Urantia Book 37. The life of Jesus of Nazareth, Joshua ben Joseph, Christ Michael, Sovereign God of Nebadon. Flavius, a wealthy Greek Jew who hadn’t yet been circumcised or baptized, had a house full of beautiful art, priceless treasures which he had picked up on his travels. He wanted to invite Jesus to dinner, but he was afraid Jesus would rebuke him for idolatry. But Jesus surprised him. He appreciated the beauty of the art, and he explained that they were not idols to be worshiped. In Moses’ time he had to destroy idols because they were objects of worship. Now that Jesus has come and is introducing the kingdom of heaven, people can enjoy art without confusing such appreciation of beauty with the worship and service of the Father in heaven. Flavius believed and the next day he went to the Jordan to be baptized by the disciples of John.******** A man from Damascus asked Jesus: “Rabbi, how shall we know of a certainty that you are sent by God, and that we may truly enter into this kingdom which you and your disciples declare is near at hand?” And Jesus answered:”Judge my apostles and disciples by their fruits. The spirit will witness in your hearts that our message is genuine. Just as an earthly father wants his children to feel secure in his love and does not keep his child in suspense about his place in the family, neither does your Father in heaven leave his faith children in doubtful uncertainty as to their position in the kingdom. If you receive God as your Father, then indeed and in truth you are sons of God. By believing in the Father, you have made your status in heavenly citizenship sure. If you do the will of the Father in heaven, you shall never fail in the attainment of the eternal life of progress in the divine kingdom. The evidence that you have been born of the spirit is that you love one another”(142.5.1-5).**************** A man named Nicodemus, a member of the Sanhedrin, a group of Jewish rulers in the Temple, desired a very private meeting with Jesus. He was afraid of the other rulers who were looking for a way to get rid of Jesus. I’m going to skip the first part of the meeting because it is exactly like the Bible. (Nico needs to be born again, but how can he do that when he’s old and can’t go back in his mother’s stomach.) Nicodemus asked: “But how can I begin to lay hold upon this Spirit which is to remake in preparation for entering into the kingdom?” Jesus answered: “Already does the Spirit of the Father in heaven indwell you. If you would be led by this Spirit from above, very soon would you begin to see with the eyes of Spirit. And then with the wholehearted choice of Spirit guidance would you be born of the Spirit since your only purpose in living would be to do the will of your Father who is in heaven…And you would begin to bear in your daily life the abundant fruits of the Spirits”(142.6.1-8).*********************** I am starting to use gender neutral pronouns as much as possible. This book was dictated by celestial beings in the 40s or 50s, before all the revolutions. To continue. Thomas asked Jesus a question as they all were resting at Bethany. This question was really dumb and it set Jesus off. The question was: “Master, on the day we were set apart as ambassadors of the kingdom, you told us many things, instructed us regarding our personal mode of life, but what shall we teach the multitude? How are these people to live after the kingdom more fully comes? Shall your disciples own slaves? Shall you believers court poverty and shun property? Shall mercy alone prevail so that we shall have no more law and justice?” These questions elicited a discussion that went on all afternoon and into the night. Jesus answered:”First, the Son of Man is the only person living on earth who can simultaneously see into the heart of God and into the depths of the human soul. Second, the kingdom of heaven in an evolutionary experience, beginning on earth and progressing up through successive life stations to Paradise. Third, the kingdom idea was not the best way of expressing humanity’s to God. It is better illustrated by a family relationship. Jesus restated two fundamental laws of living: the first commandment for the Father, the head of the family, and the second commandment of mutual love among the children, to love your sibling as yourself. Jesus then stated that the true family if founded on the following 7 facts: 1. The fact of existence. The relationship between parent and child is inherent in all nature and pervades all living things. 2. Security and pleasure. All parents want to meet their child’s urge for fun and pleasure after they have met their basic needs. 3. Education and training.True parents plan for their child’s future as a person who must support themselves. 4. Discipline and restraint. Parents don’t want to raise serial killers so they make guidance and values a part of their parenting. 5. Companionship and loyalty. Parents are always ready to share the hardships of their offspring. 6. Love and mercy. Real families are built upon tolerance, patience and forgiveness. 7.Provision for the future. Parents, if the can, leave a legacy to their children. Jesus concluded by saying: “This entire relationship of a son to a Father, I know in perfection, for all that you must attain of sonship in the eternal, I have now already attained.” ** But Thomas still didn’t understand: “But Master, we still do not find that the Father in heaven always deals kindly and mercifully with us. Many of time we suffer grievously on earth, and not always are our prayers answered. Where do we fail to grasp the meaning of your teaching?” Jesus replied: “Thomas, Thomas, how long will it be before you will acquire the ability to listen with the ear of the Spirit? How long will it be before you discern that the kingdom is a spiritual kingdom, and that my Father is also a spiritual being? Why do so literally apply my teaching to material affairs? By this time it should be possible for me to instruct you as full grown men of the Spirit. Must I ever address you as children? Will you never grow up in Spirit perception? Nevertheless, I love you and will bear with you, even to the very end of our association in the flesh. And even then shall my Spirit go before you into all the world” (142.7.1-17).******* By the end of April the opposition to Jesus on the part of the rulers of the Temple was so strong that the group left Jerusalem for Bethlehem and Hebron. During the month of May they did no public preaching. Instead, they went house to house, comforting the sick an d teaching the gospel. Jesus and Abner visited the Nazirite colony at Engedi. The Nazirite brothers refused to join Jesus because he did not teach fasting or other forms of self denial. Many souls, however, were added to the kingdom. Things had settled down in Jerusalem, so Jesus and the 12 went back to spend the month of June instructing and comforting believers. They did no public preaching so the temple rulers left them alone. Jerusalem was quiet; the apostles were quiet; Jesus was quiet, but this serenity could not last long. A Jew named Simon and a member of the Sanhedrin, announced that he was going to espouse the teaching Jesus. Then, all hell broke loose.

