URANTIA READERS INTERNATIONAL                                                                                                July /August  

Dear Readers,

Not a whole lot has happened during these summer months, so for the most part I’ll address a few subjects
from the “Book” that might be of consequence to our own situation, but first some brief updates: We have
decided to purchase space in the book fair again this year (Nov. 16 – 19) in Miami, which has been our main
project to recruit readers into the revelation for the last 15 years or so. There is another organization that also
mans a booth and sells about the same as us – together we have probably sold over a thousand books in the
15 years we have been appearing at the fair. There is no way to estimate the purchases from book stores
resulting from our efforts in explaining the revelation to those hundreds who don’t purchase at the fair.  Several
years back J.J. Benitez the successful author of  “The Trojan Horse” (in Spanish only) made an appearance at
the fair in is own booth. He had a line of about 50 people waiting for autographs. His best selling books in
Spain mentioned the Urantia book and subsequently our book became the number one best seller in Spain of
any book sold in any category on Amazon.com. It shows what the right exposure can do. Throughout Latin
America the Urantia book is now selling at about the same level as the English version, mostly attributed to
the efforts of Mr. Benitez.

The activity in new memberships has declined somewhat in the last several months, but we have still
managed to add about 15 new members. We have had several people who have moved away and may have
lost them forever, but I feel certain they’re still with the book and that is what counts (our aim being to introduce
the revelation to whoever is willing to accept it). Every month or so we lose someone departing to the mansion
worlds, confined to a nursing home, switched jobs to a new city, etc., so please inform us if you move and
change your address. The fifteen new people just managed to fill the position of those whom we could no
longer contact. I still have to remove our prison inmates who were assiduously reading the book, yet have
decided to move on to what they think are greener pastures in their pursuit of truth. There were four in one
prison who met several times a week to study the book but now that that they are finished have decided to
move on to “A course in Miracles”.  As of today we have 460 members.

Hilvania Adams who established the Puerto Rican group with her close friend Dr. Rick Brinkman, talked with
me at length yesterday and we both thought it a good idea to make a trip there to re-energize the group. Their
group has been run by Atillo Zuapa and his wife Sofia since its inception, some eight to ten years ago, but
both (in their mid eighties) are now too old to run the group and no one seems to want the responsibility of
taking it over. We might give it a try.

As an organization committed to advancing the Urantia revelation to the world we are making an effort to keep
the readers of our “Book” informed of our progress. In the past we have donated as much as $2,000 to the
Chinese translation, a request by Hilvania Adams and the late Dr. Rick Brinkman (our founder) and
additionally provided monies for other projects, including paying for part of the office staff in Chicago. We have,
under our new organization never requested dues or monies to sustain our operations until last month when
we were confronted with the increase for obtaining a booth at the world’s largest book fair in Miami – our
primary activity for disseminating the “Book” and encouraging new readership. I am sorry to say that only a very
paltry amount came to us, so the board again had to rely on their own personal resources. If even a small
portion of our readership could send in ten dollars a year we would put it to good use. Since the Foundation
no longer supplies books to libraries we have had to purchase books ourselves for such placement. If anyone
has a library in mind in their area, contact the person in charge and forward to us the contact information and
we will send them a book (the librarian has to agree to accept the book before it can be sent, which will come
directly from Chicago). We have to order, fairly soon, our Spanish books for the fair – about 25 books, we have
on hand several books in English.  Any one wishing to contribute ten or twenty dollars please send a check to
our treasurer: Baker Jordan 722 Rome Ave. Tampa, FL 33606 – Make the check out to Urantia Readers
International - all donations are tax deductible.

While some of us are here to usher in a season of truth based on the new realities presented to us, some of
our fellows (Christian fundamentalists) are still engaged in learning, exploring, and presenting the truth of the
past by preserving the continuity of religious events established in bygone eras. These individuals are, for the
most part, well meaning and sincere people who generally adhere to the principle of “doing unto others as
you would have them do unto you.” They desire to subscribe to the teachings of Jesus as they perceive them
to be. But as a group, however, they are perceived by the vanguard of Urantia readers as a modern day cultural
anomaly – stuck in the traditions of a past era with little expectation for meaningful change. They have become
fixated on a set of Scriptures that they regard as sacred and remain hopelessly ensnared therein; quite
oblivious to the new realities our revelation has imposed upon the 21st century.

