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The Role of Urantians

in Unfolding Planetary Destiny

To Thomas Orjala and others engaged in the "50k in 5" Urantian outreach program.

("50k in 5" means 50,000 people in 5 years.)

I appreciate your including me on your mail list.

I first met the Urantia Papers in 1967, but did not get serious with them until after I attended the Summer Study Session at 533 Diversey Pkwy in 1968. I can readily identify with your Methodist background, your disillusionment, and your capture by God through the Papers.

William Sadler was the person responsible for bringing the Papers to the world. According to private revelations given to him they have a two-fold purpose: 1) the early training of "Leaders and Teachers" and 2) widespread propagation to the rest of the world. Understanding of how these two purposes relate to one another requires a grasp of planetary destiny. Unfortunately, most Urantians, who are not educated in the ways of God beyond the Papers, remain ignorant of that destiny.

Sadler was told:

The Book belongs to the era immediately to follow the conclusion of the present ideological struggle.

From this simple statement we can reach a profound conclusion: the Papers were not intended for widespread influence on the world during this ideological struggle. Or, to put it another way, the Papers were designed to not interfere in this struggle, nor to modify its conclusion.

On the other hand, Sadler was also told:

But the publication of the Book has not been postponed to that somewhat remote date.  An early publication of the Book has been provided so that it may be in hand for the training of leaders and teachers. 

Who are these "leaders and teachers?" You and I? Are we part of a "corps of ministry" to the rest of the world? Or will these "leaders and teachers" appear separately from the "50k in 5" and other Urantian outreach programs?

The Book is being given to those who are ready for it long before its world wide mission. "Thousands of study groups must be brought into existence . . ."

I can assure you from personal experience the major impact Urantia study groups have had on my life. The Papers were given to you, and they were given to me. They were given to us long before their world wide mission. Then how were they intended for you and me if their world wide mission comes much later? How do we explain this riddle?

Suppose we are these "leaders and teachers?" Since we were given the Papers now, what is our role if not the world wide mission? Do we have some other mission?

If you follow world events you may notice that we are in an increasing cultural crisis, a crisis now affecting all of civilization. Clearly, the Papers have had no influence on the flow of world events. This means that the various struggling Urantia Groups have had no influence on world crisis developments, and the notion that they would was sadly misguided. This means, further, that any future development of present organized Urantia affairs will also have no such influence.

The historic idea of the Urantia Papers bringing to the world a cultural renovation have thus far failed utterly to produce such admired results. The world is madly running down hill at an ever increasing pace.

If you do not see this in the daily news reports from around the world you are not in touch with reality.

In my view the "leaders and teachers" are not even the mass of those persons who have come into contact with the Urantia Papers. Their numbers may be small. Indeed, if I am guided by Revelation their numbers may not be much more than 1,000 individuals, page 1258. Leaders and Teachers may indeed appear but those who become influential on world affairs may even be smaller than that number.

They have not yet appeared.

In fact, they may not appear until the world crisis crosses the threshold of no return. Or they may appear as part of the Return of Jesus.

What then is your mission with the "50k in 5" program? It may be nothing more than a help in bringing the Papers to the world, the second part of the dissemination program described to Sadler. Note that this second part is not designed to save the world, since the conclusion of the present ideological struggle has not been reached. In other words, God does not want us to "save" this present godless society. He has some other plan for us.

The idea that some of us Urantians play a key role in a larger revelation program is found in various statements made in the Papers. For example:

P.1087 - §4 Institutional religion cannot afford inspiration and provide leadership in this impending world-wide social reconstruction and economic reorganization because it has unfortunately become more or less of an organic part of the social order and the economic system which is destined to undergo reconstruction. Only the real religion of personal spiritual experience can function helpfully and creatively in the present crisis of civilization.

I find it extremely unfortunate that so many Urantians fail to grasp the magnitude and the context of this and other destiny remarks. Can you not see what is being said here?

Our entire social order: our methods of civil management, our educational structures, our medical systems, and our food supply and distribution is due for transformation.

(Did you notice that if the trucks stop running today you will die. No food. No fuel from the oil producing countries and you will starve to death.)

Likewise, our world-wide economic system, which now hovers on the brink of collapse, and which has been brought to this point by raw greed, is due for reconstruction.

In other words, our entire civilization is due for a renovation that transcends all current cultural hope.

This is where Urantians have become trapped; they continue to hope that our present civilization will be saved through their efforts. But they hold forth this hope in defiance of Revelation.

P.1086 - §4 Mechanical inventions and the dissemination of knowledge are modifying civilization; certain economic adjustments and social changes are imperative if cultural disaster is to be avoided. This new and oncoming social order will not settle down complacently for a millennium. The human race must become reconciled to a procession of changes, adjustments, and readjustments. Mankind is on the march toward a new and unrevealed planetary destiny.

In the presence of this imminent collapse of civilization, God has instituted a method whereby complete cultural disaster will be avoided. That is when the Leaders and Teachers will appear. That is when their knowledge of cosmic affairs will come to fruition. And then only in the midst of a unique spiritual crisis associated with His Return. When we are faced with the greatest spiritual test of all time, then, and only then, will arise a true spiritual renovation. Only then will the real religion of a personal spiritual experience function helpfully and creatively.

P.2081 - §5 Materialism denies God, secularism simply ignores him; at least that was the earlier attitude. More recently, secularism has assumed a more militant attitude, assuming to take the place of the religion whose totalitarian bondage it onetime resisted. Twentieth-century secularism tends to affirm that man does not need God. But beware! this godless philosophy of human society will lead only to unrest, animosity, unhappiness, war, and world-wide disaster.

Can any person not recognize such Revelation?

Within this cataclysmic reformation of the world you personally have a usefulness. I mentioned to Mo Siegel a number of years ago that it would be wise for him and the other Board members of the Urantia Foundation to be prepared for a sudden burst of interest in the Urantia Papers. I do not know the magnitude of that sudden burst. I do not know the schedule. But it will come as the result of an intense alteration of attitude on the part of many Christians or others who will want to know what is happening on our world. It will come as part of an intense religious crisis. Then those other persons will seek you out. You will not need to seek them out.

P.1041 - §5 All Urantia is waiting for the proclamation of the ennobling message of Michael, unencumbered by the accumulated doctrines and dogmas of nineteen centuries of contact with the religions of evolutionary origin. The hour is striking for presenting to Buddhism, to Christianity, to Hinduism, even to the peoples of all faiths, not the gospel about Jesus, but the living, spiritual reality of the gospel of Jesus.

That is where the Leaders and Teachers will come to fulfillment.

I personally see this as unfolding in less than the five years you have given yourself.

Are you prepared?

Ernest

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