The Urantia Book
Love is truly contagious and eternally creative. (p. 2018) “Devote your life to proving that love is the greatest thing in the world.” (p. 2047) “Love is the ancestor of all spiritual goodness, the essence of the true and the beautiful.” (p. 2047) The Father’s love can become real to mortal man only by passing through that man’s personality as he in turn bestows this love upon his fellows. (p. 1289) The secret of a better civilization is bound up in the Master’s teachings of the brotherhood of man, the good will of love and mutual trust. (p. 2065)
Prayer is not a technique of escape from conflict but rather a stimulus to growth in the very face of conflict. (p. 1002) The sincerity of any prayer is the assurance of its being heard. … (p. 1639) God answers man’s prayer by giving him an increased revelation of truth, an enhanced appreciation of beauty, and an augmented concept of goodness. (p. 1002) …Never forget that the sincere prayer of faith is a mighty force for the promotion of personal happiness, individual self-control, social harmony, moral progress, and spiritual attainment. (p. 999)
There is a great and glorious purpose in the march of the universes through space. All of your mortal struggling is not in vain. (p. 364) Mortals only learn wisdom by experiencing tribulation. (p. 556)
The angels of all orders are distinct personalities and are highly individualized. (p. 285) Angels....are fully cognizant of your moral struggles and spiritual difficulties. They love human beings, and only good can result from your efforts to understand and love them. (p. 419)
Our Divine Destiny
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. (p. 381) …They who know that God is enthroned in the human heart are destined to become like him—immortal. (p. 1449) God is not only the determiner of destiny; he is man’s eternal destination. (p. 67)
Almost everything of lasting value in civilization has its roots in the family. (p. 765) The family is man’s greatest purely human achievement. ... (p. 939)
…Faith will expand the mind, ennoble the soul, reinforce the personality, augment the happiness, deepen the spirit perception, and enhance the power to love and be loved. (p. 1766) “Now, mistake not, my Father will ever respond to the faintest flicker of faith.” (p. 1733)
The story of man’s ascent from seaweed to the lordship of earthly creation is indeed a romance of biologic struggle and mind survival. (p. 731) 2,500,000,000 years ago… Urantia was a well developed sphere about one tenth its present mass. … (p. 658) 1,000,000,000 years ago is the date of the actual beginning of Urantia [Earth] history. (p. 660) 450,000,000 years ago the transition from vegetable to animal life occurred. (p. 669) From the year A.D. 1934 back to the birth of the first two human beings is just 993,419 years. (p. 707) About five hundred thousand years ago…there were almost one-half billion primitive human beings on earth. … (p. 741) Adam and Eve arrived on Urantia, from the year A.D. 1934, 37,848 years ago. (p. 828)
From the Inside Flap
Parts I and II
God, the inhabited universes, life after death, angels and other beings, the war in heaven.
The history of the world, science and evolution, Adam and Eve, development of civilization, marriage and family, personal spiritual growth.
The life and teachings of Jesus including the missing years. AND MUCH MORE…
God, …God is the source and destiny of all that is good and beautiful and true. (p. 1431) If you truly want to find God, that desire is in itself evidence that you have already found him. (p. 1440) When man goes in partnership with God, great things may, and do, happen. (p. 1467)
The Origin of Human Life, The universe is not an accident... (p. 53) The universe of universes is the work of God and the dwelling place of his diverse creatures. (p. 21) The evolutionary planets are the spheres of human origin…Urantia [Earth] is your starting point. … (p. 1225) In God, man lives, moves, and has his being. (p. 22)
The Purpose of Life, 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. (p. 365) This new gospel of the kingdom… presents a new and exalted goal of destiny, a supreme life purpose. (p. 1778)
Jesus, The religion of Jesus is the most dynamic influence ever to activate the human race. (p. 1091) What an awakening the world would experience if it could only see Jesus as he really lived on earth and know, firsthand, his life-giving teachings! (p. 2083)
Science, Science, guided by wisdom, may become man’s great social liberator. (p. 909) Mortal man is not an evolutionary accident. There is a precise system, a universal law, which determines the unfolding of the planetary life plan on the spheres of space. (p. 560)
Life after Death, God’s love is universal… He is “not willing that any should perish.” (p. 39) Your short sojourn on Urantia [Earth]…is only a single link, the very first in the long chain that is to stretch across universes and through the eternal ages. (p. 435) …Death is only the beginning of an endless career of adventure, an everlasting life of anticipation, an eternal voyage of discovery. (p. 159)
About the Author
The text of The Urantia Book was provided by one or more anonymous contributors working with a small staff which provided editorial and administrative support during the book's creation. The book bears no particular credentials (from a human viewpoint), relying instead on the power and beauty of the writing itself to persuade the reader of its authenticity.
