The Urantia Book

I guess it’s a big deal to be an ascending son of God, because a paper (chapter) is devoted to the subject. It “presents a glorious recital of the unstinted bestowal of divine love and gracious condescension thoughout all time and all universes of the far-flung creation of the Paradise Deities” (444). Besides mortals who ascend, the non-mortals such as seraphim (angels) and the Material Sons (Adam and Eve) and also the midwayer and the Truth Adjuster ascend. Midwayers have a highly peculiar origin, but they have served man in many capacities and sometimes they can be seen by the human eye. The are permitted to ascend when the planet they’ve serve reaches the stage of light and life. To be allowed to ascend to the Father is the most wonderful destiny these beings could possibly want. The Adjuster is a fragment of God the Father inside each human which is there to guide us. He comes in at about 5 years old or when the child starts demonstrating will and the ability to make decisions. The UB says that one can survive by following the Adjuster’s suggestion, or at least not oppose them. Adding the three mortal ascenders (Father-fused, son-fused, spirit-fused). there are seven groups, which is a number repeated very frequently in heaven.

jSpirit identification constitutes the key to personal survival and determines the destiny of spiritual ascension. This is the scary part. First of all, only Adjuster (Father) fused mortals are allowed into Paradise. They are confined to Nebadon or Orvonton. Son-fused mortals will see paradise if the Creator Son Michael has meetings in Paradise, but he won’t be trained to worship the Father. But he will be relieved of the scary test which the Father-fused must take. The way I understand it, the Gods are sitting in a deep fog, so they can’t be seen. The mortal must figure out which God is sitting in the fog by the mortal’s experiences with that God during his time in the flesh. He must intuit the God’s personality. They do this with all three God’s. But failure won’t get you the ax. In another paragraph they say: “As to the chances of mortal survival, let it be made forever clear. All souls of every possible phase of mortal existence will survive provided they manifest willingness to co-operate with their indwelling Adjusters and exhibit a desire to find God and to attain Divine perfection, even though these desires be the first faint flickers of the primitive comprehension of that “true light which lights every man who comes into the world.”

And what about the mortals who have worked so hard, but something is making it impossible to fuse with their Adjusters? And what does fuse mean, anyway? They, in fact, will see Paradise, but only if they are there on business. But the Spirit-fused mortals see the universe and the Son-fused mortal only see the superuniverse. But service is the name of the game in this amazing place. Did it occur to you ever that Jesus came from a PLANET? He built that planet with the help of huge machines and he created animals in LABS–actually he employed Life Carriers on one of Salvington’s satellites for that. The world of space/time applies to everything-all the universes and superuniverses, but not to Paradise and Havona. Together they are called the Central universe. Enormous black rocks orbit around Paradise; one presenter said they were there for balance.

The Urantia Book

Seraphim are created by the Universe Mother Spirit, and are projected in units of 41,472 at a time. The Mother Spirit also creates other spirits while the Creator Son, Michael, creates the Material sons,Adam and Eve. All of these beings are created already knowing what they must do. They will all be ministering to ascending mortal in one way or another. Seraphim are still being periodically created; the universe is young.

Angels do not have material bodies, but they are definite and discrete beings; they are of spirit nature and origin. Although invisible to mortals, they can see you ; they intellectually understand the mode of mortal life and they share humanity’s emotions and sentiments. And they love human beings, and only good can result from your efforts to understand and love them. But as Jesus said, they “will neither marry nor be given in marriage but they will be as the angels in heaven.” They don’t procreate. That’s why ministers and professors should know better when they say that in Genesis 6 the 200 rogues who took whoever woman they wanted were angels.

The ninth group of seven primary spheres (satellites) in the Salvington circuit are the worlds of the Seraphim. Each of these worlds has six tributary satellites, whereon exist the special schools devoted to seraphic training. These headquarters worlds are among the most magnificent realms of Nebadon; the seraphic estates are characterized by both beauty and vastness. Here each seraphim has a real home, and “home” means the domicile of two seraphim; they live in pairs.

