I know some of you come from a Mormon background and I best be careful not to step on any toes. My own curiosity about the "religion" led me to this book,
one of many I've read recently in order to find out, if possible, what it is that people get out of it. My guess is that once you're into it, by birth or by choice, it's hard to get out of. People who are into it must be getting something out of it and this is true of any
religion I would think. I'm guessing, as I don't have a birth religion. Seems to me though, once you're into the UB, all else pales by comparison. I've come to a personal opinion that one's birth religion (or none) is one's religious default setting. People seem to want to find correspondences of their religion to the UB, all well and good. I suppose I would too, if I had one. My default setting is the UB.
The many religions of Urantia are all good to the extent that they bring man to God and bring the realization of the Father to man. It is a fallacy for any group of religionists to conceive of their creed as The Truth; such attitudes bespeak more of theological arrogance than of certainty of faith. There is not a Urantia religion that could not profitably study and assimilate the best of the truths contained in every other faith, for all contain truth. 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.1012 - §4
Let's rejoice in our shared living spiritual faith! I am astonished at what people believe about the Mormon religion and others as well. I appreciate the efforts of Fawn Bodie to document her sources in her lengthy history of Joseph Smith. I recommend it.
All the best,