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* Take reflective time to notice what, in the text, you otherwise might gloss over.
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** Its masterful construction lends itself to this, rest assured.
 +
** This is the only way something can be a revelation, instead of a mere affirmation.
 +
** Avoid [[old wineskins]], or you'll misinterpret almost every word in the book. 
 +
*** For example [[fancy-animal dictionary|will is not a synonym for self-assertion]].
 +
*** And [[fancy-animal dictionary|visionary is a negative word]].  Someone whose thoughts are not based in reality, and therefore (at best!) are not practical.
 +
 
 +
 
 +
* Ill-will versus ill-humor
 +
** Note the use of the word will.  That is a high word.  It implied hatred.
 +
** This author recounted a story of a former coworker he discovered he was on the way toward hating.
 +
*** And he noticed it was beginning to destroy him.
 +
*** It took several year to unwind those feelings of hatred.
 +
*** It didn't matter that this person was or was not corrupt.  The nucleus of dislike began to feed on itself.
 +
*** A lot of circular rants at the corner bar demonstrated that we were getting ''nowhere'' in consideration of this person in our beer-addled rantings.
 +
*** "I have to get over how I feel about this one person."  Notice the phrase '''get over it''', as in get above it.  Overcome it.  These words are direct, vertically-oriented words.
 +
*** '''Don't get around the situation, get above it.'''
 +
*** Burdens were so lightened after this.
 +
** Reflection is the guaranteed way to avoid hatred.  If you try to avoid hatred by merely availing yourself of your fancy-animal capacity, you will fail.
 +
*** This is actually why authoritarian regimes come to be so often; they're a fancy-animal solution to dislike and those who disagree with you.
 +
** There are people like this in every office, town, family, etc.
 +
*** "If it be so, why be it so particular with thee?"
 +
*** A fitting quote from ''Hamlet''.  There will always be people you dislike.  That's unavoidable.  But personalizing it and willingly turn it into white-hot hatred?  Why do that?  Why willingly destroy yourself?
 +
** The [[three cosmic intuitions]] are the tools that help us '''get over''' these things.
 +
 
 +
 
 +
* Pilate was a relatively self-realized person in his day.
 +
** No accident he was a leader.  Note the threefold possession he had:
 +
*** MIND.  he was confused in mind.
 +
*** HEART.  Fearful of the Jews in his heart.  This is the upper-domain in the [[hourglass analogy]].  Encircuitment in the Holy Spirit.
 +
*** SPIRIT.  Mightily stirred in his spirit by the spectacle of Jesus.  He has a Thought Adjuster
 +
** We all have these 3 gifts these days.  But it is [[sad to record]] so few people use them these days. 
 +
*** Instead, they just bulldoze with the lower 3 of the [[seven adjust mind-spirits]].
 +
*** They think short term, very little long term.
 +
** He understands "kingdom" in Jesus' metaphorical sense.
 +
*** "King" is short for "kin-ing," so a type of brotherhood.
 +
*** Pilate's read much, much material, including of the Stoics who say, "The wise man is king."
 +
*** Today we better understand the kingdom metaphor Jesus is using here.  In Pilate's times, human kings were everywhere and therefore the word seemed quite literal.
 +
** Yes Pilate had foundational integrity of thought.  So what was Pilate's problem then? 
 +
*** His objective view of things was an unconscious activity.
 +
*** Consciously, he was an active skeptic.  Which is a "purely negative" worldview that will lead to nihilism and not a very artful technique of living.
 +
*** When the going gets tough and situations are trying, you need conscious, courageous and independent cosmic thinking.
 +
 
