Jump to content
Urantia Book Forum, conversations with other readers

JR Sherrod

Members
  • Content Count

    202
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    3

Everything posted by JR Sherrod

  1. In my previous post, I said that LDS church doctrines written more than 180 years ago were being substantiated more and more these days. Although the Urantia book is still the only definitive revelation to show the true magnitude of creation in God's cosmos, there are scientists getting closer and closer these days. [As reported in the January 12, 2012 issue of the British science journal Nature] “Kailash Sahu, of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md., is part of an international team reporting today that our galaxy contains a minimum of one planet for every star on average. This means that there is likely to be a minimum of 1,500 planets within just 50 light-years of Earth. The results are based on observations taken over six years by the PLANET (Probing Lensing Anomalies NETwork) collaboration, which Sahu co-founded in 1995. The study concludes that there are far more Earth-sized planets than bloated Jupiter-sized worlds. This is based on calibrating a planetary mass function that shows the number of planets increases for lower mass worlds. A rough estimate from this survey would point to the existence of more than 10 billion terrestrial planets across our galaxy.” [emphasis added] [Here is even more recent support, this time from a SPACE.COM Science story posted to the internet in February 2013] “Astronomers have calculated that 6 percent of the galaxy’s 75 billion or so red dwarfs — stars smaller and dimmer than the Earth’s own sun — probably host habitable, roughly Earth-size planets. That works out to at least 4.5 billion such “alien Earths,” the closest of which might be found a mere dozen light-years away, researchers said. “We thought we would have to search vast distances to find an Earth-like planet,” study lead author Courtney Dressing, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), said in a statement. “Now we realize another Earth is probably in our own backyard, waiting to be spotted.” Dressing and her team analyzed data gathered by NASA’s Kepler space telescope.” [emphasis added] As reported in a very recent article on Phys.Org, Dr Phil Yock from the University of Auckland's Department of Physics explains his conclusions about the number of earth-like planets we are likely to discover in the Milky Way. "By interpolating between the Kepler and MOA results, we should get a good estimate of the number of Earth-like, habitable planets in the Galaxy. We anticipate a number in the order of 100 billion." More information: The new work will appear in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (Oxford University Press): dx.doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stt318 Read more at: http://phys.org/news...lanets.html#jCp
  2. I am going a little bit wider afield with this next post, please indulge me this little latitude. It still pertains to clear Urantia Book information within the LDS Church Canon, which information is still only partially understood within the membership of the church. I am fascinated by the apparently long period of time wherein these various pieces of cosmological information were revealed to mankind. It is still remarkable what was written by Joseph Smith, Jr. in the 1820s - 1830s; and which has survived in the Doctrines of the LDS Church. Within The Pearl of Great Price there is clear reference to "...innumerable worlds..." and "...innumerable heavens..." and "...works without end..." and "...words without end..." in the writings he produced between June 1830 & February 1831. I need to make specific quotes here; but although I will keep them as short as possible, there still needs to be appropriate contextual support. “And he saw God face to face, and he talked with him, and the glory of God was upon Moses; therefore Moses could endure his presence. And God spake unto Moses, saying: Behold, I am the Lord God Almighty, and Endless is my name; for I am without beginning of days or end of years; and is not this endless? And, behold, thou art my son; wherefore look, and I will show thee the workmanship of mine hands; but not all, for my works are without end, and also my words, for they never cease.” [selections from the Book of Moses, Chapter 1, verses 2-4] “And behold, the glory of the Lord was upon Moses, so that Moses stood in the presence of God, and talked with him face to face. And the Lord God said unto Moses: For mine own purpose have I made these things. Here is wisdom and it remaineth in me. And by the word of my power, have I created them, which is mine Only Begotten Son, who is full of grace and truth. And worlds without number have I created; and I also created them for mine own purpose; and by the Son I created them, which is mine Only Begotten. And the first man of all men have I called Adam, which is many. But only an account of this earth, and the inhabitants thereof, give I unto you. For behold, there are many worlds that have passed away by the word of my power. And there are many that now stand, and innumerable are they unto man; but all things are numbered unto me, for they are mine and I know them.” [Moses 1:31-35, emphasis added] “And it came to pass that Moses spake unto the Lord, saying: Be merciful unto thy servant, O God, and tell me concerning this earth, and the inhabitants thereof, and also the heavens, and then thy servant will be content. And the Lord God spake unto Moses, saying: The heavens, they are many, and they cannot be numbered unto man; but they are numbered unto me, for they are mine. And as one earth shall pass away, and the heavens thereof even so shall another come, and there is no end to my works, neither to my words. For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. And now, Moses, my son, I will speak unto thee concerning this earth upon which thou standest; and thou shalt write the things which I shall speak.” [Moses 1:36-40, emphasis added] It makes no difference to me if some readers feel Joseph Smith, Jr. was not a prophet, because the substance of the passages I’ve quoted is becoming more and more substantiated and proved as the days go by. What is most amazing to consider, at least for me, is this: if Joseph Smith, Jr. wasn’t someone entitled to Divine Revelation, then where did he get the information in June of 1830 to make these statements? To put it another way; this amazing man was telling the world that there were innumerable inhabited worlds in the universe, which worlds God created and named and peopled and watched over; and Joseph wrote these things more than 182 years ago! That’s startling, to say the least. God has his own purpose for creating people, worlds, and heavens beyond number. He said it was wisdom, and such wisdom remained with Him. So, God has an unknowable wisdom about the innumerable peopled worlds in the innumerable heavens He has had created by the “…word of his power…” which is his “Only Begotten Son.” God says there is no end to his works, which includes innumerable inhabited worlds in innumerable heavens; and there is no end to the words of his power, which are his only begotten sons, the actual world & heaven creators. What . . . ? Unending world-creating sons of God, who are out there creating more and more inhabited worlds in more and more heavens in a continuously expanding universe? You will not find more than a handful of non-Urantia Book-reading LDS Church members who comprehend that part about "...unending world-creating sons of God..." However, it is my view that it is a clear reference to the revelation of the Paradise Michaels and their audacious adventures of Universe Creating and Universe Perfecting in the 7 Superuniverses. With the earliest inhabited planets of our universe, Nebadon, dating from 200 Billion years ago, [P.654 - §3], it is stupendous indeed to consider the magnitude of creation! I believe one could clearly regard the idea of an individual universe, like Nebadon, being referred to as one of the "...innumerable heavens..." in these extracts written by Joseph Smith, Jr. That pushes back the date of the [at least partial] revelations about Michaels & their Universes just about a whole century! How cool is this? "JR" Sherrod
  3. I am convinced that Spiritual persons and or constructions can indeed occupy the same space as material things; BUT I get the strangest feeling that spiritual persons do not usually occupy the same space as material persons. I cannot say why that seems strange to me , but it does. I'm going off now to look up some UB references that talk about material things seeming unreal and/or nebulous to spirit persons. TTFN
×
×
  • Create New...