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             The Book of Urantia and its Hostile attack on the book of Truth

The Urantia book is unique in that it presents an account of Jesus' life with numerous extra and non-Biblical stories. The main objective of the writers of The Urantia Book is to clear up the numerous misconceptions and inaccuracies of God and i.e. the Bible.
With a growing number of people searching for spiritual meaning to life, more people come across this book than ever before. Many do not know what to say about this 2,097 page work of overwhelming misinformation on Jesus. One can certainly put this in the same category as the book of Mormon that claims to have more information (more accurate) than the bibles eyewitnesses.

Lets look at one subject, the very reason Jesus said he came to earth and preface this with the Bible.

John 6:38: “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.”
Hebrews 10:9 then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second.”
The second refers to a new covenant, “Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood (Hebrews 9:18).

According to the Urantia book Jesus' crucifixion is not about an atonement for humanities sins. The crucifixion was an outcome prompted by the fears of the religious leaders of his day a threat to their coffers and their positions. The Crucifixion was mans idea not God’s, because there was no fall of man. God is not wrathful or angry at sin.

“Jesus did not come to Urantia to placate a God of wrath, nor to offer himself as a ransom by dying on the cross. The cross was wholly man's doing, not God's requirement- (Basic concepts, P. 3)

The book claims - Paul's doctrine regarding atonement (Heb. 9:22) “. . . unnecessarily encumbered Christianity with teachings about blood and sacrifice. . .” (p. 984).
“Paul started out to build a new Christian cult on “the blood of the everlasting covenant.” And while he may have unnecessarily encumbered Christianity with teachings about blood and sacrifice, he did once and for all make an end of the doctrines of redemption through human or animal sacrifices. His theologic compromises indicate that even revelation must submit to the graduated control of evolution. According to Paul, Christ became the last and all-sufficient human sacrifice; the divine Judge is now fully and forever satisfied.”
This is lie; since it was Jesus himself that said “I lay down My life for the sheep” (John 10:15).
John 10:17-18: “Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again.”No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.” So Jesus said this is God’s plan, not mistake by men.
Later on the night before he goes to the cross with his disciples he explained what would happen the next day by the Passover they celebrated, “Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. ”For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” (Matt 26:27-28)

  89:9.4 “And so, after long ages the cult of the sacrifice has evolved into the cult of the sacrament. Thus are the sacraments of modern religions the legitimate successors of those shocking early ceremonies of human sacrificeand the still earlier cannibalistic rituals. Many still depend upon blood for salvation, but it has at least become figurative, symbolic, and mystic” (PAPER 89  SIN, SACRIFICE, AND ATONEMENT)

Like every false revelation that has come after the Bible it challenges its message that is from the beginning to the end. From the beginning the Old Testament taught of a sacrifice for sin. The Devil hates the blood and he invents new religions in competition to its message. “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29). The very reason John introduced Jesus to Israel was to remind them of the lamb’s blood that set them free from Egypt.

One of the largest lies of the Urantia book is this 186:5.1 “There is no direct relation between the death of Jesus and the Jewish Passover. True, the Master did lay down his life in the flesh on this day, the day of the preparation for the Jewish Passover, and at about the time of the sacrificing of the Passover lambs in the temple. But this coincidental occurrence does not in any manner indicate that the death of the Son of Man on earth has any connection with the Jewish sacrificial system” (5. JESUS' DEATH IN RELATION TO THE PASSOVER)

Yet the Bible says John was identifying the Messiah by saying, he is The Lamb of God. In this one statement we have a refute to the whole book of Urantia. Not only did John say it once but twice (John 1:35-36). And it is repeated elsewhere

Urantia book claims “while so-called Christianity does contain more of the Master's gospel than any other religion, it does also contain much that Jesus did not teach. Aside from the incorporation of many teachings from the Persian mysteries and much of the Greek philosophy into early Christianity, two great mistakes were made:

P1670:4, 149:2.3 1. The effort to connect the gospel teaching directly onto the Jewish theology, as illustrated by the Christian doctrines of the atonement -- the teaching that Jesus was the sacrificed Son who would satisfy the Father's stern justice and appease the divine wrath. These teachings originated in a praiseworthy effort to make the gospel of the kingdom more acceptable to disbelieving Jews….”  

