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#1 Howard509

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 03:22 PM

There are so many similarities between Hinduism and the Urantia Book, such as belief in the spark of God within, God as both personal and the impersonal ground of all being, the afterlife as a path of spiritual development, there being many manifestations and incarnations of the one God, etc. When the Contact Commission and Forum first received the Urantia Book, were they aware of its many parallels with Hindu teachings?

If you were to take this religion quiz, giving only answers consistent with the Urantia Book, your result would probably be Hinduism:
http://www.selectsmart.com/RELIGION/

Edited by Howard509, 02 April 2013 - 03:23 PM.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 03:39 PM

...When the Contact Commission and Forum first received the Urantia Book, were they aware of its many parallels with Hindu teachings?


Some were, probably most weren't given the level of education about the East, don't you think? Hinduism has it's roots in Adam and Melchizedek teachings, which are the same as the UB, just distorted over time.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 04:03 PM

Some were, probably most weren't given the level of education about the East, don't you think? Hinduism has it's roots in Adam and Melchizedek teachings, which are the same as the UB, just distorted over time.


Why is it that the teachings common to the Urantia Book and Hinduism are not found in Christianity and Judaism except in their esoteric forms?

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 10:26 PM

Why is it that the teachings common to the Urantia Book and Hinduism are not found in Christianity and Judaism except in their esoteric forms?


Well there is sort of a concept of the 3 persons of God as One god in Christianity (Father,Son Spirit). So there is that concept of multiple personalizations of God in Christianity.

Edited by -Scott-, 02 April 2013 - 10:27 PM.

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 03:52 AM

Why is it that the teachings common to the Urantia Book and Hinduism are not found in Christianity and Judaism except in their esoteric forms?


Like Scott points to, there is some in common, and the deeper into them the more commonality one finds. But keep this in mind when you evaluate the Jewish/Christian progress line, from 195:10:

...Christianity is an extemporized religion, and therefore must it operate in low gear. High-gear spiritual performances must await the new revelation and the more general acceptance of the real religion of Jesus. But Christianity is a mighty religion, seeing that the commonplace disciples of a crucified carpenter set in motion those teachings which conquered the Roman world in three hundred years and then went on to triumph over the barbarians who overthrew Rome. This same Christianity conquered--absorbed and exalted--the whole stream of Hebrew theology and Greek philosophy. And then, when this Christian religion became comatose for more than a thousand years as a result of an overdose of mysteries and paganism, it resurrected itself and virtually reconquered the whole Western world. Christianity contains enough of Jesus' teachings to immortalize it.... P.2086 - 4



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Posted 03 April 2013 - 09:36 AM

First of all, exoteric religion is always different because it is social and based upon culture. Esoteric religion is pretty much the same everywhere because it is based upon the religion of the inner spirit.

I like the fact that Rick's quote calls Christianity, as it is today, an extemporized religion, meaning that it has been improvised and put together on the fly . . . it's really a melting pot of various social religions, all which have at their core a desire to know God . . . which is a good thing.

Have any of you read the section on world religions collected by Ganid at Alexandria. The lesson designed by Jesus was for Ganid to find the truths in each religion, common truths originating from Melchizedek. Here is the section on Hinduism which is wholly consistent with Christianity, especially the points I underlined:


