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Quarterly Report --- April, May, June 2011

                                         

GOD AND EVOLUTION
Even though they persist throughout the world, two extant conditions prevalent since
the beginning of time have universally been ignored and displaced from any
meaningful perspective. These conditions prevail throughout the spectrum of all
societies, large or small – primitive, or advanced, even budding cultures struggling to
obtain civility, but in none of these cultures is there a consensus of the true
recognition of their importance in human interaction. These two conditions involve the
evolution of mankind and the evolution of the Supreme Being. The evolution of the
Supreme is a new concept advanced by the Urantia revelation, something Christian
churches have yet to learn, and this will be presented as part two at a later date; the
evolution of mankind is something advanced by Charles Darwin and generally accepted
by the scientific community, yet still rejected by some in Christian churches through
their concept of Creation by divine fiat. The Supreme Being is not the Infinite/Eternal
God of the universe, but rather an evolving God of time and space – a God that is
comprehensible to the mortal domain and a God that we as planetary citizens are, in a
limited but significant measure, involved in his growth. We are told that all mortals
throughout the universes are directly involved in his growth however so small their
individual contributions might be. Every moral decision made on the part of all mortals
living in our cosmic creation contributes in some small measure to the growth of this
living being. This evolutionary growth factor also ties us all together—good people
working for the good of all. These moral decisions also contribute to the evolutionary
growth of the individual soul.

In this report we will discuss the nature of evolution and theories and origin of
creationism presented by Solonia, the Seraphic Voice in the Garden at the time of
Christ—a discourse entitled: “THE LEGEND OF THE GARDEN”. We will also mention a
little about Islam which is basically bound by its creeds as being beyond evolution,
since in most cases it would involve changing the religion due to the idea that it came
directly through their God (Allah) by way of Gabriel and their venerated prophet
Muhammad. To evolve this religion would make their all knowing Allah, not quite so all
knowing. One just cannot change the word of Allah and expect to get away with it.
Unlike Christianity, their religion is destined to become stagnate for all time. It, for the
most part, is inherently incapable of growing--(evolving). We will also mention the
problems developing from an overly secularized society as a part of the evolutionary
growth pattern, and how the church itself has had a significant part in this secular
growth.

Contrary to the belief of many so called “Christians”, mankind is not brought into being
by divine fiat and neither are planets, stars, and the rest of the universe, yet the
acceptance of this universal fact is still being resisted by much of the present Christian
community, who also assert the infallibility of scripture by refusing to believe in the
legitimacy of science regarding the origin and development of the universe as it
relates to evolutionary creation. We will try to put this tenet of Christianity to rest in the
ensuing report.

Science deals with facts – religion with values, neither should be infringing nor
encroaching upon the domain of the other. Science has sometimes been called
atheistic, but proving or denying the realities of the spiritual domain should never be of
concern to science. Science deals only with facts and discoveries of the material world
and should restrict itself to that domain, as religion should stick with its pursuit of
values.

RELIGION AND SCIENCE
Religion, as primitive as it once was, had its inception thousands of years before
science became an accepted discipline and an essential part of the social order. And
while primitive man worshiped, at one time or another, just about everything under the
sun including the sun itself, and regarded every mysterious act of nature as a result of
the influence of one God or another, and while over time science began to stabilize its
discipline, religion shot off in every direction that man’s imagination would allow. The
venerated priesthood has had a hold on humanity from the first “con-artists”, the
primitive medicine-man to the glorified priests of the Dark Ages, and not to be outdone
by the past, the  inquisition of the Catholic tribunal, and the  witch hunts in
Massachusetts designed to stamp out alleged sorcerers by burning at the stake (the
priesthood probably thought they could rid themselves of the demon and the witch in
one fell swoop),  on down to more modern times, whereby Christian religionists are
relentlessly challenging science through the arrogance of a presumptive and haughty
priesthood bent on setting itself above the budding scientific community through
decrees founded upon some divine right to determine what is to be accepted in the
culture—what is correct and what is not—what is allowable and what is not. The
violation of certain religious mandates as they were rebuffed in the past were generally
punished by a degree of social ostracism in one form or another, yet today similar
mandates are still maintained in mid-eastern cultures, with minor social infractions
punishable by death. These edicts of religion have been fostered by the one time
almost total domination of the sentiments of superstitious priesthoods exerting their
influence of primitive morality over their people—a social condition that still prevails
throughout the Arab/Muslim world until today. Just this week the governor of Punjab
was shot to death by his own body guard for speaking against the Muslim law permitting
the killing of anyone who speaks unfavorably against Islam. The governors murderer
was praised by thousands of scholars within the Muslim community for enforcing the
blasphemy laws of Islam, (anyone with over a sixth grade education in the Muslim
community is considered a scholar) and also felt no one should come to the aid of a
Christian woman presently under indictment for speaking out against the prophet
Muhammad and on trial for the same blasphemous action as the governor, an action
punishable by death in the Islamic culture.

