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Swerve and Serve

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1. Vittoria wrote:
Geoff TheissHalbert,Thank you for your thoughts. Admittedly, I am slligthy perplexed at what you are talking about. For example, in paragraph two you mention that the Urantia Book is an authoritative guide and later with unadulterated integrity'. That would imply to me that the words chosen in the book have intentional meaning. Yet the exercise you ask us to participate in is using words like secular' in the UB (literally meaning having no religious spiritual basis) to be in some way analgous with a completely opposite term like interfaith' (which is rooted in the implicit belief that the Thought Adjuster in its various names around the world is the authoritative guide for the human family and that we should endeavor to reach common goals beyond specific belief systems). How does that work? I feel it would be more meaningful if the words had similar connotation or defintion.I then have a number of questions about what you are saying, like:1) Isn't the Urantia Book an example of evolutionary religion? Epochal revelations are intended to evolve the spiritual and religious consciousness of our planet? Did you not mean to say past authoritative religion has a problem with the UB' instead of evolutionary?2) You say foster the teachings' that the UB is an authoritative text. Where is that teaching? Would that not be better stated as belief'? Isn't it your or my belief that the teachings are authoritative?3) Do you believe that the Thought Adjuster has more, less, or equal authority than the text of the Urantia Book? It seems like you are implying in 195:8:6 that they are the same? Isn't one part of God and the other a book (lower case)?Thanks for spending time contemplating this issue. This is defintely a useful conversation to continue. Hopefully more members of the community can weigh in !Best Regards,Geoff

Tue, October 13, 2015 @ 1:41 PM

2. Cora wrote:
My husband was dsgenaiod with esophageal cancer in April. He has undergone chemo and radiation therapy. Through this, he has found a true relationship with our Lord Jesus and not just a mental knowledge. For that I am thankful. God has had him in the palm of his hand and he has tolerated this treatment with little side effects although this has not been easy. His last PET scan showed no hot spots or active cancer but it is still recommended that he have surgery to remove his esophagus. He is scared to death despite his faith and prayers. Our hope is that God would perform a healing miracle so that the surgery and life style change would not be necessary. If he should allow this surgery to be performed, we are standing in faith that all will be well and he will be cured. My husband is 58.Due to this disease, my husband was forced to retire; thankfully, he has been approved for disability. These payments will not begin until December and we have taken measures to reduce our financial load. So far, God has blessed us and provided but by my eyes and finite mind, this money will not last past another month or two. I feel maybe it would be best to sell our house, horses, and goats and downsize to a more affordable dwelling which requires less upkeep, time and would allow us more financial stability. I have a high pressure job but thankfully, understanding cohorts have been supportive and tolerant of my absences when necessary. The pressure I feel at this time is overwhelming and I feel myself succumbing at times into a place of just let me hide in a corner and let the world leave me alone. I have asked Jesus to guide me, strengthen me and show me the best course of action and to bless that action and give me the strength to do what I need to do. Please God, help us.In Jesus name.

Sun, December 13, 2015 @ 5:43 PM

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