DIFFERENT STROKES FOR DIFFERENT FOLKS
(A Story of Religion)

   Religion in one form or another appeals to most people, yet appears offensive to many others.
Religion can be a deeply profound experience to some and bothersome to those who reason why it
is needed at all within the human social experience.
   In this report we will discuss the origin of religion and worship from primitive ideas to that which is
embraced in modern times and perhaps why some of these primitive Ideals are still in existence
with unchanged traditions still manifesting in a so called age of enlightenment. Quoted material is
directly from the Urantia book.

   “From the inception of life on an evolutionary planet to the time of its final flowering in the era of
light and life, there appear upon the stage of world action at least seven epochs of human life.
These successive ages are determined by the planetary missions of the divine Sons, and on an
average inhabited world these epochs appear in the following order:
1.   Pre-Planetary Prince Man.
2.   Post-Planetary Prince Man.
3.   Post-Adamic Man.
4.   Post-Magisterial Son Man.
5.   Post-Bestowal Son Man.
6.   Post-Teacher Son Man.
7.   The Era of Light and Life.

   The worlds of space, as soon as they are suitable for life, are placed on the registry of the Life
Carriers, and in due time these Sons are dispatched to such planets for the purpose of initiating
life. The entire period from life initiation to the appearance of man is designated the prehuman era
and precedes the successive mortal epochs considered in this narrative.”
     “…Religion is wholly an evolutionary process prior to the arrival of the Planetary Prince.
Subsequently, religion progresses by graduated revelation as well as by evolutionary growth. Each
dispensation, each mortal epoch, receives an enlarged presentation of spiritual truth and religious
ethics. The evolution of the religious capacity of receptivity in the inhabitants of a world largely
determines their rate of spiritual advancement and the extent of religious revelation.
   This dispensation (Post Planetary Prince) witnesses a spiritual dawn, and their various tribes
tend to develop specialized systems of religious and philosophic thought. There uniformly run
through all of the racial religions two strains: the early fears of primitive men and the later
revelations of the Planetary Prince. In some respects Urantians do not seem to have wholly
emerged from this stage of planetary evolution. As you pursue this study, you will the more clearly
discern how far your world departs from the average course of evolutionary progress and
development.” (Page 591)
    We will skip over the first three epochs and proceed with a few extractions concerning the Post-
Magisterial Son age and then to the Post-Bestowal Age which, because of certain defaults, was
initiated out of the usual order of ages, with the arrival of our Creator Son whose life was
terminated rather abruptly by some “wise guys” who thought he was too much of a disruption to
their plans for religious domination.

POST-MAGISTERIAL SON MAN (Random selections) (Page 594)
    “On normal and loyal planets this age opens with the mortal races blended and biologically fit.
There are no race or color problems; literally all nations and races are of one blood. The
brotherhood of man flourishes, and the nations are learning to live on earth in peace and
tranquility. Such a world stands on the eve of a great and culminating intellectual development.
   When an evolutionary world becomes thus ripe for the magisterial age, one of the high order of
Avonal Sons makes his appearance on a magisterial mission. The Planetary Prince and the
Material Sons are of local universe origin; the Magisterial Son hails from Paradise.
   During the closing ages of this dispensation, society begins to return to more simplified forms of
living. The complex nature of an advancing civilization is running its course, and mortals are
learning to live more naturally and effectively. And this trend increases with each succeeding
epoch. This is the age of the flowering of art, music, and higher learning. The physical sciences
have already reached their height of development. The termination of this age, on an ideal world,
witnesses the fullness of a great religious awakening, a world-wide spiritual enlightenment. And this
extensive arousal of the spiritual natures of the races is the signal for the arrival of the Bestowal
Son and for the inauguration of the fifth mortal epoch.”
   Urantia has yet to receive a Magisterial Son having failed to meet the required qualifications, in
large part due to the default of the Adamic mission which was cut short without attaining most of its
objectives. Instead, having bypassed the magisterial mission our Creator Son made a once in a
lifetime appearance as a mortal of our realm, which was also cut short; we are probably due for an
appearance from the Melchizadek order, or even fairly soon an Avonal Son from Paradise. Our
planet couldn’t be more out of line with the normal affairs of an average planet so in lieu of the
Avonal Son there may appear another Melchizadek
Son to straighten out the planet prior to the arrival of any higher order of being.