What has applied in the distant past for Christianity cannot be said of Islam as it
manifests in Arabia. Islamic philosophy has far more than a slight variance in
nomenclature to in anyway be compared with Christianity—it is most definitely
antithetical to Christianity. There is no hibernation of truth to emerge anytime in the
future with Islam—it is doomed to future extinction—that is unless mankind ends up
back in the days of cave dwelling. There is little evidence today to suggest that the
Imams of Islam can’t be compared to the priests of the Dark Ages.

“The church, being an adjunct to society and the ally of politics, was doomed to share
the intellectual and spiritual decline of the so-called European “dark ages.” During this
time, religion became more and more monasticized, asceticized, and legalized. In a
spiritual sense, Christianity was hibernating. Throughout this period there existed,
alongside this slumbering and secularized religion, a continuous stream of mysticism, a
fantastic spiritual experience bordering on unreality and philosophically akin to
pantheism.” (Pg. 2074)

“During these dark and despairing centuries, religion became virtually secondhanded
again. The individual was almost lost before the overshadowing authority, tradition, and
dictation of the church. A new spiritual menace arose in the creation of a galaxy of
“saints” who were assumed to have special influence at the divine courts, and who,
therefore, if effectively appealed to, would be able to intercede in man’s behalf before
the Gods.” (Pg. 2074)  

“Modern secularism has been fostered by two world-wide influences. The father of
secularism was the narrow-minded and godless attitude of nineteenth and twentieth-
century so-called science—atheistic science. The mother of modern secularism was the
totalitarian medieval Christian church. Secularism had its inception as a rising protest
against the almost complete domination of Western civilization by the institutionalized
Christian Church.” (2081-U.B.)

“At the time of this revelation, the prevailing intellectual and philosophical climate of
both European and American life is decidedly secular—humanistic.” (Pg. 2081)

With the ideational separation of the concepts of evolution and immediate creation by
divine intervention many have grown skeptical of their religion, no longer able to
accept the tenets of stagnate religions and false doctrines; and while there have
always been skeptics never has there been so many youth of the world who have given
up on the concept of the Father/God ideals of religion. The influence of differing
religions of the world, no matter how diverse and inconsistent with one another have
over-all been a positive influence on the moral development of world-wide societies,
however, notwithstanding past accomplishments, religion must ever concern itself with
the spiritual/moral progress of man from one generation to the next, all the while
restructuring itself to meet the needs of generational maturity to the extent that it
rejuvenates and revitalizes the mortal spirit every generation.

Never again should religion dictate to science (a domain that synthesizes gathered data
to determine through its own factual analysis what it deems to be factual reality)
contrary information through the false presumptions that just because the spiritual
transcends the material it should be calling all the shots relative to the origin of man—
such is beyond its purview. Religion has a place as a liberator of human consciousness,
as an up-lifter of the divine spirit within the human soul, and as the domain from which
spiritual values can be exalted above those emanating from the animal origins of man.