Leather Bound: 2097 pages
Publisher: Urantia Foundation; Box Lea edition (August 25, 2015)
A White Paper
Exposing The Loss of
The Inviolate Text of
The Urantia Papers
by Larry Mullins
Were the INSTRUCTIONS of the REVELATORS CLEAR?
"The Papers were published just as we received them. The contact commission had no editorial authority. Our job was limited to spelling, capitalization, and punctuation."
(From HISTORY OF THE URANTIA MOVEMENT, submitted by the Urantia Foundation into the court records.)
ONLY ONE EDITION OF THE Urantia Book kept faith with the admonitions of the Revelators cited above -- the 1955 printing. This was the only Urantia Book ever printed from the original, unaltered plates. These plates, which are described by the cited history as the "basis for the creation of Urantia Foundation," were ordered destroyed in 1971, less than two years after the death of Dr. Sadler.
A VALIANT EFFORT AT PERFECTION
Beyond question, it was the desire of all the mortals associated with the Urantia Papers to publish a perfect book in 1955. The type had been set years before, and great care had been taken to proof-read the text, and correct typographical errors. Sometime prior to 1950 -- after the contact commission was convinced that the text was flawless -- the plates were cast. Then, printed pages, (the final proofs made from the plates,) were carefully studied for many years by the Forum, the contact commission, and by the 'Seventy' -- a devoted group of advanced students from the Forum.
After two copies of the original materialized text had been typed, and the typed version checked by the contact commission, the originals were destroyed. Likewise, the typed text itself was destroyed after the Papers had been typeset, proofed, checked and rechecked countless times. Subsequent events indicate that the Revelators were probably not permitted to step in to assist the human efforts to achieve a faultless printed text, or even to point out any errors that the humans may have made in the various copying stages the text went through before it was set into type. The Revelation had entered the evolutionary mainstream. On the other hand, it seems the Revelators were satisfied that the final typeset text was very close to the desired product, else they would surely have aborted the project.
Clyde Bedell, a Forum member since 1926, wrote that all assistance and advice from the Revelators ended when they 'signed off' after the 1955 book was printed, with a final terse statement: "You are now on your own."
Imagine the horror of the devoted pioneers when they discovered -- after the Urantia Book was printed -- that there were errors in the text!
FATEFUL DECISIONS ARE CONFRONTED
A decade passed. Readers continued to report mistakes, and possible mistakes. New faces were appearing now in the inner circle of Urantia Foundation. A number of pivotal decisions now confronted this inner circle, as the need for a new printing was emerging. Do we correct the errors that have been discovered? What do we tell the world if we do? Should we admit that the errors must have been overlooked, year after year, before the book was printed? What do we do with the plates, which are the 'basis for the creation of Urantia Foundation?' Do we change them, or make new plates to replace the ones that contain mistakes? Do we tell the Trustees of Urantia Foundation what we are doing?
By 1991 Urantia Foundation finally modified their longstanding policy of secrecy about the changes and declared that "fewer than ten" changes were made in later printings that "might be considered more than minor corrections." They further assured readers that these changes had been made "by those very individuals who were given the responsibility of preparing the original text for publication."
However, this assurance flies in the face of the facts. It was different mortals, with new agendas -- NOT the contact commissioners -- who were exerting de facto control of the Urantia Papers at the time of the second printing.
WHO MADE THE CHANGES -- REALLY?
The contact commission, as a team, produced the 1955 edition of The Urantia Book. They made only spelling, capitalization, and punctuation changes. The contact commission fulfilled their 'sacred oaths' and gave the world as inviolate a text as it was within the powers of human beings to achieve. By the time of the second printing in 1967, only two of those who constituted the contact commission were still living. (The names of the contact commission are disclosed in evidence submitted by the Urantia Foundation). Four contact commissioners were gone: Lena Sadler, Wilfred and Anna Kellogg had long passed on, and Bill Sadler, Jr. had died in 1963.) Dr. Sadler was over ninety years old in 1967, was not a Trustee, and was failing.
