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Bringing Heaven Down
Being Good to Become Great
September 26, 2017
In our last article in this series – Rejecting Mediocrity and Becoming SuperMortals – we sought to demystify the process of adjuster fusion by revealing that SuperMortal status (aka adjuster fusion) is achievable in this pilot life on Urantia (earth). In this article, we continue in that theme to help clarify and simplify what is needed to accomplish this goal now and bring heaven down in our personal lives.
Jesus Example – Being Good
We noted that Jesus achieved adjuster fusion status during his mortal bestowal after only 30 years of mortal life, before he began his public ministry. At his baptism, he underwent the simple fusion ceremony whereat it was declared “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” (UB 47:8.4; 136:2.3) While it is true that Jesus did not fuse at that time, he had done all that was necessary and the only thing remaining was his assent. Instead of assenting to end his bestowal by fusion, Jesus chose to remain on Urantia to carry out a ministry to his creation, and then leave the planet by undergoing mortal death as would an average human. But that does not change the fact that Jesus achieved SuperMortal status as a man on Urantia.
So for those who are likewise pursuing SuperMortal status, and possibly adjuster fusion, ask yourself: What did Jesus do before he began his ministry to merit adjuster fusion while on earth? Better yet, ask: What did Jesus do that I can also do to merit adjuster fusion while on earth?
The fascinating thing about Jesus’ life is that, up until his baptism, he had lived his life as an ordinary ‘son of man,’ born of woman, subject to the same challenges as any other man of his time. In fact, it is written that:
Joshua ben Joseph knew full well that he was a man, a mortal man, born of woman. This is shown in the selection of his first title, the Son of Man. He was truly a partaker of flesh and blood, and even now, as he presides in sovereign authority over the destinies of a universe, he still bears among his numerous well-earned titles that of Son of Man. It is literally true that the creative Word — the Creator Son — of the Universal Father was “made flesh and dwelt as a man of the realm on Urantia.” He labored, grew weary, rested, and slept. He hungered and satisfied such cravings with food; he thirsted and quenched his thirst with water. He experienced the full gamut of human feelings and emotions; he was “in all things tested, even as you are,” and he suffered and died.
He obtained knowledge, gained experience, and combined these into wisdom, just as do other mortals of the realm. Until after his baptism he availed himself of no supernatural power. He employed no agency not a part of his human endowment as a son of Joseph and Mary.
This is an important point to reflect on. We tend to think that Jesus had a divine advantage over the rest of mortal mankind. But we learn here that he did not resort to supernatural power prior to his baptism. He desired to live the normal life of a son of man on Urantia. This was a part of the pre-bestowal admonition given to Jesus by Immanuel:
In entering upon the Urantia bestowal, you have voluntarily divested yourself of all extraplanetary support and special assistance such as might be rendered by any creature of your own creation. As your created sons of Nebadon are wholly dependent upon you for safe conduct throughout their universe careers, so now must you become wholly and unreservedly dependent upon your Paradise Father for safe conduct throughout the unrevealed vicissitudes of your ensuing mortal career. And when you shall have finished this bestowal experience, you will know in very truth the full meaning and the rich significance of that faith-trust which you so unvaryingly require all your creatures to master as a part of their intimate relationship with you as their local universe Creator and Father.
Really, if Jesus was not of the same mortal standing as all other men, how could he be tested in all things as we are? (Hebrews 4:15) And how could we be encouraged to follow his example (1 Peter 2:21), to adopt his mind (1 Corinthians 2:16), and to have his faith (Hebrews 12:2-3), if it was inherently and genetically impossible? It is only by undergoing the same trials as do other men, with the same opportunity to fail or succeed, that made him the sympathetic sovereign before whom ‘every knee shall bend in heaven and on earth.’ (Philippians 2:9-10)
And after 30 years of living the normal human existence, we read this about Jesus:
When Jesus of Nazareth went down into the Jordan to be baptized, he was a mortal of the realm who had attained the pinnacle of human evolutionary ascension in all matters related to the conquest of mind and to self-identification with the spirit. He stood in the Jordan that day a perfected mortal of the evolutionary worlds of time and space. Perfect synchrony and full communication had become established between the mortal mind of Jesus and the indwelling spirit Adjuster, the divine gift of his Father in Paradise. And just such an Adjuster indwells all normal beings living on Urantia since the ascension of Michael to the headship of his universe, except that Jesus’ Adjuster had been previously prepared for this special mission by similarly indwelling another superhuman incarnated in the likeness of mortal flesh, Machiventa Melchizedek.
Ordinarily, when a mortal of the realm attains such high levels of personality perfection, there occur those preliminary phenomena of spiritual elevation which terminate in eventual fusion of the matured soul of the mortal with its associated divine Adjuster....
But you might be thinking: “Doesn’t it say toward the end of UB 136.2 that Jesus had a special Thought Adjuster? And wouldn’t that special Thought Adjuster give him an advantage over other humans in achieving SuperMortal status?” Here are our thoughts:
All Thought Adjusters are divine fragments of the Father equal in power and authority. So every mortal has the same opportunity as did Jesus to gain the assistance and direction of the Paradise Father. However, Adjusters can vary in terms of experience, as was the case with Jesus’ Adjuster who had been “previously prepared for this special mission.” So the advantage Jesus’ Adjuster gave him pertained to his ministry and mission, not necessarily in his ability to access and gain communication with his Adjuster.