The acceptance of the reality concept of evolution is essential if we are ever to
understand our place in the universe at any given time in history. It is the
understanding of the complexity of evolution that determines our true awareness of
the Fatherhood of God and its corollary the brotherhood of man, which in turn
adventitiously determines how we proceed to God consciousness and God direction. If
mankind is bettering itself from generation to generation that is in itself evolutional
growth. The Biblical concept of Divine fiat implies that the all-knowing God created us
in his image and likeness but after awhile became quite concerned at the way we were
degenerating so decided to get rid of all but a few—that few being Noah and his family;
everyone else was to be removed. For an omniscient personality, not to have expected
evolutional growth, would be quite a dilemma: How does an all knowing God make the
mistake of not knowing what his creatures might turn out like? He wouldn’t have
created them with an imperfect potential in the first place, and if he had planned an
ongoing evolution, would certainly know that perfection becomes a long range goal,
knowing full well that imperfect people make mistakes and therefore a God of love is
not likely to remove all of his misbehaving children from the planet before societies
even start to develop, before civilizations and human interactions really have a chance
to take hold.

While Creationism makes no sense regarding the origin of an evolving universe, it
does, however, hold weight in reference to the pre-creation of the central universe of
the first age; an existential age comprised of non-evolutionary beings, wherein the
inhabitants are inherently inerrant beings; only through an aberration of God could they
ever go astray—they were created perfect prior to the beginning of time and have
remained perfect ever since. Their contact with one-time mortals from the evolving
universes is put into perspective by William Sadler Jr. in his book “A Study of the
Master Universe”, with all information derived from the Urantia book and attenuated for
clarity.  

The Creation theory is nothing more than the figment of the imaginative human mind,
prior to evolving science; a way for humans to understand a simplified version of their
origin, and this because scriptural formulators assumed they would be less credible if
they could not supply this meaningful part of history—something that could not be
proven or disputed since science had yet to be discovered. Most people desire to
know their origin as well as their destiny; creationism was religions answer, along with
a hell for miscreants, and a heaven for the obedient.    



THE LEGEND OF CREATION (Pgs. 836-838), narrated by Solonia, the seraphic voice in the
Garden.
“The story of the creation of Urantia in six days was based on the tradition that Adam
and Eve spent just six days in their initial survey of the Garden. This circumstance lent
almost sacred sanction to the time period of the week, which had been originally
introduced by the Dalamations, Adam’s spending six days inspecting the Garden and
formulating preliminary plans for organization was not prearranged; it was worked out
from day to day. The choosing of the seventh day for worship was wholly incidental to
the facts herein narrated.” (Pg. 836-837)

“The majority of the world’s peoples have been influenced by the tradition that Adam
and Eve had physical forms created for them upon their arrival on Urantia. The belief in
man’s having been created from clay was well-nigh universal in the Eastern
Hemisphere; this tradition can be traced from the Philippine Islands around the world to
Africa. And many groups accepted this story of man’s clay origin by some form of special
creation in the place of the earlier beliefs in progressive creation—evolution.”

“The Babylonians, because of immediate contact with the remnants of the civilization of
the Adamites, enlarged and embellished the story of man’s creation; they taught that he
had descended directly from the gods. They held to an aristocratic origin for the race
which was incompatible with even the doctrine of creation out of clay.”

“The Old Testament account of creation dates from long after the time of Moses; he
never taught the Hebrews such a distorted story. But he did present a simple and
condensed narrative of creation to the Israelites, hoping thereby to augment his appeal
to worship the Creator, the Universal Father, whom he called the Lord God of Israel.”

“In his early teachings, Moses very wisely did not attempt to go back of Adam’s time,
and since Moses was the supreme teacher of the Hebrews, the stories of Adam became
intimately associated with those of creation. That the earlier traditions recognized pre-
Adamic civilization is clearly shown by the fact that later editors, intending to eradicate
all reference to human affairs before Adam’s time, neglected to remove the telltale
reference to Cain’s emigration to the “land of Nod,” where he took himself a wife.”

“The Hebrews had no written language in general usage for a long time after they
reached Palestine. They learned the use of an alphabet from the neighboring
Philistines, who were political refugees from the higher civilization of Crete. The
Hebrews did little writing until about 900 B.C., and having no written language until
such a late date, they had several different stories of creation in circulation, but after
the Babylonian captivity they inclined more toward accepting a modified Mesopotamian
version.”

