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PAPER 130 - ON THE WAY TO ROME

 

 

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P.1427 - §1 The tour of the Roman world consumed most of the twenty-eighth and the entire twenty-ninth year of Jesus' life on earth. Jesus and the two natives from India--Gonod and his son Ganid--left Jerusalem on a Sunday morning, April 26, A.D. 22. They made their journey according to schedule, and Jesus said good-bye to the father and son in the city of Charax on the Persian Gulf on the tenth day of December the following year, A.D. 23.

 

 

P.1427 - §2 From Jerusalem they went to Caesarea by way of Joppa. At Caesarea they took a boat for Alexandria. From Alexandria they sailed for Lasea in Crete. From Crete they sailed for Carthage, touching at Cyrene. At Carthage they took a boat for Naples, stopping at Malta, Syracuse, and Messina. From Naples they went to Capua, whence they traveled by the Appian Way to Rome.

 

P.1427 - §3 After their stay in Rome they went overland to Tarentum, where they set sail for Athens in Greece, stopping at Nicopolis and Corinth. From Athens they went to Ephesus by way of Troas. From Ephesus they sailed for Cyprus, putting in at Rhodes on the way. They spent considerable time visiting and resting on Cyprus and then sailed for Antioch in Syria. From Antioch they journeyed south to Sidon and then went over to Damascus. From there they traveled by caravan to Mesopotamia, passing through Thapsacus and Larissa. They spent some time in Babylon, visited Ur and other places, and then went to Susa. From Susa they journeyed to Charax, from which place Gonod and Ganid embarked for India.

 

 

P.1427 - §4 It was while working four months at Damascus that Jesus had picked up the rudiments of the language spoken by Gonod and Ganid. While there he had labored much of the time on translations from Greek into one of the languages of India, being assisted by a native of Gonod's home district.

 

 

P.1427 - §5 On this Mediterranean tour Jesus spent about half of each day teaching Ganid and acting as interpreter during Gonod's business conferences and social contacts. The remainder of each day, which was at his disposal, he devoted to making those close personal contacts with his fellow men, those intimate associations with the mortals of the realm, which so characterized his activities during these years that just preceded his public ministry.

 

P.1427 - §6 From firsthand observation and actual contact Jesus acquainted himself with the higher material and intellectual civilization of the Occident and the Levant; from Gonod and his brilliant son he learned a great deal about the civilization and culture of India and China, for Gonod, himself a citizen of India, had made three extensive trips to the empire of the yellow race.

 

P.1427 - §7 Ganid, the young man, learned much from Jesus during this long and intimate association. They developed a great affection for each other, and the lad's father many times tried to persuade Jesus to return with them to India, but Jesus always declined, pleading the necessity for returning to his family in Palestine.

 

 

 

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Greetings, Alina, NelsonG, Carola, Fellow Students, Forum Friends, Members and Guests!

 

Welcome everyone, to the opening page of Paper 130--a relatively long one, fourteen pages. Included in this Paper are a host of details about Jesus' unknown teaching tour of the Mediterranean basin and Mesopotamia.

 

This first century map shows many of the western cities cited in today's reading (click to enlarge):

 

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Of all the countries and cites named in today's reading, only Thapsacus and Larissa are mentioned just once in the UB. All the others are in upcoming Papers and appropriate maps will be provided for each one as they are cited.

 

About Thapsacus, it's original location is uncertain:

 

Thapsacus (Hebrew: Tiphsah) was an ancient town along the western bank of the Euphrates river that would now lie in modern Syria or Turkey. Thapsacus was the Greek and Roman name for the town. The town was important and prosperous due to its river crossing, which allowed east-west land traffic to pass through it.

 

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King David's Empire and A, B, C: three alternative locations of Thapsacus (referred here as Tipsah)

 

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There is some confusion about Larissa's location too. All modern references place it in Greece. But according to today's reading it MUST have been in Mesopotamia (modern Turkey) on the Euphrates between Thapsacus (Tipsah) and Babylon (see map above):

...From there they traveled by caravan to Mesopotamia, passing through Thapsacus and Larissa. They spent some time in Babylon, visited Ur and other places, and then went to Susa.... P.1427 - 3

 

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Jesus was already fluent in three languages, Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic. The Midwayers don't say if it was a Hindi dialect that he picked up:

...Jesus had picked up the rudiments of the language spoken by Gonod and Ganid.... P.1427 - 4

 

 

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Overview of Paper 130.
On the Way to Rome

 

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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Synopsis of Paper 130:

 

Jesus, Gonod, and Ganid left Jerusalem on April 26, 22 AD to embark on a tour of the Mediterranean that included Alexandria, Crete, Carthage, Naples, Rome, Corinth, Athens, Ephesus, Cyprus, Syria, Damascus, Mesopotamia, Babylon, and Ur. Jesus spent half of each day teaching Ganid and acting as interpreter for Gonod's business contacts, and the other half getting to know people. Ganid learned much from Jesus during their association.

 

While in Joppa, Jesus met Gadiah, a Philistine interpreter. One day as Jesus and Gadiah were walking by the sea, Gadiah pointed out the place that was reputed to be the site from which Jonah had begun his ill-fated voyage. Gadiah asked Jesus whether he thought Jonah really had been swallowed by a big fish.

 

Jesus perceived that Gadiah, through the story of Jonah, had been impressed against the folly of running away from duty. Jesus answered, "My friend, we are all Jonahs with lives to live in accordance with the will of God, and at all times when we seek to escape the present duty of living by running away to far-off enticements, we thereby put ourselves in the immediate control of those influences which are not directed by the powers of truth and the forces of righteousness. The flight from duty is the sacrifice of truth. The escape from the service of light and life can only result in those distressing conflicts with the difficult whales of selfishness which lead eventually to darkness and death unless such God-forsaking Jonahs shall turn their hearts, even when in the very depths of despair, to seek after God and his goodness. And when such disheartened souls sincerely seek for God-hunger for truth and thirst for righteousness-there is nothing that can hold them in further captivity."

 

Sometime later Gadiah asked why God, who is infinitely good, permits the existence of evil. Jesus replied, "My brother, God is love; therefore he must be good, and his goodness is so great and real that it cannot contain the small and unreal things of evil. God is so positively good that there is absolutely no place in him for negative evil. Your Father in heaven, by endowing you with the power to choose between truth and error, created the potential negative of the positive way of light and life; but such errors of evil are really nonexistent until such a time as an intelligent creature wills their existence by mischoosing the way of life."

 

In Caesarea, Jesus and his friends were delayed because one of the boats on which they intended to travel was being repaired. There was a shortage of skilled woodworkers, and Jesus volunteered to assist in the repair. Anaxand, one of the men who worked on the boat with Jesus, became interested when Jesus spoke of the Father in heaven being interested in the welfare of his children on earth. The young man asked, "If the Gods are interested in me, then why do they not remove the cruel and unjust foreman of this workshop?"

 

Jesus answered, "Since you know the ways of kindness and value justice, perhaps the Gods have brought this erring man near that you may lead him into this better way. Maybe you are the salt which is to make this brother more agreeable to all other men; that is, if you have not lost your savor. As it is, this man is your master in that his evil ways unfavorably influence you. Why not assert your mastery of evil by virtue of the power of goodness and thus become the master of all relations between the two of you? I predict that the good in you could overcome the evil in him if you gave it a fair and living chance."

 

When the boat was ready, the company left for Alexandria. Gonod went about his business while Jesus and Ganid went to the university and the legendary library. Jesus and Ganid spent time every day in the library where nearly a million manuscripts from throughout the world were assembled. Under Jesus' direction, Ganid made a collection of the teachings of religions which recognized some form of universal deity: Cynicism, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Suduanism, Shinto, Taoism, and Confucianism. Ganid hired more than sixty translators to help him with this effort.

 

From Alexandria, the travelers journeyed to Crete to relax. One day in the mountains, Jesus met a distressed young man. Jesus asked the youth for directions to a certain place, and the young man marked out the trails on the ground and explained the route in detail. Jesus soon turned the conversation to the young man's disconsolation. "My friend, arise! Stand up like a man! You may be surrounded with small enemies and be retarded by many obstacles, but the big things and the real things of this world and the universe are on your side. The sun rises every morning to salute you just as it does the most powerful and prosperous man on earth."

 

After further discourse, Jesus continued, "This day, my son, you are to be reborn, re-established as a man of faith, courage, and devoted service to man, for God's sake. And when you become so readjusted to life within yourself, you become likewise readjusted to the universe; you have been born again-born of the spirit-and henceforth will your whole life become one of victorious accomplishment. Trouble will invigorate you; disappointment will spur you on; difficulties will challenge you; and obstacles will stimulate you. Arise, young man! Say farewell to the life of cringing fear and fleeing cowardice. Hasten back to duty and live your life in the flesh as a son of God, a mortal dedicated to the ennobling service of man on earth and destined to the superb and eternal service of God in eternity."

 

This young man later became the leader of Christians in Crete.