P1670:5, 149:2.4 2. The second great blunder of the Master's early followers, and one which all subsequent generations have persisted in perpetuating, was to organize the Christian teaching so completely about the person of Jesus. This overemphasis of the personality of Jesus in the theology of Christianity has worked to obscure his teachings, and all of this has made it increasingly difficult for Jews, Mohammedans, Hindus, and other Eastern religionists to accept the teachings of Jesus. We would not belittle the place of the person of Jesus in a religion which might bear his name, but we would not permit such consideration to eclipse his inspired life or to supplant his saving message: the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man. The Urantia Book; Paper 149, Section 2

Putting aside the message of synthesis, universalism as something good and desired by God- this is to be identified as the same view the emergent church holds (it would not be surprising if some of the leaders were adherents to Urantia’s message)

Jesus’ life was given to rescue us from sin. The Scripture states Christ is ‘the lamb slain from the foundation of the world’ (Rev. 13:8; 17:8; Heb. 9:26; Eph. 1:4). It was God that provided a sacrifice for Adam and Eve after they sinned, (Gen. 3:21). He dressed them (Heb. Labash), clothed them physically, to cover their nakedness. In order for them to be clothed an animal had to give its life. The first sacrifice was to temporarily provide a covering for man until the ultimate and final sacrifice would come.

The redemptive plan that began with Adam; instructed everyone to approach God with a blood sacrifice, we can assume that Adam and Eve would have passed this tradition on to their children Cain and Abel. The next time we hear anything about a sacrifice it involves their two sons. Gen. 4:3, of which Cain’s was rejected and abels accepted. Heb. 11:4: “By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous”

We read in Gen. 6:9-10: “Noah walked with God.” Gen. 7:1-2: Then the LORD instructs Noah, to take with you seven each of every clean animal, a male and his female; two each of animals that are unclean, a male and his female’
Noah being called righteous would mean he worshipped God and sacrificed. There was the distinction of clean and unclean animals. When Noah enters the ark he is told to bring seven of the clean animals (for his sacrifices). Each extra clean animal was for sacrifice. After the flood the first thing Noah does when he steps on dry land is sacrifice: “Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar” (Gen. 8:20), and we read the Lord accepted it. In fact the sacrifices are called a sweet aroma, an offering made by fire to the LORD. (Exodus 29:18; Ezra 6:10) all instructed by the Lord but all rejected by the “book of Urantia”.

After the flood and the spreading of man throughout the world the sacrificial system done by Gentiles in the many cultures sacrificed to their false gods in false ways.

Abraham, in obedience to God’s command, led his son Isaac up Mount Moriah to sacrifice him there; he was confident that if this took place God would raise him from the dead. On the way Isaac asked his father, ‘...where is the lamb for a burnt offering?’ Abraham responded, ‘My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering’ (Gen. 22:8). We all know that Abraham was stopped from sacrificing Isaac by the Lord, instead a ram was found caught in a thicket which Abraham offered instead of his son.Vs.7: Abraham prophesied by saying to his son, saying v.8 ‘God will provide himself a lamb.’ in the Hebrew say it reads that God would provide Himself as the lamb.” But the Urantia book says this is all untrue!

The sacrifices continued to be offered by the head of the family. Most scholars believe Job’s time period is in the same time era as Abraham. This pre-Levitical sacrificial system was instituted by the man of the household as the priest of the tribe (Job 1:5). In Job 1:1 we find a man named Job “that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil.” God speak of him this way because Job as the priest of the family is sacrificing. “That Job would send and sanctify them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” “Thus Job did regularly” (Job 1:5).

Moses was instructed by God to go back into Egypt and tell Pharaoh to let his people go, for what reason? So they can sacrifice. Exod. 10:25: ‘But Moses said, ‘You must also give us sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God.” Each time he confronts Pharaoh and he refuses, the judgments become worse, until finally all the firstborn are to die. This was God’s instructions. Nearly the whole book of Leviticus is about the priesthood and the sacrifices. A priesthood was then created from Aaron; (the Levitical priesthood order) specifically for the sacrificial system in Judaism. (Exod. 18:11-12)

Scripture teaches both the first sacrifice and the last are done by God himself.

