Christmas 2004 - Dialogue about Jesus Christ
- Jesus defeated death not for him but for all of us. In order to open
to all us the door towards a happy eternity. He defeated death to let
us win that "useless passion" that is the short life on earth,
opening prospectives of infinite when every way seemed closed by the
black wall of a final and inevitable end. Here we will talk about His
Resurrection, trying to answer some questions as the ones which
follow for example:
- Why can we understand the sense of our life only thinking of
- What are the reasons of our Faith?
- And what about people who do not have Faith?
- Why death?
- Can reason and common sense help us in our Faith?
- What is the mistake in the hypothesis which deny Jesus Christ?
Sito Web: www.lorenzocrescini.it/dialogue
To all the readers a loving greeting
- P.914 - �6 No human emotion or impulse, when unbridled and overindulged, can
produce so much harm and sorrow as this powerful sex urge. Intelligent
submission of this impulse to the regulations of society is the supreme test
of the actuality of any civilization. Self-control, more and more
self-control, is the ever-increasing demand of advancing mankind. Secrecy,
insincerity, and hypocrisy may obscure sex problems, but they do not provide
solutions, nor do they advance ethics.
P.1438 - �1 "This day, my son, you are to be reborn, re-established as a man
of faith, courage, and devoted service to man, for God's sake. And when you
become so readjusted to life within yourself, you become likewise readjusted
to the universe; you have been born again--born of the spirit--and
henceforth will your whole life become one of victorious accomplishment.
P.1731 - �1 I have called upon you to be born again, to be born of the
spirit. I have called you out of the darkness of authority and the lethargy
of tradition into the transcendent light of the realization of the
possibility of making for yourselves the greatest discovery possible for the
human soul to make--the supernal experience of finding God for yourself, in
yourself, and of yourself, and of doing all this as a fact in your own
P.1775 - �0 can be experienced only by those who have discovered and
embraced the living God as the eternal goal of infinite attainment. And thus
to transfer one's goal from time to eternity, from earth to Paradise, from
the human to the divine, requires that man shall become regenerated,
converted, be born again; that he shall become the re-created child of the
divine spirit; that he shall gain entrance into the brotherhood of the
kingdom of heaven.
P.1782 - �1 I see in the teachings of Jesus, religion at its best. This
gospel enables us to seek for the true God and to find him. But are we
willing to pay the price of this entrance into the kingdom of heaven? Are we
willing to be born again? to be remade? Are we willing to be subject to this
terrible and testing process of self-destruction and soul reconstruction?
Has not the Master said: "Whoso would save his life must lose it. Think not
that I have come to bring peace but rather a soul struggle"? True, after we
pay the price of dedication to the Father's will, we do experience great
peace provided we continue to walk in these spiritual paths of consecrated
P.1829 - �4 Slowly the apostles and many of the disciples were learning the
meaning of Jesus' early declaration: "Unless you are born again, born of the
spirit, you cannot enter the kingdom of God."
P.2052 - �3 "And now you should give ear to my words lest you again make the
mistake of hearing my teaching with the mind while in your hearts you fail
to comprehend the meaning. From the beginning of my sojourn as one of you, I
taught you that my one purpose was to reveal my Father in heaven to his
children on earth. I have lived the God-revealing bestowal that you might
experience the God-knowing career. I have revealed God as your Father in
heaven; I have revealed you as the sons of God on earth. It is a fact that
God loves you, his sons. By faith in my word this fact becomes an eternal
and living truth in your hearts. When, by living faith, you become divinely
God-conscious, you are then born of the spirit as children of light and
life, even the eternal life wherewith you shall ascend the universe of
universes and attain the experience of finding God the Father on Paradise.
P.2084 - �1 Christianity has indeed done a great service for this world, but
what is now most needed is Jesus. The world needs to see Jesus living again
on earth in the experience of spirit-born mortals who effectively reveal the
Master to all men. It is futile to talk about a revival of primitive
Christianity; you must go forward from where you find yourselves. Modern
culture must become spiritually baptized with a new revelation of Jesus'
life and illuminated with a new understanding of his gospel of eternal
salvation. And when Jesus becomes thus lifted up, he will draw all men to
himself. Jesus' disciples should be more than conquerors, even overflowing
sources of inspiration and enhanced living to all men. Religion is only an
exalted humanism until it is made divine by the discovery of the reality of
the presence of God in personal experience.
