Dear UB students and friends,
Our world is moving rapidly through changes these days. We are witness to social, political, and religious upheavals. There are surprising developments, alongside daunting shocks to our sensibilities, and all of this requires good faith in religious realities and genuine faith.
We experience emotional ups and downs according to the latest news, or the opinions of our analyst of preference, or even perhaps in the preaching of a clergy person who is articulate and persuasive.
Possibly in our meditative and quiet times, we may have some difficulty steadying our minds in peace and gratitude. Here is where our habits of spiritual coordination come into play. We cannot just wish for peace of mind.
We need to arrange our thinking to rise to meet the Spirit of God in its inner indwelling, as our Mystery Monitor. The more we can achieve personal up-liftment in meditation, the better we can be at the olden but respected act of "personal mental hygiene." We cleanse our minds as we greet God in our inner life.
Many systems and opinions are contained within the realm of Theology, particularly in Western Culture, where thousands of volumes have been published concerning the Holy Spirit, the doctrines of Christianity, the requirements of God's approval, and the meanings of the Parables of Jesus.
Fortunately, our revelation has condensed and upgraded our perceptions, so that we begin to understand our spiritual growth, and even our cosmic citizenship, as mortals of a local universe where our Creator Son and Mother Spirit are evolving our creation toward supernal goals of Light and Life. To me, this is one of the primary elements in my list of "count your many blessings" gifts of my inner journey. Without the Urantia Book, I may never have learned to thank God for my challenging life and its crossroads experiences.
Here are two paragraphs from one of the Melchizedeks of Nebadon that speak to Theology, Reason, and Faith. PAPER 103; Section 9.
May your Summertime reading give you moments of genuine spiritual happiness and LOVE.
Stephen Zendt, Walnut Creek, CA
103:9.6 When theology masters religion, religion dies; it becomes a doctrine instead of a life. The mission of theology is merely to facilitate the self-consciousness of personal spiritual experience. Theology constitutes the religious effort to define, clarify, expound, and justify the experiential claims of religion, which, in the last analysis, can be validated only by living faith. In the higher philosophy of the universe, wisdom, like reason, becomes allied to faith. Reason, wisdom, and faith are man’s highest human attainments. Reason introduces man to the world of facts, to things; wisdom introduces him to a world of truth, to relationships; faith initiates him into a world of divinity, spiritual experience.
103:9.7 Faith most willingly carries reason along as far as reason can go and then goes on with wisdom to the full philosophic limit; and then it dares to launch out upon the limitless and never-ending universe journey in the sole company of TRUTH.
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