It has long been my belief that unquestionably the most peculiar social phenomenon of human
behavior is religion. Religion is something that in some ways transcends normal behavior since it
elicits both the highest as well as the lowest form of interactive behavior, manifesting in almost all
cultures for thousands of years in one form or another, often resulting in the exaltation of the human
spirit as well as in some cases decreeing the murder of those who sin against the religion.  
Most individuals once conditioned or indoctrinated into a belief system tend to subscribe to their
chosen religion for a lifetime, no matter how sound or ridiculous it may appear to others outside the
system. Catholics are content with their choice and seldom budge from their position of
enlightenment (indoctrination) after embracing a paternal intermediary connecting humanity with
God; an ecclesiastical invention allowing a human authority and his subordinates to absolve us of our
sins—that is, only if they have first been baptized with Holy Water.
   Jews are generally content with their life long pursuit of the prophetic truths contained in the Old
Testament, Torah, and Talmud, but like Christians have fail to correct their myths. Muslims on the
other hand enjoy their delusional experience presented in the Koran and Hadiths, being taught at an
early age to hate both Christians and Jews (It is taught in their elementary schools) who happen to
share a common value system, a system foreign to many Muslims—Love Thy Neighbor as Thy Self,
for example.
   Buddhists wallow in a philosophy that presents and endless variety of incarnations that end in a
loss of identity with the only reality left being an emergence into the over-soul of creation, much as a
drop of water joins the ocean in an identity abstraction devoid of all personality attributes, which
inexplicably is suppose to unites us as an isolated-extinct identity forever living in a blissful state of
harmony throughout eternity. Our once characteristic identity is lost forever; as a one time
personality with identifiable attributes, we are no longer identifiable as individuals; we suddenly melt
into infinity to no longer be separated from the rest; we then exist much as water in the ocean.
Buddhism, being devoid of a personal God propounds an impersonal over-soul of all creation
wherein mankind submerses into an infinite sea of existence. In Christianity identity is maintained
throughout eternity.
   Scientologists, in spite of the intellectual hegemony and laborious groundwork dreamed up by
founder L. Ron Hubbard remain stuck in the anomalous philosophy of a religion that requires
allegiance to the “Organization” for a billion years. Anyone leaving by choice or excommunication is
continually harassed by the elders and other devotees (all foolishly pursuing a billion year contract—
none knowing what really happens when one leaves the earth) and having relentlessly been
badgered, have been previously conditioned to harbor guilt feelings for reneging on their allegiance
from their billion year contractual arrangement with whomever may be running the organization for at
least the next billion years.
   Scientologists even have their own legal team who make it a point to sue certain people for
violating the tenets of their billion year contract. As underlings during a lengthy neophyte period they
are required to perform all the menial work at their headquarters,  inclusive of house cleaning,
washing dishes, making beds, laundry, and cleaning toilets, etc, for character development and to
prove their commitment to the organization. Scientology is a materialistic religion demanding
remuneration for any service rendered by those who have gained status in the hierarchy.
   Christian Fundamentalists, running the gamut from the Dutch Amish, Serpent Worshippers, and
Pentecostals to the more common reformative elite comprised of Episcopalians, Methodists, and
certain Baptists, are all escaping the one time over-control of the slavish existence set down by the
Catholic priesthood—a set of rules only moderately modified since the time of it’s inception close to
2,000 years ago.
   Once accepted these ingrained beliefs are held by their adherents as absolute creeds not to be
challenged or changed except in rare circumstances. I guess it is a part of human nature not to move
out of ones spiritual comfort zone once it is well established—a place where one often remains
encapsulated for a lifetime, thus receiving the influence of their designated priesthood with whatever
is to be imparted. Muslim’s bring no exceptions to the rule and are so adamant about ones
abandonment of Islam that they ordained a law against it resulting in extermination of the sinner.
   All religions have something good to offer their devotees but there are so many foolish and
inconsistent rules and incongruities of behavior that we decided to list a few, that by the 21st century
you would have thought someone would have changed by now. These are only a few of the
peculiarities of the world’s largest religious organizations. Our title “Let’s get with the program” is
aimed towards those religionists who have a chance to correct some of their worn out customs and
traditions by preparing for the 21st century—something the Urantia book can help set straight. In
spite of all the incongruities clearly manifesting within religious orders throughout the world, it has
always been our intent to extol the virtues of religion wherever we find them. And we should mention
here that there is far more good performed by most religions than the evils we find in some.
   Religion falls into 3 basic categories: Man-made (Scientology); Evolutional, and revelational, or a
combination thereof. Christianity and Judaism are both a combination having come from their
prophets, and since altered as evolution modifies the religion.
   A religion that fails to evolve becomes static and sooner or later runs the risk of becoming extinct
as it becomes of little interest to its parishioners. Some, at the outset are inherently doomed to
extinction—such, I believe is Islam. Certain aspects of Islam while supposedly coming from God
actually emanated from the deranged mind of their false prophet. These edicts were accepted by
their priesthood and ordained to be the word of God, thereby making it impossible to change the
religion without offending God Himself. Their God is named Allah—they babble Allah Akbar
incessantly (God is great), yet they know not who this God really is.  