4. Hinduism

131:4.1 The missionaries of Melchizedek carried the teachings of the one God with them wherever they journeyed. Much of this monotheistic doctrine, together with other and previous concepts, became embodied in the subsequent teachings of Hinduism. Jesus and Ganid made the following excerpts:
131:4.2 "He is the great God, in every way supreme. He is the Lord who encompasses all things. He is the creator and controller of the universe of universes. God is one God; he is alone and by himself; he is the only one. And this one God is our Maker and the last destiny of the soul. The Supreme One is brilliant beyond description; he is the Light of Lights. Every heart and every world is illuminated by this divine light. God is our protector - he stands by the side of his creatures - and those who learn to know him become immortal. God is the great source of energy; he is the Great Soul. He exercises universal lordship over all. This one God is loving, glorious, and adorable. Our God is supreme in power and abides in the supreme abode. This true Person is eternal and divine; he is the primal Lord of heaven. All the prophets have hailed him, and he has revealed himself to us. We worship him. O Supreme Person, source of beings, Lord of creation, and ruler of the universe, reveal to us, your creatures, the power whereby you abide immanent! God has made the sun and the stars; he is bright, pure, and self-existent. His eternal knowledge is divinely wise. The Eternal is unpenetrated by evil. Inasmuch as the universe sprang from God, he does rule it appropriately. He is the cause of creation, and hence are all things established in him.
131:4.3 "God is the sure refuge of every good man when in need; the Immortal One cares for all mankind. God's salvation is strong and his kindness is gracious. He is a loving protector, a blessed defender. Says the Lord: 'I dwell within their own souls as a lamp of wisdom. I am the splendor of the splendid and the goodness of the good. Where two or three gather together, there am I also.' The creature cannot escape the presence of the Creator. The Lord even counts the ceaseless winking of every mortal's eyes; and we worship this divine Being as our inseparable companion. He is all-prevailing, bountiful, omnipresent, and infinitely kind. The Lord is our ruler, shelter, and supreme controller, and his primeval spirit dwells within the mortal soul. The Eternal Witness to vice and virtue dwells within man's heart. Let us long meditate on the adorable and divine Vivifier; let his spirit fully direct our thoughts. From this unreal world lead us to the real! From darkness lead us to the light! From death guide us to immortality!
131:4.4 "With our hearts purged of all hate, let us worship the Eternal. Our God is the Lord of prayer; he hears the cry of his children. Let all men submit their wills to him, the Resolute. Let us delight in the liberality of the Lord of prayer. Make prayer your inmost friend and worship your soul's support. 'If you will but worship me in love,' says the Eternal, 'I will give you the wisdom to attain me, for my worship is the virtue common to all creatures.' God is the illuminator of the gloomy and the power of those who are faint. Since God is our strong friend, we have no more fear. We praise the name of the never-conquered Conqueror. We worship him because he is man's faithful and eternal helper. God is our sure leader and unfailing guide. He is the great parent of heaven and earth, possessed of unlimited energy and infinite wisdom. His splendor is sublime and his beauty divine. He is the supreme refuge of the universe and the changeless guardian of everlasting law. Our God is the Lord of life and the Comforter of all men; he is the lover of mankind and the helper of those who are distressed. He is our life giver and the Good Shepherd of the human flocks. God is our father, brother, and friend. And we long to know this God in our inner being.
131:4.5 "We have learned to win faith by the yearning of our hearts. We have attained wisdom by the restraint of our senses, and by wisdom we have experienced peace in the Supreme. He who is full of faith worships truly when his inner self is intent upon God. Our God wears the heavens as a mantle; he also inhabits the other six wide-spreading universes. He is supreme over all and in all. We crave forgiveness from the Lord for all of our trespasses against our fellows; and we would release our friend from the wrong he has done us. Our spirit loathes all evil; therefore, O Lord, free us from all taint of sin. We pray to God as a comforter, protector, and savior - one who loves us.
131:4.6 "The spirit of the Universe Keeper enters the soul of the simple creature. That man is wise who worships the One God. Those who strive for perfection must indeed know the Lord Supreme. He never fears who knows the blissful security of the Supreme, for the Supreme says to those who serve him, 'Fear not, for I am with you.' The God of providence is our Father. God is truth. And it is the desire of God that his creatures should understand him - come fully to know the truth. Truth is eternal; it sustains the universe. Our supreme desire shall be union with the Supreme. The Great Controller is the generator of all things - all evolves from him. And this is the sum of duty: Let no man do to another what would be repugnant to himself; cherish no malice, smite not him who smites you, conquer anger with mercy, and vanquish hate by benevolence. And all this we should do because God is a kind friend and a gracious father who remits all our earthly offenses.
131:4.7 "God is our Father, the earth our mother, and the universe our birthplace. Without God the soul is a prisoner; to know God releases the soul. By meditation on God, by union with him, there comes deliverance from the illusions of evil and ultimate salvation from all material fetters. When man shall roll up space as a piece of leather, then will come the end of evil because man has found God. O God, save us from the threefold ruin of hell - lust, wrath, and avarice! O soul, gird yourself for the spirit struggle of immortality! When the end of mortal life comes, hesitate not to forsake this body for a more fit and beautiful form and to awake in the realms of the Supreme and Immortal, where there is no fear, sorrow, hunger, thirst, or death. To know God is to cut the cords of death. The God-knowing soul rises in the universe like the cream appears on top of the milk. We worship God, the all-worker, the Great Soul, who is ever seated in the heart of his creatures. And they who know that God is enthroned in the human heart are destined to become like him - immortal. Evil must be left behind in this world, but virtue follows the soul to heaven.
131:4.8 "It is only the wicked who say: The universe has neither truth nor a ruler; it was only designed for our lusts. Such souls are deluded by the smallness of their intellects. They thus abandon themselves to the enjoyment of their lusts and deprive their souls of the joys of virtue and the pleasures of righteousness. What can be greater than to experience salvation from sin? The man who has seen the Supreme is immortal. Man's friends of the flesh cannot survive death; virtue alone walks by man's side as he journeys ever onward toward the gladsome and sunlit fields of Paradise."

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 09:50 AM

I once had a Hindu girl friend and she told me that because of her religion she was allowed to adopt any "higher" concept of god that she came across. So when I introduced the u.b concept of God she was open to it. There may be some huge opportunities with these people, because they don't have as many religious taboos.

Edited by -Scott-, 03 April 2013 - 12:56 PM.

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