Good question. And by the way I'd like to give kudos to MakesTheTruthHis Own. Excellent posts.<quoted text>
What is the Urantia Book? I dont think I heard of it...
The Urantia Book is a new revelation to our world from God's government via his angels and their records, particularly of Jesus' life and teachings on Earth. Earth, by the way, is called "Urantia" in the book, so "The Urantia Book" is "The Earth Book." It claims to be the 5th "epochal" revelation of religious truth to our world. Jesus' visit was the 4th. Melchizedek before that 4000 years ago was the 3rd. Adam and Eve, 38,000 years ago was the 2nd. And 500,000 years ago the first "Planetary Prince" arrived with his staff. We now know him as The Devil. He went bad in The Lucifer Rebellion. The Devil, Lucifer, Satan and Beelzebub are all different personalities. As noted, The Devil was our original world ruler (for God's government). Lucifer was the "System Sovereign," God's government's ruler over 1000 worlds. Satan was Lucifer's right hand man. Beelzebub was a minor player in the Rebellion.
I've had a Urantia Book since 1959 when my grandmother in Chicago sent me one. She and her sister were involved in the reception/materialization of the book. The book has been printed since 1955.
I see sidgi wrote:
"There is nothing "Christ-like" in the Urantia book."
How would sidgi know that? He hasn't read it. It's a ridiculous statement if one hasn't read The Urantia Book. The last 700 pages of the book are "The Life and Teachings of Jesus." This record is taken from human sources when they are adequate and correct, and supplemented by the records that God's angels keep.
"Jesus words were written down by his disciples."
Jesus words and doings were also perfectly recorded by God's angels. And now we have that record.
"Some were eye witnesses, some, just close enough that their investigative work wasn't that far removed from his lifetime."
Oh, but they were removed. The human records weren't written down until 30-60 years after Jesus died. And that, from memory and stories that were going around. And we don't have ANY original copies of any of the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
"The Urantia book was put together in the 1950's by obvious frauds trying to gain some notoriety."
Oh my God! sidgi knows nothing of the story or the people surrounding The Urantia Book, he's taking wild shots in the dark, lashing out. Well, it's worse than that. Since I know he doesn't know what he's talking about with regard to The Urantia Book and the people involved, I also know that his above statement about "obvious frauds trying to gain some notoriety" is what is called "BEARING FALSE WITNESS" and bearing false witness is a sin, a violation of one of the ten commandments. Look at that. He doesn't know any of the people involved or anything about them, and yet he's bearing false witness against them by accusing them of being "obvious frauds trying to gain some notoriety". The Pharisees did the same to Jesus, they said, "He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him?" (John 10:20) False witness. It's a sin.
"Anyone that would swallow that garbage to the extent of taking their own life, would be mentally unbalanced. Either you are a liar, or you've swallowed someone else' lie, or you feel guilty for any contribution you may have made to his demise. Personally, I still believe the 1st choice."
What garbage? 2000 years and human nature hasn't changed, we still have Pharisees with us.'Your religion is not what I believe (even though I haven't read it) so it's garbage.' I would not want to be in the position of having mindlessly called God's new revelation to our world "garbage" simply because it was not what I already believed. Nor does sidgi know why anyone took their own life, but it's been suggested, I think, that it was because of Jehovah's Witness un-Christian, un-Godly shunning.