1.   Veneration of the so called “Virgin Mary”.
2.   Voting into office a representative to the hierarchy to act as an intercessionary between God and
3.   Rosary beads so as not to lose count of the number of Hail Mary’s one mutters.
4.   The Priesthood’s usage of an almost extinct draconian language (Latin) throughout its
5.   Over-intellectualization of the priesthood.
6.   Excessive tithing.
7.   A hierarchy that fails to correct biblical falsehoods arising from past traditions.
8.   Idolatry—too great a display of statuary; crosses with an emaciated Jesus hanging on the cross;
statues of the Virgin Mary (who many times doubted the divinity of her son—born by natural birth).
9.   A seemingly compulsory need to keep the Latin language alive.
10. A failure to screen Priests who prey upon children.   

1.   Division of traditions within a variety of denominations is perceived as divisive by outsiders.
2.   The Doctrine of Atonement: A ubiquitous belief that Jesus died on the cross to save us from our
sins—regarded as a repugnant ideal throughout the universe.
3.   Far too many differences in the whole of the Christian movement to attract non-Christians
desirous of a unified religion. The prime unifying factor is the belief that Jesus was the Son of God.
4.   The belief in the infallibility of scripture in many denominations. In taking the Old Testament
entirely as fact, they failed to establish their own ideas of creation; accepting myths as reality (Noah,
Jonah, Creationism, creation of Eve from Adam).
5.   Having classified the Bible as sacred makes it somewhat impossible to change it.
    (According to the Urantia Book Christianity is nevertheless still the best of all religions, but must
evolve to survive.)

