.Good Day Carola, Alina, Fellow Students, Forum Members and Guests,Much appreciate your input, happy to know you are here. What an interesting reading today, by this unnamed Melchizedek. He makes something clear that has always been a source of confusion, he answers the questions; why do people set up leaders, why is there always a cult of personality at the head of many governments, churches and institutions? It is instinctual, it was designed into us!!!
Still true today, eh? Monarchies still exist, anointed families still rule whole nations, charming politicians are still venerated with little consideration of their administrative technique or innate talent for such work. It's just natural to posit authority in someone. Besides, it relieves the ones being ruled of the burden of difficult thinking and decision making. And on a world where imperfection, mediocrity, and cluelessness reign supreme, where truth is absent or distorted, unqualified rulers are more common than are the qualified. But someday there will be put in place a real ruler, one of unmatched integrity and sagacity, a true leader of unsullied reputation and unquestioned loyalty to the Great Ruler of The Universe on Paradise. What will Urantia be like then?!***About Genghis Khan:
...And men have always tended to venerate the leader, even at the expense of his teachings; to revere his personality, even though losing sight of the truths which he proclaimed. And this is not without reason; there is an instinctive longing in the heart of evolutionary man for help from above and beyond. This craving is designed to anticipate the appearance on earth of the Planetary Prince and the later Material Sons.... P.1008 - 7
...Genghis Khan is regarded as one of the prominent leaders in Mongolia's history. He is responsible for the emergence of the Mongols as a political and ethnic identity because there was no unified identity between the various tribes that had cultural similarity. He reinforced many Mongol traditions and provided stability and unity during a time of almost endemic warfare between various tribes. He is also given credit for the introduction of the traditional Mongolian script and the creation of the Ikh Zasag, the first written Mongolian law. In summary, Mongolians see him as the fundamental figure in the founding of the Mongol Empire, and therefore the basis for Mongolia as a country.
Statue of Genghis Khan in front of the Mongolian government building in Sükhbaatar Square
, UlaanbaatarSource/more: http://en.wikipedia....ki/Genghis_Khan***About Buddha:
...In Hinduism, Gautama is regarded as one of the ten avatars of God Vishnu. He is also regarded as a god or prophet in other world religions or denominations like the Ahmadiyya Islamic religious movement and the Bahá'í Faith.
Some Hindu texts say that the Buddha was an avatar of the god Vishnu.
The Buddha is also regarded as a prophet by the Ahmadiyyas and a Manifestation of God in the Bahá'í faith. Some early Chinese Taoist-Buddhists thought the Buddha to be a reincarnation of Lao Tzu.
Buddha depicted as the 9th Avatar
of god Vishnu
in a traditional Hindu
representation.Source/more: http://en.wikipedia..../Gautama_Buddha***About Mohammed:
...Muhammad is considered by Muslims and Bahá'ís to be a messenger and prophet of God. Muslims consider him the last law-bearer in a series of Islamic prophets,[n 3] the restorer of the uncorrupted original monotheistic faith (islām) of Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and other prophets. The revelations (or Ayah, lit. "Signs [of God]")—which Muhammad reported receiving until his death—form the verses of the Quran, regarded by Muslims as the “Word of God” around which the religion is based.
A depiction of Muhammad
receiving his first revelation from the angel Gabriel. From the manuscript Jami' al-tawarikh
by Rashid-al-Din Hamadani
, 1307, Ilkhanate
period.Source/more: http://en.wikipedia....ammad#Aftermath***About Onamonalonton (unknown to historians):
...Onamonalonton, a far-distant leader of the red man and the one who directed this race from the worship of many gods to the veneration of "The Great Spirit.... " P.513 - 8 ***About Marduk:
...Marduk was the Babylonian name of a late-generation god from ancient Mesopotamia and patron deity of the city of Babylon, who, when Babylon became the political center of the Euphrates valley in the time of Hammurabi (18th century BCE), started to slowly rise to the position of the head of the Babylonian pantheon, a position he fully acquired by the second half of the second millennium BCE.
Marduk, sun god of Babylon, with his thunderbolts pursues Anzu
after Anzu stole the Tablets of Destiny
.Source/more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marduk***About the "son-of-God idea". Note the mention of Adam and Seth, and the opposing idea of 'daughters of men':
Source/more: http://en.wikipedia....iki/Sons_of_God***Onagar is also unknown to historians, but is mentioned several times in the UB. He was the first great truth revealer of Urantia, almost a million years ago. From Paper 63:6:
...Sons of God is a phrase used in Levantine Bronze and Iron Age texts to describe the "divine council" of the major gods.
