Jesus Faces Death (Study Arc)

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Jesus Faces Death was a 31-episode arc covered in 2019 and 2020 by Symmetry of Soul. It comprises three series covering 9 papers of The Urantia Book, from Paper 180 through Paper 188.


Some things to keep in mind

When studying these papers, try to see them from a revelatory point of view, not merely an affirming one. Most of us in Western culture "think" we already know all there is to know about this story of Jesus' arrest, trial, and crucifixion. Don't be so satisfied with that preexisting understanding.


  • Rehabilitation of classic Bible charatcers
    • Pontius Pilate. Yes, he was a moral coward, but he also was emblematic of a civilized, educated person of his day
    • Judas Iscariot. His name is "eschewed" throughout a universe. But we can see in his mind and see the all too animal-origin frailties going on. We see in him sin: its intoxicating quality, its disillusionment, and the subsequent trance-like shocked state. Can we see him not as an evil villian, but as a child of God?


  • Walk a mile in the characters boots
    • You can see into their minds. No Bible scholar had this.
    • Ask yourself, "Can I act better than them under those circumstances? Or even under less trying circumstances in my own life?"
    • The Roman Centurion is one fine example of many players on this stage.


  • Examine how dislike becomes hatred; how ill-humor becomes ill-will
    • Dislike and ill-humor are unavoidable in our lives. They're outer life issues.
    • But if they are drug willingly into the spiritized domains of your mind, they will corrode you from the inside out.
    • Watch how Pilate's hatred of the Jews undid him.
    • Watch how the Jews hatred of the Roman Empire led to insurrection, rebellion, downfall, and the "perishing of the flower of a generation."


  • See past the sentiment and emotion.
    • Many readers of The Urantia Book report they do not get a pleasant feeling when reading these papers, and so they tend to avoid them.
    • But there are truths waiting to be revealed in them if you can approach them from a philosophic point of view.
    • Don't be tender-hearted to a fault.

List of Series and Their Parts

  • Farewell Instruction
    • Part 1 [Paper 180:0-2, p. 1944]
    • Part 2 [Paper 180:3-4, p. 1946]
    • Part 3 [Paper 180:5, p. 1949]
    • Part 4 [Paper 180:6-181:1, p. 1951]
    • Part 5 [Paper 181:1-2, p. 1954]
    • Part 6 [Paper 181:2, p. 1957]
    • Part 7 [Paper 181:2, p. 1960]
    • Part 8 [Paper 182:0-1, p. 1963]
    • Part 9 [Paper 182:2, p. 1966]
    • Part 10 [Paper 182:3, p. 1968]


  • Brought to Trial
    • Part 1 [Paper 183:0-2, p. 1971]
    • Part 2 [Paper 183:3-4, p. 1973]
    • Part 3 [Paper 183:5-184:1, p. 1977]
    • Part 4 [Paper 184:2, p. 1980]
    • Part 5 [Paper 184:3, p. 1982]
    • Part 6 [Paper 184:4-5, p. 1984]
    • Part 7 [Paper 185:0-1, p. 1987]
    • Part 8 [Paper 185:2, p. 1989]
    • Part 9 [Paper 185:3-4, p. 1991]
    • Part 10 [Paper 185:5, p. 1993]
    • Part 11 [Paper 185:6-8, p. 1994]


  • The Crucifixion
    • Part 1 [Paper 186:0-2, p. 1997]
    • Part 2 [Paper 186:2-3, p. 1999]
    • Part 3 [Paper 186:4-5, p. 2001]
    • Part 4 [Paper 187:0-1, p. 2004]
    • Part 5 [Paper 187:2-3, p. 2006]
    • Part 6 [Paper 187:4-5, p. 2008]
    • Part 7 [Paper 187:6-188:2, p. 2011]
    • Part 8 [Paper 188:3, p. 2014]
    • Part 9 [Paper 188:4, p. 2016]
    • Part 10 [Paper 188:5, p. 2017]