1.   Adherents are ruled by laws ordained by God and slavishly followed by a non-intellectual
priesthood, disorganized and often with renegade leaders in outlying areas of the Arabic world.
2.   Method of prayer—must follow strict rules established by Muhammad. Muslims must perform their
ablutions (ceremoniously washing oneself prior to prayer) in a set manner before each prayer—
“Allah won’t listen to the prayers of an unclean individual.”
3.   Traditional use of prayer rugs; must pray five times each day.
4.   There are severe punishments for miscreants who refuse to follow directions.
5.   “Wooly Ass Beards”—men must sport a beard to identify themselves from women. Women must
shave their beards.
6.   Allotted 72 virgins in the next life for killing an infidel.
7.   Servile spouses and women in general.
8.   Sex inequality – women aren’t even allowed a higher education.
9.   Death sentences for individuals abandoning Islam for Christianity or Judaism.
10. Death sentences for women marrying Christians or Jews.
11. Lengthy sentences for a Muslim when caught drinking alcohol.
12. Honor killings allowed in cases of their own children who embarrass parents.
13. Islam is a religion that is excoriated throughout the world due to its unparalleled deviancy since its
inception. It has failed to follow the norm of establishing a beneficent God that loves His creation, and
has reaped untold misery on anyone who fails to conform to the religious standards, or tries to
denigrate Islam, even going so far as to place a contract on the ones who do—(Salmon Rushdie and
Guurt Wilders are recent examples). Both Wilders and Rushdie have lectured extensively on the
sordid and less than God-like qualities of Islam. Seventy two virgins await the one who finds and
murders them, hate being an essential part of the religion.
14. Sinners are dealt with mercilessly—retribution based on an eye for an eye, with a tortuous hell for
non-conformists to Islamic law.
{In many ways Islamic law is antithetical to the Christian way of life—Christians are compliant with the
separation of church and state and prefer it that way as an inherent ideal within a democratic society;
under Islamic rule the religion becomes the governing body of the people—a very bad idea.}
1.   Overly traditional—excessive rules and regulation applied to one’s lifestyle.
2.   Divided between orthodox and non-orthodox, one being a little more strict and intolerant than the
other, otherwise basically the same ideology concerning religious practices.
3.   Both chant and excessively express themselves in the ancient Hebrew language throughout their
religious ceremonies held in Jewish tradition on Saturday.
4.   Required to wear yamikas even to school.
5.   Failure to remove fictions from the Old Testament.
6.   Ascribed authorship of the Egyptian King Ikhnaton’s psalms to Jewish scribes in the Old
7.   Still deliver biblical stories and quotes in traditional chant and in Hebrew.
8.   Often dress in traditional garb and sport curly-cue hair in the area of side-burns.  
9.   Biggest mistake was in not removing from their account of the beginning the fact that Cane after
murdering his brother Abel went to Nod to take up a wife. This after there was only supposed to be
Adam and Eve and their sons on the planet.
   The above are just a few of the peculiar aspects of religions social indoctrinations contained in
today’s cultures that priesthoods have failed to address for fear of losing their parishioners.
According to our revelation, in time there will be only one religion, one language, and one currency.
At that time unity will prevail in one all encompassing religion.
   “Spiritual destiny is dependent on faith, love and dedication to truth”—page 1739 U.B.  Faith is a
condition of mind which transcends belief. “Belief fixates, faith liberates”—from the revelation. The
exhortation of Jesus to “follow the truth wherever it may lead” seems to escape the purview of many
religious adherents in the sense that nothing appears more meaningful than their current religious
comfort zone—they therefore remained unmoved; try changing someone’s religious preference.
Many Muslims for example, actually hate both Christians and Jews ( they are taught this early in
elementary school) and would derive the greatest satisfaction if they could in some way rid
themselves and the world of all religions except their own—such is the social power of the
phenomenon of religion, especially when accompanied by fanaticism. Presently Muslims control a
small corner of the world; however they are vying for the rest. They are somewhere in the middle of
their 100 year plan for world domination. Religion therefore can be good or bad; overall, most
religions are spiritually uplifting and fulfill a need to override the baser instincts of the animal nature
of humanity.

RELIGION BASED ON FEAR [God appeasement]
   “The Neanderthal races were deathly afraid of clouds, more especially of mists and fogs. A
primitive religion of the fear of natural forces gradually developed, while animal worship declined as
improvement in tools, with abundance of game, enabled these people to live with lessened anxiety
about food; sex rewards of the chase tended greatly to improve hunting skill. This new religion of fear
led to attempts to placate the invisible forces behind these natural elements and culminated, later on,
in the sacrificing of humans to appease these invisible and unknown physical forces. And this terrible
practice of human sacrifice has been perpetuated by the more backward peoples of Urantia right on
down to the twentieth century.” (Pg. 722)
   Until the time of Moses, Jews sacrificed humans instead of animals. Moses took exception to
human sacrifice, but knew that to go from sacrifice to no sacrifice in one fell swoop would be
unacceptable to the Jews, so he initiated a plan to sacrifice animals in the place of humans. This was
a huge step forward in religion; gradually all sacrifice in Judaism was abandoned.
   The Romans within their multi-Deity approach to life delighted in sacrificing slaves, criminals,
Christians, vestal virgins, and anyone else who could bring an audience to their feet. The Aztecs as
well as their illustrious counterparts the Mayans felt the necessity to placate the Gods by sacrificing
the best of their contemporaries often to quiet the angry emotions of their ever petulant and fractious
Deities. Thunder and deluges were enough to assume the Gods were unhappy, especially along with
a dark moon covered by enveloping clouds. Even Christian priesthoods throughout history punished
what they assumed to be infidels during, before and after the inquisition on down to the Salem witch
trials. And even today Muslims kill anyone they perceive are violating the will of Allah, inclusive of
fellow Muslims who perchance switch from Islam to Christianity, and even young women who
deliberately violate the Islamic traditional dress code. Women have been stoned to death for
displaying too much of their face in public, and tourists have been stoned to death for drinking in the
privacy of their hotel balcony—considered by Muslims to be a public place, if seen by the public.
   Over the years perversity has remained apart of religion even up to the present time especially in
relatively uncivilized and/or un-advanced cultures. This, along with periodic wars has been the dark
side of religion; soon, very soon we must change all of that; the Urantia book tells us how.