 +
 
 +
* Pilate considers the 3 charges against Jesus
 +
** He was not the plainest of plain men.  Nor the arch-boogieman he's made out to be at times.  He approached the charges against Jesus methodically.
 +
** His conscious skepticism helped (though it is easily an overplayed skill).  He can refute these fallacious charges.
 +
*** An anyone who is a true skeptic clearly has depth.  They've spent time reflecting on the problems of life.
 +
*** Hence, Pilate could be "possibly sincere" in his tone when questioning Jesus.  Sincerity is borne of a reflective mind as well.
 +
** 1st charge: He recognized it was ridiculous.  He sat down by Jesus' side, not lording over him.  There was a measure of decency and civilization in him.
 +
*** Of course, in short order his moral cowardice will dominate him, and his poor relation with the Jewish leaders doesn't help.
 +
** 2nd charge: He's practically concerned about an accusation of not paying taxes.
 +
*** Nothing wrong with that.  That's his job.  He's a Roman administrator, after all.
 +
** 3rd charge: Are you the king of the Jews, Jesus?
 +
*** "Am I a Jew" is one of Pilate's greatest hits.  Here we get the context, not just the quote.
 +
*** But it is such a surficial question in response to what Jesus said here about his kingdom.  And he still postures a bit, using his rank and station in the Roman empire.
 +
*** Jesus simply declares this salvation is for Jew and gentile.  The mere fact Jesus is engaging Pilate in this objective, patient way is evidence of this!  Pilate, a gentile, is being ministered to by Jesus in this very moment.
 +
*** The Sanhedrin dropped the word treason in this.  They knew Jesus wasn't even a dealer of sedition (seditionmonger).
 +
** "I think Jesus ought to be set free," concluded Pilate to the Sanhedrists.
 +
*** But he didn't have the courage to withstand their contempt and disrespect for his political ruling poisition.
 +
*** The Sanhedrists accuse Jesus of being a fanatic.  Yet ''they'' are the ones "wildly shouting."
 +
 
 +
 
 +
* Jesus tries to spark Pilate's 3 cosmic intuitions.
 +
** He asks Pilate to consider the ''reasonableness'' of this kingdom question.  That's at attempted grounding in the 1st cosmic intuition, the foundation of a reflective mind.  Basic causality.  "Pilate, does this even make sense?"
 +
** And a physics lesson, as we say
 +
*** Through faith and by love.  Faith is a nucleus point for this kingdom, and then love is how it is realized—personal realization of divine fellowship.
 +
*** And beyond love, there is truth.
 +
** Is Jesus trying to be acquitted? 
 +
*** No.  Jesus will never stop to try to engage a true human consciousness--that's the nature of his ministry in his bestowal!
 +
*** Jesus also is a shining example of someone who can remain calm under massive duress.  Can Pilate recognize that and reflect on it?
 +
** The revelators often appeal to our common sense (i.e., 1st cosmic intuition), too.
 +
*** Example: they ask us to consider how hydrogen and oxygen combine to produce water, and how this should have prevented all materialistic philosophy.
 +
 
 +
 
 +
* Of course a skeptic would ask [[Quid est veritas]]? ("Truth, what is truth?  Who knows?")
 +
** A philosophic skeptic ignorantly proclaims, "I see falsehood everywhere.  "Falsehood exists, therefore truth does not exist."
 +
** It's worse than that.  If one rejects truth, you actually reject falsehood too.  Falsehood has no meaning in the absence of truth.  If you can't know truth, you can't know falsehood!
 +
*** It's no different than "everything is relative" or "absolute relativism."  A moment of humble reflection reveals such ideas to be absurd.  Such statements are one-sided doors—i.e., logically impossible and absurd.
 +
** How unfortunate the skeptic is "wholly negative."  They don't see the trivial fallacy in their most foundational tenant.
 +
** The better thing to conclude: "I've never observed truth.  But because I can observe falsehood, that demands that somewhere truth ''must'' exist.  I should be patient and wait until I discover it."
 +
 
 +
 
 +
* "I think I love truth!  Per this section, can I hear Jesus' voice?" you ask.
 +
** Well, [[don't set the bar too low]]. 
 +
** Don't assume you've found genuine faith yet.  Or genuine love yet.  Much less truth yet (remember, it's faith, then love, then truth).
 +
** Why?  The full, holistic transcendent nature of the upper domain of mind is far, far off.
 +
*** Humans have ''never'' known what truth is.  And when you say ''love'' most humans who have ever lived have only thought of a feeling (second [[level of meaning]], far from the sixth level of meaning)
 +
** And don't be surficial about "hearing" the voice of Jesus.  This isn't about eardrums hearing sounds.  After all, Jesus often said, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
 +
 