If the Urantia book says the Bible contains more of the Master's gospel than any other religions book (which certainly includes Urantia) how then does it challenge its accuracy? The core of its words are by eyewitnesses. What the book of Urantia does is challenge The Bible at its deepest level with a contrary message that is like all other religions; getting rid of the shed blood of Christ for mans sin, something unique ONLY to Christianity

Urantia book 186:5.2 “It was man and not God who planned and executed the death of Jesus on the cross. True, the Father refused to interfere with the march of human events on Urantia, but the Father in Paradise did not decree, demand, or require the death of his Son as it was carried out on earth.”
Acts 2:23-25”Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; “whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it. “For David says concerning Him: 'I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for He is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken.
186:5.7 “Jesus is not about to die as a sacrifice for sin. He is not going to atone for the inborn moral guilt of the human race. Mankind has no such racial guilt before God. Guilt is purely a matter of personal sin and knowing, deliberate rebellion against the will of the Father and the administration of his Sons” (bold mine).

Jesus gave His life and forgave us while we were still sinning “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). “who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb. 12:2). His death was purposeful, it was according to the will of God, ordained from the beginning.

Why was the veil ripped in the temple if his sacrifice was not intended. Why say that if he did not rise our faith is in vain, if it was not intended?

As we have seen the Bible does hold the concept of sin and the sacrifice as the cleansing of sin from the earliest record in the garden. The whole of the bible declares Rom. 3:23: “for all have sinned” and Rom. 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death,” the solution “but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
I Jn 3:8: “He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
The God-man came to earth to be a sacrifice, the denial of this by substituting a superior more truthful revelation comes from the demonic realm.

Consider the antichrist message of the Urantia book. The Gospel is Christ crucified. The Gospel is given to be the “power of God to salvation” (Rom. 1:16). The Gospel itself states He (Jesus) died for our SINS according to the Scripture” (1 Cor. 15:1-4)
Heb. 9:26: “He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.

The Old Testament sacrifices were shadows of the one that was to come, from the beginning given to Adam, to Noah and the Mosaic system. “For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect.” For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins. Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body You have prepared for Me. In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin you had no pleasure. Then I said, 'Behold, I have come-- in the volume of the book it is written of Me-- to do Your will, O God.' “Previously saying, “Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the law), then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second. By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Heb. 10:1-10).

1 Pt. 1:18-19: “knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” This looks back to the description of sacrificial animals in the Old Testament and tells us that it was Jesus doing the Fathers will

James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” How do we cleanse ourselves? Heb. 9:14 “how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Jesus said when his crucifixion was complete,“it is finished,” this was a term stamped on contracts in the first century when a debt owed was paid in full. If the atonement was not complete, He could never have said it is finished.

The Crucifixion of Jesus (His death on the cross) then becomes God’s way to bring man to Himself. If you don’t believe in his crucifixion and resurrection you don’t receive the Holy Spirit. Eph. 1:7-13 explains that after we hear and believe the Gospel We are then saved, sealed and indwelt by the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit whom they appear to call the thought adjustor is doing the same work of Jesus: John 16:8-10 “And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin , because they do not believe in Me.”

No doubt whoever wrote this book (which seems to be one author not many) had a fair amount of working knowledge of what Christianity teaches. He may have attended church but wanted to make this a more universal spiritual message excluding the main elements that make up the gospel. It is God who gave the instructions on the tabernacle and the sacrificial system. God was pleased with Noah’s sacrifice. So what we have here is a different God than the Bibles, not the same with different information. To say Jesus was not to be crucified is to insult God and the way He gave man to come to him. Why should we believe an anonymous author[s] book written 1900 years after the Bible that is shrouded in a mystery!

The bible teaches in Rev. 13:8 he is “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” 1 Cor. 2:7-8: “ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”
Hebrews 13:12: “Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate.”
Revelation 1:5: “To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood”
Rev 5:9 And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
Those who believe in the Urantia book can never sing this song because they have not “obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:1); they can if God enlightens them to the gospel; If they embrace Jesus’ true message that will give them eternal life. “because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel,” (Col. 1:5-6).


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