Seraphim spend their first millennium as noncommissioned observers on Salvington and its associated world schools. The second millennium is spent on the seraphic worlds of the Salvington circuit. Their central training school is now presided over by the first 100,000 Nebadon seraphim and at their head is the original or first born angel of the universe. The first created group of Nebadon seraphim were trained by a corps of 1,000 serphim from Avalon; subsequently, our angels have been taught by their own seniors.

Jesus and the Kingdom of God.

In a long interactive sermon, Jesus teaches about genuine discipleship in contrast to the hypocrisy of the Pharisees, whom he has just denounced. The Pharisees are not present, so his words are addressed alternately to the disciples and to the crowds and include replies to three interruptions. He teaches his disciples to be fearless in the face of persecution. Moreover, they should not be worried about possessions but instead should seek God’s kingdom and give alms. Jesus also teaches about discipleship and its opposite through parables: the rich fool and the servants awaiting their master. When speaking to the crowds, Jesus warns them to discern the signs of the times and to repent in view of the coming judgment. The parable of the barren fig tree similarly warns of the impending judgment on Jerusalem and its leaders, a message often repeated in the central section of Luke. Jesus also refers to his upcoming suffering in Jerusalem. Jesus’ words are accompanied by deeds. Hence, after the sermon, he heals a crippled woman on the Sabbath. His adversaries’ negative reaction further illustrates the contrast between Jesus and the hypocrites. The healing is a sign of the Kingdom, which he then explains in two kingdom parables. The parable of the mustard seed highlights the growth of the kingdom, evident by the growing crowds, and the other parable contrasts the kingdom with the leaven of the Pharisees.

News of Jesus has spread widely so that people are crowding together to hear him. But first he tells his disciples to beware of the leaven (hypocrisy) of the Pharisees. Outside they acted pious, but on the inside they were evil. Using the idea that “a little leaven leavens the whole lump,” Jesus says the Pharisees are a bad influence on all around them. Jesus will teach his followers to be a positive influence, as coworkers of the Kingdom. With a series of contracting statements, Jesus explains that no one will get away with hypocrisy. Such inconsistency between external appearance and concealed reality will eventually be revealed. Fear of persecution might be a reason for denial of Jesus, but Jesus said only fear the one who can destroy the soul as well as the body, and that is God. He can send one into Gehenna (this word derives from the Valley of Hinnom located south of Jerusalem (Hebrew ge hinnom); this is where human sacrifice took place by some of the idolatrous kings of Judah. The valley became an image for the place of final punishment for evildoers. It is translated “hell” in many English Bibles.

Rather than fear, a disciple should focus on being a witness who acknowledges or confesses Jesus before men and women in this life. In this way, Jesus promises that, as the Glorified Son of Man, he will acknowledge such disciples before the angels of God in the judgment in the next life. But anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. According to Luke: “This difficult saying seems to refer to the obstinate refusal to repent, which involves lying to, testing, or opposing the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit’s grace brings about the forgiveness of sins, so there can be no forgiveness when the offer is deliberately rejected by a refusal to repent. Jesus thus gives a warning to those who resist the Holy Spirit thinking that they have no need of repentance. Jesus tells them: do not worry about your defense when the persecutions come; the Holy Spirit will tell you what to say. The Spirit is The Advocate, who teaches everything needed in such situations.

How seasonable is our Lord’s warning to us…to beware the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy, professing without practicing. He warns us against it as leaven, as a subtle, insinuating evil which will silently spread itself throughout the whole character. He warns us that the pretense of religion never deceives beyond a little time….Let us ever remember that all who follow God with but half a heart, strengthen the hands of his enemies, perplex inquirers after Truth, and bring reproach upon their Savior’s name…..Woe unto the deceiver and self-deceived! God gave us grace to flee from this woe while we have time! Let us examine ourselves, to see if there is any wicked way in us….And let us pray God to enlighten us, to guide us, and to give us the will to please him, and the power. AVOIDING HYPOCRISY by Blessed John Henry Newman.