What is this brave new world? What is the end result? to the latter question, it is Light and Life, and to my first question I will explain as I go along
145:2.8 "Do you not realize that the hope of a better nation—or a better world—is bound up in the progress and enlightenment of the individual?” - Jesus of Nazareth
Not only is there a long Journey for mankind to walk, in finding God, to make it more complex, a Journey for the individual believer to find God.
But what is required of us as individuals? what are we to do? who want the Kingdom of God realized on this world..
155:5.11 The religion of the spirit means effort, struggle, conflict, faith, determination, love, loyalty, and progress. The religion of the mind — the theology of authority — requires little or none of these exertions from its formal believers.
So it is the religion of the spirit. But how can you be brave in spirit? is not Religion for the weak minded, the hopeful mystics, the dispossessed, the emotionally imbalanced? No! It certainly is not!
When Jesus' Apostle Philip posed the troubles he encountered, saying "they say our teachings are fit for weaklings and slaves" Jesus, among many other things and one of the most passionate speeches he ever gave to his apostles said
143:1.7 “Today, the unbelievers may taunt you with preaching a gospel of nonresistance and with living lives of nonviolence, but you are the first volunteers of a long line of sincere believers in the gospel of this kingdom who will astonish all mankind by their heroic devotion to these teachings. No armies of the world have ever displayed more courage and bravery than will be portrayed by you and your loyal successors who shall go forth to all the world proclaiming the good news—the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of men.
If they young people of today's world only knew!! Only knew what was required of a real hero, they would line up at the door of the kingdom of heaven, to RISE up to the challenge, pushing each other in earnest, to get through the door.
As Jesus was nailed to the cross, a young man looks over to Jesus
187:4.5 This young man had looked upon Barabbas as a hero. Now he saw that he had been mistaken. Here on the cross beside him he saw a really great man, a true hero. Here was a hero who fired his zeal and inspired his highest ideas of moral self-respect and quickened all his ideals of courage, manhood, and bravery. In beholding Jesus, there sprang up in his heart an overwhelming sense of love, loyalty, and genuine greatness.
To me, Jesus show all what we could be, at the very least in this world, TRY to be.
It is not a easy task as the Urantia papers says 113:4.3 In following this leading you are sure to encounter, and if you have the courage, to traverse, the rugged hills of moral choosing and spiritual progress.
But there are people who would deny us, this colorful history we could make for ourselves, Mankind, finding God. The false prophets and new age wonder seekers. Who would turn so many young people away from the true nature of religion with there insincerity. Who would distract us from the Religion of the spirit, of the real efforts of building the kingdom!
137:8.9 Be not deceived by those who come saying here is the kingdom or there is the kingdom, for my Father’s kingdom concerns not things visible and material. And this kingdom is even now among you, for where the spirit of God teaches and leads the soul of man, there in reality is the kingdom of heaven. And this kingdom of God is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.
The Brave new world, as Jesus said " but you are the first volunteers of a long line of sincere believers in the gospel of this kingdom who will astonish all mankind by their heroic devotion to these teachings" "No armies of the world have ever displayed more courage and bravery than will be portrayed by you and your loyal successors"
A brave new world, what is it? The sincere kingdom believers, sons and daughters of the living God, who will "astonish all mankind" For Gods sake
Edited by Malamantia, 10 February 2012 - 07:24 PM.