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The Difference Between Responsibility and Authority. True and False Power

Presented by Niánn Emerson Chase

to members and guests of Global Community Communications Church at a World-Wide Sunday Service

What is This Madness?

I recently listened to a radio talk show and was horrified at what I heard. Individuals called in to give their ideas and opinions on how the United States of America could get rid of terrorists. The host implied that the U.S. government was open to ideas from its citizens and would appreciate what those who called in had to say. I heard approximately fifteen different individuals’ ideas.

Several people said to nuke  or bomb entire countries that harbored terrorists. Another suggested biological warfare, eradicating the whole population in these countries.

Others said that any country that harbored U.S. enemies should be made an open country and send all of the criminals who were in U.S. prisons to those designated open countries to live. Another person agreed and said that we should also send all illegal aliens,  along with the criminals, to these countries. A couple of people thought that deporting all of the Muslim Palestinians to one of the specified countries that harbor terrorists and declaring that country the new Palestine  would be a good idea. Another person thought it important to arm the Palestinians when they got to this country and let the resulting internal conflict take its course.

Someone even suggested dropping hundreds of thousands of bats loaded with explosives into Afghanistan (one of the specified countries), giving the bats time to fly into the many caves before the set explosives went off. Another person stated that we should destroy the culture of the Muslims before they destroyed the American culture.  (I ask which American culture one of the many Latin American countries’ way of life since they too are on the American continent and part of the Americas, or Canada, which is also part of the American continent, or the U.S. dominant culture?)

A woman suggested that the U.S. military round up all of the women and children of a designated country that harbors terrorists and put them into refugee camps in a neighboring country. Then transport all of the men into prison camps in that neighboring country where they would each be interrogated to determine who were terrorists or terrorist-friendly, detaining those guilty and eventually releasing those not guilty. Meanwhile, the U.S. military forces would bomb the heck out of the terrorist-harboring country, wiping out any people left there who had not cooperated with the great deportation. Most of those left would probably be terrorists. Though this woman’s plan was not very practical or cost-effective, it did have some semblance of concern for the loss of innocent lives, which the other suggestions of callers did not have.

In the approximately two hours that I heard these U.S. citizens call in, I did not hear one voice of reason or true compassion, including the host of the show. I listened to attitudes and ideas that reflected a terrible nationalistic arrogance, which is considered by most U.S. citizens as patriotic and supportive of freedom and democracy. My stomach turned as I heard one voice after another spit out words of hatred, fear, and total disregard of people who are not of their nation, or religion, or culture. I was hearing the manifestation of the Lucifer Rebellion in its greatest power. I was hearing the cosmic insanity of ignorance, arrogance, and iniquity.

Senator J. William Fulbright, who passed on in 1995, stated in his book The Arrogance of Power, My question is whether America can overcome the fatal arrogance of power.  As a U.S. statesman, he had observed the dangerous arrogance of the U.S. government that influenced its foreign policies, and he was aware of that same disease of nationalistic arrogance infesting many so-called patriotic  citizens. Senator Fulbright was painfully cognizant of the ugly American  syndrome that manifested on foreign soil.

Ely Culbertson, in his book Must We Fight Russia? published in 1946, stated, Power politics is the diplomatic name for the law of the jungle.  Today, sixty years later, the United States government is even more entrenched in power politics, and from my perspective, many U.S. citizens are in the same reactionary mindset of revenge and having controlling power over other countries. It seems, to me, barbaric and animalistic. Many politicians and citizens of this country have resorted to the law of the jungle rather than God’s law of humanity and brother-/sisterhood. Actually, the law of the jungle at times can be kinder than what is happening in the fight against terrorism. 

An older movie that dealt with this theme is Instinct, starring Anthony Hopkins and Cuba Gooding. The story is about a refined, educated, and sensitive man who spent time in the African jungle observing and interacting with a family of gorillas. The conclusion this scientist came to was that the gorillas were much kinder to each other than most humans are. For him, the jungle was the higher civilization; he preferred the saner and gentler culture of the gorillas to the insane and vicious society of humans.

Throughout my life I have periodically wanted to leave the ugliness and disease of the dominant culture and live in the wilderness where the truth, beauty, and goodness of God is often more evident.

A film called Wolf that hit the theaters many years ago documented the culture of a pack of wolves. The documentary broke the incorrect stereotype of wolves as always being dangerous, viscous animals. In fact, as with gorillas wolves actually are very communal and gentle with each other, much more civilized than many humans are.

