The papers were transmitted in the early part of the twentieth century through a man living in the Chicago area, although the process itself is not fully understood. The person who took charge of recording and organizing the material being received, Dr. William Sadler, assembled a group of individuals from all walks of life who discussed and provided feedback about the information that was being received; this process helped to shape the material into what we now have as The Urantia Book, first published in 1955.
Many people have also found it helpful to join a study group as they deepen their understanding through interaction with others.
It integrates science and philosophy with religion, in a way that has never been done.
The book depicts the history of our universe, our planet and civilization and it contains the most profound, in-depth account of the life and teachings of Jesus–far beyond what has ever been written.
The Urantia Book illuminates how lasting world peace can best be realized.
The Urantia Book does refer to the times we live in, and are about to enter into, as a “new age,” but this is in a context that relates directly to the book’s teachings on the times that are close at hand.
What The Urantia Book authors say is that the information they have provided us is the 5th Epochal Revelation to our planet. If a person reads the pages with an open heart and a searching mind he or she should be able to find within its inspiring message what is most personally significant.
Some readers do come together in groups to read and study the book with others. Some larger organizations, such as The Urantia Book Fellowship and the Urantia Foundation have formed in order to organize and coordinate activities among readers such as translations and to help make the book more widely available.
Many readers experience a heartfelt desire to live by the sublime teachings found within The Urantia Book’s pages where these teachings lead us to the desire to become more spiritual individuals, an effort that will necessarily have a positive impact on those around us.
In addition, many readers utilize meditation, worship, music, art and prayer, as many faiths do, to experience the expansion of the spirit within.
All evolutionary beings of time and space who are in accord with God’s plan for their continuing development are being prepared to grow in spirit and mind and to mature in personality through the experience of each realm of creation. The created universe, the book tells us, was actually set up as vast training ground for ascending will creatures to perfect themselves as they travel ever inward toward God, eventually culminating in service opportunities throughout the Grand Universe. Our Creator does not limit His creatures to just one experience in space and time; just as loving parents want their children to develop to their full potential, so we are given every opportunity to develop ourselves into cosmic citizens, attain perfection within our own realm and embark on the sublime adventure open to all who place faith in God our Father.
Another new concept described in The Urantia Book is that of the thought adjuster, a spirit fragment of God that indwells the mind. Although most religions speak of the inner presence of God, the Urantia book goes into great detail about this part of God that is bestowed on human beings. The thought adjuster is what allows God to maintain close contact and provide spiritual guidance to human beings.
Also included are advanced teachings on the nature of deity, the Trinity, and a previously unrevealed view of the physical structure of the universe in which we live.
The Urantia Book also talks about reality on the cosmic level of progression. There is information in The Urantia Book that has not been previously revealed, such as God’s attributes and personality and our Creator’s potential ascension plan for human beings. We are helped to understand the purpose of our existence and why our understanding can be so limited, a perspective that often contributes to our notion that life seems unfair. This can free up one’s thinking and elevate the individual to a superconscious level where there may begin the recognition of the light of truth, and of beauty and goodness. A challenging and rewarding reading experience is available for adventure-seekers who can discover an enlarged way of living and loving.