URANTIA READERS INTERNATIONAL  (URI)

QUARTERLY REPORT                    THE URMIA LECTURES
(July, August, September-2011)            (On Global Government)

Due to the escalation in the deterioration of world unity we have decided to scrap the previously written
quarterly report for the above months in order to present more salient material regarding the development
of a world order mentioned in the lectures of Jesus while in Urmia, Persia—a discourse on the world orders
that all planets are eventually destined to evolve towards.

A world order that is in anyway comparable to our current order of so-called United Nations is repugnant to
most genuine Americans (those who believe in the principles of our founding fathers), however a world
order with an advisory council of spiritual beings under the right conditions could be quite workable
(functional). Jesus, in his lectures informs us of the absolute necessity of creating this universal sovereignty
if we are ever to sustain peace throughout the world. We are told that in actuality there are only two real
sovereignties on any planet—the sovereignty of the individual human free-will, and the global sovereignty of
collective humanity. We might be far closer to this than previously imagined; no sane person wants a world
order with nitwits in-charge—the reason most Americans presently reject such a concept (world
government), but as we will learn from the ensuing lectures, with the right people in charge we can forge a
new world with some kind of equality (freedom) for all, but only with adherence to the resoluteness of divine
guidance.

This report while quite lengthy presents almost all the statements mentioned by Jesus as chronicled by the
midwayers and subsequently edited by the Melchizedek chairman of the revelatory commission. We will
here defer to the midwayers own statement as to why these particular lectures, adapted to modern
phraseology, were eventually modified and edited for 20-21st century understanding.

Pg. 1486 UB   (Midwayers Statement)
“[When we, the midwayers, first prepared the summary of Jesus’ teachings at Urmia, there arose
a disagreement between the seraphim of the churches and the seraphim of progress as to the
wisdom of including these teachings in the Urantia Revelation. Conditions of the twentieth
century, prevailing in both religion and human governments, are so different from those
prevailing in Jesus’ day that it was indeed difficult to adapt the Master’s teachings at Urmia to
the problems of the kingdom of God and the kingdoms of men as these world functions are
existent in the twentieth century. We were never able to formulate a statement of the Master’s
teachings which was acceptable to both groups of these seraphim of planetary government.
Finally, the Melchizedek chairman of the revelatory commission appointed a commission of
three of our number to prepare our view of the Master’s Urmia teachings as adapted to
twentieth-century religious and political conditions on Urantia. Accordingly, we three secondary
midwayers completed such an adaptation of Jesus’ teachings, restating his pronouncements as
we would apply them to present-day world conditions, and we now present these statements as
they stand after having been edited by the Melchizedek chairman of the revelatory
commission.]”

The disagreement mentioned herein was of such a nature that the papers resting on Dr. Sadler’s desk, set
to go to the Donnelly Printing Co., had to be recalled and modified to satisfy both angelic camps. This
incidentally was the only chapter to be recalled. Those present (certain Forum members and members of
the contact commission) considered themselves fortunate to witness the peculiar phenomenon of the
dematerialization of the papers—papers which later appeared altered to the acceptance of both camps of
angels. I was in that office 30 years later and was informed by the Doctor that the midwayers asked those
present to adjourn to the ante-room adjacent to the office. A midwayer stated that they would take the
papers in their presence but much preferred that they leave. In deference to the midwayer Sadler ushered
the people out and as the last one to leave, locked the door behind him. The papers were still on the desk.
When they returned Sadler unlocked the door and to their astonishment the Urmia lectures had
disappeared. They later reappeared completely modified.

From hear on the lectures will be presented almost in their entirety, in quotes, as they appear in the Urantia
book along with a modicum of poetic license to illustrate a passage or two, “as applied to present day world
conditions”, provided by the midwayers, since things like the 48 U.S. states referenced did not exist at the
time of the lectures.

                                                 THE LECTURES

Pg. 1485    THE URMIA LECTURES
“On the way to the Caspian Sea, Jesus had stopped several days for rest and recuperation at
the old Persian city of Urmia on the western shores of Lake Urmia. On the largest of a group of
islands situated a short distance offshore near Urmia was located a large building—a lecture
amphitheater—dedicated to the “spirit of religion.” This structure was really a temple of the
philosophy of religions.”

“This temple of religion had been built by a wealthy merchant citizen of Urmia and his three
sons. This man was Cymboyton, and he numbered among his ancestors many diverse peoples.”