Those who have studied and documented gorilla and wolf behavior find that these, as well as many other species of animals, display a sense of responsibility to each other and often to their environment. In fact, the animal that is most vicious to its own species is the human. The animal that is most destructive to the natural environment is the human. Paradoxically, the animal that can display the most compassion to its fellow animals and the highest sense of stewardship to its ecosystem is also the human.

The night I listened to that radio talk show, I was tempted to join the howling coyotes who were close by; I would much rather run with them than listen to the humans who were calling in their hideous opinions. The talk show host and his fans have no sense of responsibility for the citizens of these so-called terrorist-harboring countries who are not terrorists. Nor do they care about the undocumented workers in our country who are simply trying to find a better life for themselves and their families.

What I was hearing on the radio were the voices of terrorists, U.S. citizens who are so steeped in the arrogance of the ugly American  that they think the dominant culture of this country has the authority to destroy other cultures and other religions. The ugly American is willing to destroy whole races of people, whole nations, and a whole planet all for U.S. sovereignty.

Some people in some nations of the Muslim religion and culture are willing to murder thousands of innocent people for the sake of religious sovereignty and national sovereignty. All sides with this kind of patriotism  have committed terrible atrocities, often using God as their backer and supporter, which of course is a fallacy. God has nothing to do with this kind of madness.

Let’s Get Back to Sanity

The URANTIA Book discusses various kinds of sovereignty in three separate sections on pages 1486 “1491. I would like to point out some key points in those sections. The brother-/sisterhood of humankind that Jesus so strongly emphasized is founded on the Fatherhood of God. The family of God is derived from the love of God God is love. God the Father divinely loves His children, all of them.  Divine Administration principles are founded on the fact of divine sovereignty God is spirit. God alone is spirit sovereign. 

Divine Administration first is a spiritual relationship between God and the individual. The individual ascending son or daughter, in his or her particular ascension status within a relationship with the Universal Father, will respond in love to others. Families, clans, tribal units, nations, and empires are formed based either on the love of God or on selfishness that results in unhealthy pride and a lust for power over others.

Continuing Fifth Epochal Revelation, found in four volumes of The Cosmic Family, refers to two kinds of power godly power is Deo power; ungodly power is dio power. With Deo power comes love and a sense of responsibility for others, and the more expansive a person’s love for God, the broader the love for others. Dio power abuses any authority over others and brings pain and suffering. Deo power with responsibility brings healing and growth personally and socially.

Jesus taught in His lectures at the school of Urmia:

War on Urantia [Earth] will never end so long as nations cling to the illusive notions of unlimited national sovereignty. There are only two levels of relative sovereignty on an inhabited world: the spiritual free will of the individual mortal and the collective sovereignty of humankind as a whole. Between the level of the individual human being and the level of the total of humankind, all groupings and associations are relative, transitory, and of value only in so far as they enhance the welfare, well-being, and progress of the individual and the planetary grand total man [individual persons] and humankind. [emphasis mine] (The URANTIA Book, pp. 1487 “1488)

. . . Someday civil rulers will learn that the Most Highs rule in the kingdoms of humans. This rule of the Most Highs in the kingdoms of mortals is not for the especial benefit of any especially favored group of persons. There is no such thing as a chosen people.  The rule of the Most Highs, the overcontrollers of political evolution, is a rule designed to foster the greatest good to the greatest number of all people and for the greatest length of time. (The URANTIA Book, p. 1488)

The status quo opinions of most U.S. citizens (and other citizens of Western civilization) is that they are the chosen people, the superior culture, the most powerful empire, and thus they can be bullies in getting what they want out of those other peoples and nations who have not aligned with Western-civilization values. Similar attitudes and tactics are applied in Eastern and Mid-Eastern civilizations.

The present administrations in the various governments (Western, Eastern, and Mid-Eastern) are not operating under divine administration principles. Though the name of God and the religions of Christianity and Judaism are used in the propaganda spewing forth, the reality is that they are operating from dio power, just as certain Muslims and Hindus who advocate violence and destruction of persons and cultures who do not agree with them are dio powerful. Neither side is their brothers’ and sisters’ keepers in the context that Jesus taught, for all people on the planet are our brothers and sisters.

As The URANTIA Book teaches, within divine administration principles, the individual and his or her personal relationship with God is primary, which will then result in the sense of being a planetary citizen, feeling responsible for the well-being of all people of all races, religions, cultures, and nations. All of those groupings are transitory. The power of any group is transitory, but the individual and his or her relationship with God is eternal, and so is the love that a personality experiences for all other of God’s children.

