Ordinarity, our blog is based on some interesting news article in the manistream religious press - one that we find would serve to help educate others about the truths of The Urantia Book. And this is especially true about articles that feature Jesus and his life. So, today, when Urantia Book readers celebrate the birth of Jesus, we find no mainstream articles, but still would like to offer a simple blog about this most momentous day in the life of our world, Urantia.
Also of note is the fact that there will be a total solar eclipse on Jesus' birthday this year; not only on the day, but near the exact hour of his birth: Noon, August 21, 7 B.C. Do we feel there is a connection? Not particularly...The Urantia Book does not support belief in "signs and wonders," and yet, it is certainly a spectacular coincidence! And a wonderful way to remember the Master on his 2023rd birthday!
Again - we never find any news articles that we can point to for Jesus' special day, unless we delve back into articles from December, when the world celebrates the birth of Jesus. Unfortunately, the world has not yet recognized the truths of The Urantia Book, nor the superb and uplifting narration of the life and teachings of Jesus; however, we did want to make a special attempt today, to at least give some inspiration for the reader, especially in light of the amazing conjunction of celestial splendor that is to come...perhaps we can imagine a metaphor of Jesus as light of the world, always triumphant over evil, now and forevermore!
And speaking of celestial events: here's a wonderful explanation of how the legend of the "star of Bethlehem" began.
Jesus was no stranger to astronomy; he loved the starry skies and was a student of their courses in the heavens. At the tender age of six, "He evinced a troublesome penchant for lying on his back and gazing wonderingly up into the starry heavens long after his usual bedtime in this well-ordered Nazareth household." ( 123:3.10). And later in his life, "The Master by precept and example taught the value of worshiping the Creator in the midst of the natural surroundings of creation. He preferred to commune with the heavenly Father amidst the trees and among the lowly creatures of the natural world. He rejoiced to contemplate the Father through the inspiring spectacle of the starry realms of the Creator Sons."( 167:6.5)
Jesus always taught that the universe was a friendly place; he loved science and taught it to his followers, as in this discourse to the Greek philosopher, where he declared: "There is unity in the cosmic universe if you could only discern its workings in actuality. The real universe is friendly to every child of the eternal God."
Both in the beauty of the upcoming eclipse and the staggering beauty that is the bestowal of the Creator Son as the humble carpenter of Nazareth, we see this unity, we see the overarching watchcare of the heavenly Father for his children on earth (Urantia).
<P style="text-align:left">Religionists would do better to borrow the best in their neighbors' living spiritual faith rather than to denounce the worst in their lingering superstitions and outworn rituals.
<P style="text-align:left">...about sixty-five thousand years ago, Onamonalonton... brought temporary peace among the American red men and revived their worship of the "Great Spirit." Onamonalonton lived to be ninety-six years of age and maintained his headquarters among the great redwood trees of California. Many of his later descendants have come down to modern times among the Blackfoot Indians.
<P style="text-align:left">Marriage always has been and still is man's supreme dream of temporal ideality. Though this beautiful dream is seldom realized in its entirety, it endures as a glorious ideal, ever luring progressing mankind on to greater strivings for human happiness.