First and foremost I want to acknowledge all of the wonderful ministries and outreaches that individuals and groups of URANTIA Book readers are doing here in the United States and around the world. We in Global Community Communications Alliance, based in southern Arizona, give thanks for those who are exemplifying and extending in some manner the light, love, and life of the Universal Father God, and especially those sharing the truth of the Fifth Epochal Revelation, The URANTIA Book.
However, for many, many years we living at Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage have sometimes heard and read opinions of negativity expressed by some URANTIA Book readers about our spiritual beliefs and how we live in our religious-order community, which we also refer to as Divine Administration. For more than thirty years I have responded at times to what I considered misrepresentations and misunderstandings, as have many other community members. For those negative individuals who are merely looking for evidence to support their opinions, no matter what is said or shown, those ones will remain in their mindset. However, for those who are genuine in looking for the truth of a situation, there is much evidence and information available already for them.
What we in Divine Administration have come to realize through experience is that usually it is wiser just to continue living our lives and doing what we are doing in service to God and humankind rather than spending time on social media and other avenues trying to get our point across to those who disagree with us. Nonetheless, I am going to respond to a video on YouTube that Pato Banton has posted, which I and many others at Avalon Gardens have viewed. I have no interest in having an intellectual debate or emotional railing or going tit for tat, for I know that each of us individual ascending sons and daughters of God have different levels of understanding truth, and each person must “work out his or her own salvation.”
I want to emphasize that what Gabriel of Urantia and I, as well as all others committed to Divine Administration, have in common with Pato and other URANTIA Book readers is a love for Christ Michael and a deep appreciation for The Urantia Book, recognizing it as the Fifth Epochal Revelation (FER). Where Pato and we differ is that he does not think Continuing Fifth Epochal Revelation (CFER) is a continuation of The URANTIA Book and he goes as far as to indicate that CFER is “fake” and a contamination of the FER. He also infers that we who accept the CFER are basically duped by a “deceiver”.
We who know the Continuing Fifth Epochal Revelation much more comprehensively and have studied and lived it—some from ten to thirty years—do not agree with Pato’s conclusion that it is “out of sync” with The URANTIA Book, which we have also studied and lived for equally as many years and decades. We are students and instructors in The University Of Ascension Science And The Physics Of Rebellion, which offers a variety of courses that focus solely on The URANTIA Book as well as courses that study The Cosmic Family volumes in conjunction with The URANTIA Book, reading information from both the FER and CFER in the same lesson. Courses are also offered that cover parts of The URANTIA Book in relation to other evolutionary religious teachings as well as FER and CFER in relation to current world events. Obviously we understand and experience a vital coordination and continuation between FER and CFER.
I wrote an article “Exploring Contradictions in Truth and Revelation” that, in a general sense, addresses perceptions of contradictions between The URANTIA Book and Continuing Fifth Epochal Revelation. I, who am not a “mindless minion of Gabriel’s” as some have described us in Divine Administration, know what I know and I am indeed a unique, freethinking, individual personality who embraces the truth of both the FER and CFER.
I do briefly address in this article the challenge that celestials have in bringing through revelation to humans. It was a long and arduous process for both sides in relation to the FER, and it has been the same for us on the human side of this process with CFER. And though there is a difference in how the human vessel is used today than when the human vessel was used for bringing through the Urantia papers back in the early/mid-1900s, there are similarities of struggle, transition, and at times rejection on the human part of the experience.
It is understandable that Pato and other URANTIA Book readers would see certain contradictions between the FER and CFER, for it can appear to be so when comprehended at a certain level of life experience, knowledge, and mindset, which I address to some extent in my article on contradictions. On whatever psychic circle level we live our lives, there will be seeming paradoxes and contradictions, for we are so limited in our understanding of the vastness of reality and truth, which is both absolute and relative.
As The URANTIA Book indicates, it is only partial in its revelation and some information in the papers (especially in the area of science) will no longer be factual or relevant in the generations to come, for though truth is absolute, when applied in the worlds of time and space, it is actually relative. I personally find the FER to be one of the richest and most comprehensive texts about reality, and I experience the CFER as adding to, enhancing, and deepening my understanding of much of what is presented in The URANTIA Book. The CFER is a continuing, ongoing revelation for the whole planet, which includes how CFER addresses circumstantial reality as we experience it here in Divine Administration. It is continually unfolding as life happens, and the human element is very much interlinked with the celestial component.