“Jewish tradition became crystallized about Moses, and because he endeavored to
trace the lineage of Abraham back to Adam, the Jews assumed that Adam was the first
of all mankind. Yahweh was the creator, and since Adam was supposed to be the first
man, he must have made the world just prior to making Adam. And then the tradition of
Adam’s six days got woven into the story, with the result that almost a thousand years
after Moses’ sojourn on earth in the tradition of creation in six days was written out and
subsequently credited to him.”

“When the Jewish priests returned to Jerusalem, they had already completed the
writing of their narrative of the beginnings of things. Soon they made claims that this
recital was a recently discovered story of creation written by Moses. But the
contemporary Hebrews of around 500 B.C. did not consider these writings to be divine
revelations; they looked upon them much as later peoples regard mythological
narratives.”

“This spurious document, reputed to be the teachings of Moses, was brought to the
attention of Ptolemy, the Greek king of Egypt, who had it translated into Greek by a
commission of seventy scholars for his new library at Alexandria. And so this account
found its place among those writings which subsequently became a part of the later
collections of the “sacred scriptures” of the Hebrew and Christian religions. And
through identification with these theological systems, such concepts for along time
profoundly influenced the philosophy of many Occidental peoples”

“The Christian teachers perpetuated the belief in the fiat creation of the human race,
and all this led directly to the formation of the hypothesis of a onetime golden age of
utopian bliss and the theory of the fall of man or superman which accounted for the
nonutopian condition of society. These outlooks on life and man’s place in the universe
were at best discouraging since they were predicated upon a belief in retrogression
rather than progression, as well as implying a vengeful Deity, who had vented wrath
upon the human race in retribution for the errors of certain onetime planetary
administrators.”

MORE ON RELIGION AND SCIENCE
Since the inception of the Christian church its adherents have somehow felt that God
lacks the foresight to create an evolutionary path to his residence in the universe—an
idea that has split apart religious communities for many centuries.
The dichotomy between creationism and evolution need not exist and therefore should
not be a deterrent to the recognition of God’s plan for all humanity.  This differing
viewpoint only persists do to the stubborn and steadfast refusal of Christians to accept
the fact based discoveries of science. They still continue to inform us that God created
a human and dropped him in a garden paradise, tore out a rib and fashioned a woman
named Eve, the progenitor of the human race. Now, the devotee of scripture might say
that “anything is possible with God”, however this works both ways; yes, God if he so
desired could have requested a subordinate to create a woman out of Adam’s rib, but
he could just as easily created a universe based on his own creative principle of
evolution. Everything throughout the entire cosmos points in the direction of evolution
and sooner or later we have to embrace it if we’re ever going to eradicate the
animosities between cultures that all too often lead to the severe repercussions of war.
The evolutionary concept is eventually unifying, at least in the sense that if we are all
striving toward perfection, and in so doing,  come to realize the concept of the
Brotherhood of God—we will eventually come to see ourselves as a planetary family
with one Heavenly Father. This process of evolution takes thousands of years to work
out the kinks of social interaction. What we don’t want to do is start all over due to
irreversible tragic mistakes resulting in the severest of consequences. World-wide
confrontations have to be resolved peacefully and this requires a viable United
Nations; a lasting peace can only be accomplished through intelligent and
compromising discourse among civilized nations and overseen by a committee of the
wisest international leaders.

SECULARISM – A TRANSIENT REALITY
“Without God, without religion scientific secularism can never co-ordinate its forces,
harmonize its divergent and rivalrous interests, races, and nationalisms. This
secularistic human society, notwithstanding its unparalleled materialistic achievement,
is slowly disintegrating. The chief cohesive force resisting this disintegration of
antagonism is nationalism. And nationalism is the chief barrier to world peace.”