   “But the Christianity of even the twentieth century must not be despised. It is the product of the
combined moral genius of God-knowing men of many races during many ages, and it has been one
of the greatest powers for good on earth, and therefore no man should lightly regard it,
notwithstanding its inherent and acquired defects. Christianity still contrives to move the minds of
reflective men with mighty moral emotions.” (Pg.2085)
   The Urantia Book informs us of what true religion is all about and the necessity to establish sane
religion in all cultures, thus stabilizing the culture by augmenting the spirit within each individual who
choose to wholeheartedly embrace the spiritual nature that lies within the depths of the human mind.
A fragment of God resides within the mind of every person of normal intelligence, moreover he is
contactable in time by those who desire to know him—now is the time to spread the word; and since
the Urantia Book is the ultimate source for knowledge concerning all facets of spirituality relevant to
our lives for the next thousand years, there can be no better source with which to begin.   THERE IS
NO other source that comes close to our revelation, albeit there is no greater inspiration for living
than the cosmic awareness derived from the absorption of the knowledge obtained from a study of
these messages presented by those divine beings that have come so far to render hope for the
future of our world.
   Searching for the highest truth fortunately requires effort; it is this effort that leads to enhancement
of the soul. There is NO other single source of planetary knowledge that transcends or supersedes
the information presented to each of us in the Urantia revelation. It is THE HIGHEST SOURCE
available to us now. Just ask any reasonably objective individual who has read the book.
   While there are less than two million people presently studying these incomparable messages the
revelation nevertheless continues to grow, but at a pace far slower than the Contact Commission
ever anticipated. The revelators requested a slow methodical growth of the Urantia movement to
insure that the revelation remain under the control of responsible individuals capable of financing
and sustaining a world wide organization which could survive the vicissitudes of two major world wars
and the attempts by some to remove religion from all educational institutions. So far the Urantia
Foundation has done fairly well in dissemination of the revelation world-wide, but most of us lucky
enough to have found this revelation and who have become aware of its immutable truths feel that
now is the propitious time to finally take the movement to the next level.   
   We all enjoy a certain sense of stability through the progress of our physical existence; not to
maintain a stable society creates anxiety, loss of direction, and if it collapses untold depression. It is
only through community organization, with religion topping the list that can save humanity from
destroying itself—real religion is the saving grace to resolve the human dilemma of how to proceed in
life under seemingly insurmountable adversities. The faith of the God believer exalts the soul
enabling the human mind to sort out the real from the unreal—to sort out and clear up its own
instability arising amidst the greatest of life’s adversities. There are, however, many cases of
individuals who completely fail to understand the spiritual aspects of the religion they have chosen—
have failed to benefit from the spirit—Islamic conditioning heading up the list. A religion that teaches
hatred is not a true religion, in that it fails to deliver a real spiritual message of love. “The kingdom of
God is within you” was probably the greatest pronouncement Jesus ever made, next to the
declaration that his Father is a living and loving spirit.” (Pg. 2081) Unfortunately too many people
have tuned out the God within, thus failing to benefit from true religion.
   It is our immaturity as a society that has allowed secularism to advance far apace of religion in the
first part of the 21st century. This immaturity is mentioned in a discourse on true religion to supply
answers to the disciple Thomas’s questions while on the way to Phoenicia, on the morning of June
9th.  It is considered one of Jesus’ “most remarkable addresses which his apostles ever listened to
throughout all their years of association with him.”(Pg. 1728) This discourse so aptly points out the
childlike anomalies sustained through the centuries in today’s religions, that we are including it
exactly as stated, but with the addition of modern phraseology. These two pages were added to our
already finished 10 page report, but contributed so immensely in an elaboration of what we have
already stated, that we felt it would further clarify exactly what religion and their devotees are
experiencing today.