 

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Tomorrow's reading is almost entirely about a meeting with a Philistine named Gadiah, and their discussion of the Biblical fable about the man who was swallowed by a big fish. Section 1 is titled: AT JOPPA--DISCOURSE ON JONAH

 

 

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PAPER 130 - ON THE WAY TO ROME

 

 

1. AT JOPPA--DISCOURSE ON JONAH

 

 

P.1428 - §1 During their stay in Joppa, Jesus met Gadiah, a Philistine interpreter who worked for one Simon a tanner. Gonod's agents in Mesopotamia had transacted much business with this Simon; so Gonod and his son desired to pay him a visit on their way to Caesarea. While they tarried at Joppa, Jesus and Gadiah became warm friends. This young Philistine was a truth seeker. Jesus was a truth giver; he was the truth for that generation on Urantia. When a great truth seeker and a great truth giver meet, the result is a great and liberating enlightenment born of the experience of new truth.

 

P.1428 - §2 One day after the evening meal Jesus and the young Philistine strolled down by the sea, and Gadiah, not knowing that this "scribe of Damascus" was so well versed in the Hebrew traditions, pointed out to Jesus the ship landing from which it was reputed that Jonah had embarked on his ill-fated voyage to Tarshish. And when he had concluded his remarks, he asked Jesus this question: "But do you suppose the big fish really did swallow Jonah?" Jesus perceived that this young man's life had been tremendously influenced by this tradition, and that its contemplation had impressed upon him the folly of trying to run away from duty; Jesus therefore said nothing that would suddenly destroy the foundations of Gadiah's present motivation for practical living. In answering this question, Jesus said: "My friend, we are all Jonahs with lives to live in accordance with the will of God, and at all times when we seek to escape the present duty of living by running away to far-off enticements, we thereby put ourselves in the immediate control of those influences which are not directed by the powers of truth and the forces of righteousness. The flight from duty is the sacrifice of truth. The escape from the service of light and life can only result in those distressing conflicts with the difficult whales of selfishness which lead eventually to darkness and death unless such God-forsaking Jonahs shall turn their hearts, even when in the very depths of despair, to seek after God and his goodness. And when such disheartened souls sincerely seek for God--hunger for truth and thirst for righteousness--there is nothing that can hold them in further captivity. No matter into what great depths they may have fallen, when they seek the light with a whole heart, the spirit of the Lord God of heaven will deliver them from their captivity; the evil circumstances of life will spew them out upon the dry land of fresh opportunities for renewed service and wiser living."

 

P.1428 - §3 Gadiah was mightily moved by Jesus' teaching, and they talked long into the night by the seaside, and before they went to their lodgings, they prayed together and for each other. This was the same Gadiah who listened to the later preaching of Peter, became a profound believer in Jesus of Nazareth, and held a memorable argument with Peter one evening at the home of Dorcas. And Gadiah had very much to do with the final decision of Simon, the wealthy leather merchant, to embrace Christianity.

 

 

P.1428 - §4 (In this narrative of the personal work of Jesus with his fellow mortals on this tour of the Mediterranean, we shall, in accordance with our permission, freely translate his words into modern phraseology current on Urantia at the time of this presentation.)

 

P.1429 - §1 Jesus' last visit with Gadiah had to do with a discussion of good and evil. This young Philistine was much troubled by a feeling of injustice because of the presence of evil in the world alongside the good. He said: "How can God, if he is infinitely good, permit us to suffer the sorrows of evil; after all, who creates evil?" It was still believed by many in those days that God creates both good and evil, but Jesus never taught such error. In answering this question, Jesus said: "My brother, God is love; therefore he must be good, and his goodness is so great and real that it cannot contain the small and unreal things of evil. God is so positively good that there is absolutely no place in him for negative evil. Evil is the immature choosing and the unthinking misstep of those who are resistant to goodness, rejectful of beauty, and disloyal to truth. Evil is only the misadaptation of immaturity or the disruptive and distorting influence of ignorance. Evil is the inevitable darkness which follows upon the heels of the unwise rejection of light. Evil is that which is dark and untrue, and which, when consciously embraced and willfully endorsed, becomes sin.

 

P.1429 - §2 "Your Father in heaven, by endowing you with the power to choose between truth and error, created the potential negative of the positive way of light and life; but such errors of evil are really nonexistent until such a time as an intelligent creature wills their existence by mischoosing the way of life. And then are such evils later exalted into sin by the knowing and deliberate choice of such a willful and rebellious creature. This is why our Father in heaven permits the good and the evil to go along together until the end of life, just as nature allows the wheat and the tares to grow side by side until the harvest." Gadiah was fully satisfied with Jesus' answer to his question after their subsequent discussion had made clear to his mind the real meaning of these momentous statements.

 

 

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Good Day Alina, NelsonG, Rick B, Fellow Students, Forum Friends, Members and Visitors,

 

The great Mediterranean voyage of exploration and personal teaching has begun. The threesome set out from Jerusalem for the deep harbor town of Caesarea, presumably on foot or on camels. They first go thru Joppa, a coastal town 40 miles west-northwest of Jerusalem:

...During their stay in Joppa, Jesus met Gadiah, a Philistine interpreter.... P.1428 - 1

 

Jaffa_Biblical_Map.JPG

 

Map of the area around Jaffa/Joppa - 15C BC through 1C AD

 

Jaffa (Yaffo, Joppa) is one of the oldest port cities in the land of Israel and the Mediterranean. Due to its natural advantages, a hill above a bay, and its strategic location on the crossroads of Israel, the city was a center of historical events over thousands of years.

 

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About the Philistines:

 

The Philistines, were a people who as part of the Sea Peoples appeared in the southern coastal area of Canaan at the beginning of the Iron Age (circa 1175 BC), most probably from the Aegean region. According to the Bible, they ruled the five city-states (the "Philistine Pentapolis") of Gaza, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ekron and Gath, from Wadi Gaza in the south to the Yarqon River in the north, but with no fixed border to the east. The Bible paints them as the Kingdom of Israel's most dangerous enemy. Originating somewhere in the Aegean, their population was around 25,000 in the 12th century BC, rising to a peak of 30,000 in the 11th century BC, of which the Aegean element was not more than half the total, and perhaps much less.

 

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The Midwayers give us these unforgettable words about the character and effect of this now Master teacher. The first sentence has the only use of italics in today's reading:

...Jesus was a truth giver; he
was
the truth for that generation on Urantia. When a great truth seeker and a great truth giver meet, the result is a great and liberating enlightenment born of the experience of new truth.... P.1428 - 1

 

 

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About the Jonah story in the Bible's Old Testament:

 

The port of Jaffa is also mentioned in the story of Jonah, the son of Amittai, who was commanded to carry the words of the Lord in the city of Ninveh, but refused and tried to escape to Tarshish (Jonah 1 3): "But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD".

 

A great storm threatened the safety of the ship, and the mariners threw him overboard, an he was swallowed by a whale (1 19): "And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights". Eventually, Jonah agreed to do as commanded by the Lord, so he was "vomited out upon dry land", and then went to Ninveh to complete the mission.

 

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The orginal tale about Jonah's travails appears in the Old Testament, a book of the same name:

 

Jonah 1:3 "But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord."

 

Jonah 1:17 "Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. "

 

 

Gadiah didn't make it into the Bible but his employer Simon does appear in the New Testament:

 

Acts 10:5-6 "And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter: He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do."

 

 

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The name Dorcas isn't to be found anywhere else in the UB.

...This was the same Gadiah who listened to the later preaching of Peter, became a profound believer in Jesus of Nazareth, and held a memorable argument with Peter one evening at the home of Dorcas....
P.1428 - 3

 

There is this from the New Testament about Dorcas, though it isn't about an argument, rather a Lazurus-like raising from the dead by Peter:

 

Acts 9:36-42 "Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did. And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber. And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them. Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them. But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up. And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive. And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord."

 

 

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Gadiah asks a question that all thinking mortals do when they are told our Father is good:

"...How can God, if he is infinitely good, permit us to suffer the sorrows of evil; after all, who creates evil?"
P.1429 - 1

 

Jesus responds with a classic lesson not just on the origin and nature of evil, but also of its evolution. He ends with the example of "wheat and tares", which are also used in his famous parable that is recorded in the first of the New Testament Gospels:

 

Matthew 13:24-30 "Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn."

 

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Today's reading has the first of 14 uses of the term "modern phraseology", all are in Part IV. And all refer to translating the Master's teachings--except one, which precedes Rodan's essays.

(In this narrative of the personal work of Jesus with his fellow mortals on this tour of the Mediterranean, we shall, in accordance with our permission, freely translate his words into modern phraseology current on Urantia at the time of this presentation.)
P.1428 - 4

 

 

Tomorrow's reading has several fascinating stories about what happened at their next stop, including discussions of two other common questions that arise in the lives of evolutionary mortals like us: 'how to deal with a difficult employer?', and 'do dogs have souls?'. Section 2 is titled: AT CAESAREA

 

 

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Overview of Paper 130.
On the Way to Rome

 

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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P.1429 - §2 "Your Father in heaven, by endowing you with the power to choose between truth and error, created the potential negative of the positive way of light and life; but such errors of evil are really nonexistent until such a time as an intelligent creature wills their existence by mischoosing the way of life. And then are such evils later exalted into sin by the knowing and deliberate choice of such a willful and rebellious creature. This is why our Father in heaven permits the good and the evil to go along together until the end of life, just as nature allows the wheat and the tares to grow side by side until the harvest." Gadiah was fully satisfied with Jesus' answer to his question after their subsequent discussion had made clear to his mind the real meaning of these momentous statements.