 +
 
 +
* As we read about Pilate, we consider putting ourselves in his shoes.
 +
** Don't treat Pilate as some non-factural bogeyman.  Think of him as a man, just as we "behold the man" that is Jesus.
 +
** What would you do in Pilate's place?
 +
** Can you avoid repeating the same mistakes Pilate made?
 +
** Could you objectively consider serious charges against someone?
 +
*** "Oh, that'll never happen!"  Don't be so sure.  Finaliters will be given large-scoped universe assignments!
 +
*** There's no blissfully playing a harp on a cloud for all eternity.
 +
*** Or even sooner, what if you're assigned as the corporeal staff with a Planetary Prince?  How would you behave with such truth and authority in your hands?  With no Thought Adjuster for awhile, no less!
 +
*** It's not too early (despite the long ascension career ahead) to start reflecting on this now.
 +
** Can you delight in the recognition of the responsibilities that will be in the ages to come?  Can you be courageous and not fearful when this recognition dawns?
 +
** Do you know truth?  Even if you aren't a skeptic, like Pilate do you "know not the truth?" 
 +
*** Are you, then, a heathen who rages?
 +
*** Are you reading Francis Bacon's "Of Truth" hoping to understand truth?  Don't count on it.  Such essays mostly are impenetrable fogs of verbiage that mask the author's underlying ignorance.
 +
*** The 5th ER is a revelation that attempts to help us understand what truth ''is''.  Previous epochal revelations merely attempted to reveal truth and have people unwittingly back into it.  With the 5th ER, they want you to consciously know truth.
 +
** '''The tragedy of Pontius Pilate.'''  Big stories like this (or fictional ones like Hamlet) can provoke us into a reflective state where we ponder what we might do.  And that's good training for us, for the ever-increasing responsibilities we will bear in the ages to come.
 +
 
 +
 
 +
* But it might not do you as much help to put yourself in Herod's place.
 +
** They describe Herod as "wicked."  And wickedness cannot be overcome with goodness.  Wickedness implied being considerably sinful—deliberate disloyalty to Deity.
 +
** All Herod seeks is Jesus to perform a wondrous material miracle, as idle amusement.
 +
** Will Jesus observe some glimmer of sincerity in Herod?  No.
 +
*** It's easier to cut slack to Pilate and even Judas than it is Herod.
 +
** All told, there's little news about Herod to report.

Revision as of 21:50, 3 March 2020

February 25, 2020 [Paper 185:3-4, p. 1991]

Said Jesus to Pilate: "My kingdom is the family of the faith sons of my Father who is in heaven. For this purpose was I born into this world, even that I should show my Father to all men and bear witness to the truth of God. And even now do I declare to you that every one who loves the truth hears my voice." Then said Pilate, half in ridicule and half in sincerity, "Truth, what is truth—who knows?"

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Keywords: Urantia, Jesus, Examined by Pilate, Questioned by Herod, Startling Silence



Notes by Brad

  • Take reflective time to notice what, in the text, you otherwise might gloss over.


  • Ill-will versus ill-humor
    • Note the use of the word will. That is a high word. It implied hatred.
    • This author recounted a story of a former coworker he discovered he was on the way toward hating.
      • And he noticed it was beginning to destroy him.
      • It took several year to unwind those feelings of hatred.
      • It didn't matter that this person was or was not corrupt. The nucleus of dislike began to feed on itself.
      • A lot of circular rants at the corner bar demonstrated that we were getting nowhere in consideration of this person in our beer-addled rantings.
      • "I have to get over how I feel about this one person." Notice the phrase get over it, as in get above it. Overcome it. These words are direct, vertically-oriented words.
      • Don't get around the situation, get above it.
      • Burdens were so lightened after this.
    • Reflection is the guaranteed way to avoid hatred. If you try to avoid hatred by merely availing yourself of your fancy-animal capacity, you will fail.
      • This is actually why authoritarian regimes come to be so often; they're a fancy-animal solution to dislike and those who disagree with you.
    • There are people like this in every office, town, family, etc.
      • "If it be so, why be it so particular with thee?"
      • A fitting quote from Hamlet. There will always be people you dislike. That's unavoidable. But personalizing it and willingly turn it into white-hot hatred? Why do that? Why willingly destroy yourself?
    • The three cosmic intuitions are the tools that help us get over these things.


