Episode:Jesus in Galilee—Crisis and Consequences (Part 9)

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April 16, 2019 [Paper 155:5, p. 1728]

Until the races become highly intelligent and more fully civilized, there will persist many of those childlike and superstitious ceremonies which are so characteristic of the evolutionary religious practices of primitive and backward peoples. The acceptance of the traditional religions of authority presents the easy way out for man’s urge to seek satisfaction for the longings of his spiritual nature.

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Keywords: Urantia, Jesus, Religion of Fear, Religion of Mind, Religion of Spirit

Note: Andrea was away this week, and Ann Garner joined us as co-host.

Notes by Brad

  • Concerning the catastrophic fire at historic Notre Dame in Paris
    • Evolutionary religion is all around, but let's remember we'd be nowhere without it.
    • The people singing hymns in the street are acting. Were they religionists, acting? Perhaps!
    • Notre Dame's role in the evolution of civilization cannot be overlooked or understated.
      • Nothing is innately sacred about this observation, per se.
      • Even avowed secularists have been acknowledging this since this fire (yesterday as of this writing).
      • Even non-Christians visit it and experience something beyond the mundane.
      • Even just as a building, it helps anchor civilization. Lose the building and civilization could drift. Civilization is a choice.
      • Look at how often the Jerusalem temple is mentioned in Part IV. Probelms notwithstanding, it anchored the cutting edge of the civilization of its day.
    • Jesus generally worked within the evolutionary framework he was born into.
    • We students, too, also are products of the evolutionary religion process.
      • Lighting a candle for a departed loved one still stirs us emotionally, because it's almost impossible for it not to.
    • There is "subjective weight" and "objective weight" at play at Notre Dame.
    • Yet, there also are fetishes at play in this building, too.
      • And yet, fetishism is not evil in the existential sense. It's evolutionary.

  • The famed section 5 of this paper. But restated! Jesus' exact original words would not make much sense to us these days.

  • We all have an inborn innate religious urge. A mind energy that is a religious urge.
    • The question is: where will this urge go when you respond to it?
    • There is naturally occurring revelation, as well. Remember that revelation is not just epochal revelations. We all are engaged by spirit ministries (e.g., autorevelation)
    • Once primitive religious tradition gets overlaid with a lot of intellectual thinking, the religion of civilization appears.

  • There's a list of 3 forms of religion here. Don't be falsely dichotomous, it isn't all natural or all revelatory; it's a continuum.
    • You still, perforce, serve two masters in this life no matter what you try.
    • This list 3 mirrors another lists of 3: matter, mind, and spirit.
      • 1. Matter, 2. Your thoughts about matter, 3. Spirit added
      • Also: child, adolescent, adult. You can't become an adult without having been a child first.
      • Matter is not to be despised. We start there. We see beauty there.
    • If you think you aren't subject to primitive religion, you simply aren't aware of it. You serve this master, also.
    • Fetishism has its place and time.

  • Why would Jesus deplore? A word rooted in "weeping, crying out?"
    • Perhaps because it is sad to record.
    • Like our reaction to the Notre Dame fire, perhaps we should not belittle it, but also find a way to get beyond it. We should see if we have the potential to do so.

  • Human experience. Human experience. Human experience. Referred to repeatedly
    • How can the religion of spirit be wholly based on human experience?
    • Well, you need a proper definition of experience. Which... well, no one has had before.
    • The revelators tell us in [Paper 102], aptly, in "The Fact of Experience". What is human experience?
      • You must be a questioning self.
      • That is, not animal experiences, of which you might be quite familiar.
      • An animal accepts experiences. An animal does not question experiences.
      • The revelators have helped clear up 2600 years of confusion and groping around in the darkness on this one for us...
      • So, scientific consciousness is needed to obtain true religion. Science and religion need one another.
    • Don't look for the definition of faith in the dictionary. They'll tell you it means you should not question.

  • If all you are is a child of God, all you will experience is primitive religion.
    • God calls us to grow up.
    • What a shame if you embrace "child of God" so tightly, you willfully bind yourself to it and then stop growing.

  • Traditional religion as a refuge for the "distracted and distraught".
    • This is not to be despised. No way would we get through life here without a refuge.
    • Karl Marx's "opium of the people" has a point, but is overly bitter; he wanted to toss religion aside.
      • But would mankind have made it through history without analgesics?

  • Well, here it is. The eight-fold path to progress.
    • Effort, struggle, conflict, faith, determination, love, loyalty, and progress
    • This author reports explaining this in a colloquial way to acquaintances. And many raise their eyebrows, wondering why you'd want to want struggle in your life.
    • The path of least resistance is a natural law.
    • The path of MOST resistance is an artifical imposition.
      • "Spirit is bliss" is antithetical to what spirit truly is. That's just deindividuation.
    • To be a truth seeker is to be ready, willing, and able to refute everything, even your fondest thought of God.

  • Are you ease-seeking? That is, are you a fancy animal in the material-comfort era?
    • If so, an established and fossilized religion might be for you.

  • What a way to end a soaring speech here. A rejoinder to go pray to God. To step out of time and reflect on the infinite.
    • Not many emotional speeches these days would end with such an epilogue.