   While there is a difference of opinion among the spiritual beings resident on our planet, the chief
of seraphim here feels that at “any day any time” we could experience the arrival of a Melchizadek,
even Machiventa whose is mentioned in the Bible, having already spent 96 years here,
approximately 2,000 years before Jesus. Machiventa materialized as a human to prepare the way
for Michael (Jesus) by reinforcing the idea of a monotheistic Deity on earth before the multi-God
concepts gained more favor in religions—this he did with the help of Abraham among the Jews.
     “On many worlds it develops that the planet is not made ready for a Bestowal Son by one
magisterial mission; in that event there will be a second, even a succession of Magisterial Sons,
each of whom will advance the races from one dispensation to another until the planet is made
ready for the gift of the bestowal Son. On the second and subsequent missions the Magisterial
Sons may or may not be incarnated. But no matter how many Magisterial Sons may appear—they
may come after the bestowal Son—the advent of each one marks the end of one dispensation and
the beginning of another.
   These dispensations of the Magisterial Sons cover anywhere from twenty-five thousand to fifty
thousand years of Urantia time. Sometimes such an epoch is much shorter and in rare instances
even longer.”  

    “When a certain standard of intellectual and spiritual development is attained on an inhabited
world, a Paradise bestowal Son always arrives. On normal worlds he does not appear in the flesh
until the races have ascended to the highest levels of intellectual development and ethical
attainment. But on Urantia the bestowal Son, even your own Creator Son, appeared at the close of
the Adamic dispensation, but that is not the usual order of events on the worlds of space.
   When the worlds have become ripe for spiritualization, the bestowal Son arrives. These Sons
always belong to the Magisterial or Avonal order except in that case, once in each local universe,
when the Creator Son prepares for his terminal bestowal on some evolutionary world, as occurred
when Michael of Nebadon appeared on Urantia to bestow himself upon your mortal races. Only
one world in nearly ten million can enjoy such a gift; all other worlds are spiritually advanced by the
bestowal of a Paradise Son of the Avonal order.
   The bestowal Son arrives on a world of high educational culture and encounters a race
spiritually trained and prepared to assimilate advanced teachings and to appreciate the bestowal
mission. This is an age characterized by the world-wide pursuit of moral culture and spiritual truth.
The mortal passion of this dispensation is the penetration of cosmic reality and communion with
spiritual reality. The revelations of truth are extended to include the super universe. Entirely new
systems of education and government grow up to supplant the crude regimes of former times. The
joy of living takes on a new color, and the reactions of life are exalted to heavenly heights of tone
and timbre.
   The bestowal Son lives and dies for the spiritual uplift of the mortal races of a world. He
establishes the “new and living way”; his life is an incarnation of Paradise truth in mortal flesh, that
very truth—even the Spirit of Truth—in the knowledge of which men shall be free.
   On Urantia the establishment of this “new and living way”; was a matter of fact as well as truth.
The isolation of Urantia in the Lucifer rebellion had suspended the procedure whereby mortals can
pass, upon death, directly to the shores of the mansion worlds. Before the days of Christ Michael
on Urantia all souls slept on until the dispensational or special millennial resurrections. Even Moses
was not permitted to go over to the other side until the occasion of a special resurrection, the fallen
Planetary Prince, Caligastia, contesting such deliverance. But ever since the day of Pentecost,
Urantia mortals again may proceed directly to the morontia spheres.
   The postbestowal Son age may extend from ten thousand to a hundred thousand years. There
is no arbitrary time allotted to any of these dispensational eras. This is a time of great ethical and
spiritual progress. Under the spiritual influence of these ages, human character undergoes
tremendous transformations and experiences phenomenal development. It becomes possible to
put the golden rule into practical operation…”

    “The bestowal Son is the Prince of Peace. He arrives with the message, “Peace on earth and
good will among men.” On normal worlds this is a dispensation of world-wide peace; the nations no
more learn war. But such salutary influences did not attend the coming of your bestowal Son,
Christ Michael. Urantia is not proceeding in the normal order. Your world is out of step in the
planetary procession. Your Master, when on earth warned his disciples that his advent would not
bring the usual reign of peace on Urantia. He distinctly told them that there would be “wars and
rumors of wars,” and that nation would rise against nation. At another time he said, “Think not that I
have come to bring peace upon earth.”