I need to pause and bring further information about some items I’ve mentioned in the past. I watched a YouTube presentation in which Kerry Cassidy interviewed Simon Parkes. Simon was raised among the Illuminati and endured abuse and satanism. He’s a refugee from that life and is recovering. He added to my knowledge of QAnon. It consists of 5 men who use AI and a 5D wave machine to predict the future, and Simon says their predictions have a high probability of success. I have more information now. A group of generals told Jerome Corsi, a writer, that Donald Trump had been recruited by a military intelligence group calling itself QAnon to run for president in 2016 and if elected, to remove all the corrupt Deep State officials. They also gave him a list of items to accomplish. I can’t find the list, but Trump is accomplishing most of the items on the list. They also said they would support him to the max. Trump doesn’t know the identity of these men.** I’ve also mentioned the 50, 000 indictments (the figure changes) which we are still waiting to be unsealed. Trump created quazi-military courts in every state to handle the trials, so they could be short, maybe 2 weeks. The trials will be held in the states where the indictments are served and the served live. The states with the most indictments are Ohio, Texas, Virginia, and California. Judges have had special training for these trials. In the actual indictments the words satanism or pedophilia won’t appear. Child trafficking will be the vocabulary used. The size and co-ordination of the child trafficking networks are shocking, and they must be pulled out by the roots. There will be complete secrecy surrounding these trials.**************** Another item is that an enormous number of satellites have been taken offline by “bad guys.” And China has put in orbit the first superluminal satellite. Now, that means faster than light, which travels 186,000 miles per second. So I really question this report. Why wouldn’t the satellite fling itself out of orbit? Or burn up? Or crash?********************* The weather wars were also discussed. It is mainly the US making war against itself. For instance, Hurricane Florence was an engineered storm. This weather technology is being interrupted by a huge gong which sends out a frequency damaging to the technology. But the really good news is that weather events are facilitated by satellites, and with so many satellites offline, the technology is dormant. The bad guys who took the sats offline were actually aliens, not Chinese or Russians. The aliens are trying to save us from destroying ourselves.*********** Richard Allen Miller, a geologist, said on 11/18 that the volcano at Yellowstone was going to erupt in 6 months. It has been 6 months 6/19, and it hasn’t blown yet. It is actually overdue to erupt, according to records. Recently, a volcano in Hawaii was triggered to erupt. Why are we being targeted by our own people? This is definitely something for Trump to work on. The news media didn’t pick this up, but there was an assassination attempt made on his life. I think it was the night that Marines were swarming around the White House.

