Why do we fail?

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   Why do we fail?

   Several months ago I began an endeavor to try to come to some sort of understanding of why the human race cannot succeed on its own, as a whole to maintain a lasting connection to our Creator and our Father.

   Our failures have been nothing less than monumental! Time and time again we are presented with the tools, guidance and God’s appointed leadership to accomplish the task, but when left to ourselves, failure seems to be the only outcome! But still Jesus tells us; “And so will my Father continue to manifest his mercy and show forth his love, even to this dark and evil world.” (176;2.3)

   With the corruption and loss of our planetary Prince, and if not for the steadfast devotion of Van and his uncompromising followers, all might have been lost before the arrival of the Adamic family. The default of Adam and Eve. We read where Adam and Eve’s repentance was acceptable and they lived and taught together the truth of God for 511 yrs. Adam living another 19 years after the death of Eve. And then we learn that;

   “Revealed truth was threatened with extinction during the millenniums which followed the miscarriage of the Adamic mission on Urantia. (93:1,1)

   The failure of the Jews, the decedents, a remnant of the Hebrew people with whom a covenant was struck with the next Planetary Revelator, Machiventa Melchizedek, their forefather Abraham to fulfill their mission as a people to receive yet the next and most important Revelator, Christ Michael! We see this failure stated in the following.

   (175;2,)“Israel had repudiated the Son of the God who made a covenant with Abraham, and the plan to make the children of Abraham the light-bearers of truth to the world had been shattered. The divine covenant had been abrogated, and the end of the Hebrews nation drew on apace.” (apace; swiftly, quickly)

   The end of the Jews and Jerusalem came just a mere 40 years later in 70 AD.

   It doesn’t get much more blunt than that, but make no mistake, Machiventa Melchizedek did not fail on his mission as we read;

   (93;3,8) “And thus did Melchizedek prepare the way and set the monotheistic stage of world tendency for the bestowal of an actual Paradise Son of the one God, whom he so vividly portrayed as the Father of all, and whom he represented to Abraham as a God who would accept man on the simple terms of personal faith. And Michael, when he appeared on earth, confirmed all that Melchizedek had taught concerning the Paradise Father.”

   Did Jesus fail? Absolutely not, as it is clearly revealed to us in the meaning of the transfiguration;

   158:3.1 That which Peter, James, and John witnessed on the mount of transfiguration was a fleeting glimpse of a celestial pageant which transpired that eventful day on Mount Hermon. The transfiguration was the occasion of:
1. The acceptance of the fullness of the bestowal of the incarnated life of Michael on Urantia by the Eternal Mother-Son of Paradise. As far as concerned the requirements of the Eternal Son, Jesus had now received assurance of their fulfillment. And Gabriel brought Jesus that assurance.
2. The testimony of the satisfaction of the Infinite Spirit as to the fullness of the Urantia bestowal in the likeness of mortal flesh. The universe representative of the Infinite Spirit, the immediate associate of Michael on Salvington and his ever-present coworker, on this occasion spoke through the Father Melchizedek.

   So let us continue on and see what our most recent Revelators (UB) have to say about the past 2000+ years once the true teaching of Christ were left in the hands of man;

   “170:5.14 When Jesus’ immediate followers recognized their partial failure to realize his ideal of the establishment of the kingdom in the hearts of men by the spirit’s domination and guidance of the individual believer, they set about to save his teaching from being wholly lost by substituting for the Master’s ideal of the kingdom the gradual creation of a visible social organization, the Christian church. And when they had accomplished this program of substitution, in order to maintain consistency and to provide for the recognition of the Master’s teaching regarding the fact of the kingdom, they proceeded to set the kingdom off into the future.”

   Did you catch that? “provide for the recognition of the Master’s teaching regarding the “FACT” of the kingdom,”

   Lets us continue;

   170;5,16 “The church thus became in the main a social brotherhood which effectively displaced Jesus’ concept and ideal of a spiritual brotherhood.”

   “170:5.17 Jesus’ ideal concept largely failed, but upon the foundation of the Master’s personal life and teachings, Paul went forth to build up one of the most progressive human societies which has ever existed on Urantia.

   “Paul and his contemporaries applied all of Jesus’ spiritual implications regarding himself and the individual believer to the church as a group of believers; and in doing this, they struck a deathblow to Jesus’ concept of the divine kingdom in the heart of the individual believer.”

   “Jesus’ ideal concept largely failed”, again when left in the hands of humans. Not my words.

   But then they go on go and tell us why it failed;
   170;5’19 “because it dared to lay claim to those mysterious powers and privileges of the kingdom, powers and privileges which can be exercised and experienced only between Jesus and his spiritual believer brothers.”

   “. And thus it becomes apparent that membership in the church does not necessarily mean fellowship in the kingdom; one is spiritual, the other mainly social.”

   Now let us see what is their final conclusion;

   170;5.21 “This pitiful subdivision of Christian believers results from failure to discern in the Master’s manifold teachings the divine oneness of his matchless life.”

   “Always we may have diversity of intellectual comprehension and interpretation, even varying degrees of socialization, but lack of spiritual brotherhood is both inexcusable and reprehensible.”

   WOW!!! Pitiful, inexcusable, reprehensible. Pretty strong words, huh? And there’s that word again, failure.
   At the time of the appearance of these papers in 1934 we see that the authors at the end of paper 170 did so on an optimistic note.
   “170:5.22 Mistake not! there is in the teachings of Jesus an eternal nature which will not permit them forever to remain unfruitful in the hearts of thinking men.”
   Being the inquisitive person that I am, I would love to know what they would have to say about us after watching and observing for the past 83 years.