“Even on normal evolutionary worlds the realization of the world-wide brotherhood of man is not an
easy accomplishment. On a confused and disordered planet like Urantia such an achievement
requires a much longer time and necessitates far greater effort. Unaided social evolution can
hardly achieve such happy results on a spiritually isolated sphere. Religious revelation is essential
to the realization of brotherhood on Urantia. While Jesus has shown the way to the immediate
attainment of spiritual brotherhood, the realization of social brotherhood on your world depends
much on the achievement of the following personal transformations and planetary adjustments: 1.
Social Adjustments 2. Intellectual cross-fertilization 3. Ethical awakening 4. Political wisdom 5.
Spiritual insight.”
“If you could be transplanted from your backward and confused world to some normal planet now
in the postbestowal Son age, you would think you had been translated to the heaven of your
traditions. You would hardly believe that you were observing the normal evolutionary workings of a
mortal sphere of human habitation. These worlds are in the spiritual circuits of their realm and they
enjoy all the advantages of the universe broadcasts and the reflectivity services of the

    “The Sons of the next order to arrive on the average evolutionary world are the Trinity Teacher
Sons, the divine Sons of the Paradise Trinity. Again we find Urantia out of step with its sister
spheres in that your Jesus has promised to return. That promise he will certainly fulfill, but no one
knows whether his second coming will precede or follow the appearances of a Magisterial or
Teacher Sons on Urantia.
    The teacher Sons come in groups to the spiritualizing worlds. A planetary Teacher Son is
assisted and supported by seventy primary Sons, twelve secondary Sons, and three of the highest
and most experienced of the supreme order of Daynals. This corps will remain for some time on
the world, long enough to effect the transition from the evolutionary ages to the era of light and
life—not less than one thousand years of planetary time and often considerably longer. This
mission is a Trinity contribution to the antecedent efforts of all the divine personalities who have
ministered to an inhabited world.
    The Revelation of truth is now extended to the central universe and to Paradise. The races are
becoming highly spiritual. A great people has evolved and a great age is approaching. The
educational, economic, and administrative systems of the planet are undergoing radical
transformations. New values and relationships are being established. The kingdom of heaven is
appearing on earth, and the glory of God is being shed abroad in the world.
    This is the dispensation when many mortals are translated from among the living. As the era of
Trinity Teacher Sons progresses, the spiritual allegiance of the mortals of time becomes more and
more universal. Natural death becomes less frequent as the Adjusters increasingly fuse with their
subjects during the lifetime in the flesh. The planet eventually is classed as of the primary modified
order of mortal ascension.
    Life during this era is pleasant and profitable. Degeneracy and antisocial end products of the
long evolutionary struggle have been virtually obliterated. The length of life approaches five
hundred Urantia years, and the reproductive rate of racial increase in intelligently controlled. An
entirely new order of society has arrived.” (More on Page 599-560)
    The above ages were included in this discourse for two basic reasons: to point out the fact that
there is a plan for the universe, under control by God for all beings high and low and that the plan
is eternal for those who choose to qualify. Secondly, as a precursor to the following report, to elicit
just how far from the plan we have deviated and therefore what is needed to bring us back into the
fold. We have also left out at least three important ages (Post-Adamic Man, and Post Planetary
Prince Man, and the Era of Light and Life, merely for reasons of brevity, since they would have
added at least another four pages to this report. We initially had decided to leave out the Post-
Teacher Son, but decided to include it at the last minute for its inspirational value so that everyone
can recognize our planet ultimately has a glorious future, quite the opposite of today’s world.
Readers of the book can refer to paper 52.

    “God is the only stationary, self-contained, and changeless being in the whole universe, having
no outside, no beyond, no past, and no future. God is purposive energy (creative spirit) and
absolute will, and these are self-existent and universal.”           
    “Since God is self-existent, he is absolutely independent. The very identity of God is inimical to
change. “I the lord, change not.” God is immutable; but not until you achieve Paradise status can
you even begin to understand how God can pass from simplicity to complexity, from identity to
variation, from quiescence to motion, from infinity to finitude from the divine to the human, and from
unity to duality and triunity.”
    There is much to be said about God that is presented in several chapters of this revelation.