“The lectures and discussions in this school of religion began at 10:00 o’clock every morning in
the week. The afternoon sessions started at 3:00 o’clock, and the evening debates opened at 8:
00 o’clock. Cymboyton or one of his three sons always presided at these sessions of teaching,
discussion, and debate. The founder of this unique school of religions lived and died without
ever revealing his personal religious beliefs.”



“On several occasions Jesus participated in these discussions, and before he left Urmia, Cymboyton
arranged with Jesus to sojourn with them for two weeks on his return trip and give twenty-four lectures on
“The Brotherhood of Men,” and to conduct twelve evening sessions of questions, discussions and debates
on his lectures in particular and on the brotherhood of men in general.”

“…This was the most systematic and formal of all the Master’s teaching on Urantia. Never before or after did
he say so much on one subject as contained in these lectures and discussions on the brotherhood of men.
In reality these lectures were on the “Kingdom of God” and the “Kingdom of Men.”

Pg. 1486    SOVEREIGNTY—DIVINE AND HUMAN
“The brotherhood of men is founded on the fatherhood of God. The family of God is derived
from the love of God—God is love. God the Father divinely loves his children, all of them.”

“The kingdom of heaven, the divine government, is founded on the fact of divine sovereignty—
God is spirit. Since God is spirit, this kingdom is spiritual. The kingdom of heaven is neither
material nor merely intellectual; it is a spiritual relationship between God and man.”

“If different religions recognize the spirit sovereignty of God the Father, then will all such
religions remain at peace. Only when one religion assumes that it is in some way superior to all
others, and that it possesses exclusive authority over other religions, will such a religion
presume to be intolerant of other religions or dare to persecute other religious believers.” (This
statement has Islam written all over it; both Christians and Jews are persecuted to the extent
that the rank and file of Muslims in the mid-east would like nothing more than to see them
eradicated-URI)

Pg. 1487   “Religious peace—brotherhood—can never exist unless all religions are willing to
completely divest themselves of all ecclesiastical authority and fully surrender all concept of
spiritual sovereignty. God alone is spirit sovereign.”

“You cannot have equality among religions (religious liberty) without having religious wars unless all
religions consent to the transfer of all religious sovereignty to some superhuman level, to God himself.”
(The problem today is that while Muslims may transfer sovereignty to God {Allah}, their God is a God that
encourages war, making it impossible to change their non-peaceful intolerance of what they deem to be a
lesser religion, while the Christian God as we will see in these lectures discourages war--URI)

“The kingdom of heaven in the hearts of men will create religious unity (not necessarily
uniformity) because any and all religious groups composed of such religious believers will be
free from all notations of ecclesiastical authority—religious sovereignty.
”(Don’t forget that Islam
was established (fabricated) in the 7th century by adding to Christianity many perverse beliefs of the self
appointed prophet Muhammad; they are not completely free from notations of ecclesiastical authority; they
consider all Jews and Christians as abject infidels, scarcely worthy of human status, and until they can
change this attitude they place all other religions oppositional to their warlike philosophy, in the category of
enemies—URI)

“God is spirit, and God gives a fragment of his spirit self to dwell in the heart of man. Spiritually,
all men are equal. The kingdom of heaven is free from castes, classes, social levels, and
economic groups. You are all brethren.
But the moment you lose sight of the spirit sovereignty of God the Father, some one religion will
begin to assert its superiority over other religions; and then, instead of peace on earth and
good will among men, there will start dissensions, recrimina-tions, even religious wars, at least
wars among religionists. (Have we not already arrived at this juncture in planetary history during
this decade?—(URI)
Freewill beings who regard themselves as equals, unless they mutually acknowledge
themselves as subject to some supersovereignty, some authority over and above themselves,
sooner or later are tempted to try out their ability to gain power and authority over other
persons and groups. The concept of equality never brings peace except in the mutual
recognition of some overcontrolling influence of super- sovereignty.”

“The Urmia religionists lived together in comparative peace and tranquility because they had
fully surrendered all their notions of religious sovereignty. Spiritually, they all believed in a
sovereign God; socially, full and unchallengeable authority rested in their presiding head—
Cymboyton…There can be no lasting religious peace on Urantia until all religious groups freely
surrender all their notions of divine favor, chosen people, and religious sovereignty. ONLY
WHEN GOD THE FATHER BECOMES SUPREME WILL MEN BECOME RELIGIOUS BROTHERS AND
LIVE TOGETHER IN RELIGIOUS PEACE ON EARTH.”