 

 

 

Hello Rick, Good Day!

 

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(41.6) 2:6.8 God loves the sinner and hates the sin: such a statement is true philosophically, but God is a transcendent personality, and persons can only love and hate other persons. Sin is not a person. God loves the sinner because he is a personality reality (potentially eternal), while towards sin God strikes no personal attitude, for sin is not a spiritual reality; it is not personal; therefore does only the justice of God take cognizance of its existence. The love of God saves the sinner; the law of God destroys the sin. This attitude of the divine nature would apparently change if the sinner finally identified himself wholly with sin just as the same mortal mind may also fully identify itself with the indwelling spirit Adjuster. Such a sin-identified mortal would then become wholly unspiritual in nature (and therefore personally unreal) and would experience eventual extinction of being. Unreality, even incompleteness of creature nature, cannot exist forever in a progressingly real and increasingly spiritual universe.

 

(42.1) 2:6.9 Facing the world of personality, God is discovered to be a loving person; facing the spiritual world, he is a personal love; in religious experience he is both. Love identifies the volitional will of God. The goodness of God rests at the bottom of the divine free-willness — the universal tendency to love, show mercy, manifest patience, and minister forgiveness.

 

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PAPER 130 - ON THE WAY TO ROME

 

 

2. AT CAESAREA

 

 

P.1429 - §3 Jesus and his friends tarried in Caesarea beyond the time expected because one of the huge steering paddles of the vessel on which they intended to embark was discovered to be in danger of cleaving. The captain decided to remain in port while a new one was being made. There was a shortage of skilled woodworkers for this task, so Jesus volunteered to assist. During the evenings Jesus and his friends strolled about on the beautiful wall which served as a promenade around the port. Ganid greatly enjoyed Jesus' explanation of the water system of the city and the technique whereby the tides were utilized to flush the city's streets and sewers. This youth of India was much impressed with the temple of Augustus, situated upon an elevation and surmounted by a colossal statue of the Roman emperor. The second afternoon of their stay the three of them attended a performance in the enormous amphitheater which could seat twenty thousand persons, and that night they went to a Greek play at the theater. These were the first exhibitions of this sort Ganid had ever witnessed, and he asked Jesus many questions about them. On the morning of the third day they paid a formal visit to the governor's palace, for Caesarea was the capital of Palestine and the residence of the Roman procurator.

 

 

P.1429 - §4 At their inn there also lodged a merchant from Mongolia, and since this Far-Easterner talked Greek fairly well, Jesus had several long visits with him. This man was much impressed with Jesus' philosophy of life and never forgot his words of wisdom regarding "the living of the heavenly life while on earth by means of daily submission to the will of the heavenly Father." This merchant was a Taoist, and he had thereby become a strong believer in the doctrine of a universal Deity. When he returned to Mongolia, he began to teach these advanced truths to his neighbors and to his business associates, and as a direct result of such activities, his eldest son decided to become a Taoist priest. This young man exerted a great influence in behalf of advanced truth throughout his lifetime and was followed by a son and a grandson who likewise were devotedly loyal to the doctrine of the One God--the Supreme Ruler of Heaven.

 

P.1430 - §1 While the eastern branch of the early Christian church, having its headquarters at Philadelphia, held more faithfully to the teachings of Jesus than did the Jerusalem brethren, it was regrettable that there was no one like Peter to go into China, or like Paul to enter India, where the spiritual soil was then so favorable for planting the seed of the new gospel of the kingdom. These very teachings of Jesus, as they were held by the Philadelphians, would have made just such an immediate and effective appeal to the minds of the spiritually hungry Asiatic peoples as did the preaching of Peter and Paul in the West.

 

 

 

P.1430 - §2 One of the young men who worked with Jesus one day on the steering paddle became much interested in the words which he dropped from hour to hour as they toiled in the shipyard. When Jesus intimated that the Father in heaven was interested in the welfare of his children on earth, this young Greek, Anaxand, said: "If the Gods are interested in me, then why do they not remove the cruel and unjust foreman of this workshop?" He was startled when Jesus replied, "Since you know the ways of kindness and value justice, perhaps the Gods have brought this erring man near that you may lead him into this better way. Maybe you are the salt which is to make this brother more agreeable to all other men; that is, if you have not lost your savor. As it is, this man is your master in that his evil ways unfavorably influence you. Why not assert your mastery of evil by virtue of the power of goodness and thus become the master of all relations between the two of you? I predict that the good in you could overcome the evil in him if you gave it a fair and living chance. There is no adventure in the course of mortal existence more enthralling than to enjoy the exhilaration of becoming the material life partner with spiritual energy and divine truth in one of their triumphant struggles with error and evil. It is a marvelous and transforming experience to become the living channel of spiritual light to the mortal who sits in spiritual darkness. If you are more blessed with truth than is this man, his need should challenge you. Surely you are not the coward who could stand by on the seashore and watch a fellow man who could not swim perish! How much more of value is this man's soul floundering in darkness compared to his body drowning in water!"

 

P.1430 - §3 Anaxand was mightily moved by Jesus' words. Presently he told his superior what Jesus had said, and that night they both sought Jesus' advice as to the welfare of their souls. And later on, after the Christian message had been proclaimed in Caesarea, both of these men, one a Greek and the other a Roman, believed Philip's preaching and became prominent members of the church which he founded. Later this young Greek was appointed the steward of a Roman centurion, Cornelius, who became a believer through Peter's ministry. Anaxand continued to minister light to those who sat in darkness until the days of Paul's imprisonment at Caesarea, when he perished, by accident, in the great slaughter of twenty thousand Jews while he ministered to the suffering and dying.

 

P.1431 - §1 Ganid was, by this time, beginning to learn how his tutor spent his leisure in this unusual personal ministry to his fellow men, and the young Indian set about to find out the motive for these incessant activities. He asked, "Why do you occupy yourself so continuously with these visits with strangers?" And Jesus answered: "Ganid, no man is a stranger to one who knows God. In the experience of finding the Father in heaven you discover that all men are your brothers, and does it seem strange that one should enjoy the exhilaration of meeting a newly discovered brother? To become acquainted with one's brothers and sisters, to know their problems and to learn to love them, is the supreme experience of living."

 

P.1431 - §2 This was a conference which lasted well into the night, in the course of which the young man requested Jesus to tell him the difference between the will of God and that human mind act of choosing which is also called will. In substance Jesus said: The will of God is the way of God, partnership with the choice of God in the face of any potential alternative. 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. The will of man is the way of man, the sum and substance of that which the mortal chooses to be and do. Will is the deliberate choice of a self-conscious being which leads to decision-conduct based on intelligent reflection.

 

P.1431 - §3 That afternoon Jesus and Ganid had both enjoyed playing with a very intelligent shepherd dog, and Ganid wanted to know whether the dog had a soul, whether it had a will, and in response to his questions Jesus said: "The dog has a mind which can know material man, his master, but cannot know God, who is spirit; therefore the dog does not possess a spiritual nature and cannot enjoy a spiritual experience. The dog may have a will derived from nature and augmented by training, but such a power of mind is not a spiritual force, neither is it comparable to the human will, inasmuch as it is not reflective--it is not the result of discriminating higher and moral meanings or choosing spiritual and eternal values. It is the possession of such powers of spiritual discrimination and truth choosing that makes mortal man a moral being, a creature endowed with the attributes of spiritual responsibility and the potential of eternal survival." Jesus went on to explain that it is the absence of such mental powers in the animal which makes it forever impossible for the animal world to develop language in time or to experience anything equivalent to personality survival in eternity. As a result of this day's instruction Ganid never again entertained belief in the transmigration of the souls of men into the bodies of animals.

 

 

P.1431 - §4 The next day Ganid talked all this over with his father, and it was in answer to Gonod's question that Jesus explained that "human wills which are fully occupied with passing only upon temporal decisions having to do with the material problems of animal existence are doomed to perish in time. Those who make wholehearted moral decisions and unqualified spiritual choices are thus progressively identified with the indwelling and divine spirit, and thereby are they increasingly transformed into the values of eternal survival--unending progression of divine service."

 

 

P.1431 - §5 It was on this same day that we first heard that momentous truth which, stated in modern terms, would signify: "Will is that manifestation of the human mind which enables the subjective consciousness to express itself objectively and to experience the phenomenon of aspiring to be Godlike." And it is in this same sense that every reflective and spiritually minded human being can become creative.

 

 

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Greetings Carolyn, Alina, NelsonG, Carola, Fellow Students, Forum Friends, Members and Visitors :D

 

What marvelous details we are given in today's reading. Jesus gets an unexpected job rebuilding a giant tiller, meets Anaxand, seeds the Word in India, plays with "very intelligent" dog, and renders a spiritual definition of human will.

