The Urantia Book is something that is supposedly complimentary to the bible, and claims to offer a new way of perceiving the bible. The opposite, in fact, is true.
Urantia is a cult.
There are people pushing this book all over the internet and they are very persuasive in their proselytizing. It’s always wise to do one’s due diligence upon something before one falls for it, though.
I hope that The Urantia Book will not be the exception, in this regard.
It’s easy to research this and read through the variety of opinions about what it is offering. I’m going to include one of the written reviews below that I found helpful, that I feel is valid, and probably on target.
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This fast growing cult is considered a “new age”, UFO cult. It is based on a book called the “Urantia” book. The word “Urantia” is allegedly an ancient name for the Earth. This cult is also known as the “Urantia Society”, “Urantia Foundation”, “Urantia Fellowship” and the “Urantia Brotherhood”. Like other cults that claim extra-Biblical revelations, it is claimed that the Urantia book compliments the Bible, and that Christians should not be wary of it. But in reality, the Urantia book is in direct conflict with the Bible on many important doctrines, including the most important one which is the issue of salvation from eternal damnation in Hell through faith in Jesus Christ.
The false “Jesus” of the Urantia book
One thing all cults get wrong is who Jesus is, and what his his role or purpose is in our salvation. The Urantia book is no exception. The Jesus of the Urantia book is not the same Jesus of the Bible. In fact they are polar opposites. If Satan can simply get us to believe in a false, repackaged Jesus, he can effectively lure us away from being saved through faith in the real Jesus of the Bible. Some of the links in the Critical examination of the Urantia book section below explain in more detail who the Jesus of the Urantia book is, and why following that false Jesus will lead you into an eternity of damnation in Hell. These next two links will go into details about how to tell a counterfeit Jesus from the real one:
How to Test the Spirits (see section II.A titled, How Do They View the Son of God?)
The other Jesus of Cults (RealAudio files – Tape #5 of a 12-part tape series titled Identifying and Dealing with Cults)
|The Urantia Book claims that the Bible was authored by “primitive” humans. Consider this quote from page 60 as an example:“Religious tradition is the imperfectly preserved record of the experiences of the God-knowing men of past ages, but such records are untrustworthy as guides for religious living or as the source of true information about the Universal Father. Such ancient beliefs have been invariably altered by the fact that primitive man was a mythmaker “.Christians can take great comfort in knowing with absolute certainty that this statement is false as far as the Bible is concerned. There are several solid reasons for knowing that the Bible was written by men who were inspired by God Himself, and that it could not possibly have been authored by humans alone. This is important for two reasons. First, God gave us the Bible long before Satan gave us the Urantia book, and it contradicts the Urantia book on many significant doctrines. Second, the Bible contains many warnings about false doctrines (like the Urantia book), and spells out exactly how we are to identify and respond to them. Please see our Our statement of faith for an explanation of why you can be confident that the Bible, not the Urantia book, is God’s only revealed truth to us.|
Masterpiece of Deception
The Urantia book may be one of Satan’s greatest masterpieces of deception. It is so seductive because it cleverly plays on many human emotions.
Satan understands the intense curiosity that humans posses and he plays to it by spinning elaborate fairy tales of other universes, inhabited planets, hierarchies of spiritual beings, etc. in the Urantia book. Most of the Urantia book flies in the face of God’s statement to us in Deuteronomy 29:29, which says, “The secret [things belong] unto the LORD our God: but those [things which are] revealed [belong] unto us and to our children for ever, that [we] may do all the words of this law“.
This book is especially seductive to people who are already predisposed to believing in UFO’s and extraterrestrials. People who believe in any of the various Christian compromises with evolution are also more vulnerable to being deceived by it. This massive 2,097 page book is so rich in information and details that it would take years to try to understand it all. That’s part of what keeps its supporters coming back year after year to learn more.
Satan plays on our fears in the Urantia book by soothing us with lying reassurances that Hell does not exist, and by focusing on God’s love and mercy while distracting us away from God’s judgment and wrath against those who do not accept Jesus as their savior.
He plays to our pride and or desire for power by telling us that those who study the Urantia book are more highly evolved and enlightened than those who believe in that allegedly outdated book, the Bible.
He exploits our desire to trust by false reassurances that these extra-Biblical revelations compliment the Bible.
He plays to our desire to be loved by mixing in messages of love with the poison that will ultimately lead to a spiritual death in Hell.