The good that emerges from their endeavors is what they glean from the teachings of the apostles and Jesus,
not so much their collective interpretation of these teachings (Jesus died on the cross to save our souls,
creationism, etc.). By and large they are peace loving, family oriented and fairly reasonable (except when it
comes time to discard some Scripture). They have for generations preserved the best religion on the planet –
the teachings of Jesus. And while these teachings have been contaminated throughout the centuries they
offered much to the civilized world today in that they provided the scaffolding for the presentation of a new and
greater revelation of these past Scriptural events. Accordingly these myopic proponents of antiquated Scripture
remain temporarily fixated on their tunnel vision approach to truth, yet even though altered as they were, these
attenuated truths (‘inherent and acquired’) were nevertheless necessary for the perpetuation and defense of
the Christian community for the last 2,000 years.  In today’s Christian community I think that any emergency
Son arriving on our planet would be met with the same derision and scorn Jesus was met with if he
denounced certain Scriptures – so deep is the commitment to Biblical Scripture. That is unless a new
generation of Christian believers comes along that is less intransigent in their ways regarding the adamant
behavior of their predecessors towards this perceived infallibility of apostolic Scripture. The great difficulty in
reconciling the old with the new in today’s Christian movement parallels the problems Jesus faced with his
apostles when he admonished them not to mix the old with the new. There comes a time when we all must
abandon antiquated beliefs for new knowledge that, with a modicum of reflection, should automatically
displace the outworn belief systems of the past. What Jesus experienced with both the Sanhedrin and His
apostles we are presently experiencing today with those who have become modern slaves to Scripture by
denying the truths of our age set forth in the revelation designed for this age - an age encompassing 1,000
years from its publication date in l955.

Jesus to Peter and associates: “You err since you always try to attach the new teaching to the old; you are
determined to misunderstand all my teaching; you insist on interpreting the gospel in accordance with your
established beliefs. Nevertheless I will try to enlighten you.” (Pg. 1941-1)  Aren’t we pretty much in the same
position when presenting the revelation to the visible (church going) Christian community? I believe we are.
Nevertheless I have found these people, while somewhat deluded, to be good hearted, generous, and well
meaning. They were the forerunners to the new Christian movement, and while their days are waning ours are
just beginning to arrive, with our work definitely cut out for us (how to displace 2,000 years of cultural
indoctrination). Whether this prodigious sector of the Christian world will be able to reconcile their beliefs with
the new Christian order remains enigmatic for the time being. In 50 years I have only managed to convert a
few old friends to accept the Urantia book as a reality, and this is because most people are not genuinely
searching for truth. Albeit, the planet is in dire need of this revelation – those that are not interested in it need it
the most. Every reading seems to provide new insights or expanded awareness of something we have read
and since forgotten, which seems typical with most long time readers – hence the need to keep on reading.
More on scripture – Jesus to his apostle: “Nathaniel, never permit yourself for one moment to believe the
Scripture records which tell you that the God of love directed your forefathers to go forth in battle to slay all their
enemies—men, women and children. Such records are the words of men, not very holy men, and they are not
the word of God. The Scriptures always have, and always will, reflect the intellectual, moral, and spiritual
status of those who create them. Have you not noted that the concepts of Yahweh grow in beauty and glory as
the prophets make their records from Samuel to Isaiah? And you should remember that the Scriptures are
intended for religious instruction and spiritual guidance. They are not the works of either historians or
philosophers.” “The thing most deplorable is not merely this erroneous idea of the absolute perfection of the
Scripture record and the infallibility of its teachings, but rather the confusing misinterpretation of these sacred
writings by the tradition-enslaved scribes and Pharisees at Jerusalem. And now will they employ both the
doctrine of the inspiration of the Scriptures and their teachings of the gospel of the kingdom. Nathaniel, never
forget, the Father does not limit the revelation of truth to any one generation or to any one people. Many earnest
seekers after the truth have been, and will continue to be confused and disheartened by these doctrines of the
perfection of the Scriptures.”  “The authority of truth is the very spirit that indwells its living manifestation, and
not the dead words of the less illuminated and supposedly inspired men of another generation. And if these
holy men of old lived inspired and spirit-filled lives, that does not  mean that their words were similarly
spiritually inspired.” (Pg. 1768-1, 2 & 3)

“Mark you well my words, Nathaniel, nothing which human nature has touched can be regarded as infallible.”
“But the greatest error of teaching about the Scriptures is the doctrine of their being sealed books of mystery
and wisdom which only the wise minds of the nation dare to interpret. The revelations of divine truth are not
sealed except by human ignorance, bigotry, and narrow-minded intolerance. The light of the scripture is only
dimmed by prejudice and darkened by superstition. A false fear of sacredness has prevented religion from
being safeguarded by common sense.” (Pg. 1768-4) And again Jesus states in his discourse to Nathaniel:
“But the saddest feature of all is the fact that some of the teachers of the sanctity of this traditionalism know
this very truth. They are moral cowards, intellectually dishonest.  They know the truth regarding the sacred
writings, but they prefer to withhold such disturbing facts from the people. And thus do they pervert and distort
the Scriptures making them the guide to slavish details of the daily life and an authority in things
nonspiritual…” (1769-1) My experience has been that most fundamentalist believe that the Scriptures are the
word of God and that while written by men were divinely inspired, yet this should not preclude them from
discerning the truths provided in a new revelation presenting Jesus’ viewpoints; said Jesus:  “I admonish you
to give up the practice of always quoting the prophets of old and praising the heroes of Israel, and instead
aspire to become living prophets of the Most High and spiritual heroes of the coming kingdom. To honor the
God knowing leaders of the past may indeed be worth while, but why, in so doing, should you sacrifice the
supreme experience of human existence: finding God for yourselves and knowing him in your own souls?”