The only other living member of the contact commission was Emma Christensen, (Christy).
Christy was nearly eighty at the time of the second printing, and she strongly relied upon the judgment and advice of aggressive, younger personalities who had penetrated the inner nucleus of the movement, of which Christy was the epicenter. (Although Christy was a founding member of Urantia Foundation in 1950, and remained a trustee until 1971, all of the other trustees -- including the president -- were not necessarily privy to the text changes in 1967, as we shall see.)
Something had to be decided by the forceful inner circle personalities before the second printing. In hindsight, a good solution would probably have been the standard academic practice of footnoting the pages and acknowledging the actual text errors, or to reference a questionable passage in an Appendix in the back of the book.
Instead, at this critical juncture, a series of expedient decisions were made by those who had assumed responsibility for usurping the trustees' sacred oath to preserve the inviolate text of the Urantia Papers. These decisions would begin with the "shadow of the hair's turning" -- the tiny "perversion of that which is principle" -- and would ultimately culminate in the very quiet order by Urantia Foundation to destroy the plates themselves, on May 6, 1971. (When this destruction became known, Urantia Foundation explained the act away with the position that modern technology had made the plates obsolete. However, objections persist to this day because the "History of the Urantia Movement" (1960) submitted by Urantia Foundation during litigation states: "It was those plates which constituted the basis for the formation of Urantia Foundation." So it was that in 1971 Urantia Foundation ordered the destruction of the property that was the "basis for" its own formation!)
THE FATAL DECISIONS ARE MADE
The first error in judgment by the secretive inner circle was to discount the cautions of the Revelators, and to physically change the plates and alter the text. The second error was, perhaps, of greater magnitude. It was the decision to brush aside human tradition -- especially as it applies to non authors who presume to change another's work. It was decided not to footnote or appendix the editorial changes that were deemed necessary. The third unfortunate decision compounded the damage of the other two: it was determined best not to inform all the trustees, and to stonewall the readership, by denying any editorial changes had been made. It must be conceded that these dramatic decisions seemed to work, for the short term. Almost no one noticed the changes. As explained, all the Trustees were not aware of the "corrections." One of the early Trustees who had served as a president of Urantia Foundation declared, a few years before his death: "They only made one change, and I made them change it back." Yet, when he made that statement, dozens and dozens of changes had been made in the text, including actual editorial changes!
Decades would go by before astonished scholars, using computers, would compare various printings of The Urantia Book and discover over 140 changes, including the "ten or so" that were "more than minor changes."
The disturbing truth cannot be ignored: the text of The Urantia Book is no longer inviolate.
The consequences that were set into motion by three, perhaps well-intended but dreadfully short-sighted, decisions now became clear. These decisions could possibly have led to the destruction of the Fifth Epochal Revelation.
IGNORING THE REVELATORS' CAUTIONS
Reader-believers who say that "the text is close enough," or the "changes have been minor," may not be considering the larger perspective of the long term success of the Revelation. Perhaps the specific changes to date are not especially significant. What constitutes serious error is the deviation from principle, the turning away from the directives and admonitions of the Revelators, which were clearly to confine changes only to spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.
The Foundation was NOT mandated to: "Keep the text pretty close to inviolate" -- or -- "Confine those changes that could be considered more than minor changes to fewer than ten."
The Revelators no doubt had sound reasons for the original categorical directive to the contact commission not to edit the actual text of the Papers in any way. They surely knew that once the door of editorial latitude was opened, the text could be changed at will by the Trustees. Who then, would be the guardians of an inviolate text? Who could predict what motivations and agendas would drive future Trustees? Should we trust the whims of human nature, without stringent guidelines, and without accountability to the readership, to protect the inviolability of the text of the Urantia Papers for centuries to come?
According to the pioneers' "History of the Urantia Movement," the preservation of an inviolate text was the paramount, sacred duty of Urantia Foundation. But with the second printing the focus shifted. Protecting the text of the Urantia Papers was displaced as the central mission by a fierce and fanatic commitment to protect and prolong the copyright.