Urantia Book 36. The life of Jesus of Nazareth, Joshua ben Joseph, Christ Michael, Sovereign God of Nebadon. On February 26 Jesus, his apostles and a large contingent of followers journeyed down the Jordan to the ford near Bethany near Perea. They taught and preached four weeks before going on to Jerusalem. Jesus took Peter, James and John across the river for a three day rest, where he taught them many advanced truths about the kingdom. He said that the only business of teachers of the gospel of the kingdom was to reveal God to the individual person as a Father–to lead the person to become son or daughter conscious; then to present this person to God as his faith child. Jesus asserted that he had come to establish personal and eternal relations with each and every individual person which would forever take precedence over all other human relationships. Jesus made emphatic two truths important in teaching about the kingdom: the attainment of salvation by faith and the attainment of liberty as in the expression: “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” Jesus was so bold and emphatic in making these statements that the three apostles thought he might be beside himself. And they didn’t understand some of what he said.************************************ During the time at Perea, Andrew assigned apostolic couples to go to Jericho several times a week. They were to carry out Jesus’ instructions to minister to the sick; they visited every house in the city and tried to comfort every afflicted person. The apostles found that the good news of the kingdom was very comforting to the sick, and their message brought comfort to the afflicted. “And it was in Jericho that Jesus’ commission to the twelve to preach the glad tidings of the kingdom and minister to the afflicted was fully carried into effect” (141.8.2). Jesus and his apostles left for the home of Lazarus in Bethany on the last day of March. John’s disciples stayed at the Jordan to baptize the many followers. Mary and Martha, sisters of Lazarus, were very happy to wait upon and take care of Jesus and his apostles. On Sunday morning, April 6, Jesus and the 12 went down to Jerusalem; this would be the first they were all there together.************* Jesus or his apostles taught in the Temple everyday. The burden of their message was fourfold: 1. The kingdom of heaven is at hand. 2. By faith in the fatherhood of God you may enter the kingdom of heaven, thus becoming the children of God. 3. Love is the rule of living within the kingdom–supreme devotion to God while loving your neighbor as yourself. 4. Obedience to the will of the Father, yielding the fruits of the spirits in one’s personal life is the law of the kingdom. People loved the message, but the rulers of the Temple became concerned and wondered what to do with these preachers. People became believers, and after Passover, carried the message to the most remote parts of the Empire and to the East. The Word would no longer be confined to Palestine.******************* Jacob, a wealthy Jewish trader from Crete, asked Andrew for a private meeting with Jesus. Jacob didn’t understand the concept of a God who is a loving, merciful Father. All he knew was the God of Moses, a fire-breathing tyrant. Jesus said to him: “Our Father in Paradise is changeless. But our concept of his nature has enlarged and grown since the days of Moses…And now I have come in the flesh to reveal the Father in new glory and to show forth his love and mercy to all people on all worlds… Remember, Jacob, that a good and true father not only loves his family as a whole–as a family–but he also truly loves and affectionately cares for each individual member. And Jacob answered, “Rabbi, I believe; I desire that you lead me into the Father’s kingdom” (142.2.2).************* That night the apostles asked Jesus many questions about God. Jesus scolded them, saying they ought to know by now the history of the Jews’ relationship with Yahweh. But he gave them a short course in the growth of the idea of God: 1. Yahweh was the god of the Sinai clans. Moses exalted this primitive concept to the higher level of Lord God of Israel. The Father in heaven accepts the worship of his children no matter what name they give him. 2. The Most High was a concept of the Father proclaimed by Machiventi Melchizedek to Abraham, who was also exposed to El Elyon–The Most High God. This was a blending of older Mesopotamian ideas with the Most High doctrine. 3. El Shaddai was worshiped by many Hebrews in the early days. It was the Egyptian concept of the God of heaven which the Jews encountered during their captivity. All of these concepts were blended to form the doctrine of the creator Deity–the Lord God of Israel. 4. Elohim is plural for god. It is supposed to be an early indication of the Trinity. Zecharia Sitchin, however, writes that these “gods” are the Anunnaki, a race of aliens who came to earth 450,000 years ago looking for gold. They created humans as a slave race to work in the mines. Later, they upgraded humans, and the Sumerian Civilization was born under the direction of these gods worshiped by the humans. 5. The Supreme Yahweh was an expanded concept of a Universal Creator who was all powerful and all merciful. This God ruled during the time of Isaiah and supplanted all previous ideas of Deity in Israel’s religion. 6. The Father in heaven (Universal Father) is the concept taught by Jesus. The believer is a child of God. This is the good news of the kingdom of heaven. Co-existent with the Universal Father are the Eternal Son and Infinite Spirit. The true worship of any human being–as concerns individual spiritual progress– is recognized by the indwelling spirit as homage to the Father in heaven. When Jesus paused in his history lesson, the apostles were too shocked to ask questions. Jesus scared them sometimes . They were completely silent. Jesus continued to berate them: “And you would have known these truths had you read the scriptures…in the days of Samuel, the children of Abraham really believed that Yahweh created both good and evil. But a later writer did not dare to attribute evil to Yahweh. And you should be aware that the second 10 Commandments is more enlightened than the first 10 Commandments, and my commandment is the most enlightened: Love God with all your heart, soul, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself (142.3.1-22).