In the pantheon of 2nd millennium Ugarit the El, the father-god and head of the pantheon, and the 70 "sons of El", make up a "Divine Council" which deliberates over major decisions. In the 1st millennium the El had been demoted and each of the "sons of El" was held to have been given a "nation" as his charge: Chemosh, for example, was the god of Moab. Yahweh, not originally included in the Ugaritic pantheon, was the God of Judah and of Israel. In the Book of Genesis, Yahweh is seen as the single deity, with "sons of elohim" as his assistants.
By the 3rd and 2nd centuries BC further hypotheses were developed to explain this passage in Genesis. One hypothesis was that the sons of God were the descendants of Seth, the pure line of Adam, and the "daughters of men" as the descendants of Cain.
***The life and teachings of Guru Nanuk are rather well recorded by historians:
...Onagar was born 983,323 years ago (from A.D. 1934), and he lived to be sixty-nine years of age. The record of the achievements of this master mind and spiritual leader of the pre-Planetary Prince days is a thrilling recital of the organization of these primitive peoples into a real society. He instituted an efficient tribal government, the like of which was not attained by succeeding generations in many millenniums. Never again, until the arrival of the Planetary Prince, was there such a high spiritual civilization on earth. These simple people had a real though primitive religion, but it was subsequently lost to their deteriorating descendants.
Although both Andon and Fonta had received Thought Adjusters, as had many of their descendants, it was not until the days of Onagar that the Adjusters and guardian seraphim came in great numbers to Urantia. This was, indeed, the golden age of primitive man.... P.716 - 7
...Guru Nanak (15 April 1469 – 22 September 1539 at Talwandi (present-day Pakistan)) was the Founder of the religion of Sikhism and the first of the Ten Sikh Guru Ji'.
The Sikhs believe that all subsequent Guru Ji' possessed Guru Nanak Dev Ji' divinity and religious authority, and were named "Nanak" in the line of Succession.
...Guru Nanak’s teachings can be found in the Sikh scripture Guru Granth Sahib, as a vast collection of revelatory verses recorded in Gurmukhi.
From these some common principles seem discernible. Firstly a supreme Godhead who although incomprehensible, manifests in all major religions, the Singular "Doer" and formless. It is described as the indestructible (undying) form.
Guru Nanak describes the dangers of the Egotism (haumai- "I am") and calls upon devotees to engage in worship through the word of God (Naam, implies God, the Reality, mystical word or formula to recite or meditate upon (shabad in Gurbani), divine order (hukam) and at places divine teacher (guru) and guru’s instructions) and singing of God’s qualities, discarding doubt in the process. However, such worship must be selfless (sewa). The word of God, cleanses the individual to make such worship possible. This is related to the revelation that God is the Doer and without God there is no other. Guru Nanak warned against hypocrisy and falsehood saying that these are pervasive in humanity and that religious actions can also be in vain. It may also be said that ascetic practices are disfavoured by Guru Nanak who suggests remaining inwardly detached whilst living as a householder.
Miniature of Guru Nanak from Astronomical treatiseSource/more: http://en.wikipedia..../Guru_Nanak_Dev***Amosad is cited in one other Paper (78:5):
...For twenty thousand years the culture of the second garden persisted, but it experienced a steady decline until about 15,000 B.C., when the regeneration of the Sethite priesthood and the leadership of Amosad inaugurated a brilliant era.... P.872 - 5
Source/more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brahman***Of course the name Melchizedek is known in evolutionary religion, in Judaism, and most especially in the Christian and Catholic traditions, whose Bibles mentions him/them:
...In Hinduism, Brahman is the one supreme, universal Spirit that is the origin and support of the phenomenal universe. Brahman is sometimes referred to as the Absolute or Godhead which is the Divine Ground of all being. Brahman is conceived as personal ("with qualities"), impersonal ("without qualities") and/or supreme depending on the philosophical school.
The sages of the Upanishads teach that Brahman is the ultimate essence of material phenomena (including the original identity of the human self) that cannot be seen or heard but whose nature can be known through the development of self-knowledge (atma jnana). According to Advaita, a liberated human being (jivanmukta) has realised Brahman as his or her own true self (see atman).
...The term Brahmin in the Vedic period actually meant one who has realized Brahman. However, later on Brahmin came to be identified with the highest of the four castes, the Brahmins, who by virtue of their purity and priesthood were held proprietors of rituals.
