Urantia Book, Paper 140, section 3:
140:3.1 (1570.2) Then Jesus spoke, saying: “Now that you are ambassadors of my Father’s kingdom, you have thereby become a class of men separate and distinct from all other men on earth. You are not now as men among men but as the enlightened citizens of another and heavenly country among the ignorant creatures of this dark world. It is not enough that you live as you were before this hour, but henceforth must you live as those who have tasted the glories of a better life and have been sent back to earth as ambassadors of the Sovereign of that new and better world. Of the teacher more is expected than of the pupil; of the master more is exacted than of the servant. Of the citizens of the heavenly kingdom more is required than of the citizens of the earthly rule. Some of the things which I am about to say to you may seem hard, but you have elected to represent me in the world even as I now represent the Father; and as my agents on earth you will be obligated to abide by those teachings and practices which are reflective of my ideals of mortal living on the worlds of space, and which I exemplify in my earth life of revealing the Father who is in heaven.
140:3.2 (1570.3) “I send you forth to proclaim liberty to the spiritual captives, joy to those in the bondage of fear, and to heal the sick in accordance with the will of my Father in heaven. When you find my children in distress, speak encouragingly to them, saying:
140:3.3 (1570.4) “Happy are the poor in spirit, the humble, for theirs are the treasures of the kingdom of heaven.
140:3.4 (1570.5) “Happy are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.
140:3.5 (1570.6) “Happy are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
140:3.6 (1570.7) “Happy are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
140:3.7 (1570.8) “And even so speak to my children these further words of spiritual comfort and promise:
140:3.8 (1570.9) “Happy are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Happy are they who weep, for they shall receive the spirit of rejoicing.
140:3.9 (1570.10) “Happy are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
140:3.10 (1570.11) “Happy are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God.
140:3.11 (1570.12) “Happy are they who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Happy are you when men shall revile you and persecute you and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven.
140:3.12 (1570.13) “My brethren, as I send you forth, you are the salt of the earth, salt with a saving savor. But if this salt has lost its savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is henceforth good for nothing but to be cast out and trodden under foot of men.
140:3.13 (1570.14) “You are the light of the world. A city set upon a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and be led to glorify your Father who is in heaven.
140:3.14 (1571.1) “I am sending you out into the world to represent me and to act as ambassadors of my Father’s kingdom, and as you go forth to proclaim the glad tidings, put your trust in the Father whose messengers you are. Do not forcibly resist injustice; put not your trust in the arm of the flesh. If your neighbor smites you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. Be willing to suffer injustice rather than to go to law among yourselves. In kindness and with mercy minister to all who are in distress and in need.
140:3.15 (1571.2) “I say to you: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who despitefully use you. And whatsoever you believe that I would do to men, do you also to them.
140:3.16 (1571.3) “Your Father in heaven makes the sun to shine on the evil as well as upon the good; likewise he sends rain on the just and the unjust. You are the sons of God; even more, you are now the ambassadors of my Father’s kingdom. Be merciful, even as God is merciful, and in the eternal future of the kingdom you shall be perfect, even as your heavenly Father is perfect.
140:3.17 (1571.4) “You are commissioned to save men, not to judge them. At the end of your earth life you will all expect mercy; therefore do I require of you during your mortal life that you show mercy to all of your brethren in the flesh. Make not the mistake of trying to pluck a mote out of your brother’s eye when there is a beam in your own eye. Having first cast the beam out of your own eye, you can the better see to cast the mote out of your brother’s eye.
140:3.18 (1571.5) “Discern the truth clearly; live the righteous life fearlessly; and so shall you be my apostles and my Father’s ambassadors. You have heard it said: ‘If the blind lead the blind, they both shall fall into the pit.’ If you would guide others into the kingdom, you must yourselves walk in the clear light of living truth. In all the business of the kingdom I exhort you to show just judgment and keen wisdom. Present not that which is holy to dogs, neither cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample your gems under foot and turn to rend you.
140:3.19 (1571.6) “I warn you against false prophets who will come to you in sheep’s clothing, while on the inside they are as ravening wolves. By their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes from thorns or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree brings forth good fruit, but the corrupt tree bears evil fruit. A good tree cannot yield evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bring forth good fruit is presently hewn down and cast into the fire. In gaining an entrance into the kingdom of heaven, it is the motive that counts. My Father looks into the hearts of men and judges by their inner longings and their sincere intentions.
140:3.20 (1571.7) “In the great day of the kingdom judgment, many will say to me, ‘Did we not prophesy in your name and by your name do many wonderful works?’ But I will be compelled to say to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me you who are false teachers.’ But every one who hears this charge and sincerely executes his commission to represent me before men even as I have represented my Father to you, shall find an abundant entrance into my service and into the kingdom of the heavenly Father.”