   The Fifth Revelation;

   176;2,3 “And when the kingdom shall have come to its full fruition, be assured that the Father in heaven will not fail to visit you with an enlarged revelation of truth and an enhanced demonstration of righteousness,”

Fruition; fulfilment of a plan or project

   Did this mean that with the appearance of Urantia Papers the failure of the previous 2000 year project of trying to get the true gospel that Jesus preached out had come to its end? That’s what it says to me!

   So what happened in1934?

   We can see that after some 24 years of working with the Revelators and the sleeping subject, Dr Sadler and the Contact Commission received completed copies of the Urantia Papers. And then after another 21 years we see, still under strict supervision of the Revelators, the Urantia book was published in 1955.

   Did the Revelators fail in their mission to provide us with an enlarge revelation of truth as Christ had foretold? Again that answer has to be, ABSOLUTELY NOT!

   Somewhere before the year 1939 it is reported that a message came from the acting Planetary Prince of Urantia which in short, reminds the group what has been entrusted to them;

   “But the majority of your Forum shock me with there lack of enthusiasm... I admonish you to be ever alert to the importance of the extraordinary trust that has been placed in your hands.

   Was that message really sent? Were they already starting to recognize certain signs?

   We learn that shortly after 1955 and the publication of the Urantia Book a final message from the Midwayers was received by the Commission;

   “You are own your own”
   “They didn’t even say goodbye,” remarked Dr. Sadler.

   Once again we see the most important Revelation placed into the hands of man! I think anyone that has read this up to this point is seeing where I’m going with this and I’m not going to go into some long drawn out conclusion.
   If you’ve read “A History of the Urantia Papers” By Larry Mullins, the conclusion can’t help but smack you square in the face, and if you were involved during those years, you lived it!

   It didn’t take long after the publication to see that the wolves were at the door!

   Has their attempt to get this revelation out to the world been a failure? I’ll let you answer that for yourself. I can’t type the word “Urantia” in without getting red dotted lines under it telling me that I’ve either misspelled a word or that the system doesn’t recognize the word! The book has been out for 62 years.

   We read in paper 176 how Jesus tries to prepare his apostles for what is about to happen to their beloved temple and their misunderstanding of his second coming.

   176:2.5 “But the times of the reappearing of the Son of Man are known only in the councils of Paradise; not even the angels of heaven know when this will occur. However, you should understand that, when this gospel of the kingdom shall have been proclaimed to all the world for the salvation of all peoples, and when the fullness of the age has come to pass, the Father will send you another dispensational bestowal, or else the Son of Man will return to adjudge the age.

   Has this gospel of the kingdom that Christ taught been proclaimed into all the world? No it has not! What has went out is the substitute gospel, The gospel that Paul preached. I read in the history that Dr. Sadler wrote that the mandate to publish the book was accompanied by several admonitions and suggestions to develop schools for teachers and leaders. Sad! Lets be honest, after the closing of these schools that he tried to establish stating as, “lost momentum”, the Urantia organizations have become nothing more than book clubs. Who is he going to send a dispensational bestowal to? A book club? Which one? Nothing has been prepared. I can’t find anywhere that there was a thought of preparation. Van knew that the Adamic dispensation was coming and prepared, he didn’t know the timing of their arrival either. He even lost some of his followers after he revealed that fact to them. Nothing would deter him, still he prepared.

Lets take a look at how long before Adam and Eve arrived did Van propose the Garden;

   73;2,3 “He well knew that these Adamic Sons always lived in simple but charming garden homes and proposed, eighty-three years before the arrival of Adam and Eve, that they devote themselves to the proclamation of their advent and to the preparation of a garden home for their reception.”

   WOW!! Just 83 years, where have I heard that number before?

   But that’s not the part that concerns me. It’s the “or” part of Jesus’ statement, “or else the son of man will return to adjudge the age”.

   There are two definition of the word “adjudge” and they are;
   1. (in legal use) award something judicially to (someone).
   2. (in legal use) condemn (someone) to pay a penalty
   Somehow I get the feeling that if the son of man comes it will not be to give anyone an award!
   Jesus admonishes us in the following;
176;2,6”But you should be wise regarding the ripening of an age; you should be alert to discern the signs of the times. You know when the fig tree shows its tender branches and puts forth its leaves that summer is near. Likewise, when the world has passed through the long winter of material-mindedness and you discern the coming of the spiritual springtime of a new dispensation, should you know that the summertime of a new visitation draws near.”

   I don’t claim to know when Christ will come back, I don’t hear voices. I rely solely on the good gifts that my God and my elder brother, Jesus Christ have freely bestowed upon me. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize this planet is in serious trouble, but here are some Nasa scientist that funded a study in 2014 that concluded;

   “A new study partly-sponsored by Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution.”

   So, have I come to some understanding of why, when man is left on his own he cannot keep a meaningful connection with God? I think so.

   195:8.10 Without God, without religion, scientific secularism can never co-ordinate its forces, harmonize its divergent and rivalrous interests, races, and nationalisms.

   195:8.12 Secular social and political optimism is an illusion. Without God, neither freedom and liberty, nor property and wealth will lead to peace.

   Why do we fail? Because we refuse to follow Jesus’ example, refuse to put God first!  

   “Not my will, but yours be done"

    Is it to late for us to get it right?

    I want everyone who reads this to know that I write this in LOVE and have not done so without many hours of prayer and heart felt meditation.

   Rickey H. Crosby (Petitor Veritatis)