Urantia Book 35. The life of Jesus of Nazareth, Joshua ben Joseph, Christ Michael, Sovereign God of Nebadon. The night before they left Pella, Jesus gave the apostles more instructions regarding the new kingdom. He said: “You have developed a concept of the kingdom of heaven as a glorified rule of the Jewish people over all the peoples of the earth with Messiah sitting on David’s throne and from this place of miraculous power promulgating the laws of all the world. But, my children, you see not with the eyes of faith, and you hear not with the understanding of the spirit. I declare that the kingdom of heaven is the realization and acknowledgement of God’s rule within the hearts of men. True, there is a king in this kingdom, and that king is your Father and my Father. We are indeed his loyal subjects, but far transcending that fact is the transforming truth that we are his sons. In my life this truth is to become manifest to all. Our Father also sits upon a throne, but not one made with hands. The throne of the Infinite is the eternal dwelling place of the Father in the heaven of heavens; he fills all things and proclaims his laws to universes upon universes. And the Father also rules within the hearts of his children on earth by the spirit he has sent to live within the souls of mortal men. When the Father’s will is your law, you are hardly in the kingdom. But when the Father’s will becomes truly your will, then are you in very truth in the kingdom because the kingdom has thereby become an established experience in you. When God’s will is your law, you are a noble slave subject; but when you believe in this new gospel of divine sonship, my Father’s will becomes your will, and you are elevated to the high position of free children of God, liberated sons of the kingdom” (141.2.1-2). The apostles didn’t understand the full meaning of this amazing announcement, but during later preaching it would give them great cheer. The Master and his apostles stayed near Amathus for nearly three weeks. The apostles preached twice a day to the crowds, and Jesus preached on Sabbath afternoons. It was impossible to continue the Wednesday R&R, so each apostle took one day off during the week. Peter, James and John did most of the preaching. Philip, Nathaniel, Thomas and Simon did the personal work and held classes for those with special questions. The Zebedee twins continued their police supervision. Andrew, Matthew and Judas evolved into a managerial committee, while also doing religious work. Andrew had the delicate job of dealing with John’s disciples. There were constant misunderstandings and disagreements between John’s disciples and Jesus’ new disciples. Jesus refused to help in defusing these conflicts or participate in the conferences. Nor would he give any advice about resolving these issues. His attitude was “I’m the adult and I’m not getting involved in the squabbles of my children.” (141.3.1-3)*************** The UB then proceeds to describe Jesus. He sounds like a God, which he should; he is a God. He “displayed great wisdom and manifested perfect fairness” in his dealings with his disciples. Jesus “was truly a master of men.” There was a “subtle commanding influence” in Jesus. There was “intellectual attractiveness and spiritual drawing power in his authoritative manner of teaching, in his lucid logic, his strength of reasoning, his sagacious insight, his alertness of mind, his matchless poise, and his sublime tolerance.” He was “simple, manly, honest and fearless. ” He possessed “patience, tenderness, meekness, gentleness and humility.” Jesus was indeed a strong and forceful personality; he was an intellectual power and spiritual stronghold. UB then decries the art which has portrayed Jesus as weak and wimpy. “The pictures of Jesus have been most unfortunate. These paintings of the Christ have had a deleterious influence on youth…Jesus did not pose as a mild, sweet, gentle and kindly mystic.” (141.3.4-6) Jesus really was intellectually and ruggedly attractive. He is still attracting followers after 2000 years. There are over a billion Catholics and probably another billion of other Christians. And the church is still growing. ***************** While at Amathus, Jesus spent much time with his apostles impressing upon them that God was their Father, not some bookkeeper in the sky making a check mark after all their mistakes. “God is your Father and my religion–my gospel–is nothing more nor less than the believing recognition of the truth that you are his sons. And I am here in the flesh among you to make clear both of these ideas in my life and teachings.” Jesus also was determined to free his apostles’ minds from the idea of animal sacrifice as a religious duty. The apostles were slow to understand this. (I am trying to put myself in their place and have someone tell me we aren’t going to worship Christ anymore through the Eucharist–it would be terrible and depressing to me.) The Master was patient; if one parable didn’t work, he would try another. At this time Jesus went deeper into the message the apostles would be preaching: to comfort the afflicted and minister to the sick.” He taught them about the whole man: the union of body, mind and spirit. He also taught them about the three forms of affliction they would encounter and how to recognize them: First, diseases of the flesh–affliction commonly regarded as physical sickness. Second, troubled minds–those nonphysical afflictions which were subsequently looked upon as emotional and mental disturbances. Third, the possession by evil spirits. Jesus explained the nature and origin of evil spirits. He knew the difference between possession by evil spirits and insanity, but the apostles did not. It wasn’t possible for Jesus to give them this information, but he did