   “This memorable discourse on religion, summarized and restated in modern phraseology, gave
expression to the following truths:
   While the religions of the world have a double origin—natural and revelatory—at any one time and
among any one people there are to be found three distinct forms of religious devotion. And these
three manifestations of the religious urge are:

1.   Primitive religion. The semi-natural and instinctive urge to fear mysterious energies and worship
superior forces, chiefly a religion of the physical nature, the religion of fear.

2.   The religion of civilization. The advancing religious concepts and practices of the civilizing races—
the religion of the mind—the intellectual theology of the authority of established religious tradition.

3.   True religion—the religion of revelation. The revelation of supernatural values, a partial insight
into eternal realities, a glimpse of the goodness and beauty of the infinite character of the Father in
heaven—the religion of the spirit as demonstrated in human experience.

   The religion of the physical senses and the superstitious fears of natural man, the Master refused
to belittle, though he deplored the fact that so much of this primitive form of worship should persist in
the religious forms of the more intelligent races of mankind. Jesus made it clear that the great
difference between the religion of the mind and the religion of the spirit is that, while the former is
upheld by ecclesiastical authority, the latter is wholly based on human experience. And then the
Master, in his hour of teaching, went on to make clear these truths: Until the races become highly
intelligent and more fully civilized, there will persist many of those childlike and superstitious
ceremonies which are so characteristic of the evolutionary religious practices of primitive and
backward peoples. Until the human race progresses to the level of a higher and more general
recognition of the realities of spiritual experience large numbers of men and women will continue to
show a personal preference for those religions of authority which require only intellectual assent, in
contrast to the religion of the spirit, which entails active participation of mind and soul in the faith
adventure of grappling with the rigorous realities of progressive human experience.”
   “The acceptance of the traditional religions of authority presents the easy way out for man’s urge
to seek satisfaction for the longings of his spiritual nature. The settled, crystallized, and established
religions of authority afford a ready refuge to which the distracted and distraught soul of man may
flee when harassed by fear and tormented by uncertainty. Such a religion requires of its devotees,
as the price to be paid for its satisfactions and assurances, only a passive and purely intellectual
   “And for a long time there will live on earth those timid, fearful, and hesitant individuals who will
prefer thus to secure their religious consolations, even though, in so casting their lot with the
religions of authority, they compromise the sovereignty of personality, debase the dignity of self-
respect, and utterly surrender the right to participate in that most thrilling and inspiring of all possible
human experiences: the personal quest for truth, the exhilaration of facing the perils of intellectual
discovery, the determination to explore the realities of personal religious experience, the supreme
satisfaction of experiencing the personal triumph of the actual realization of the victory of spiritual
faith over intellectual doubt as it is honestly won in the supreme adventure of all human existence—
man seeking God, for himself and as himself, and finding him.”
   “The religion of the spirit means effort, struggle, conflict, faith, determination, love, loyalty, and
progress. The religion of the mind—the theology of authority—requires little or none of these
exertions from its formal believers. Tradition is a safe refuge and an easy path for those fearful and
halfhearted souls who instinctively shun the spirit struggles and mental uncertainties associated with
those faith voyages of daring adventure out upon the high seas of unexplored truth in search for the
farther shores of spiritual realities as they may be discovered by the progressive human mind and
experienced by the evolving human soul.”
   “And Jesus went on to say: At Jerusalem the religious leaders have formulated the various
doctrines of their traditional teachers and the prophets of other days into an established system of
intellectual beliefs, a religion of authority. The appeal of all such religions is largely to the mind. And
now are we about to enter upon a deadly conflict with such a religion since we will so shortly begin
the bold proclamation of a new religion—a religion which is not a religion in the true sense of the
word, a religion that makes its chief appeal to the divine spirit of my Father which resides in the mind
of man; a religion which shall derive its authority from the fruits of its acceptance that will so certainly
appear in the personal experience of all who really and truly become believers in the truths of this
higher spiritual communion.”