Pg. 1487   POLITICAL SOVEREIGNTY
“[While the Master’s teaching concerning the sovereignty of God is a truth—only complicated by
the subsequent appearance of the religion about him among the world’s religions—his
presentations concerning political sovereignty are vastly complicated by the political evolution
of nation life during the last nineteen hundred years and more. In the times of Jesus there were
only two great world powers—the Roman Empire in the West and the Han Empire in the East—
and these were widely separated by the Parthian kingdom and other intervening lands of the
Caspian and Turkistan regions. We have, therefore, in the following, presentation departed
more widely from the substance of the Master’s teaching at Urmia concerning political
sovereignty, at the same time attempting to depict the import of such teachings as they are
applicable to the peculiarly critical stage of the evolution of political sovereignty in the twentieth
century after Christ]”

“War on Urantia will never end so long as nations cling to the illusive notions of unlimited
national sovereignty. There are only two levels of relative sovereignty on an inhabited world:
the spiritual free will of the individual mortal and the collective sovereignty of mankind as a
whole. Between the level of the individual human being and the level of the total of mankind, all
groupings and associations are relative, transitory, and of value only in so far as they enhance
the welfare, well being, and progress of the individual and the grand total—man and mankind.”

Pg. 1488   “Religious teachers must always remember that the spiritual sovereignty of God
overrides all intervening and intermediate spiritual loyalties. Someday civil rulers will learn that
the Most Highs rule in the kingdoms of men.
This rule of the most highs in the kingdoms of men is not for the especial benefit of any
especially favored group of mortals. There is no such thing as a “chosen people”. The rule of
the Most Highs, the overcontrollers of political evolution, is a rule designed to foster the
greatest good to the greatest number of all men and for the greatest length of time.”

“Sovereignty is power and it grows by organization. This growth of the organization of political
power is good and proper, for it tends to encompass ever-widening segments of the total of
mankind. But this same growth of political organizations creates a problem at every intervening
stage between the initial and natural organization of political power—the family—and the final
consummation of political growth—the government of all mankind, by all mankind, and for all
mankind.”

“Starting out with parental power in the family group, political sovereignty evolves by
organization as families overlap into consanguineous clans which become united, for various
reasons, into tribal units—superconsanguineous political groupings. And then, by trade,
commerce, and conquest, tribes become unified as a nation, while nations themselves
sometimes become unified by empire.
As sovereignty passes from smaller groups to larger groups, wars are lessened. That is, minor
wars between smaller nations are lessened, but the potential for greater wars is increased as
the nations wielding sovereignty become larger and larger. Presently, when all the world has
been explored and occupied, when nations are few, strong, and powerful, when these great and
supposedly sovereign nations come to touch borders, when only oceans separate them, then
will the stage be set for major wars, world-wide conflicts. So-called sovereign nations cannot
rub elbows without generating conflicts and eventuating wars.”

“The difficulty in the evolution of political sovereignty from the family to all mankind lies in the inertia-
resistance exhibited on all intervening levels. Families have, on occasion, defied their clan, while clans and
tribes have often been subversive of the sovereignty of the territorial state. Each new and forward evolution
of political sovereignty is (and has always been) embarrassed and hampered by the “scaffolding stages” of
the previous developments in political organization. And this is true because human loyalties, once
mobilized are hard to change. The same loyalty which makes possible the evolution of the tribe, makes
difficult the evolution of the supertribe—the territorial state. And the same loyalty (patriotism) which makes
possible the evolution of the territorial state vastly complicates the evolutionary development of the
government of all mankind.”
“Political sovereignty is created out of the surrender of self-determinism, first by the individual within the
family and then by the families and clans in relation to the tribe and larger groupings. This progressive
transfer of self-determination from the smaller to ever larger political organizations has generally proceeded
unabated in the East since the establishment of the Ming and the Mogul dynasties. In the West it obtained
for more than a thousand years right on down to the end of the World War, when an unfortunate retrograde
movement temporarily reversed this normal trend by re-establishing the submerged political sovereignty of
numerous small groups in Europe.”