P.2018 - �1 The cross forever shows that the attitude of Jesus toward
sinners was neither condemnation nor condonation, but rather eternal and
loving salvation. Jesus is truly a savior in the sense that his life and
death do win men over to goodness and righteous survival. Jesus loves men so
much that his love awakens the response of love in the human heart. Love is
truly contagious and eternally creative. Jesus' death on the cross
exemplifies a love which is sufficiently strong and divine to forgive sin
and swallow up all evil-doing. Jesus disclosed to this world a higher
quality of righteousness than justice--mere technical right and wrong.
Divine love does not merely forgive wrongs; it absorbs and actually destroys
them. The forgiveness of love utterly transcends the forgiveness of mercy.
Mercy sets the guilt of evil-doing to one side; but love destroys forever
the sin and all weakness resulting therefrom. Jesus brought a new method of
living to Urantia. He taught us not to resist evil but to find through him a
goodness which effectually destroys evil. The forgiveness of Jesus is not
condonation; it is salvation from condemnation. Salvation does not slight
wrongs; it makes them right. True love does not compromise nor condone hate;
it destroys it. The love of Jesus is never satisfied with mere forgiveness.
The Master's love implies rehabilitation, eternal survival. It is altogether
proper to speak of salvation as redemption if you mean this eternal
P.1193 - �1 No matter what the previous status of the inhabitants of a
world, subsequent to the bestowal of a divine Son and after the bestowal of
the Spirit of Truth upon all humans, the Adjusters flock to such a world to
indwell the minds of all normal will creatures. Following the completion of
the mission of a Paradise bestowal Son, these Monitors truly become the
"kingdom of heaven within you." Through the bestowal of the divine gifts the
Father makes the closest possible approach to sin and evil, for it is
literally true that the Adjuster must coexist in the mortal mind even in the
very midst of human unrighteousness. The indwelling Adjusters are
particularly tormented by those thoughts which are purely sordid and
selfish; they are distressed by irreverence for that which is beautiful and
divine, and they are virtually thwarted in their work by many of man's
foolish animal fears and childish anxieties.
P.1217 - �1 Mind is the cosmic instrument on which the human will can play
the discords of destruction, or upon which this same human will can bring
forth the exquisite melodies of God identification and consequent eternal
survival. The Adjuster bestowed upon man is, in the last analysis,
impervious to evil and incapable of sin, but mortal mind can actually be
twisted, distorted, and rendered evil and ugly by the sinful machinations of
a perverse and self-seeking human will. Likewise can this mind be made
noble, beautiful, true, and good--actually great--in accordance with the
spirit-illuminated will of a God-knowing human being.
P.1217 - �4 Mind is your ship, the Adjuster is your pilot, the human will is
captain. The master of the mortal vessel should have the wisdom to trust the
divine pilot to guide the ascending soul into the morontia harbors of
eternal survival. Only by selfishness, slothfulness, and sinfulness can the
will of man reject the guidance of such a loving pilot and eventually wreck
the mortal career upon the evil shoals of rejected mercy and upon the rocks
of embraced sin. With your consent, this faithful pilot will safely carry
you across the barriers of time and the handicaps of space to the very
source of the divine mind and on beyond, even to the Paradise Father of
P.37-#4 The rule of the Creator Sons in the local universes is one of
creation and spiritualization. These Sons devote themselves to the
effective execution of the P.394 - �2 There exists a plan for saving these
wayward and unwise Sons, and many have availed themselves of this merciful
provision; but never again may they function in those positions wherein they
defaulted. After rehabilitation they are assigned to custodial duties and to
departments of physical administration.P.394 - �6 It is in connection with
these administrative spheres of the Lanonandeks that most of the salvaged
Sons of that order serve as custodians and directors of planetary affairs.
And these defaulting Planetary Princes and their associates in rebellion who
choose to accept the proffered rehabilitation will continue to serve in
these routine capacities, at least until the universe of Nebadon is settled
in light and life.
P.38 - �0 Paradise plan of progressive mortal ascension, to the
rehabilitation of rebels and wrong thinkers, but when all such loving
efforts are finally and forever rejected, the final decree of dissolution is
executed by forces acting under the jurisdiction of the Ancients of Days.