Yes, Jesus had to progress to SuperMortal status in the same way as do all mortals, by faith and the assistance of a Thought Adjuster:
Just as men must progress from the consciousness of the human to the realization of the divine, so did Jesus ascend from the nature of man to the consciousness of the nature of God. And the Master made this great ascent from the human to the divine by the conjoint achievement of the faith of his mortal intellect and the acts of his indwelling Adjuster.
So while it is true that Jesus had an advantage in carrying out his particular ministry and mission, do not forget that, before he formally embarked on his ministry, his achievements were acquired by normal mortal process:
In your consideration of the life and experience of the Son of Man, it should be ever borne in mind that the Son of God was incarnate in the mind of a first-century human being, not in the mind of a twentieth-century or other-century mortal. By this we mean to convey the idea that the human endowments of Jesus were of natural acquirement. He was the product of the hereditary and environmental factors of his time, plus the influence of his training and education. His humanity was genuine, natural, wholly derived from the antecedents of, and fostered by, the actual intellectual status and social and economic conditions of that day and generation. While in the experience of this God-man there was always the possibility that the divine mind would transcend the human intellect, nonetheless, when, and as, his human mind functioned, it did perform as would a true mortal mind under the conditions of the human environment of that day.
As we read the details of his life before his baptism, Papers 122-135, we see that he did not do extraordinary things. But he did do ‘the right things.’ He lived the average life of a 1st century Jew, growing from babe to man, undergoing the education and training of his day, interacting with his fellow man, enduring death in his family, living with surplus and lack, and dealing with his occasional self-doubts and internal conflicts. And through all of it, he did the Father’s will just as all of us can, namely, ‘the best and right thing under the circumstances.’ (For a further discussion of the will of God, see Bringing Heaven Down – The Perfect Will of God.)
Doing the will of God – just being good – is the key to SuperMortal status – being great! As Jesus did, be good to your family. Be good to your neighbor. Be good to your employers and employees. Do good in your community. Do good to your fellow man. Learn the ‘living way of Jesus,’ and imitate him.
While being great is a personal achievement, the purpose is not for personal aggrandizement. We become great so that we can be dynamic assets to our Master Son in correcting the ravages caused by rebellion and default. Our Michael put great faith in Urantians when he chose our world to complete his final bestowal mission. He subjected himself to a double default decimal world to demonstrate the power of faith and the inevitable triumph of good over evil.
Our Michael embarked on “the tremendous evolutionary experiment, the audacious adventure of universe creation” in order to accomplish in time and space what the Paradise Father accomplished in eternity – that is, to evolve a perfect universe from dust. (UB 14:0.2; 14:6.27; 54:2.1) Our planet, along with 36 other planets, hit a snag and was propelled out of the normal spiritual progress of an average evolutionary world. And we are significantly behind our fellow universe travelers. Yet Michael’s goal has not changed.
When he came to our planet as Jesus, he taught the value of developing a spiritual brotherhood. He knew that only an army of spiritual men and women can accomplish the needed regeneration in our social order. (UB 195:4) Notice this observation:
Even on normal evolutionary worlds the realization of the world-wide brotherhood of man is not an easy accomplishment. On a confused and disordered planet like Urantia such an achievement requires a much longer time and necessitates far greater effort. Unaided social evolution can hardly achieve such happy results on a spiritually isolated sphere. Religious revelation is essential to the realization of brotherhood on Urantia. . . .
The ministry of Jesus is the “religious revelation” that will get our planet back on track. “Unaided social evolution” might effect some changes, but it will not meet the needs of our wayward planet.
That really is why we published these articles on achieving SuperMortal status. We want to encourage all of our readers to reach out beyond our self-doubt and beyond our limited vision so that we can see the bigger picture – that if we apply ourselves, we truly can change the world! We want you to achieve greatness and then use that greatness in Jesus’ ministry. We are inspired by the 26th Mota: “Knowledge is possessed only by sharing.” (UB 48:7.28) We could rephrase it by saying that ‘greatness is truly possessed only by those who serve.’
Of course, many of us, due to circumstances and personal challenges, will not achieve SuperMortal status in this lifetime. But we can work toward that goal and achieve the highest status possible. Recall what Jesus said about doing our best:
Some of you may not stand high in actual levels of soul and spirit, but you are making daily progress on the living way opened up, through faith, to God. There are tremendous possibilities in each of you for the future. Better by far to have a small but living and growing faith than to be possessed of a great intellect with its dead stores of worldly wisdom and spiritual unbelief.
So, wherever we find ourselves, whatever level of greatness we can achieve, we should use that greatness in the service of Michael. What we do here resonates all over his universe. As with the faithful Amadon, our universe family inquires: “What of those on Urantia, do they still stand unmoved?” (UB 67:8.3)
So as we all ponder the possibility of SuperMortal status and Adjuster fusion, let us not forget the purpose. We are not seeking an early exit from our pilot world; we are seeking an opportunity to be a part of something great! So let us set aside self-doubt, lack of faith, and mediocrity, and strive for a type of greatness that can and will change the world!
May the Father’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven. And as always, we welcome your comments.
Your Family in the Faith,
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