God is the name we give to the person of Deity—the only thing we can understand about Deity—
the personality attributes exemplified in the life of Jesus;  “he who has seen me has seen the
father”. Aside from the Trinity (an organic entity), there exists other associative relationships of the
Father called Triunities—a three-fold functional aggregate unanimity; an association of the
Universal Father with two other members of the Seven Absolutes of Infinity, but functioning not as a
unified entity. (Explained in detail on page 1146)
    Before we venture into the real nature of God and the origin of religion, there are many
erroneous ideas of god that should be mentioned before going into the truth about God. Islam has
perhaps the most fragrantly egregious understanding of who God really is among all large religious
bodies, as opposed to cults, and several man made religions such as Scientology, etc. A sound
God, for example, does not condone the amputation of the arms of small children for the infraction
of a petty theft such as stealing a loaf of bread; this in an inherent law in Islam (Sheriah law) and
accepted by Muslims around the world.

    “Religious tradition is the imperfectly preserved record of the experiences of the God-knowing
men of past ages, but such records are untrustworthy as guides for religious living or as the
source of true information about the Universal Father. Such ancient beliefs have been invariably
altered by the fact that primitive man was a mythmaker.
One of the greatest sources of confusion on Urantia concerning the nature of God grows out of the
failure of your sacred books clearly to distinguish between the personalities of the Paradise Trinity
and between Paradise Deity and the local universe creators and administrators. During the past
dispensations of partial understanding, your priests and prophets failed clearly to differentiate
between Planetary Princes, System Sovereigns, Constellation Fathers, Creator Sons,
Superuniverse Rulers, the Supreme Being, and the Universal Father. Many of the messages of
subordinate personalities, such as Life Carriers and various orders of angels have been in your
records, presented as coming from God himself. Urantian religious thought still confuses the
associate personalities of Deity with the Universal Father himself, so that all are included under
one appellation.
The people of Urantia continue to suffer from the influence of primitive concepts of God. The gods
who go on a rampage in the storm, who shake the earth in their wrath and strike down men in their
anger; who inflict their judgments of displeasure in times of famine and flood—these are the gods
of primitive religion; they are not the Gods who live and rule the universes. Such concepts are a
relic of the times when men supposed that the universe was under the guidance and domination of
the whims of such imaginary gods…”
“The barbarous idea of appeasing an angry God, of propitiating an offended Lord, of winning the
favor of Deity through sacrifices and penance and even by the shedding of blood, represents a
religion wholly puerile and primitive, a philosophy unworthy of an enlightened age of science and
truth. Such beliefs are utterly repulsive to the celestial beings and the divine rulers who serve and
reign in the universes. It is an affront to God to believe, hold or teach that innocent blood must be
shed in order to win his favor or to divert the fictitious divine wrath.”
“The bestowal of a Paradise Son on your world was inherent in the situation of closing a planetary
age; it was inescapable, and it was not made necessary for the purpose of winning the favor of
God. This bestowal also happened to be the final personal act of a Creator Son in the long
adventure of earning the experiential sovereignty of his universe. What a travesty upon the infinite
character of God! this teaching that his fatherly heart in all its austere coldness and hardness was
so untouched by the misfortunes and sorrows of his creatures that his tender mercies were not
forthcoming until he saw his blameless Son bleeding and dying upon the cross of Calvary!”
We placed this in the report knowing that all Urantia readers who have completed the book are
aware of the repugnancy of the Christian ideal that Jesus bargained with his Father to take his life
in place of the misguided populations of our world no matter how egregious their actions were.  
One can hardly find a Christian fundamentalist who hasn’t been conditioned to believe that Jesus
died on the cross in order to save us from our sins; something regarded by civilized planets
throughout the universe as repugnant. It would be tantamount to saying—Yes, Jesus, you have
been a true and faithful Son and have lived the perfect life while on Urantia, I will henceforth forgive
all the perverse actions of humanity and take your perfect and exemplary life in their stead—I no
longer will hold them responsible. Who ever came up with this offensive line of “how you say in
America”, gobbledygook?-- ought to win an award for conning the most people ever, that is, next to
the guy that invented Sheriah law and stated that it came from God (Allah).
ATTITUDE OF THE FATHER perhaps we should first mention what makes the embracement of
religion the most peculiar social phenomena on the planet since the time it was conceived by early
man, and reasons for its slowness to discard ancient concepts of the past—arcane ideas that
should have been removed years ago. We will then present what God is and explain what religion
and worship are truly all about. In many places religion has budged little from its primitive ideas.