Peter Drucker, an Austrian-born U.S. management consultant, stated in his recently published book, Post-capitalist Society, about power practiced within any group, regardless of size from government and multi-national corporation to nuclear family Power must always be balanced by responsibility. Otherwise it is tyranny.  Rudyard Kipling, the beloved Indian-born British writer and poet of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, often quoted the strong words that his cousin and British Prime Minister, Stanley Baldwin, used when referring to power without responsibility the prerogative of the harlot through the ages. 

I think that what these men, of politics and letters, meant by responsibility was moral obligation, duty, accountability, trustworthiness, untreacherousness, and incorruptibility some synonyms for responsibility found in Roget’s Thesaurus. The classical poet, William Wordsworth, wrote that responsibility was the stern daughter of the voice of God. 

Some American citizens who have left their mark on true progress in this country understood the necessity and beauty of Deo power and the danger of dio power. Martin Luther King, Jr. black civil rights leader, minister, poet, and writer said in his book, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?

What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive and that love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.

Ralph Ellison, black writer, jazz musician, and photographer, stated in his book Invisible Man:

Power doesn’t have to show off. Power is confident, self-assuring, self-starting and self-stopping, self-warming and self-justifying. When you have it, you know it.

The URANTIA Book indicates that pride and a lust for dio power are some of the worst evils there are. Bertrand Russell, a twentieth century British philosopher and mathematician, stated in his acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize in 1950: Since power over human beings is shown in making them do what they would rather not do, the man who is activated by love of power [emphasis mine] is more apt to inflict pain than to permit pleasure.  In other words, if a person’s love for power is greater than his or her love for human beings, that person is operating within dio power rather than Deo.

British Prime Minister William Pitt the Elder said in a speech to the House of Lords in 1770, Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it.  Are certain leaders in the U.S. government attempting to possess unlimited power in going after certain terrorists? Are many U.S. citizens, like the ones I heard on the radio talk show, agreeing to a display of unlimited power by our government on these shores as well as on foreign ones? Are the minds of the masses in this country becoming corrupted in nationalistic pride, arrogance, and ignorance? Are most U. S. citizens (and others who are chasing the American Dream) clinging to living the good life  at the expense of the rest of life human and otherwise?

About twenty-five years ago I had a bumper sticker on my car that displayed the wise and compassionate words of Mahatma Gandhi, Live simply that others may simply live.  If God is an individual’s and a country’s only true sovereign, the spirit of God will limit our use of power, for we will agree with the leading of His love.

Another British prime minister and writer of the nineteenth century, Benjamin Disraeli, stated, I repeat . . . that all power is a trust that we are accountable for its exercise that, from the people, and for the people, all springs, and all must exist. 

In closing, I would like to share a poem written by Hafiz, a great Sufi master and Persian poet of the fourteenth century. (By the way, Iraq and Iran were once known as Persia, one of the most advanced of ancient civilizations on the planet of historical times. Also, the Arabic Muslims in medieval times were considered the greatest scientists and mathematicians. This medieval culture is considered by most historians to have also been far advanced in refined culture in comparison to its European counterparts.) Hafiz’s poetry is a gift to us today, taken from the legacy of the Muslim religion and culture that so many in Western civilization have feared and hated for centuries. By the time this poem was written, five crusades had already been launched against the Muslim peoples, and over the decades thousands of Muslim men, women, and children had been slaughtered by so-called Christians. The poet, Hafiz, was aware of the great conflicts, the holy wars, between the European Christians and his people.

You Were Brave in that Holy War
You have done well
In the contest of madness.
You were brave in that holy war
You have all the honorable wounds
Of one who has tried to find love
Where the Beautiful Bird
Does not drink.
May I speak to you
Like we are close
And locked away together?
Once I found a stray kitten
And I used to soak my fingers
In warm milk;
It came to think I was five mothers
On one hand.
Wayfarer,
Why not rest your tired body?
Lean back and close your eyes.
Come morning
I will kneel by your side and feed you.
I will so gently
Spread open your mouth
And let you taste something of my
Sacred mind and life.
Surely
There is something wrong
With your ideas of
God
O, surely there is something wrong
With your ideas of
God
If you think
Our Beloved would not be so
Tender.