140:3.21 (1571.8) Never before had the apostles heard Jesus speak in this way, for he had talked to them as one having supreme authority. They came down from the mountain about sundown, but no man asked Jesus a question.
Re 1571.1 — 1571.6 : Loving and Resisting my enemy by force. If I love my enemy is there a prohibition against my killing this enemy to prevent his murdering other innocents? Have the Old Testament calls for the pursuit of justice via human beings been nullified, replaced by timely justice/compensation in Heaven? If so, what’s the point of human life with its frequent abuses, maimings, and murders? Is God regretful that He made defective images of His Self and is taking those defectives back for repairs? Why didn’t God simply make us with a conscience commanded by the Truth and Kindness to nullify one’s harmful INTENT? Had He that common invincible sense we folks could all beneficially share in Heaven-On-Earth by happily correcting misunderstandings. We’d have no enemies (except maybe that jerk next door who misplaced the lawn mower he borrowed from me)
According to the Urantia book, there is a central universe where all the inhabitants are created perfect and there is no evolution, no growth. The galaxy we inhabit is evolving and the material inhabitants are endowed with free will - to make the free-will choice to move toward God (toward reality) or away from God (toward unreality). No creature is forced to live and serve eternally - that is our choice. Eternal life or eternal oblivion - there is no punishing hell - each person either makes it over the threshold or not.
Also consider: 3:5.5 (51.4) The uncertainties of life and the vicissitudes of existence do not in any manner contradict the concept of the universal sovereignty of God. All evolutionary creature life is beset by certain inevitabilities. Consider the following: 3:5.6 (51.5) 1. Is courage—strength of character—desirable? Then must man be reared in an environment which necessitates grappling with hardships and reacting to disappointments. 3:5.7 (51.6) 2. Is altruism—service of one’s fellows—desirable? Then must life experience provide for encountering situations of social inequality. 3:5.8 (51.7) 3. Is hope—the grandeur of trust—desirable? Then human existence must constantly be confronted with insecurities and recurrent uncertainties. 3:5.9 (51.8) 4. Is faith—the supreme assertion of human thought—desirable? Then must the mind of man find itself in that troublesome predicament where it ever knows less than it can believe. 3:5.10 (51.9) 5. Is the love of truth and the willingness to go wherever it leads, desirable? Then must man grow up in a world where error is present and falsehood always possible. 3:5.11 (51.10) 6. Is idealism—the approaching concept of the divine—desirable? Then must man struggle in an environment of relative goodness and beauty, surroundings stimulative of the irrepressible reach for better things. 3:5.12 (51.11) 7. Is loyalty—devotion to highest duty—desirable? Then must man carry on amid the possibilities of betrayal and desertion. The valor of devotion to duty consists in the implied danger of default. 3:5.13 (51.12) 8. Is unselfishness—the spirit of self-forgetfulness—desirable? Then must mortal man live face to face with the incessant clamoring of an inescapable self for recognition and honor. Man could not dynamically choose the divine life if there were no self-life to forsake. Man could never lay saving hold on righteousness if there were no potential evil to exalt and differentiate the good by contrast. 3:5.14 (51.13) 9. Is pleasure—the satisfaction of happiness—desirable? Then must man live in a world where the alternative of pain and the likelihood of suffering are ever-present experiential possibilities. 3:5.15 (52.1) Throughout the universe, every unit is regarded as a part of the whole. Survival of the part is dependent on co-operation with the plan and purpose of the whole, the wholehearted desire and perfect willingness to do the Father’s divine will. The only evolutionary world without error (the possibility of unwise judgment) would be a world without free intelligence. In the Havona universe there are a billion perfect worlds with their perfect inhabitants, but evolving man must be fallible if he is to be free. Free and inexperienced intelligence cannot possibly at first be uniformly wise. The possibility of mistaken judgment (evil) becomes sin only when the human will consciously endorses and knowingly embraces a deliberate immoral judgment.
@RB - Thank you for your heartfelt comprehensive replies. I agree with the idea that we are born as perfect, if by perfect is meant innocent at birth subject to personality development following birth. This development will be unique for each one of us due to differences in innate talents, parenting, formal and informal education, experiences and our adopted values and their prioritization. —- It seems to me that ‘free will’ is really bound by the vagaries of our development, and would be better called ‘constrained will’ or ‘trained will’. // In your first comment is the idea that the perfect creatures do not evolve—I assume this means physically since the second comment describes (spiritual/intellectual) advance and retreat from God and one’s own godlier behavior. If so, the Urantia worldview seems quite desirable, except for its refusal to restrain the evil enemy on our Earth plane. Ought we to permit King Leopold II, Idi Amin, Hitler, Stalin, Tojo, Xi, Hutus and Tutsis to continue murdering innocents? The only humane rationale I’ve heard is advanced by the Advaita Vedantists — that in reality we all think we are separate beings living in a world of manifestation. Reality is always Onlyness, whose first level of manifestation is simultaneously Love*Being*Awareness*Bliss. That Love is personified as Jesus Christ. All apparent worlds are Consciousness in form, which in turn is created by Awareness. We are always perfect, unchanging as that One Onlyness Please forgive my juvenile description of the indescribable. In the words of Robert Adams, American mystic, “All is Well.”