“But secularism is not the sole parent of all these recent gains in the enlargement of
living. Behind the gains of the twentieth century are not only science and secularism
but also the unrecognized and unacknowledged spiritual workings of the life and
teaching of Jesus of Nazareth.” (Pg. 2082—UB)

Secularism appears to be a part of the growing pains of evolution in early phases of
planetary growth, but while materialism has always had a head start in the material
aspects of civilizations at their inceptions, the transcendence of the realities of
spiritual life will eventually catch up and the world will have succeeded in altering its
selfish course of individual gratification to an all-embracing attitude of the need to
grow as a family—the beginning of the entrance to the cosmic family of God.

Apart from the collective position in which the individual finds himself, sooner or later,
regardless of the direction of the culture, he himself must attract a cosmic lure; he must
become attached to something of enduring value throughout eternity if the affinity to
life is to last—and this lure can only be God. God cannot be a transient climactic
experience, whereby once we see him we no longer need his presence. Eternity is
eternity, and for us it is only achieved through evolutionary patterns designed by God.
We are on an evolutionary course moving ever upward through eternity, but the
evolutionary process is a slow train ride, sometimes arduous and difficult to endure,
but if we stay on the tracks we are told that we will never want to get off.

Christians are told (in the Urantia book) that they evolve even beyond death, that today’
s experience is just the beginning of thousands of years of slow growth to Paradise
(the residence of God). But we also are told that it is possible to attain a level of growth
wherein we no longer progress but continue to experience – we no longer contribute
to the growth of the Supreme. This is far off into eternity when one has left the corps of
finality and becomes Trinitized (accepted as a representative of the Trinity) from the
origins of our earlier mortality. When as mortals we finally realize that evolution is a
natural process involving time—that periodically it can come quickly, and while often
deliberately slow—it is only through wisdom that we determine the best choices for
progress, then and only then will we correct our heading on the evolutionary path
towards our Creator/Father. Our revelation emphatically states that in reference to our
leaders “we must go slow and select wisely” (Intelligent evolution). The impulse of
humanities desire for immediate change must be moderated by intelligent, well thought
out plans to determine the most favorable path for progress, something many societies
fail to do by allowing unwise leaders to rule their domains.  Discord results when
cultures fail to synchronize their plans for the future due to the immaturity of intelligent
decision making—decisions made without forethought, and obfuscated by a lack of
wisdom. Over time cultures become inharmonious when God is removed from the
progress equation (determinants of slow or rapid change). An egregious determinant of
rapid change was when Congress allowed unread transcripts to be legislated into law
without being thoroughly synthesized by all legislators, which was not only insane; it
could eventually lead to the collapse of the culture—something we seem bent on doing
since we seem to be trying our best to rule God out of our lives.

“The pursuit of mere knowledge, without the attendant interpretation of wisdom and
the spiritual insight of religious experience, eventually leads to pessimism and human
despair. A little knowledge is truly disconcerting.” (Pg. 2076—UB)

“No social system or political regime which denies the reality of God can contribute in
any constructive and lasting manner to the advancement of human civilization. But
Christianity, as it is subdivided and secularized today, presents the greatest single
obstacle to its further advancement; especially is this true concerning the Orient.”

THE EVOLUTIONARY ANTITHESIS – from: “A Study of the Master Universe” (pg. 40-41) (A
synthesis from the Urantia book by Bill Sadler Jr.)

“In the present universe age the central universe is obviously the Creative Thesis of
Perfection. The superuniverses (starting as imperfect creations) are the great
antithesis of Havona perfection. These imperfect universes constitute the greatest
possible challenge to those personalities of Paradise and Havona who are the creators
and administrators of the evolutionary realms of time and space. Theirs was the first
great adventure—the Supreme Adventure—the bringing of the perfection of eternity
and divinity out into the evolutionary domains of original imperfection.”


THE CHALLENGE OF IMPERFECTION – (the evolutionary superuniverses)
“This study advances the opinion that God is possessed of those qualities of being that
are ancestral to that enjoyment of adventure – a responsiveness to the stimulus of
challenge—which appears in the character of progressive creatures. Why else would
he suddenly confront the Paradise Havona system of eternal perfection with the
startling challenge of the abysmal imperfection of the seven superuniverses?