I don’t expect Pato or most others to understand that level of experience some of us have here, just as URANTIA Book readers who were not present for the two to three decades when a small group of humans experienced the revelatory commission of celestials—before the Urantia papers came through in 1934 and 1935, let alone the twenty years following before those papers were even published in 1955—do not share the same unique experiences of the first original twentieth-century readers experienced. We here in Divine Administration are more open about our processes than those in the early days. Even now, there is much controversy and contradictive information as to how those original papers that now comprise The URANTIA Book actually appeared. The fragility of the human element in the establishing of epochal revelation on this world has always been a factor in the “success” of the mission, starting 500,000 years ago, with the First Epochal Revelation.
Several years ago I clarified to Pato the nature of Gabriel of Urantia’s and my relationship, which was monogamous during the time of our marriage, as are all relationships monogamous within this religious order, though Pato chooses to hang on to another idea. In the universe of Nebadon, it is true that the ideal for “marriage” is monogamy, but there are 699,999 other universes with Creator Sons who, as FER indicates, have the prerogative to set other standards, and much information in CFER informs us about standards and life on other worlds in some of the other universes, which of course is significant for the approximately 700 million starseed currently living on our world. Repersonalization is another reality that is part of the uniqueness of Creator Sons and also part of the experimentation process that happens in all superuniverses.
Also, there is nonfactual information (fake news) given by Pato about Gabriel’s control over marriages and other areas of our lives, but I am not going to waste my time trying to correct all of that. Those who visit for even just a few days know otherwise, and for those embittered ex-community members, we, as a community often pray for their highest good and that they each can find their peace with God and move forward in their ascension. We do our best to return good for evil and to walk the Tao, which at times does mean confrontation of wrongdoing, whether in ourselves or other individuals or in society. Of course the sense of betrayal we feel by those who once lived and loved this life with us is very painful, especially when we see and hear recollections of persons and circumstances distorted by resentment, disappointment, and even hatred. In the end, we are all in God’s hands.
Lastly, I share a recent experience I had when visiting our children’s school. A group of them were having their spiritual studies class, which at this time is reading in The URANTIA Book about the Mansion Worlds (the next stop for most mortals after death). The students were finishing up on their art projects on this study and each showed and explained to me their drawing. They then brought out all of the art they have done in relation to their studies of the ascension process for mortals to Paradise and the morontia life. I was blown away by the depth of their understanding and the beauty of the art. Where else on the planet do children have within their school curriculum the study of the cosmology of the master universe and life on higher worlds as presented in The URANTIA Book? These are starseed children, and though this particular group is 10 to 12 years old, they are very articulate in explaining their understanding of the various topics they have explored.
They also have studied the Lucifer Rebellion and how it is still manifested in our world today, in all areas of human cultures. They are very aware of the nature of the fallen world in comparison to ideals within universal divine pattern, what we refer to as divine administration principles, which are applied in all areas of reality here on our world Urantia.
Many of the children here of all ages will talk about dreams they have or memories that emerge of past events in another life on another world. There are numerous books and articles about children who speak of other lives and other worlds. What are they experiencing? I leave that up to you to figure out. But CFER makes a lot of sense to some of the parents and teachers of those children as well as to the children themselves.
The topic of memory is so much more than what is understood at a surface level, and taking isolated quotes from FER or CFER or the Bible or whatever on any topic to support a certain mindset will only bring partial understanding and fundamentalistic, flat thinking. The “new” sciences are just beginning to discover much about memory, from cellular memories to emotional and mindal ones. What is unfolding in science concerning this complements the ascension science information given in CFER.
I look forward to experiencing more unfoldment into fullness from the expanding realizations I gain from both The URANTIA Book and the Continuing Fifth Epochal Revelation. I feel I am one of the most blessed persons on this planet due to my rich, well-rounded life here in Divine Administration, and many others who live at Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage have expressed the same sense of gratitude and wholeness. Our dream is that every soul on Urantia can one day experience this blessedness with their Creator, wherever they may be on the planet, and that is the purpose of our mission here in Divine Administration, to cooperate with the celestial planetary helpers in making this so and helping bring about the first stage of light and life on Urantia/Earth.
Niánn Emerson Chase