Pg. 1489   
“Urantia will not enjoy lasting peace until the so-called sovereign nations intelligently
and fully surrender their sovereign powers into the hands of the brotherhood of men—mankind
government. Internationalism—Leagues of Nations—can never bring permanent peace to
mankind. World-wide confederations of nations will effectively prevent minor wars and
acceptably control the smaller nations, but they will not prevent world wars nor control the
three, four, or five most powerful governments. In the face of real conflicts, one of these world
powers will withdraw from the Leagues and declare war. You cannot prevent nations going to
war as long as they remain infected with the delusional virus of national sovereignty.
Internationalism is a step in the right direction. An international police force will prevent many
minor wars, but it will not be effective in preventing major wars, conflicts between the great
military governments of earth.”

“As the number of truly sovereign nations (great powers) decreases, so do both opportunity and
need for mankind government increase. When there are only a few really sovereign (great)
powers, either they must embark on the life and death struggle for national (imperial)
supremacy, or else, by voluntary surrender of certain prerogatives of sovereignty, they must
create the essential nucleus of supernational power which will serve as the beginning of the
real sovereignty of all mankind.”

“Peace will not come to Urantia until every so-called sovereign nation surrenders its power to
make war into the hands of a representative government of all mankind. Political sovereignty is
innate with the peoples of the world. When all the peoples of Urantia create a world
government, they have the right and the power to make such a government SOVEREIGN; and
when such a representative or democratic world power controls the world’s land, air, and naval
forces, peace on earth and good will among men can prevail—but not until then.”
(What Americans fear, should there be a world government, is that they will be footing the bill for the rest of
the world, raising taxes to unmanageable levels for all Americans; and with possible control going to third
world countries there is a natural apprehension which is quite understandable, however this will not be the
case for there must be a direct alliance with spiritual beings {non-corruptible spiritual beings} to unravel the
mess humanity has created. Mankind under its own management without a superhuman advisory council is
just not ready to manage the planet. The gravity of the world situation is intense with so many nations vying
for the power of nuclear armament—armament attached to new delivery systems (nuclear helicopters, and
ICBM’s) of longer and longer range each year. And the intensity of this gravity is increasing rapidly
throughout developed parts of the world, and because of the attitude of the leaders of those countries vying
for world control we should all be aware of the consequences facing not just Americans, but all earthly
inhabitants—we are on the road to a world melt-down—a dysfunctional world that no world leaders will be
able to rectify if the world fails to embrace a universal God. We need a government (global or otherwise)
willing to deny genuine religious (spiritual) status to religions advocating/declaring war on religions that
disagree with their own religious concepts. An edict, conceded and rendered by a world council could then
outlaw such religions on the basis that they are interfering with the democratic laws of the lands of bonefide
Governments—and until their ideals of universal justice (Jihad) is eradicated from their religious
philosophies they would be stripped of all religious authority and subject to imprisonment under
international law if they fail to comply. The very idea of a religion challenging the laws of the international
community with a religion predisposed to arcane laws of a 7th century doctrine, is repugnant to most world
citizens, certainly to at least 95% of Americans—(URI)  

“To use an important nineteenth and twentieth century illustration: The forty-eight states of the
American Federal Union have long enjoyed peace. They have no more wars among themselves.
They have surrendered their sovereignty to the federal government, and through the
arbitrament of war they have abandoned all claims to the delusions of self-determination. While
each state regulates its internal affairs, it is not concerned with foreign relations, tariffs,
immigration, military affairs, or interstate commerce. Neither do the individual states concern
themselves with matters of citizenship. The forty-eight states suffer the ravages of war only
when the federal government’s sovereignty is in some way jeopardized.”

“These forty-eight states, having abandoned the twin sophistries of sovereignty and self-
determination, enjoy interstate peace and tranquility. So will the nations of Urantia begin to
enjoy peace when they freely surrender their respective sovereignties into the hands of a
global government—the sovereignty of the brotherhood of men. In this world state the small
nations will be as powerful as the great, even as the small state of Rhode Island has its two
senators in the American Congress just the same as the populous state of New York or the large
state of Texas.”

“With scientific progress, wars are going to become more and more devastating until they
become almost racially suicidal. How many world wars must be fought and how many leagues of
nations must fail before men will be willing to establish the government of mankind and begin to
enjoy the blessings of permanent peace and thrive on the tranquility of good will—world-wide
good will—among men.”