 

 

You can see this little city, named after the Roman family Caesar, was not too far from Nazareth:

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...Ganid greatly enjoyed Jesus' explanation of the water system of the city and the technique whereby the tides were utilized to flush the city's streets and sewers.... P.1429 - 3

 

Fresh water was supplied by one of Rome's great technical achievements:

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About Caesarea:

 

Caesarea is believed to have been built on the ruins of Stratonospyrgos (Straton's Tower), founded by Straton I of Sidon, and was likely an agricultural storehouse in its earliest configuration. In 90 BCE, Alexander Jannaeus captured Straton's Tower as part of his policy of developing the shipbuilding industry and enlarging the Hasmonean kingdom. Straton's Tower remained a Jewish city for two generations, until the area became dominated by the Roman in 63 BCE, when the Romans declared it an autonomous city. The pagan city underwent vast changes under Herod the Great, who renamed it Caesarea in honor of the Roman emperor, Caesar Augustus.

 

In 22 BCE, Herod began construction of a deep sea harbor and built storerooms, markets, wide roads, baths, temples to Rome and Augustus, and imposing public buildings. Every five years the city hosted major sports competitions, gladiator games, and theatrical productions in its theatre overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

 

 

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...The second afternoon of their stay the three of them attended a performance in the enormous amphitheater which could seat twenty thousand persons, and that night they went to a Greek play at the theater.... P.1429 - 3

 

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Not sure why but the Midwayers chose not to reveal this man's, or his son's, name:

...When he returned to Mongolia, he began to teach these advanced truths to his neighbors and to his business associates, and as a direct result of such activities, his eldest son decided to become a Taoist priest.... P.1429 - 4

 

The Midwayers do lament the lack of teachers of the Master's way in the East:

...it was regrettable that there was no one like Peter to go into China, or like Paul to enter India, where the spiritual soil was then so favorable for planting the seed of the new gospel of the kingdom....
P.1430 - 1

 

We learn later that Nathaniel did make it as far as India, from Paper 139:6:

...Nathaniel's father (Bartholomew) died shortly after Pentecost, after which this apostle went into Mesopotamia and India proclaiming the glad tidings of the kingdom and baptizing believers. His brethren never knew what became of their onetime philosopher, poet, and humorist. But he also was a great man in the kingdom and did much to spread his Master's teachings, even though he did not participate in the organization of the subsequent Christian church. Nathaniel died in India.....
P.1559 - 4

 

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There are no mentions of Anaxand outside the UB, or any other place in the UB:

...Later this young Greek was appointed the steward of a Roman centurion, Cornelius, who became a believer through Peter's ministry....
P.1430 - 3

 

A Biblical story is centered on Cornelius' conversion, by Peter, not Phillip, appears in the New Testament:

 

Acts 10: "There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always. He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius. And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter: He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do. And when the angel which spake unto Cornelius was departed, he called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of them that waited on him continually; And when he had declared all these things unto them, he sent them to Joppa. On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour: And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.

But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven. Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the gate, And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there. While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee. Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them. Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are come? And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee. Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him.

And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and he had called together his kinsmen and near friends. And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man. And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together.

And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean. Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me? And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God. Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by the sea side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee. Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God...

 

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Ganid's wise tutor said something cosmically profound, something that points to a "supreme experience":

"...To become acquainted with one's brothers and sisters, to know their problems and to learn to love them, is the supreme experience of living...."
P.1431 - 1

 

In consonance with two of the main themes in the book, doing God's will and becoming God-like, Jesus now employs those three words that indicate our Father's real nature:

...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....
P.1431 - 2

 

This trio, truth, goodness and beauty, are cited together 84 times in the UB, from page three of the Foreword to the last paragraph of Paper 196:

 

84 Uses of Truth, Beauty & Goodness

 

 

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It can come as a shock to some new readers, that their pets will not join them in eternity. Such is the way of things cosmic. The ability to reflect is required for survival apparently:

 

"...The dog may have a will derived from nature and augmented by training, but such a power of mind is not a spiritual force, neither is it comparable to the human will, inasmuch as it is not
reflective
--it is not the result of discriminating higher and moral meanings or choosing spiritual and eternal values...."
P.1431 - 3

 

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The Midwayers end this wonderful report about the time in Caesarea with Jesus' teachings about human will, and italicize the last crucial word:

 

"...Will is that manifestation of the human mind which enables the subjective consciousness to express itself objectively and to experience the phenomenon of aspiring to be Godlike." And it is in this same sense that every reflective and spiritually minded human being can become
creative
....
P.1431 - 5

 

Later on the Midwayers tie creativity to love. From Paper 188:5:

...Jesus is truly a savior in the sense that his life and death do win men over to goodness and righteous survival. Jesus loves men so much that his love awakens the response of love in the human heart.
Love is truly contagious and eternally creative
....
P.2018 - 1

 

 

Tomorrow's reading tells of their passage to Egypt, a visit to the world's greatest library where they created a collection of the scriptures of that day, and had long discussions of Philo's teaching. Section 3 is titled: AT ALEXANDRIA

 

 

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Overview of Paper 130.
On the Way to Rome

 

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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Thanks for the complementary quotes yesterday Alina. Excellent choice :wub:

 

 

From today's reading:

 

...This youth of India was much impressed with the temple of Augustus, situated upon an elevation and surmounted by a colossal statue of the Roman emperor.... P.1429 - 3

 

There isn't much left of the temple:

 

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As part of a plan to show his indebtedness to his benefactor Herod the Great (37–4 B.C.) built a very large temple in Caesarea Maritima dedicate to the "goddess Roma, the embodiment of imperial Rome, and to the god–king Augustus" (Holum: 45).

 

Although the temple does not survive, it is known from the descriptions of the Jewish historian Josephus and the excavations carried on at the site.

 

From the outset, it should be remembered that Caesarea Maritima was predominantly a Gentile city—thus the "pagan" temple, but Herod also rebuilt the Temple to the God of Israel, and expanded its platform. These two building projects of Herod do indeed say something about his character and outlook on life!

 

Some of the above, and following, information was gleaned from Holum, Kenneth G. "Building Power — The Politics of Architecture." Biblical Archaeology Review, vol. 30, no. 5 (September/October, 2004):36–45, 57.

 

 

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Of course the colossal statue is gone, this is another of Augustus, the fist Caesar.

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See an artist's concept of the temple HERE

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He was startled when Jesus replied, "Since you know the ways of kindness and value justice, perhaps the Gods have brought this erring man near that you may lead him into this better way.

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A great lesson for anybody who I may choose to criticize.

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He was startled when Jesus replied, "Since you know the ways of kindness and value justice, perhaps the Gods have brought this erring man near that you may lead him into this better way.

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A great lesson for anybody who I may choose to criticize.

 

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Welcome to UAI Forum's One-Page-A-Day Online Study Session

 

 

Today's Presentation:

 

 

PAPER 130 - ON THE WAY TO ROME

 

 

3. AT ALEXANDRIA

 

 

P.1432 - §1 It had been an eventful visit at Caesarea, and when the boat was ready, Jesus and his two friends departed at noon one day for Alexandria in Egypt.

 

P.1432 - §2 The three enjoyed a most pleasant passage to Alexandria. Ganid was delighted with the voyage and kept Jesus busy answering questions. As they approached the city's harbor, the young man was thrilled by the great lighthouse of Pharos, located on the island which Alexander had joined by a mole to the mainland, thus creating two magnificent harbors and thereby making Alexandria the maritime commercial crossroads of Africa, Asia, and Europe. This great lighthouse was one of the seven wonders of the world and was the forerunner of all subsequent lighthouses. They arose early in the morning to view this splendid lifesaving device of man, and amidst the exclamations of Ganid Jesus said: "And you, my son, will be like this lighthouse when you return to India, even after your father is laid to rest; you will become like the light of life to those who sit about you in darkness, showing all who so desire the way to reach the harbor of salvation in safety." And as Ganid squeezed Jesus' hand, he said, "I will."

 

 

P.1432 - §3 And again we remark that the early teachers of the Christian religion made a great mistake when they so exclusively turned their attention to the western civilization of the Roman world. The teachings of Jesus, as they were held by the Mesopotamian believers of the first century, would have been readily received by the various groups of Asiatic religionists.

 

 

P.1432 - §4 By the fourth hour after landing they were settled near the eastern end of the long and broad avenue, one hundred feet wide and five miles long, which stretched on out to the western limits of this city of one million people. After the first survey of the city's chief attractions--university (museum), library, the royal mausoleum of Alexander, the palace, temple of Neptune, theater, and gymnasium--Gonod addressed himself to business while Jesus and Ganid went to the library, the greatest in the world. Here were assembled nearly a million manuscripts from all the civilized world: Greece, Rome, Palestine, Parthia, India, China, and even Japan. In this library Ganid saw the largest collection of Indian literature in all the world; and they spent some time here each day throughout their stay in Alexandria. Jesus told Ganid about the translation of the Hebrew scriptures into Greek at this place. And they discussed again and again all the religions of the world, Jesus endeavoring to point out to this young mind the truth in each, always adding: "But Yahweh is the God developed from the revelations of Melchizedek and the covenant of Abraham. The Jews were the offspring of Abraham and subsequently occupied the very land wherein Melchizedek had lived and taught, and from which he sent teachers to all the world; and their religion eventually portrayed a clearer recognition of the Lord God of Israel as the Universal Father in heaven than any other world religion."