Sadly, of the 400,000 or so copies of Urantia Books in existence, only the first ten thousand copies -- the edition prepared by the contact commission -- were printed inviolate. The Pathways publication of The Urantia Papers (1995) reproduced the 1955 text exactly and published the important changes made by Urantia Foundation, but only 2800 copies were distributed. These historic first edition text replications are now very hard to come by. The Fellowship editions of The Urantia Book only compounded the Foundation's errors. Fellowship editors copied some of the original "errors" in the first edition and made their own pet editorial changes in the text! None of these additional alterations were footnoted in the text, but a partial list of them are made available "upon request!" No one has ever explained why the Fellowship followed, lock-step, Urantia Foundation's departure from common academic practice.
It is for ages yet unborn that the principle of an inviolate text must be preserved. The Revelators could probably predict that there would eventually be "versions" of the Urantia Papers. Some people will want to update the language, others may decide to remove certain passages, and so on. Certainly, many mortals of the planet will come forward to seek to put their own stamp upon the Urantia Papers.
It is for readers and academicians 500 years from now that we need a clear lineage of authentically inviolate editions of the text as a touchstone by which to measure human meddling and modifications. This lineage was broken in 1967 with the second printing of The Urantia Book, when Urantia Foundation unwittingly went into default. The current trustees are now aware of the problem, yet have elected not to admit previous errors and correct the situation, and thus Urantia Foundation is totally defunct, its mission is in default. We believe the protection of the inviolate text of the Urantia Papers has now clearly become the responsibility of the grassroots Reader-Believers. There is no one else.
THE PRIME DIRECTIVES
It must be noted that the current trustees of Urantia Foundation have gone beyond simply failing to be able to print any two editions of The Urantia Book that are alike. According to the "History of the Urantia Movement" which was submitted on behalf of Urantia Foundation in the Maaherra litigation, a second prime directive of the Revelators clearly instructed the contact commission not to attach any human names to the Urantia Papers. Urantia Foundation is now -- by tacit acceptance of Judge Schroeder's baffling opinion -- attaching Dr. Sadler's entire forum as human co-authors of the Urantia Papers! There were over 400 forum members, and their names were recorded.
There is no gentle or euphemistic way to write it: Urantia Foundation is now in default on two prime directives: to preserve the text inviolate and NOT to attach any human names to the Revelation. The current trustees know these directives and facts. They have clearly violated their trust and compromised Urantia Foundation beyond redemption.
IT IS NOT THE CHANGES PER SE, THAT WE PROTEST
We do not contest well-intended changes; nor do we contend the first printing was perfect.
Rather, we contest a policy that has left us without the hard-won legacy of the contact commission -- the inviolate text of the Urantia Papers -- by which we, and future readers, may judge past changes and weigh contemporary modifications for ourselves.
We believe that those who accepted the torch of truth from the contact commission should have honored their cardinal responsibility: to keep the text inviolate -- warts and all. If this had been done, apparent errors footnoted, and the plates preserved, readers five hundred years in the future would have a solid standard by which to measure and evaluate the many "versions" of the Papers that are sure to be published.
Thus, it is utterly critical that an inviolate text be made available to Urantia scholars and to readers who want to examine the original text. We believe the best way to protect the inviolate text, and avoid making an icon out of first editions of the Urantia Book, is to allow everyone who wants one to be able to acquire an exact copy of the first printing. (Original 1955 first editions now go for close to $1,000. Imagine what their value will be in the year 2500!)
We believe the best way to protect the inviolate text is to flood the planet with accurate copies of the first printing, priced within reach of all truth-seekers. Thus, future readers will have a sound criterion to compare and evaluate various "editions" and "spins" of the Urantia Papers.
A new generation of Urantians must now re-establish the broken lineage of the inviolate text that the original Urantian pioneers worked so hard to produce for us in the 1955 edition. We need a new keeper of the inviolate text.
LARRY MULLINS (1/9/99)
Some material presented will contain links, quotes, ideologies, etc., the contents of which should be understood to first, in their whole, reflect the views or opinions of their editors, and second, are used in my personal research as "fair use" sources only, and not espousement one way or the other. Researching for 'truth' leads one all over the place...a piece here, a piece there. As a researcher, I hunt, gather and disassemble resources, trying to put all the pieces into a coherent and logical whole. I encourage you to do the same. And please remember, these pages are only my effort to collect all the pieces I can find and see if they properly fit into the 'reality aggregate'.