October 28, 2001

The Qualifications to Be A Global Change Agent—The White Belt of Bravery

Presented by Gabriel of Urantia and Niánn Emerson Chase

to members and guests of Global Community Communications Church at a World-Wide Sunday Service

Teaching by Niánn Emerson Chase

When I first heard the title, I balked at the word “warrior” for it brings up ideas of fighting and conflict, war and killing. I saw themes of angry, vengeful men blazing a path of havoc, death, and destruction with their weapons of swords, guns, and bombs. I see warriors as enemies of all living things, all things good and beautiful. And I’m right to a certain extent for the dictionary defines a warrior as “a man engaged or experienced in warfare; a person engaged in some struggle or conflict.” Synonyms in the thesaurus for warrior are: “soldier, wayfarer [a traveler on foot], brave, fighting man, man at arms, and warrioress.”

The dictionary definition that fits the context for this talk is “a person engaged in some struggle or conflict.” Since becoming a part of Divine Administration, I certainly have felt that I am continually struggling against evil in myself as well as in others. As I unfold and ascend in my understanding of goodness and perfection, I also become more aware of the many facets and nuances of evil. I feel as if I am continually “coming of age,” for my understanding of coming of age is losing one’s innocence and awakening to the presence of evil in the world.

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The Change Point: The Wonderful Continuing Saga

Presented by Niánn Emerson Chase

to members and guests of Global Community Communications Church at a World-Wide Sunday Service

A Sudden Shift, a Change Point

I and many others witnessed a change point that happened in Future Studios on May 4 and May 5, 2001. The first weekend of May the 4th, 5th, and 6th Global Community Communications sponsored a gathering of Native American elders. A well-known and well-traveled Lakota elder, who has been on the traveling and teaching circuit for about forty years, was highlighted throughout the three days. On Friday, May 4, 2001, he was the featured speaker at Future Studios. There were about seventy people (not of Global Community Communications) who came to hear him. Assisting him was a relative who would periodically sing, using his drum. For us who were able to discern, during that evening there was a lot of confusion, a lot of tension. Many of us felt grieved at how we believed the assistant showed his elder a lot of disrespect. The assistant interrupted the elder often, implying that he was rambling. Many of us there believed that this elder had some important things to say and wanted to listen to his wisdom. Many of us also experienced a sense of disunity and tension within the audience. I think that most people there did not want to rock the boat or interfere with how things were done between the elder and his assistant, for they had worked as a team for many years. It was a very painful experience for all of us who felt a love for this elder and were ultra-sensitive to the situation, for this evening seemed awkward, tense, chaotic, and disharmonious.

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Unity Without Uniformity

Presented by Gabriel of Urantia and Niánn Emerson Chase

to members and guests of Global Community Communications Church at a World-Wide Sunday Service

(Also available in the book, Global Change Teachings for the New Millennium, Series Three)

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Teaching by Niánn Emerson Chase

In the fall of 1998 we had three teachings at three different times at a Sunday service on unity without uniformity. The URANTIA Book discusses in several places unity without uniformity. We’re in a wonderful season of the year right now, and this has been an especially beautiful spring for us here in the Sedona area. We can learn so much about unity without uniformity from the natural world. We can learn much about relativity within absolutes by observing the natural world. We can learn about commonality with diversity by communing with the natural world. So next time you get out for your walks or go to sit out in your yard or driving down the road, take note of the natural world. Forget the asphalt and concrete of the road. If you are a passenger you can notice even more. Look in the sky. What life is in the sky? Look at the rock formations. What does the natural world have to teach you? What is God saying to you through the natural world?

I love flowers and this is the season for flowers. Consider the rose. The rose comes in many sizes. It comes in many colors. But there is a uniformity with the rose. You know a rose whether it’s very large or whether it’s small, whether it’s fully opened or whether it’s a bud. You know it’s a rose because it has a blueprint, a pattern. There is some uniformity to it to make a rose a rose. Consider irises. Why do we know they are irises? There are different colors; there are different kinds, but they have uniformity to them that makes them irises. If you look closely at the iris it can teach you something. Clistine wrote a beautiful poem about the iris. The iris taught her something. It reflected divine pattern, and it reflected the beauty of the Trinity. I’d like to share that poem with you now.

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We Can Be Optimistic About the Future of Our Planet

Presented by Gabriel of Urantia and Niánn Emerson Chase

to members and guests of Global Community Communications Church at a World-Wide Sunday Service

Teaching by Niánn Emerson Chase

Pessimism, Apathy, and OptimismThere are three people who I knew many years ago when I taught in the public schools, who represent three different types of persons in the secular world. These three individuals were teachers, colleagues of mine, and they were very different from each other. What they had in common though was their chronological age and their lack of faith in God. They were not religious or spiritual people, and their values were strictly based on the materialism of the dominant culture. None of them had any vision of the future, nor did they have a sense of history. None of them really felt a sense of responsibility or genuine connection to others, except possibly a superficial relationship with their students and with some acquantances and family. Their daily goals were simply to get through the day, unaware of events happening that were not in their immediate vicinity.