    Early Indian populations (East–Indian) on down to the present time have found the animal
kingdom worthy of worship. Venerating animals is an essential mainstream of the religious
economy of India—everything from rats, snakes, cows and monkeys are considered worthy of
worship since they are considered to be some form of human relative who merely happened,
through bad karma, to return reincarnated as less than human, and thus to be regarded with the
same status as living relatives.
    Yogis throughout India have maintained a belief that since God disdains hedonists, especially
those well enough off to let their servants perform their local chores, allowing the higher strata to
engage in excessive acts of pleasure; the rational then being that God must then appreciate those
who choose not to engage in a life of luxury but rather experience pain to gain God’s favor. Some
in the yogic community who subscribe to the ascetic life have gone out of their way to inflict a form
of self-debasement and public humility upon themselves with the intent to ingratiate their creator—
they are righting themselves with God! Self flagellation, using a whip resembling a cat of nine tails
is common throughout India, Iran, Iraq,
Indonesia and Pakistan. Sleeping on a mattress is pleasurable so its counterpart might just consist
of a firm bed of nails. Walking barefoot through a bed of hot coals satisfies the need for some—it
shows a deeper commitment to their deity than plowing through with sandals.
    The Amish represent the greatest group of reactionaries in the U.S. taking their aversion to
change to new heights by rejecting almost all new or modern conveniences including indoor
plumbing, television, indoor water supply; you name it, its taboo. Everyone outside the local
communities is regarded with suspicion and is generally ostracized from local interaction. The
Amish community however is beginning to disintegrate with more and more of the youth being
driven to drink, playing with computers, and driving automobiles.
    The phenomena of religion is that there is seemingly an underlying force that drives people to
religion no matter how silly or off-beat that religion might be. From Satanism to far-out flying saucer
cults (Heaven’s Gate) to the Jonestown variety of backward cults—there is something that appeals
to the overall world population.
The Dukabars of Canada walk around naked, believing that ownership of anything is a sin. They
have even been known to burn down their own house and sometimes even their neighbor’s house
to deprive everyone of ownership of material things.
By now everyone has learned of the backward customs of the Muslim communities, currently
cluttering up the planet with arcane mandates put forth by their false prophet Muhammad who
attributed all his deranged ideas to his God – Allah. It can be said that Muhammad unified the Arab
world by uniting many under one God. But in so doing they have become the pariahs of the
civilized nations of the world, allowing for absolutely no change in the laws of Islamic custom. Their
customs and traditions are immutable—set for life, so don’t expect any radical changes soon.
Muhammad made the great mistake of setting himself above Jesus as the favored prophet of God,
stating that Jesus would return, as he himself would awaken from the dead and along with several
other prophets commence to rule the earth; that Jesus when re-awakened would marry, have two
children and convert to Islam. With that stupid statement Muhammad loses all credibility among
Christians around the world. The civilized world wants no part of a God that would condone burying
a women or girl up to her neck and stone her to death for minor infractions of Islamic law (showing
too much of her eyes, for example). If a girl dresses in attire unbecoming of Islamic custom she is
hung by the neck until dead in the public square for all to see so as to set an example of what
awaits an independent child who chooses to wear a skirt too short for traditional appeal.
  The knowledge of Muhammad’s hallucinatory ramblings emanated from his own subconscious,
making his religion nothing more than a man-made religion much like the L. Ron Hubbard religion
of Scientology. While some religions have no God at the helm, such is Buddhism; others have
chosen Satan as their God, while others went all out to modify their understanding of Christianity to
include animal worship and the handling of lethal serpents to prove their faith in God, and
contrarily other’s have elected to sacrifice animals just to appease an angry God.
The cults from Elmer Gantry, Jim Jones, David Koreish, Heavens Gate, Clair Prophet, Tony Alamo,
and many others generally center around a fairly charismatic figure pretending to have a super-
insight to the spirit world and somehow suck unsuspecting individuals into the their world where
their life’s journey often meets an early demise. Three of the above ended up committing mass
suicide. Alamo was sentenced two years ago to the Arkansas State Prison for 175 years for,
among other things, marrying an eight year old girl and another fifteen year old.
Most of the religious organizations mentioned above have led people astray and have literally
destroyed the lives of innocent parishioners who may have been looking for a leader to advance
their spiritual understandings of the universe. Their alliance became an unfortunate mistake.