   “Twentieth-century secularism tends to affirm that man does not need God. But beware! This
godless philosophy of human society will lead only to unrest, animosity, Unhappiness, war, and world-
wide disaster.” (Pg. 2081)
   “Without God, without religion, scientific secularism can never coordinate its forces, harmonize its
divergent and rivalrous interests, races and nationalisms. This secularistic human society,
notwithstanding its unparalleled materialistic achievement, is slowly disintegrating…” (Pg. 2082)
   “Secular social and political optimism is an illusion. Without God, neither freedom and liberty, nor
property and wealth will lead to peace.” (Pg.2082)
   “The inherent weakness of secularism is that it discards ethics and religion for politics and power.
You simply cannot establish the brotherhood of men while ignoring or denying the fatherhood of
God.”(Pg. 2082)
   “The complete secularization of science, education, industry, and society can lead only to
disaster.” (Pg. 2082)
   “The modern age will refuse to accept a religion which is inconsistent with facts and out of
harmony with its highest conceptions of truth, beauty, and goodness. The hour is striking for a
rediscovery of the true and original foundations of present-day distorted and compromised
Christianity—the real life and teachings of Jesus.”(2083)
   “Selfish men and women simply will not pay such a price for even the greatest spiritual treasure
ever offered mortal man. Only when man has become sufficiently disillusioned by the sorrowful
disappointments attendant upon the foolish and deceptive pursuits of selfishness, and subsequent to
the discovery of the barrenness of formalized religion, will he be disposed to turn wholeheartedly to
the gospel of the kingdom, the religion of Jesus of Nazareth.” ((Pg.2083)
   The two statements above are a testimony to the reason why many of our country’s youth are
abandoning religion. It is also why dedicated young Urantia readers refer to the Urantia book as the
New Bible---it displaces the distorted and compromised Christianity, so prevalent around the world
   “It is all too true that such a church would not have survived unless there had been men in the
world who preferred such a style of worship. Many spiritually indolent souls crave an ancient and
authoritative religion of ritual and sacred traditions. Human evolution and spiritual progress are
hardly sufficient to enable all men to dispense with religious authority.” (Pg. 2085)
   A truth seeker seeks out the highest truth in an endeavor to discover the spiritual realities at the
highest level. Agnostics and atheist seldom make the search. If one is not interested in eternal life
agnosticism may seem a safe philosophical haven from the determinants required of soul
advancement, but agnosticism seldom leads anywhere spiritually and in-itself is merely a non-
inspirational choice one makes when little physical proof is available to prove a spiritual reality.
Science relies on the scientific method based on physical observations of matter and thus can never
prove the existence of spirit. Agnosticism is a state much like that of the political independent who
until voting day still has not figured out who to vote for. They are waiting for some conclusive proof
that is always unobtainable. However, it must be said that an agnostic that isn’t sure of a God or an
Over-soul of creation, but is insistent on living a spiritual life is on the right track spiritually.

   “Science may be physical, but the mind of the truth-discerning scientist is at once supermaterial.
Matter knows not truth, neither can it love mercy nor delight in spiritual realities. Moral convictions
based on spiritual enlightenment and rooted in human experience are just as real and certain as
mathematical deductions based on physical observations, but on another and higher level.” (Pg.
   Much of what has been stated here has been reported in previous reports, but cannot be
repeated enough until meaningful spiritual change commences to take hold, and this has simply not
been the case.