I've come to realize that 'truth' boils down to what we 'believe' the facts we've gathered point to. We only 'know' what we've 'experienced' firsthand. Everything else - what we read, what we watch, what we hear - is what someone else's gathered facts point to and 'they' 'believe' is 'truth', so that 'truth' seems to change in direct proportion to newly gathered facts divided by applied plausibility. Though I believe there is 'truth', until someone celestial who 'knows' all the facts parts the heavens and throws us a scroll titled "Here Are ALL The Facts And Lies In The Order They Happened," I can't know for sure exactly what "the whole truth' on any given subject is, and what applies to me applies to everyone.
~Gail Bird Allen
Never in your long ascendancy will you lose the power to recognize your associates of former existences. Always, as you ascend inward in the scale of life, will you retain the ability to recognize and fraternize with the fellow beings of your previous and lower levels of experience. Each new translation or resurrection will add one more group of spirit beings to your vision range without in the least depriving you of the ability to recognize your friends and fellows of former estates.
Princess Bride 1987 Wallace Shawn (Vizzini) and Mandy Patinkin (Inigo Montoya)
Vizzini: HE DIDN'T FALL? INCONCEIVABLE.
Inigo Montoya: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
And here is mystery: The more closely man approaches God through love, the greater the reality -- actuality -- of that man. The more man withdraws from God, the more nearly he approaches nonreality -- cessation of existence. When man consecrates his will to the doing of the Father's will, when man gives God all that he has, then does God make that man more than he is.
"And do you not remember that I said to you once before that, if you had your spiritual eyes anointed, you would then see the heavens opened and behold the angels of God ascending and descending? It is by the ministry of the angels that one world may be kept in touch with other worlds, for have I not repeatedly told you that I have other sheep not of this fold?"
But we know that there dwells within the human mind a fragment of God, and that there sojourns with the human soul the Spirit of Truth; and we further know that these spirit forces conspire to enable material man to grasp the reality of spiritual values and to comprehend the philosophy of universe meanings. But even more certainly we know that these spirits of the Divine Presence are able to assist man in the spiritual appropriation of all truth contributory to the enhancement of the ever-progressing reality of personal religious experience—God-consciousness.
When you are through down here, when your course has been run in temporary form on earth, when your trial trip in the flesh is finished, when the dust that composes the mortal tabernacle "returns to the earth whence it came"; then, it is revealed, the indwelling "Spirit shall return to God who gave it." There sojourns within each moral being of this planet a fragment of God, a part and parcel of divinity. It is not yet yours by right of possession, but it is designedly intended to be one with you if you survive the mortal existence.
And the greatest of all the unfathomable mysteries of God is the phenomenon of the divine indwelling of mortal minds. The manner in which the Universal Father sojourns with the creatures of time is the most profound of all universe mysteries; the divine presence in the mind of man is the mystery of mysteries.
To every spirit being and to every mortal creature in every sphere and on every world of the universe of universes, the Universal Father reveals all of his gracious and divine self that can be discerned or comprehended by such spirit beings and by such mortal creatures. God is no respecter of persons, either spiritual or material. The divine presence which any child of the universe enjoys at any given moment is limited only by the capacity of such a creature to receive and to discern the spirit actualities of the supermaterial world.
Paradise is the eternal center of the universe of universes and the abiding place of the Universal Father, the Eternal Son, the Infinite Spirit, and their divine co-ordinates and associates. This central Isle is the most gigantic organized body of cosmic reality in all the master universe. Paradise is a material sphere as well as a spiritual abode. All of the intelligent creation of the Universal Father is domiciled on material abodes; hence must the absolute controlling center also be material, literal. And again it should be reiterated that spirit things and spiritual beings are real.
Culture presupposes quality of mind; culture cannot be enhanced unless mind is elevated. Superior intellect will seek a noble culture and find some way to attain such a goal. Inferior minds will spurn the highest culture even when presented to them ready-made.
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.
How dare the self-willed creature encroach upon the rights of his fellows in the name of personal liberty when the Supreme Rulers of the universe stand back in merciful respect for these prerogatives of will and potentials of personality! No being, in the exercise of his supposed personal liberty, has a right to deprive any other being of those privileges of existence conferred by the Creators and duly respected by all their loyal associates, subordinates, and subjects.
There is no error greater than that species of self-deception which leads intelligent beings to crave the exercise of power over other beings for the purpose of depriving these persons of their natural liberties. The golden rule of human fairness cries out against all such fraud, unfairness, selfishness, and unrighteousness.