Episode:The Fifth Epochal Revelation to Urantia (Part 2)
Revelation is evolutionary but always progressive. Down through the ages of a world’s history, the revelations of religion are ever-expanding and successively more enlightening. There have been many events of religious revelation to our world but only five of epochal significance: the Dalamatian teachings, the Edenic teachings, Melchizedek of Salem, Jesus of Nazareth, and The Urantia Papers. These gifts of revelation constitute the epochal presentation of truth to the mortals of Urantia.
Summary by Kermit
92:4 — The Gift of Revelation
Here a Melchizedek does a masterly job of giving a thumbnail description of each of the five epochal revelations to Urantia, preceded by an incisive exposition of the complimentary relation between evolution and revelation in the progression of religion on evolutionary planets.
We are told revelation is evolutionary, but always progressive (in contrast to some evolutionary processes that are sometimes retrogressive. In addition to evolutionary, revelation is also evolutional, i.e. keeps in touch with revelation by portraying teachings which are not too far removed from the thought and reactions of the age in which they are presented.
Commentary: It was also mentioned that REVOLUTIONARY insertion of revelation into the evolutionary process is most definitely NOT indicated. Even revelation must submit to the control of evolution, entailing some form of compromise evinced by Paul with regard to blood sacrifice. After all, we are reminded our current philosophic emergency was not caused by Paul’s theologic compromise, but by those who call for revolutionary response to the challenges of our complex civilization.
Revelation is called upon to sort and censor the religions of evolution. The unity viewpoint bias of religion must be balanced with the individuality viewpoint implied in the terms sort and censor, to enable one to attain a 3-D cosmic view of reality.
We are also reminded that revelation does not pertain solely to religion. In Paper 102:4, p. 123 we are told:
102:4.6.Revealed religion is the unifying element of human existence. Revelation unifies history, co-ordinates geology, astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology, sociology, and psychology. Spiritual experience is the real soul of man's cosmos.
Revelatory religion is always limited by man’s capacity of receptivity. Our previous epochal revelations were delivered to a world missing the Spirit of Truth and without the universal bestowal of Thought Adjusters. As such they were geared towards much less sophisticated mortals with the capacity of receptivity of a child. Jesus proclaimed that entry into the kingdom of heaven had to be as a child. The UB calls upon the children of the heavenly kingdom to become “adults of God” and engage more than simply religion, but the full panorama of human activity with a COSMIC perspective. Note that in our previous series on the 4th ER we commented on the degree to which the UB’s version of the Michael bestowal was significantly reworked and upstepped by the midwayer authors to portray true IDEAS of God that challenge AUDLT capacities and sensibilities.
Evolutionary religion is experienced mostly on the level of feelings, the 2nd LoM, and energized by the 6th adjutant mind spirit in the form of zeal. Devoid of logic man’s mechanical human belief-reflex, stimulated by fear of the unknown spawns such religious thoughts and practices. Revelatory religion is advanced by the REAL spiritual world; a response to the superintellectual cosmos to the mortal hunger to believe in and depend upon the universal Deities. Note, even the language used by our Melchizedek author in this section we are studying is philosophic is structure rather than spiritual. This underscores the conclusion that the 5th ER is not merely a religious text but a philosophic text.
How ironic that atheists of today reject the hypothetical ghost-spirit world of evolutionary religions, but because of their immaturity, fail to look for the real spiritual world. Thus, many with greater intellectual potential limit themselves to the ignorance of some of the most ignorant people on the planet.
Our Melchizedek author presents here a brief description of each of the five epochal revelations to Urantia:
- The Dalamatian Teachings,
- The Edenic Teachings,
- Machiventa Melchizedek,
- Jesus of Nazareth, and
- The Urantia Papers.
Note the names given to each. The Dalamatian Teachings and The Edenic Teachings, while directed by a single universe personality are named for the teachings presented. Machiventa Melchizedek and Jesus of Nazareth are individual persons who ARE the revelation in question. And of course Jesus was unique in Nebadon, being the Paradise Creator Son’s seventh bestowal in his program of acquiring sovereignty over his local universe.
Our checkerboard history of rebellion and default required the emergency intervention of Machiventa Melchizedek and as we have mentioned previously the gift of the Urantia Papers, to attempt to neutralize the philosophic emergency we now face on Urantia
The Urantia Papers are different from all previous revelations in that they are NOT directed by a single universe personality. Here we are given a very rugged truth, that No revelation short of the attainment of the Universal Father can ever be complete. All other celestial ministrations are no more than partial, transient, and practically adapted to local conditions in time and space.
We who read and are attempting to allow the 5th ER to transform our minds and direct our activities face the monumental challenge and thrilling opportunity to experience the truth taught by Jesus, that the circumstances of life constitute a divine dispensation working along with the children of God.