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The Urantia Book

Date: 10-23-03
Host: George Noory
Guests: Byron Belitsos, Leslie Kean

Author Byron Belitsos (website(1)), Thursday's guest for two hours, discussed the legendary "Urantia Book", a 2000-page tome first published in 1955, which many consider an epochal revelation to our planet for science, religion, and history. "It's a gift to humanity," said Belitsos, explaining that one of the book's chief purposes is to find a way to harmonize religious beliefs into a "unity of spirit and feeling."
Tracing the start of the book to Chicago in 1910, Belitsos said the text was transmitted to an anonymous "contact personality," from highly spiritual beings or "super angels" who hail from the center of our galaxy. "Urantia" is the name the beings ascribed to our planet, which they delineated as the 606th inhabited world of our local system. Mention is also made of a planet lacking an atmosphere, occupied by "non-breathers," that is near to us (probably in our solar system).
Belitsos said that much of the material in the Urantia Book could be considered an "enhancement" of the Bible or "angelic record" of what Jesus did and said. There are also details of rebellious "fallen angels," to which many of our Earthly travails are pinned on. Adam & Eve, according to the book, were "biological uplifters," which every inhabited planet gets at some stage to "intermarry with indigenous beings."


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Urantian Paradise

This image (click on to view larger) is from the cover of the book, The CenterWithin: Lessons from the Heart of the Urantia Revelation(1), coauthored byByron Belitsos, tonight's guest. It represents an artist'sattempt to depict the following description of Paradise, "the cosmiccenter of all things," as revealed in The Urantia Book:
"Paradise is the eternal center of the universe of universes and theabiding place of the Universal Father, the Eternal Son, [and] theInfinite Spirit ... The personal presence of the Universal Father isresident at the very center of [Paradise]. This Paradise presence of theUniversal Father is immediately surrounded by the personal presence ofthe Eternal Son, while they are both invested by the unspeakable gloryof the Infinite Spirit. God dwells, has dwelt, and everlastingly willdwell in this same central and eternal abode. We have always found himthere and always will. The Universal Father is cosmically focalized,spiritually personalized, and geographically resident at this center ofthe universe of universes."
--from Paper 11, The Urantia Book


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