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by Jim Downs - Tuesday, 21 April 2020, 8:09 PM

30:0.5 ...On this Mediterranean tour Jesus ... devoted to making those close personal contacts with his fellow men, those intimate associations with the mortals of the realm, which so characterized his activities during these years that just preceded his public ministry.

128:0.2.Always be mindful of the twofold purpose of Michael's bestowal on Urantia:  128:0.3.1. The mastering of the experience of living the full life of a human creature in mortal flesh, the completion of his sovereignty in Nebadon.

JD: He was taking care of his first purpose with this trip.

130:1.1 ... When a great truth seeker and a great truth giver meet, the result is a great and liberating enlightenment born of the experience of new truth.
JD: Think of the Urantia Book not as a marvelous collection of coordinated history and enlightening revelation but as a collection of giving persons sharing their truth with you person to person. Combining the new with the existing is the synthesis of the superadditive: 'new truth.'

A modified version of the Jonah story.

God called to Jonah one day and told him to go preach to Nineveh because the people were very wicked. Jonah hated this idea because Nineveh was one of Israel's greatest enemies and Jonah wanted nothing to do with preaching to them! Jonah tried to run away from God in the opposite direction of Nineveh and headed by boat to Tarshish. God sent a great storm upon the ship and the men decided Jonah was to blame so they threw him overboard. As soon as they tossed Jonah in the water, the storm stopped. God sent a whale to swallow Jonah and to save him from drowning. While in the belly of the big whale, Jonah prayed to God for help, repented, and praised God. For three days Jonah sat in the belly of the whale. Then, God had the big fish throw up Jonah onto the shores of Nineveh. Jonah preached to Nineveh and warned them to repent before the city is destroyed in 40 days. The people believed Jonah, turned from their wickedness, and God had mercy on them.

130:1.2 ... Jesus: The flight from duty is the sacrifice of truth. ... No matter into what great depths they may have fallen, when they seek the light with a whole heart, the spirit of the Lord God of heaven will deliver them from their captivity ...

JD: Cross reference this last sentence with what follows.

130:1.6 ... Your Father in heaven, by endowing you with the power to choose between truth and error, created the potential negative of the positive way of light and life; but such errors of evil are really nonexistent until such a time as an intelligent creature wills their existence by mischoosing the way of life.

JD: This phrase on the nonexistence of evil really caught my eye.

130:2.4 ... There is no adventure in the course of mortal existence more enthralling than to enjoy the exhilaration of becoming the material life partner with spiritual energy and divine truth in one of their triumphant struggles with error and evil.

JD: A direct reference to the Thought Adjuster partnership.

107:4.7 ... Always will the Adjuster be revealing to the mortal personality the wonder of God, and never can this supernal revelation come to an end, for the Adjuster is of God and as God to mortal man. ... No limit can ever be placed upon the destiny of such an unprecedented and unimaginable partnership.

130:2.7 ... Jesus said: The will of God is the way of God, partnership with the choice of God in the face of any potential alternative.

130:2.8 ... The dog may have a will derived from nature and augmented by training, but such a power of mind is not a spiritual force, neither is it comparable to the human will, inasmuch as it is not reflective—it is not the result of discriminating higher and moral meanings or choosing spiritual and eternal values.

130:2.9 ... Jesus explained that "human wills which are fully occupied with passing only upon temporal decisions having to do with the material problems of animal existence are doomed to perish in time.

JD: Compare with 130:1.2 above.
JD: Compare with 159:1.4 Simon Peter was the apostle in charge of the workers at Hippos, and when he heard Jesus thus speak, he asked: "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Until seven times?" And Jesus answered Peter: "Not only seven times but even to seventy times and seven.

130:2.10 It was on this same day that we first heard that momentous truth which, stated in modern terms, would signify: "Will is that manifestation of the human mind which enables the subjective consciousness to express itself objectively and to experience the phenomenon of aspiring to be Godlike."
JD: Compare with 196:3.12 The exquisite and transcendent experience of loving and being loved is not just a psychic illusion because it is so purely subjective. The one truly divine and objective reality that is associated with mortal beings, the Thought Adjuster, functions to human observation apparently as an exclusively subjective phenomenon. Man's contact with the highest objective reality, God, is only through the purely subjective experience of knowing him, of worshiping him, of realizing sonship with him.