ideas and provides insights which may prove helpful in reconciling the co-existence of an omniscient, omnipresent and benevolent God with the presence of evil and suffering in the world. Among other things on this topic, the Urantia Book states:
1. God doesn't cause pain and suffering. Our bodies and our spirits are separate realities.
2. There is extreme confusion and chaos in this world.
3. Our early history retarded our physical development.
4. Free will is bestowed by God.
5. We acquire character through challenges and struggle.
In addition to these key points, the Urantia Book continues with the following:
6. God doesn't cause pain and suffering. Our bodies and our spirits are separate realities.
The Urantia Book describes a loving and powerful God and a celestial administration in great detail. (Paper 1) It clarifies the relationship between our physical bodies and our spirit. We're told that we may develop a personal relationship with God and that he has bestowed a guiding inner spirit that we may or may not choose to follow. But our bodies are material, having evolved from animal origins and are subject to accidents, aging, disease and pain. We may develop a deep relationship to God through spirit, but our physical bodies are subject to the natural decay of physical matter. more: [90:3.9]
7. The Lucifer Rebellion caused extreme confusion and chaos on our planet.
Many of the problems of existence on our planet can be traced to the Lucifer Rebellion. more: [67:0] Lucifer defaulted on his responsibilities by advocating total freedom for primitive peoples not ready for the sudden elimination of the cultural beliefs that maintained order and fostered progress in their societies. Among the forms of evil, the most personally destructive are betrayal of trust and disloyalty to one's friends. more: [67:1.3] Much pain and suffering, including social inequality was caused by his actions. The Urantia Book describes the temporal consequences of the serious blunders of the Lucifer Rebellion and the extreme uncertainty, insecurity, struggle and chaos on our planet which is not found on worlds that have been faithfully administered by their planetary spiritual leaders.
8. The default of Adam and Eve deprived us of healthy bodies. According to The Urantia Book Adam and Eve were not the first human beings on earth. They were super mortal beings whose mission in part was to uplift human biology through evolution as they worked for the welfare of the planet. more: [74:7.7] Their super mortal bodies were far more resistant to disease than those of their descendants. They were to have procreated with the native population to foster improved genetics in their progeny through evolution, but they did not fully complete their mission and the body cells of succeeding generations are subject to disease-producing microscopic cells owing to their failure. The true story of the Garden of Eden describes the errors in judgment of Adam and Eve and the consequences of their default to all future generations. more: 
9. Free will is bestowed by God. Because all creatures, human and superhuman are endowed with free will, there is a potential for bad or evil decisions. more:  We are free to hurt ourselves or others. “Each member of a family profits from the righteous conduct of every other member; likewise must each member suffer the immediate time-consequences of the misconduct of every other member.” more: [54:6.3] We all reap the benefits and suffer the consequences of the wrongdoing of all other members of the group.
10. We acquire character through challenges and struggle. The Urantia Book teaches that we may ascend all the way to Paradise and meet God face to face if we sincerely seek to do his will. However, if we are to acquire strong characters and grow spiritually we will face many challenges and experience uncertainty and struggle. Consider the many benefits which are a consequence of confronting life's difficulties:
- Is strength of character – desirable? Then must man be reared in an environment which necessitates grappling with hardships and reacting to disappointments.
- Is courage
Good and Evil
The creator of all reality sets the standard for goodness at an absolute level. Everything else is relative. Evil is possible because of this relativity. The creator is so positively good that there is no place at the absolute level for negative evil. Where goodness is light, evil is the shadow cast by imperfection. Evil is a partial realization of, or maladjustment to, universe realities.The revelation of the creator’s goodness is incomplete in time and space, therefore evil is necessary as an expression of this incompleteness. The fact of the partial in the presence of the complete explains the relativity of reality, creates the necessity for intellectual choosing, and establishes the value of spirit recognition and response. The incomplete and finite concept of the Infinite which is held by the limited human mind is, in and of itself, potential evil.
Evil is the immature or the disruptive and distorting influence of ignorance. The creator has endowed us with the power to choose between truth and error and has created the potential for making wrong choices. To attain perfection as an evolutionary experience implies something other-than-perfection as a point of departure, and this is the origin of potential evil.
The only world without error (the possibility of unwise judgment) would be a world without free intelligence. Free and inexperienced intelligence cannot possibly at first be uniformly wise. The possibility of mistaken judgment (evil) becomes sin only when the human will consciously endorses and knowingly embraces a deliberate immoral judgment.
