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Today's reading is written entirely by the Midwayers, no one is quoted and no scripture is cited. But we may be sure the Melchizedek oversight committee fully approved what they wrote.
Truth, the Spirit of Truth, divine Truth, are all vast topics in the UB, much greater in scope and depth than either beauty or goodness. And some of the most concentrated teachings on truth are in today's reading, beginning with the italicized phrase: "conviction of truth".
...The new teacher is the conviction of truth, the consciousness and assurance of true meanings on real spirit levels. And this new teacher is the spirit of living and growing truth, expanding, unfolding, and adaptative truth.... (1949.3)180:5.1
The Spirit of Truth added a new layer of spirit value to our existence, a layer of divine conviction, the surety of knowing. But it does even more. The SoT has lines extending into areas that you might not expect.
Would you be surprised to discover it is directly connected to the highest philosophical thinking?
...Spiritual philosophy, the wisdom of spirit realities, is the endowment of the Spirit of Truth.... (1108.1)101:3.2
How about love (from today's reading)?
...the Spirit of Truth, who directs the loving contact of one human being with another.... (1950:6) 180:5.11
"...As my Father has given me of his spirit, so will I give you of my spirit. And this Spirit of Truth which I will bestow upon you shall guide and comfort you and shall eventually lead you into all truth....” (1948.3)180:4.2
...The spirit which my Father and I shall send into the world is not only the Spirit of Truth but also the spirit of idealistic beauty.... (1732.4)155:6.11
...The Spirit of Truth is concerned primarily with the revelation of the Father's spirit nature and the Son's moral character. The Creator Son, in the flesh, revealed God to men; the Spirit of Truth, in the heart, reveals the Creator Son to men.... (2062.10)194:3.1
...The pouring out of the Spirit of Truth provides the spiritual foundation for the realization of great achievements in the interests of the human race of the bestowal world.... (820.3) 72:12.5
To celestial minds Truth is a living thing. It can't be captured, codified, or imprisoned, and it needs no defenders, it can't be destroyed. "Truth is inconcussible" (118:3:3)
Notice in today's reading there are several uses of the word "living" in association with truth:
...And this new teacher is the spirit of living and growing truth, expanding, unfolding, and adaptative truth. (1949.3)180:5.1
...Divine truth is a spirit-discerned and living reality.... (1949.4)180:5.2
...Static truth is dead truth, and only dead truth can be held as a theory. Living truth is dynamic and can enjoy only an experiential existence in the human mind.... (1949:4) 180:5.2
Here are just some of the other statements that indicate real truth lives:
...Man rejoices in the goodness of God, Havoners exult in the divine beauty, while you both enjoy the ministry of the liberty of living truth.... (157.5) 14:4.13
...I am the hope of all who know the living truth.... (1965.17) 182:1.23
...In the Trinity Teacher Sons the love, mercy, and ministry of the three Paradise Deities are co-ordinated on the highest time-space value-levels and are presented to the universes as living truth, divine goodness, and true spiritual beauty.... (232:6) 20:10.4
...The seed of theoretical truth is dead, the highest moral concepts without effect, unless and until the divine Spirit breathes upon the forms of truth and quickens the formulas of righteousness.... (380:7) 34:6.6
...Truth, fact, and relationship are intellectually inseparable and associated with the philosophic concepts of beauty. Goodness, righteousness, and justice are philosophically interrelated and spiritually bound up together with living truth and divine beauty.... (507:3) 44:7.2
...Humor also functions to lessen the shock of the unexpected impact of fact or of truth, rigid unyielding fact and flexible ever-living truth. The mortal personality, never sure as to which will next be encountered, through humor swiftly grasps--sees the point and achieves insight--the unexpected nature of the situation be it fact or be it truth.... (549:5) 48:4.18
"...Be not deceived by their show of much learning and by their profound loyalty to the forms of religion. Be only concerned with the spirit of living truth and the power of true religion...." (1745:1) 157:2.2
"...If you would guide others into the kingdom, you must yourselves walk in the clear light of living truth...." (1571:5) 140:3.18
...Although both science and philosophy may assume the probability of God by their reason and logic, only the personal religious experience of a spirit-led man can affirm the certainty of such a supreme and personal Deity. By the technique of such an incarnation of living truth the philosophic hypothesis of the probability of God becomes a religious reality.... (1140:1) 103:8.1
...All static, dead, concepts are potentially evil. The finite shadow of relative and living truth is continually moving.... (1436:1) 130:4.15
"...In your lives overthrow error and overcome evil by the love of the living truth. In all your relations with men do good for evil...." (1443:3) 131:1.7
