The Urantia Book says that there is one physical life followed by a long ascent to paradise. How can we reconcile this with the vast amount of teaching about reincarnation from many other sources?
asked 29 Apr '13, 06:08
"The Urantia Book says that there is one physical life followed by a long ascent to paradise."
Perhaps that long ascent is the process of living more lives. =]
For a more serious answer, I think it is more likely that both are correct. Where we are here in this life often seems to be determined and decided by ourselves (though we aren't always aware of it or accepting of it), so it makes sense to take this and extend it to the afterlife as well. If we think we're going to spend time in another world after this one, we likely will and it likely will closely match whatever description we believe it is going to.
So some people may experience reincarnation, others may go straight to a paradise world, others may take a detour for some self improvement. I personally believe I will arrive wherever I belong (preferably somewhere nice! ^_^) and I will retain much of what it means to be me, the parts of me that always came to me naturally from childbirth, and the parts of me that I grew to come naturally to me in my life and experience here.
Whether my next life is here on this planet or in one of the infinite other possible worlds or existences I am not sure, I just try to keep myself open to any possibility and know that if I land in a 'nicer' place I will be comfortable and enjoy, and if I land in a less than ideal place I will have plenty of stuff to work on and keep myself occupied while I'm there.
The only thing I really feel 'sure' about is that I exist. I know I exist now, I believe it's likely I've always existed, and I don't believe in the idea of non-existence. So all I have is time on my hands, whether it be in this life or the next. Since I established that, I get to come to terms with enjoying where I happen to be at any given moment, and the rest is tertiary to happiness and finding something to do with my time I enjoy.
answered 30 Apr '13, 20:55
According to the Urantia Foundation website, the book was presented by celestial beings (channeled). In my books, anything channeled is highly suspect. "God the Father" and "Jesus?" That's much too biblical for my liking. There is far too much scientific evidence supporting incarnation to simply discard it as being false. I much prefer fist hand knowledge from the likes of Robert Monroe than channeled info.
answered 30 Apr '13, 10:31
Well it kinda depends on how scientific you really are. Because there is only one real scientist who ever studied this, and he never ever declared the topic "proven". And that was Ian Stevenson. (Twenty cases suggestive of reincarnation) Now that is a very dry book, as befits a researcher, and if you have not read it cover to cover, you have not done the work required here. I have done that work, plus a heck of a lot more, because I agree there are a great many things to explain if you wish to make a solid case that reincarnation has never occurred. That took me about ten years, but I did not stop researching, and I have actually taken Ian Stevenson's work and used it because he was unable to explain how some of his cases involved "reincarnated" persons who were alive at the same time as the person with the memory. All of this and a lot more is in my book. Perhaps if you want to save time you should read my book "Is Reincarnation an Illusion?" But I have found that most people don't want their reincarnation bubble pricked. I guess that is ok, we certainly all have free will. But its not the path of a real searcher after Truth.
answered 13 Apr, 19:28
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