URANTIA READERS INTERNATIONAL                                    September/October

Dear Readers,

The purpose of a group is to be able to perform those activities that we can’t do individually or to facilitate those
things that we can do individually. In general, we can accomplish more by coming together collectively to
accomplish a common goal. Our cause is the Spiritual enlightenment of humanity, and we can best attain that
through implementing our objective of spreading the Urantia revelation to whoever is able to comprehend its
teachings, keeping in mind our goal to get our world on track with the more spiritually evolved planets – to set us
in the right direction towards light and life.

As a group we have accomplished several things over the years; we have collectively contributed to foreign
translations (we are now in about 10 languages), library book placement, direct book sales (book fairs, etc.),
information dissemination and topical interaction through our web-site (UrantiaRI.org), news letters, and
periodic bulletins.  We have an organization so that we can better serve the revelation – something we take very
seriously and will be discussed in the next news letter.

If one has read the book through and regards it as science fiction you’ll not find a better sci-fi book anywhere on
the planet, but whatever one’s perspective this amazing book is only designed to do good for the world by
placing its inhabitants within the mainstream of universe ascension. Presently the planet’s inhabitants have
unwittingly placed themselves in a morally destructive mode. Even religious orders have entered this destructive
mode with their very survival at stake.  “The institutionalized church may have appeared to serve society in the
past by glorifying the established political and economic orders, but it must speedily cease such action if it is to
survive.” (1087-L)

“Modern religion finds it difficult to adjust its attitude toward the rapidly shifting social changes only because it
has permitted itself to become so thoroughly traditionalized, dogmatized, and institutionalized.” (1088-1)
The great need for this revelation is subsumed in the greater historical perspective of a Melchizedek residing in
Nebadon who happens to state: “During the psychologically unsettled times of the twentieth century, amid the
economic upheavals, the moral crosscurrents, and the sociologic rip tides of the cyclonic translations of a
scientific era, thousands upon thousands of men and women have become humanly dislocated; they are
anxious, restless, fearful, uncertain, and unsettled; as never before in the world’s history they need the
consolation and stabilization of sound religion. In the face of unprecedented scientific achievement and
mechanical development there is spiritual stagnation and philosophic chaos.” (1090-2) (‘sound religion’ is the
key word here).  

The need for the revelation would not be so great if the above were not the case. The economic upheavals
mentioned above are due to become more pronounced and evident as societies advance further into their
destructive modes. One reason for this is the shift towards secularism accompanied by moral abandonment.  
And the fact that people are kept in the dark as to the true nature and fickleness of the world economy. Seldom is
anyone informed of the most essential data to be factored in to any analysis of the current social phenomena;
that being the actual ownership of purchased goods - a factor conveniently left out of most economic reports. We
are told that home sales are up, car sales are up, and boat sales are up, but what really is up is the banks
position in this ownership. Miss a few payments and see who really owns that house, car or boat. The average
cost of a home foreclosure is now running around $80,000 to the homeowner, and the number of these
foreclosures is up about 800% over last year in California. The homeowner often files bankruptcy and the bank
during a recession is often left owning a home worth maybe 50% of its value the year before; needless to say
the banks have brought it upon themselves through avarice and competition. The economy is as precarious as it
has ever been, generating problems to the many people who are caught up in these sociological rip-tides of the
unsettling times of this frustrating philosophical era, and now more that ever need to pay heed to the stabilizing
balance of the spiritual forces resident in all of us, and commence placing a new priority on these forces – in
other words we have to begin differentiating between utility and desire – actual need and what we would like to
own (intelligent material decisions based on a spiritual understanding of life). It has been my experience that
these decisions are best influenced through the balance of a spiritual philosophy of life. There is not enough
emphasis placed in today’s western cultures on spirit dominance, or at least the potential for spiritual
dominance – something mentioned frequently throughout the revelation. On page 1275 under the sub-heading
SPIRIT DOMINANCE we are reminded of this as the primary goal of our evolutionary lives: “In the evolutionary
superuniverses energy-matter is dominant except in personality, where spirit through the mediation of mind is
struggling for the mastery. The goal of the evolutionary universes is the subjugation of energy-matter by mind,
the co-ordination of mind with spirit, and all of this by virtue of the creative and unifying presence of personality.
Thus, in relation to personality, do physical systems become subordinate; mind systems, co-ordinate; and spirit
systems, directive.”