In the first Universe Age everything is in balance; all is orderly; the spheres of eternal
Havona swing in settled and established orbits around the motionless Isle of Paradise.
Disharmony is unknown; disorder has never appeared. Total creation follows an
unchanging pattern of flawless perfection, age upon age – and age after age. And then,
God expands this perfectly balanced and symmetrical creation. The organized universe
expands outward and spaceward. Suddenly it encompasses new and outlying realms:
realms of unsettled physical development; realms of imperfect nature; realms in which
creatures of imperfection will soon appear; realms of potential evil; realms in which
potential evil will all too often become actual evil—even sin—through the unwise
choice of imperfect creatures.

Pause to think how startling and unprecedented were these challenges of long ago to
the inerrant beings of eternity. What was their first reaction to dissonance—these
beings who had known nothing but harmony? How did they first regard disorder—these
beings who had known nothing but the pattern of flawless perfection? What was their
response to potential evil—these beings who had always chosen the good in the
absence of all contrastive evil? And what was their reaction when, for the first time in
their experience, potential evil became actual evil through creature choice. And what a
shock it must have been when evil plus insincerity “equivalated” to sin and even to
iniquity!

Suddenly, so to speak, we have a vast creation teeming with imperfect creatures; every
one of them has been endowed with the priceless power of choice by God. Each one of
these creatures is a sovereign within himself. Each one of them can choose, pro or
con, concerning citizenship in the universe and sonship with God. And no one dare
interfere with these choices lest he find himself trespassing the will of God, for it is
God who gives to creatures this priceless power of choice. Without this power of
choice, with out God’s gift of personality, we would be very little more than living
machines. But with this gift of (relative) free will, we are more than machines; we are
men and we may choose to be even more than men, we may choose to be ascending
sons of God. We may also choose badly and keep on choosing badly, and no one can
stop us—only time and oblivion.

This was the challenge of long ago which confronted the citizens of the eternal realms.
They embarked upon this adventure – the Supreme adventure – when they left the
settled domains of divine perfection and came out into the new creative frontier, into
the new space level of the superuniverses, there to take up posts as the creators,
organizers, and administrators of the unsettled and uncertain evolutionary domains of
time.

Who but God, would have dared to unite the purest form of spirit with the lowest type of
creature capable of being endowed with personality–mortal man! Here truly, is the
bringing together of the highest and the lowest. And who but God, would so combine
the spirit of adventure with that divine love which would cause an Infinite Being to be
willing to enter into everlasting partnership with the mortal children of the animal-origin
races of the inhabited worlds!

If these actions and transactions are not exciting, and adventurous, and
unpredictable—then what is? Or what could be? Suddenly, the existential perfection of
the flawless creation of eternity is challenged by the appearance of the antithesis of
perfection, by the appearance of the imperfect and evolutionary domains of time and
space.”

The evolution of the Supreme Being will have to follow as part two due to space
constraints.  In the meantime if you are looking for good spiritual read that ties directly
into the Urantia book, try getting a hold of “Heaven is not the Last Stop”.(can be
ordered through: www.heavenisnotthelaststop.com)  It is an amazing book and
references the Urantia book in many of its chapters.

Have to end it here, but I hope the reader has gained a greater understanding of why
God chose Evolution as opposed to Creationism for this the 2nd age. We do have a pre-
creative universe, but it is not this one.  There is no record in the physical universes of
its ever having come into existence; it appears to be existential, is very real , and it is
our destiny to arrive there and experience the wonderment of its one billion immense
worlds, each at least 100 times larger than our own planet.

We already have on our site a report on the evolutionary Supreme Being which we
might present in our next report. In the meantime stay healthy and stay with the “Book”.
Especially important in these times is paper 195 which gives the reader invaluable
information as to where we might be heading as a culture in the near future; and I might
add it does not look very good for most of us—and I’m speaking of the entire planet.

Until next time, our prayers are with each and every one of you; stay tuned and help to
spread the revelation. And don’t forget this revelation is the 5th epochal revelation to
the planet and is to be taken very seriously by each individual truth seeker. What you
do with it cannot help but advance the growth of your individual souls.

“Look for the good in all things” (Jesus)

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