  • Pilate was a relatively self-realized person in his day.
    • No accident he was a leader. Note the threefold possession he had:
      • MIND. he was confused in mind.
      • HEART. Fearful of the Jews in his heart. This is the upper-domain in the hourglass analogy. Encircuitment in the Holy Spirit.
      • SPIRIT. Mightily stirred in his spirit by the spectacle of Jesus. He has a Thought Adjuster
    • We all have these 3 gifts these days. But it is sad to record so few people use them these days.
      • Instead, they just bulldoze with the lower 3 of the seven adjust mind-spirits.
      • They think short term, very little long term.
    • He understands "kingdom" in Jesus' metaphorical sense.
      • "King" is short for "kin-ing," so a type of brotherhood.
      • Pilate's read much, much material, including of the Stoics who say, "The wise man is king."
      • Today we better understand the kingdom metaphor Jesus is using here. In Pilate's times, human kings were everywhere and therefore the word seemed quite literal.
    • Yes Pilate had foundational integrity of thought. So what was Pilate's problem then?
      • His objective view of things was an unconscious activity.
      • Consciously, he was an active skeptic. Which is a "purely negative" worldview that will lead to nihilism and not a very artful technique of living.
      • When the going gets tough and situations are trying, you need conscious, courageous and independent cosmic thinking.


  • Pilate considers the 3 charges against Jesus
    • He was not the plainest of plain men. Nor the arch-boogieman he's made out to be at times. He approached the charges against Jesus methodically.
    • His conscious skepticism helped (though it is easily an overplayed skill). He can refute these fallacious charges.
      • An anyone who is a true skeptic clearly has depth. They've spent time reflecting on the problems of life.
      • Hence, Pilate could be "possibly sincere" in his tone when questioning Jesus. Sincerity is borne of a reflective mind as well.
    • 1st charge: He recognized it was ridiculous. He sat down by Jesus' side, not lording over him. There was a measure of decency and civilization in him.
      • Of course, in short order his moral cowardice will dominate him, and his poor relation with the Jewish leaders doesn't help.
    • 2nd charge: He's practically concerned about an accusation of not paying taxes.
      • Nothing wrong with that. That's his job. He's a Roman administrator, after all.
    • 3rd charge: Are you the king of the Jews, Jesus?
      • "Am I a Jew" is one of Pilate's greatest hits. Here we get the context, not just the quote.
      • But it is such a surficial question in response to what Jesus said here about his kingdom. And he still postures a bit, using his rank and station in the Roman empire.
      • Jesus simply declares this salvation is for Jew and gentile. The mere fact Jesus is engaging Pilate in this objective, patient way is evidence of this! Pilate, a gentile, is being ministered to by Jesus in this very moment.
      • The Sanhedrin dropped the word treason in this. They knew Jesus wasn't even a dealer of sedition (seditionmonger).
    • "I think Jesus ought to be set free," concluded Pilate to the Sanhedrists.
      • But he didn't have the courage to withstand their contempt and disrespect for his political ruling poisition.
      • The Sanhedrists accuse Jesus of being a fanatic. Yet they are the ones "wildly shouting."