 

 

P.1432 - §5 Under Jesus' direction Ganid made a collection of the teachings of all those religions of the world which recognized a Universal Deity, even though they might also give more or less recognition to subordinate deities. After much discussion Jesus and Ganid decided that the Romans had no real God in their religion, that their religion was hardly more than emperor worship. The Greeks, they concluded, had a philosophy but hardly a religion with a personal God. The mystery cults they discarded because of the confusion of their multiplicity, and because their varied concepts of Deity seemed to be derived from other and older religions.

 

P.1433 - §1 Although these translations were made at Alexandria, Ganid did not finally arrange these selections and add his own personal conclusions until near the end of their sojourn in Rome. He was much surprised to discover that the best of the authors of the world's sacred literature all more or less clearly recognized the existence of an eternal God and were much in agreement with regard to his character and his relationship with mortal man.

 

 

P.1433 - §2 Jesus and Ganid spent much time in the museum during their stay in Alexandria. This museum was not a collection of rare objects but rather a university of fine art, science, and literature. Learned professors here gave daily lectures, and in those times this was the intellectual center of the Occidental world. Day by day Jesus interpreted the lectures to Ganid; one day during the second week the young man exclaimed: "Teacher Joshua, you know more than these professors; you should stand up and tell them the great things you have told me; they are befogged by much thinking. I shall speak to my father and have him arrange it." Jesus smiled, saying: "You are an admiring pupil, but these teachers are not minded that you and I should instruct them. The pride of unspiritualized learning is a treacherous thing in human experience. The true teacher maintains his intellectual integrity by ever remaining a learner."

 

P.1433 - §3 Alexandria was the city of the blended culture of the Occident and next to Rome the largest and most magnificent in the world. Here was located the largest Jewish synagogue in the world, the seat of government of the Alexandria Sanhedrin, the seventy ruling elders.

 

P.1433 - §4 Among the many men with whom Gonod transacted business was a certain Jewish banker, Alexander, whose brother, Philo, was a famous religious philosopher of that time. Philo was engaged in the laudable but exceedingly difficult task of harmonizing Greek philosophy and Hebrew theology. Ganid and Jesus talked much about Philo's teachings and expected to attend some of his lectures, but throughout their stay at Alexandria this famous Hellenistic Jew lay sick abed.

 

P.1433 - §5 Jesus commended to Ganid much in the Greek philosophy and the Stoic doctrines, but he impressed upon the lad the truth that these systems of belief, like the indefinite teachings of some of his own people, were religions only in the sense that they led men to find God and enjoy a living experience in knowing the Eternal.

 

 

 

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Good Day Carolyn, Alina, NelsonG, Carola, Fellow Students, Forum Friends, Members and Guests,

 

The traveling trio must have spent days on the open sea between Caesarea and Alexandria. What was it like to sail on a giant wooden ship driven only by the winds? Their accommodations were probably the very finest since Gonod was wealthy.

...As they approached the city's harbor, the young man was thrilled by the great lighthouse of Pharos....
P.1432 - 2

 

Alexandria was founded around a small pharaonic town c. 331 BC by Alexander the Great. It became an important centre of the Hellenistic civilization and remained the capital of Hellenistic and Roman & Byzantine Egypt for almost one thousand years.

 

...Alexandria was not only a center of Hellenism, but was also home to the largest urban Jewish community in the world. The Septuagint, a Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible, was produced there. The early Ptolemies kept it in order and fostered the development of its museum into the leading Hellenistic center of learning (Library of Alexandria), but were careful to maintain the distinction of its population's three largest ethnicities: Greek, Jewish, and Egyptian.

 

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Evidently the lighthouse was destroyed and the smaller version was built:

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Scale replica of the destroyed Alexandrine Pharos Lighthouse in Burj Al Arab, Alex.

 

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Three-dimensional reconstruction based on a comprehensive 2006 study.

 

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Replica constructed in 2005 at the
Window of the World
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Obviously a real and deep avuncular, even paternal, relationship is developing between these two:

"...And you, my son, will be like this lighthouse when you return to India, even after your father is laid to rest; you will become like the light of life to those who sit about you in darkness, showing all who so desire the way to reach the harbor of salvation in safety." And as Ganid squeezed Jesus' hand, he said, "I will...."
P.1432 - 2

 

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We still live in the wake, and with the consequences, of this mistake:

...And again we remark that the early teachers of the Christian religion made a great mistake when they so exclusively turned their attention to the western civilization of the Roman world....
P.1432 - 3

 

But one day Asia will be thrilled to know the truth of the one God and his Son who visited and taught in human form 2000 years ago.

 

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...After the first survey of the city's chief attractions--university (museum), library, the royal mausoleum of Alexander, the palace, temple of Neptune, theater, and gymnasium....
P.1432 - 4

 

The Musaeum or Mouseion at Alexandria, which included the famous Library of Alexandria, was an institution founded by Ptolemy I Soter or, perhaps more likely, by Ptolemy II Philadelphus. This original Musaeum ("Institution of the Muses") was the home of music or poetry, a philosophical school and library such as Plato's Academy, also a storehouse of texts. It did not have a collection of works of art, rather it was an institution that brought together some of the best scholars of the Hellenistic world, analogous to a modern university. This original Musaeum was the source for the modern usage of the word museum.

 

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The Royal Library of Alexandria, or Ancient Library of Alexandria, in Alexandria, Egypt, was one of the largest and most significant libraries of the ancient world. It flourished under the patronage of the Ptolemaic dynasty and functioned as a major center of scholarship from its construction in the 3rd century BC until the Roman conquest of Egypt in 30 BC. The library was conceived and opened either during the reign of Ptolemy I Soter (323–283 BC) or during the reign of his son Ptolemy II (283–246 BC).

 

The Library is famous for having been burned, resulting in the loss of many books. After the main library was destroyed, ancient scholars used a "daughter library" in a temple known as the Serapeum (located in another part of the city). During Plutarch's (AD 46–120) visit to Alexandria in 48 BC, he wrote that Julius Caesar had accidentally burned the library down when he set fire to his own ships. However, Florus and Lucan note that the flames Caesar set only burned the fleet and some "houses near the sea"; ancient sources do not mention the Library. Furthermore, years after Caesar's campaign in Alexandria, the Greek geographer Strabo worked in the Alexandrian Library and described its two buildings as "perfectly intact."

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Artist's rendition of the ancient Library of Alexandria

 

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A reconstruction drawing of the tomb of Alexander in Alexandria.

 

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Couldn't find any images of the temple of Neptune at Alexandria. There is this image from Neptune's temple in Italy:

 

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An ancient
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in Alexandria

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This remark from Jesus:

"...But Yahweh is the God developed from the revelations of Melchizedek and the covenant of Abraham...."
P.1432 - 4

 

...is fully explained in Papers 93 - 98

 

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...Under Jesus' direction Ganid made a collection of the teachings of all those religions of the world....
P.1432 - 5

 

And we will read the essence of this collection in the next Paper.

 

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Not much has changed has it?

...best of the authors of the world's sacred literature all more or less clearly recognized the existence of an eternal God and were much in agreement with regard to his character and his relationship with mortal man....
P.1433 - 1

 

Except now we have the greatest clarification and amplification of real religion ever, in the UB! Thank God :D

 

 

Young Ganid is pliable, intelligent, even adorable, but perhaps a little elitist, prideful, and not so discerning:

"...Teacher Joshua, you know more than these professors; you should stand up and tell them the great things you have told me; they are befogged by much
thinking. I shall speak to my father and have him arrange it...."
P.1433 - 2

 

 

This suggestion from Jesus:

"...The true teacher maintains his intellectual integrity by ever remaining a learner...."
P.1433 - 2

 

...is repeated more than once in the UB. From Paper 25:4:

...In the universal regime you are not reckoned as having possessed yourself of knowledge and truth until you have demonstrated your ability and your willingness to impart this knowledge and truth to others....
P.279 - 13

 

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About Philo, too bad he was ill during their visit, he surely would have been delighted to meet the Master:

...Ganid and Jesus talked much about Philo's teachings and expected to attend some of his lectures, but throughout their stay at Alexandria this famous Hellenistic Jew lay sick abed....
P.1433 - 4

 

 

 

In spite of never having met Jesus, we earlier read that he was one of the best thinkers and actors of his times. From Paper 92:5:

...Aside from Jesus, Paul of Tarsus and Philo of Alexandria were the greatest teachers of this era....
P.1010 - 1

 

 

Tomorrow's reading has the first of many profound discourses the Master gives during his adult life. The teachings of Plato prompt questions from Ganid, to which Jesus gives a most edifying reply. Section 4 is titled: DISCOURSE ON REALITY