“Religion can be kept free from unholy secular alliances only by:
1.   A critically corrective philosophy.
2.   Freedom from all social, economic, and political alliances.
3.   Creative, comforting, and love-expanding fellowships.
4.   Progressive enhancement of spiritual insight and the appreciation of cosmic
5.   Prevention of fanaticism by the compensations of the scientific mental attitude.                  
     (Pg. 1089)
“True religion is a meaningful way of living dynamically face to face with the commonplace realities
of everyday life. But if religion is to stimulate individual development of character and augment
integration of personality, it must not be standardized. If it is to stimulate evaluation of experience,
and serve as a value-lure, it must not be stereotyped. If religion is to promote supreme loyalties, it
must not be formalized.”
“Early Christianity was entirely free from all civil entanglements, social commitments and economic
alliances. Only did later institutionalized Christianity become an organic part of the political and
social structure as Occidental civilization.
The kingdom of heaven is neither a social nor economic order; it is an exclusively spiritual
brotherhood of God-knowing individuals. True, such a brotherhood is in itself a new and amazing
social phenomenon attended by astounding political and economic repercussions.”
Before moving on to what religion really is, it might be best to go back to the origins of primitive
worship just to get some idea as to how everything started that led us to where we are today.

   “Primitive religion had a biologic origin, a natural evolutionary development, aside from moral
associations and apart from all spiritual influences. The higher animals have fears but no illusions,
hence no religion. Man creates his primitive religions out of his fears and by means of his illusions.
    In the evolution of the human species, worship in its primitive manifestations appears long
before the mind of man is capable of formulating the more complex concepts of life now and in the
hereafter which deserve to be called religion. Early religion was wholly intellectual in nature and
was entirely predicated on associational circumstances. The objects of worship were altogether
suggestive; they consisted of the things of nature which were close at hand, or which loomed large
in the commonplace experience of the simple minded primitive Urantians.
    When religion once evolved beyond nature worship, it acquired roots of spirit origin but was
nevertheless always conditioned by the social environment. As nature worship developed, man’s
concepts envisioned a division of labor in the supermortal world; there were nature spirits for lakes,
trees, waterfalls, rain, and hundreds of other ordinary terrestrial phenomena.
    At one time or another mortal man has worshiped everything imaginable in the sky and beneath
the surface of the earth. Primitive man feared all manifestations of power; he worshiped every
natural phenomenon he could not comprehend. The observation of powerful natural forces, such
as storms, floods, earthquakes, landslides, volcanoes, fire, heat and cold, greatly impressed the
expanding mind of man. The inexplicable things of life are still termed “acts of God” and
“mysterious dispensations of Providence.”
    “The first object to be worshiped be evolving man was a stone. Today people of southern India
still worship a stone as do numerous tribes in northern India…”
    From stones came hills and mountains; next plants and trees, followed by animals, the
elements, and worship of the heavenly bodies. And having worshiped everything else on earth and
the heavens above, man has not hesitated to honor himself with such adorations. The simple
minded savage makes no clear distinction between beasts, men, and gods.
    “Early man regarded all unusual persons as superhuman, and he so feared such beings as to
hold them in reverential awe; to some degree he literally worshiped them… Lunatics, epileptics,
and the feeble-minded were often worshiped by their normal minded fellows, who believed that
such abnormal beings were indwelt by the gods.” (And, by the way, Muhammad himself was an
epileptic who told followers that after emerging from a fit he had been talking to Allah. He went to
see his 40 closest relatives to enlist them in the campaign to start his new religion, stating that
Allah had promised them prominent positions in the after-life if they would join and become a part
of the new religion—everyone of them said no and told him not to bother them further—they all
regarded him as a nut case.)
     “…In early evolution religion creates its own gods. In the course of revelation the Gods
formulate religion. Evolutionary religion creates its gods in the image and likeness of mortal man;
revelatory religion seeks to evolve and transform mortal man into the image and likeness of God.”
    “Nature worship may seem to have arisen naturally and spontaneously in the minds of primitive
men and women, and so it did; but there was operating all this time in these same primitive minds
the sixth adjutant spirit, which had been bestowed upon these peoples as a directing influence of
this phase of human evolution. And this spirit was constantly stimulating the worship urge of the
human species, no matter how primitive its first manifestations might be. The spirit of worship gave
definite origin to the human impulse to worship, notwithstanding that animal fear motivated the
expression of worshipfulness, and that its early practice became centered upon objects of nature.”