Why does the creator permit evil and sin? Both are inevitable if humans are to be truly free. The human ability to choose good or evil is a universe reality. We are part of a gigantic creation, and it is not strange that everything does not work in perfection; our universe was not created in perfection. Perfection is our eternal goal, not our origin.
Goodness is living, relative, always progressing, invariably a personal experience, and everlastingly correlated with the discernment of truth and beauty.
At our level of existence, goodness will always be more of a quest than a possession, more of a goal than an experience of attainment. The presence of good and evil in the world provides the human moral will with an opportunity to identify these values and to choose between them. [TOP ]
16:8.5 “Creature personality is distinguished by two self-manifesting and characteristic phenomena of mortal reactive behavior: self-consciousness and associated relative free will.” More...
5:6.8 “Having thus provided for the growth of the immortal soul and having liberated man's inner self from the fetters of absolute dependence on antecedent causation, the Father stands aside. Now, man having thus been liberated from the fetters of causation response, at least as pertains to eternal destiny, and provision having been made for the growth of the immortal self, the soul, it remains for man himself to will the creation or to inhibit the creation of this surviving and eternal self which is his for the choosing. No other being, force, creator, or agency in all the wide universe of universes can interfere to any degree with the absolute sovereignty of the mortal free will, as it operates within the realms of choice, regarding the eternal destiny of the personality of the choosing mortal. As pertains to eternal survival, God has decreed the sovereignty of the material and mortal will, and that decree is absolute.” More...
103:5.10 “Man, in his spiritual domain, does have a free will. Mortal man is neither a helpless slave of the inflexible sovereignty of an all-powerful God nor the victim of the hopeless fatality of a mechanistic cosmic determinism. Man is most truly the architect of his own eternal destiny.” More...
118:9.2 “Mechanisms produced by higher minds function to liberate their creative sources but to some degree unvaryingly limit the action of all subordinate intelligences. To the creatures of the universes this limitation becomes apparent as the mechanism of the universes. Man does not have unfettered free will; there are limits to his range of choice, but within the radius of this choice his will is relatively sovereign.” More...
118:7.7 “Subpersonal living things indicate mind activating energy-matter, first as physical controllers, and then as adjutant mind-spirits. Personality endowment comes from the Father and imparts unique prerogatives of choice to the living system. But if personality has the prerogative of exercising volitional choice of reality identification, and if this is a true and free choice, then must evolving personality also have the possible choice of becoming self-confusing, self-disrupting, and self-destroying. The possibility of cosmic self-destruction cannot be avoided if the evolving personality is to be truly free in the exercise of finite will.” More...
3:5.15 “Throughout the universe, every unit is regarded as a part of the whole. Survival of the part is dependent on co-operation with the plan and purpose of the whole, the wholehearted desire and perfect willingness to do the Father's divine will. The only evolutionary world without error (the possibility of unwise judgment) would be a world without free intelligence. In the Havona universe there are a billion perfect worlds with their perfect inhabitants, but evolving man must be fallible if he is to be free. Free and inexperienced intelligence cannot possibly at first be uniformly wise. The possibility of mistaken judgment (evil) becomes sin only when the human will consciously endorses and knowingly embraces a deliberate immoral judgment.” More... [TOP ]
The Feminine Aspects of God
The feminine aspects of God - Goddess - are present in many religions. From the Babylonian worship of Ishtar, through the Greek worship of Hera and other female Goddesses of Olympus (and their Roman equivalents) to the Hindu worship of Shakti. See a few Urantia Book references here: 95:1.7 95:7.2 98:3.2 121:2.9 Later monotheistic religions also preserved the teachings of the female aspect of deity. The Shekhinah, a feminine concept in Jewish tradition, is held by many to represent the immanence God. Selected Urantia Book references: 7:1.1 5:5.6 117:3.12
God's wisdom in the Book of Proverbs is personified as a female, as is sometimes the Christian concept of the Holy Spirit. Selected Urantia Book references: 8:5.3 15:9.13 34:5.4 34:5.7 32:0.4 101:3.2 137:8.9
The Urantia Book, while clearly maintaining that God is neither male nor female, has numerous references to feminine aspects of deity as in “God the Mother” and “Universe Mother Spirit”. Selected Urantia Book references: 117:6.8 8:5.4 26:1.14 36:3.4 52:5.6
Evolution implies movement from a less perfected state to a greater one. The purpose of personal evolution is to achieve increasing spirit dominance of the personality. Human existence is designed to facilitate this movement by providing a suitable environment.