 

 

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Overview of Paper 130.
On the Way to Rome

 

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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Today's Presentation:

 

 

PAPER 130 - ON THE WAY TO ROME

 

 

4. DISCOURSE ON REALITY

 

 

[Part 1 of 2]

 

 

P.1433 - §6 The night before they left Alexandria Ganid and Jesus had a long visit with one of the government professors at the university who lectured on the teachings of Plato. Jesus interpreted for the learned Greek teacher but injected no teaching of his own in refutation of the Greek philosophy. Gonod was away on business that evening; so, after the professor had departed, the teacher and his pupil had a long and heart-to-heart talk about Plato's doctrines. While Jesus gave qualified approval of some of the Greek teachings which had to do with the theory that the material things of the world are shadowy reflections of invisible but more substantial spiritual realities, he sought to lay a more trustworthy foundation for the lad's thinking; so he began a long dissertation concerning the nature of reality in the universe. In substance and in modern phraseology Jesus said to Ganid:

 

 

P.1434 - §1 The source of universe reality is the Infinite. The material things of finite creation are the time-space repercussions of the Paradise Pattern and the Universal Mind of the eternal God. Causation in the physical world, self-consciousness in the intellectual world, and progressing selfhood in the spirit world--these realities, projected on a universal scale, combined in eternal relatedness, and experienced with perfection of quality and divinity of value--constitute the reality of the Supreme. But in an ever-changing universe the Original Personality of causation, intelligence, and spirit experience is changeless, absolute. All things, even in an eternal universe of limitless values and divine qualities, may, and oftentimes do, change except the Absolutes and that which has attained the physical status, intellectual embrace, or spiritual identity which is absolute.

 

P.1434 - §2 The highest level to which a finite creature can progress is the recognition of the Universal Father and the knowing of the Supreme. And even then such beings of finality destiny go on experiencing change in the motions of the physical world and in its material phenomena. Likewise do they remain aware of selfhood progression in their continuing ascension of the spiritual universe and of growing consciousness in their deepening appreciation of, and response to, the intellectual cosmos. Only in the perfection, harmony, and unanimity of will can the creature become as one with the Creator; and such a state of divinity is attained and maintained only by the creature's continuing to live in time and eternity by consistently conforming his finite personal will to the divine will of the Creator. Always must the desire to do the Father's will be supreme in the soul and dominant over the mind of an ascending son of God.

 

P.1434 - §3 A one-eyed person can never hope to visualize depth of perspective. Neither can single-eyed material scientists nor single-eyed spiritual mystics and allegorists correctly visualize and adequately comprehend the true depths of universe reality. All true values of creature experience are concealed in depth of recognition.

 

P.1434 - §4 Mindless causation cannot evolve the refined and complex from the crude and the simple, neither can spiritless experience evolve the divine characters of eternal survival from the material minds of the mortals of time. The one attribute of the universe which so exclusively characterizes the infinite Deity is this unending creative bestowal of personality which can survive in progressive Deity attainment.

 

P.1434 - §5 Personality is that cosmic endowment, that phase of universal reality, which can coexist with unlimited change and at the same time retain its identity in the very presence of all such changes, and forever afterward.

 

P.1434 - §6 Life is an adaptation of the original cosmic causation to the demands and possibilities of universe situations, and it comes into being by the action of the Universal Mind and the activation of the spirit spark of the God who is spirit. The meaning of life is its adaptability; the value of life is its progressability--even to the heights of God-consciousness.

 

P.1434 - §7 Misadaptation of self-conscious life to the universe results in cosmic disharmony. Final divergence of personality will from the trend of the universes terminates in intellectual isolation, personality segregation. Loss of the indwelling spirit pilot supervenes in spiritual cessation of existence. Intelligent and progressing life becomes then, in and of itself, an incontrovertible proof of the existence of a purposeful universe expressing the will of a divine Creator. And this life, in the aggregate, struggles toward higher values, having for its final goal the Universal Father.

 

 

 

 

 

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Greetings Carolyn, Alina, NelsonG, Carola, Fellow Students, Forum Friends, Members and Visitors,

 

So much of this discourse resonates with prior readings, especially revelations about the Supreme Being [see Papers 115 - 118]. But in today's reading there are new ways of expressing these same concepts.

 

Jesus and Ganid's conversation was sparked by a discussion of Plato's teachings. Plato may be the most well known name in the western world after Jesus. And one of Plato's most remembered teaching concepts about the nature of reality is alluded to here:

...While Jesus gave qualified approval of some of the Greek teachings which had to do with the theory that the material things of the world are shadowy reflections of invisible but more substantial spiritual realities....
P.1433 - 6

 

The Allegory of the Cave—also known as the Analogy of the Cave, Plato's Cave, or the Parable of the Cave—is an allegory presented by the Greek philosopher Plato in his work The Republic to illustrate "our nature in its education and want of education" (514a). It is written as a dialogue between Plato's brother Glaucon and Plato's mentor Socrates, narrated by the latter at the beginning of Book VII (514a–520a). The Allegory of the Cave is presented after the metaphor of the sun (508b–509c) and the analogy of the divided line (509d–513e). All three are characterized in relation to dialectic at the end of Book VII and VIII (531d–534e).

 

Plato has Socrates describe a group of people who have lived chained to the wall of a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall. The people watch shadows projected on the wall by things passing in front of a fire behind them, and begin to ascribe forms to these shadows. According to Plato's Socrates, the shadows are as close as the prisoners get to viewing reality. He then explains how the philosopher is like a prisoner who is freed from the cave and comes to understand that the shadows on the wall do not make up reality at all, as he can perceive the true form of reality rather than the mere shadows seen by the prisoners.

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Plato's Allegory of the Cave by Jan Saenredam, according to Cornelis van Haarlem, 1604, Albertina, Vienna

 

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The Midwayers decide not to give us his "long" discourse word for word, they paraphrase and condense, beginning with God. Who or what else?

...The source of universe reality is the Infinite.... P.1434 - 1

 

The first five Papers of the UB are about God and his nature. The first paragraph of this discourse appears to encompass Papers 1-121!

 

Apparently the Midwayers are referring to the Supreme Being with these italicized words:

...these realities, projected on a universal scale, combined in eternal relatedness, and experienced with perfection of quality and divinity of value--constitute the
reality of the Supreme
....
P.1434 - 1

 

...because the second paragraph begins:

...The highest level to which a finite creature can progress is the recognition of the Universal Father and the knowing of the Supreme....
P.1434 - 2

 

Once more is repeated a most prominent UB theme, that God gives everything and asks in return only cooperation with the divine plan, but in perfection in eternity:

...Always must the desire to do the Father's will be supreme in the soul and dominant over the mind of an ascending son of God....
P.1434 - 2

 

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This discourse, reformulated by the Midwayers, is one beautiful and wonderfully profound philosophical statement with many infinitely ponderable concepts, isn't it?!

...All true values of creature experience are concealed in depth of recognition....
P.1434 - 3

...The one attribute of the universe which so exclusively characterizes the infinite Deity is this unending creative bestowal of personality....
P.1434 - 4

 

This idea of the changelessness of personality:

...Personality is that cosmic endowment, that phase of universal reality, which can coexist with unlimited change and at the same time retain its identity in the very presence of all such changes, and forever afterward....
P.1434 - 5

 

...is reiterated often in the UB, beginning in the Foreword, Section V:

...Personality is the one changeless reality in an otherwise ever-changing creature experience....
P.9 - 1

 

From Paper 112's introduction:

...Personality is changeless in the presence of change...The Adjuster and the personality are changeless....
P.1225 - 9

 

There doesn't seem to be a direct correlation with any other UB statement and this one about life equating with adaptation. But it certainly casts a different light on the subject, doesn't it? One could sit under a tree all day and ponder its many depths:

...The meaning of life is its adaptability; the value of life is its progressability....
P.1434 - 6

 

The discourse touches briefly on error and evil:

...Misadaptation of self-conscious life to the universe results in cosmic disharmony....
P.1434 - 7

 

But there is much, much more about this in tomorrow's reading, Part 2 of Section 4: DISCOURSE ON REALITY That night, after the lecture and the next day, Jesus and young Ganid talk about the nature of error and evil, but also about the differences between knowledge and truth, wisdom and values.

 

For a comprehensive discussion of the nature and purpose of divine reality, see Papers 105 and 106:

 

105. Deity and Reality

 

 

 

Paper 106.
Universe Levels of Reality

 

 

 

 

 

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Overview of Paper 130.
On the Way to Rome

 

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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Dear Rick,

 

It is still more pleasant visually to read here on this forum. The openness of the space around the text is what makes it so. I enjoy Paper 130, a great deal. There is so much information condensed there, but yet understandable for the layman.

 

The Republic by Plato was once required reading for the "educated" man after the Age of Enlightenment. [You can get a free copy of this book on Amazon.com Kindle, as well as other ancient books.] Remembering reading Plato in1959, I decided to read it again in 2009 because of its connection to the United States Constitution and the Founding Fathers. (Not a quick read) Much of our government is based on the philosophies of the Greeks and Romans.