Pg. 1490     LAW, LIBERTY, AND SOVEREIGNTY
“If one man craves freedom—liberty—he must remember that all other men long for the same
freedom. Groups of such liberty-loving mortals cannot live together in peace without becoming
subservient to such laws, rules, and regulations as will grant each person the same degree of
freedom while at the same time safeguarding an equal degree of freedom for all of his fellow
mortals. If one man is to be absolutely free, then another must become an absolute slave. And
the relative nature of freedom is true socially, economically, and politically. Freedom is the gift
of civilization made possible by the enforcement of LAW.”

“Religion makes it spiritually possible to realize the brotherhood of men, but it will require
mankind government to regulate the social, economic, and political problems associated with
such a goal of human happiness and efficiency.”

“There shall be wars and rumors of wars—nation will rise against nation—just as long as the
world’s political sovereignty is divided up and unjustly held by a group of nation-states. England,
Scotland, and Wales were always fighting each other until they gave up their respective
sovereignties, reposing them in the United Kingdom.”

“Another world war will teach the so-called sovereign nations to form some sort of federation,
thus creating the machinery for preventing small wars, wars between the lesser nations. But
global wars will go on until the government of mankind is created. Global sovereignty will
prevent global wars—nothing else can.”

Pg. 1491    “War is not man’s great and terrible disease; war is a symptom, a result. The real
disease is the virus of national sovereignty.
Urantia nations have not possessed real sovereignty; they never have had a sovereignty which
could protect them from the ravages and devastations of world wars. In the creation of global
government of mankind, the nations are not giving up sovereignty so much as they are actually
creating a real, bona fide, and lasting world sovereignty which will henceforth be fully able to
protect them from all war. Local affairs will be handled by local governments; national affairs, by
national governments; international affairs will be administered by global government.  
The individual will enjoy far more liberty under world government. Today, the citizens of the
great powers are taxed, regulated, and controlled almost oppressively, and much of this present
interference with individual liberties will vanish when the national governments are wiling to
trustee their sovereignty as regards international affairs into the hands of global government.
Under global government the national groups will be afforded a real opportunity to realize and
enjoy the personal liberties of genuine democracy. The fallacy of self-determination will be
ended. With global regulation of money and trade will come the new era of world-wide peace.
Soon may a global language evolve, and there will be at least some hope of sometime having a
global religion—or religions with a global viewpoint. The political sovereignty of representative
mankind government will bring lasting peace on earth, and spiritual brotherhood of man will
forever insure good will among all men. And there is no other way whereby peace on earth and
good will among men can be realized.”

Today, The world bank, The International Monetary Fund, a variety of nations, along with religionists,
hippies, philosophers, a few in corporate America and even some billionaire socialists like George Soros
are all searching for a way to implement a global government. Social conditions (world government) evolve
in their evolutionary time—the question is, have we arrived at this juncture in history—are we truly capable
of structuring a successful world government? The concept is one that many of us thought might be a long
way off—a social structure evolving in the distant future. However, with the idea of the return of Melchizedek
in the near future, and the intervention of others including the possible return of Adam and Eve, we shouldn’
t remove anything from the table when we contemplate a social reconstruction. If the motives of world
Reconstructionists are not pure (apart from power and control), any new social fabrication will fail; it has to
be, according to the lectures, for the betterment of all humanity, or sooner or later any new order is doomed
by its own internal design. The above extractions are from lectures presented over 2,000 years ago from
the Creator Son of our own universe; if anyone ought to know what is best for the planet it would certainly
be the one who created it. My personal belief is, that the time is not right for the world of humanity to
establish anything of this magnitude on their own—that the interaction of world societies have to fail
miserably prior to any intervention from above—that the time is such that without the advice and counsel of
wiser beings than mortals, we will never be able to pull it off, at least not in the present time, but with the
Reserve Corps of Destiny, and help of the subordinates of Jesus anything is possible—without this help we
are (as the lectures indicate) doomed to failure. The course our world is traversing, to many speculators,
already appears to be doomed to failure; sooner or later according to the lectures we have to seriously
consider embracing a new world order, and whenever this concept eventually materializes I am absolutely
sure we will be afforded counsel from above. First, the world has to collectively embrace the concept of a
beneficent God and immediately renounce the idea of a God of retribution (Islamic), this in order to unify
our belief in the same God, thus starting us out by aiming everyone in the same direction—towards a God
that loves his mortal creatures, as opposed to a God that hates half of them.

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