say: “They shall no more molest men when I shall have ascended to my Father in heaven, and after I have poured out my spirit on all flesh in those times when the kingdom will come in great power and spiritual glory” (141.4.1-5). I don’t understand this statement because demons are still at large. James Zebedee still didn’t get it and he brought the full force of Jesus’ personality down on his head. He asked: “Master, how shall we learn to see alike and thereby enjoy more harmony among ourselves?” Jesus replied vigorously: “James, James, when did I teach you that you should all see alike?! I have come into the world to proclaim spiritual liberty to the end that mortals may be empowered to live individual lives of originality and freedom before God. I do not desire that social harmony and fraternal peace shall be purchased by the sacrifice of free personality and spiritual originality. What I require of you, my apostles, is spirit unity–and that you can experience in the joy of your united dedication to the wholehearted doing of the will of my Father in heaven. You do not have to see alike or feel alike or even think alike in order spiritually to be alike. Spiritual unity is derived from the consciousness that each of you is indwelt, and increasingly dominated, by the spirit gift of the heavenly Father. Your apostolic harmony must grow out of the fact that the spirit hope of each of you is identical in origin, nature and destiny” (141.5.1). Jesus added: “Your spirit unity implies two things, which will always be found to harmonize in the lives of individual believers: First, you are possessed with a common motive for life service; you all desire above everything to do the will of the Father in heaven. Second, you all have a common goal of existence; you all purpose to find the Father in heaven, thereby proving to the universe that you have become like him. Again and again during the training of the 12, Jesus reverted to this theme. Repeatedly he told them that it was not his desire that those who believed in him should become dogmatic and standardized. He would warn against the formulation of creeds and the establishment of traditions as a means of guiding and controlling believers in the gospel of the kingdom” (141.5.3-4).

Urantia Book 34. The life of Jesus of Nazareth, Joshua ben Joseph, Christ Michael, Sovereign God of Nebadon. The following Sabbath Jesus took the apostles back to the place where he had ordained them. After a touching message of encouragement, he consecrated them. He gathered them around him and put them into the hands of his Father, in preparation for the day when he would not be with them. He did no teaching, but his consecration charge was: “Go into all the world and preach the glad tidings of the kingdom. Liberate spiritual captives, comfort the oppressed, and minister to the afflicted. Freely you have received, freely give”(140.9.2). Jesus also gave them some advice: “Behold I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves; be you therefore as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves. But take heed, for your enemies will take you up before their councils, while in their synagogues they will castigate you. Before governors and rulers you will be brought because you believe this gospel, and your very testimony will be a witness for me to them. And when they lead you to judgment, be not anxious about what you shall say, for the spirit of my Father indwells you and will at such a time speak through you. Some of you will be put to death, and before you establish the kingdom on earth, you will be hated by many peoples because of this gospel; but fear not, I will be with you, and my spirit shall go before you into all the world. And my Father’s presence will abide with you while you go first to the Jews and then to the gentiles”(140.9.3).******************* The evening after the consecration the group was indoors at the Zebedee home. Jesus talked to the 12 a long time, trying to show them what they must BE, not what they must DO. They only knew a religion that told them what to do. Jesus told them they must be righteous to do the work of the kingdom. They must be perfect as the Father is perfect. He explained to the bewildered apostles that salvation was to be had by believing, by simple and sincere faith. The apostles would proclaim a baptism of fellowship with God. They could preach repentance if someone needed to hear it, but for those already seeking entrance into the kingdom, open the doors wide and bid them enter into the joyous fellowship of the sons of God.************************* Another mistake the 12 made was their tendency to take highly idealistic or religious truths and to remake them into concrete rules of personal conduct. And they didn’t grasp that Jesus was working on Urantia, not only for the people of Urantia, but for everyone in his universe. (I don’t believe that non-humanoid ETs come from our universe. Jesus created the life forms on the planets, and I can’t see him creating mantids. Also, spiders as big as VW bugs came through a portal on the Outer Banks of NC, and I can’t see him creating anything like that. However, there are intelligent raptors that work with our military. According to the UB, life is allowed to progress by evolution, so its possible that reptiles evolved into the most intelligent life form on some planets. And there is now a question about whether dinosaurs were reptiles.) To continue, Jesus was working to create a high spiritual and inspirational ideal for all mortal beings on all worlds. That evening Thomas asked a not so smart question: “Master, you have told us we must become as children before we can enter the kingdom and yet you have warned us not to be deceived by false prophets or cast our pearls before swine. Now, I