"...Lead men into the kingdom, and the great and living truths of the kingdom will presently drive out all serious error. When you have presented to mortal man the good news that God is his Father, you can the easier persuade him that he is in reality a son of God...." (1592:4) 141:6.2
...This gospel of the kingdom is a living truth.... (1931:6) 178:1.15
"...I have revealed God as your Father in heaven; I have revealed you as the sons of God on earth. It is a fact that God loves you, his sons. By faith in my word this fact becomes an eternal and living truth in your hearts...." (2052:3) 193:0.3
"...And when the Father shall approve, I will pour out the Spirit of Truth upon all flesh. Already is my Father's spirit in your hearts, and when this day shall come, you will also have me with you even as you now have the Father. This new gift is the spirit of living truth...." (1948:2) 180:4.1
...Knowledge pertains to things observed, but truth transcends such purely material levels in that it consorts with wisdom and embraces such imponderables as human experience, even spiritual and living realities.... (1459:2) 132:3.2
"...Dedicate your life to the great work of showing how the critical material mind of man can triumph over the inertia of intellectual doubting when faced by the demonstration of the manifestation of living truth as it operates in the experience of spirit-born men and women who yield the fruits of the spirit in their lives, and who love one another, even as I have loved you...." (1961:5) 181:2.26
...Truth often becomes confusing and even misleading when it is dismembered, segregated, isolated, and too much analyzed. Living truth teaches the truth seeker aright only when it is embraced in wholeness and as a living spiritual reality, not as a fact of material science or an inspiration of intervening art.... (2075:5) 195:5.2
The Midwayers bring the Golden Rule into today's reading, it too may be regarded as living when applied to spiritual circumstances:
...In the kingdom of the believing brotherhood of God-knowing truth lovers, this golden rule takes on living qualities of spiritual realization.... (1950.2)180:5.7
The Midwayers touch on many themes in today's reading that are woven into other Papers, like this often cited trio:
...true spirit values: divine beauty, infinite goodness, and eternal truth — to know God and to become increasingly like him.... (1950.4)180:5.9
Time and again are we instructed to seek and become Godlike.
...every God-knowing man or angel possesses the potential of unlimited self-expression on ever-progressive levels of unified self- realization by the technique of the never-ending achievement of Godlikeness--the experiential blending in the evolutionary experience of eternal truth, universal beauty, and divine goodness.... (507.5) 44:7.4
...An experience is good when it heightens the appreciation of beauty, augments the moral will, enhances the discernment of truth, enlarges the capacity to love and serve one's fellows, exalts the spiritual ideals, and unifies the supreme human motives of time with the eternal plans of the indwelling Adjuster, all of which lead directly to an increased desire to do the Father's will, thereby fostering the divine passion to find God and to be more like him.... (1458.2)132:2.5
...The eternal salvation of this truth-discerning and beauty-loving soul is assured by that hunger and thirst for goodness which leads this mortal to develop a singleness of purpose to do the Father's will, to find God and to become like him.... (1459.4)132:3.4
...To do the will of God, therefore, is the progressive experience of becoming more and more like God, and God is the source and destiny of all that is good and beautiful and true.... (1431.2) 130:2.7
The requirement to live God's Truth, to apply a spiritual interpretation of the Golden rule, and the admonition not to resist evil are cited many times and various ways throughout the UB. The Midwayers chose these words for the last paragraph of today's reading:
...no amount of piety or creedal loyalty can compensate for the absence in the life experience of kingdom believers of that spontaneous, generous, and sincere friendliness.... (1951.1)180:5.12
Real religion lives in and through us, or not.
Two of the Gospel writers allude to the Golden Rule and loving your neighbor as yourself:
From Matthew 6:
31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
From Matthew 19:
19 ...Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
From Luke 10:
27 ...Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
Mark cites the 'love your neighbor' axiom, in chapter 12:
31 ...Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself...
WORD CLOUD FOR PAPER 180
In tomorrow’s reading, Section 6. The Necessity for Leaving, the Master declares the Spirit of Truth cannot come until he has separated from his human form. And he answers the unasked question: "Why are you leaving?" If only the apostles could grasp that answer.
Overview of Paper 180 - The Farewell Discourse
1. The New Commandment
2. The Vine and the Branches
3. Enmity of the World
4. The Promised Helper
5. The Spirit of Truth
6. The Necessity for Leaving
This group of papers [121-196] was sponsored by a commission of twelve Urantia midwayers acting under the supervision of a Melchizedek revelatory director. The basis of this narrative was supplied by a secondary midwayer who was onetime assigned to the superhuman watchcare of the Apostle Andrew.
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