   “But even after materialism and mechanism have been more or less vanquished, the devastating
influence of twentieth-century secularism will still blight the spiritual experience of millions of
unsuspecting souls.”
   “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)
   “It required a great power, a mighty influence, to free the thinking and living of the Western
peoples from the withering grasp of a totalitarian ecclesiastical domination. Secularism did beak the
bonds of church control, and now in turn it threatens to establish a new and godless type of mastery
over the hearts and minds of modern man.” (Pg. 2081)   
   The greatest collective truths presented to humanity since the creation of our world have now
been laid before us, yet few have availed themselves of the opportunity to glean the cosmic truths
this erudition affords—cosmic understanding to elevate ones awareness of life as it exists here and
throughout the universe.
   After all is said and done we can only conclude that anyone who has been exposed to the
revelatory truths of the Urantia Book and has yet to purchase the book is obviously not making the
search—has little interest in pursuing what the book has to offer, which amply stated: is an enhanced
motivation to move forward and upward throughout eternity.

SLAVES TO TRADITION (Religions founded on expiation)
Some religions have evolved, in part, on the concept of expiation which is little more than an attempt
to satisfy God through atonement and appeasement—through deprivation carried to the extreme by
East Indian yogis, sleeping on a bed of nails, and public flagellation as examples. The Amish,
perhaps the most reactionary Christian denomination of all, refuse to conform to most social
standards accepted by almost all communities throughout the country—no electricity for many, no
cars and in some cases no indoor bathrooms and no plumbing. Buddhists are also so fervently
spiritual that they have rejected the material world whenever possible, preferring not to own anything
material apart from a bowel so as to beg for a measure of bland rice, plus the clothes on their back
and a mattress to sleep on.       
   These examples of peculiar social behavior are in fact related to the onetime fall of man—the
belief that humanity was once far greater than it presently is, and perhaps through a sense of guilt
emanating from hedonism, these religious devotees of Eastern religions burdened by guilt, feel the
only way to repay God is to resort to some form of human deprivation to compensate for the evils of
the past and perhaps their own evils, or what they perceive to be evil.
   While the motive to impress God is altruistic and somewhat self-satisfying it often creates a pattern
of dependency on traditions which have long been antiquated. The best way to impress God is
through service to humanity. The Urantia revelation states in explicit terms that we are to enjoy the
luxuries of the material age; what we are not to do is to get fixated on them to the degree that they
solely occupy our lives, at least to the extent that avarice and covetousness completely contaminate
our spiritual natures—we then become truly lost.
   Simple minds easily gravitated to the concept that if the experience of pleasure was egregiously
sinful in God’s eyes, it followed that a lack of pleasure must therefore be good. It seemed to make
good sense that to gain the favor of God and maintain good standing amongst ones peers, one then
must deprive himself of all future hedonistic pleasures to be experienced in life; the Amish are the
Kings at this, with the Muslims forever trying to catch up. Modern conveniences will not destroy those
who put them in their proper perspective; if we can subordinate certain basic drives towards material
acquisition to the superior drives of spiritual attainment we are accomplishing all that God expects of
us; we are then on the path to discovering it is not what we take from our fellows, but rather what we
give. Unselfish service to our fellows is the key to spiritual advancement throughout eternity, and by
so doing we get closer to God and eventually become like him. There can be no greater goal, and
until we can recognize the real meaning of life is found in service to others we are destined to
awkwardly stumble through life searching for what is real.
   The revelation informs us not to take away from other’s religions, but only to add to what they
already have. This is to us a major road-block when discussing religion with those involved with
Scientology, Islam, Serpent Worship, etc., since what they have to offer in a spiritual vein is
overcome by their adherence to ridiculous tenets often making them completely unreceptive to any
form of knew spiritual knowledge.
   Our hope is that religionists, or the estimated 85% of the country that maintain a belief in God, will
come to an understanding that religion must evolve as does the human soul, and that these God
faring individuals will begin to challenge their belief systems, before the angels have to come in and
set it all straight. If individuals really want to know where God resides, and whether he is contactable,
and the extent of his omniscience, they have only to read the Urantia Book, and then compare what
they already have to what they have just learned.
   Let’s get with the program by studying the revelation and getting its message out.
   Urantia Readers International Website: Urantiareadersintl.com 919 210-1730

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Dick Ziglar                 Dr. Jeanette Francis      Discourse on Religion, chronicled by
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Kidwell          Dr. James Perry