TO THOSE ENGAGED IN THE MASTER'S MINISTRY
06/05/2017 - Why is the "PUI" Just for Urantia Book Readers?
On June 5, 2017, we received this inquiry:
[Regarding the Planet-wide Unity Initiative (“PUI”)]
“Why just for Urantia Book Readers? And others? Again a new close community? Best regards.”
To the author, thank you for your email. It’s good to hear from you again.
We believe you’re asking why the Planet-wide Unity Initiative to read Part IV of The Urantia Book (“UB”) together is directed just to UB readers. The reason is that UB readers are in serious need of unity. In this regard, they are much like Christendom about whom the UB says:
195:10.11 Christianity is seriously confronted with the doom embodied in one of its own slogans: “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” The non-Christian world will hardly capitulate to a sect-divided Christendom. The living Jesus is the only hope of a possible unification of Christianity. The true church—the Jesus brotherhood—is invisible, spiritual, and is characterized by unity, not necessarily by uniformity. Uniformity is the earmark of the physical world of mechanistic nature. Spiritual unity is the fruit of faith union with the living Jesus.
We can apply the same slogan and reasoning to the UB community which consists of several independent, and sometimes opposing groups, fellowships and ministries. The personal attacks alone, on line and in UB forums, are indicative of a serious problem. Ask yourself: How long will the UB community stand if they cannot unify? And how will the non-UB reading world capitulate to a sect-divided UB community?
As with Christendom, the solution for the disunity lies in developing a spiritual brotherhood founded on the living Jesus. We are fostering such unity by promoting a unified annual commemoration of the Remembrance Supper and, now, by this new Planet-wide Unity Initiative of reading Part IV of the UB together – the same information at the same time. And as suggested in the above excerpt, if we can first unify the UB readership in mind and spirit, then we are in a far better position to attract the rest of the non-UB reading world. We believe we should strive to unify our own house first, and then we can more effectively entertain guests.
We hope this answers your question and encourages you to join with us in reading the suggested Paper each week starting the week of July 2, 2017, with a goal of fostering planetwide unity in mind and in spirit.
Your Brothers in the Master’s Ministry