  • Jesus tries to spark Pilate's 3 cosmic intuitions.
    • He asks Pilate to consider the reasonableness of this kingdom question. That's at attempted grounding in the 1st cosmic intuition, the foundation of a reflective mind. Basic causality. "Pilate, does this even make sense?"
    • And a physics lesson, as we say
      • Through faith and by love. Faith is a nucleus point for this kingdom, and then love is how it is realized—personal realization of divine fellowship.
      • And beyond love, there is truth.
    • Is Jesus trying to be acquitted?
      • No. Jesus will never stop to try to engage a true human consciousness--that's the nature of his ministry in his bestowal!
      • Jesus also is a shining example of someone who can remain calm under massive duress. Can Pilate recognize that and reflect on it?
    • The revelators often appeal to our common sense (i.e., 1st cosmic intuition), too.
      • Example: they ask us to consider how hydrogen and oxygen combine to produce water, and how this should have prevented all materialistic philosophy.


  • Of course a skeptic would ask Quid est veritas? ("Truth, what is truth? Who knows?")
    • A philosophic skeptic ignorantly proclaims, "I see falsehood everywhere. "Falsehood exists, therefore truth does not exist."
    • It's worse than that. If one rejects truth, you actually reject falsehood too. Falsehood has no meaning in the absence of truth. If you can't know truth, you can't know falsehood!
      • It's no different than "everything is relative" or "absolute relativism." A moment of humble reflection reveals such ideas to be absurd. Such statements are one-sided doors—i.e., logically impossible and absurd.
    • How unfortunate the skeptic is "wholly negative." They don't see the trivial fallacy in their most foundational tenant.
    • The better thing to conclude: "I've never observed truth. But because I can observe falsehood, that demands that somewhere truth must exist. I should be patient and wait until I discover it."


  • "I think I love truth! Per this section, can I hear Jesus' voice?" you ask.
    • Well, don't set the bar too low.
    • Don't assume you've found genuine faith yet. Or genuine love yet. Much less truth yet (remember, it's faith, then love, then truth).
    • Why? The full, holistic transcendent nature of the upper domain of mind is far, far off.
      • Humans have never known what truth is. And when you say love most humans who have ever lived have only thought of a feeling (second level of meaning, far from the sixth level of meaning)
    • And don't be surficial about "hearing" the voice of Jesus. This isn't about eardrums hearing sounds. After all, Jesus often said, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."


  • As we read about Pilate, we consider putting ourselves in his shoes.
    • Don't treat Pilate as some non-factural bogeyman. Think of him as a man, just as we "behold the man" that is Jesus.
    • What would you do in Pilate's place?
    • Can you avoid repeating the same mistakes Pilate made?
    • Could you objectively consider serious charges against someone?
      • "Oh, that'll never happen!" Don't be so sure. Finaliters will be given large-scoped universe assignments!
      • There's no blissfully playing a harp on a cloud for all eternity.
      • Or even sooner, what if you're assigned as the corporeal staff with a Planetary Prince? How would you behave with such truth and authority in your hands? With no Thought Adjuster for awhile, no less!
      • It's not too early (despite the long ascension career ahead) to start reflecting on this now.
    • Can you delight in the recognition of the responsibilities that will be in the ages to come? Can you be courageous and not fearful when this recognition dawns?
    • Do you know truth? Even if you aren't a skeptic, like Pilate do you "know not the truth?"
      • Are you, then, a heathen who rages?
      • Are you reading Francis Bacon's "Of Truth" hoping to understand truth? Don't count on it. Such essays mostly are impenetrable fogs of verbiage that mask the author's underlying ignorance.
      • The 5th ER is a revelation that attempts to help us understand what truth is. Previous epochal revelations merely attempted to reveal truth and have people unwittingly back into it. With the 5th ER, they want you to consciously know truth.
    • The tragedy of Pontius Pilate. Big stories like this (or fictional ones like Hamlet) can provoke us into a reflective state where we ponder what we might do. And that's good training for us, for the ever-increasing responsibilities we will bear in the ages to come.


  • But it might not do you as much help to put yourself in Herod's place.
    • They describe Herod as "wicked." And wickedness cannot be overcome with goodness. Wickedness implied being considerably sinful—deliberate disloyalty to Deity.
    • All Herod seeks is Jesus to perform a wondrous material miracle, as idle amusement.
    • Will Jesus observe some glimmer of sincerity in Herod? No.
      • It's easier to cut slack to Pilate and even Judas than it is Herod.
    • All told, there's little news about Herod to report.