Consider the following:
1. Is courage desirable? Then we must live in an environment which necessitates grappling with hardships and reacting to disappointments.
2. Is altruism desirable? Then life experience must provide for encountering situations of social inequality.
3. Is hope desirable? Then human existence must constantly be confronted with insecurities and recurrent uncertainties.
4. Is faith desirable? Then the mind must find itself in that troublesome predicament where it knows less than it can believe.
5. Is the love of truth and the willingness to go wherever it leads, desirable? Then we must grow up in a world where error is present and falsehood always possible.
6. Is idealism desirable? Then we must struggle in an environment of relative goodness and beauty, surroundings that stimulate the reach for better things.
7. Is loyalty desirable? Then we must carry on amid the possibilities of betrayal and desertion. The value of devotion lies in the implied danger of default.
8. Is unselfishness desirable? Then we must live with our incessant desire for recognition and honor. We could not dynamically choose the divine life if there were no self-life to forsake. We could never lay hold on righteousness if there were no potential evil to contrast with the good.
9. Is pleasure desirable? Then we must live in a world where the alternative of pain and the likelihood of suffering are ever-present possibilities. [TOP ]
Who and What was Lucifer?
53:1.2 (601.4) "Lucifer was a magnificent being, a brilliant personality; he stood next to the Most High Fathers of the constellations in the direct line of universe authority. Notwithstanding Lucifer’s transgression, subordinate intelligences refrained from showing him disrespect and disdain prior to Michael’s bestowal on Urantia. Even the archangel of Michael, at the time of Moses’ resurrection, “did not bring against him an accusing judgment but simply said, ‘the Judge rebuke you.’” Judgment in such matters belongs to the Ancients of Days, the rulers of the superuniverse." More...
53:1.3 (601.5) "Lucifer is now the fallen and deposed Sovereign of Satania. Self-contemplation is most disastrous, even to the exalted personalities of the celestial world. Of Lucifer it was said: “Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom because of your brightness.” Your olden prophet saw his sad estate when he wrote: “How are you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How are you cast down, you who dared to confuse the worlds!”" More...
53:1.4 (602.1) "Very little was heard of Lucifer on Urantia owing to the fact that he assigned his first lieutenant, Satan, to advocate his cause on your planet. Satan was a member of the same primary group of Lanonandeks but had never functioned as a System Sovereign; he entered fully into the Lucifer insurrection. The “devil” is none other than Caligastia, the deposed Planetary Prince of Urantia and a Son of the secondary order of Lanonandeks. At the time Michael was on Urantia in the flesh, Lucifer, Satan, and Caligastia were leagued together to effect the miscarriage of his bestowal mission. But they signally failed." More...
53:2.5 (603.1) "It is very difficult to point out the exact cause or causes which finally culminated in the Lucifer rebellion. We are certain of only one thing, and that is: Whatever these first beginnings were, they had their origin in Lucifer’s mind. There must have been a pride of self that nourished itself to the point of self-deception, so that Lucifer for a time really persuaded himself that his contemplation of rebellion was actually for the good of the system, if not of the universe. By the time his plans had developed to the point of disillusionment, no doubt he had gone too far for his original and mischief-making pride to permit him to stop. At some point in this experience he became insincere, and evil evolved into deliberate and willful sin. That this happened is proved by the subsequent conduct of this brilliant executive. He was long offered opportunity for repentance, but only some of his subordinates ever accepted the proffered mercy. The Faithful of Days of Edentia, on the request of the Constellation Fathers, in person presented the plan of Michael for the saving of these flagrant rebels, but always was the mercy of the Creator Son rejected and rejected with increasing contempt and disdain." More...
53:3.1 (603.2) "Whatever the early origins of trouble in the hearts of Lucifer and Satan, the final outbreak took form as the Lucifer Declaration of Liberty. The cause of the rebels was stated under three heads:" More...
53:3.7 (604.2) "And it was with such a Declaration of Liberty that Lucifer launched his orgy of darkness and death." More...