P.86 - �1 The Eternal Son is the personal trustee, the divine custodian, of
the Father's universal plan of creature ascension. Having promulgated the
universal mandate, "Be you perfect, even as I am perfect," the Father
intrusted the execution of this tremendous undertaking to the Eternal Son;
and the Eternal Son shares the fostering of this supernal enterprise with
his divine co-ordinate, the Infinite Spirit. Thus do the Deities effectively
co-operate in the work of creation, control, evolution, revelation, and
ministration--and if required, in restoration and rehabilitation.
P.520 - �3 This lighting of the sphere is uniformly maintained for
seventy-five per cent of the Jerusem day, and then there is a gradual
recession until, at the time of minimum illumination, the light is about
that of your full moon on a clear night. This is the quiet hour for all
Jerusem. Only the broadcast-receiving stations are in operation during this
period of rest and rehabilitation.
P.616 - �2 The very fact that an evil-doing creature can actually choose to
do wrong--commit sin--establishes the fact of free-willness and fully
justifies any length delay in the execution of justice provided the extended
mercy might conduce to repentance and rehabilitation.
P.757 - �3 There is no end to the recital of the stirring events of these
tragic days. But at last the final decision of the last personality was
made, and then, but only then, did a Most High of Edentia arrive with the
emergency Melchizedeks to seize authority on Urantia. The Caligastia
panoramic reign-records on Jerusem were obliterated, and the probationary
era of planetary rehabilitation was inaugurated.
P.827 - �3 The instructions given Adam by the Melchizedeks implied that he
was to establish racial, continental, and divisional headquarters to be in
charge of his immediate sons and daughters, while he and Eve were to divide
their time among these various world capitals as advisers and co-ordinators
of the world-wide ministry of biologic uplift, intellectual advancement, and
P.831 - �2 On the fourth day Adam and Eve addressed the Garden assembly.
From the inaugural mount they spoke to the people concerning their plans for
the rehabilitation of the world and outlined the methods whereby they would
seek to redeem the social culture of Urantia from the low levels to which it
had fallen as a result of sin and rebellion. This was a great day, and it
closed with a feast for the council of men and women who had been selected
to assume responsibilities in the new administration of world affairs. Take
note! women as well as men were in this group, and that was the first time
such a thing had occurred on earth since the days of Dalamatia. It was an
astounding innovation to behold Eve, a woman, sharing the honors and
responsibilities of world affairs with a man. And thus ended the fourth day
P-1833#5 The fallen Prince had been deposed as world ruler, but he had not
been removed from the planet. He was still present on earth and able, at
least to some extent, to resist all of Adam's plans for the rehabilitation
of human society. Adam tried to warn the races against Caligastia, but the
task was made very difficult because his archenemy was invisible to the eyes
P.852 - �0 doomed to suffer the fate of the mortals of their world, they
should certainly become eligible for admission to the ranks of the sleeping
survivors of Urantia. They fully believed this gospel of resurrection and
rehabilitation which the Melchizedeks so touchingly proclaimed to them.
Their transgression had been an error of judgment and not the sin of
conscious and deliberate rebellion.
P.2075 - �1 But Christianity was sufficiently socialized and paganized that,
while it was impotent to stay the oncoming dark ages, it was the better
prepared to survive this long period of moral darkness and spiritual
stagnation. And it did persist on through the long night of Western
civilization and was still functioning as a moral influence in the world
when the renaissance dawned. The rehabilitation of Christianity, following
the passing of the dark ages, resulted in bringing into existence numerous
sects of the Christian teachings, beliefs suited to special intellectual,
emotional, and spiritual types of human personality. And many of these
special Christian groups, or religious families, still persist at the time
of the making of this presentation.
P.2075 - �2 Christianity exhibits a history of having originated out of the
unintended transformation of the religion of Jesus into a religion about
Jesus. It further presents the history of having experienced Hellenization,
paganization, secularization, institutionalization, intellectual
deterioration, spiritual decadence, moral hibernation, threatened
extinction, later rejuvenation, fragmentation, and more recent relative
rehabilitation. Such a pedigree is indicative of inherent vitality and the
possession of vast recuperative resources. And this same Christianity is now
present in the civilized world of Occidental peoples and stands face to face
with a struggle for existence which is even more
ominous than those eventful crises which have characterized its past battles