One was a woman who was caustic and bitter. She made fun of everything and everyone, especially anything good and hopeful. Her philosophy was that people were not to be trusted. In fact, life was not to be trusted. From her perspective, every dream that she had had, every person that she had loved, had betrayed her. Life had doled her a raw deal. In her younger years I’m sure that she had been a beautiful woman, but in her late fifties her face had taken on her pessimism. Her eyes were cold, and her mouth had a permanent snarl. Every time she opened that mouth to spit out words, I cringed inside, dreading her gloomy judgments on situations and on persons, and I most certainly couldn’t laugh at her sharp, sarcastic dark humor. I often wondered how her fifth grade students fared with her.

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The Uniqueness of the Ascending Daughter to God and Higher Relationships Between Men and Women in Committed Unions (part2)

Presented by Gabriel of Urantia and Niánn Emerson Chase

to members and guests of Global Community Communications Church at a World-Wide Sunday Service

Teaching by Niánn Emerson Chase

I’ve realized that women’s issues are simply human beings’ issues. It’s not men’s issues, children’s issues, women’s issues; it’s human beings’ issues, and it’s how human beings view each other, how humans relate to each other. There is a spiritual paucity, a spiritual poverty in Western civilization that is a disease. It’s a most serious disease; it is the plague of the centuries. It has been a plague since the Lucifer rebellion and it’s just compounded now. The rebellion has influenced how people see and relate to each other.

Unlike the married couple that I described in Part 1 of this teaching, my mother and father had an appropriate relationship. They are both first-light souls, new souls. They shared similar spiritual values they loved God the Universal Father within a Christian context. They both agreed in the implementation of their faith walk. They had the same goals and agreed on the lifestyle that they wanted to live. And they each had a strong sense of who they were as a man and a woman in relationship. The roles were clearly defined for my father, the breadwinner, and for my mother, the homemaker. Throughout my growing-up years I never sensed any competition between my parents, only cooperation. I saw love and honor shown to each other, and I do not recall ever seeing my parents arguing or fighting with each other, though I knew that they did not always agree on everything. I also was aware that the relationship wasn’t perfect, but I never, as a child, experienced them expressing anger with each other in front of me. My father consistently showed my mother respect, appreciation, and protectivness, and he did not tolerate any disrespect shown by us children to my mother. He showed that same respect and love and protectivness to us three girls, his daughters. And my mother showed my father respect, gratitude and cheerful submission. I said submission, not subversion, there is a big difference in those two realities. Read the rest of this entry »

The Uniqueness of the Ascending Daughter to God and Higher Relationships Between Men and Women in Committed Unions (part 1)

Presented by Niánn Emerson Chase

to members and guests of Global Community Communications Church at a World-Wide Sunday Service

Introduction by Gabriel of Urantia

According to the peace calendar, the month of March is in honor of women, and on this day, March 4, 1917, Montana elected Jeannette Rankin, who was the first woman to sit in the United States House of Representatives. She voted against World War I, World War II and the Vietnam war.
Teaching by Niánn Emerson Chase
Montana. Isn’t that amazing, the first state to elect a woman. I’ve heard a lot of jokes about Montana as being out in the “back forty” and not real progressive and cosmopolitan. But I guess those ranchers and mountain men in Montana recognized the few women who were in their state, realizing that women’s perspectives were needed. Those men helped elect a woman into the House of Representatives.

Mary and Harry

A few weeks ago I visited a couple who have been friends of mine for quite a while. I love both of them very much. Each one is very special and very beautiful. I hadn’t seen them for a while, but every time I see these friends of mine, after spending time with them and enjoying each one of them in their uniqueness, I always experience a lot of sadness too, because they are basically unhappy together. Yet they stay together. I understand why they are unhappy together, and it saddens me to see two very special people who are really, really good people, struggling to make a marriage and stay in a relationship that really isn’t appropriate. It has kept them frustrated. Every time I see them they seem more frustrated and smaller than they were the last time I visited them. I’ve done a lot of thinking about the reason for this, and thanks to Continuing Fifth Epochal Revelation (CFER) and my own processes and growing, I’ve come to analyze and understand their situation. They represent so many couples in our country.