53:4.2 (604.4) "Self-assertion was the battle cry of the Lucifer rebellion. One of his chief arguments was that, if self-government was good and right for the Melchizedeks and other groups, it was equally good for all orders of intelligence. He was bold and persistent in the advocacy of the “equality of mind” and “the brotherhood of intelligence.” He maintained that all government should be limited to the local planets and their voluntary confederation into the local systems. All other supervision he disallowed. He promised the Planetary Princes that they should rule the worlds as supreme executives. He denounced the location of legislative activities on the constellation headquarters and the conduct of judicial affairs on the universe capital. He contended that all these functions of government should be concentrated on the system capitals and proceeded to set up his own legislative assembly and organized his own tribunals under the jurisdiction of Satan. And he directed that the princes on the apostate worlds do the same." More...
53:5.6 (606.2) "“There was war in heaven; Michael’s commander and his angels fought against the dragon (Lucifer, Satan, and the apostate princes); and the dragon and his rebellious angels fought but prevailed not.” This “war in heaven” was not a physical battle as such a conflict might be conceived on Urantia. In the early days of the struggle Lucifer held forth continuously in the planetary amphitheater. Gabriel conducted an unceasing exposure of the rebel sophistries from his headquarters taken up near at hand. The various personalities present on the sphere who were in doubt as to their attitude would journey back and forth between these discussions until they arrived at a final decision." More...
53:5.7 (606.3) "But this war in heaven was very terrible and very real. While displaying none of the barbarities so characteristic of physical warfare on the immature worlds, this conflict was far more deadly; material life is in jeopardy in material combat, but the war in heaven was fought in terms of life eternal." More...
53:6.2 (606.5) "At the outbreak of rebellion on Jerusem the head of the seraphic hosts joined the Lucifer cause. This no doubt explains why such a large number of the fourth order, the system administrator seraphim, went astray. The seraphic leader was spiritually blinded by the brilliant personality of Lucifer; his charming ways fascinated the lower orders of celestial beings. They simply could not comprehend that it was possible for such a dazzling personality to go wrong." More...
53:8.3 (609.6) "The bestowal of Michael terminated the Lucifer rebellion in all Satania aside from the planets of the apostate Planetary Princes. And this was the significance of Jesus’ personal experience, just before his death in the flesh, when he one day exclaimed to his disciples, “And I beheld Satan fall as lightning from heaven.” He had come with Lucifer to Urantia for the last crucial struggle." More...
53:8.4 (609.7) "The Son of Man was confident of success, and he knew that his triumph on your world would forever settle the status of his agelong enemies, not only in Satania but also in the other two systems where sin had entered. There was survival for mortals and security for angels when your Master, in reply to the Lucifer proposals, calmly and with divine assurance replied, “Get you behind me, Satan.” That was, in principle, the real end of the Lucifer rebellion. True, the Uversa tribunals have not yet rendered the executive decision regarding the appeal of Gabriel praying for the destruction of the rebels, but such a decree will, no doubt, be forthcoming in the fullness of time since the first step in the hearing of this case has already been taken." More...
54:0.2 (613.2) "The Gods neither create evil nor permit sin and rebellion. Potential evil is time-existent in a universe embracing differential levels of perfection meanings and values. Sin is potential in all realms where imperfect beings are endowed with the ability to choose between good and evil. The very conflicting presence of truth and untruth, fact and falsehood, constitutes the potentiality of error. The deliberate choice of evil constitutes sin; the willful rejection of truth is error; the persistent pursuit of sin and error is iniquity." More...
54:1.6 (614.1) "True liberty is the associate of genuine self-respect; false liberty is the consort of self-admiration. True liberty is the fruit of self-control; false liberty, the assumption of self-assertion. Self-control leads to altruistic service; self-admiration tends towards the exploitation of others for the selfish aggrandizement of such a mistaken individual as is willing to sacrifice righteous attainment for the sake of possessing unjust power over his fellow beings." More...
54:1.10 (614.5) "Evolutionary man may have to contend for his material liberties with tyrants and oppressors on a world of sin and iniquity or during the early times of a primitive evolving sphere, but not so on the morontia worlds or on the spirit spheres. War is the heritage of early evolutionary man, but on worlds of normal advancing civilization physical combat as a technique of adjusting racial misunderstandings has long since fallen into disrepute." More...