In today’s societies many of our undisciplined contemporaries can’t resist ownership through borrowing –
borrowing to the hilt, as they say.  And borrowing is based entirely on the expectation of future earnings, but
when circumstances interfere with these earnings such as industrial cutbacks in employment, recessions,
depressions, competitive displacements, and high interest rates, etc., then  foreclosure and repossession
become the order of the day – commonplace.  And that is where anxiety becomes pervasive throughout society,
an anxiety that comes about from living beyond our means – living materially without the stabilizing influence of
some kind of spiritual guidance. People need a personal religion to provide balance and stability to their lives,
but institutional religion is not always the answer, this according to our revelation: “Sectarianism is a disease of
institutional religion, and dogmatism is and enslavement of the spiritual nature. It is better to have a religion
without a church than a church without a religion.” (1092-1)

“But as religion becomes institutionalized, its power for good is curtailed, while the possibilities for evil are
greatly multiplied. The dangers of formalized religion are; fixation of beliefs and crystallization of sentiments;
accumulation of vested interests with increase of secularization; tendency to standardize and fossilize truth;
diversion of religion from the service of God to the service of the church…” (1092-3)

Therefore, one basic objective of the Urantia book – a recurring theme throughout the Jesus Papers, is to stress
the need for personalized religion as opposed to today’s institutionalized religions; a religion of life based on the
teachings of Jesus as exemplified in his own life experiences and expatiated on in his discourse at Phoenicia
(presented in part below). We in the URI deem it both relevant and appropriate to reestablish the concept of
service to God minus the orthodoxy of the dogmatized institutionalized churches of today’s generations, but we
do not suggest giving up one’s membership in their neighborhood church as a prerequisite to pursuing this
revelation.

Our group mission (purpose) is to adhere to the activities prescribed in the revelation, which is set forth as
follows: “It is the purpose of group religious activities to dramatize the loyalties of religion; to magnify the lures of
truth, beauty and goodness; to foster the attractions of supreme values; to enhance the service of unselfish
fellowship; to glorify the potentials of family life; to promote religious education; to provide wise counsel and
spiritual guidance; and to encourage group worship. And all live religions encourage human friendship,
conserve morality, promote neighborhood welfare, and facilitate the spread of essential gospel of their
respective messages of salvation.” (1092)

This is what the revelation is about – and hopefully this is what we are about, but let’s face facts; the spiritual
world to most people is just not as fascinating and pleasurable as the material/secular order, so that is where
their focus of life is contained – that is where their future lies, unless somehow intervening forces eventually
intercede to override one’s obsession with the apotheosis of material gratification. The youth’s idols in
Hollywood, certain sports figures, and today’s limelighters, in general, are setting the perfect example of how not
to spiritualize one’s life. The focus in their lives remain on ego exaltation and personal recognition; quite the
opposite pursuit in which to advance one’s spiritual status. It is apparent in the universe that service to others
apart from personal recognition is the essential ingredient contributing to spiritual progress.  



Another thing that comes to mind, regarding those individuals that consider themselves religious, but seldom
exhibit the Spirit of Truth, is something that might lead to an unexpected destiny discussed in the after life
experience of Jesus at his eighteenth appearance in Phoenicia: “Salvation is the free gift of God, but those who
are born of the spirit will immediately begin to show forth the fruits of the spirit in loving service to their fellow
creatures. And the fruits of the divine spirit which are yielded in the lives of spirit-born and God-knowing mortals
are: loving service, unselfish devotion, courageous loyalty, sincere fairness, enlightened honesty, undying hope,
confiding trust, merciful ministry, unfailing goodness, forgiving tolerance, and enduring peace. IF PROFESSED
BELIEVERS BEAR NOT THESE FRUITS OF THE DIVINE SPIRIT IN THEIR LIVES, THEY ARE DEAD; THE SPIRIT
OF TRUTH IS NOT IN THEM; THEY ARE USELESS BRANCHES ON THE LIVING VINE, AND THEY WILL SOON
BE TAKEN AWAY.” (Pg.2054)

Now, what is it that leads us to want to manifest the above in our daily lives?  How do we get religion into human
experience? How do we transform the mediocre individual into a personality of idealistic power? Paper 100,
sometimes referred to as the “meat and potatoes” of the book may supply the answers. “Spiritual growth is
mutually stimulated by intimate association with other religionists.” “Love supplies the soil for religious growth—
an objective lure in the place of subjective gratification—yet it yields the supreme subjective satisfaction.”  

“Some persons are too busy to grow and are therefore are in grave danger of spiritual fixation. Provisions must
be made for growth of meanings at differing ages, in successive cultures, and in the passing stages of
advancing civilization. The chief inhibitors of growth are prejudice and ignorance.
Religious habits of thinking and acting are contributory to the economy of spiritual growth…. Habits which favor
religious growth embrace cultivated sensitivity to divine values, recognition of religious living in others, reflective
meditation on cosmic meanings, worshipful problem solving, sharing one’s spiritual life with one’s fellows,
avoidance of selfishness….” (1095)

A DISCOURSE ON TRUE RELIGION – RELIGIONS OF AUTHORITY (THE EASY WAY OUT)        

“The acceptance of 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 assent.”

“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 possible human experiences: the personal quest for truth, the
exhilaration facing the perils of intellectual discovery, the determination to explore the realities of personal
religious experience…”

“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 …” (Pg. 1729)

Next month we will provide information on the need to revamp Biblical Scripture as it is altered in the Urantia
book. And before I forget we want to thank those people who have contributed to the discussions on the website,
especially Nita, Bonnie, Ace, Richard Q. and of course Norm Daly.

“Look for the good in all things”

Dick Ziglar  -  President URI