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Rendezvousing With The Rainbow: Building Bridges to Higher Healing

Presented by Niánn Emerson Chase

to members and guests of Global Community Communications Church at a World-Wide Sunday Service

(Also available in the book, Teachings on Healing, Second Edition)

Recently, while visiting some of my family, I walked Dean Star Dancer’s land and was saddened by the deadness and emptiness that I felt. During my growing-up years, Dean had been a close friend of my family’s. As a child I would often go to her place for hot chocolate, laughter, and a good story. When I was in high school I would weekly visit Dean after school before going home. By that time it was I who was telling the stories and making her laugh, for Dean had become deeply grieved in her remaining few years. We had many serious discussions about religion, relationships, and reality. Dean was first a mentor to me when I was a child, and I then became hers in my youth and in her declining days.

After retiring, Dean moved from the Los Angeles area to her place near an Indian reservation here in Arizona. She had dreams for that place and for her life. Retirement for Dean was a rebirth, a new way of being and existing. She left one identity in California to create another one in Arizona. Most of the family, especially her children, did not understand her choice. Most were embarrassed by her and possibly considered her move as a mental breakdown, and after her death, her children had no interest in the nonmaterial legacy that she had left. They were interested in the material inheritance of real estate and finances, but not those personal items that reflected the move into her new identity and life. What was that move that Dean made?

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On the Call to Leadership, the Responsibility of Divine Administration and Destiny Reservists to the People of Urantia

Presented by Gabriel of Urantia and Niánn Emerson Chase

to members and guests of Global Community Communications Church at a World-Wide Sunday Service

Teaching by Niann Emerson Chase

Americans love the idea of freedom freedom on many levels. Many people have immigrated to America with the dream of religious freedom. Some of those people followed a religion that was not the status quo of their country and thus suffered various forms of persecution from governments and neighbors. So they decided to come to America where the dream of having freedom to pursue their personal choices of religion could be manifested. People still have the vision of the United States of America as being the land of freedom where an individual is allowed to pursue his or her choices of religion, career, lifestyle and pursuit of personal happiness.

True Freedom vs. False Liberty

On July 2 of this year, I gave a teaching about the paradox in gaining true freedom. According to The URANTIA Book, true freedom and personal liberty within God’s laws and His divine pattern are only attained through discipline and voluntary self-restraint. Lucifer challenged that paradox of true freedom and introduced the idea of unbridled liberty, liberty without personal responsibility which is so prevalent today in our American culture. Initially, Lucifer’s manifesto of unbridled liberty may seem like true freedom, but it very quickly deteriorates into confusion, chaos, and misery for the individuals, groups, and whole societies that follow it. In August of 1997, one of the classes in the Starseed and Urantian Schools of Melchizedek studied a section in The URANTIA Book on pages 613 and 614 called, “True and False Liberty.” It’s a section in a paper called “The Problems of the Lucifer Rebellion”. As a result, one of those students, Keea, wrote a reflection on the subject of liberty, and I’d like to share that reflection with you.

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The Elemental Necessities for Healing

Presented by Gabriel of Urantia and Niánn Emerson Chase

to members and guests of Global Community Communications Church at a World-Wide Sunday Service

(Also available in the book, Teachings on Healing, Second Edition)

Introduction by Gabriel of Urantia

Self-pity is one of the biggest blockages to healing in many people. When their expectations of how they think things should go and what God should do for them don’t pan out, they can get very caught up in feeling sorry for themselves, feeling victimized. What many individuals think God should do for Urantia (Earth) is often different than what God thinks He should do for Urantia at this moment in time and space. Often individuals think, I’ve done all of this for You, Father; why don’t You do this?  This kind of thinking cripples people; it cripples their minds, and it cripples their spirits. Why did you allow this, God? Why couldn’t you have done this?  Some people ask these questions often to Christ Michael (Jesus) or to God, the Father of Paradise.

Think of Jesus and our own self-pity. When He was being tried and persecuted not only physically but emotionally spit upon and mocked, despised by man, Jesus could have said, Father, look at all I have done for You; why, I have created a whole universe for You. I have created the possibility of ten million inhabited worlds in Nebadon. (Right now, there are over three and a half million inhabited worlds.) Look at what I have done. And now, You’ll allow me to be mocked, despised, spit upon, and crucified by souls that I even created.  That’s what Jesus could have said. Now we know that He didn’t do that. He didn’t give Himself the luxury of complaining, which we do as humans.

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