54:2.3 (614.8) "Lucifer’s folly was the attempt to do the nondoable, to short-circuit time in an experiential universe. Lucifer’s crime was the attempted creative disenfranchisement of every personality in Satania, the unrecognized abridgment of the creature’s personal participation — freewill participation — in the long evolutionary struggle to attain the status of light and life both individually and collectively. In so doing this onetime Sovereign of your system set the temporal purpose of his own will directly athwart the eternal purpose of God’s will as it is revealed in the bestowal of free will upon all personal creatures. The Lucifer rebellion thus threatened the maximum possible infringement of the freewill choice of the ascenders and servers of the system of Satania — a threat forevermore to deprive every one of these beings of the thrilling experience of contributing something personal and unique to the slowly erecting monument to experiential wisdom which will sometime exist as the perfected system of Satania. Thus does the Lucifer manifesto, masquerading in the habiliments of liberty, stand forth in the clear light of reason as a monumental threat to consummate the theft of personal liberty and to do it on a scale that has been approached only twice in all the history of Nebadon." More...
Why is family life important?
54:4.2 (616.1) Parents, those who have borne and reared children, are better able to understand why Michael, a Creator-father, might be slow to condemn and destroy his own Sons. Jesus’ story of the prodigal son well illustrates how a loving father can long wait for the repentance of an erring child.More...
54:6.3 (618.6) If an affectionate father of a large family chooses to show mercy to one of his children guilty of grievous wrongdoing, it may well be that the extension of mercy to this misbehaving child will work a temporary hardship upon all the other and well-behaved children. Such eventualities are inevitable; such a risk is inseparable from the reality situation of having a loving parent and of being a member of a family group. Each member of a family profits by the righteous conduct of every other member; likewise must each member suffer the immediate time-consequences of the misconduct of every other member. Families, groups, nations, races, worlds, systems, constellations, and universes are relationships of association which possess individuality; and therefore does every member of any such group, large or small, reap the benefits and suffer the consequences of the rightdoing and the wrongdoing of all other members of the group concerned.More...
84:0.2 (931.2) ... The family is the channel through which the river of culture and knowledge flows from one generation to another.More...
82:0.2 (913.2) While religious, social, and educational institutions are all essential to the survival of cultural civilization, the family is the master civilizer. A child learns most of the essentials of life from his family and the neighbors.More...
84:7.27 (941.8) In the present industrial and urban era the marriage institution is evolving along new economic lines. Family life has become more and more costly, while children, who used to be an asset, have become economic liabilities. But the security of civilization itself still rests on the growing willingness of one generation to invest in the welfare of the next and future generations. And any attempt to shift parental responsibility to state or church will prove suicidal to the welfare and advancement of civilization.More...
84:7.28 (941.9) Marriage, with children and consequent family life, is stimulative of the highest potentials in human nature and simultaneously provides the ideal avenue for the expression of these quickened attributes of mortal personality. The family provides for the biologic perpetuation of the human species. The home is the natural social arena wherein the ethics of blood brotherhood may be grasped by the growing children. The family is the fundamental unit of fraternity in which parents and children learn those lessons of patience, altruism, tolerance, and forbearance which are so essential to the realization of brotherhood among all men.More...
84:7.29 (941.10) Human society would be greatly improved if the civilized races would more generally return to the family-council practices of the Andites. They did not maintain the patriarchal or autocratic form of family government. They were very brotherly and associative, freely and frankly discussing every proposal and regulation of a family nature. They were ideally fraternal in all their family government. In an ideal family filial and parental affection are both augmented by fraternal devotion.More...
84:7.30 (942.1) Family life is the progenitor of true morality, the ancestor of the consciousness of loyalty to duty. The enforced associations of family life stabilize personality and stimulate its growth through the compulsion of necessitous adjustment to other and diverse personalities. But even more, a true family — a good family — reveals to the parental procreators the attitude of the Creator to his children, while at the same time such true parents portray to their children the first of a long series of ascending disclosures of the love of the Paradise parent of all universe children.More...
84:8.6 (943.1) Let man enjoy himself; let the human race find pleasure in a thousand and one ways; let evolutionary mankind explore all forms of legitimate self-gratification, the fruits of the long upward biologic struggle. Man has well earned some of his present-day joys and pleasures. But look you well to the goal of destiny! Pleasures are indeed suicidal if they succeed in destroying property, which has become the institution of self-maintenance; and self-gratifications have indeed cost a fatal price if they bring about the collapse of marriage, the decadence of family life, and the destruction of the home — man’s supreme evolutionary acquirement and civilization’s only hope of survival.More...
