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  • Leather Bound: 2132 pages
  • Publisher: Urantia Foundation; New Ed edition (11 Feb. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0911560084
  • ISBN-13: 978-0911560084
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 15.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
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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 him "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)

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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 him--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)


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If you are a Truth Seeker, then this is the book for you. If you seek to know more about Jesus Christ, what he said and what he did, including the so-called 'missing years' and why he died, then this is the book for you. The first two parts are heavy going for the average layman like myself, but the second two parts, especially on the Lucifer rebellion, the Garden of Eden, why our planet is currently isolated, cut off from universe communication; plus new details of the birth, life and teachings of Jesus, are fantastic. And if you ever wondered what happens after we die, where we go and the part played by angels, this officially permitted and constructed universal revelation will fill you in beautifully. Just don't let the hard parts like the Forward bog you down; skip over it. There is a feast of spiritual uplift to follow.
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I bought this book and im vary pleased with it ive had a few issuses with amazon but im not one to bad any one off even tho ive had many disscriminations with a lot if companys never mind but yes amazon i give you 5 stars for this book thumbs up thank you amazon well buzzin no hard feels on the issuses ive had wth you ur still cool thank you PsychicEminem
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When you find yourself in that stage of life when you seek answers to the fundamental questions that other books cannot provide, do your self a favor and buy this book.

What are we as a species? why are we here? are questions you have before reading this book.

What am I capable of achieving in this short life that will benefit mankind?
How do I align myself so as to be a part of The Universal plan?
How do I make the most of using this life to prepare my soul for life beyond this life in the flesh? are questions you have when you are only half-way through it.

This book is awesome in its scope and the level and depth of each subject that it covers answers questions that you may have and shows you the support that is open to those humans who have faith in the divine.

Whatever you think you know about this planet and its history I would suggest you prepare to be enlightened by the contents of this book.
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By maz on 24 Jan. 2016
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Far too difficult for me to follow.
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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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Very misleading and extremely difficult to read.
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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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