One such insight that is certainly applicable to today’s world is the following excerpt relating to the cleansing of
the temple due to its commercial practices – things done on a much larger scale in today’s religious bodies.
“This cleansing of the temple discloses the Master’s attitude toward commercializing the practices of religion
as well as his detestation of all forms of unfairness and profiteering at the expense of the poor and unlearned.
This episode also demonstrates that Jesus did not look with approval upon the refusal to employ force to
protect the majority of any given human group against the unfair and enslaving practices of unjust minorities
who may be able to entrench themselves behind political, financial, or ecclesiastical power. Shrewd, wicked,
and designing men are not to be permitted to organize themselves for the exploitation and oppression of
those who, because of their idealism, are not disposed to resort to force for self- protection or for the
furtherance of their laudable life projects.” (Pg. 1891) Another example arises in the conversation Jesus had
with the Indian student Ganid wherein Jesus endeavored to resolve Ganid’s perplexed state of mind
regarding the use of force. “First, in all attacks which might be made upon my person, I would determine
whether or not the aggressor was a son of God—my brother in the flesh—and if I thought such a creature did
not possess moral judgment and spiritual reason, I would unhesitatingly defend myself to the full capacity of
my powers of resistance, regardless of consequences to the attacker. But I would not thus assault a fellow
man of sonship status, even in self-defense…” (Pg. 1469 –L) So in reference to the above, in today’s world
whether it’s a union of steel workers who once tried to hold our nation hostage during a word war, or whether
it’s big business management stealing from the employees’ pension fund, there are times when the exploited
have a right to become aggressive. The book has taught us that in the universe there are forces for good and
forces for evil – what we must do is learn to discern the difference and live accordingly. What is especially
notable is the fact that Jesus did approve using force where necessary to protect the majority of any given
human group that was unfairly exploited from the minority perpetrating the exploitation. This flies in the face of
many Fundamental Christians and others because this philosophy extends all the way from individual
confrontation to war with other nations.

“Christianity is threatened by slow death from formalism, overorganization, intellectualism, and other
nonspiritual trends. The modern Christian church is not such a brotherhood of dynamic believers as Jesus
commissioned continuously to effect the spiritual transformation of successive generations of mankind.”

“So called Christianity has become a social and cultural movement as well as a religious belief and practice.
Christianity drains many an ancient swamp and many a barbarian morass; many olden cultural watersheds
drain into this present-day cultural stream as well as the high Galilean tablelands which are suppose to be its
exclusive source.” (Pg. 2083-6) Are we handicapped by the ignorance so pervasive in today’s Christian
churches? I think this is quite evident in this modern world where so many indolent souls authoritatively,
through their lavish priesthoods, ecclesiastical  authorities, bible study groups, and the like, advance their
outmoded traditions by proclaiming the authority of the church to be the only valid intercessor between the
individual and God. There will come a time when the adherents to the worlds largest religion come to a
recognition that if God truly resides within the human mind, isn’t it a little redundant then to amble into a
confessional booth every week seeking an intermediary to petition God for forgiveness of one’s perceived sin.
Christianity is obviously divided, presenting alternative styles of worship and allegiance to its believers, yet this
split has only partially fragmented the growth of the Christian movement, for our “Book” aptly points out the
universal benefit of the Christian religion over the years when it states: “But the Christianity of even the
twentieth century must not be despised. It is the product of the combined moral genius of the God knowing
men of many races during many ages, and it has truly 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
continues to move the minds of reflective men with mighty moral emotions.” (Pg. 2085-4)

“The religions of authority can only divide men and set them in conscientious array against each other; the
religion of the spirit will progressively draw men together and cause them to become understandingly
sympathetic with one another. The religions of authority require of men uniformity in belief, but this is
impossible of realization in the present state of the world. The religion of the spirit requires only unity of
experience—uniformity of destiny—making full allowance for diversity of belief. The religion of the spirit
requires only uniformity of insight, not uniformity of viewpoint and outlook. The religion of the spirit does not
demand uniformity of intellectual views, only unity of spirit feeling. The religions of authority crystallize into
lifeless creeds; the religion of the spirit grows into increasing joy and liberty of ennobling deeds of loving
service and merciful ministration.” (Pg. 1732)

“The hope of human brotherhood can only be realized when, and as, the divergent mind religions of authority
become impregnated with, and overshadowed by, the unifying and ennobling religion of the spirit—the religion
of personal spiritual experience.” (1732)

Well, so much for now, ya’ll have an enjoyable summer,   Dick Ziglar  - Staff (trying to fit in with my Southern