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The Urantia Book: Revealing the Mysteries of God, the Universe, World History, Jesus, and Ourselves [Paperback]

Urantia Foundation
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11 Jan 1999
You have just discovered the literary masterpiece that answers your questions about God, life in the inhabited universe, the history and future of this world, and the life of Jesus. The Urantia Book harmonizes history, science, and religion into a philosophy of living that brings new meaning and hope into your life. If you are searching for answers, read The Urantia Book! The world needs new spiritual truth that provides modern men and women with an intellectual pathway into a personal relationship with God. Building on the world's religious heritage, The Urantia Book describes an endless destiny for humankind, teaching that living faith is the key to personal spiritual progress and eternal survival. These teachings provide new truths powerful enough to uplift and advance human thinking and believing for the next 1000 years. A third of The Urantia Book is the inspiring story of Jesus' entire life and a revelation of his original teachings. This panoramic narrative includes his birth, childhood, teenage years, adult travels and adventures, public ministry, crucifixion, and 19 resurrection appearances. This inspiring story recasts Jesus from the leading figure of Christianity into the guide for seekers of all faiths and all walks of life.

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  • Paperback: 2097 pages
  • Publisher: Urantia Foundation; 4th Revised edition edition (11 Jan 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0911560513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0911560510
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 16 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 970,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Love 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 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) Suffering 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) Angels 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 himEURO"immortal. (p. 1449) God is not only the determiner of destiny; he is man's eternal destination. (p. 67) Family 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 ...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) History/Science 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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Leather Bound
Sublime philosophy abounds in this incredible tome.
Attemping to just 'read' and absorb this book would be the equivalent of attempting to stuff a sandwich seven miles high in your mouth. The centre of increasing speculation and debate- (As it should be) demonstrates in itself the potentially world-changing import this book possesses.
This book does not claim to be a religion unto itself, and only people broad-minded enough to get past the initial 'It's a cult' reaction will really benefit which is a shame. I am not a member of the foundation although I have been reading this for 4 years now.Detractors are fine and are needed in fact, although a lot of negativity levelled at this publication is inspired by ignorance and understandably a fear of cults and their horrendous impact on people's lives.
This book does NOT carry a disclaimer anywhere saying....NOW U HAVE READ THIS, U WILL GO TO HELL/NOT PROGRESS IF U DO NOT DO THIS/THAT/THE OTHER. THERE IS NO CHRIST-LIKE FIGURE, NO LEADERS.The foundation is a non-profit-making organisation. It is about taking the church out of the church into the world in general. Many things in the book are too fantastic to believe. Why should they not be? We live in a fantastic world. The Urantia book can do no real harm to anybody, and everybody should read it.
One more point I feel I must make- the language and terms used throughout sound ridiculous and at first read, I laughed cynically.
In fact I found out these terms are used because there is no equivalent in English and so many are derived from Latin. As is indeed-'Urantia' itself. Anyway, I like it. It's a great happening waiting to happen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read the Urantia book, judge it by its contents. 9 April 2001
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Format:Hardcover
I'm nearing the end of a first reading of the Urantia book. While it's possible to raise all sorts of pros and cons, I feel it's never going to be possible at this distance to absolutely prove or disprove its provenance - only to make a personal judgement based on its content.
From my own perspective it feels like a homecoming following a lifetime of struggling to reconcile the many inconsistencies of individual behaviour, religions, society, work organisation, materialism, spirituality and so on - of holding off on belief in anything very much because I could not square the inconsistencies. It's already irrevocably changed my life and my outlook.
I've read quite a lot on spiritual, religious and academic topics, but have never before encountered anything like it. It sets out a cosmology, a history of the earth and of evolution, and in this context tells the story of and the reason for the existence of humanity. It at the same time beautifully sets out how life can if we heed the advice of our own indwelling piece of God be lived as a journey of spiritual evolution and progress. It is a source of joy on the big questions of God, life, death, and life after death; but is at the same time very clear that we cannot survive either individually or as a race as non-spiritual materialists.
Far from rubbishing the Bible, the great religions, science, philosophy, sociology and the practical problems of faith and survival at the material level it manages through subtle reinterpretation of meanings and insights to show the role and central importance of each to the continuing evolution and development of the human race, while at the same time pointing out the pitfalls of adherence to absolute ideologies based on any of them.
For me it feels like truth - the internal consistency, the wisdom, the simplicity, the insight and the humanity are sublime.
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Format:Paperback
I purchased the softcover version about 5 months ago and have now read about two thirds of this enormous 2000 page work. This book is simply without parallel.
I remember thinking many years ago, 'Why do I have to wait until I die to find out the reasons for such and such...' Well I never did expect to get those questions answered in this life. But then, I hadn't read the Urantia book.
This book has managed to appear to assimilate the best from the world religions and philosophies to form an incredibly cohesive cosmic worldview. In fact, the way the entire book holds together in its self consistency, profundity, sublime morality, and sheer original brilliance has convinced me that it must in fact be a divine revelation, as it indeed purports itself to be. Indeed, after reading much of this book, the religions and philosophies of the world appear to be dilutions of the real thing.
Expect adequate answers to these questions, and more:
Who is God and what is He like? How does God 'interface' with our universe? How was the universe created, and why? How did biological life come into existence? Why is life progressing? What really is the detailed biologic and geologic history of earth? When did man appear, and what is his detailed history? What really makes man unique from other animals? How did the different races and cultures begin? What is involved in 'mind' and 'spirit'? How can God live in us? How does God communicate with us? What are the nature and kinds of celestial intelligences? What really happened in the rebellion of certain celestial intelligences? Why are there so many religions? Why does God allow suffering and injustice? Is there life on other planets? What is earth's ultimate destiny? What is our destiny after death? Who will survive?
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