 

But to hear Jesus refer to Plato and then for Jesus to be able to analyze Plato for the young Ganid, while connecting that to the religious truth of the Father of us all, is remarkable. There is no doubt that Jesus was the Son of Man and the Son of God. No mortal could have accomplished that feat. IMO

 

Thank you, again, for your work, :wub:

 

Kindred Spirit,

 

Carolyn

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Dear Rick,

 

It is still more pleasant visually to read here on this forum. The openness of the space around the text is what makes it so. I enjoy Paper 130, a great deal. There is so much information condensed there, but yet understandable for the layman....

 

 

Well said!

 

Yes, what a scene, Carolyn. And Ganid was such an appreciator and foil/instigator to bring out this magnificent and cosmically informed tutor. Plenty of inspiring paintings should be forthcoming with these newly revealed scenes, eh?

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Welcome to UAI Forum's One-Page-A-Day Online Study Session

 

 

Today's Presentation:

 

 

PAPER 130 - ON THE WAY TO ROME

 

 

4. DISCOURSE ON REALITY

 

 

[Part 2 of 2]

 

 

 

P.1435 - §1 Only in degree does man possess mind above the animal level aside from the higher and quasi-spiritual ministrations of intellect. Therefore animals (not having worship and wisdom) cannot experience superconsciousness, consciousness of consciousness. The animal mind is only conscious of the objective universe.

 

P.1435 - §2 Knowledge is the sphere of the material or fact-discerning mind. Truth is the domain of the spiritually endowed intellect that is conscious of knowing God. Knowledge is demonstrable; truth is experienced. Knowledge is a possession of the mind; truth an experience of the soul, the progressing self. Knowledge is a function of the nonspiritual level; truth is a phase of the mind-spirit level of the universes. The eye of the material mind perceives a world of factual knowledge; the eye of the spiritualized intellect discerns a world of true values. These two views, synchronized and harmonized, reveal the world of reality, wherein wisdom interprets the phenomena of the universe in terms of progressive personal experience.

 

P.1435 - §3 Error (evil) is the penalty of imperfection. The qualities of imperfection or facts of misadaptation are disclosed on the material level by critical observation and by scientific analysis; on the moral level, by human experience. The presence of evil constitutes proof of the inaccuracies of mind and the immaturity of the evolving self. Evil is, therefore, also a measure of imperfection in universe interpretation. The possibility of making mistakes is inherent in the acquisition of wisdom, the scheme of progressing from the partial and temporal to the complete and eternal, from the relative and imperfect to the final and perfected. Error is the shadow of relative incompleteness which must of necessity fall across man's ascending universe path to Paradise perfection. Error (evil) is not an actual universe quality; it is simply the observation of a relativity in the relatedness of the imperfection of the incomplete finite to the ascending levels of the Supreme and Ultimate.

 

 

P.1435 - §4 Although Jesus told all this to the lad in language best suited to his comprehension, at the end of the discussion Ganid was heavy of eye and was soon lost in slumber. They rose early the next morning to go aboard the boat bound for Lasea on the island of Crete. But before they embarked, the lad had still further questions to ask about evil, to which Jesus replied:

 

 

P.1435 - §5 Evil is a relativity concept. It arises out of the observation of the imperfections which appear in the shadow cast by a finite universe of things and beings as such a cosmos obscures the living light of the universal expression of the eternal realities of the Infinite One.

 

P.1435 - §6 Potential evil is inherent in the necessary incompleteness of the revelation of God as a time-space-limited expression of infinity and eternity. The fact of the partial in the presence of the complete constitutes relativity of reality, creates necessity for intellectual choosing, and establishes value levels of spirit recognition and response. The incomplete and finite concept of the Infinite which is held by the temporal and limited creature mind is, in and of itself, potential evil. But the augmenting error of unjustified deficiency in reasonable spiritual rectification of these originally inherent intellectual disharmonies and spiritual insufficiencies, is equivalent to the realization of actual evil.

 

P.1436 - §1 All static, dead, concepts are potentially evil. The finite shadow of relative and living truth is continually moving. Static concepts invariably retard science, politics, society, and religion. Static concepts may represent a certain knowledge, but they are deficient in wisdom and devoid of truth. But do not permit the concept of relativity so to mislead you that you fail to recognize the co-ordination of the universe under the guidance of the cosmic mind, and its stabilized control by the energy and spirit of the Supreme.

 

 

 

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Good Day Carolyn, Alina, NelsonG, Carola, Rick B, Fellow Students, Forum Friends, Members and Guests,

 

There are so many profound and eternally significant threads on this one page. Please do feel free to inject your thoughts and questions to help bring out the inherent magnificence of these highly developed cosmic concepts.

 

Today's reading begins with that most fundamental difference between animal and human awareness. Animals don't/can't think about thinking apparently. From today's reading:

...The animal mind is only conscious of the objective universe.... P.1435 - 1

 

From Paper 101:6:

 

...Animals have knowledge, but only man possesses wisdom capacity. Truth is made accessible to the wisdom-endowed individual by the bestowal on such a mind of the spirits of the Father and the Sons, the Thought Adjuster and the Spirit of Truth....
P.1111 - 8

 

Next is an explanation of the difference between knowledge and truth in five compact sentences:

...Knowledge is the sphere of the material or fact-discerning mind. Truth is the domain of the spiritually endowed intellect that is conscious of knowing God. Knowledge is demonstrable; truth is experienced. Knowledge is a possession of the mind; truth an experience of the soul, the progressing self. Knowledge is a function of the nonspiritual level; truth is a phase of the mind-spirit level of the universes....
P.1435 - 2

 

But todays' reading is hardly the only instruction in the UB about truth, wisdom and knowledge. Compare it with these statements extracted from Jesus' and others' teachings throughout the book:

...Knowledge originates in science; wisdom, in true philosophy; truth, in the religious experience of spiritual living....
(1459:2) 132:3.2

...There is never conflict between true knowledge and truth. There may be conflict between knowledge and human beliefs, beliefs colored with prejudice, distorted by fear, and dominated by the dread of facing new facts of material discovery or spiritual progress....
(1459:4) 132:3.4

...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

...Truth cannot be defined with words, only by living. Truth is always more than knowledge....
(1459.2) 132:3.2

...Truth exists only on high spiritual levels of the realization of divinity and the consciousness of communion with God....
(1949:4) 180:5.2

...The God-knowing individual is constantly elevating wisdom to the living-truth levels of divine attainment; the spiritually unprogressive soul is all the while dragging the living truth down to the dead levels of wisdom and to the domain of mere exalted knowledge....
(1949:6) 180:5.4

...The teachings of Jesus constituted the first Urantian religion which so fully embraced a harmonious co-ordination of knowledge, wisdom, faith, truth, and love....
(1112:4) 101:6.7

...The pursuit of mere knowledge, without the attendant interpretation of wisdom and the spiritual insight of religious experience, eventually leads to pessimism and human despair. A little knowledge is truly disconcerting.... (2076:8) 195:6.3

...The pursuit of knowledge constitutes science; the search for wisdom is philosophy; the love for God is religion; the hunger for truth
is
a revelation....
(1122:8) 102:3.12

 

...The false science of materialism would sentence mortal man to become an outcast in the universe. Such partial knowledge is potentially evil; it is knowledge composed of both good and evil.... (42:5) 2:7.4

 

...All finite knowledge and creature understanding are
relative
. Information and intelligence, gleaned from even high sources, is only relatively complete, locally accurate, and personally true.... (42.2) 2:7.1

...Reason deals with factual knowledge; wisdom, with philosophy and revelation; faith, with living spiritual experience. Through truth man attains beauty and by spiritual love ascends to goodness.... (1142:1) 103:9.10

...The reason of science is based on the observable facts of time; the faith of religion argues from the spirit program of eternity. What knowledge and reason cannot do for us, true wisdom admonishes us to allow faith to accomplish through religious insight and spiritual transformation....
(1119:1) 102:1.2

...Knowledge is an eternal quest; always are you learning, but never are you able to arrive at the full knowledge of absolute truth. In knowledge alone there can never be absolute certainty, only increasing probability of approximation; but the religious soul of spiritual illumination
knows
, and knows
now
....
(1120:1) 102:2.4

...Science, knowledge, leads to
fact
consciousness; religion, experience, leads to
value
consciousness; philosophy, wisdom, leads to
co-ordinate
consciousness; revelation (the substitute for morontia mota) leads to the consciousness of
true reality
….
(1122:1) 102:3.5

...Mathematics, material science, is indispensable to the intelligent discussion of the material aspects of the universe, but such knowledge is not necessarily a part of the higher realization of truth or of the personal appreciation of spiritual realities....
(141.4) 12:9.3

...The wisdom of truth takes origin in the divinity of the central universe, but knowledge, experiential knowledge, largely has its beginnings in the domains of time and space....
(302.3) 27:5.4

 

...Socrates and his successors, Plato and Aristotle, taught that virtue is knowledge; goodness, health of the soul....
(1079:3) 98:2.6

 