140:8.14 (1581.1) The family occupied the very center of Jesus’ philosophy of life — here and hereafter. He based his teachings about God on the family, while he sought to correct the Jewish tendency to overhonor ancestors. He exalted family life as the highest human duty but made it plain that family relationships must not interfere with religious obligations. He called attention to the fact that the family is a temporal institution; that it does not survive death. Jesus did not hesitate to give up his family when the family ran counter to the Father’s will. He taught the new and larger brotherhood of man — the sons of God. In Jesus’ time divorce practices were lax in Palestine and throughout the Roman Empire. He repeatedly refused to lay down laws regarding marriage and divorce, but many of Jesus’ early followers had strong opinions on divorce and did not hesitate to attribute them to him. All of the New Testament writers held to these more stringent and advanced ideas about divorce except John Mark.More...
142:7.5 (1603.6) Following that, came the memorable discussion of the fundamental characteristics of family life and their application to the relationship existing between God and man. Jesus stated that a true family is founded on the following seven facts:
142:7.6 (1604.1) 1. The fact of existence. The relationships of nature and the phenomena of mortal likenesses are bound up in the family: Children inherit certain parental traits. The children take origin in the parents; personality existence depends on the act of the parent. The relationship of father and child is inherent in all nature and pervades all living existences.
142:7.7 (1604.2) 2. Security and pleasure. True fathers take great pleasure in providing for the needs of their children. Many fathers are not content with supplying the mere wants of their children but enjoy making provision for their pleasures also.
142:7.8 (1604.3) 3. Education and training. Wise fathers carefully plan for the education and adequate training of their sons and daughters. When young they are prepared for the greater responsibilities of later life.
142:7.9 (1604.4) 4. Discipline and restraint. Farseeing fathers also make provision for the necessary discipline, guidance, correction, and sometimes restraint of their young and immature offspring.
142:7.10 (1604.5) 5. Companionship and loyalty. The affectionate father holds intimate and loving intercourse with his children. Always is his ear open to their petitions; he is ever ready to share their hardships and assist them over their difficulties. The father is supremely interested in the progressive welfare of his progeny.
142:7.11 (1604.6) 6. Love and mercy. A compassionate father is freely forgiving; fathers do not hold vengeful memories against their children. Fathers are not like judges, enemies, or creditors. Real families are built upon tolerance, patience, and forgiveness.
142:7.12 (1604.7) 7. Provision for the future. Temporal fathers like to leave an inheritance for their sons. The family continues from one generation to another. Death only ends one generation to mark the beginning of another. Death terminates an individual life but not necessarily the family.More...
The Inhabited Universe
Astronomers have focused powerful telescopes on the skies searching for worlds with potentially habitable conditions similar enough to earth to support life. They are looking for evidence of an environment with a mild temperature, a rocky surface, oxygen molecules, and enough sunshine to allow for liquid water on the planet's surface. Europa, an icy moon of Jupiter, and Saturn's icy moon, Enceladus, have been suggested as promising environments for extraterrestrial life. With millions of stars in the sky what is the likelihood that there is another planet that supports human life? Or how likely is it that there isn't at least one planet with conditions that host aliens beings somewhat similar to us?
The Urantia Book, an epochal revelation of truth to the world, describes a never-ending creation of evolved and created worlds - a complex system of living creatures, including superhuman personalities, beings that inhabit and administer the cosmos. In great detail it describes myriads of inhabited and habitable planets, the details of which rival the most extraordinary science fiction. (Foreward:0.5)
In Paper 72, one of the 196 papers comprising the revelation, the advanced life on a neighboring planet is described. We're told that the average life span of these humans is ninety years old, that they have a highly evolved educational plan for home and family life, (72:3.1-9) a carefully structured public educational system based on practical problem solving, (72:4.1-6) special colleges for statesmanship training (72:8.1-7) and a program for security in old age. (72:6.1-9)
They have a representative government, (72:2.1-14) an industrial organization which is active in social service (72:5.1-9) and an efficient and effective system of taxation. In many respects the inhabitants
of this isolated continent on an alien planet are more advanced than the people of Earth.
In this age of sightings of UFOs and the discoveries made with the Hubbell Telescope, it is likely that evidence of extraterrestrial life will be found. You can read about our teeming cosmos in The Urantia Book and decide for yourself whether it is fact or fiction! More...