am honestly puzzled. I cannot understand your teaching.” Jesus replied: “How shall I bear with you! Ever you insist on making literal all I teach. When I told you to become a child as the price of entering the kingdom, I didn’t mean you would be easily deceived, but you would easily believe.” Jesus also talked to Matthew during supper, and told him that the morality of an act is determined by its intent–the individual’s motive. Does that sound like relativism? The golden rule as restated by Jesus demands active social contact. Jesus had very positive ideas about morality. Simon Zelotes asked if all men were sons of God, and when Jesus replied in the affirmative, he was quite dismayed. “Yes, Simon, all men are sons of God, and that is the good news you are going to proclaim.” But the apostles couldn’t grasp such a doctrine; it was a new, strange and startling announcement. In response to a question asked by Andrew, Jesus made it clear that the morality of his teaching was inseparable from the religion of his living. He taught morality, not from the nature of man, but from the relation of man to God (I wonder if Christian theologians know anything about this.). At last John got the Master’s attention and asked him to define the kingdom of heaven. Jesus answered: “There are 3 essentials: first, recognition of the fact of the sovereignty of God; second, belief in the truth of sonship with God; third, faith in the effectiveness of the supreme human desire to do the will of God.” And this is the good news of the gospel: that by faith every mortal may have all these essentials of salvation” (140.10.1-9).****** Finally, the time had come to do the work. It was January 19, AD 27. But Jesus was missing, so Andrew went out searching for him. He found Jesus sitting in a boat and weeping. This was the first time any of the twelve had seen Jesus weep. Andrew asked why he was weeping on the eve of their departure for Jerusalem. Andrew was afraid that one of the twelve had offended Jesus. Many of the families of the 12 had come to wish them well on their first tour, and Jesus told Andrew that no member of his family had “come over to wish us Godspeed.” The UB notes that pride, disappointment, misunderstanding and petty resentment kept them away.************************* Since Jesus was famous in Galilee, and Herod was aware of him, he decided to take his apostles down the Jordan River and through Judea. Over 100 believers wanted to follow him, but he told them to wait a few days. They stopped at Pella for 2 weeks, preaching and teaching. Several hundred people gathered around their camp from Galilee, Phoenicia, Syria, the Decapolis, Perea and Judea. Jesus did no public preaching. Andrew divided the multitude and assigned the 12 for the forenoon and afternoon teachings. After dinner Jesus talked to the 12, but he only reviewed his teachings and answered questions. The apostles did not need to baptize John’s disciples, but the disciples wondered why Jesus did nothing to get John released from prison, especially if Jesus was all that John said he was. They wondered why Jesus did nothing to prevent the cruel death of their beloved leader. Andrew carefully instructed his fellow apostles in the delicate task of getting along smoothly with the followers of John the Baptist. During the first year of Jesus’ public ministry more than three-fourths of his followers had previously followed John and received his baptism. The entire year of AD 27 was spent in quietly taking over John’s work in Perea and Judea (141.1.1-5).

Urantia Book 33. The life of Jesus of Nazareth, Joshua ben Joseph, Christ Michael, Sovereign God of Nebadon. Sunday evening Jesus and the Apostles reached the Zebedee home in Capernaum. Jesus went for a walk and the 12 talked among themselves. Andrew went to find Jesus and told him that the Apostles needed more instruction from Jesus because they did not understand his finer points. Jesus entered the garden, where they had a fire going, and said: “You find it difficult to receive my message because you would build the new teaching directly upon the old, but I declare that you must be reborn. You must start out afresh as little children and be willing to trust my teaching and believe in God.” He told them the mistakes they were making: they were trying to conform the new gospel to the present circumstances; they have wrong ideas about the Son of Man and his mission; and they believe Jesus came to abolish the law and the prophets. They don’t seem to get it that Jesus came to fulfill, enlarge and illuminate, not to transgress the law, but to write the new commandments on the hearts of every human being. Jesus demanded an extra righteousness of his Apostles that consists in love, mercy and truth–the sincere desire to do the will of their Father in heaven. This section of the life of Jesus has the hard sayings in it. For example, Moses allowed divorce, but Jesus said: “every man who looks upon a woman with intent to lust after her has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (140.6.5). James Zebedee interrupted Jesus and asked what to teach regarding divorce. Jesus answered: “I have not come to legislate but to enlighten. I have not come to reform the kingdoms of this world but rather to establish the kingdom of heaven…I am on earth solely to comfort the minds, liberate the spirits and save the souls of men”(146.6.6). According to Jesus there are two viewpoints of all mortal conduct: the human and the divine; the way of the flesh and the way of the spirit; time and eternity. The Apostles didn’t understand what Jesus meant by this analysis. Whenever Jesus became intellectual, he lost the Apostles. Nathaniel wanted to know if “an eye for an eye” still applied as a form of justice. Jesus replied: “You shall