    “You must remember that feeling, not thinking, was the guiding and controlling influence in all
evolutionary development. To the primitive mind there is little difference between fearing,
shunning, honoring, and worshiping.
    When the worshiping urge is admonished and directed by wisdom—meditative and experiential
thinking—it then begins to develop into the phenomenon of real religion. When the seventh
adjutant spirit, the spirit of wisdom, achieves effective ministration, then in worship man begins to
turn away from nature and natural objects to the God of nature and to the eternal Creator of all
things natural.”
    “Religion as a human experience ranges from the primitive fear slavery of the evolving savage
up to the sublime and magnificent faith liberty of those civilized mortals who are superbly conscious
of sonship with the eternal God.
    Religion is the ancestor of the advanced ethics and morals of progressive social evolution. But
religion, as such, is not merely a moral movement, albeit the outward and social manifestations of
religion are mightily influenced by the ethical and moral momentum of human society. Always is
religion the inspiration of man’s evolving nature, but it is not the secret of that evolution.
    Religion, the conviction-faith of the personality, can always triumph over the superficially
contradictory logic of despair born in the unbelieving material mind. There really is a true and
genuine inner voice, that “true light which lights every man who comes into the world.” And this
spirit leading is distinct from the ethical prompting of human conscience. The feeling of religious
assurance is more than an emotional feeling. The assurance of religion transcends the reason of
the mind, even the logic of philosophy. Religion is faith, trust, and assurance.”

    “True religion is not a system of philosophic belief which can be reasoned out and
substantiated by natural proofs, neither is it a fantastic and mystic experience of indescribable
feelings of ecstasy which can be enjoyed only by the romantic devotees of mysticism. Religion is
not a product of reason, but viewed from within, it is altogether reasonable. Religion is not derived
from the logic of human philosophy, but as a mortal experience it is altogether logical. Religion is
the experiencing of divinity in the consciousness of a moral being of evolutionary origin; it
represents true experience with the eternal realities in time, the realization of spiritual satisfactions
while in the flesh.”
“The Thought Adjuster has no special mechanism through which to gain self-expression; there is
no mystic religious faculty for the reception or expression of religious emotions. These experiences
are made available through the naturally ordained mechanism of mortal mind. And therein lies one
explanation of the Adjuster’s difficulty in engaging in direct communication with the material mind of
its constant indwelling.”     
    “The divine spirit makes contact with mortal man, not by feelings or emotions, but in the realm of
the highest and most spiritualized thinking. It is your thoughts, not your feelings that lead you
Godward. The divine nature may be perceived only with the eyes of the mind. But the mind that
really discerns God, hears the indwelling Adjuster, is the pure mind. “Without holiness no man may
see the Lord.” All such inner and spiritual communion is termed spiritual insight. Such religious
experiences result from the impress made upon the mind of man by the combined operations of
the Adjuster and the Spirit of Truth as they function amid and upon the ideas, ideals, insights, and
spirit strivings of the evolving sons of God.”    
    Religion lives and prospers, then, not by sight and feeling, but rather by faith and insight. It
consists not in the discovery of new facts or in the finding of a unique experience, but rather in the
discovery of new and spiritual meanings in facts already well known to mankind. The highest
religious experience is not dependent on prior acts of belief, tradition, and authority; neither is
religion the offspring of sublime feelings and purely mystical emotions. It is rather, a profoundly
deep and actual experience of spiritual communion with the spirit influences resident within the
human mind, and as far as such an experience is definable in terms of psychology, it is simply the
experience of experiencing the reality of believing in God as the reality of such a purely personal
    While there are several definitions of religion presented in the revelation, the three underlined
above represent a personal relationship with your own inner-self; religion does not require a priest,
cardinal, local minister, the Pope or even a choir. Jesus stated that God is both within and without.
God has a personal residence on Paradise and has bestowed a part of himself within the human
mind. Albeit, one can wait millions of years to finally advance to Paradise or recognize that God is
contactable within the human entity and in time there will exist a personal relationship with God,
such as those Jesus experienced while on earth.
    Paper 101, pages 1104-1117, presents far more than will fit into this report: The Characteristics
of Religion, The fact of Religion, Limitations of Revelation, Religion Expanded by Revelation,
Progressive Religious Experience, A personal Philosophy of Religion, Faith and Belief, Religion
and Morality, and Religion as Man’s Liberator are all very fascinating subjects and should expand
anyone’s knowledge of religion, and what it can do for the individual soul.
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