...Knowledge can be had by education, but wisdom, which is indispensable to true culture, can be secured only through experience and by men and women who are innately intelligent. Such a people are able to learn from experience; they may become truly wise....
(908:2) 81:6.13

...A human being can find truth in his inner experience, but he needs a clear knowledge of facts to apply his personal discovery of truth to the ruthlessly practical demands of everyday life....
(1222:6) 111:6.7

...And yet, as this man walked about Nazareth to and from his work, it was literally true--as concerned a vast universe--that "in him were hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge...."
(1417:1) 128:7.2

 

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And there is much more about evil and error that supports and reiterates Jesus' teaching. From today's reading:

...Error (evil) is the penalty of imperfection....
P.1435 - 3

 

...Evil is a relativity concept....
P.1435 - 5

 

...All static, dead, concepts are potentially evil....
P.1436 - 1

 

Evil provides a contrast for the illumination of Truth:

...Man could not dynamically choose the divine life if there were no self-life to forsake. Man could never lay saving hold on righteousness if there were no potential evil to exalt and differentiate the good by contrast....
(51:12) 3:5.13

 

...Goodness, like truth, is always relative and unfailingly evil-contrasted. It is the perception of these qualities of goodness and truth that enables the evolving souls of men to make those personal decisions of choice which are essential to eternal survival....
(1457:6) 132:2.3

 

...The presence of goodness and evil in the world is in itself positive proof of the existence and reality of man's moral will, the personality, which thus identifies these values and is also able to choose between them....
(1458:5) 132:2.8

 

...Creature mind must exhibit the worship outreach and indicate wisdom function by exhibiting the ability to choose between the emerging values of good and evil--moral choice....
(1187:1) 108:2.2

...Such a perfected spirit personality becomes so wholly, divinely, and spiritually unified with the positive and supreme qualities of goodness, beauty, and truth that there remains no possibility that such a righteous spirit would cast any negative shadow of potential evil when exposed to the searching luminosity of the divine light of the infinite Rulers of Paradise....
(1458:6) 132:2.9

 

...But the soul that survives time and emerges into eternity must make a living and personal choice between good and evil as they are determined by the true values of the spiritual standards established by the divine spirit which the Father in heaven has sent to dwell within the heart of man....
(1457:5) 132:2.2

 

...With the attainment of finality of choice for goodness and of completed capacity for truth appreciation, there comes into existence a perfection of beauty and holiness whose righteousness eternally inhibits the possibility of the emergence of even the concept of potential evil. Such a God-knowing soul casts no shadow of doubting evil when functioning on such a high spirit level of divine goodness....
(1460:1) 132:4.8

 

...The beauty of divine love, once fully admitted to the human heart, forever destroys the charm of sin and the power of evil....
(2018:2) 188:5.3

 

...But the survival character of a soul is not fostered by attempting to secure peace of mind at any price, by the surrender of noble aspirations, and by the compromise of spiritual ideals; rather is such peace attained by the stalwart assertion of the triumph of that which is true, and this victory is achieved in the overcoming of evil with the potent force of good....
(1480:4) 133:7.12

 

...As you ascend in the survival experience, you will broaden your universe concepts and extend your horizon of meanings and values; and thus will you be able the better to understand why such beings as Lucifer and Satan are permitted to continue in rebellion. You will also better comprehend how ultimate (if not immediate) good can be derived from time-limited evil....
(620:2) 54:6.10

 

...Jesus did not advocate the practice of negative submission to the indignities of those who might purposely seek to impose upon the practitioners of nonresistance to evil, but rather that his followers should be wise and alert in the quick and positive reaction of good to evil to the end that they might effectively overcome evil with good....
(1770:2) 159:5.10

...Sin creates a dead level of evil inertia, but righteousness nourishes the creative spirit of individual experience in the living realities of eternal truth and in the progressive communion of the divine spirits of the Father and the Son....
(1965:2) 182:1.8

 

...Jesus brought a new method of living to Urantia. He taught us not to resist evil but to find through him a goodness which effectually destroys evil.... (2018:1) 188:5.2

 

 

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At one end of the Universe is the cosmic mind enticing us through the experiences needed to create the Supreme Being who pulls us into eternity. The last sentence of today's reading:

...But do not permit the concept of relativity so to mislead you that you fail to recognize the co-ordination of the universe under the guidance of the cosmic mind, and its stabilized control by the energy and spirit of the Supreme.... P.1436 - 1

 

For more about the Cosmic Mind, see Paper 16:6

 

The Supreme Being is most fully explained in Papers 115-118

 

 

Tomorrow's reading, Section 5: ON THE ISLAND OF CRETE, is a short one, but with some astonishing never-before-known facts about their mini-vacation on this Mediterranean isle, including an attack on a Cretan girl by a drunkard, whom Jesus subdues. And yet another offer of employment, this one from Gonod.

 

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Overview of Paper 130.
On the Way to Rome

 

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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Rick Warren:There are so many profound and eternally significant threads on this one page. Please do feel free to inject your thoughts and questions to help bring out the inherent magnificence of these highly developed cosmic concepts.

 

Today's reading begins with that most fundamental difference between animal and human awareness. Animals don't/can't think about thinking apparently. From today's reading:

 

...The animal mind is only conscious of the objective universe.... P.1435 - 1

 

 

 

Hello Rick!

 

There are so many... :)

 

Always must man’s inner spirit depend for its expression and self-realization upon the mechanism and technique of the mind. Likewise must man’s outer experience of material reality be predicated on the mind consciousness of the experiencing personality. Therefore are the spiritual and the material, the inner and the outer, human experiences always correlated with the mind function and conditioned, as to their conscious realization, by the mind activity. Man experiences matter in his mind; he experiences spiritual reality in the soul but becomes conscious of this experience in his mind. The intellect is the harmonizer and the ever-present conditioner and qualifier of the sum total of mortal experience. Both energy-things and spirit values are colored by their interpretation through the mind media of consciousness.(1136.1) 103:6.6

 

 

 

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...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

 

From today's reading:

 

...All static, dead, concepts are potentially evil.... P.1436 - 1

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(1096.6) 100:3.1 Religion is not a technique for attaining a static and blissful peace of mind; it is an impulse for organizing the soul for dynamic service. It is the enlistment of the totality of selfhood in the loyal service of loving God and serving man. Religion pays any price essential to the attainment of the supreme goal, the eternal prize. There is a consecrated completeness in religious loyalty which is superbly sublime. And these loyalties are socially effective and spiritually progressive.

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Welcome to UAI Forum's One-Page-A-Day Online Study Session

 

 

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PAPER 130 - ON THE WAY TO ROME

 

 

5. ON THE ISLAND OF CRETE

 

 

P.1436 - §2 The travelers had but one purpose in going to Crete, and that was to play, to walk about over the island, and to climb the mountains. The Cretans of that time did not enjoy an enviable reputation among the surrounding peoples. Nevertheless, Jesus and Ganid won many souls to higher levels of thinking and living and thus laid the foundation for the quick reception of the later gospel teachings when the first preachers from Jerusalem arrived. Jesus loved these Cretans, notwithstanding the harsh words which Paul later spoke concerning them when he subsequently sent Titus to the island to reorganize their churches.

 

P.1436 - §3 On the mountainside in Crete Jesus had his first long talk with Gonod regarding religion. And the father was much impressed, saying: "No wonder the boy believes everything you tell him, but I never knew they had such a religion even in Jerusalem, much less in Damascus." It was during the island sojourn that Gonod first proposed to Jesus that he go back to India with them, and Ganid was delighted with the thought that Jesus might consent to such an arrangement.

 

P.1436 - §4 One day when Ganid asked Jesus why he had not devoted himself to the work of a public teacher, he said: "My son, everything must await the coming of its time. You are born into the world, but no amount of anxiety and no manifestation of impatience will help you to grow up. You must, in all such matters, wait upon time. Time alone will ripen the green fruit upon the tree. Season follows season and sundown follows sunrise only with the passing of time. I am now on the way to Rome with you and your father, and that is sufficient for today. My tomorrow is wholly in the hands of my Father in heaven." And then he told Ganid the story of Moses and the forty years of watchful waiting and continued preparation.

 

P.1436 - §5 One thing happened on a visit to Fair Havens which Ganid never forgot; the memory of this episode always caused him to wish he might do something to change the caste system of his native India. A drunken degenerate was attacking a slave girl on the public highway. When Jesus saw the plight of the girl, he rushed forward and drew the maiden away from the assault of the madman. While the frightened child clung to him, he held the infuriated man at a safe distance by his powerful extended right arm until the poor fellow had exhausted himself beating the air with his angry blows. Ganid felt a strong impulse to help Jesus handle the affair, but his father forbade him. Though they could not speak the girl's language, she could understand their act of mercy and gave token of her heartfelt appreciation as they all three escorted her home. This was probably as near a personal encounter with his fellows as Jesus ever had throughout his entire life in the flesh. But he had a difficult task that evening trying to explain to Ganid why he did not smite the drunken man. Ganid thought this man should have been struck at least as many times as he had struck the girl.

 

 

 

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