return good for evil…Measure for measure shall not be your rule…mercy always shall determine your judgments and love your conduct” (140.6.9). The Apostles were dismayed at these hard rulings, so Jesus told them they could back out or return to the less rigorous path of discipleship. They drew apart and talked among themselves. They then told Jesus they wanted to remain attached to him as Apostles. But Jesus had still more instructions. They were to hide their good works, like almsgiving. They were to pray in private, not like the Pharisees, who shout their prayers to be noticed. Don’t pray in vain, repetitious phrases. If they fast, they aren’t to do it with a gloomy expression. And last, they were not to save money or other valuable objects. They were to continue living in common. They weren’t to be anxious about where their next meal was coming from, or about what to wear. Once they were in the kingdom, all things would be added to them. Don’t be anxious for tomorrow; tomorrow has troubles of its own.******* The following week the Apostles weren’t ready to go out on the road preaching, so the group stayed at the Zebedee house and let the curious come to them. They preached and went fishing, and it was a very relaxing week. The Apostles were grateful for the “charmingly beautiful life (Jesus) lived with them.”***************** Jesus knew of course that his followers were confused by his teachings. He decided to take Peter, James and John out on the Sea for a 4-hour teaching conference. He hoped that these three would be able to clarify his teachings for the rest of the Apostles. These Apostles stubbornly persisted in attaching the new spiritual teachings onto their old and entrenched literal concepts of the kingdom of heaven as a restoration of David’s throne and the re-establishment of Israel as a temporal power on earth. (It is now a temporal power, and some say this is a sign of the end times. But people get carried away with Bible codes and prophecies. Jesus will come when he comes–maybe when everyone is a Christian. But getting to that point will be full of threats and dangers. In fact we see it in the world today. The Patriot Act turned the US into a police state. China is trying to force other countries to adopt 5G. Then there are chemtrails, which drop nanotech bots into our bodies. I’ve heard that physicians can remove that from the body. I could go on and on, but I already covered threats in my previous blog.)**** Simon Peter explained the teaching to Andrew the next morning: First, Peter covered “doing the Father’s will.” Jesus had no problem with forethought; what he preached against was anxiety or worry. He also discussed the personal practice of non-resistance. Jesus made a distinction between what was allowed the state and what was allowed the individual. The individual could not get revenge for an injury, but the state could act to maintain social order. Jesus told them not to defend themselves and not to resist evil. But he did not teach passive tolerance of wrongdoing. The government could punish criminals and must sometimes use force in the execution of justice. Jesus drilled the 3 men in the boat about the evil practice of revenge.****************** The next area Peter relayed to Andrew was “political attitude.” Jesus forbade his Apostles from becoming embroiled in the Zealot cause or any other revolutionary movement which tried to throw off Roman rule. They were not to say anything to stimulate Jews to react emotionally about Roman rule. Jesus himself refused to have his attention diverted from his mission of bringing the kingdom to the people. And no generation is exempt from the labor of discovering how best to adapt Jesus’ life to its own problems. (140.8.1-10). ****************** Next, Peter said Jesus taught them about “social attitudes.” Jesus was not a sociologist, but he sought to break down all form of selfish isolation. His justice was always tempered with mercy. The keynote of our universe of Nebadon and our superuniverse of Orvonton is mercy, so we are very fortunate, because actual courts exist on Uversa, the capital of Orvonton. Lucifer and Satan were tried there, and they no longer exist. To continue, Jesus made it clear that indiscriminate kindness has caused many social evils (like Big Government?). He told Judas that no alms were to be given out unless he permitted it.*************** Jesus also taught on “economic attitudes.”Jesus did not teach against wealth and property, only against their unjust distribution. He didn’t tell his followers to avoid earthly possessions, only his Apostles. Jesus warned his listeners against covetousness, saying that more possessions don’t bring happiness. He constantly said: “What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world but lose his own soul?”************ The last subject Peter related to Andrew was “personal religion.” Jesus did not attack the prophets of the Jews or the moralists of the Greeks. He taught something additional: the voluntary conformity of man’s will to God’s will. Jesus wasn’t interested in producing a merely religious man. The kind of man produced and the image of Jesus have both been perverted by institutional Christianity. Jesus had a “superb self-respect” and that’s what he wanted for his new man (woman?). Instead, he got monks who denied themselves everything and even flagellated themselves. The heart of his religion was a compassionate character joined to a desire to do the will of the Father. Peter grasped that the gospel they were about to proclaim was really a fresh beginning for the whole human race. Jesus wanted each soul to develop in its own way, a perfecting and separate individual before God. And he made no provision for the examination of sins. Confession would be invented much later.