Meeting of Abraham and Melchizedek
...Melchizedek or Malki Tzedek is translated as "my king (is) righteous(ness)") is a king and priest mentioned during the Abram narrative in the 14th chapter of the Book of Genesis.
He is introduced as the king of Salem, and priest of El Elyon ("The highest God"). He brings out bread and wine and blesses Abram and El Elyon. Chazalic literature, specifically Targum Jonathan, Targum Yerushalmi, and the Babylonian Talmud, presents the name (מלכי־צדק) as a nickname title for Shem, the son of Noah.
— by Dieric Bouts the Elder
, 1464–67Source/more: http://en.wikipedia....iki/MelchizedekThe Melchizedeks are often referred to as a priesthood, of which Jesus is supposed to be a member:
Even the "latter day" religions claim Melchizedek:
...The Melchizedek priesthood is the name of several priesthoods in different religions. Priesthood is generally attributed to Melchizedek as he is the first individual to be given the title Kohen (priest) in the bible (Torah).
...Melchizedek is a figure in the Hebrew Bible. There is no other evidence other than the Biblical record that indicates that Melchizedek was a historical figure.
...In some translations, the Book of Psalms names Melchizedek as representative of the priestly line through which a future king of Israel's Davidic line was ordained. Alternatively, it may be more accurate that this term was here intended to be treated as an agglutinated improper noun, and thus translated as rightful king rather than left as Melchizedek; this interpretation is taken by some modern translations, such as the New JPS Tanakh.
...Christians believe that Jesus is the Messiah spoken of as "a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek" (Ps. 110:4), and so Jesus plays the role of High Priest once and for all. Jesus is considered a priest in the order of Melchizedek because, like Melchizedek, Jesus was not a Kohen, and thus would not qualify for the Kohanic priesthood under Torah Laws).
Melchizedek is referred to again in Hebrews 5:6-10; Hebrews 6:20; Hebrews 7:1-21: "Thou art a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek"; and Hebrews 8:1.
And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham: But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises" (Hebrews 7:5-6).
If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron? For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law" (Hebrews 7:11-12).
Bronze statue in Temple Square, Salt Lake City, representing Peter, James, and John in the act of conferring the Melchizedek priesthood to Joseph Smith and Oliver CowderySource/more: http://en.wikipedia....edek_priesthood***In tomorrow's reading Melchizedek lists four more of: THE GREAT RELIGIOUS LEADERS and their influence on Urantia's ever evolving concepts of spiritual reality.Thanks for reading. Forum Member's thoughts, reflections, insights, observations, comments, corrections and questions about today's OPAD presentation are invited. Join the ForumMuch love, Rick/OPAD host
...In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Melchizedek Priesthood is viewed as the priesthood authority of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus and other Old Testament prophets, higher than that of the Aaronic authority of John the Baptist and of the Levites. According to the Book of Mormon, the prophet Melchizedek preached repentance to the people of a wicked city, and established peace in the land. According to Alma 13:18, Melchizedek's efforts earned him the title of "the prince of peace". Of particular importance is the parallel Hebrew meaning of "prince of peace" and "king of Salem", another of Melchizedek's titles, and his association with (or typology of) Jesus Christ, who is also called the Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:2) as well as the Great High Priest (Heb. 4:14). Later, Melchizedek's people were, according to Joseph Smith, Jr., caught up, or "translated" (see Translation (LDS Church), to meet the city of Enoch (Joseph Smith Translation of Genesis 14:34). The priesthood is referred to by the name of Melchizedek because he was such a great high priest (Doctrine & Covenants Section 107:2). The Doctrine and Covenants states that before Melchizedek's day the Priesthood "was called the Holy Priesthood, after the Order of the Son of God. But out of respect or reverence to the name of the Supreme Being, to avoid the too-frequent repetition of his name, they, the church, in the ancient days, called that priesthood after Melchizedek, or the Melchizedek Priesthood" (Doctrine & Covenants Section 107:3-4). Initially, the only Melchizedek Priesthood office in the LDS Church was elder. Later revelations extended the office complement to Seventy, High Priest, Patriarch and Apostle.
***Overview of: Paper 92. The Later Evolution of Religion
1. The Evolutionary Nature of Religion
2. Religion and the Mores
3. The Nature of Evolutionary Religion
4. The Gift of Revelation
5. The Great Religious Leaders
6. The Composite Religions
7. The Further Evolution of Religion
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