Howard, You have to remember that in this Sermon, Jesus is addressing the Apostles - men set apart to be Ambassadors of the Kingdom of Heaven. Below is another section where Jesus discussed this problem with a boy he was tutoring: For days they talked about this problem of manifesting mercy and administering justice. And Ganid, at least to some extent, understood why Jesus would not engage in personal combat. But Ganid asked one last question, to which he never received a fully satisfactory answer; and that question was: “But, Teacher, if a stronger and ill-tempered creature should attack you and threaten to destroy you, what would you do? Would you make no effort to defend yourself?” Although Jesus could not fully and satisfactorily answer the lad’s question, inasmuch as he was not willing to disclose to him that he (Jesus) was living on earth as the exemplification of the Paradise Father’s love to an onlooking universe, he did say this much: 133:1.4 (1469.3) “Ganid, I can well understand how some of these problems perplex you, and I will endeavor to answer your question. 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. That is, I would not punish him in advance and without judgment for his assault upon me. I would by every possible artifice seek to prevent and dissuade him from making such an attack and to mitigate it in case of my failure to abort it. Ganid, I have absolute confidence in my heavenly Father’s overcare; I am consecrated to doing the will of my Father in heaven. I do not believe that real harm can befall me; I do not believe that my lifework can really be jeopardized by anything my enemies might wish to visit upon me, and surely we have no violence to fear from our friends. I am absolutely assured that the entire universe is friendly to me—this all-powerful truth I insist on believing with a wholehearted trust in spite of all appearances to the contrary.” 133:1.5 (1470.1) But Ganid was not fully satisfied. Many times they talked over these matters, and Jesus told him some of his boyhood experiences and also about Jacob the stone mason’s son. On learning how Jacob appointed himself to defend Jesus, Ganid said: “Oh, I begin to see! In the first place very seldom would any normal human being want to attack such a kindly person as you, and even if anyone should be so unthinking as to do such a thing, there is pretty sure to be near at hand some other mortal who will fly to your assistance, even as you always go to the rescue of any person you observe to be in distress. In my heart, Teacher, I agree with you, but in my head I still think that if I had been Jacob, I would have enjoyed punishing those rude fellows who presumed to attack you just because they thought you would not defend yourself. I presume you are fairly safe in your journey through life since you spend much of your time helping others and ministering to your fellows in distress—well, most likely there’ll always be someone on hand to defend you.” And Jesus replied: “That test has not yet come, Ganid, and when it does, we will have to abide by the Father’s will.” And that was about all the lad could get his teacher to say on this difficult subject of self-defense and nonresistance. On another occasion he did draw from Jesus the opinion that organized society had every right to employ force in the execution of its just mandates.
Ambassador Rebecca: Thank you for your mentoring I am reconciled and stand with Ganid and his mentor. /// Something else your parents should know about you: Chabad.org describes your personality as follows— “Kabbalah identifies Rebecca with the attribute of Binah, understanding. She was a thoughtful person who knew she had to use everything in the world around her for good. She had a unique ability to find the potential in everything and maximize it. Like oil, she was simultaneously able to float above her surroundings, yet penetrate them deeply.” / I’d say more but the other women and children are not yet asleep.
Speaking of Vedanta, the Bhagavad Gita takes place on the battlefield, and is essentially a pre-battle conversation between the head of the Pandava clan and Krishna, his charioteer. Worth reading.
Howard, I'd never heard that about my name before. How wonderful! Sunya, I agree the Gita is a wonderful work. I got deeply into Hinduism at one point in my life. It's probably the deepest religion in terms of cosmic philosophy, at least it was for me, before I discovered the Urantia book - 42 years ago. Since then, I've read it many times and feel I have a good grasp of it about now.
Sorry to rain on the parade: but I can read koine greek and I am perfectly familiar with the complete text of the original four canonical gospels - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. This so-called 'urantia book' - when written? where? by whom? - is NOT the faith as I have received it. I will stick to the TaNaKh and the traditional, canonical New Testament.
Dear Cristina, The Urantia book project began roughly 100 years ago in Chicago and the finish date for the first three sections is 1934 and the part four (the Life and Teachings of Jesus) in 1935. The authors are mostly identified by title with a few noteworthy exceptions - part four was written by a commission of beings the Urantia Book calls Midwayers because they exist in a realm between men and angels, between matter and spirit. Of course, I respect your appeal to human authority, but in my spiritual journey, I have endeavored to recognize truth no matter where it comes from.