Urantia Book 32. The life of Jesus of Nazareth, Joshua ben Joseph, Christ Michael, Sovereign God of Nebadon. The Sermon on the Mount, which appears in the New Testament, was not really the gospel of Jesus. It was presented as an ordination charge to the 12 Apostles. He told them that they were the salt of the earth, but if salt loses its flavor, it’s thrown away. Salt in Jesus’ time was precious; it was used as money. The word “salary” comes from salt. It not only flavors food, it is a preservative, and thus it serves by being spent. Jesus told the Apostles they were the “light of the world,”and not to hide their light, but to shine it before men that they may see the Apostles’ good work and glorify God. Shine light so that men may be led into new life. Strong character is not produced from not doing wrong, but from actively doing right. Unselfishness is the mark of human greatness. The highest levels of self-realization are attained by worship and service (this is a very profound idea for a Christian). I was a teacher before I retired, and I experienced self-realization one day at school. I had a parent conference in the principal’s office, and when I went back to my classroom, my conscious mind suddenly expanded to fill the whole room. I was in a state of bliss. Since I have chronic clinical major depression, naturally I wonder if that’s how I would feel if I were not depressed. But it wasn’t just a good feeling. It may have been my higher self. It was my self on a higher level. But soon it went away and never returned. Back to Jesus. Jesus told the 12 that the major error of religions is negativism, and that moral worth can’t be derived from repression, as in the injunctions of the 10 Commandments: Thou shall not: do this or that. It is unworthy of a human to obey the rules of a religion out of fear or shame. An effective philosophy of living is formed by a combination of cosmic insight and the total of one’s emotional reactions to the social and economical environment. Emotional responses to inherited urges can be changed, and thus the moral nature can be changed, and character can be improved. A unified personality is one in which emotional responses are integrated and co-ordinated. But a person must have a worthy goal, otherwise life becomes aimless, unprofitable and unhappy (140.4.1-10).******************** Jesus made a great change in his instructions to his Apostles. No longer did he tell them to love their brother as themselves. Now he told them to love other people as their father-as a father loves his child. This changed and widened the range of love that could be offered to another person. And Jesus loves us as a father, so it makes sense for us to love as fathers or mothers. Jesus again discussed the Beatitudes in light of this change: 1. Happy are the poor in spirit. Rich in spirit means egotistical, while poor in spirit means humble. Humble means teachable and truthspeaking. The poor is spirit seek spiritual wealth–God. 2. Happy are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. Only those who feel poor in spirit will ever hunger for righteousness. Only the humble seek for divine strength and crave spiritual power. Experiential righteousness is a pleasure, not a duty. 3. Happy are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Meekness is a readiness to co-operate with God–to say: “Your will be done.” It is patience with life and other people. It is faith in a lawful and friendly universe. NOTE: Navy pilots have been seeing UFOs and they’ve been allowed to report this to the media. This is because they are getting the public ready for a disclosure event, which for most Americans will be a big, fat anti-climax. There are alien/human hybrids walking the streets as we live our lives unknowingly. Some of the hybrids are highly functional and work in technical areas. William Tompkins, a Navy spaceship designer, had a very good-looking secretary who fed him information about how to design spaceships. She fed him the information telepathically. He later married her. 4. Happy are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Jesus meant that we should love other people as we love our children. My love for my children is infinite, so I guess that’s what he’s talking about. Another aspect of a parent’s love is to see the best in his child, and thus we should see the best or at least the good in other people. To see God in other people is to acquire true spiritual insight, and this enhances Adjuster guidance, and these in the end augment Christ Consciousness. Jesus went on to instruct his Apostles in the chief purpose of all human struggling-perfection–even divine attainment. He pointed out 4 supreme responses of fatherly love: 1. Happy are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. This takes an attitude of tenderheartedness, empathy or sympathy. It is a person who can listen and relate to another’s pain. And being sensitive and responsive to human need creates genuine and lasting happiness. 2. Happy are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Mercy here means the truest friendship-lovingkindness. Mercy can be passive, but here it is active and dynamic–supreme fatherliness. A loving parent has little difficulty in forgiving his child–even many times. 3. Happy are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God. Jesus said: “Let not your heart be troubled; neither let it be afraid.” Jesus was talking about personal peace, peace of mind, the peace that integrates personality. Social peace prevents fear, greed and anger. Political peace prevents race antagonisms, national suspicions and war. 4. Happy are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Happy are you when men revile you and say all manner of evil against you falsely. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven. And a fatherly love can freely do all these things–things which brotherly love can hardly encompass. And fatherly love delights in returning good for evil–doing good in retaliating for injustice.